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Shield or target? San Jose police propose ways to ID journalists in crowds

San Jose police officials are recommending members of the press wear reflective vests or other identifying gear so they can be easily identified in crowds, an idea that drew mixed reviews from journalists. During George Floyd protests, journalists from CNN to local news organizations such as this one were detained or mishandled by police despite...

Vision of San Jose’s new LGBTQ+ district now up to the public

On Post Street in downtown San Jose, in the new Qmunity district between Market Street and North 1st Street, rainbow flags and paintings have appeared, along with new maple trees and lighting. Soon, at least three murals showcasing LGBTQ+ pride will decorate the walls of businesses. What happens next in Qmunity is up to residents...

Update: Spend $3 million more to pick up San Jose trash, officials recommend

The mayor and three councilmembers are recommending San Jose dump another $3 million to help clean up the city’s trash problem. Mayor Sam Liccardo and councilmembers Lan Diep, Dev Davis and Sergio Jimenez announced the idea Sept. 14 amid mounting complaints about the city wide trash buildup. “There’s no shortage of San Jose property that...

How can San Jose improve public transportation? The city wants to know

Transportation officials in San Jose are asking residents to help craft the future of the city’s public transportation to increase accessibility, reduce greenhouse emissions and improve quality of life. A survey on the city’s website is encouraging the public to share what transportation changes would improve the city and increase options for getting around San...

Staffing shortage at San Jose fire department causes inspection backlog

San Jose’s fire department is short staffed, leading to a backlog in fire inspections for new buildings, a recent audit found. Vacancies in engineering and inspection positions, which are key to getting buildings up to fire code, have increased since 2015. According to the report, the city at one point had 20 vacant engineering positions...

San Jose police release body cam videos from protests

After pressure from the San Jose City Council, the city’s police department late Friday, released body-worn camera footage of recent protests over the police killing of George Floyd. “Body-worn camera video is an essential component in investigations and in maintaining the public trust,” Police Chief Eddie Garcia said in a statement. “Coming up with a...

San Jose activists turn to digital media to keep public engaged

After police violence in San Jose erupted during protests over Minneapolis cops killing George Floyd, hundreds of speakers poured into online government meetings to air their grievances. In the era of Zoom and COVID-19, Mary Jessie Celestin, a 21-year-old activist, is building a connective digital platform for budding activists she says is just as important...

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