San Jose May Revise Urban Village Policy to Advance Affordable Housing Projects

The City Council on Tuesday will consider relaxing requirements that have stymied the type of development prescribed by the General Plan.

South Bay Activists Threaten to Sue over Water Fluoridation

Plans to start fluoridating the public water supply in Santa Clara Valley have drawn some backlash and threats of litigation.

Silicon Valley Balances Stopgaps, Real Solutions to Homelessness

In Santa Clara County’s push to end homelessness, not all agree on how to balance short-term needs with long-term solutions.

San Jose City Council Considers Temporary Freeze on Rent Hikes

City leaders will consider whether to impose a temporary freeze on rent hikes or enact its new 5 percent annual rent cap sooner than planned.

City Audit Recommendations Ignored for the Most Part

In 2012, a city audit found that San Jose police working off-duty security jobs lacked accountability and, in some cases, abused the system. Three years after the audit called for “urgent reform and a cultural change,” more than 80 percent of those recommendations have yet to be implemented.

Nonprofits Funded Labor Council Political Campaigns

Funds from two local non-profit health care foundations made their way to phone banks and mail campaigns of the South Bay Labor Council in 2012 after routing the money through a Measure A’s campaign committee. Both the VMC Foundation and the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation gave more than a quarter-million dollars each—a total of $539,000—to support an 1/8th cent county sales tax measure, Measure A. At least $90,000 of those monies were transferred to the South Bay Labor Council. An incestuous tangle of organizations, directors and consultants characterized the transactions, with common decision-makers on both the giving and receiving ends. None of the organization are willing to discuss how the funds were used and how decisions were made. Former San Jose vice mayor and South Bay Labor Council CEO Cindy Chavez currently heads up the nonprofit SBLC-linked Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA) and sits on the board for the Health Trust and Santa Clara Family Health Foundation.