Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

Alviso: Ro Khanna talks Trump impeachment, Iran conflict

Dozens arrived early and waited patiently to shake his hand. The room was thick with excitement, as the crowd gathered in a small, packed auditorium Friday night at a town hall in Alviso to hear Rep. Ro Khanna, the second-term Democrat from Silicon Valley, give his monthly address to voters. The congressman was met with...

San Jose: Law enforcement leaders denounce ICE policy

Law enforcement officials condemned the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in a news conference Wednesday, following a vote Tuesday to not allow local authorities to notify ICE when detainees are released. The unanimous decision sparked outrage amongst police officers, who have been advocating for a change in policy for years. “We cannot protect our...

Santa Clara County lawmakers make no changes to ICE detainer policy

A nail-biting 56 days have passed since the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to explore changes to the county’s sanctuary city policy, but on Tuesday it voted unanimously against a notification policy preventing law enforcement from cooperating with ICE officials. Emotions ran high among the public at April’s grueling and nearly eight-hour long meeting...

San Jose: Major Alum Rock development spurred by unusual zoning law

For years, San Jose has taken a hard stance against using commercial land for housing — despite the region’s excruciating housing shortage — to bolster economic activity in a city desperately seeking to shed its image as a “bedroom community.” But in a East San Jose neighborhood whose streets are lined with minority-owned businesses, those...

Plan to turn old San Jose hospital into urban village criticized

A plan to revitalize a sleepy roadway is getting pushback from residents. Santa Clara County’s newest project aimed at creating a livelier neighborhood is underway, after lawmakers on Tuesday approved a mixed-use urban village at the former San Jose Medical Center site, but the plan is being sharply criticized for lacking retail or sustainability concepts....

San Jose activists push back against metal detectors in City Hall

Silicon Valley advocates pushed back Thursday on a controversial proposal to increase security at City Hall by installing metal detectors, calling the move “undemocratic” and “hostile to the public.” In a memo to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Johnny Khamis proposed that his colleagues consider safety measures at City Hall by implementing metal detectors...

Santa Clara County approves $5M for sexual assault services

While women’s healthcare services are being threatened nationally, Santa Clara County leaders are fighting to preserve and invest in securing those rights at the local level. In two monumental moves for women, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to reserve $5 million to support services for victims of sexual assault and gender-based violence...

South Bay Senate candidates differ on controversial housing bill

Three of the five candidates running for Jim Beall’s state Senate seat drew a crowd of eager voters on Monday night at a meet-and-greet forum in Campbell, discussing crucial issues such as housing, transportation, climate change and education. The hours-long event hosted by the Silicon Valley Democratic Club did little to sway Silicon Valley Democratic...

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