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Santa Clara County lawmakers to vote on banning e-cigarettes

A ban on vaping could reach all corners of unincorporated Santa Clara County in just six weeks. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a referral to consider options for banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in unincorporated parts of the county for people under age 21. County Counsel James Williams and administrators...

Santa Clara set to pick new food and drink operator for convention center

Santa Clara’s convention center has seen a year of change, and there’s more to come. City leaders in March opted to shake up management of the property following a critical report alleging mismanagement of the more than 300,000-square-foot convention center by the former Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. Spectra Venue Management was awarded the management...

Another finalist named in San Jose Planning Commission saga

A fourth finalist for the San Jose Planning Commission was named late Friday, the latest wrinkle in what’s become a highly-politicized process to fill two seats on the city’s most powerful commission. Attorney George Casey was named a fourth finalist and will compete for one of two vacancies on the panel. The winding saga of...

Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez drops out of Assembly race

Three months after announcing a bid for California Assembly, Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez announced early Saturday on Facebook that she’s dropping out of the race. “While an Assembly seat provides the opportunity to create great change for our families, after deep reflection and very thoughtful consideration, I have decided to withdraw and end my...

Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna for vice president? Not so fast.

In recent weeks, speculation is swirling that Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna is eyeing a potential vice presidential nomination, exciting some of his constituents as he would be the first Indian-American to hold that office. The rumors swelled after the freshman congressman was spotted spending lots of time in Iowa. An article from the Carroll Times Herald suggested Khanna...

San Jose social justice nonprofit hires new executive director

After more than six years of steady leadership, the community and faith-based nonprofit, People Acting in Community Together (PACT) has secured a new executive director. PACT leaders recently announced that Rev. Ray Montgomery, a longtime social justice advocate and Baptist pastor, has assumed a new role as the organization’s executive director, replacing interim director Ian...

Rose Herrera expected to jump into San Jose City Council race

Four months after jumping into a county supervisor race, former San Jose Vice Mayor Rose Herrera is expected to drop out to run for her old seat on the San Jose City Council against Councilmember Sylvia Arenas. Herrera, who is normally responsive to media requests, did not return multiple calls and emails from San José...

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese criticized for campaign email

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who is running for the California Senate, is facing criticism from opponents over a new campaign email that some say appears to blur the lines between his campaign and official resources. The email, sent late last month, comes from a campaign email address — dave@davecortese.com — but features a...

New San Jose business PAC announces endorsements in council races

A San Jose business-backed political action committee announced three endorsements on Friday in the 2020 City Council races. The Business San Jose Chamber PAC, which was formed last summer after members of the PAC for the silicon valley organization (the former chamber of commerce) broke away amid division on the panel, is backing Republican Jonathan...

Santa Clara County rape crisis centers to receive $600K to support survivors

Santa Clara lawmakers voted this week to award $600,000 to two local rape crisis centers for sexual assault survivors, the latest push by county leaders to bolster women’s services and combat sexual violence. The YWCA-Silicon Valley will receive $503,000 in funding and $97,000 will be allotted to Community Solutions through two one-time contracts. Supervisor Cindy...

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