Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

Year in review: The biggest housing projects in 2019

Housing has dominated every big policy decision in San Jose this past year, as the city faces a growing housing and homelessness crisis. Slowly, the city is inching its way closer to meeting Mayor Sam Liccardo’s goal of producing at least 25,000 new housing units — 10,000 of them affordable — by 2022. While city...

Sam Liccardo endorses Jim Zito over his colleague Sylvia Arenas

Self-described fiscal conservative Jim Zito is eyeing San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas’ seat and a powerful coalition of endorsements — including from Mayor Sam Liccardo — might help him score a spot on the 11-member council. The mayor joined Zito to officially kick off his campaign to unseat Arenas last week at the Curry Pizza...

San Jose mayor’s plan for ratepayer takeover of PG&E won’t be easy

California’s largest utility remains under intense pressure from lawmakers across the state, as the threat of a statewide takeover and transition to a customer-owned utility looms over its head if it doesn’t get its finances back on track. As PG&E struggles to detangle itself from a web of scandals and financial woes, leaders at the...

San Jose lawmakers voice support for Laura’s Law for mentally ill

For years, a San Jose lawmaker has been advocating to implement Laura’s Law to help the growing number of mentally ill people in need of treatment living on the streets. Now, for Councilmember Johnny Khamis, that hope might become a reality. On Wednesday, the council’s Rules and Open Government Committee unanimously voted to draft a letter to...

Alum Rock Union School District extends superintendent’s contract

It’s been a tumultuous year for the Alum Rock Union School District (ARUSD), following months of scandals stemming from a long history of mismanagement and financial troubles. But just last week, the school board voted to extend Superintendent Hilaria Bauer’s contract for an additional three years, hoping her leadership will bring transparency and better ethical practices to the...

San Jose leaders split on how to spend housing tax revenue

San Jose lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to approve drafting an affordable housing tax measure for the March 2020 ballot, but differ on how to divvy up the funds that the tax will generate — a frequent dilemma among a City Council that is often at odds with one another. In a memo to their...

East San Jose leaders discuss how housing crisis impacts Latino community

A panel discussion on the housing crisis brought dozens of Spanish-speaking residents out to the heart of East San Jose Thursday night to talk about solutions to a problem affecting more than half of the city’s Latino community. Prominent voices from the city and Santa Clara County, as well as local leaders from community organizations, spoke...

Poll: San Jose voters support property transfer tax

A new poll released Thursday found that at least 60 percent of San Jose voters would support a potential real property transfer tax, which would apply to the sale of properties valued at $2 million or more. The five day poll was funded by the city and conducted by FM3 Research, running from Nov. 5 to...

Audit: Team San Jose exceeds revenue and tourism goals

In the last year, Team San Jose — a nonprofit that manages the city’s tourism, arts and cultural centers — exceeded its targeted revenue goals by more than $19 million, qualifying for an additional $200,000 in funds from the city as a result. According to an annual audit, the nonprofit outperformed its goals across all...

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