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What’s next for the controversial Thomas Fallon statue

The controversial Thomas Fallon statue is one step closer to removal. The city’s Arts Commission unanimously voted Monday night to recommend the City Council remove the sculpture from downtown—with an addendum. The addition allows the statue to be available to museums and places of higher education at the approval of the Public Art Committee, Arts...

San Jose could expand to 14 council districts

San Jose could expand to 14 council districts and change how councilmembers are elected. The San Jose Charter Review Commission voted Monday in favor of two recommendations: one that paves the way for four additional council districts and another to implement ranked-choice voting. Ten districts have anchored the city since it last expanded from seven...

San Jose leaders eager to renew special downtown commercial district

A special district that provides extra cleaning and security to downtown San Jose property owners is up for renewal next year, and local stakeholders are eager to keep it running for another decade. San Jose’s downtown property-based improvement district (PBID) expires in December 2022, and the San Jose Downtown Association and local businesses are making...

San Jose redistricting angers downtown residents

The redrawing of city lines has some residents in an affluent downtown neighborhood fired up. And the county’s redistricting process — happening simultaneously — is raising questions in a highly-contested supervisorial race. In the city’s process, a redistricting map being floated by the city’s consulting group would move residents from the historic Naglee Park neighborhood...

San Jose lawmaker who criticized county bonuses approved them for city employees

A San Jose councilmember who criticized county officials for awarding government workers COVID bonuses approved similar payments for city employees. The San Jose City Council earlier this summer approved a one-time pandemic bonus of $1,000 for each full-time employee in Unit 99—a category of city workers that includes department heads and senior staff, such as...

Two San Jose economies: Downtown tanked, Santana Row thrived

With a lack of tech workers and foot traffic, downtown San Jose became a ghost town during the pandemic, but five miles away high-end Santana Row flourished. These two destinations linked by San Carlos and Stevens Creek boulevards and Interstate 280 are worlds apart socioeconomically and the COVID-19 pandemic made that schism wider. Downtown was hit...