Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

Debate heats up over teaching ethnic studies in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County’s landmark resolution supporting ethnic studies is being challenged by some who claim it is un-American, prompting supporters to launch a petition to save the school board’s efforts to bring race-related education to classrooms. Eight months after the Board of Education passed the resolution, supporters believe it has come under fire from what...

Conference tackles Silicon Valley’s woes post COVID-19, starting with workplace diversity

Community leaders gathered at Joint Venture’s 17th State of the Valley conference Tuesday to discuss strategies for helping Silicon Valley address inequities. Each year Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a local nonprofit, hosts the event to discuss the findings of its Silicon Valley Index report: a 100+ page gold mine of data detailing just how the South...

Santa Clara County set to approve another $100 million for affordable housing

Santa Clara County supervisors have approved spending more than $100 million to build five housing complexes for low-income residents. The funds will come from the Measure A housing bond, passed by a majority of voters in 2016. The bond will eventually raise just under $1 billion for affordable housing projects and incentives across the county....

Could canceled homeless count in Santa Clara County affect funding?

A biennial count of Silicon Valley’s unhoused population —- critical for understanding if the homeless crisis is getting worse — won’t happen this year because of COVID-19. Some advocates worry that could mean a loss in federal funding for homeless services. Santa Clara County’s “Point-in-Time” count, which involves volunteers scouring streets, tents and underpasses to...

Santa Clara County faith groups scramble to comply with changing COVID-19 orders

It’s been a tumultuous time for South Bay faith groups who have heard varying guidance from the federal, state and county government about whether they could worship inside. All indoor church operations are officially suspended in Santa Clara County despite recent pushback from local churches and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that suggested such a...

Following COVID-19 vaccine scandal, Good Samaritan permanently closes vaccine clinic

Good Samaritan Hospital, one of the largest medical centers in the county, is permanently closing its COVID-19 vaccine clinic, claiming that it has vaccinated all of its staff and therefore fulfilled its responsibilities. The news comes three weeks after the hospital faced backlash for allowing teachers and staff at an affluent Los Gatos school district...

Santa Clara County cuts hundreds of jobs to reduce deficit

County officials this week approved eliminating more jobs to bring a gaping budget deficit down to just north of $140 million — that’s about $60 million less than projected last fall. The projections are also much better than last summer, when supervisors thought they might battle a shortfall between $200 and $500 million. But reaching this...