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Google in San Jose: Two more public agencies signed NDAs

More non-disclosure agreements signed with Google are surfacing as the tech giant pushes forward with its downtown San Jose campus. Google came under fire earlier this year after San José Spotlight revealed 18 San Jose city officials signed NDAs with the corporation. Advocates and government watchdogs have called the number of NDAs demanded by the tech giant unprecedented. But records requested by...

Assemblymember Ash Kalra introduces bill to protect Coyote Valley

Assemblymember Ash Kalra on Tuesday jumped into the fight to protect Coyote Valley by introducing legislation to create a conservation program to oversee the area. Located in South San Jose and parts of unincorporated Santa Clara County, Coyote Valley is a 15,000 acre piece of mostly undeveloped land that’s home to hundreds of species of wildlife. For decades the land has...

Amid criticism, San Jose lawmakers expand safe parking program

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday expanded a safe parking pilot program to two more locations despite deep concerns about the program’s half-million dollar price tag and fierce opposition from residents. Last November, San Jose launched a safe parking pilot program for those living in their vehicles. LifeMoves, a nonprofit that provides services to the homeless,...

Cannabis equity and safe parking top San Jose council agenda

One of the San Jose City Council’s recently-adopted priorities could get fast-tracked this Tuesday in order to meet a state deadline. Earlier this month, councilors added the creation of a cannabis equity program to a list of priorities for the upcoming year, intended to guide city officials in managing their workload. The program aims to reduce...

Should San Jose move up its public comment period?

At the end of a recent San Jose City Council meeting, Andrew Boone stepped up the podium to address the councilors. He had to wait seven hours to speak his mind on an issue not on the agenda that evening. Compared to other marathon council meetings, this one ended early — adjourning around 8:30 p.m. But it isn’t the first time...

Immigration debate intensifies in San Jose

The debate on sanctuary city policies intensified at a City Council meeting this week after an update on activities of a government office — implemented to help and protect undocumented immigrants — sparked controversy. The debate, spurred by the recent death of a San Jose woman who was allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant, continued at a...

San Jose planning commission vacancy leads to showdown

A routine appointment to the San Jose Planning Commission became a somewhat contentious affair Monday after former commissioner Norm Kline was granted an interview under unusual circumstances. Kline applied for the appointment ahead of the deadline, said City Clerk Toni Taber, but his name didn’t appear alongside the nearly two dozen other applicants. Taber said...

San Jose City Council to explore new policies to help build housing

“The revised numbers show that out of nearly 4,000 housing units permitted or approved last year, only 6 percent were affordable,” Auerhahn told San José Spotlight. “We need to be looking at solutions that add to affordable housing, not proposals to further subsidize luxury downtown homes while zeroing out their affordable housing contributions.” During Tuesday’s council...

Should San Jose waive wage theft policy for Chase bank?

San Jose on Tuesday will grapple with waiving its wage theft policy to award a major banking contract to Chase — which has disclosed prior wage theft violations — or to create its own public bank. The city’s current banking agreement with Wells Fargo is set to expire on June 30. City officials put the...

San Jose behind on housing goals, Liccardo suggests cutting taxes

Mayor’s budget plan In preparation for the City Manager’s Office creating next year’s budget, the council is poised to approve a budget plan issued by Liccardo earlier this month. Liccardo’s proposal calls for tightening the city’s purse strings as City Hall braces for an economic downturn. “The recent release of the City’s five-year general fund forecast shows...