Politics & Government

Politics & Government

San Jose moves to preserve undeveloped land in Coyote Valley

San Jose’s General Plan task force this week overwhelmingly voted to preserve Coyote Valley as open space for wildlife and limited agricultural use. More than 160 letters were submitted ahead of a meeting Oct. 29, including 116 with the subject “Please Protect Coyote Valley” asking task force members to preserve the land as agricultural and...

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: Court order requested to stop maskless gatherings at San Jose church

As of Oct. 30, Santa Clara County reported 24,986 confirmed coronavirus cases and 406 deaths. California had 922,005 positive cases and 17,626 deaths as of Oct. 30. However, health officials have warned recent figures have been underreported due to issues with the state database to input new test results. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued...

Who is responsible for The SVO’s racist image? They won’t say

Three days after a racist image appeared on The Silicon Valley Organization’s website, the business lobby remains mum about who is responsible. Additionally, campaign finance records show the business group continues to work with a campaign consultant blamed for another racist campaign message posted in February. The most recent image, posted Oct. 27 and quickly...

New tax data platform fuels Prop. 15 debate in South Bay

Proposition 15, one of the most highly-contested issues on the ballot, has given hope to those who believe it will eventually lead to changes in how residential property taxed. The measure, if approved, would require commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on their market value rather than the price at which they were purchased....

San Jose installs Black Lives Matter banners at City Hall

San Jose unveiled new Black Lives Matter banners at City Hall on Oct. 29, an effort to bridge the community following a year that saw deep divisions and widespread protests over racial inequality. The red, black and green banners, designed by local entrepreneur Cherise Orange, feature the colors of the Pan African Flag, which stands...

Silicon Valley Organization CEO resigns as nonprofits line up to cut ties

The CEO of The Silicon Valley Organization, Matt Mahood, resigned as eight prominent South Bay nonprofit groups announced they are cutting ties with the influential business group. “I am very sorry for the completely unacceptable image that was put up on our website earlier this week,” Mahood said in announcing his resignation. “That image and...

Free speech vs. censorship: Silicon Valley tech giants questioned by Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Republicans accused Silicon Valley tech giants of censorship during a hearing Oct. 28 intended to examine whether a provision in the Communications Decency Act gives internet companies too much protection. Section 230 has become controversial in recent years because it provides tech companies with broad legal immunity for what its users...

Furor builds over racist post by San Jose business group

A chorus of community leaders gathered at San Jose City Hall to express their outrage over a racist image posted on the website of The Silicon Valley Organization and demanded politicians backed by the group return campaign donations. “We stand here today to condemn the racist actions of The SVO and to call on all...

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