Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson is a freelance reporter for San José Spotlight. She also writes for Marin Independent Journal and has experience reporting on local city government, politics, housing and homelessness, education and environment/fire at Chico Enterprise-Record.

Natalie’s reporting has been published in ChicoSol News, Ethnic Media Services, NPR’s Next Generation Radio, The Mercury News and The Washington Post. She graduated from California State University Chico with degrees in journalism and international relations, and spent three years as reporter and later editor-in-chief at the student-run publication The Orion. She is passionate about community journalism and bringing new perspectives to light, with a passion for holding powerful interests accountable.

Santa Clara approves contentious affordable housing project

After considerable pushback from residents and uncertainty among Santa Clara councilmembers, city leaders are greenlighting a controversial multifamily housing project on Civic Center Drive. The Santa Clara City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to build a five-story apartment project with 108 affordable units managed by Charities Housing. Councilmember Kevin Park was the lone dissenter, saying he opposed...

LGBTQ groups call out Santa Clara mayor over silence

Bay Area LGBTQ organizations are calling out Santa Clara’s mayor, after her election opponent leveled accusations she’s  enabling homophobic attacks on him. Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC)—one of the most prominent LGBTQ political organizations in the region—issued a letter calling on Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor to denounce a blog where homophobic comments have been made...

Santa Clara candidate attacked with slurs, death threats

The Santa Clara mayoral race is turning ugly and life threatening for one candidate. Councilmember and mayoral candidate Anthony Becker said in the past few months he has received death threats and been subjected to homophobic slurs, as the city’s first openly gay policymaker. He said his partner has also been harassed. Becker wants his...