Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

San Jose: Crackdown on fireworks ramps up with new law

The use of illegal fireworks in San Jose has exploded in recent years primarily because of law enforcement and fire personnel shortages and a lack of enforcement across the city. But on Tuesday, fire and police officials assured local lawmakers on the city’s widespread efforts to beef up enforcement for illegal fireworks. The City Council unanimously...

San Jose votes to expand overnight warming centers for homeless

For the first time since San Jose declared a “shelter crisis” in 2015, lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved expanding an overnight warming location program for homeless residents to operate every night for the next six months — a major expansion considering the centers previously opened for a few months, based on inclement weather conditions. Councilmember...

Santa Clara County agency’s homeless creek cleanup sparks concern

Thousands of residents in Santa Clara County are unsheltered, and that number has steadily increased — a by-product of skyrocketing rents, an exponentially high cost-of-living and a shortage of affordable housing, making the Bay Area one of the most costly regions in the country. In San Jose alone, there are more than 4,000 homeless individuals...

San Jose politicians are increasingly breaking from endorsing incumbents

For years, it was uncommon for San Jose lawmakers to not endorse their respective colleagues on the City Council when an incumbent faced re-election, despite differences in voting patterns or belonging to opposing political camps. But now, and increasingly in recent years, many councilmembers are backing a challenger, instead of their own council colleague —...

San Jose approves plan to double electric charging stations

As greenhouse gas emissions hike up the earth’s temperature, San Jose leaders eagerly push for greener energy initiatives to combat the region’s increasingly warmer climate. As a result, the City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of implementing the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), a state-sponsored program that allows qualifying cities across California to...

After months of dispute, Caltrans and San Jose reach agreement on tiny homes

A longstanding battle between Caltrans and San Jose has had Mayor Sam Liccardo wrought up, as he continues to fight for tiny homes on the state agency’s vacant property. Nearly a year after the City Council approved the tiny homes for homeless residents on the agency’s land, challenges with lease negotiations and legal disputes stalled the construction of the 40 tiny...

San Jose lawmakers to discuss earthquake preparations

The Bay Area, home to more than 7.5 million residents, is notorious for its predisposition to earth-rattling quakes. As a result, San Jose leaders want to ensure residents’ safety in the event that the next “Big One” hits. On Tuesday, lawmakers are slated to amend the city’s building standards code, as San Jose’s local climate,...

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