Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

‘Borderline treasonous’: San Jose leaders react to stunning riots at U.S. Capitol

Silicon Valley leaders from both sides of the aisle reacted with horror Wednesday after thousands pushed past police and stormed the U.S. Capitol in a dangerous attempt to thwart a peaceful transfer of power. One local lawmaker was even in tears, comparing the stunning scene in Washington to the terrorism acts of 9/11. The mob...

Santa Clara County considers penalties for inequitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Santa Clara County officials are publicly worrying whether area health care providers will stick to the guidelines when it comes to distributing COVID-19 vaccines, and deliberating what the county could and should do if they don’t. Already, in at least two cases so far, private health care providers in California — including one in the...

Businesses must close employee break areas in Santa Clara County under COVID-19 restrictions

Santa Clara County health officials kicked off 2021 by adding new restrictions on businesses — they must now close their employee breakrooms. While officials told San José Spotlight they had issued previous “guidance” on breakrooms, an earlier version of the county’s directive did not include any language about closing indoor employee breakrooms. There are new...

Report: ‘Frat house culture’ blamed for lack of female firefighters in Santa Clara County

Women trying to become firefighters in cities throughout Santa Clara County face gender bias, a hostile work environment, a conscious lack of recruitment and other major obstacles, according to a newly released grand jury report. The report on the lack of women firefighters in Santa Clara County offers recommendations for how the male-dominated firefighting profession can take steps...

Researchers turn to human waste to sniff out clues about COVID-19 in Santa Clara County

Seeking to better understand the spread of COVID-19, researchers from San Jose, Santa Clara County and Stanford University are looking at an unusual source for answers: Human waste. It turns out excrement can carry the coronavirus, which is why researchers and health officials are examining it to compile more accurate data on the virus in...

San Jose Legends: Rod Diridon launched the city’s light rail but got into transit by accident

Editor’s Note: San Jose Legends is a new monthly series that tells the remarkable stories of the historic and legendary people who have helped shape and transform our city. Rod Diridon has a train station named after him and is widely renowned as the “father” of Silicon Valley’s modern transit system. But to hear him tell...