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San Jose school district accused of hiring allegedly shady contractor

A labor watchdog organization is accusing the San Jose Unified School District of hiring contractors and subcontractors that allegedly skirted California labor laws. The labor watchdog Foundation for Fair Contracting wrote letters to district Superintendent Nancy Albarrán in December accusing Glendora-based California Commercial Pools Inc., a contracting firm, of failing to comply with the state’s skilled and...

San Jose advocates call Biden’s immigration plan unjust

As President Joe Biden was inaugurated at the nation’s Capitol, San Jose residents gathered to demand legal status for the country’s 11 million undocumented residents. “What do we want?” they shouted. “Papers! When do we want them? Now!” Local advocates since November have pressed the Biden administration to prioritize comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to...

San Jose lights up landmarks to remember COVID-19 victims

  Five of San Jose’s most recognizable landmarks lit up in a warm amber light Tuesday night to honor the lives lost to COVID-19. The remembrance was part of a national movement as part of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The sites included San Jose City Hall, Earthquakes Stadium,...

City survey: What do you want to ask San Jose’s next police chief?

San Jose is one step closer to selecting a new police chief and wants to hear from residents about what to ask the finalists. The city is hosting a forum Jan. 30 to ask the candidates questions submitted by residents. “Given the heightened scrutiny on policing this year and the need for strong leadership that...

Top San Jose administrator retiring after nearly two decades

After working for the city of San Jose for 18 years, Deputy City Manager Kim Walesh announced she will retire March 30. Walesh, who previously served as the city’s economic development director, is leaving as San Jose faces significant challenges with its business climate spurred by COVID-19 and a looming transformation of its downtown core with...

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