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San Jose proposes digital billboards at airport

Despite opposition, San Joseans driving down Highway 101 could soon see more billboards in the coming months. San Jose released a draft plan Monday to build two digital billboards at the Mineta San Jose International Airport. The billboards will be located just south of Highway 101, with each sign measuring approximately 1,000 square feet. According to the...

Should East San Jose vaccination site reopen?

At least one city official believes a major vaccination site in East San Jose was shut down too early, but local community leaders aren’t so sure. Rolando Bonilla, chair of the San Jose Planning Commission who nearly died of COVID-19, is sounding the warning call about the growing number of positive coronavirus infections in East San Jose...

San Jose looks to end retirement benefits for felonious city employees

A San Jose committee will consider moving forward with a proposal to strip retirement benefits from city employees convicted of felonies. The proposal, which comes from Mayor Sam Liccardo and will be discussed by the city’s Rules and Open Government Committee on Wednesday, looks to cancel retirement benefits for any city employee who commits a felony or is...

Will San Jose move its mayoral election to 2024?

San Jose could soon change the date of its mayoral elections to coincide with presidential election years. Residents overwhelmingly spoke in favor of moving San Jose’s mayoral elections at the Charter Review Commission meeting last night. “The current system results in low voter turnout in mayoral elections and gives undue power to corporate special interests...

Santa Clara County DACA applicants dropped after federal ruling

A federal judge in Texas recently struck down a program keeping approximately 800,000 undocumented children and young adults in the country. This leaves thousands of Santa Clara County residents without federal protection from deportation. For the more than 8,780 San Jose residents benefitting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the July 16 decision offers no resolution. The...

San Jose tenants forced from condemned homes get some help

After being kicked out of their homes by San Jose, a group of tenants is receiving relocation payments from their former landlord, as well as temporary housing from the county. The owners of a cluster of un-permitted mobile homes near Spina Farms in South San Jose paid $30,000 to two households made homeless on July 15 after San...

Will San Jose’s Vietnamese Heritage Garden ever blossom?

When a group of Vietnamese leaders came up with the idea of a heritage garden almost 40 years ago, the vision was grand. The Viet Heritage Garden in San Jose was supposed to be a cultural oasis featuring mini-replicas of different historical Vietnamese landmarks, a reflection pond and a pathway to a community center. Today, the garden...