Author: Staff Reports

Former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer dies at age 81

Susan Hammer, the trailblazing 62nd mayor of San Jose known for her infectious laugh and push for diversity and equity, died Saturday. She was 81. Hammer’s family made the announcement Sunday afternoon, citing health reasons. Hammer, who battled Alzheimer’s disease, was surrounded by family and friends. “We are heartbroken at Mom’s passing and feel so...

What you need to know to vote on Election Day in Silicon Valley

Election Day is here, and hundreds of thousands of South Bay residents will flock to the polls to make their voices heard. California’s first year with an early primary election — in March instead of June — puts the country’s most populous state in a consequential position to help decide the Democratic presidential nomination. About...

San Jose program for free college gets $250K eBay donation

A program that provides free college to hundreds of underprivileged San Jose students on Monday has received a boost from a longtime local tech business. Through its foundation, San Jose-based eBay is donating $250,000 to the San José-Evergreen Community College District Foundation to support San José Promise, the program that offers up to two years...

Assemblyman Evan Low joins Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign

The Yang Gang has a new Silicon Valley leader — Assemblyman Evan Low. The South Bay legislator announced Wednesday that he is joining Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign as a national co-chair. The news comes on the heels of the latest Democratic debate in Iowa, which excluded Yang much to the disappointment of his supporters, and...

Unusual allies: Ex-San Jose mayor endorses Dave Cortese for Senate

After lending his support to Mayor Sam Liccardo in his 2014 run for mayor against Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, former Mayor Tom McEnery is all in for Cortese — an unusual decision given the two politicians’ starkly opposite views. Cortese, who this year terms out from the Board of Supervisors after 12 years...

San Jose: Shuttered Camera 12 site could soon have a new purpose

More than three years after spinning its last movie, the vacant Camera 12 site in downtown San Jose could soon be transformed into a vibrant office and retail space. Urban Catalyst, a San Jose-based real estate equity fund focused on development in opportunity zones, announced this week it has closed on the property at 201...

Kansen Chu for Assembly 2020 mailer raises eyebrows

California Assemblymember Kansen Chu surprised political insiders and voters alike when he announced earlier this year he planned to leave Sacramento to run for Santa Clara County supervisor. Despite the decision, some voters this holiday season received a one-page mailer detailing all of the legislator’s accomplishments in Sacramento — but the “paid for” disclaimer at...

San Jose City Council candidate involved in a fatal collision

San Jose City Council candidate Jenny Higgins Bradanini revealed late Wednesday night that she was involved in a collision that killed a 66-year-old man. “Monday morning in Los Gatos, I was involved in a tragic car accident that resulted in a fatality of a man,” Higgins Bradanini wrote in the email. “I am heartbroken and...

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