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San Jose is one step closer to having an iconic landmark

Imagine it in Silicon Valley. That’s Urban Confluence Silicon Valley’s message, as the nonprofit is on the mission to honor San Jose’s history and prestige in technology and innovation, by creating an iconic landmark in the nation’s tenth largest city. The group last summer launched an international design competition to solicit ideas from the community....

Former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer dies at age 81

Susan Hammer, the trailblazing 62nd mayor of San Jose known for her infectious laugh and push for diversity and equity, died Saturday. She was 81. Hammer’s family made the announcement Sunday afternoon, citing health reasons. Hammer, who battled Alzheimer’s disease, was surrounded by family and friends. “We are heartbroken at Mom’s passing and feel so...

As coronavirus cases increase, San Jose mayor announces plan to protect renters

The number of coronavirus cases in California continues to rise, including in Santa Clara County, which has seen 10 new cases in just two days — bringing the total number to 32 confirmed cases by Saturday. The global pandemic is forcing more residents across the state to stay home and avoid public spaces, events and the workplace. But the stakes for...

Santa Clara officials will attempt to appoint Mahan replacement

Santa Clara leaders on Monday will attempt to appoint a new councilmember to represent the city’s District 5, following the early resignation of former Councilmember Patricia Mahan due to health issues. The big question since Mahan’s Feb. 1 resignation has been whether the remaining councilmembers would be able to agree in the required four-fifths vote...

San Jose: Voter turnout on Super Tuesday higher than years past

Hundreds of thousands of Santa Clara County voters turned out to vote during Super Tuesday this year, deciding the fate for dozens of local offices and measures, and narrowing down the race for the Democratic presidential nominee. While the early numbers are estimates, Eric Kurhi, a spokesperson for the county’s Registrar of Voters, said voter...

Santa Clara voters reject measure to reduce council districts

Santa Clara’s contentious Measure C has been defeated with nearly 60 percent of voters in the city rejecting the proposal that would shake up local elections. The initiative would’ve halved the number of council districts for future elections – from six districts to three. Proponents, such as Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilmember Teresa O’Neill, said...

Silicon Valley leaders react to coronavirus threat as Congress reaches $8.3B funding agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday declared a state of emergency, as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to rise, including in Santa Clara County — where health officials confirmed there are three new cases of the virus within county limits, bringing the total cases to 14. While the state of...