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San Jose Councilman Raul Peralez eyeing run for mayor

After more than a decade of public service, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is in the final stretch of his tenure with a little more than two years before the nation’s 10th largest city votes for a new leader. And a handful of political leaders are being eyed to replace him, including downtown Councilmember Raul Peralez. Peralez...

San Jose leader unveils task force to tackle COVID-19 racial disparities

San Jose City Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco alongside regional leaders at a virtual meeting Thursday announced the creation of a new task force aimed at tackling the disproportionate number of growing coronavirus cases among the region’s minorities. Carrasco was joined by Assemblymember Kansen Chu of Milpitas, Stephanie Kleinheinz, a nurse practitioner and CEO of School Health Clinics...

San Jose leaders propose sweeping cuts to public safety to close gaping budget hole

With San Jose’s income streams being ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, city leaders are considering shaving more than $10 million off public safety in next year’s budget. The cuts would affect the hiring of police officers and firefighters, reduce access to community services, and delay the expansion of a long-awaited fire station in the city’s...

Santa Clara County extends eviction moratorium, approves COVID-19 cost tracker and outreach

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to extend a temporary moratorium on evictions for people who can’t pay rent due to the pandemic. The county’s moratorium, which was set to expire Sunday, will now be extended until Aug. 31 under a proposal authored by Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Joe Simitian. “The Santa...

Coronavirus fears grow for vulnerable Santa Clara County residents as economy reopens

As businesses across Santa Clara County begin to reopen, some officials worry poor communities of color hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic will experience a surge in new cases. To prevent a spike among some of the county’s most vulnerable residents, Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez penned a proposal to create an outreach team that...