Author: Ramona Giwargis (Ramona Giwargis)

Following outcry, major changes coming to San Jose Planning Commission

Mayor Sam Liccardo joined with political rivals to propose sweeping changes to the Planning Commision following community outcry, changes that could reshape the size and diversity of the powerful panel. In a new proposal, Liccardo and Vice Mayor Chappie Jones teamed up with progressives Magdalena Carrasco and Maya Esparza to suggest prohibiting more than two...

Norm Kline drops bid for San Jose Planning Commission

After a blunder left Norm Kline off a list of applicants for the Planning Commission, he dropped out of the competitive process and cleared the field for three others. “Since applying and not being selected, I have volunteered for other public service projects,” Kline wrote in a letter. “This combined with knowing the council has...

Controversy brews over Chick-fil-A at San Jose’s airport

A controversy is brewing over a plan to open a Chick-fil-A inside San Jose’s city-owned airport. The restaurant chain, which has taken positions against marriage equality and other LGBTQ+ issues, is poised to open an outlet inside the Mineta San Jose International Airport in June, reported the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The decision to allow...

Corruption allegations at Silicon Valley’s Hispanic chamber; board members ousted

Six prominent Latino leaders were kicked off the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley board of directors, a shakeup five of them say happened after they questioned the chamber’s financial standing and demanded to see its budget. In separate interviews, multiple ex-board members claim they’ve never seen the chamber’s annual budget, expenditures or other financial...

San Jose planning commission vacancy leads to showdown

A routine appointment to the San Jose Planning Commission became a somewhat contentious affair Monday after former commissioner Norm Kline was granted an interview under unusual circumstances. Kline applied for the appointment ahead of the deadline, said City Clerk Toni Taber, but his name didn’t appear alongside the nearly two dozen other applicants. Taber said...

San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep draws a challenger

Councilman Captain America has drawn at least one re-election challenger. San Jose’s most eccentric lawmaker, Lan Diep, will face Huy Tran, the housing commissioner he appointed, and potentially Berryessa school trustee David Cohen, in his re-election bid next year. Diep was narrowly elected to the San Jose City Council in June 2016 by 12 votes. He unseated...

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