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Rose Herrera not running for San Jose City Council

Dashing the hopes of some longtime business leaders, former Vice Mayor Rose Herrera told San José Spotlight this week that she will not run for her old seat on the San Jose City Council. In fact, Herrera is not running for any elected office anymore — she recently dropped out of the supervisorial race for...

Only one Santa Clara lawmaker has blocked people on social media

Three months after a judge ruled it unconstitutional for President Donald Trump to block critics on Twitter, local politicians like San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo have scurried to unblock hundreds of accounts from their social media channels. But not in Santa Clara. That’s because none of the seven policymakers, including Mayor Lisa Gillmor, reported blocking...

San Jose becomes first U.S. city to use Social Progress Index to address inequity

Amid conversations about displacement and inequality across San Jose neighborhoods, the city is hoping data is the answer to increased equity. Mayor Sam Liccardo on Wednesday launched the Social Progress Index in San Jose, becoming the first city in the nation to utilize the tool, which shows where needs are not being met, where resources are being used and...

Milpitas lawmaker joins Assembly race

After two of her Milpitas City Council colleagues dropped out of an Assembly race to replace Kansen Chu, Councilmember Carmen Montano announced Monday that she’s jumping into the fray. The announcement comes a little more than a week after Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez ended her Assembly campaign after three months and longtime South Bay...

Santa Clara aims to double biking infrastructure in new plan

Santa Clara has a newly-adopted $39.3 million bicycle plan this week that aims to double the number of miles in the city with bicycle lanes and infrastructure in the coming years. The plan, adopted by councilmembers Tuesday night, comes after about two years of planning and community meetings by the city and its consultant, Alta...

On verge of strike, Santa Clara County workers swarm CEO’s office

Thousands of Santa Clara County service workers including hospital employees, social workers, parks maintenance staff and employees at the county jails are set to strike for the first time in almost 40 years — and the workers marched straight up to County Executive Officer Jeff Smith’s office on Thursday to tell him in person. The...

Santa Clara County lawmakers to vote on banning e-cigarettes

A ban on vaping could reach all corners of unincorporated Santa Clara County in just six weeks. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a referral to consider options for banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in unincorporated parts of the county for people under age 21. County Counsel James Williams and administrators...

Santa Clara set to pick new food and drink operator for convention center

Santa Clara’s convention center has seen a year of change, and there’s more to come. City leaders in March opted to shake up management of the property following a critical report alleging mismanagement of the more than 300,000-square-foot convention center by the former Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. Spectra Venue Management was awarded the management...

Another finalist named in San Jose Planning Commission saga

A fourth finalist for the San Jose Planning Commission was named late Friday, the latest wrinkle in what’s become a highly-politicized process to fill two seats on the city’s most powerful commission. Attorney George Casey was named a fourth finalist and will compete for one of two vacancies on the panel. The winding saga of...

Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez drops out of Assembly race

Three months after announcing a bid for California Assembly, Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez announced early Saturday on Facebook that she’s dropping out of the race. “While an Assembly seat provides the opportunity to create great change for our families, after deep reflection and very thoughtful consideration, I have decided to withdraw and end my...