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Santa Clara County lawmakers declare a Climate Emergency

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese’s resolution to declare a climate emergency was approved by the Board of Supervisors earlier this week. The declaration acknowledges that global climate change is “caused by human activities” that have resulted in a climate emergency that impacts the well-being health and safety of Santa Clara County residents. It demands immediate...

San Jose leaders push to fund Planned Parenthood shortfall

Two Silicon Valley lawmakers are looking to patch up a $250,000 loss of funding for San Jose’s Planned Parenthood centers after the nonprofit organization pulled out of Title X, a decades-old program that provides grants for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. The decision to leave the program came after President Donald Trump demanded...

State political watchdog fines Alum Rock school board member

The Fair Political Practices Commission has slapped a $7,000 fine on Alum Rock Union Elementary School District Board Member Dolores Marquez for alleged mishandling of surplus campaign funds and other charges dating back to 2014 and 2016. In a stipulation order drafted by the commission and unanimously approved by the commissioners last week, Marquez is...

San Jose ranks highest with singles looking for love

If you’re looking for lasting love, look no further — you’re in the right place. A new survey sponsored by dating website Match found that San Jose is not a city of flings, ranking number one in Bay Area cities for singles looking for long-term relationships. Across the nation, it ranks No. 4 in the...

CA High Speed Rail recommends a route through San Jose

Despite the governor’s confusing comments in the State of the State address earlier this year, California High Speed Rail is moving forward with plans to connect the Central Valley backbone with the Peninsula. In its latest open house Thursday, NorCal HSR employees met with community members along the San Jose to Merced corridor. State Sen....

Alex Lee outraises competitors in Assembly District 25 race

In the competitive race for an open seat in State Assembly District 25, newcomer Alex Lee is leading the pack in fundraising. A gaggle of candidates are competing for the seat, which covers Newark, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara and Milpitas, and is being vacated by Assemblyman Kansen Chu who decided to instead run for county...

Comic Con Councilmember lets “nerd” flag fly at City Hall

To herald the arrival of Silicon Valley Comic Con this week San Jose officials gathered in front of City Hall Tuesday afternoon to raise its official flag over municipal plaza. But what’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive!...

San Jose’s Councilman Captain America meets Bernie Sanders

Too bad San Jose Councilman Lan Diep couldn’t hide behind his Captain America shield. The eccentric lawmaker, who’s the lone Republican on the San Jose City Council, was spotted at a Bernie Sanders event this summer. But Diep didn’t want to be seen at the far-left Vermont Independent’s rally. “I don’t really want people knowing...

Denise Belisle sells Evergreen Coffee Company, mulls what’s next

Longtime business owner and City Council hopeful Denise Belisle sold Evergreen Coffee Company — her beloved mom-and-pop coffee shop in Evergreen — fueling speculation about what’s next and whether she’s gearing up for another council run. “I’ve certainly thought about it,” said Belisle, who finished third in a five-way primary race for the District 8...

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