Author: Vicente Vera (Vicente Vera)

San Jose school board approves agreement for police on campus

The San Jose Unified School District reaffirmed its relationship with police this week despite protests from community organizers. The Board of Education on Dec. 10 unanimously approved updated terms and conditions for on-campus police “for the purpose of maintaining a safe and secure environment for students, staff and community members,” according to a Memorandum of...

‘We don’t know what to do’: San Jose restaurants prepare to close in-person dining

Surrounded by patio heaters and tables filled with patrons dining on Mexican food, a three-person mariachi band played under the tent canopy outside Mendoza’s Taqueria in San Jose on Sunday – the last day of the year restaurants could seat people under Santa Clara County’s most recent health order. “I’m going to miss watching them...

San Jose clears homeless camp despite concerns over COVID-19

San Jose started dismantling a homeless encampment this week to make way for an upcoming trail renovation, flouting health recommendations and stoking fears the action will lead to the spread of COVID-19. While placing people in housing is the best option, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends allowing people in encampments to stay...

Silicon Valley Organization’s new diversity panel struggles to get recruits

Three prominent community leaders continue to refuse to serve on the Silicon Valley Organization’s new racial equity working group unless the business group agrees to a set of conditions and full transparency, according to a letter obtained by San José Spotlight. The Nov. 9 letter outlined concerns with The SVO’s “hastily-assembled investigation” into a racist...

Who’s serving free Thanksgiving meals in San Jose?

At least five churches and local nonprofits are serving Thanksgiving meals around San Jose this week with the help of individual donations and local food banks, such as Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. “Second Harvest acquires food through a number of different sources, some donated, some purchased, and then distributes it out into neighborhoods throughout...

San Jose hospitals face pressure as COVID-19 cases surge

As Santa Clara County sees a surge in new COVID-19 cases, hospitals across San Jose are being stretched thin. Many hospital officials say they’re rising to the occasion. According to county data, 102 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Nov. 12 with about 17 new cases in the last day. There are 909 beds...

Young South Bay activists mobilize to fight for climate justice

Marching down a narrow neighborhood street with signs reading “Green New Deal Now” and “We Can’t Breathe,” about 20 youth climate activists sought to surprise San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with an early morning protest outside his home. “No justice, no sleep,” one of the protesters chanted through a megaphone while cars squeezed between the...

Furor builds over racist post by San Jose business group

A chorus of community leaders gathered at San Jose City Hall to express their outrage over a racist image posted on the website of The Silicon Valley Organization and demanded politicians backed by the group return campaign donations. “We stand here today to condemn the racist actions of The SVO and to call on all...