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San Jose nurses rally for more workers, better patient care

Registered nurses and health care workers in San Jose are demanding a hospital owner address staffing shortages and dangerous working conditions. Approximately 145 members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, dressed in red shirts and armed with picket signs, took to the sidewalks Tuesday in front of the Good Samaritan Hospital. Chants of “Nurses...

Silicon Valley fire officials gear up for future blazes

For George Huang, the fire chief for Cal Fire’s Santa Clara Unit, the term “fire season” is no longer in his vocabulary. It’s now simply “the fire year.” “We are facing another terrible, terrible fire year,” Huang told San José Spotlight. As of last week, 95% of California—including Santa Clara County—was in either severe or extreme...

Santa Clara County stores put purchase limit on baby formula

The national baby formula shortage is hitting the South Bay, prompting some stores to limit purchases as parents scramble to stock up on supply. The months-long crisis has reached new heights in the last few weeks—with the national out-of-stock rate hitting 43% as of last week, according to retail data service Datasembly. California is seeing a better rate...

San Jose city workers must wear masks once again

With concerns about COVID-19 infections on the rise once more, San Jose city workers are required to wear masks for the next two weeks. The temporary measure is in place from Friday until May 20 and only affects workers at city facilities. The decision comes one month after the City Council voted to rescind the...

San Jose officials tighten water restrictions for new developments

San Jose officials are restricting water use for new developments, but conservationists want to see the city take more aggressive steps. San Jose councilmembers voted Tuesday to amend the city’s water efficient landscape ordinance—a 1993 rule which is periodically updated. City officials said there’s an urgent need for new developments to only install drought-tolerant landscapes, citing...

Santa Clara County funds abortion services as law is threatened

Santa Clara County officials will invest millions into local Planned Parenthood facilities to expand services, as the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn abortion rights. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to give Planned Parenthood Mar Monte $3 million to expand services, renovate its clinics and create a telehealth behavioral health program—anticipating an...

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