Cortese Proposes Speeding Up Veterans’ Benefits Claims

As the federal government struggles to catch up to a massive backlog of pending benefit claims from ex-military men and women, Santa Clara County will consider a pilot program to expedite applications from local homeless veterans.

County Office of Ed Dysfunction Leaves Foster Youth in the Lurch

San Jose Inside has learned that the Santa Clara County Office of Education cut tutoring services for foster youth and filed questionable federal grant reports while wasting more than a half-million dollars that could have helped the county’s most needy children.

County Poised to Continue Rural Metro Ambulance Contract Despite Bankruptcy

Despite going bankrupt in August, it looks like Rural Metro will continue providing ambulance services for Santa Clara County residents—at least through 2016. Other items on Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors agenda include a request for $8 million from the department that oversees the child abuse hotline and a discussion on the Santa Jose Sate hate crime allegations.

County Child Abuse Hotline Still Failing

Despite calling it “a humanitarian issue,” Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese said he doesn’t want to assign blame to the the county’s Department of Family and Children’s Services, which has failed to answer thousands of calls to the local child abuse hotline—the public’s first point of contact with welfare services.