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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...

Santa Clara County has yet to post data on the demographics of people vaccinated

Despite a pledge to ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Santa Clara County has not posted data on the race or ethnicity of the people it inoculates. Advocates say after COVID-19 took a disproportionate toll on communities of color — including those in Santa Clara County — local health officials should be recording the race of...