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Supervisors seek to protect Coyote Valley from development

Santa Clara County lawmakers this week moved to preserve open space, flood plains and wildlife corridors in the Coyote Valley but stopped short of adopting a development ban, despite pleas by environmentalists. Although more than 1,000 acres are protected from development in North Coyote Valley, the middle and southern sections remain threatened. Based on a...

Kaiser cancels thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Silicon Valley amid low supply

Kaiser Permanente canceled more than 5,200 vaccination appointments in Santa Clara County due to a lack of supply, leaving some of the South Bay’s most vulnerable patients confused and frustrated. Janet Gillis, a Kaiser patient, had her vaccination scheduled for Feb. 1 — but it was abruptly canceled. She and her husband both received an...

Santa Clara County’s long-awaited sustainability plan prioritizes economy, environment and equity

Santa Clara County is doubling down on addressing climate change as an emergency, rather than a far-off threat. At its last meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved the county’s master plan for sustainability, which has been about five years in the making. The plan commits to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, electrifying more buildings and planting...

Santa Clara County DA ‘looking into’ South Bay hospital allowing teachers to skip line for COVID-19 vaccines

A South Bay hospital’s decision to allow affluent educators to skip the line for a COVID-19 vaccine could have legal implications. San José Spotlight has learned that the county District Attorney’s Office is examining whether any laws were violated when Good Samaritan allowed teachers and staff at the Los Gatos Union School District to receive...

South Bay hospital won’t receive more COVID-19 vaccines after it allowed affluent school district to skip the line

Santa Clara County will not provide Good Samaritan any more doses of COVID-19 vaccine unless it follows the rules, a sanction issued by health officials after this news organization reported hospital leaders allowed an affluent school district to skip the line and get vaccinated ahead of seniors and other vulnerable populations. “Good Samaritan’s actions are...

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