Audit: San Jose Should Slash Vehicle Impound, Towing Fees

A new audit coming before the City Council on Tuesday recommends slashing car impound fees and subsidizing rates for low-income drivers.

San Jose’s New Recycling Plant

Last week, Mayor Reed and the majority of the City Council attended the opening of the world’s largest material processing facility in San Jose. After the ceremonial acknowledgments, I stayed to tour of the facility, which is located on Dixon Landing Road, an area near Milpitas that was annexed to San Jose. I was amazed at the size and amount of material coming down several lines at the facility. The tour certainly gave me pause on what we collectively throw away and where it is processed.

Council to Discuss Labor Negotiations, Low-Income Housing

With the firefighters’ union becoming the first labor organization to formally reach a deal on compensation concessions with the city last week, this week’s City Council meeting will feature even more discussions regarding labor negotiations. Other items of note will include the approval of assistance for low-income housing and a proposed rate increase for recycling.