A gas pipe was struck during construction on a residential unit earlier that morning.
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San Jose is applying for a $3.3 million federal grant that would restore nearly a third of the firefighter positions lost in a round of layoffs in 2010.
Part of the San Jose Fire Department’s lagging 9-1-1 response times may have been just a matter of faulty record keeping.
In a press conference that probably wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t running for mayor, county Supervisor Dave Cortese on Monday lambasted San Jose for cutting fire department staff to the point that paramedics can no longer respond to medical emergencies in time.
An audit of the San Jose Fire Department didn’t include enough analysis of staffing, councilmembers Ash Kalra and Xavier Campos argue in a memo. They want to look into whether the shorter staffing levels are what led to longer response times and loss in overall service. Other items on the council agenda for Tuesday include a settlement with the family of a young child killed by a falling tree and a proposed ordinance to allow street vendors to sell fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods.
The budget blues aren’t over yet in San Jose. Mayor Chuck Reed announced that the Firefighters Union has come up $6 million short in its effort to meet the 10 percent cut on salaries and benefits, leaving the city no choice but to eliminate 81 positions. As a result, 51 firefighters will lose their jobs, one station will be closed, and other stations will have to contend with reduced staffing and equipment. It is the first time in the city’s history that firefighters have been laid off
The city recently acknowledged that it was missing thousands of emergency response times when calculating how long it takes first responders from the San Jose Fire Department to arrive on scene. Robert Sapien, president of San Jose’s firefighters union, explains in an op-ed why emergency response times matter not only in life and death situations, but also when calculating the city’s budget.—Editor
Rain fall has decreased, so the region faces looming threats of drought, which increases threats of wildfires, which impact air quality.
The university’s denial of homework accommodations for Antonio Milane has launched a larger conversation about disability rights.
The blaze, near the Guadalupe Freeway, has closed West St. John Street between Almaden Boulevard and North Autumn Street.
Even as gender equality in most traditionally male sectors has improved, women in Santa Clara County continue to be shut out of firefighting.
Without air-refilling stations in San Jose’s highrises, firefighters say they’d have to lug metal oxygen tanks up flight after flight of stairs.
The incident occurred in the area of Lynette and Duffy ways, according to the San Jose Police Department.
The UCSC Science Communication Department answers some of the questions about the fires submitted by readers.
In an attempt to prevent wildfires, the utility company is removing vegetation from around power lines.
Incentives for homeowners to mitigate wildfire risk would be a win-win for insurers and consumers. Creating one is the hard part.