Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

Silicon Valley transit agency lacks COVID vaccine mandate

VTA has a substantial number of unvaccinated employees, but the South Bay transit agency isn’t taking any steps to require a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Tuesday, 1,258 workers are fully vaccinated, while 1,470 are at least partially vaccinated—69.37% of VTA’s workforce. The agency has about 2,100 employees. Since the public transit agency is an independent...

Prosecutor sues Santa Clara County DA for retaliation

A deputy Santa Clara County district attorney is suing his boss for allegedly retaliating against him for writing a critical op-ed. Daniel Chung filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against Santa Clara County and District Attorney Jeff Rosen. The suit claims Rosen violated Chung’s freedom of speech by disciplining and demoting him after he wrote...

Santa Clara County largely spared fire season devastation—for now

Santa Clara County has largely been spared some of the worst effects from California’s increasingly destructive fire season over the years. But local fire officials say that likely won’t last forever. Factors such as elevation, weather and luck have typically experienced Santa Clara County from experiencing large blazes seen elsewhere throughout the state. Though that...

Santa Clara County breakthrough COVID hospitalizations remain low

The hospitalization rate for unvaccinated Santa Clara County residents is 23 times higher than those immunized against COVID-19, new county data shows. Between July 29 and Sept. 3, 464 people were hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19. This includes both county-run and private hospitals. County officials told San José Spotlight 360 patients either were not fully...

Santa Clara County could spend $25 million on prefab homeless shelters

Building more housing is the key to fighting the growing homelessness crisis in Santa Clara County. Two officials want to give a local nonprofit $25 million to do so. Supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee announced a proposal Thursday to grant LifeMoves, the region’s largest temporary housing provider, a multi-million dollar contract to help it...