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Santa Clara candidate kicked off Nextdoor after ‘politically motivated’ posts against her

Santa Clara City Council candidate Harbir Kaur Bhatia about a week ago discovered posts on Nextdoor that propagated false information about her. “The people that are pushing this message are people in collusion with each other to ensure my credibility is destroyed,” Bhatia told San José Spotlight. While Bhatia, a candidate challenging Santa Clara Councilmember...

Agrihood’s urban farm housing project poised for spring groundbreaking in Santa Clara

With the final funding in place, Agrihood’s urban farm housing project in Santa Clara can move forward after years of planning. Receiving a state grant of $50 million in tax-exempt bonds from the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee on Sept. 16 put the project on track for a March or April  groundbreaking, officials said. Occupancy...

Lawsuits detail claims of civil rights violations by Santa Clara council candidate

During his law enforcement career, Santa Clara City Council candidate Bob O’Keefe became the subject of two lawsuits claiming he violated people’s civil and constitutional rights, according to court documents obtained by San José Spotlight. One man arrested by O’Keefe for allegedly buying jet skis using a false identity was later found factually innocent, which...

Police union backs all-white Santa Clara City Council slate with $25K developer donation

With a hefty donation from a developer building a massive project in the city, Santa Clara’s police union is funding campaign mailers supporting a slate of City Council candidates backed by Mayor Lisa Gillmor. The Related Company has coughed up $25,000 to the Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association Political Action Committee to re-elect Councilmembers Kathy...

UPDATE: Santa Clara City Council caps food delivery fees at 15%

The city of Santa Clara now joins San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Berkeley in capping how much companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats can charge to drop off take out. Take out has been a saving grace for restaurants across Santa Clara County, which have been shuttered for indoor dining since March 17. But when...

UPDATE: Santa Clara City Council allocates $5.59 million windfall

The Santa Clara City Council breezily approved allocating $5.59 million Sept. 1 on transportation upgrades, small business assistance, affordable housing and general fund reimbursements. The funds include $1.59 million from the CARES Act, as well as $5 million from a development settlement from 2018 with neighboring San Jose, which come at a time when the...