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Silicon Valley dam upgrade draws scrutiny over price tag

Residents and environmental activists continue to scrutinize the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s plans to expand a regional dam. Valley Water employees presented updates and fielded questions about the controversial Pacheco Dam expansion — including questions about costs. The project’s estimated cost is $2.78 billion, but factoring financing and other contingencies could escalate the price...

San Jose parents strengthen school safety

One San Jose high school is stepping up its safety measures following threats to students last year. Parents, teachers and officials hope the improvements will be adopted by other schools in the district. Willow Glen High School’s school site council updated its safety plan after a series of incidents, including an arrest of a Willow...

Cupertino greenlights housing development at former Vallco mall

After facing cutbacks and years of delays, the largest single housing project in Cupertino’s history has secured its long-awaited city approval for a mixed-use development on the former Vallco Town Center site. The Rise, a mixed-use development on the corner of Wolfe Road and Stevens Creek Boulevard, encompasses 50 acres. The development will include 2,669...

Silicon Valley water director harassed colleagues, probe finds

An embattled Valley Water leader made harassing, discriminatory, abusive and demeaning comments to colleagues and underlings over a series of months, a recent investigation has found. Attorneys from the Meyers Nave law firm said in a summary released Friday that various statements by Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member Rebecca Eisenberg “more likely than not”...

Full transcript: Cupertino mayor’s 2023 State of the City

Thank you, Deborah, for the introduction. Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the 2024 Cupertino State of the City. I am honored to be standing before you tonight, giving my first State of the City address, as your newly selected mayor representing this wonderful city. Tonight is an evening of celebration and gratitude. 2023 brought...

Milpitas denies wrongdoing in city manager lawsuit

Milpitas is denying wrongdoing in an ongoing legal dispute with its former city manager, and has started investigating claims made in a wide-ranging lawsuit. A wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former City Manager Steve McHarris in December laid out several accusations of incompetence, unethical behavior and intimidation by city officials including the mayor. In a...

UPDATE: Cupertino mayor optimistic about city’s future

Cupertino’s mayor wants to continue fostering city partnerships, prioritizing housing needs and supporting various programs that enhance the community’s quality of life. Mayor Sheila Mohan said Thursday night at the 2023 State of the City address that Cupertino plans to continue adding affordable and market-rate housing as it waits for state approval of its housing...

UPDATE: San Jose plans to reopen beloved water park

Fans of all things San Jose and water enthusiasts could cool off this summer with the return of Raging Waters. The San Jose City Council will vote on Feb. 27 to approve California Dreamin’ Entertainment as the water park’s new operator for the 2024 season. If passed, the park will welcome back visitors in a...

Campbell plans affordable apartments at VTA station

Campbell is set to add nearly 100 affordable homes on a site leased from VTA off Winchester Boulevard. The 1.6-acre project will turn an underutilized parking lot at the Winchester light rail station into 90 affordable apartments for residents making 60% or less of Santa Clara County’s median income — more than $153,700 in 2022,...