Politics & Government

Politics & Government

San Jose congresswoman proposes farmworker immigration bill

San Jose Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren on Wednesday announced a new bill, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, that would give undocumented workers in the agricultural industry a path to legal status. Farmworkers who could prove they’ve worked in agriculture and will continue to work in agriculture could qualify for permanent legal status. In an exclusive interview...

San Jose votes to expand overnight warming centers for homeless

For the first time since San Jose declared a “shelter crisis” in 2015, lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved expanding an overnight warming location program for homeless residents to operate every night for the next six months — a major expansion considering the centers previously opened for a few months, based on inclement weather conditions. Councilmember...

On Capitol Hill, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo talks PG&E outages, clean air

WASHINGTON, D.C. — San Jose’s Mayor Sam Liccardo and former California Gov. Jerry Brown testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning before the judiciary committee’s energy subcommittee. The hearing was called to examine President Donald Trump’s proposal to roll back Obama era regulations to freeze greenhouse gas emissions standards at 2020 levels. But before any of...

Pioneering downtown San Jose developer Kimball Small dies

Most San Joseans today may not know the name Kimball Small, but they most certainly know the pioneering developer-turned-tech-entrepreneur’s work in the city’s downtown core. Small, who developed the iconic, luxury Fairmont Hotel, the nearby retail pavillion and 50 West San Fernando (often called the KQED building), died peacefully Oct. 11. He was 84. “He...

House passes San Jose Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren’s election interference bill

Just two weeks after she introduced it, San Jose Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren’s election interference bill passed in the House on Wednesday, the same day lawmakers continued an ongoing discussion about Facebook’s role in elections. A bill introduced by Lofgren, H.R. 4617, would require campaigns to report offers of illicit campaign assistance from foreign entities, create...

San Jose politicians are increasingly breaking from endorsing incumbents

For years, it was uncommon for San Jose lawmakers to not endorse their respective colleagues on the City Council when an incumbent faced re-election, despite differences in voting patterns or belonging to opposing political camps. But now, and increasingly in recent years, many councilmembers are backing a challenger, instead of their own council colleague —...

Bay Area companies and community groups push for $16B transportation investment

A group of 32 Bay Area organizations, from private tech companies to community groups, on Wednesday urged local lawmakers to take big, new strides to invest in transportation throughout the region. In a letter, signed by Alphabet-owned Waymo, San Francisco-based ridesharing and scooter companies Lyft and Lime alongside a slew of Bay Area bicycle coalitions,...