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San Jose lawmaker calls to protect Latino neighborhood from redevelopment

San Jose’s historic Calle Willow business district is facing possible redevelopment and displacement of dozens of small businesses. Vocal residents have pushed back, and a city councilmember hopes to do the same. A potential zoning change on Willow Street near downtown San Jose would allow increased building height limits and encourage residential development in the business area,...

‘You’re not wanted here’: Advocates decry barriers around San Jose homeless camp

In an effort to clear one of the Bay Area’s largest homeless camps, San Jose installed barriers near Columbus Park right before Thanksgiving, prompting concern from some unhoused advocates. The city installed K-Rail barriers at the intersection of Spring and Hedding streets and east of it earlier this month. The city also placed “no outlet/not...

San Jose expands investigation of labor violations at emergency housing sites

San Jose is expanding its investigation of illegal labor practices, including wage theft, at emergency housing projects handled by Habitat for Humanity, but there’s no set date for when workers will get paid. The city’s Public Works Department is demanding $319,631.46 in restitution for workers from Veev Build, a subcontractor, for various alleged labor violations reported by...

San Jose closes safe parking site earlier than expected

San Jose is shutting down a controversial safe parking site for unhoused residents just three months after it opened. The city announced the closure of the temporary safe parking site at 71 Vista Montaña on Monday. The site, which opened in early September, was potentially slated to remain open for nine months. But the city...

San Jose mayoral candidate wants to upend state housing law

A San Jose mayoral candidate is campaigning against a controversial state law to alter zoning in single-family neighborhoods. Councilmember Dev Davis has repeatedly hammered SB 9 on social media and in a recent op-ed for opening residential neighborhoods to higher-density development. She became the first person in the state to sign an initiative for a 2022...

Commercial real estate investments soar in Silicon Valley

Commercial real estate sales boomed in Silicon Valley last quarter, but vacancies remain high throughout the region. A surge in investment activity between July and September brought year-to-date aggregate commercial real estate sales in the South Bay to $6.3 billion.  That’s the highest sales volume for the region since 2015, according to a new report...

The roadmap to San Jose’s Project Homekey proposals

With the recent influx in state and federal funding for homeless housing, San Jose is racing to add roughly 550 units of permanent and interim housing across the city. In September, Mayor Sam Liccardo and several councilmembers proposed a lofty goal to provide 2,300 new permanent and transitional housing units by the end of 2022...