Author: Sonya Herrera (Sonya Herrera)

SJSU students demand changes at national sorority

Members of Alpha Omicron Pi at San Jose State University are demanding the sorority lower its dues and eliminate “empty bed fees” to provide relief to less-advantaged students during the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The university’s Delta Sigma chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi organized a news conference Wednesday to address concerns about...

Bad cops: Why can’t San Jose just fire them?

“Why are you on that side?” yelled a protester at San Jose Police Officer Jared Yuen. “Shut up, b—-!” Yuen shouted back. Months have passed since Yuen’s comments during this year’s protests against the police killing of George Floyd went viral. A petition demanding the city fire Yuen has circulated since June and gathered nearly...

Food trucks thrive in age of social distancing

As restaurants around the country struggle to stay afloat, food truck operators are finding they have the perfect recipe to succeed amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The idea of contactless purchase and delivery is standard now,” said Ryan Sebastian, principal of Moveable, which organizes food trucks and other pop-ups in the Bay Area. “We’re seeing a...

Policy to build dense housing in San Jose neighborhoods delayed

Amid public pressure, San Jose’s General Plan review committee postponed a vote on whether to study “opportunity housing,” a controversial initiative to build more homes in single-family neighborhoods. “Not all of our neighbors are on social media or can Zoom in order to be heard,” said resident Tim Clauson said during the public comment period. “Please...

Newly-approved San Jose police union contract leaves door open for changes

Despite calls for increased accountability and defunding of the police department, the San Jose City Council extended its contract with the Police Officers’ Association for another year with no changes — at least for now. “The conversation has to continue,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez, who is himself a reserve police officer. It was not necessary...