Mauricio La Plante

Mauricio La Plante is a freelance reporter for San José Spotlight, writing about all types of obscure and jaw-dropping issues in local government.

He previously worked for the Spartan Daily, San Jose State’s student-run newspaper, and was a part of the first staff to produce the paper remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. La Plante remains committed to learning what’s changing in the world and what’s not.

San Jose Republicans say Trump was what their party needed, despite second impeachment

Being a Donald Trump supporter in Silicon Valley was never easy. In 2019 after the president announced his reelection bid, Justin Aguilera, a 33-year-old GOP candidate for Congress, told San José Spotlight many conservatives in the South Bay were scared to express their political views publicly for fear of social shunning and professional retaliation. To...

Santa Clara County lifts stay-at-home order — here’s what can open

Santa Clara County joined California in lifting a stay-at-home order Monday, allowing businesses to reopen under previous purple-tier restrictions. Effective immediately, outdoor dining and personal care services can get back to business, and professional, collegiate, adult and youth sports can also resume. “Santa Clara County continues to experience very high rates of COVID-19 transmission,” said...