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California Lawmakers Give Nod to $307.9B Budget

California lawmakers have approved a spending plan that includes sending cash to most taxpayers to help offset record-high gas prices. The budget continues a turnaround for the nation’s most populous state, which just two years ago raised taxes and slashed spending.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Carr Announces Run for Mayor Of Morgan Hill

Larry Carr, a former longtime elected official who served on the city council for 20 years, announced he is running for Mayor of Morgan Hill in the Nov. 8 election.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full Morgan Hill Times report
Santa Clara County Makes ‘Dramatic’ Investment in Homeless Housing

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously approved $29 million to fund three housing projects which will add 332 homes to San Jose, Morgan Hill and Sunnyvale.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Huge Reservoir Could be Expanded to Store More Water

San Luis Reservoir, 7 miles long and a key part of California’s water supply irrigates farmland across the Central Valley and provides drinking water for Silicon Valley and other cities. A $1.1 billion plan by the federal government will strengthen the huge earthen dam, but more than earthquake safety work is involved.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
New Leadership Coming to Powerful Planning Commission

The new appointments raise questions about the diversity of the 11-member commission — a major sticking point for the body — and whether it can maintain it.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Higher Pay Lures Palo Alto Police Away

In the past several years, five police officers and two sergeants have left for Santa Clara, union president Ken Kratt said. The latest departure was a veteran officer who resigned last week.

(June 25, 2022) → Read the full Daily Post report
Cupertino City Manager Resigns After Six Months

Jim Throop's departure marks the seventh position change in the last four years.

(June 23, 2022) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
Santa Clara County Officials Request State Audit of VTA

Assemblymember Marc Berman announced he is pulling a bill that would eliminate VTA’s board of directors, and instead requesting a state audit. VTA chair Chappie Jones supports the move.

(June 21, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Little Progress Made to Protect San Jose Mobile Homes

The San Jose City Council in March 2020 unanimously approved a plan to put all 58 mobile home properties under the same land use designation—but only two sites have received the new layer of protection.

(June 20, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Former President Clinton Speaks at San Jose Service for Norm Mineta

Norm Mineta, former U.S. secretary of transportation and San Jose’s first Asian American mayor, is being laid to rest in his hometown. Family, friends and colleagues shared memories, anecdotes and stories at a Thursday memorial at the San Jose Civic Center.

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Public Art Commission to Review Removing Midtown Poetry Wall

The poetry wall, a series of six painted murals at 2605 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood, is in need of repair, and city staff is recommending the wall be "deaccessioned.”

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
MV Council Adopts Fines for Violating Campaign Contribution Limits

After passing an ordinance in April that barred City Council candidates from accepting donations in excess of $1,000, the Mountain View City Council passed a follow-up ordinance at its June 14 meeting that adds a monetary penalty for violating that limit.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
Where to Find Pride Events in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

San Francisco will hold its traditional flagship Pride festivities during the weekend of June 25. Several other South Bay and Peninsula communities are getting in on the action

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
San Jose Budget Tackles Homelessness and Public Safety

San Jose has more money to spend this fiscal year and officials are prioritizing homelessness, public safety, fighting blight, environmental sustainability and equitable economic recovery.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Ed Lauing Makes Fresh Bid for City Council Seat

Chair of Planning and Transportation Commission wants to focus on housing, public safety, climate change

(June 14, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Hate Symbol or Buddhist Emblem? Hidden Villa Cancels Summer Camps

Camp Director, others quit over ancient symbols on a 1915 building, claiming they created an unsafe space.

(June 14, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Supervisors Try Again to Thwart Lehigh Operations

The Supes asked the county Planning Commission to consider whether the more than 2,100 violations accrued over 10 years were grounds to revoke Lehigh Southwest Cement Co.’s use permit.

(June 14, 2022) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
Santa Clara County Minor Hit With Gun Restraining Order

The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department has filed a gun violence restraining order against a 13-year-old—the second time in recent months a Santa Clara County law enforcement agency has used this tool on a minor.

(June 14, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
East Palo Alto Senior Center to Reopen After Two-Year Covid-19 Hiatus

"No one ever expected that a pandemic would occur nor that it would last over two years," said Millicent Grant, executive director of the center.

(June 13, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
San Jose’s Decades-Long Pension Problems Level Out

For the first time in years, San Jose’s mayor is working with a balanced budget, which means more funding for city services. The city’s pension and retirement costs are declining for the first time in two decades due to double-digit investment returns

(June 13, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
San Jose Could Cut Parking Requirements for New Developments

San Jose planning officials are split on a proposal to eliminate minimum parking requirements for new building projects and what it could mean for the future of the city.

(June 10, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in Charges Related to Deadly 2020 Wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with the Zogg Fire, which killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes in Northern California two years ago. A preliminary hearing was set for January.

(June 10, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
PA School Board Forms Committee to Study Public Comments

The Palo Alto school board voted on Tuesday to wait until its next meeting on June 21 to decide whether to reinstate remote commenting in the interim while the committee deliberates.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
San Jose Voters Overwhelmingly Decide to Move Mayoral Elections

In a historic move, San Jose voters overwhelmingly decided Tuesday to move the city’s mayoral elections in an effort to boost voter turnout — particularly among communities of color.

(June 8, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Marine Mammal Center Is Back After Getting an Overhaul

Caring for animals rescued along 600 miles of coastline from Mendocino County to San Luis Obispo County, the Marine Mammal Center just ended its longest public closure since its founding in 1973.

(June 7, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
San Jose Councilmember: Cut Ties with Russian Sister-City

Councilmember Sylvia Arenas has vowed to resubmit her proposal to cut San Jose’s ties with Ekaterinburg, Russia after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called out San Jose at a conference of U.S. mayors on Friday.

(June 7, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Santa Clara County Creates Department to Support Children

To give children and families the necessary tools to succeed in life, the Office of Children and Families Policy will support and manage a diverse set of priorities that focus on children, youth and family programs.

(June 6, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
State Lawmakers Weigh Buying Out Farmers to Save Water

A proposal in the state Senate would spend up to $1.5 billion to buy “senior water rights” that allow farmers to take as much water as needed from the state’s rivers and streams.

(June 6, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Silicon Valley Lawmaker Says Stop the Monkey Business

Over the last few weeks, the Housing Providers for Responsible Solutions PAC has spent nearly $1 million on mailers, ads and texts opposing State Assemblymember Alex Lee.

(June 3, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Cooking With Gas? Climate Change May Change That

Beloved by foodies, the gas stove is restricted in new building construction in more than 50 California cities and counties. Some cities, like San Jose, Berkeley and Oakland, are banning new gas hookups altogether. Other cities, like Santa Cruz, only allow them in restaurants.

(May 31, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
California Child Abuse Database Lacks Half of County Reports

State auditors say more than half of substantiated California child abuse reports in recent years were not in the state’s database, which could result in child abusers being allowed to care for children. The database is used by state and county social services and welfare departments, adoption agencies and other organizations.

(May 31, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Stanford Neighborhood Protected from More Homes

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is preventing Stanford from filling in a neighborhood after residents said they wanted to preserve its rural feel and low density.

(May 31, 2022) → Read the full Daily Post report

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