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Politicos launch attacks against Santa Clara County redistricting map

As Santa Clara County lawmakers prepare to approve new political boundaries, some local politicians are raising complaints about the process. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 earlier this month to advance a proposal for redistricting the county’s five political boundaries, choosing the so-called Yellow Map over two other options. Supervisors Mike Wasserman and Joe Simitian voted against...

Controversial plan for billboards near San Jose airport faces vote

San Jose has said no to new billboards for more than 30 years. That could change Tuesday amid heated debate between residents, airport officials and the City Council. The airport is asking the city to allow construction of two billboards by media company Clear Channel. The billboards will measure about 1,000 square feet, and they’re...

‘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...

How Sam Liccardo plans to influence 2022 elections

Mayor Sam Liccardo may be leaving San Jose City Hall next year, but the longtime politician isn’t ready to give up power. The city’s top lawmaker wants to have his finger on the pulse of the City Council—and even potentially pick his replacement. Liccardo formed a political action committee in late October to influence the consequential...

What do San Jose commissioners actually accomplish?

San Jose City Council decisions are almost always final, but they don’t start that way: Most major decisions go through a commission of appointees before they head to the council’s 11-member dais. Before a law or policy is passed, it’s usually first taken up by the relevant commission. After presentations from city officials, public comment...

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 mayor, law enforcement address recent string of retail robberies

Facing a spate of organized retail thefts and robberies over the weekend, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and local enforcement are looking for ways to beef up security during the holidays—including use of surveillance technology. “I’m releasing a proposal with colleagues for investment in automated license plate readers and other surveillance tech that will assist...