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East San Jose Walking Trail Will be Expanded

09/14/2023

Twenty years after East San Jose residents began advocating for more open spaces in their community, city leaders have completed a key step in expanding the neighborhood’s celebrated Five Wounds Trail.

Palo Alto Adopts New Rules for Downtown Parklets

09/11/2023

Seeking to bring order to the city’s nascent and chaotic parklet scene, the Palo Alto City Council adopted a suite of rules for outdoor dining spaces in University Avenue and portions of California Avenue.

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Image caption: The Burbank Theater, built in 1949, is for sale again after restoration plans stalled. A neighborhood coalition is seeking city landmark status to prevent its demolition.
Still Standing ... for Now

Each year, the Preservation Action Council of San Jose sends out a warning to architectural history buffs, identifying the Endangered 8—those structures most likely to be lost to rot and redevelopment.

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San Jose Will Target Junk, Weeds, Graffiti in Aggressive Cleanup Program

San Jose will no longer wait for citizen complaints to remove graffiti, junk cars and trash from city streets in downtown and other selected areas.

Image caption: Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society

Zoning laws determine what can be built and where. These laws have shaped California, but are they really just tools for social engineering? The history of zoning is closely tied to racial segregation, as well as the state's shortage of …

Image caption: In what appears to be a power play that worked, a developer proposed building 14 residential highrises with a combined 4,260 units in Santa Monica.
How California Developers Twist Affordable Housing Laws

A new interpretation of an old law gives homebuilders leverage over California cities and their zoning codes. They’re using it to push through thousands of new apartments around the state.

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More than 9,000 in South County lose power due to storm

Thousands of PG&E customers throughout South County were without power Tuesday afternoon due to strong winds and extreme weather from the latest atmospheric river storm that struck the region. As of 2:45pm March 14, more than 9,000 electricity customers in …

Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.

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Houyee Chow-Jiménez and Nick Ybarra’s Mural of Pride

Two summers ago, artist Houyee Chow-JimĂ©nez responded to an open call on Instagram. Project MORE—a nonprofit serving LGBTQ+ people in Northern California—sought muralists to brighten a downtown San Jose alleyway.  Funded by the city of San Jose and private business …

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Lacey Bryant Presents Her New 9,450-Square-foot Mural

While walking north on 1st or 2nd Street from downtown San Jose, it’s hard to miss the city’s newest—and likely longest—street mural spanning the entire block on the exterior wall of the Ryland Mews apartment building. The 9,450-square-foot mural by …

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Breath of Life

Only in San Jose would a photo of South First Street from the downtrodden ’70s trigger my enthusiasm for the live music festivals currently on the horizon. Plus, sometimes one just needs to revisit the despair of the past in …

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East Side Dreams

The voice that opens East Side San Jose, the new album by Ivan Flores & Discos Resaca Collective, glows with a warmth as familiar as the sun rising over the Diablo Range. “Hot day, hot day South Bay,” chimes Chuy …

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