California Local Logo

Santa Clara County News, Traffic & Weather


All the Santa Clara News, Traffic and Weather, with directories of local Government, Community Groups & Nonprofits in one place!

California Media Alliance logo Santa Clara County News

Morgan Hill Times logo
Morgan Hill Affordable Housing Project Gains County Funding
Santa Clara County recently approved funding for three new affordable housing projects—including units for veterans and special needs residents in the proposed Magnolias development in Morgan Hill.
Gilroy Dispatch logo
Demolition Underway at South Valley Middle School
Many of the nondescript white, green and yellow buildings along IOOF Avenue where, for nearly seven decades, countless Gilroyans have learned life skills within their walls have been reduced to rubble.
Metro Silicon Valley logo
The Tropical Origins of San Pedro Square’s Dr. Funk
Who is Dr. Funk? How did he get here? And what is a castaway doing in San Pedro Square? Take a seat, relax, have a tiki cocktail, and I’ll tell the tale of how Dr. Funk came to San Jose…

California Local Pin Marker Santa Clara County News Digest

California Local Pin Marker California & Santa Clara County Articles

Image caption: Protesters gathered at the California Capitol rally against abortion measures before the Legislature on June 22, 2022.
After Roe: Abortion in California

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Roe decision, here are key takeaways of what to expect for abortion in California.


Image caption: An image of the California Bear Flag.
Welcome to California Local

Thank you for finding California Local. This is what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it.


Image caption: Assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle remain banned in California, but maybe not for long.
California Assault Weapons Ban May End Due To SCOTUS Ruling

California's assault weapons ban, in place since 1989, may not stand up to a new Supreme Court decision that makes it much harder for states to impose gun control. A federal court brief filed June 30 aims to strike down …


Image caption: In the three years from 2019 to 2022, California received only two years’ worth of rainfall.
California Drought: State Fell a Year’s Worth of Rain Short

California’s drought shows no signs of easing as the state lost a full year of rainfall between 2019 and 2022, while residents actually increased their water use, ignoring Gov. Newsom’s pleas to cut back.


Image caption: The 1964 case ‘New York Times v. Sullivan’ is key to maintaining a free press.
Clarence Thomas and the Free Press: Justice Attacks Landmark Case

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is turning his sights on one of the most important press freedom cases, 'New York Times v. Sullivan.' Thomas says he wants to make it easier to sue media companies.


Image caption: Daniel Weintraub, chief of staff to state Sen. Steve Glazer, speaks at an Assembly committee hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday, July 29.
Calling Emergency on SB 911

SB 911, a bill to publicly fund journalism in California, narrowly advances to Assembly Appropriations Committee; faces opposition from ethnic media publishers.


Image caption: Same sex marriage and other rights may soon come under the SCOTUS axe.
Clarence Thomas Wants SCOTUS to Take Back More Rights

If Clarence Thomas gets his way, the Supreme Court won't stop at revoking the right to abortion. Same sex marriage, contraception and gay sex are likely to be next on the SCOTUS hit list.


Image caption: Justice Clarence Thomas calls for SCOTUS to pull back even more established rights after Roe v. Wade.
Why Clarence Thomas Wants to Throw Out Your Rights

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that after overturning Roe v. Wade SCOTUS must now overturn decisions allowing same-sex marriage and contraception. Here's why.


Image caption: Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners

As California insurance companies have revoked the fire policies of thousands of homeowners, the state has taken steps to get them covered again.


Image caption: Historically dry conditions appear likely to lead to another summer of fire in California.
California Wildfire Season 2022: Here's What to Expect

The 2022 California wildfire season looks like another dangerous one, with the state's historic drought showing no signs of letting up. Here's what to expect, and some measures the state is taking to slow down the flames.


Image caption: The U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow at a two-decade-old California workers' rights law.
SCOTUS Scales Back Law Allowing Employee Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court scaled back California's Private Attorney Generals Act, a 19-year-old law allowing workers to sue employers over labor code violations. But a new ballot initiate aims to repeal PAGA completely.


Image caption: The cycle of crime and homelessness is escalating, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think

The links between homelessness and crime are complex, and the idea that unhoused individuals present a danger to their community seems to be exaggerated.


Image caption: Former Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs, who instituted a universal basic income pilot program in his city,  speaks at TED2019 in Vancouver, BC.
Solving poverty in California takes more than talk

Women living in poverty are tired of sharing their stories. They share, and then some legislators water down legislation introduced to end poverty. So, no more listening for listening’s sake. We must build power and take meaningful action together.


Image caption: Crime in California cities may not be quite the voting issue the national media says it is.
Did California Voters Send a ‘Message’ on Crime? Not So Fast!

Do California's election results in Los Angeles and San Francisco mean this blue state is flirting with turning red? That's what the national media is trying to say. But there's a lot more to the story.


Image caption: Lawmakers on the Assembly floor in the California Capitol.
Newsom Wary of Lawmaker-Approved Budget

Depending on whom you ask, the $300-billion-plus budget bill California lawmakers passed on Monday either was developed largely behind closed doors, ignores the state's biggest problems and fails to provide urgent relief amid skyrocketing inflation — or offered ample opportunity …


Image caption: Many of Robert Kerbeck’s neighbors in Malibu Park lost their homes in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which left behind lots where only chimneys still stood.
Give Your Home a Fighting Chance

California wildfires are becoming larger, more frequent and more ferocious. ‘Malibu Burning’ author Robert Kerbeck shares simple steps you can take to protect your home.


Image caption: Artist's rendering of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which will be the largest in the world.
The Bridge to Coexistence

The Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which will help pumas in the Santa Monica Mountains cross 10 lanes of Highway 101, will be the largest in the world.


Image caption: Immigrants continue to shape the face of California today.
California’s History of Immigration: How Immigrants Built the State

From long before it became a state, to the present day, immigration has shaped California—but they have often been treated poorly. Here’s how immigrants helped build California, through the state’s mixed history with immigration.


Image caption: A voter fills out their ballot at a voting site at the Hamilton School gymnasium in central Fresno on June 7, 2022.
Why Didn’t More Californians Vote?

California mailed out more than 22 million ballots to registered voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. But as of Wednesday, just 3.5 million had been counted.


Support Local News

Our local media allies keep you informed.