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‘There’s always hope’: How Eddie Garcia fought for Latinos in Silicon Valley

‘There’s always hope’: How Eddie Garcia fought for Latinos in Silicon Valley

Heart attack, lung failure and an induced coma weren’t the only hurdles in the life of East San Jose native Eddie Garcia. As a child of color he had to work twice as hard to succeed even before he almost died. Garcia, 58, was raised in East San Jose. His dad was a postal worker, and his mom a teacher’s aide at James Lick High School. Although they didn’t graduate college, his parents insisted he did—shaping the man he is today. During Garcia’s senior year of high school, his counselor advised him to trade his dream of attending San Jose...

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Staedler: San Jose’s development policy is redlining 2.0

Staedler: San Jose’s development policy is redlining 2.0

San Jose like other parts of the country is dealing with the harsh realities of past racial injustice. This has sparked “equity lens” and fairness conversations in the city’s budgeting of vital services. One of the undeniable wrongs that can’t be ignored is redlining. Redlining was a practice of creating racially segregated neighborhoods in every metropolitan area. Coined by sociologist John McKnight in the 1960s, the term derives from how the federal government and lenders would literally draw a redline on a map around the neighborhoods they would not invest in based on demographics alone. In the 1930s, on the...