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Philbrick: To see where transportation is headed, look up

Do you remember the sitcom the Jetson’s? They were a 1960’s futuristic family living with robotic inventions — they had smartwatches, drones, holograms, jetpacks, robotic help and more. But what was once unimaginable in this innovative cartoon is now commonplace. For example, sales of wearable electronic devices — including smartwatches — are projected to top...

Rodan: Grocery store hazard pay decision showed true colors of San Jose councilmembers

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday led a righteous crusade against the evil conspirings of labor organizers and grocery store workers fighting for a $5 pay increase at stores with 300 national employees or more. The horror! Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmembers Dev Davis and Matt Mahan fought back against this socialist onslaught, and...

Breland: Newsom makes good investment in community colleges, workplace development

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently unveiled a $227.2 billion budget proposal, launching a six-month process that will culminate in the Legislature passing the state’s 2021-2022 fiscal year budget by June 15. The proposal is a record for California and comes as the state’s economy shows more resilience and a stronger recovery than many analysts anticipated when...

Estruth: COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Silicon Valley renews fight for health, racial justice

COVID-19 infections continue to rise across California, including in Santa Clara County, where ICU beds are nearly full. The virus continues to harm people of color disproportionately. According to the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health Emergency Operations Center, Latinx people have suffered 51% of the county’s COVID cases, despite being only 25.8 percent of the population....

Staedler: The perils of form-based zoning, like in Alum Rock

The Alum Rock Urban Village form-based zone process has spurned controversy in the last month. As reported by San José Spotlight, the form-based zoning came to be in the early 2000s with the hope of attracting new investment. Planning officials said this type of zoning was going to be implemented citywide, but that obviously did...

Cohen, Fernandez: Essential workers risking their lives amid COVID-19 deserve better wages and protections

Last year we called workers essential. This year let’s treat them like they are. The pandemic has made clear what we’ve known for a long time: the most important jobs in our society aren’t the billionaire investors and corporate executives. Rather, we rely most on the people whose labor keeps our society running: the farmworkers,...