Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Santa Clara County makes history with Juneteenth holiday

June 19, the date that marks the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, is now a holiday for Santa Clara County employees — a first in California. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Sept. 22  to make the day, also known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day,...

San Jose candidates for local, state offices face off on racial justice, affordable housing

Eight South Bay candidates competing in state and local races tackled questions on economic recovery, climate change, racial justice, housing and transportation in a two-and-a-half hour discussion hosted by San José Spotlight. The Sept.16  forum was held virtually and moderated by  City Hall reporter Carly Wipf and Michael Lane, San Jose director for SPUR. The forum...

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: New outreach strategies help communities hardest hit by COVID-19

As of Sept. 24, Santa Clara County reported 20,756 confirmed coronavirus cases and 304 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 790,640 positive cases and 15,314 deaths as of Sept. 23. However, health officials have warned...

‘You are missing in action’ — South Bay lawmaker takes FCC to task

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Anna Eshoo took the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to task during a contentious Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing Sept. 17. The Palo Alto Democrat told Chairman Ajit Pai he had failed her constituents, who are currently struggling with the wildfires in northern California. There are 77,000 evacuees, she said,...

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