Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Santa Clara County supervisors approve new homeless task force

Last year, 161 homeless people died on Santa Clara County streets but some immediate solutions might be on the horizon. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved creating a new task force to help alleviate homelessness countywide by focusing on providing shelter and transitional housing options. In 2015, a similar task...

Santa Clara approves new affordable housing complex, higher city manager pay

During Santa Clara Councilmember Patricia Mahan’s final City Council meeting Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously approved a new 65-unit affordable housing project, but delayed discussing development near the upcoming BART extension until the end of the week. Mahan last week resigned her position due to medical issues, effective Feb. 1. The longtime lawmaker attended the first half...

Political power struggle is the ‘elephant in the room’ at VTA board meeting

The VTA’s Board of Directors had a study session Friday to consider more than two dozen recommendations from an outside consultant to improve how the authority is governed, and newly-elected board chair Cindy Chavez closed the meeting by addressing the “elephant in the room.” The recommendations — which include setting expectations for board member attendance,...

San Jose: Senate candidates launch attacks over campaign funding

With March primary ballots hitting mailboxes in two weeks, the race for an open state Senate seat in District 15 is heating up, with candidates lambasting their opponents over campaign finances. Former Federal Elections Committee Chair Ann Ravel this week called for fellow candidate Nora Campos to return campaign funds she received from Big Oil. In a...

Santa Clara Councilmember Patricia Mahan resigns due to medical issues

Santa Clara Councilmember Patricia Mahan has resigned from her elected position, effective Feb. 1, due to “serious medical issues,” according to Santa Clara officials. Mahan submitted her resignation Wednesday, and the Santa Clara City Council is expected to declare her seat as the city’s District 5 representative vacant on Feb. 11. Mahan has battled cancer...

San Jose: Panel decides two Evergreen schools will close this spring

After several weeks of discussion, an Evergreen School District committee tasked with selecting two schools to shutter before the next school year came to a decision during a meeting Wednesday. If the school district’s Board of Trustees approves the selections at its Feb. 13 board meeting, Laurelwood and Dove Hill Elementary schools will officially close after...