Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Santa Clara County grapples with technology and privacy concerns for inmates

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department is grappling with how to safeguard inmates’ private information when they begin to use tablets behind bars for the first time next year. According to a recent report from Sheriff Laurie Smith to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Justice Committee, officials are struggling to protect...

San Jose: What you need to know before PG&E shuts off power

In less than 24 hours, the city of San Jose expects a massive power shutdown in its East and South side neighborhoods, both areas that are populated with a growing elderly community and people of color. After last year’s brutal wildfire season and fierce backlash, PG&E is taking extra safety measures in bracing for this...

UPDATE: San Jose lawmakers add new safety restrictions for mobile food vendors

San Jose lawmakers unanimously approved new restrictions on mobile food vendors at crowded public events on Tuesday in light of a new state law, but many expressed concern about proper enforcement mechanisms over non-permitted vendors. All vendors must now stay 500 feet away from popular public events in San Jose. For years, sidewalk peddlers weren’t allowed...

Santa Clara to discuss Levi’s Stadium management, affordable housing and Airbnb rules

When Santa Clara city leaders meet Tuesday evening, they’ll revive the controversial discussion around the San Francisco 49ers’ management of Levi’s Stadium, reaffirming earlier decisions and giving residents — and the team — a chance to comment. The council will also discuss a 65-unit affordable housing project and consider potential changes that could affect renters...

Poll: Majority of San Jose voters don’t support strong mayor government

Months after a poll sponsored by a business group revealed that San Jose voters favored switching to a strong mayor government, a new poll sponsored by a labor organization is suggesting the opposite. The poll, obtained by San José Spotlight, was conducted by EMC Research and found that at least 56 percent of respondents were not interested in...

Production vs. preservation: San Jose leaders split on anti-displacement

Increasingly, more families and communities of color in San Jose are struggling to stay in their homes and keep their businesses. As the city prospers amid an economic boom, vulnerable residents in low-income neighborhoods affected by a spike in development and increasing cost of living expenses are subject to higher rates of displacement in the...

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