Economy

Economy

San Jose commission says city should not allow billboards at airport

A city commission is recommending San Jose not proceed with building two digital billboards at Mineta San Jose International Airport. The San Jose Airport Commission voted 5-1 Wednesday to reject the project for a myriad of reasons, including concerns over community pushback, light pollution, energy use and transparency throughout the process. But commissioners also voted to accept...

San Jose wants feedback on downtown transportation plan

Downtown San Jose could look very different in 30 years. There could be more two-way streets, bicycle lanes and faster light rail. The future is being planned right now, and residents are invited to join. The city is working on a transportation plan for downtown San Jose, and wants feedback. The city’s goal is to create...

Santa Clara quietly settles lawsuit with chamber of commerce

This time last year, Santa Clara publicly threatened to sue its chamber of commerce for nearly $600,000 it claimed the city was overcharged—but the two sides quietly settled the dispute for about half that amount last fall. The city and the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce reached a settlement that requires the business group to pay the...

The Biz Beat: CamBinh Nguyen keeps Vovinam martial arts alive in San Jose

Editor’s Note: The Biz Beat is a series highlighting local small businesses and restaurants in Silicon Valley. On a chilly January evening, a group of students stood in formation and practiced their routine in Master CamBinh Nguyen’s backyard. She looked out from a gazebo surrounded by medals and trophies and recalled the many years she’s spent teaching generations of San...

Silicon Valley lawmakers advance bill to improve fast-food working conditions

A dramatic change to fast-food worker protection could upend the franchise framework, and while labor advocates are happy to see it advance, franchise owners aren’t entirely onboard. State assemblymembers voted 43-13 on Thursday to approve amendments to Assembly Bill 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST). The bill envisions a state-appointed council to...

The Biz Beat: For 40-plus years, Hicklebee’s in San Jose has brought stories to life

Editor’s Note: The Biz Beat is a series highlighting local small businesses and restaurants in Silicon Valley. Sitting comfortably in an aisle of Hicklebee’s bookstore, Calvin, 11, shares a book with his 9-year-old brother, Malcolm. The boys look right at home, which isn’t surprising since their mom Emily Liu-Elizabeth has been bringing them there since...