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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...

San Jose official’s email sparks concern over Google displacement

As Google makes plans for its downtown San Jose mega-campus and city officials eye a new vision for Diridon Station, worries over gentrification continue to mount – and now a newly-obtained email from a top city official about displacement is raising eyebrows. San Jose’s Economic Development Director Kim Walesh last year led the city’s engagement process,...

Controversy brews over Chick-fil-A at San Jose’s airport

A controversy is brewing over a plan to open a Chick-fil-A inside San Jose’s city-owned airport. The restaurant chain, which has taken positions against marriage equality and other LGBTQ+ issues, is poised to open an outlet inside the Mineta San Jose International Airport in June, reported the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The decision to allow...

Corruption allegations at Silicon Valley’s Hispanic chamber; board members ousted

Six prominent Latino leaders were kicked off the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley board of directors, a shakeup five of them say happened after they questioned the chamber’s financial standing and demanded to see its budget. In separate interviews, multiple ex-board members claim they’ve never seen the chamber’s annual budget, expenditures or other financial...

Japantown businesses feel the pinch of new development

With a new luxury, market-rate housing development coming to Japantown, local business owners are feeling the pinch of losing parking spots that they say could threaten their livelihoods. In January, developers broke ground on Facet, the upcoming 518-unit apartment complex, and Sixth and Jackson, the adjoining 19,000-square-foot retail space. The mixed-use development will feature a two-building, seven story...

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