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Kremen, Santos, Varela: Valley Water gathering public feedback on proposed expansion of Pacheco Reservoir  

The first few months of this rainfall season were below average across California, with drought conditions evident statewide. Although the Golden State received a much-needed soaking in late January, moderate drought conditions remain across Santa Clara County. Valley Water remains focused on preparing for future wet and dry years through various projects and programs, including...

Levitt: Electronic billboards may work for Denver but they should not define San Jose

In 2015, city leaders seeking to define the future of San Jose went on a junket to Denver and became mesmerized by the digital signs that Rocky Mountain city decided would make its downtown Theater District more “exciting.” The bright, shiny digital billboards and seductive promise to Denver’s government of revenue from advertising started a...

Rocha, Yamamoto: San Jose was intentionally planned as a racially segregated city

San Jose was intentionally planned as a racially segregated city. Single-family zoning, which originated in Berkeley, Calif. in 1916, reserved exclusive communities for wealthier and whiter neighbors and deliberately excluded hardworking people of color. This practice spread to other cities. Today, because we know better, we are held accountable to dismantle this racist planning tool...

Rodan: Grocery store hazard pay decision showed true colors of San Jose councilmembers

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday led a righteous crusade against the evil conspirings of labor organizers and grocery store workers fighting for a $5 pay increase at stores with 300 national employees or more. The horror! Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmembers Dev Davis and Matt Mahan fought back against this socialist onslaught, and...

Estruth: COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Silicon Valley renews fight for health, racial justice

COVID-19 infections continue to rise across California, including in Santa Clara County, where ICU beds are nearly full. The virus continues to harm people of color disproportionately. According to the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health Emergency Operations Center, Latinx people have suffered 51% of the county’s COVID cases, despite being only 25.8 percent of the population....

Cohen, Fernandez: Essential workers risking their lives amid COVID-19 deserve better wages and protections

Last year we called workers essential. This year let’s treat them like they are. The pandemic has made clear what we’ve known for a long time: the most important jobs in our society aren’t the billionaire investors and corporate executives. Rather, we rely most on the people whose labor keeps our society running: the farmworkers,...