Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

A split San Jose City Council votes to weaken rent control law

Housing was at the forefront of Tuesday’s City Council meeting, as San Jose lawmakers weighed making changes to several crucial housing laws. Among them was amending the city’s Ellis Act, where lawmakers voted 6-5 in favor of reducing the number of units developers have to put back under rent control after redevelopment. Councilmembers Sergio Jimenez,...

San Jose expected to preserve northern part of Coyote Valley

For more than five decades, San Jose has been divided on whether to preserve or develop Coyote Valley, the 7,400 acres of land between the Santa Cruz mountains and the Diablo range. This week, city leaders are expected to make major moves toward preservation. San Jose elected officials on Wednesday will vote on whether to...

Major housing policies top San Jose City Council agenda

For months, some San Jose lawmakers have wanted to amend the city’s Ellis Act ordinance by tweaking how many units would have to be put back under rent control after redevelopment — a move spurred by a fear that the current law’s requirement is halting housing production in the region. Now, the City Council on...

San Jose: New attack ad targets Lan Diep over Silvery Towers

A labor group took aim at San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep, a former Republican and longtime pro-business advocate, in an attack ad that accuses him of giving developer KT Urban, who built the Silvery Towers, a $22 million taxpayer-funded subsidy. The group that released the ad last week, Santa Clara County Residents for Responsible Development,...

San Jose to receive $500,000 from state for PG&E power outages

Following a tumultuous month of power outages and fire warnings, San Jose lawmakers announced on Friday that San Jose, alongside other California cities, will receive half a million in state funds to help cover costs accumulated as a result of last month’s recent set of blackouts. In addition to San Jose, other large cities including...

San Jose housing advocates stage Halloween protest to preserve Ellis Act

“Trick or treat” had a new meaning at San Jose City Hall Thursday, when protestors dressed up as Mayor Sam Liccardo and waved signs condemning the lawmaker for handing out “treats” to developers. Holding a Halloween-themed news conference, top labor leaders from the South Bay denounced making any changes to a rent control law they...

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...

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