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Plan to turn old San Jose hospital into urban village criticized

A plan to revitalize a sleepy roadway is getting pushback from residents. Santa Clara County’s newest project aimed at creating a livelier neighborhood is underway, after lawmakers on Tuesday approved a mixed-use urban village at the former San Jose Medical Center site, but the plan is being sharply criticized for lacking retail or sustainability concepts....

San Jose: Tech Museum of Innovation unveils new name and vision

The former San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation has been reborn. It’s new name and vision: The Tech Interactive. “The world was calling us,” Tim Ritchie, President and CEO of The Tech Interactive, told San José Spotlight. After 20 years in operation, the beloved downtown technology museum is being rebranded and reopened to offer expanded...

Say goodbye to San Jose Joe’s and The Brit at San Jose’s airport

San Jose Joe’s and The Brit are officially taking off from the Mineta San Jose International Airport – and they won’t be coming back. On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to award contracts – or “packages” – to three concessions groups that would bring 14 new restaurants to the airport. The city received...

Two iconic San Jose restaurants forced out of airport

In an effort to freshen up the look and feel of San Jose’s airport, airport leaders are proposing drastic changes to its restaurants — but the move will push out two of San Jose’s most iconic and beloved establishments. If San Jose elected leaders approve the changes at the City Council next week, travelers will have to say goodbye to...

San Jose’s Camera 12 still dark as development plans stall

Nearly three years after announcing plans to get Downtown San Jose’s Camera 12 Cinemas back up and running, developers are still stuck in limbo. And now the beloved theater remains dark — it’s anyone’s guess for how much longer. Development plans have stalled in part because of the building’s incredibly expensive maintenance needs. “I think...

Ex-Silicon Valley Community Foundation employees appeal to George Lucas over Emmett Carson hiring

Twenty-three former Silicon Valley Community Foundation employees and allies on Monday sent a letter to famed filmmaker George Lucas and the board of his prestigious Los Angeles museum expressing “dismay” over the museum’s hiring of the foundation’s ousted CEO Emmett Carson. “We, the undersigned former employees of Silicon Valley Community Foundation as well as local...

Google withdraws from affordable housing fee exemption

As Google planned its downtown San Jose mega-campus, the tech giant promised it wouldn’t take tax breaks or subsidies from the city. Google’s real estate team held up their end of that bargain, according to a new letter obtained by San José Spotlight. Google’s Delmas Park project, which could potentially include 1.04 million square feet of...

More delays for Tropicana development in East San Jose

It’s been four years since Dennis Fong, a Chinese-American businessman with a strained relationship with City Hall, proposed a three-story office and retail building in the heart of East San Jose. But the nearly $10 million project, planned for Story and King roads, has yet to break ground. Instead, it’s been riddled with red tape...

San Jose lawmakers protest San Jose Water Company rate hikes

San Jose councilmembers are fighting back against “unfair” water rate hikes, voting unanimously to send a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission protesting San Jose Water Company’s proposed rate increases and calling for an investigation into a potential merger with Connecticut Water. San Jose residents who conserved water in California’s long-standing drought may now...

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