Lloyd Alaban

Lloyd Alaban is a politics and government reporter at San José Spotlight. He is a proud South Bay native who has called Milpitas home his entire life. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from San Jose State University, where he worked in student media at both schools. He got his start in journalism as an intern with AsianWeek, and has since written for realtor.com, Work + Money, Uni Watch, San Jose Inside and the Milpitas Beat.

Lloyd has covered numerous issues, including local businesses, protests, affordable housing policy, homelessness and city government. He is passionate about local news and its ability to shed light on underprivileged communities. He enjoys trivia, running, coffee, beer and playing with his two-year-old Siberian Husky.

How diverse are San Jose’s commissioners?

San Jose commissions have struggled for years to fill the ranks with new members. A closer look at demographic data shows the commissions are also struggling to keep up with the city’s changing makeup. There are 29 commissions in the city, totaling 326 seats, according to data provided by the city clerk. Fifty seats are vacant. Five commissions, which...

UPDATE: San Jose committee recommends mental health, gun safety proposals

Nine people died at a May mass shooting at VTA’s Guadalupe light rail yard. A new proposal from a San Jose councilmember wants to make sure another tragedy doesn’t happen again. Councilmember Raul Peralez unveiled a sweeping plan Wednesday aimed at evaluating workplace culture among city employees and reducing gun violence. Peralez wants the city...