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San Jose leaders lobby for transparency in homeless spending

San Jose officials want to make it easier for residents to track how the city is spending money on its growing homelessness crisis. Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, Mayor-elect Matt Mahan and Councilmember David Cohen want to launch a webpage showing the city’s efforts in solving homelessness. The site would include where funding comes from, which...

With one election over, San Jose politicos look to the next

It’s deja vu in San Jose politics. As elected leaders on Monday settled a political fight over filling two upcoming vacancies on the San Jose City Council, some former politicos are eyeing a return to their old posts. The council voted just before midnight to appoint successors to two soon-to-be-vacant seats in Districts 8 and 10....

UPDATE: San Jose council to appoint two members amid backlash

Cheers, boos, middle fingers and the banging of a gavel filled the San Jose City Council chambers on Monday night as officials decided how to fill two vacancies. After five hours of heated public comment from more than 500 people, councilmembers voted 7-4 late Monday to fill the vacancies through an appointment process by the...

San Jose residents stand with Chinese COVID protesters

Hundreds of San Jose residents and advocates are speaking out in support of changing government policies in China, but longlasting change still seems distant, residents said. More than 500 people gathered in front of San Jose City Hall last week, singing songs and sharing stories. The crowd stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with protesters...

Silicon Valley elite defend nonprofit CEO with dark past

As the civil case against former eBay executive and longtime San Jose political insider Steve Wymer drags on, some experts are raising concerns about a local nonprofit’s decision to hire him as CEO. One of Wymer’s most powerful political allies, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, is meanwhile defending him. Wymer is accused in an ongoing...

San Jose launches portal of police misconduct records

San Jose is hoping to make it easier for the public to unearth police misconduct records. The city launched a new web portal Friday where closed misconduct case information from the city’s independent police auditor can be viewed and downloaded. It does not include records from the police department such as body-worn camera footage or...

San Jose could require rideshare companies to report assaults

San Jose wants to require rideshare companies to report sexual assaults to law enforcement, but advocates say not so fast. Mayor Sam Liccardo, joined by officials of San Jose Police Department and Santa Clara County District Attorney, announced a proposal Thursday they said would help curb assaults and better support victims and survivors. The policy...

San Jose on track to beat record traffic deaths

San Jose marked its 60th vehicle fatality last month when a man crashed his car into a property on Santa Teresa Boulevard — a record high for the city. And the year isn’t over. City officials are scrambling to curb the number of traffic fatalities and plan next year to prioritize traffic safety near schools and launch...