Author: Staff Reports

Rick Callender poised to be Valley Water’s next CEO

It’s not official yet, but it’s pretty darn close — Rick Callender appears poised to be the next CEO of Valley Water. The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors on Friday met in closed-session via video conference to discuss the appointment of the water district’s next CEO and general manager. While no one...

San José Spotlight wins four California Journalism Awards

San José Spotlight has won four California Journalism Awards in an annual competition sponsored by the California News Publishers Association. “I’m very proud of our talented team and the fact that we placed in the top five in four categories in our first year of operation,” said Ramona Giwargis, San José Spotlight’s co-founder and editor....

Advocates fight back against Santa Clara County’s new cannabis rules

A petition launched Friday to stop Santa Clara County from banning recreational cannabis sales at dispensaries under a new health order garnered thousands of signatures within hours, the latest call from advocates to overturn the controversial decision. As first reported by San José Spotlight on Wednesday, Santa Clara County leaders reversed a previous decision in...

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...

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