Nov 25, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business, Culture Comments (0)
Assembly Bill 109 requires the state to release thousands of non-violent, non-sexual offenders. The county is making plans to assist parolees who suffer from drug addiction.
Santa Clara County needs more drug rehab housing for convicts slated for release under the state’s 2011 prison reform measure. On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors will consider allocating $526,000 to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Services to pay for up to 130 more treatment beds by the end of next month. Other items on the Board agenda include skydiving permits, vaccinations, a new fire chief for South County and a $225,000 grant to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley.
Nov 22, 2013 by Rich Robinson Politics, Business, Culture Comments (1)
Robert Kennedy had it right when talking about the responsibilities we have as a society to our fellow man.
Income inequality is one of the biggest problems in Silicon Valley. We have at least 48 billionaires in the Bay Area alone. Yet, we also have thousands of people who struggle to survive working low wage jobs. Even the recent increase in the minimum wage in San Jose is not enough to live in an area where housing prices have soared, transportation costs continue to increase and most people have a negative net worth. But as individuals, we can make a difference.
Nov 21, 2013 by James P. Reber Business, Culture Comments (0)
The Rep’s One Night with Janis Joplin set a ticket sales record for the San Jose theatre company. (Photo by Kirk Tuck)
Ever since Rick Lombardo took the reigns and imprinted his vision on the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the performance center has had excellent seasons. But until recently, a behind-the-scenes drama was playing out—one that would test Lombardo, Managing Director Nick Nichols and the Rep’s Board.
Nov 20, 2013 by The Fly Politics, Business, The Fly Comments (6)
The annual Turkey Trot raises more than $850,000 for local nonprofits, but one of them has a dubious history in fulfilling its mission.
Almost 28,000 people are expected to run in the 9th Annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, the Thanksgiving morning race put on each year by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation. The runners, walkers and joggers might be surprised to note that money raised in previous years to pay health care premiums for low income kids was diverted to political campaigns.
Nov 19, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business Comments (2)
The first U.S. Patent Office in Silicon Valley will call San Jose’s City Hall home.
The U.S. Department of Commerce picked San Jose City Hall as the permanent site for its Silicon Valley satellite patent office. The office will open up shop by the end of 2014, the federal agency announced Tuesday.
Nov 17, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business, Culture Comments (2)
This map shows where Rocketship charter schools are located within San Jose’s Washington/Tamien neighborhood. (Image courtesy of http://www.StopRocketship.com)
Despite vocal opposition from some community members, Rocketship Education could receive approval to start building another charter school in the Washington/Tamien neighborhood. The City Council this week will consider selling the nonprofit educational company an $850,000 parcel of land to develop the new campus. Also on the council agenda is an underfunded gun buyback, a contract agreement with the electricians union and an urban village plan.
Nov 12, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business, Culture Comments (4)
Plans to build a four-field softball complex at a site by Eastridge Mall were delayed so the city could explore other options.
Two minutes shy of deadline to place it on the Nov. 19 City Council agenda, Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio logged a request for the city to revisit the discussion about where to place a softball complex paid for by the remaining balance of a $228 million pool of bond funds. That and more at Wednesday’s Rules and Open Government Committee.
Nov 11, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business, Culture Comments (0)
Ceremonies honoring the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces took place across the county Monday for Veteran’s Day. (Photo by brittanylynae, via Flickr)
Communities across the nation on Monday recognized the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. A ceremony for San Jose’s 95th annual Veterans Day parade was held near the SAP Center, and hours earlier the Veterans Day National Ceremony commenced at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Nov 11, 2013 by Peter Allen Politics, Business, Culture Comments (6)
Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s, has faced tight budgets when trying to assembly a top-notch team. Ed Shikada will have similar challenges as San Jose’s city manager, Peter Allen writes. (Photo by Muboshgu, via Wikipedia)
Every winter, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane has one hand perpetually tied behind his back, as he tries to rebuild his rosters for the following season. Frugal ownership, a decrepit stadium, and multiple run-ins with raw sewage make the A’s one of the least desirable Major League Baseball landing spots for top free agents. So, Beane, the man profiled in Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball, does his best to cobble together lineups with bargain basement prospects and aging journeymen. And because he’s exceptionally good at his job—and a little lucky—he manages to field competitive teams year after year. The city of San Jose faces similar obstacles in recruiting and retaining the best and brightest minds to run the day-to-day operations of America’s 10th largest metropolis.
Nov 6, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Business, Culture, Media Comments (23)
Mike Honda, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, knows how to rally the base, but will that be enough?
Mike Honda—Silicon Valley’s globe-trotting, karaoke-singing, hard-partying congressman—has had a charmed career. Now, a well-funded challenger, Ro Khanna, asks whether being likeable is enough, or whether the public expects a lawmaker to work hard, write laws and fight to keep valley industries competitive.
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