Author: Ramona Giwargis (Ramona Giwargis)

‘The war has begun’: Silicon Valley official called to resign over Facebook posts

Silicon Valley leaders are demanding a local Republican elected official resign following a series of Facebook posts inciting violence Wednesday, just as a pro-Trump mob took over the U.S. Capitol in a dangerous attempt to overturn the election. Phil Reynolds, who is an elected member of the Santa Clara County Republican Party’s Central Committee, publicly...

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: SJSU student fights for on-campus COVID-19 testing

As of Dec. 23, Santa Clara County reported 59,923 confirmed coronavirus cases and 632 deaths. The county saw another massive spike — 1,311 new cases recorded in one day. California had 1,964,076 positive cases and 23,284 deaths as of Dec. 22. However, health officials have warned recent figures have been underreported due to issues with...

Watch: A live chat with VTA General Manager Nuria Fernandez

The need for reliable public transportation has never been greater, especially amid the pandemic. Valley Transportation Authority, the South Bay’s largest transit agency, is on the edge of transformation with several critical projects — such as BART to San Jose and a light rail extension to Eastridge — while grappling with unprecedented budget challenges. What...

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: October 13 to November 12

Catch up on our current Coronavirus LIVE BLOG here. 11 a.m. Nov. 11: How to know if businesses are following county health order Beatrice Santiago, Santa Clara County’s Business Compliance Unit lead, said both business owners and customers have a role to ensure health order compliance during a news briefing on Nov. 11. “When a business...

LIVE BLOG: Polls close, early results posted in Santa Clara County

South Bay voters headed to the polls Tuesday after a long and often divisive campaign season that saw deep division between Silicon Valley’s two powerful political camps — business and labor — and widespread fallout from a racist campaign image from business lobby. READ MORE: Find a vote center or ballot drop box here. Like...

Who is responsible for The SVO’s racist image? They won’t say

Three days after a racist campaign image appeared on The Silicon Valley Organization’s website, the business lobby remains mum about who is responsible. Additionally, campaign finance records show the business group continues to work with a campaign consultant blamed for another racist campaign message posted in February. The most recent image, posted Oct. 27 and...

Silicon Valley Organization CEO Matt Mahood placed on leave as board members quit

Silicon Valley Organization President and CEO Matt Mahood has been placed on an administrative leave, one day after the organization came under fire for a racist image posted on its website. “A qualified third-party investigator has been engaged to conduct a top down investigation to determine how and why such an image was posted,” Madison...

Lan Diep a Democrat? San Jose party officials say not so fast

A recent campaign mailer from San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep urges voters to support Joe Biden and himself — a “fellow Democrat” — but records show Diep joined the party just seven months ago. Before that, he had no party preference and was a registered Republican for seven years. Diep, who faces a tough re-election...