Op-ed

Op-ed

Kovacevich: California’s social safety net depends on a healthy tech industry

California is grappling with a harsh reality as the state’s budget deficit is expected to hit a staggering $73 billion in the next fiscal year. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year outlines severe cuts across education, health and human services. For the millions of citizens who depend on these vital social services, California’s...

Op-ed: College brings hope to incarcerated students

A large body of research over the last few decades demonstrates education, including secondary  education, can significantly reduce the likelihood of an individual who has been incarcerated reentering the criminal justice system. Individuals who enroll in postsecondary education programs are 28% less  likely to be reincarcerated than those who do not. Based on the research,...

Jayadev: Santa Clara County DA’s Office undermines racial justice efforts

This May marks four years since the killing of George Floyd and the largest social uprisings for racial justice in the history of the country. In Santa Clara County, local officials and law enforcement administrators responded quickly with public proclamations both acknowledging the existence of racial bias, as well as declaring policy reforms to address...

McHenry: The ‘whole truth’ about East San Jose airport

Starting in 1986, there have been periodic attempts by some elected officials to close Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV). In 2018, Santa Clara County voted to stop accepting Federal Aviation Administration funds for airport safety improvements, in an attempt to angle for a possible 2031 closure. Pursuant to that, in 2020, the county commissioned a lead study of...

Licon: East San Jose families must fight to close county airport

My family has been distressed by Reid-Hillview Airport for decades. And it all stems from our East San Jose community being marginalized and our concerns over safety, lead and noise downplayed at every turn. The one constant: a dismissive, kick-the-can-down-the-road attitude toward preparing for Reid-Hillview’s closure and the harm the airport has done. The marginalization...