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San Jose flea market vendors worry about its demise

The hustle and bustle at the iconic San Jose Flea Market ground to a virtual halt during the early days of the pandemic. But some are concerned that vendors might be shut down again—this time for good. If that happens, vendors-turned-activists Roberto Gonazalez, Kaled Escobedo Vega and Mariana Mejia say they’d be losing a lot...

When will tourists return to downtown San Jose?

Those seeking stillness and quiet can find refuge in downtown San Jose on Tuesday mornings. The city’s sidewalks—where visitors, students and workers once competed for space—now offer an abundance of empty concrete where desperate birds scavenge for rare crumbs. “There was a certain traffic on First Street,” said Bertrand “Patrón” Paule, a visual artist and...

Universal basic income in San Jose? Some say it could be a game changer

Could universal basic income work in San Jose? Cities across California have tried guaranteed income programs to bolster economic security, supplement social safety nets and achieve greater racial and gender equity. Some politicians and researchers believe the idea might be the perfect antidote to problems like homelessness and financial insecurity, while others worry about how such...

A ‘history of complicity’: Business group explores how to help the housing crisis

A powerful business organization known to push back against low-income housing policies could change its stance to help solve San Jose’s housing crisis. That was the sentiment this week at the Silicon Valley Organization’s first housing committee meeting of the year. The meeting Wednesday brought developers and housing advocates — two often clashing groups —...

More parks, housing? Google, San Jose to release agreement

In exchange for building a mega campus in downtown San Jose, Google promised to support the community. On March 8, the city will reveal exactly what that means when an agreement months in the making becomes public. But will the agreement live up to its stated objectives—protecting residents, businesses and open space from the impact of 20,000 new Googlers...

2020 seen as ‘catalytic moment’ for change at Silicon Valley conference

Economic recovery and redesigned workplaces were the hot topics Wednesday for those attending the second day of Joint Venture’s 17th State of the Valley conference, which brought together business and community leaders to imagine the future for Silicon Valley. While the first day of the conference focused on workplace diversity, climate change and transportation, the...