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 Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture Comments (4)
More than 300 people rallied at SJSU Thursday to express outrage at the allegations and solidarity for the victim. (Photo by CamCash Photography, via Twitter)
San Jose State University suspended three white students Thursday after the District Attorney charged them with hate crimes. The three young men allegedly fastened a bike lock around their African-American roommate’s neck—twice—while also racially bullying him and locking him in his bedroom.
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 21, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture, Media Comments (0)
A civic initiative called “The People Speak” wants to leverage a small margin of voters to keep the mayor’s race free from personal attacks.
As the mayoral race heats up, it’s safe to assume some candidates will resort to personal attacks against their opponents. But Manuel Herrera, a trustee of the East Side Union High School District, has a plan to counteract the negativity. Will it work?
Nov 19, 2013 by Silicon Valley Newsroom Politics, Culture Comments (20)
San Jose’s police union reached a tentative agreement with the city this week that would give officers a 10 percent raise over the next three years. The Police Officers Association is expected to be on board with the plan, and so is the City Council.
Nov 19, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture Comments (2)
San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra and local media want to know who ordered the change in calculating gang stats, and why it was misreported to the public.
San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra says the city’s got some explaining to do about its police stats gaffe. In a memo to the Rules and Open Government Committee, which meets Wednesday, Kalra calls for a hearing in front of the City Council about why a change was made in calculating gang stats, and why the numbers were misrepresented to the public.
Nov 19, 2013 by Joseph DiSalvo Politics, Culture, Media Comments (5)
The new testing method in California’s public schools, called “Smarter Balanced,” will begin in Spring 2014.
I have been so preoccupied with writing columns on the local war between charter and traditional public schools that I have unwittingly neglected another contentious public battle. The standards for testing in California’s public schools are changing, and the looming fight could be as partisan and ugly as the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.
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 15, 2013 by Rich Robinson Politics, Culture, Media Comments (7)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has become a massive success not just because of its humorous reality checks of the far right, but also for taking Democrats to task. (Image via Comedy Central)
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University held a program on campaign ethics Friday. The central question posed: Do campaigns have ethical standards? It is not a question that can be fully answered in a sound bite. So let’s start with the three core issues: lies, inconsistency and money.
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