Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

San Jose booted the Christopher Columbus statue, but not the holiday

More cities across the country are scrapping Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day to commemorate native communities who inhabited the Americas long before European explorers like Christopher Columbus arrived. But even as the trend is growing nationwide, progressively deemed cities such as San Jose are still heavily polarized on making the switch,...

PG&E restores power in San Jose, but city costs soar amid shutdown

After a grueling week following a statewide power outage and a countywide state of emergency, San Jose officials confirmed Thursday evening that PG&E has restored power to most residents and the city will return to normal operational hours Friday. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Mayor Sam Liccardo said fewer than 1,500 PG&E customers in...

San Jose: What you need to know before PG&E shuts off power

In less than 24 hours, the city of San Jose expects a massive power shutdown in its East and South side neighborhoods, both areas that are populated with a growing elderly community and people of color. After last year’s brutal wildfire season and fierce backlash, PG&E is taking extra safety measures in bracing for this...

UPDATE: San Jose lawmakers add new safety restrictions for mobile food vendors

San Jose lawmakers unanimously approved new restrictions on mobile food vendors at crowded public events on Tuesday in light of a new state law, but many expressed concern about proper enforcement mechanisms over non-permitted vendors. All vendors must now stay 500 feet away from popular public events in San Jose. For years, sidewalk peddlers weren’t allowed...

Poll: Majority of San Jose voters don’t support strong mayor government

Months after a poll sponsored by a business group revealed that San Jose voters favored switching to a strong mayor government, a new poll sponsored by a labor organization is suggesting the opposite. The poll, obtained by San José Spotlight, was conducted by EMC Research and found that at least 56 percent of respondents were not interested in...

Production vs. preservation: San Jose leaders split on anti-displacement

Increasingly, more families and communities of color in San Jose are struggling to stay in their homes and keep their businesses. As the city prospers amid an economic boom, vulnerable residents in low-income neighborhoods affected by a spike in development and increasing cost of living expenses are subject to higher rates of displacement in the...

After a hard battle, East San Jose wins a seat on the planning commission

A drawn-out, months long battle over racial representation on San Jose’s Planning Commission came to an end Tuesday after two new appointees were chosen by the City Council, following hours of intense debate from both sides of the political aisle. After a lengthy interview process, Rolando Bonilla and Mariel Caballero were appointed to one of...

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