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The Podlight: An exclusive sitdown with Scott Wiener

We’re thrilled to introduce The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. Over the next several days, we’ll release eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness,...

Salesforce founder donates $25K to boost San Jose tax measure

A hotly-contested real property transfer tax was placed on the 2020 ballot by the San Jose City Council just weeks ago, but already the proposal — now dubbed Measure E — has received its first major financial contribution. But the first publicly-reported donation, which will likely support mailers and other public advocacy for Measure E,...

Meet the young Silicon Valley activists who are changing the world

Climate activist Greta Thunberg stunned the nation and inspired a generation when she became the youngest person to be named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. She was mocked by President Donald Trump, whose campaign photoshopped his face on the cover of the prestigious magazine. The real cover featured the words: “The power of youth.”...

The Podlight: The legendary Chuck Davidson

We’re thrilled to introduce The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. Over the next several days, we’ll release eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness,...

San Jose: Elizabeth Warren talks universal child care, taxing wealthy

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped in San Jose on Friday to meet with local child care workers who shared challenges with a growing workload and shrinking paychecks. The Massachusetts senator used the campaign stop to tout her plan for universal, federally-funded child care and higher wages for providers. The Silicon Valley visit, hosted by...

The Podlight: Google’s big plans for San Jose

We’re thrilled to introduce The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. Over the next several days, we’ll release eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness,...

Talking trash: San Jose struggles to curb illegal dumping

San Jose has fought hard to curb illegal dumping, blight, litter and graffiti in recent years, aided by a city app that launched in 2017 that lets residents report such activities. But two years later, illegal dumping continues to plague the city and enforcement remains difficult. A recent report on the city’s Beautify SJ program...

The Podlight: Digging into anti-displacement policies

We’re thrilled to introduce The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. Over the next several days, we’ll release eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness,...

Year in review: Santa Clara County talked immigration, women’s health in 2019

It was a momentous year for Santa Clara County lawmakers as they made major decisions on a wide array of policy issues, including immigration, homelessness, women’s health and foster children’s safety. Here is a look at the top votes and policy discussions of 2019. Sanctuary and ICE notification policy Santa Clara County’s sanctuary city policy took...