Author: Special to San José Spotlight

Bonilla, Carrasco: East San Jose needs college investment 

An astounding 51% of Latinx college students are considering not returning to college or shifting to part-time status while 37% already have stopped taking college classes altogether. These are the heartbreaking decisions that Latinx college students — in California alone — are making this fall due to the pandemic’s devastating and disproportionate impact on them...

Estremera: Partnering to clean up Santa Clara County

We had an impressive showing at this year’s California Coastal Cleanup. Congratulations to the 862 outstanding volunteers who picked up a total of 22,215 pounds of trash and cleaned over 336 miles during socially distanced neighborhood cleanup events, held each Saturday in September. These dedicated community members hit the streets, parks and creeks equipped with...

Huynh, Pham: School is back but transit is off track

Weeks into the fall semester, instead of catching the bus or train to campus, we are learning from home. Both COVID-19 and the recent California wildfires have kept us indoors and amplified the ongoing struggles that our families and communities face. As the smoke fades and our region recovers from COVID-19, returning to “normal” is...

Lardinois: Stop fear mongering about Opportunity Housing

Reasonable people can disagree on San Jose’s Opportunity Housing proposal, which would allow up to four residential units on lots zoned for single-family homes. While I support Opportunity Housing as one of many tools in the toolbox to address housing affordability in San Jose, I can of course respect opinions to the contrary. San Jose...