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.

Private hospitals in Santa Clara County to be slapped with fines if they don’t ramp up COVID-19 testing

Private hospitals in Santa Clara County that fail to provide COVID-19 testing could face a fine of up to $5,000 under a new order. The order, which goes into effect Sept. 25, requires hospitals to test all patients who report COVID-19 symptoms, asymptomatic patients who have been exposed to coronavirus and patients referred by the...

Santa Clara County business owners push to open indoors

With smoke and ash making outdoor operations difficult, a coalition of business and community leaders are demanding Santa Clara County set guidelines to reopen indoors. Last week the county moved into the lower-risk red tier of state reopening guidelines, which paved the way for more businesses to start serving customers indoors. But in Santa Clara...

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