Community Activist Lobbies for Urban ‘Agrihood’ in Santa Clara

A decade after acquiring a slice of a former agricultural research site at 90 N. Winchester Boulevard from the state, the city of Santa Clara has revived plans to redevelop it.

County Considers Pot Club Ban

Cannabis clubs, already banned from every local jurisdiction except for some slim pickings of real estate in San Jose, may get outlawed from unincorporated Santa Clara County, too.

State Leaders Past, Present Honor John Vasconcellos

California’s political elite, including Gov. Jerry Brown, turned out in mass Wednesday at the State Capitol to honor the late former State Sen. John Vasconcellos. “John always believed people were born good,” Brown said. “I have a darker view.”

Veteran Legislator John Vasconcellos Dies at 82

John Vasconcellos, California’s longest continuously serving lawmaker who represented the Silicon Valley for 38 years until he termed out in 2004, died over the weekend.

Mineta and Other Mentors in Local Poltiics

Norm Mineta will turn 82 on Nov. 12. His accomplishments from mayor of San Jose to U.S. cabinet secretary under two administrations are legendary. San Jose’s airport is named after him. But Mineta’s most important role has been that of a mentor for two generations of leaders.