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San Jose council approves more workforce protections, new billboards

San Jose lawmakers are cracking down on enforcing stricter workforce protections for construction workers almost two years after the shocking discovery of an unlicensed contractor harboring undocumented immigrants in slave-like conditions at the former Silvery Towers site. On Tuesday, the City Council passed a law that requires contractors to pay workers a prevailing wage while...

New South Bay Community Land Trust asks water district for land

A nonprofit group dedicated to securing land for affordable housing is asking the Santa Clara Valley Water District to donate some of its public land for low-income housing  — beginning with San Jose’s Mayfair district. The South Bay Community Land Trust, the region’s first land trust for affordable housing, launched in late April and its leaders...

Santa Clara receives $6.2M from San Jose following bitter lawsuit

Santa Clara officials are deciding how the city will spend $5 million earmarked for affordable housing that the city has received from San Jose this week as part of a lawsuit settled last year. Though the money will go toward affordable housing, the city hasn’t yet identified specific projects or initiatives for the funds. San...

San Jose council to mull workforce standards and new billboards

After a month-long summer recess, San Jose lawmakers on Tuesday will discuss initiatives that strengthen a recently-approved wage law for workers on projects that receive tax breaks and a plan to place two new billboards on city property. Headlining next week’s City Council meeting is a proposal that adds protections for construction workers on city-subsidized...

San Jose police union cancels gun raffle after Gilroy shooting

After several years of raising money by raffling firearms, San Jose’s police union leaders have decided to cancel the raffle indefinitely in the wake of a mass shooting in Gilroy last weekend that killed three people and injured more than a dozen others. “This was planned well in advance of the tragedy in Gilroy,” said...

San Jose, nonprofits wait for ruling on Google negotiations lawsuit

San Jose officials and two groups suing the city over an alleged lack of transparency in its negotiations with Google for a massive new downtown campus presented their cases to a Santa Clara Superior Court judge on Thursday morning. Now they’re all waiting to see what she’ll decide. “The decision could come tomorrow or two...

San Jose opposes bill to ban towing vehicles

A handful of California lawmakers want to bar cities from towing cars over unpaid parking tickets and other fees that disproportionately harm low-income families and people living in their cars. But in San Jose, officials are pushing back stating that the bill will exacerbate existing parking woes and excessive abandoned vehicles on city streets. The...

International competition launches to create a Silicon Valley icon

Silicon Valley has no icon. For more than 50 years the area has had an international reputation as the world’s leading region for technology, business innovation and venture capital. In all that time, no monument has been built to symbolize its prestige. But this week, a group of local philanthropists launched Urban Confluence Silicon Valley,...