Janice Bitters

Janice Bitters is a senior reporter at San José Spotlight, covering Santa Clara city government and real estate in fast-growing San Jose and Santa Clara.

Prior to joining San José Spotlight, Janice spent more than two years as the commercial real estate reporter for the Silicon Valley Business Journal, breaking news on major real estate deals, following market trends and analyzing the often complex politics that influence land use and development in Silicon Valley cities.

Janice holds a degree in professional journalism from the University of Minnesota, but cut her teeth on business and government reporting while writing about about transit, regional planning and transit-oriented development at Finance and Commerce, a daily business journal based in Minneapolis. She has also written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and a few business and trade magazines.

Since arriving in Silicon Valley in early 2017, Janice has won multiple California Newspaper Publishers Association awards, including first-place honors for her land use and local government reporting. She is excited to continue telling important stories with balanced analysis on politics, land use and real estate in the South Bay.

Changes coming to Santa Clara renters, homebuilders and Airbnb users

Changes are on the way for Santa Clara when it comes to residential rental rules, including short-term rentals made popular by websites like Airbnb. City elected leaders and planning commission members this month discussed changes for rentals that could affect how many people can rent a single-family home and create first time rules around short-term...

Google starts work on new downtown San Jose community center in historic building

When Google officials unveiled the company’s framework for a massive downtown San Jose campus, they promised residents community gathering spaces and “opportunity pathways.” Now they’re starting to deliver on that. Alphabet-owned Google has started work inside the two-story San Jose Water Company building at 374 W. Santa Clara St. to create a new community center...

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