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.

San Jose considers increasing illegal dumping fines

Tired of the trash piling up around town, San Jose is considering raising fines for illegal dumping. But some say the move could negatively affect low-income residents. The San Jose City Council will discuss Tuesday whether or not to increase first-offense fines for illegal dumping to $10,000. Currently, the city has three levels for illegal dumping...

San Jose lawmaker floats ‘Good Doctor’ tax

ABC medical drama “The Good Doctor” is set in San Jose, but doesn’t actually film here. One city official jokingly said City Hall should capitalize on that. The television show stars an autistic savant aspiring surgeon played by English actor Freddie Highmore who does his residency at the prestigious—but fictional—San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. The...

San Jose’s big gamble with Measure H might be illegal

Seventy-three percent of San Jose voters went all-in for more card room tables last November. But state officials say that increasing that number might be illegal. At the end of last year, San Jose voters overwhelmingly approved Measure H, which allows local casinos to increase the number of tables if they agreed to pay the...