Rich Gordon

Rules to Discuss Legislation Targeting Chronic Homeless

Homeless residents in San Jose sit in their tent, which was set up last summer along Guadalupe creek in downtown San Jose.

Of San Jose’s 5,000 or so homeless residents, nearly 30 percent are chronically on the streets, according to city housing officials. Most of the chronically homeless suffer from mental illness, physical disability, addiction or some combination of the three. On Wednesday, the San Jose’s Rules and Open Government Committee will discuss legislation that could address such problems.

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Councilmembers Want to Ban Sale of Menthol Cigarettes in San Jose

A few councilmembers in San Jose want the city to institute a ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes. (Photo by Raul Lieberwirth, via Flickr)

First came a ban on smoking in public places; now local lawmakers are targeting a particular style of cigarettes. Seeing that menthol smokes are so popular with youngsters, especially minorities, several city officials want to support a Food and Drug Administration resolution that proposes banning the sale of menthol cigarettes. The motion brought by councilmembers Kansen Chu, Ash Kalra and Xavier Campos goes before the Rules and Open Government Committee Wednesday.

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