Politics & Government

Politics & Government

House committee investigation finds drug companies targeting US for price hikes

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  A House committee investigation into the increasing costs of prescription drugs found that some of the largest global pharmaceutical companies are targeting the United States for the biggest price hikes, according to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York). “I was astonished to see some of the new documents we will be discussing today,”...

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: Santa Clara County says private hospitals have to do more testing

As of Sept. 29, Santa Clara County reported 21,294 confirmed coronavirus cases and 318 deaths. The county’s COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing sites will remain open as fires around the South Bay worsen air quality in the area. California had 807,425 positive cases and 15,640 deaths as of Sept. 29. However, health officials have warned...

Election guide: Voting in Santa Clara County

With Election Day little more than a month away, it’s time to make sure you’re registered to vote, you know what will be on the Nov. 3 ballot and how to cast your ballot. To register, go to www.registertovote.ca.gov. Voters must also re-register to vote if they are changing political parties. All registered voters in...

UPDATE: San Jose sows seeds to begin public discussion on police reform

City leaders are gearing up to launch a public discussion on reforming San Jose’s police department, acknowledging it will be difficult. “We expect this to be a pretty messy process, especially if we’re bringing divergent perspectives to the table,” said Deputy City Manager Angel Rios. “We’d be lucky if we get 30% consensus. What we’re...

Former San Jose Councilmember Charlotte Powers dies at 82

Former San Jose Councilmember Charlotte Powers, remembered as a trailblazer and hero for women, died Sept. 28 at the age of 82. “She was a dedicated, honest, hard working councilmember and an inclusive person that I admired very much,” said Blanca Alvarado, a former Santa Clara County supervisor and San Jose councilmember who served alongside...

Police union backs all-white Santa Clara City Council slate with $25K developer donation

With a hefty donation from a developer building a massive project in the city, Santa Clara’s police union is funding campaign mailers supporting a slate of City Council candidates backed by Mayor Lisa Gillmor. The Related Company has coughed up $25,000 to the Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association Political Action Committee to re-elect Councilmembers Kathy...

San Jose names new city attorney, the second woman to fill the role

Nora Frimann was named San Jose’s second female city attorney Tuesday after serving in an interim role since the retirement of former City Attorney Rick Doyle. “I am honored to have been selected to serve San Jose as City Attorney,” Frimann said in a statement. “The City Attorney’s office will do our best to continue...

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