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San Jose parents strengthen school safety

One San Jose high school is stepping up its safety measures following threats to students last year. Parents, teachers and officials hope the improvements will be adopted by other schools in the district. Willow Glen High School’s school site council updated its safety plan after a series of incidents, including an arrest of a Willow...

UPDATE: San Jose plans to reopen beloved water park

Fans of all things San Jose and water enthusiasts could cool off this summer with the return of Raging Waters. The San Jose City Council will vote on Feb. 27 to approve California Dreamin’ Entertainment as the water park’s new operator for the 2024 season. If passed, the park will welcome back visitors in a...

State gives San Jose money instead of tiny homes

Gov. Gavin Newsom has cut a multimillion-dollar check to San Jose as part of the state’s promise to build 200 tiny homes for the city’s homeless residents. Newsom made a $30-million promise in March 2023 to deploy the California National Guard to build 1,200 tiny homes across the state to combat growing homelessness. San Jose...

San Jose sets fines for catalytic converter thefts

Reported thefts of catalytic converters are trending down in San Jose, and city officials are strengthening policies to ensure that thefts keep dropping. The San Jose City Council last week unanimously approved a policy that makes it a misdemeanor to possess a catalytic converter that is not attached to a vehicle without proper documentation, punishable...

Mayor says San Jose is safest Bay Area city — not everyone agrees

Last month, the mayor of San Jose made a sweeping declaration online about his city’s safety record. Mayor Matt Mahan’s office calculated that San Jose boasted the lowest homicides per capita compared to Oakland and San Francisco in 2023. His office used state population data and reporting by NBC Bay Area, which attributed its crime...

San Jose creates ‘no return zone’ for homeless residents along river trail

San Jose officials are doubling down on efforts to revitalize the Guadalupe River Trail and prevent homeless residents from seeking shelter there. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved allocating $200,000 to remove roughly 20 people living by the river and work with community partners to encourage residents to frequent the trail. Mayor Matt Mahan...

‘Infuriating’: How a Silicon Valley insider got away with eBay scandal

For the first time since eBay faced a national scandal involving a horrific stalking campaign, the tech giant is formally admitting the involvement of company executives including a Silicon Valley insider — Steve Wymer. The San Jose-based company last month entered into a deferred prosecution agreement — a deal granting eBay amnesty if it agrees...

San Jose spurns developers, sparking possible legal fight

San Jose is throwing down the gauntlet to developers, pushing back on applications for housing projects that attempt to get around city development standards and goals. The city last week rejected 14 different housing proposals filed in the latter half of 2023 by developers asserting rights to build what they want where they want, under...

Want to speak at a San Jose meeting? Show up in person

San Jose is nixing virtual public comment at all meetings, sparking concerns around free speech and access to city government. Starting Tuesday, only residents attending city meetings in person will be able to provide public comment. People watching remotely via Zoom can no longer call in to voice their opinions. Officials say the decision is because a handful...

Once a booming industry, San Jose cannabis shops face closure

Two San Jose cannabis dispensaries have temporarily closed — and the city stands to lose millions in revenue if they go out of business. MedMen and Herbs both closed their doors in the last few weeks, raising alarm across Silicon Valley’s cannabis industry. While they closed for different reasons, local cannabis lobbyists and retailers say...