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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...

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: SJSU student fights for on-campus COVID-19 testing

As of Dec. 23, Santa Clara County reported 59,923 confirmed coronavirus cases and 632 deaths. The county saw another massive spike — 1,311 new cases recorded in one day. California had 1,964,076 positive cases and 23,284 deaths as of Dec. 22. However, health officials have warned recent figures have been underreported due to issues with...

Stanford drops lawsuit against Santa Clara County over affordable housing

Stanford University dropped a lawsuit against Santa Clara County, two years after arguing the county targeted the university too narrowly in requiring affordable housing. Stanford filed the suit in December 2018 after the county began a multi-year planning process to increase development of affordable housing. The first phase of the county’s affordable housing plan identified...

COVID-19 has led to widespread food insecurity in Silicon Valley. Thousands of volunteers are helping fight it.

The South Bay’s staggering increase in demand for food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic is being met with help from a newly raised army of volunteers. Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, which has been coordinating much of the local effort to distribute food to needy residents, has faced the dual challenge of feeding more people than ever...

New virtual platform connects Santa Clara County youth with mental health services

Mental health services are of the utmost importance during the COVID-19 pandemic and especially as the holiday season approaches with continued lockdowns, isolation and uncertainty, according to the Centers for Disease Control. To address this need among young people in Santa Clara County, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County on Dec. 15 launched a platform...