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Staedler: How San Jose is aligning zoning districts with General Plan

One of the largest misconceptions about the city of San Jose housing crisis is the statement that potential development of land is solely dedicated to single-family housing. A common tagline in stories usually states, “In San Jose, 94% of the city’s residential land is zoned for single-family homes only.” That is simply not an accurate...

Rome: Newsom recall would signal a retreat on climate

We saw what happened when President Trump and his polluter allies took over the White House. We can’t let that happen in California. Voting “No” on the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is a vote to defend our environmental victories and continue the momentum for even bolder climate action in the years to come....

Ackemann: Catching the last train home

This will be my final column for San José Spotlight. I am grateful to have been given a platform here. Excuse my indulgence in this final column, I’d like to tell a more personal story. During the early days of the pandemic the transit situation in the Bay Area felt dire. Trains, buses and even...

Breland: Community colleges face challenges, opportunities as COVID recovery continues

Historically, community college enrollment is highly correlated with the strength of the job market: enrollment generally increases during challenging times for workers and declines when jobs are plentiful and the opportunity cost of going to school is high. Community college enrollment in the U.S. peaked at the end of the last recession in 2010, then...

Guerrero: Breaking down barriers for great teachers

The COVID-19 pandemic has made very clear the essential nature of our educators for our families, communities and economy. Every parent now knows how hard the job of a teacher is. Every parent now knows just how critical it is to have great teachers in every classroom. And every parent knows that their child thrives...

Sandoval: Vaccine outreach to the unhoused population

Santa Clara County is making great strides in our progress in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. By mid-August, arguably the height of summer season, our county reports reflected an average of 284 new cases reported in the past seven days. Sure, that’s higher than our mid-June 26-case average, but it’s also drastically lower than our January...

Klar: Senators—We are calling for federal climate action. Now.

Still reeling from the effects of COVID-19, this month humanity was further rattled by the release of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Summarizing the 4,000-page study, carefully assembled by teams of climate scientists around the world, the UN released a statement that simply said, “This assessment of the latest...