Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Two San Jose economies: Downtown tanked, Santana Row thrived

With a lack of tech workers and foot traffic, downtown San Jose became a ghost town during the pandemic, but five miles away high-end Santana Row flourished. These two destinations linked by San Carlos and Stevens Creek boulevards and Interstate 280 are worlds apart socioeconomically and the COVID-19 pandemic made that schism wider. Downtown was hit...

Residents speak out against new Santa Clara County jail

Some Santa Clara County residents overwhelmingly oppose a new jail, calling on the county to shift from punitive practices that criminalize poverty and mental illness. After numerous reports about inhumane conditions behind bars, Santa Clara County wrestled with the idea of building a new jail. But now officials are looking to the public for alternative...

San Jose to begin suspending unvaccinated workers

San Jose City Hall will start  suspending unvaccinated workers this week after extending the deadline to coax holdouts to get the COVID-19 vaccine. All 7,037 city workers were given a one-week “grace period” after the Sept. 30 deadline  to provide proof of vaccination before mandates are enforced. Those who have their first dose during this...

UPDATE: San Jose board seeks outside review of records policies

A public records appeal from San José Spotlight has revealed a flaw in city policies and now an outside attorney will weigh in, potentially leading to policy changes. The appeal prompted a citizen-led city board on Wednesday to question its role and ability to conduct independent reviews of complaints. The Board of Fair Campaign and...

UPDATE: Housing tower moves forward after San Jose commission denies appeal

A last-ditch effort to derail a high-rise residential tower near San Jose State University has been denied, opening the way for more housing downtown. The San Jose Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a 23-story, 248-foot apartment building one block from the university called The Mark. Commissioner Jorge Garcia abstained from voting because of...