Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County lawmakers put off Laura’s Law decision

The much-anticipated vote on whether or not to implement Laura’s Law in Santa Clara County is now another six weeks away. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to push the decision in order to hear a more in-depth presentation on current mental health, substance abuse and general intervention services provided by the county’s Behavioral...

Major changes planned for Santa Clara County foster care system

Santa Clara County is proposing sweeping reforms to how it treats children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. If implemented, the reforms would result in a major expansion and overhaul of the county’s foster care system and concentrate efforts to reunite children with family members. The proposed reform package,...

Santa Clara County leaders approve safe gun storage law

In the wake of a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival last summer, Santa Clara County leaders this week approved a new gun control law that requires firearm owners to safely lock their weapons when not in arm’s reach. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance requiring the safe storage of firearms within...

Santa Clara County announces inaugural children’s budget and child care funding

Nearly a quarter of Santa Clara County’s population is under the age of 18, but until recently, the county didn’t have a way to measure the full span of services it provides to support its youngest 450,000 residents. Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Cindy Chavez, who announced Monday the inaugural Children’s Budget, also proposed allocating $3...

Workers say Santa Clara County botched transition after buying new hospitals

When Santa Clara County bought three financially-struggling medical facilities last year, county officials promised nearly 1,700 workers at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and DePaul Medical Center in Morgan Hill they could keep their jobs. But employees at O’Connor say the county reneged on that pledge as soon as...