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 mayor and police chief push sanctuary policy changes following fatal stabbing

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Police Chief Eddie Garcia are demanding Santa Clara County change its sanctuary city policy — for the second time in a little more than a year — after discovering the suspect arrested for a fatal stabbing spree at Grace Baptist Church is undocumented. The suspect, Fernando Lopez, allegedly stabbed five...

Businesses to face immediate fines for violating COVID-19 rules in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County businesses that violate COVID-19 safety protocols over Thanksgiving weekend will face immediate fines as health officials struggle to control the spread of COVID-19. Unlike before, businesses will have no grace period to fix the violation if they are cited Nov. 26 to Nov. 29. Individual fines range from $250 to more than...