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South Bay Dems demand disclosure of congressional recount funders

The Santa Clara County Democratic Party has joined retiring Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in demanding transparency behind a controversial recount in the race for her seat. The party’s Central Committee on Thursday voted unanimously for a resolution demanding the identities of donors behind a shadowy super PAC paying for the Congressional District 16 recount. The recount cost...

BREAKING: Joe Simitian concedes after Silicon Valley congressional recount

Assemblymember Evan Low has won a contentious and highly-politicized recount in Silicon Valley’s open congressional race, beating Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian for second place by five votes. Of the 16 challenged ballots in San Mateo County’s portion of the recount, election officials accepted seven and rejected nine. Low picked up one vote and...

Silicon Valley deluged by health care workers’ labor fights

A wave of labor disputes is hitting Silicon Valley’s overburdened hospitals as health care workers reach their breaking point with pay and working conditions. Resident physicians working in county hospitals are protesting for higher wages in front of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (VMC) Wednesday at noon amid ongoing contract negotiations. Union officials said the...

Kaiser doctors in Silicon Valley move to unionize

Frontline physicians at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara County plan to unionize, and are the last Northern California group within the giant private hospital system to make the move. More than 400 resident and fellow physicians across the Northern California Kaiser network want to join the Committee of Interns and Residents, a local branch of the...

Tempers flare over Silicon Valley school district map

A recent Silicon Valley school board meeting erupted into yelling, chanting and an arrest over changes to trustee elections. The Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) board of trustees unanimously finalized the switch from “at large” to by-area trustee elections Wednesday night. Starting this November, voters will elect trustees by area to avoid a potential lawsuit for...

UPDATE: Prep begins for Santa Clara BART extension

BART’s expansion through Silicon Valley is taking shape as pre-construction work gets underway in Santa Clara. VTA workers have started on-site preparations for phase two of BART’s expansion at the Newhall Maintenance Facility. That includes setting up temporary field offices, bringing in equipment and preparations to begin drilling the tunnel. The 6-mile extension, most of...