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Thousands of upset Santa Clara County nurses strike

Dozens of nurses filled the street in front of O’Connor Hospital in San Jose for a three-day walkout over higher wages and working conditions. The Registered Nurses Professional Association (RNPA) went on strike yesterday and will stay out until Thursday at Santa Clara County’s three public hospitals — Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (VMC), O’Connor...

San Jose pushes to expand police alternative for mental health crises

Weeks before the San Jose City Council sat down to discuss this year’s budget, advocates and residents sounded the alarm about gaps in mental health services and asked officials to expand access to a non-police response program. Councilmembers on Tuesday unanimously voted to explore adding another mobile field team, known as TRUST, in the budget...

California’s Prop. 1 measure too close to call

While Proposition 1 is too close to call statewide, Santa Clara County voters are broadly in favor of the measure. In Santa Clara County, roughly 55.3% of voters have approved it, according to the most recent election results. But statewide, the measure is barely squeaking by with 50.5% approval. Proponents of Prop. 1 amassed $21...

Santa Clara County nurses rally over pay, working conditions

Santa Clara County nurses are rallying at Valley Medical Center in an effort to bring renewed attention to familiar concerns including pay, working conditions and patient care standards. About 100 nurses and other health care workers gathered Wednesday afternoon at the hospital courtyard, holding signs, yelling chants and calling on county leaders to meet their...

Santa Clara County officials approve phone line for TRUST

The greatest challenge for someone experiencing a mental health crisis is finding immediate access to care that doesn’t involve the police. A Santa Clara County program offers this option, but it’s difficult to reach. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to create a direct phone line to reach the Trusted Response...

Santa Clara County prepares to implement conservatorship changes

Santa Clara County is expediting the implementation of new conservatorship rules for people suffering from severe mental illness and substance use disorders—the process will be complicated and costly. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved establishing a timeline toward implementing changes to Senate Bill 43, a state law that expands the definition of “gravely...

Respiratory illnesses spiking in Santa Clara County

A dramatic increase in influenza-like illnesses and emergency room visits in Santa Clara County has prompted health officials to urge residents to get vaccinated. County data focused on local wastewater readings this month shows a rise in RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, as well as influenza and COVID-19. The concentration of RSV in wastewater has...