Patricia Wei

Patricia is an intern at San José Spotlight.

She grew up in San Jose and is excited to report stories about her city. She believes in the power of stories told with compassion and empathy to uplift voices in the community. She is a sophomore at Stanford University, studying computer science, urban studies and human rights. Outside of work, she loves to paint, watch airplanes, and practice Chinese, Spanish and Japanese.

Indoor dining brings normalcy back to San Jose restaurants

Restaurants returning to indoor dining can breathe easier as customers come back inside and some normalcy takes shape. Before the pandemic, Anabel Nguyen and Alex Huynh’s family restaurant hadn’t taken a break in 25 years. But in March 2020, they closed for one month. “It was really stressful for all of us,” Nguyen said. Since...

San Jose’s Happy Hollow hangs on during the pandemic

The theater and rides at San Jose’s Happy Hollow Park & Zoo might be closed, but that didn’t dampen 4-year-old Zayden’s enthusiasm for his first time at the zoo. “I’m so excited!” said Zayden as he made his way from the ticket booth to the exhibits. Happy Hollow is owned and operated by San Jose’s Parks,...

Is San Jose ready for a strong mayor?

San Jose might not be ready for a strong mayor—at least not yet. That was the concern discussed during a public meeting this month by a commission reviewing the proposal to change San Jose’s governance. Among large cities in the U.S., San Jose’s way of government is unusual: the mayor has little power compared to the...