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Pavement conditions, safety concerns blamed for drop in trail use in San Jose

When Liz Sewell moved to the area, she said she marveled at the number of trails San Jose has close to downtown. Sewell, the city’s trail manager, came to the South Bay from Philadelphia, a city that’s quickly transformed itself into a bike-friendly community. But she said San Jose’s push to encourage more biking across the city, particularly for commuting, interested...

Gratitude the centerpiece of Thanksgiving in San Jose

“Happy Thanksgiving, God bless, and let’s eat!” a man declared before a line of people waiting for food. “Amen!” they shouted in response. Hundreds of people lined up on Thanksgiving Day to receive food from local nonprofits during a year that’s left residents reeling from a global pandemic, restrictive health orders and economic fallout. “We...

Food banks prepare for record numbers this Thanksgiving in Silicon Valley

As 2020 comes to a close, many Americans are yearning to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones and uphold yearslong traditions. However, as COVID-19 continues to spurn closures across the country and in our own backyard, the holiday season — starting with Thanksgiving — will look different from years past. With COVID-19 shuttering businesses...

San Jose mayor and police chief push sanctuary policy changes following fatal stabbing

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Police Chief Eddie Garcia are demanding Santa Clara County change its sanctuary city policy — for the second time in a little more than a year — after discovering the suspect arrested for a fatal stabbing spree at Grace Baptist Church is undocumented. The suspect, Fernando Lopez, allegedly stabbed five...

Matt Mahan prepares to take office as new District 10 councilmember

While dozens of local candidates battled it out in November, Matt Mahan quietly prepared to move into his council office and take the reins from termed-out Councilmember Johnny Khamis. The new Almaden Valley councilmember handily won his election in March and has since sat in on District 10 meetings to pick up where Khamis left...

Santa Clara County joins census lawsuit over count of undocumented immigrants

Santa Clara County has joined the legal effort to challenge the Trump administration’s move to exclude undocumented immigrants from this year’s census count. The county led a coalition of local governments by filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court this month challenging a July memorandum issued by the Trump administration. The memorandum would remove...

Who’s serving free Thanksgiving meals in San Jose?

At least five churches and local nonprofits are serving Thanksgiving meals around San Jose this week with the help of individual donations and local food banks, such as Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. “Second Harvest acquires food through a number of different sources, some donated, some purchased, and then distributes it out into neighborhoods throughout...

‘The time is now’: Leaders urge Newsom to appoint Latino lawmaker to Senate

Across the state, Latino leaders united in urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint a Latina or Latino lawmaker to the U.S. Senate, replacing Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Seeking representation and a voice in government, politicians have banded together, speaking at news conferences in Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose this month. San Jose...

Court employees say COVID-19 exposure and lax rules put them at risk in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County Superior Court employees say they’re not being protected from COVID-19, and they fear for their health and safety every day they go to work. Court employees are exposed to COVID-19 on an almost weekly basis. Safety concerns voiced by workers are routinely ignored. Mask wearing is not rigorously enforced. Those are some...