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San Jose State University alumni compete in Tokyo Olympics

Among the 11,000 athletes competing for medals in the Tokyo Olympics, several have ties to San Jose State University. Ten residents — who are San Jose State University alumni — are representing nine different sports at the international competition, according to the city’s website. The athletes weren’t immediately available for comment. Lawrence Fan, spokesperson for...

San Jose lawmaker rejects Opportunity Housing, touts smart growth

Supporters of a controversial plan to build denser housing throughout San Jose say it will help the city meet its affordable housing goals. But one councilmember says there’s a better solution: holding the city accountable for a housing plan it already has to implement. Councilmember Matt Mahan, who represents South San Jose, spoke at a news conference...

San Jose police evaluators vying for public trust

San Jose residents already have a tough time trusting cops, but now they must also work on trusting consultants reviewing the police department’s behavior and policies. More than 40 people came together virtually on Tuesday to meet for the first time with CNA Institute for Public Research, a Virginia-based nonprofit recently brought in by the...

Polling begins in San Jose mayor race

A mysterious text poll is gauging potential mayoral candidates’ viability in the race for San Jose’s top political seat. San José Spotlight learned about the poll from residents who received it. The poll in part asks respondents which potential mayoral candidate they’ll support. The election is next year, with Mayor Sam Liccardo terming out of...

San Jose professor joins state advisory board on racial profiling

A San Jose State University professor is joining a broader effort to help research and combat racial profiling in California. Earlier this month, Sen. Toni Atkins of San Diego appointed William Armaline, professor of sociology and founding director of the school’s Human Rights Institute, to California’s Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board. Armaline is known...

Another round: To-go alcoholic drinks continue in San Jose

After a year of relying on take-out sales to stay afloat, bars and restaurants in San Jose can continue selling alcoholic beverages to-go through Dec. 31 thanks to a recent extension of state rules. Five Points, a cocktail bar in downtown San Jose, closed in March 2020,  but was able to resume operations two months...

Silicon Valley business group director striking out on his own

The Silicon Valley Organization has suffered another blow. After the ousting of former CEO Matt Mahood due to a racist ad in October, the beleaguered chamber of commerce is losing Director of Government and Community Relations Eddie Truong. Truong, known for his public policy and business advocacy, is leaving to start his own lobbying firm...

San Jose city manager resigns after 34 years

After more than three decades at San Jose City Hall, the city’s top administrator is calling it quits. With the city reeling from a mass shooting at a VTA rail yard earlier Wednesday, City Manager Dave Sykes sent an email to the city’s workforce letting them know he’s retiring this summer. “I immigrated to the...

San Jose lawmaker floats ‘Good Doctor’ tax

ABC medical drama “The Good Doctor” is set in San Jose, but doesn’t actually film here. One city official jokingly said City Hall should capitalize on that. The television show stars an autistic savant aspiring surgeon played by English actor Freddie Highmore who does his residency at the prestigious—but fictional—San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. The...