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Funk: A look at charter school reform — what is needed?

At the end of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s tenure, charter school opponents sought relief in the “Charter Schools Act of 1992.” Specifically, school districts were seeking the ability to deny a charter based on financial stress to a district. Although no legislation was passed, the spark was generated. Within the first two months of Gov....

Staedler: Could the Sharks leave San Jose?

As San Jose prepares for its evolution into Downtown 2.0, it has to deal with the growing pains that come from such a transition. One of the biggest challenges the city faces is its ongoing relationship with the San Jose Sharks. For decades, the Sharks have been a major stimulus and economic driver for Downtown...

Kline: The case for public-private mass transit

Let’s start by talking about the housing crisis. We have a housing problem because home prices are too high. Prices are high because demand is high and supply is low. We can not increase supply unless we increase density. We can not increase density without increasing traffic. Traffic can be a killer to quality of life,...

Staedler: It’s time to pivot to Affordable Housing 2.0

A lot has been written about the housing tragedy that we are experiencing in Silicon Valley. I say tragedy because the over-used and trite term “housing crisis” is no longer descriptive of what we’re facing. The housing tragedy that we are experiencing has caused displacement, tearing families apart and nothing is changing fast enough to...

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