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Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone has run mostly unopposed for decades. Now he could face a challenger

First he launched one of the world’s first online-dating sites, now Gary Kremen — vice-chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District and founder of Match.com — could be Santa Clara County’s next assessor. Kremen told San José Spotlight he’s strongly considering challenging incumbent County Assessor Larry Stone in 2022. “Many folks have asked me to look at...

Where should San Jose build affordable housing?

Most San Jose residents support affordable housing—but there’s less agreement on where to put it. Almost every precinct in the city backed Measure A in 2016, allowing Santa Clara County to borrow $950 million by issuing bonds to fund affordable housing. But when it comes to the details, even advocates disagree—should affordable housing be built in...

Gunshot detection technology is ready for testing in San Jose

San Jose is ready to launch its gunshot detection pilot program with hopes of decreasing crime in the Cadillac Winchester Neighborhood, an area in West San Jose historically impacted by gun violence. The San Jose Police Department will host virtual community meetings on March 17 and 18 so residents can learn more about gunshot detection...

South Bay education leaders: Teachers need vaccines faster

Santa Clara County education leaders are advocating for teachers to get vaccinated before they step foot inside a classroom — but not all teachers should get first dibs. A group of county educators Thursday said that vaccine priority should be given to teachers who are already working with students in person, followed by employees of...

San Jose mayor celebrates school reopenings as critics fight back

Mayor Sam Liccardo claimed a political victory when the San Jose Unified School District announced recently it would reopen for indoor instruction April 21. But advocates say the mayor and his new advocacy group had nothing to do with the decision. In a mass email from Liccardo’s recently-formed organization Solutions San Jose, he praised the district’s decision...

After publishing wrong COVID-19 vaccine numbers, Santa Clara County blames technical error

Santa Clara County published inaccurate demographic data on its COVID-19 vaccination dashboard and only updated the errors after San José Spotlight brought it to officials’ attention. “There’s a discrepancy in the data,” Santa Clara County spokesperson Roger Ross confirmed Thursday. “We have been looking into it.” The majority of the data on the county’s vaccination...