Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

Reform at Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office moving slowly, report finds

Just two weeks after the Board of Supervisors moved toward issuing subpoenas for Sheriff’s Office records, a report shows more obstacles may be in the way to achieve law enforcement reform in Santa Clara County. OIR Group, a consulting firm that provides independent review of law enforcement practices, offered 10 recommendations in August for the...

VTA postpones Santa Clara County cuts to service for next year

The Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority postponed voting on its proposed service cuts for next year, bringing transit advocates a sense of cautious relief. “This isn’t over,” said public transit advocate Monica Mallon. “We’re going to be needing to fight the cuts next year.” VTA announced Nov. 17 it would delay committee and board votes...

Santa Clara County moves forward with airport closure, plans to repurpose land

Santa Clara County is moving forward with closing the Reid-Hillview Airport in East San Jose, county lawmakers decided Tuesday after hundreds of pleas from the community to use the land for affordable housing and other community needs. The supervisors voted 4-1 to begin preparing for a potential airport closure and begin the planning process for...

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: ‘We’re not waiting for anything,’ Governor says with or without federal funding, state will distribute vaccines

As of Nov. 22, Santa Clara County reported 31,103 confirmed coronavirus cases and 464 deaths. California had 1,110,370 positive cases and 18,726 deaths as of Nov. 22. 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...

Santa Clara County grapples with how to build mental health facility in place of jail

Santa Clara County supervisors doubled down on their commitment to eliminate jail beds and create a new mental health facility to replace the recently-demolished Main Jail South in San Jose. But they are discovering moving forward with the idea is complicated. In October, supervisors decided to halt a decade-long plan to replace failing jail facilities and instead...

Future of San Jose’s Reid-Hillview airport back on the drawing board next week

The long-simmering debate over closing Reid-Hillview Airport in East San Jose and replacing it with a neighborhood development is expected to heat up again next week as Santa Clara County supervisors consider potential uses for the land. The Reid-Hillview airport, built more than 80 years ago, occupies nearly 200 acres that advocates say could be...