Author: Ramona Giwargis (Ramona Giwargis)

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: Newsom orders moratorium on evictions, SJ rent assistance fund tapped out

Bay Area businesses, residents and elected officials are reacting by the hour to the spread of coronavirus with new announcements, closures and legal orders. The novel coronavirus has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Despite precautions taken by public and private entities, the virus also known as COVID-19 is ripping through...

San Jose labor leaders question missing signatures after measure fails to qualify

A citywide measure to shift mayoral elections to presidential years and prohibit certain campaign contributions has failed to qualify for the November ballot, but labor leaders are questioning the process and claiming nearly 2,000 voter signatures went missing. Last month, labor officials delivered nearly 100,000 signatures to San Jose City Hall to qualify the initiative....

Evergreen Valley College president ousted due to sexual relationship, records reveal

Former Evergreen Valley College President Keith Aytch was abruptly placed on leave last summer and forced to resign after details about an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship emerged, San José Spotlight has learned. College trustees accepted Aytch’s resignation on Nov. 12, 2019, three months after placing him on administrative leave and hiring an investigator. A public...

LIVE BLOG: Election Day is underway in the South Bay

After a long and at-times grueling campaign season, South Bay voters on Tuesday headed to more than a hundred vote centers to fulfil their civic duty, casting votes at the top of the ticket for president down to the consequential San Jose City races that could shake things up at City Hall. 11:30 p.m. San...

San Jose lawmakers denounce SVO’s altered photo of Sylvia Arenas

Supporters of San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas are crying foul after an image of the Latina lawmaker surfaced on a new opposition website that appears to have darkened her skin. The image, which cropped up this week on a website funded by the Silicon Valley Organization’s PAC, first appeared in a Mercury News article four...

From the editor: Santa Clara, stop the attacks on the press

In an increasingly divisive political climate, our job as journalists is to tell stories of power and privilege. And by virtue of our jobs, journalists and government officials often clash. We fight City Hall for answers. We fight for documents to shed light on what’s really going on. We fight to question powerful politicians, sometimes...

San Jose: Elizabeth Warren talks universal child care, taxing wealthy

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped in San Jose on Friday to meet with local child care workers who shared challenges with a growing workload and shrinking paychecks. The Massachusetts senator used the campaign stop to tout her plan for universal, federally-funded child care and higher wages for providers. The Silicon Valley visit, hosted by...

From the editor: We could not do it without you

One year ago, my husband Josh Barousse and I started San José Spotlight with a small amount of savings, a painfully slow laptop and a big dream. Two San Jose natives, sitting in Las Vegas, decided to bring a new model of community-supported journalism to our hometown. We were leaving our full-time jobs, living off...

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