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Roadtrip To Encinitas
The grief is still quite harsh; it comes and goes. Today alone in the supermarket I was lost in a haze of remorse. All the things I didn't do, or did wrong. Even though, in her last months, Sylvia...
From San Jose Spotlight...
Mail Maestro of San Jose City Hall
Every morning for the last quarter of a century, Reggie Roberts ensures Silicon Valley’s most powerful politicos get their mail.
Milpitas Investigates Confidential Information Leak
Amid finger pointing, Milpitas officials plan to hire an outside investigator to look into who on the City Council leaked confidential information to a person threatening litigation against the city.
From Milpitas Beat...
Milpitas City Hall in Turmoil After City Manager Threatens Lawsuit
In February, the Milpitas City Council voted 3-2 to not renew the contract of City Manager Steve McHarris, with members Anthony Phan and Hon Lien voting to keep him on.
Should San Jose Require Nonprofits to Register as Lobbyists?
Nonprofit leaders meet regularly with San Jose officials to influence policy decisions. But though they are often awarded millions in city contracts, nonprofit reps don't have to disclose their meetings like other lobbyists.
Task Force Wants New Reparations Agency
A state-appointed panel inching toward recommendations for reparations wants a new state agency to handle compensation and services to Black people.
Cupertino Official Faces Calls to Quit
A Cupertino official who repeatedly berated city employees and harassed residents may soon be booted from a powerful commission. The city council will consider removing Cupertino planning commissioner R "Ray" Wang at its March 7 meeting. Councilmember J.R. Fruen, who was elected recently, called for Wang's removal last month.
From Palo Alto Online...
Meet Palo Alto's First Leaf-Blower Enforcement Officer
Since April, Craig Hartley has been the chief enforcement officer in charge of administering Palo Alto's ban on gas-powered leaf blowers.
Milpitas Axes Third City Manager in Six Years
Frustrated Milpitas residents and councilmembers are calling for a reversal on the sudden decision to let go of City Manager Steve McHarris—the third city manager to be let go in Milpitas since 2017.
From Santa Cruz Sentinel...
What’s Behind the Push to Add 441,000 Bay Area Homes?
State regulators set the regional’s target of new units based on a formula meant to determine how much more housing is needed for the current and future population. The Association of Bay Area Governments then divvied up that number among local cities and counties.
From Cupertino Today...
San Bruno City Manager Heading to Santa Clara
The Santa Clara City Council appointed Jovan D. Grogan as City Manager on a 4-1 vote. Grogan, currently San Bruno’s city manager, will assume his new duties on May 1.
New Council, Same Priorities in Palo Alto
Housing, climate change, economic recovery and community safety will continue to dominate City Council discussions in the coming year after members voted to adopt these official priorities.
Milpitas Hires New Public Works Director
Christian Di Renzo brings with him a wealth of experience, having served in the public sector for 15 years—12 of those years working in management roles in the area of public Works.
San Jose Mayor Supports Public Records Reform
Despite facing criticism from free speech experts, San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan supports his predecessor's vision to address how San Jose responds to public records requests.
Ex-San Jose Mayor’s Public Records Reforms Spark Alarm
In one of his last actions in office, former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo wants to reform how the city complies with transparency laws—a move experts say could limit the public’s access to the inner workings of City Hall.
Santa Clara County Shutters Hybrid Meetings—for Now
Santa Clara County is eliminating hybrid committee meetings in favor of an in-person only format, which residents said could reduce community engagement.
Kou and Stone to Lead Palo Alto as Mayor, Vice Mayor
Lydia Kou, a real estate agent who in her six years on the City Council has been a leading critic of housing mandates and a skeptic about new developments, will serve as Palo Alto mayor in 2023.
From Silicon Valley Voice...
New City Attorney Takes Over in Santa Clara
Glen Googins, Santa Clara’s new city attorney, will be able to hit the ground running with extensive experience in municipal real estate transactions, entertainment venues and public-private partnerships.
The Best, Worst and Craziest Palo Alto News of 2022
From beavers to brazen crimes to long-awaited resolutions, 2022 was a year when we could finally think about something other than COVID-19.
Major Silicon Valley Stories to Watch in 2023
This past year has been highly consequential in South Bay politics, and some decisions are laying the groundwork for future changes.
Supreme Court Upholds California Ban on Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products
SCOTUS rejected a last-minute plea from the tobacco industry and cleared the way for enforcement of a statewide ban that includes menthol cigarettes.
From Daily Post...
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.
Santa Clara to Update Public Outreach Policy
The city of Santa Clara is updating its public outreach policy for planning and redevelopment applications and is asking for community input.
Santa Clara County Rubber Stamps CEO Job Amid Violation
After Santa Clara County elected officials were found to have violated the state's transparency laws, they simply revoted with minimum discussion to appoint a new county executive. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors revoted 4-1 to appoint County Counsel James Williams as the new county CEO.
Santa Clara County Violated State Law, Could Face Lawsuit
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen is demanding the Board of Supervisors nullify and revote on its appointment of a new county executive, saying the decision—which happened behind closed doors—violated the state's transparency law.
San Jose Ordered to Divulge Missing Details About Withheld Records
After months of refusal, San Jose will be forced to disclose critical details about the records it's withholding—a victory for San José Spotlight and the First Amendment Coalition. At a Thursday hearing, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Julie Emede ordered the city to produce a new log disclosing details about the hundreds of records it's shielding.
Early Results Show Lieber Taking Board of Equalization Office in Landslide
Early results show Mountain View City Council member Sally Lieber with a definitive lead over her opponent in the local politician's bid for a seat on the state Board of Equalization.
Milpitas Workers Bullied by Former Official
An attorney and former Milpitas planning commissioner whose rude and threatening language landed him in trouble before is sending curse-laden emails to the city attorney on behalf of the frontrunner in the mayor's race.
Gov. Newsom Holds State Homelessness Funding Hostage
Gov. Gavin Newsom is not pleased with local leaders' plans to reduce homelessness, and will hold back state funding until they take more aggressive action: “Everyone has to do better.”
From Monterey Herald...
New California Law May Improve Cancer Care
Low-income patients who need specialized cancer treatment often struggle to get it. Advocates say a new law is a small step toward improving services for those patients.
From Mountain View Voice...
Mountain View to Begin Enforcing Time Limits in City Parking Lots, Garages
Now that downtown parking permits are available for purchase, time limits on parking will be enforced beginning Nov. 7.
Millions of Californians Are Struggling to Pay for Water
As drought drives prices higher, families are facing water bills of more than $200 a month. With 1 in 10 households behind on water payments, calls are mounting for the state to step in and help.
California Sets Up Minimum Age Requirement to Handle Political Campaign Funds
The new rules were sparked after a Bay Area councilmember hired his 14-year-old cousin to be his treasurer during a 2016 campaign.