Author: Staff Reports

San Jose Speaks: A conversation with Police Chief Anthony Mata

San José Spotlight hosted an exclusive conversation with newly-appointed San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata in its latest San Jose Speaks series, which features interactive conversations with South Bay leaders, influencers and decision makers. Mata discussed his vision and future plans for the San Jose Police Department, efforts to “defund” the police, resident complaints about...

Full report: Silicon Valley Pain Index 2021

The Silicon Valley Pain Index, conducted by the San Jose State University Human Rights Institute, is an annual report focusing on racial discrimination and income inequality in the region. The report was inspired by an index compiled about New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Human Rights Institute released its findings this week. Here is the...

A look at how San Jose mourned after mass shooting

This week will forever be engrained in the minds of San Joseans. What started as an ordinary day Wednesday ended with nine families saying goodbye to their husbands, fathers, brothers, and best friends. Nine men were gunned down at a VTA rail yard after a disgruntled employee opened fire following a union meeting. The shooter,...

San Jose Speaks: A conversation with Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone

San José Spotlight earlier this month welcomed Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone in its latest San Jose Speaks series, which features interactive conversations with South Bay leaders, influencers and decision makers. Stone discussed Proposition 19, which was approved by voters in 2020 and significantly complicated the rules for transferring property tax assessments. The March...

San José Spotlight wins SPJ’s James Madison Freedom of Information Award

San José Spotlight has received the Northern California Chapter’s Society of Professional Journalists’ prestigious James Madison Freedom of Information Award for its “regular and inventive use” of public records in covering local government in Santa Clara County. “This honor is a testament to the great work produced by our talented team of journalists,” said Ramona...

San José Spotlight celebrates two years, announces new partnership

San José Spotlight, the city’s first nonprofit newsroom dedicated to independent political and business reporting, turned two in January and announced an exciting new partnership to expand its award-winning coverage. The news organization, founded by Ramona Giwargis and Josh Barousse in Jan. 2019, will partner with Oakland-based Post News Group, which operates 8 Black and...

New COVID-19 variant found in Santa Clara County, linked to large outbreaks

A new variant of COVID-19 has been discovered in Santa Clara County, health officials confirmed Sunday, and it’s linked to several large outbreaks. The new strain was rare until recently. The variant known as L452R was first discovered last year and is increasingly appearing in California counties since November, officials said. In addition to Santa...

San Jose Mayor Liccardo calls for Trump to be ‘tried for sedition’ after rioters storm U.S. Capitol

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo thinks President Donald Trump should be charged and tried for conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government, after his supporters violently confronted Capitol police and forced their way into the U.S. Capitol. The rioters — at Trump’s repeated encouragement, including at a rally earlier on Jan. 6 — were seeking to...