Author: Nadia Lopez (Nadia Lopez)

San Jose opposes bill to ban towing vehicles

A handful of California lawmakers want to bar cities from towing cars over unpaid parking tickets and other fees that disproportionately harm low-income families and people living in their cars. But in San Jose, officials are pushing back stating that the bill will exacerbate existing parking woes and excessive abandoned vehicles on city streets. The...

Santa Clara County receives $4M to fight wildfires

Flames from last year’s destructive wildfires scorched away entire towns, shattered families and killed nearly a hundred people, shocking the nation as it stood by and watched California ablaze. As this year’s wildfire season arrives, Santa Clara County leaders announced Monday that they’re gearing up with $4 million in state funds to buy new technology...

Is banning single-family zoning possible in San Jose?

As more cities across the country are scrapping single-family zoning laws to address a nationwide affordable housing crunch, San Jose says it’s not ready to take the plunge. Owning a home — the legacy that defined American postwar democracy — is an ideal that is being challenged today as many cities opt for alternative solutions...

Amid housing crisis, Silicon Valley landlords say they’re struggling too

In a city that makes daily headlines for its out-of-control housing market and astronomical rents, one group often emerges as the villain — landlords. But landlords and property owners in San Jose say they’re just as much a victim of the extraordinary housing crisis. “Being a first-time investor is on-the-job training and akin to drinking...

2020 census citizenship debate erodes trust in Santa Clara County

President Donald Trump’s exhausted attempts at including the citizenship question on the 2020 census proved unsuccessful, putting to rest a matter that some officials worried would affect local turnout. On Thursday, the president announced that he’s backing down on his efforts of including the question after admitting that an ongoing, raging legal battle would interfere with printing...

Does San Jose’s ‘sunshine’ policy have teeth?

For nearly ten years, San Jose’s “sunshine law” — an ordinance that promises the public greater access and information on its local government — has been a measure that the city prides itself on. But stronger local measures toward increased transparency don’t ensure that San Jose officials face serious penalties for breaking their own rules when...

Dave Cortese announces big fundraising haul in Senate race

Candidates facing off in a tight state Senate race have eight months left before the primary election, setting off a full-blown dash for cash among the contenders — with Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese significantly outraising four other rivals. Cortese raised $650,000 in funds through June 30, kicking off July with more than $600,000...

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