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Pescadero's Pigeon Point Lighthouse Turns 150

The local landmark that hosts daytrippers and hostel guests alike is about to undergo renovations that could increase public access.

(Nov. 27, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Vonnegut, Ortiz and Cornes Secure Seats on MVLA High School Board

With 98 percent of the votes counted, Catherine Vonnegut, Esmeralda Ortiz and Thida Cornes appear to have secured seats on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District's board. Fourth-place finisher Eric Mark has conceded.

(Nov. 26, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
San Jose Could House Homeless at VTA Stations

A light rail train yard and station may soon shelter homeless residents in San Jose. Councilmembers are considering temporary housing sites at two VTA locations—Cerone and Cottle—to increase the interim housing stock, as homelessness in the city continues to climb.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Drought Dramatically Shrinking California Farmland

In the fall, rice fields in the Sacramento Valley usually shine golden brown as they await harvesting. This year, however, many fields were left covered with bare dirt.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Ecosystems and Rural Communities Will Bear the Brunt of Intensifying Drought

Drought, human-caused climate change, invasive species and a “legacy” of environmental issues are permanently altering California’s landscape and placing some communities and ecosystems at increasing risk.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
California Appeals Court Axes District COVID-19 Student Vaccine Mandate

Just 67 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds and and 38 percent of 5- to 11-year-olds have had the primary two-shot COVID-19 vaccine series.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
San Jose BART Extension Could Grab Land From Property Owners

Jose Landin has co-owned Mexico Bakery since 2003, and the chain has become a downtown San Jose staple. But this location and several others could all be gone soon.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Milpitas’ Infamous Odor: Past, Present and Future

For many residents, the most infamous aspect of Milpitas history involves the putrid odor that has spread throughout the city, existing for over 100 years and involving multiple factors.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Milpitas Beat report
Anu Nakka Becomes First Indian-American Elected to Public Office in Milpitas

Anu Nakka has been elected to the Milpitas Unified School District’s Board of Education. “I honestly didn’t expect so much support,” said Nakka.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Milpitas Beat report
Pandemic Impact Continues at Cal State With Fall 2022 Enrollment Decline

Overall undergraduate enrollment for the Cal State system fell once again, to 404,820 students this fall—about 17,500 fewer students than the previous year.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Work-From-Home Culture Takes Root in California

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows a large segment of Californians are working from home for part or all of the week. Researchers say the shift will ripple through the broader economy in ways big and small.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Sunnyvale Solidarity Vigil Against Hate Inspires Action

“This vigil is not a victory lap; it is a call to action,” said Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Alysa Cisneros at the city’s Solidarity Vigil Against Hate on Nov. 15. “We will have created a culture of belonging, when every person feels safe, included, heard and respected.”

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Silicon Valley Voice report
Panel Discusses Supreme Court Case Threatening End of Affirmative Action

A discussion on the possible outcomes of the SCOTUS decision in the case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. the online event delved into the impact of banning the consideration of race as a factor during the college admission process.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Observer report
California Woman Moves Closer to Canonization as Saint

The woman, who moved to Santa Cruz County in the 1950s, is said to have had visions of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and other Catholic saints.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
UC Berkeley, Stanford Join Law Schools Abandoning US News Rankings

Top universities, including the law schools of Harvard University and Yale University, will no longer provide data to the publication, alleging the report can be harmful to attracting a diverse set of prospective students.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
10% of California Legislature Now Identifies as LGBTQ

While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year’s midterm elections, California quietly reached its own.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
How Cindy Chavez Lost the San Jose Mayor’s Race

A veteran public official with a long list of endorsers and major financial backing had almost every South Bay politico betting on her securing the mayoral seat. Then, she lost.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Mountain View Minimum Wage Gets Biggest Bump in Five Years

People making minimum wage in Mountain View may soon see bigger paychecks. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, Mountain View employers must pay their employees at least $18.15.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
Four Compete for Open Santa Clara County Education Seat

The Santa Clara County Board of Education has a vacancy, and four individuals would like the job. Rosemary Kamei's win as councilmember-elect in San Jose District 1 opens the seat in Area 3. The board plans to fill the seat during a special session on Nov. 28.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
San Jose Landowners Stir Up Coyote Valley Concerns

About one year after the San Jose City Council took action to shield more than 300 acres of Coyote Valley land from development of massive distribution warehouses, several landowners are now proposing a major energy facility.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Carmen Montano Becomes First Woman Elected as Mayor of Milpitas

As I stood in front of Milpitas City Hall, I watched as Vice Mayor Carmen Montano pulled into a parking spot. She was wearing a bright orange blazer, a perfect complement to the backdrop of the cool and cloudy autumn afternoon.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Milpitas Beat report
New San Jose Mayor Must Work with an Opposing Majority

Matt Mahan won his bid to become the 66th mayor of San Jose after more than a year of campaigning. He now faces a daunting task: working with people who didn't think he could lead.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Simitian: New County CEO Was ‘Obvious and Excellent Choice’

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian of Palo Alto said he voted to make County Council James Williams the county CEO without community engagement because that’s how counties have selected their top executives.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Daily Post report
San Jose Vietnamese Residents Have Visible Representation Again

District 7, with its sizable Vietnamese American population, is set to watch Councilmember-elect Bien Doan take his spot on the dais come January. Doan will be the fifth Vietnamese American councilmember in the city’s history.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
New Law Will Provide Health Insurance Subsidies for Workers During Labor Disputes

The bill, which takes effect in July, was sponsored by the California Labor Federation, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report Finds Racial Bias in Hiring Leaders at UC, CSU and Community Colleges

A report from the College Futures Foundation says racial bias plays a role in hiring for executive-level posts at the UCs, CSUs and community colleges.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Biden Gives PG&E $1 Billion to Keep Diablo Canyon Open

The case for nuclear power as a climate solution got a big boost when the Biden administration announced it's giving Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a $1.1-billion grant to help the company keep operating California's last nuclear plant.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
After Election Win, Bonta to Investigate Hospital Algorithms for Racial Bias

California Attorney General Rob Bonta wants to target racial discrimination in health care, including through an investigation of software programs and decision-making tools used by hospitals to treat patients.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Could These Antiviral Pills Treat Long COVID?

Stanford launches the nation’s first study of an antiviral strategy for long COVID.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
More Than 6,000 Job Cuts Roil Bay Area Economy

Tech and biotech companies have revealed plans for enough job cuts to erase more than 6,000 jobs in the Bay Area.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
High-Rise Apartments in the ’Burbs? ‘Builder’s Remedy’ Could Make It Possible

It’s a NIMBY’s worst nightmare: high-rise apartment buildings going up in suburban neighborhoods—and local officials helpless to halt construction. It’s all thanks to a little-used section of state housing law known as the “builder’s remedy.”

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full The Mercury News report
NorCal Girl Scouts Receives $4.9 Million Donation

Girl Scouts of Northern California received its largest donation to date from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott for $4.9 million. The record-setting donation was part of a larger gift of $84.5 million to Girl Scouts of the USA and to 29 Girl Scout councils.

(Nov. 19, 2022) → Read the full Silicon Valley Voice report

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