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    LGBTQ+ town hall Dr. Karen Goldsen of the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs will present an overview of survey findings from the LGBTQ+ Older Adults in Santa Clara County Project at a Nov. 17 town hall meeting. The virtual meeting, set for 5-6:30 p.m., will address findings from the county’s recent survey and share how this new data will be used to improve programs, policies and resources to support LGBTQ+ older adults. Attendees can provide input on priorities for next steps to best support LGBTQ+ older adults in the county. Santa Clara County residents can register for the virtual town hall at https://bit.ly/LGBTQOlderAdultSCC. Neighborhood Notes WILLOW GLEN>>The San Jose Chamber Music Society has a new performance venue for its 2021-22 concert season: St. Francis Episcopal Church at 1205 Pine Ave. The season opened last month with the Auryn Quartet from Germany; up next on Nov. 21 is the Schumann Quartet, also from Germany. The program starts at 7 p.m. and features Beethoven’s Quartet in A Major, Op.18; Janácek’s Quartet No.1, “Kreutzer Sonata” and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-Flat...
    ‘Riding the Rails’ lecture Historian Ray Cosyn will discuss the history of the Interurban rail in a Nov. 17 Zoom lecture titled “Riding the Rails.” The lecture, set for 7 p.m., is presented by the Saratoga History Museum. The Interurban Rail was part of a national technological breakthrough in the early 1900s, when autos were not yet prevalent. Railroads did not serve many small towns, so the Interurban provided a convenient, economical service. The Peninsular Interurban connected San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and Palo Alto using rail and electricity. What is believed to be the sole Interurban passenger stop in Northern California is located at the Saratoga History Museum. The passenger stop was originally located near Nippon Mura, then a popular resort on Saratoga-Los Gatos Road. For more information and to get the Zoom link, visit www.saratogahistory.com or call 408-867-4311. LGBTQ+ town hall Dr. Karen Goldsen of the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs will present an overview of survey findings from the LGBTQ+ Older Adults in Santa Clara County Project at a Nov. 17 town hall meeting....
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Giants should give up S.J. to keep A’s in Bay Area When the Giants were looking for a new ballpark, the A’s helped them out by relinquishing rights to Santa Clara County. However, the Giants have used these rights to block the A’s from moving to San Jose. San Jose tried to get these rights overturned in a 2015 lawsuit against MLB that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, with the A’s possibly leaving for Las Vegas, it is time for the Giants to return the favor and allow the A’s to pursue a San Jose ballpark. MLB Commissioner Manfred said he is “not sure we see a path to success” for a new A’s ballpark in Oakland. If the A’s are not allowed to pursue a San Jose ballpark, the Giants will have essentially driven the A’s out of the Bay Area since San Jose was clearly willing to build the A’s a ballpark based on the lawsuit. Bruce Maigatter Santa Clara County ‘hero...
    When Cathy Jamieson wanted to get married, she took the usual route by submitting an application for a marriage license to the Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder. It was late July, and after six days of waiting, she finally got a response. It would take eight weeks to get the license, the office told her, so if she needed it sooner she could either go to another county or try calling a list of specialized public notaries. “It almost seems they don’t understand the importance of weddings,” Jamieson said. “It was so stressful.” The clerk’s office in Santa Clara County, which also handles death certificates and fictitious business names, is reporting extended wait times of eight weeks to get a virtual marriage license appointment or ceremony conducted, assistant county clerk Louis Chiaramonte acknowledged. For that, he blames COVID-19. Before the pandemic, all marriage services were done in person. While other Bay Area counties are not reporting delays as long as Santa Clara County’s, some still have longer wait times than usual for a license or ceremony. In Alameda County, the wait...
    ‘Cher Jacques!’ premieres Lyric Theatre of San Jose presents the world premiere of “Cher Jacques!,” Ken Malucelli’s musical biography of Offenbach. The performance is set for Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m., in the courtyard of St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 20920 McClellan Road, Cupertino. Tickets are $20 at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=130900.  Transformative Reads Silicon Valley Reads has announced the theme for its 2022 community reading program: the Power of Kindness, Resilience and Hope. “This year’s theme will allow us to engage in conversation about the transformative power of kindness, highlight our remarkable capacity for resilience and build hopefulness for our future,” said Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County superintendent of schools, who serves as Silicon Valley Reads co-chair along with San Jose Library Director Jill Bourne and Santa Clara County Librarian Jennifer Weeks. The featured nonfiction books selected to highlight the theme are “See No Stranger” by Sikh activist, filmmaker and civil rights lawyer Valarie Kaur; “Enough about Me” by Richard Lui, who left his dream job as an NBC News/MSNBC anchor to help care for his ailing father in San Francisco;...
    The Santa Clara Valley Water District, which is the main wholesale water provider in Santa Clara County, on June 9 declared a drought emergency and called on all residents to reduce water use 15% from 2019 levels to preserve supplies. In August, the most recent month for which data is available, countywide water use dropped by 9%. That was an improvement from a 6% drop in July, but still is significantly under the goal. Here is the percentage change in water use between August 2021 and August 2019 at the 13 cities and private water companies the Santa Clara Valley Water District serves. 1) City of Mountain View -15% 2) San Jose Municipal Water System -14% (North San Jose, Alviso, Evergreen, Edenvale, and Coyote Valley) 3) Purissima Hills Water District -12% (Los Altos, Los Altos Hills) 4)  City of Milpitas  – 10% 5) City of Morgan Hill -10% 6) California Water Service Company  -10% (Los Altos and parts of Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale) 7) City of Santa Clara -9% 8) San Jose Water Company -8% (Most...
    Childhood hunger is a major issue in this country — one with wide-ranging consequences in learning, behavior and health. Santa Clara County has emerged as a leader in advocating for a strong, common-sense solution to ensure that every child in our county is ready to learn and thrive: universal school meals. As a country, we have promised every child a free education. Providing students with free school meals ensures that every child is ready to take advantage of that education. Free school meals also help create community — no longer do children need to be divided into “free, reduced, and paid” — they are just our children. Federal meals programs like school meals and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, known as CalFresh in California) are a lifeline for families but do not serve enough people because they do not account for the cost of living in Silicon Valley. The applications are complicated and intimidating, and many families that are struggling do not qualify. As coalition partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley...
    Students merit recognition The 2022 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists were recently announced, and 11 Los Gatos High School seniors earned a spot among 16,000 others. Semifinalists scored exceptionally well on the PSAT, ranking in the top 1% of all high school seniors. The Los Gatos High School semifinalists are Emma Rogers, Cynthia Feng, Zachary Stevenson, Gabriella Stout, Cameron Bosio-Kim, Katie Guo, Helena Feng, Leran Wang, Pranav Tadepalli, Leo Mermelstein and Herin Kang. Screen on the Green Los Gatos’ “Screen on the Green” fall movie event is back this year with two showings over two weekends. On Sept. 24 at Oak Meadow Park, the Town of Los Gatos is hosting a free viewing of the Pixar movie “Soul.” Next Friday, Oct. 1, on the Civic Center Lawn, residents can attend a free showing of “Hocus Pocus.” Both events start at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public. County redistricting input The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is considering redistricting options, as it does every 10 years to correspond with new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. A commission...
    Poet wanted The search is on for Santa Clara County’s next poet laureate. The county and its library district, in partnership with SVCREATES, have opened the application process for the poet who will be the ambassador of the form for 2022-23. The county Board of Supervisors, which created the honorary post in 2008, appoints the poet laureate for two-year terms. Campbell resident Nils Peterson was the first to serve in the position. San Jose resident Janice Lobo Sapigao is the current poet laureate. The poet laureate is tasked with elevate the awareness of Santa Clara County residents around poetry, and helping celebrate the literary arts. “The 2022-23 Santa Clara County poet laureate will help grow the awareness and participation in poetry and the arts while making their own mark on the local poetry scene,” County Librarian Jennifer Weeks said in a statement. During her tenure, Sapigao has led online poetry writing workshops on mental health for teens, aimed at helping them cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also lent her voice to celebrations of Asian Pacific...
    Poet wanted The search is on for Santa Clara County’s next poet laureate. The county and its library district, in partnership with SVCREATES, have opened the application process for the poet who will be the ambassador of the literary form for 2022-23. The county Board of Supervisors, which created the honorary post in 2008, appoints the poet laureate for two-year terms. San Jose resident Janice Lobo Sapigao is the current poet laureate. The poet laureate is tasked with elevating the awareness of Santa Clara County residents around poetry, and helping celebrate the literary arts. “The 2022-23 Santa Clara County poet laureate will help grow the awareness and participation in poetry and the arts while making their own mark on the local poetry scene,” County Librarian Jennifer Weeks said in a statement. During her tenure, Sapigao has led online poetry writing workshops on mental health for teens, aimed at helping them cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also lent her voice to celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The poet laureate must have resided in the...
    Santa Clara County is now offering a third dose of coronavirus vaccines to people who are immunocompromised following approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, officials said Saturday. Eligible people — a tailored list including transplant recipients, cancer patients and select other conditions — may schedule third-dose appointments through the county’s COVID-19 vaccination website or contact their health care provider. Approval for the extra shot arrived earlier this week from the FDA, but only extends to those with moderately to severely weakened immune systems to the extent of someone who has had a solid organ transplant. It also does not apply to those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The shot will be matched to whichever series — Pfizer or Moderna — the patient initially received. The two-dose regimen must have been completed at least 28 days before the third. “We have vulnerable immunocompromised populations who are again at risk because of the rapid spread and high transmissibility of the Delta variant,” said Jennifer Tong, associate chief medical officer for the county’s Valley Medical Center system, in a...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF/BCN) — Seven homeless Santa Clara County residents have suffered fatal overdoses from methamphetamine containing fentanyl over the last three weeks, officials announced Friday. Driven by the drug overdoses, overall there were 36 homeless deaths from July 9 through August 9 — more than double than they were last year during the same period. READ MORE: Montereys Famed Car Week Returns After A Years COVID Hiatus “COVID is not the only health crisis we are facing in Santa Clara County, and Delta is not the only deadly variant,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a news release. “We are committed to work alongside advocates and addicts, police and parents, to stop these overdoses and save lives.” Aside from the death among the homeless, the DA office also cited: Fentanyl is also the suspected cause of death of a juvenile in Morgan Hill on August 3rd. Powdered fentanyl is the suspected cause of death of a subject in a Santa Clara hotel on July 26th Fentanyl was suspected cause of death of...
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Clara County Fair is focusing on livestock exhibitions under the “Ag-Venture!” banner. Competitive exhibits including photography, quilts and art projects are on display in Fiesta Hall, and Little Hands on the Farm returns for children. A heritage exhibit displays historical objects related to the fair. Contestants lined up under a white tent to have their goats judged during the Market Goat Show, where ribbons and championship belt buckles were handed out by judge Sue Hobby. The Livestock Auction will be a hybrid event on the last day of the fair, Aug. 7, when animals will be auctioned live at the fairgrounds and live-streamed. The fair is free and open to the public. See related story here. Photographs by Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group Donnella Wood, center left, 14, with her goat named Quartz, and Joseph Mayer, center right, 14, with his goat named Red wait to enter the arena for judging in the Market Goat Show at the Santa Clara County Fair at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, Calif.,...
    The coronavirus case rate for unvaccinated people in Santa Clara County is roughly four times the rate for those who have been inoculated against the deadly virus. According to the county’s new dashboard, the case rate — the total number of cases on a given day per 100,000 people — is 25.3 for unvaccinated residents and 6.8 for vaccinated residents. With the highly transmissible delta variant spreading quickly throughout the Bay Area, the data shows an alarming rise in infections, especially among those who have not been. About a month ago, the case rate for unvaccinated people was hovering around 3. The figures also show a spike in cases among the county’s vaccinated residents, up from a case rate of around 1 at the start of July, a troubling trajectory that has led to new vaccine requirements by many employers and universal mask mandates indoors. More than 1.3 million people in the county are fully vaccinated, with another nearly 103,000 residents partially vaccinated. Vaccinations in California also appear to be on the rise, up 54% since a low in early...
    Nonprofit hits milestone meal Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County is about to hit the landmark number of 15 million meals distributed throughout Santa Clara County since March 17, 2020, the first day of the COVID-19 shutdown. Catholic Charities held a press conference July 23 at St. Lucy’s Parish in Campbell to mark the milestone. During the shutdown, Catholic Charities pivoted from open food markets and in-person meals to “grab and go” outside of senior centers, supporting meal distribution at schools, providing drive-through groceries at parishes and family resource centers, and home-delivered groceries. To meet the increase in demand during the pandemic, Catholic Charities partnered with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Martha’s Kitchen and Loaves & Fishes to serve the county’s food-insecure residents. “In just a matter of weeks, the number of people we served doubled from 250,000 people a month to half a million people a month,” said Leslie Bacho, CEO of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. “We could not have addressed that level of need without the close collaboration and amazing partnership we had with the team...
    Milpitas student leader Milpitas High School student Brian Dinh has been named one of five Silicon Valley Bank of America Student Leaders, and he’s using the program to raise awareness of the rare skin condition he suffers from called erythromelalgia, which keeps him from being in the sun for more than 15 minutes. While his condition keeps him from participating in outdoor activities, Brian has turned to community service so that he can focus on helping others. To that end, he started a tutoring nonprofit, Quarantutors.com, that operates in 10 different countries. As a Student Leader, Brian had a paid summer internship with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Caminar, a San Mateo-based nonprofit that provides support services to individuals with mental health disorders. As part of the internship, he will earn $17 per hour and receive a Chromebook. Similar to last year, the program has been adapted to a virtual format. Urban forestry webinar The Santa Clara Valley Urban Forestry Alliance, a new countywide collaborative initiative that aims to facilitate collaboration and communication regarding urban forestry management, is hosting an Aug....
    Buoyed with optimism and a high vaccination rate, officials in Northern California’s most populous county phased out its last local COVID-19 health order Monday. “I feel very grateful today. And I feel very hopeful today,” said Dr. Sara Cody, the local health officer and public health director of Santa Clara County. The home of Silicon Valley was also the home to the first recorded COVID-19 death in the nation. “And that’s because in Santa Clara County, and in the Bay Area region, our communities took COVID very seriously,” Cody said. “We also have had amazing uptake of vaccination.” Cody said 80% of residents 12 and older in Santa Clara County have received at least one dose of vaccine. Among residents of all ages, more than 71% are at least partially vaccinated. That is a big change from where Santa Clara County was more than a year ago, when it was home to the first recorded COVID-19 death in the nation. At the time, Cody struggled to convince the region that it was time to end large sporting...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Nearly one week after California reopened its economy, there's another positive milestone in the South Bay.With a smile on her maskless face, Santa Clara County Director of Public Health Dr. Sara Cody delivered the good news."In light of the very high vaccination rates in our county and the low and stable rates of COVID, we are phasing out the last local health order that we've had here in Santa Clara County," Dr. Cody said.With new Cal/OSHA regulations that went in place last Friday, the county believes their final health order issued on May 18 does not need to be in place.RELATED: EXPLAINER: What fully vaccinated people can, cannot do according to CDC's new mask guidelinesThe newly revised guidelines now align with the California Department of Public Health, which ended most mask rules for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.Here are the masking guidelines for workplaces under the new rules: Vaccinated employees are not required to wear masks while indoors, except for the places where California still requires masks to be worn by...
    Fire prep for homes With red flag warnings heralding an early start to fire season thanks in large part to low rainfall totals in the South Bay, local fire agencies have begun seasonal increases in staffing and resources for vegetation fires and on days where fire danger is elevated. Recognizing the need for extensive and coordinated pre-fire management and preparedness efforts, agencies including the Milpitas Fire Department have partnered to urge residents to do their part to prepare for wildfire. Through the “Ready, Set, Go” wildfire preparedness program, residents can take the steps to prepare their own home and family for wildfire. “Ready, Set, Go” is a nationally recognized program that outlines preparedness steps like creating defensible space and a buffer around homes and eliminating opportunities for embers to enter spaces in and around homes. The program also provides information on preparing emergency supplies, registering to receive emergency alerts and planning for an evacuation. Agencies like the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council are available to provide programs and support for groups. “Firewise communities, residential participation in our countywide chipping...
    Q: I have started using Highway 87 a lot and cannot find a 10-yard stretch that isn’t bumpy, wavy, potholed, broken, patched, re-patched, or described by any other antonyms to smooth. What a horribly engineered and maintained freeway. I’m sure you get a lot of negative comments about 87 and I wanted to add to the well-deserved pile because it is that bad. Patrick Gilbert A: Drivers have been complaining about the six-lane freeway 87 between Highway 85 and Interstate 280 since it opened in 1993. It took more than 10 years and $25 million to fix the problem. Or so it seemed. Engineers knew the mushy soil under the concrete would shift, as the highway is located near the Guadalupe River in an area that was once a swamp and prone to flooding. They packed an extra 10 to 20 feet of dirt on top of the elevated roadway and waited a year before removing the dirt and opening the freeway, giving it what they thought would be enough time to settle and smooth out the road. ...
    This story follows a recent investigation by this news organization into how Bay Area counties use fines to enforce their COVID-19 public health orders. To read the main story, click here.  The Cats restaurant and bar — a landmark of sorts for Santa Cruz-bound drivers because of its prominent presence along southbound Highway 17 —  has been fined $77,500 for providing live adult entertainment indoors after hours and violating other COVID-19 public health orders, according to Santa Clara County records. Documents recently obtained by this news organization further reveal that the owners of The Cats breached county zoning and business regulations as well as health orders by offering “adult entertainment” without a permit from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The county’s zoning code defines an “adult entertainment establishment” as one that features “topless or bottomless dancers, strippers, or any entertainers regularly displaying specified anatomical areas for observation by patrons or customers.” The Cats is located in an unincorporated area at 17533 Santa Cruz Highway near Los Gatos, so it falls under the county’s jurisdiction and laws. Adult entertainment venues are...
    They are separated by about 30 miles, but Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties have suddenly become worlds apart in their quests to vaccinate residents against COVID-19. Contra Costa County flipped a switch this week, opening up vaccine eligibility to anyone 50 or older. But Santa Clara has been cancelling appointments for already-eligible older and high-risk residents and engaging in high-profile battles with both the state and now Kaiser Permanente that appear to be contributing to its woes. As of Tuesday, Contra Costa County had at least partially vaccinated 36.3% of its population, while Santa Clara had vaccinated only 28.2%. Contra Costa’s total includes 79% of those ages 65-74 and a whopping 96% of residents over 75, while Santa Clara has vaccinated 64% of those 65-74 and just 69% of those over 75. What’s behind those numbers is where it gets messy. For months, a vaccine supply crunch has slowed the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the country. In recent weeks, Santa Clara County has been highly vocal in its opposition to the state’s plan to turn over its vaccine...
    Valley Water agrees with The Mercury News Editorial Board (“Drought threat should trigger conservation now,” March 4). The drought threat is real, and waiting for Mother Nature is not an option. The Valley Water Board of Directors has not forgotten about the dry years. We believe conservation is a way of life in Santa Clara County. At the end of the last historic drought, we implemented a call for a 20% reduction in water use compared to 2013, and we continue that policy today. People have responded. Water use in Santa Clara County is down 22% since 2015. Water saved today is water that’s available in the future. Valley Water aggressively promotes our many conservation programs that can help people and businesses save water and money, including our water-wise survey, landscape rebates and the Water Efficient Technology rebate. You can find them at watersavings.org. Looking to the future, investment in water infrastructure is vital as we face extreme climate change conditions, such as severe and extended droughts. In November, voters in Santa Clara County overwhelmingly passed Measure S, the renewal...
    FREMONT (CBS SF) — There was a time when Fremont was best known as the home of the Tesla auto plant, but according to a new survey it also may just be the happiest place to live in America. At least according to the experts at Wallethub — a credit reporting service that gathered information from various research in order to determine which among more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. READ MORE: UPDATE: Two Maskless Women Seen Attacking Uber Driver in Viral Video Wanted For Assault, Robbery According to Wallethub, Fremont is the happiest place to live in the entire county — a rather odd designation since Fremont is located in Alameda County which aside from Santa Clara County and the Los Angeles area has seen the greatest migration out of the state since the pandemic began according to the California Policy Lab. READ MORE: Body Found At Fremont Apartment Complex; Search Underway For Suspect The credit reporting firm, Fremont ranks as the top city in the nation for emotional...
    CBS San Francisco Staff Report SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With the surge in new coronavirus cases beginning to ease and demand for vaccination growing, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. READ MORE: VIDEO: Attempted Blowtorch Burglary In San Franciscos Marina; They Are Kicking Us When We Are Down San Francisco Moves To COVID-19 Red Tier; Indoor Dining To Resume At 25% Capacity SAN FRANCISCO — With new cases of COVID-19 plunging, San Francisco health officials announced that the city was moving into the state’s Red Tier, allowing struggling restaurants to offer indoor dining for the first time in months. At a Tuesday news conference, Mayor London Breed called the reopenings the “beginning of a great time for San Francisco.” “We’re here, we are in the Red,” Breed said. “Now I know being in the Red doesn’t sound that great but it is great compared to where we were…It means this is just the beginning. This is the beginning of...
    MORGAN HILL (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County health officials expanded their COVID-19 vaccination efforts Sunday, bringing a mobile unit to Monterey Mushrooms, a large agricultural employer in Morgan Hill. The goal was to vaccinate as many as 1,000 farmworkers on Sunday and also on Wednesday. Workers receiving vaccinations will include employees of Monterey Mushrooms as well as other area farms. READ MORE: Three Arrested, Guns Seized During San Jose Saturday Night Sideshow Crackdown “Protecting people at greatest risk from COVID-19 is our top priority and our path out of the pandemic,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. The mobile clinic is just the latest effort by county officials to make vaccinations easily available to local residents hardest hit by the virus. Of Santa Clara County’s 110,423 COVID cases since the outbreak began a year ago, 51 percent have been in the Latino community. READ MORE: Early Morning Earthquake Cluster Rattles Central Coast Last week, county health officials open two vaccination sites in East San Jose. They also...
    Homestead student wins art contest Homestead High School student Zoe Li took first place in the 3D category of the “To Be Honest” art contest sponsored by Momentum for Health. The winners from among 111 submissions by Santa Clara County residents ages 14-25 were announced Feb. 17. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, music, digital art, videos and poetry were submitted in 2D, 3D and 4D (digital art) categories. Each artist included a short statement about how their art reflected the theme “My Mental Health in 2020.” “We tried to lift some of the restraints young people have been living under for the past 11 months by allowing them to choose their preferred mediums,” Momentum President/CEO David Mineta said in a statement. “This was also an opportunity for young artists to communicate to the community how the pandemic is affecting their mental health.” Momentum for Health is a nonprofit provider of adult and youth behavioral health services in Santa Clara County. Donors sought for Rebuilding Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley has started a Change Order program for supporters to make automated monthly donations...
    Ellenberg judges youth art Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, whose district includes Campbell, was among the judges of the “To Be Honest” art contest sponsored by Momentum for Health. Kalen Gallagher, president of the Campbell Union High School District board of trustees, also helped choose the winners from among 111 submissions by Santa Clara County residents ages 14-25. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, music, digital art, videos and poetry were submitted on the theme “My Mental Health in 2020.” “We tried to lift some of the restraints young people have been living under for the past 11 months by allowing them to choose their preferred mediums,” Momentum President/CEO David Mineta said in a statement. “This was also an opportunity for young artists to communicate to the community how the pandemic is affecting their mental health.” Momentum for Health is a nonprofit provider of adult and youth behavioral health services in Santa Clara County. Wildflower hikes The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is offering hikers three weekends to explore Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve during peak wildflower season. While the preserve...
    Vaccination information Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is hosting a virtual town hall Feb. 25 for Cupertino residents to get information about COVID-19 vaccinations: when residents are eligible, where to get them and how to sign up. Simitian will be joined by Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul, representatives from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Office of County Counsel, and representatives from healthcare providers including El Camino Health, Stanford Health Care and Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation. The one-hour virtual town hall begins at 6:30 p.m. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/simitiancommevents. Online diplomas for adults The Santa Clara County Library District is partnering with the California State Library and Gale, a Michigan-based educational publishing company, to offer Career High School Online, where adults can earn their accredited high school diploma and career certificate. The program pairs each student with an academic coach. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors, and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Students have 18 months to complete the program. In addition to a high school diploma, those who finish will also receive...
    About half of the Santa Clara County Sheriff Department employees have declined to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning that dozens of staffers are working in jails unvaccinated, according to the office. Although 861 of the department’s more than 1,800 employees have received both doses of the vaccine, almost 800 more have declined to take the COVID-19 vaccine, sheriff’s officials reported Thursday during the county’s Public Safety and Justice Committee meeting. Another 200 or so employees do not yet qualify to receive it. The high number of refusals left county supervisors reeling Thursday, particularly as the number of incarcerated people who have been infected surged past 500 since the start of the new year. Of the employees that have declined the vaccine, about 400 work in the custody division. “I am a little bit speechless,” said County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. “We cannot significantly reduce or eliminate outbreaks in the jails if every day, we have people coming into the jail who haven’t been vaccinated.” At least 536 county inmates have gotten COVID-19 since last March, according to the sheriff’s office reporting...
    It wasn’t the mighty, billion-dollar 49ers. It wasn’t the Sharks. It wasn’t the San Jose Earthquakes or Stanford. San Jose State or Santa Clara either. No, the Santa Clara County health department finally met its match when it went up against high school sports parents. And I could have warned them of what they were going up against. There’s no group of people more fervid, more unrelenting, than high school sports parents. And if we’re talking about country-club sports, it’s a whole other level. Hell hath no fury like a water-polo parent scorned. But when county officials came up with new, unique restrictions for high school and youth sports, it’s clear they didn’t know what kind of a fight they were in for. They did not come prepared, and they were caught. And that opens up all sorts of questions about how the county handled sports amid this pandemic. On Tuesday, the county presented restrictions that went above and beyond those laid out Monday by the state of California. Twenty-five foot separations outdoors....
    SAN JOSE — It was cold and windy at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Thursday as 210 skilled nursing facility workers gathered to be among the first people in the county to receive the new coronavirus vaccine, a “light at the end of a dark tunnel” for health officials still dealing with a rampaging virus. The devastation the virus has caused could not be ignored Thursday as health officials across California reported that Wednesday was the deadliest day in the state’s history with 428 new COVID-19 victims added to the state’s death toll and a whopping 51,773 new cases reported. The same day, ICUs in the Bay Area fell below 15% capacity for the first time since the start of the pandemic, triggering new stay-at-home orders for counties that hadn’t already enacted more restrictions. But even as the virus’ spread accelerates, Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said Thursday all is not bleak. “We have come a long way in fighting this virus and certainly this third surge has challenged us in ways the other two surges...
    The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An outbreak of 77 coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County has been traced to an illegal youth basketball tournament held last month in Placer County. Officials say those who tested positive attended the event Nov. 7 and 8 at Courtside Basketball Center in Rocklin. They included 39 middle- and high school players, three coaches and 35 additional contacts. An additional 17 cases outside Santa Clara County also have been traced to the tournament. The California Department of Public Health has initiated an enforcement investigation involving the tournament operator. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — US allows emergency COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic — As he rails on election, Trump largely mum on toll of virus — Demoralized health workers struggle as virus numbers surge — Hours before t he Food and Drug Administration authorized the first COVD-19 vaccine late Friday, a high-ranking White House official told the agency’s chief he could face firing if the vaccine was not cleared by day’s end, two administration officials say. — Some Americans are now falling...
    SAN JOSE — With strict COVID-19 stay-home orders now in effect, the Santa Clara County Superior Court has begun strictly limiting entries to its primary judicial buildings and will hold off starting trials until at least the new year, officials said. The suspension of jury empaneling means that any county resident who was scheduled to report for jury duty between now and the end of the December is no longer required to do so, though their service is not necessarily excused, but rather postponed. The court said there is one ongoing trial, involving a felony domestic violence case, that will be allowed to continue this month. It also means that jailed defendants could see more court delays in a year where cases often crawled through the system as the state courts scrambled to adjust to surges in the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions come into effect as the Bay Area and California continue to break infection records, which combined with grave concerns about the availability of intensive-care beds has spurred stay-home orders and indoor-capacity limits that had not been seen since...
    Go east, young men. The 49ers were left searching for a new (temporary) home after Santa Clara County, home of Levi’s Stadium, outlawed contact sports amid the county and state fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But the team has found a new home for at least the next two weeks, heading to State Farm Stadium in Arizona, home of NFC West division rival Cardinals. MORE: Sporting News’ NFL power rankings for Week 13 The official statement from the team: The San Francisco 49ers have come to an agreement with the National Football League and Arizona Cardinals which allows the 49ers to host their Weeks 13 and 14 home games against the Buffalo Bills and Washington Football Team at State Farm Stadium in Arizona. The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games. Information regarding the 49ers future practice arrangements will be shared at the appropriate time. There didn’t seem to be any panic from the San Fran, though, which was left searching for a new...
    The San Francisco 49ers, which usually are really the Santa Clara 49ers, are for the next few weeks the Arizona 49ers. Confused yet? The 49ers aren’t allowed to play in Santa Clara County, the home of Levi’s Stadium, through at least Week 14 because of local legislation banning contact sports due to COVID-19. That means scheduled home games against the Bills and Washington Football Team needed a new host, and it’ll be State Farm Stadium, the Glendale home of the Arizona Cardinals, as the temporary home venue. Besides the general oddity of an NFL team playing its home games in an entirely different state, there’s plenty of irony to this move, too. If you like being a cynic, keep reading. MORE: Why are the 49ers playing in Arizona? COVID-19 rates in Arizona The 49ers couldn’t play in Santa Clara County because of an order banning local contact sports for three weeks due to rising COVID-19 rates locally. That seems logical, until you consider the COVID-19 rates in Maricopa County, where State Farm Stadium is located. In the week prior to...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — On the front lines of the battle against the COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, the signs are not encouraging. Hospital beds are filling up as a surge in new cases continue to climb. Santa Clara County Health Director Sara Cody said care facilities across the county are “feeling the pinch” as 801 new cases were reported Monday and 80 percent of the available hospital beds were in use. Dr. Paul Silka, who heads up the Emergency Department at Regional Medical Center in San Jose, has been on the front line of care in the county which has been the epicenter of the pandemic since 57-year-old Patricia Dowd, a senior manager for a Silicon Valley semiconductor firm, was the first in the nation to died of the illness on Feb. 6th. Since the outbreak began, Santa Clara County has had 35,085 confirmed COVID cases with 476 deaths. “We are feeling the impact of additional COVID patients,” said Silka, whose hospital was treating 64 COVID-19 patients as of Monday. He said they are “getting close” to...
    Go east, young men. The 49ers were left searching for a new (temporary) home after Santa Clara County, home of Levi’s Stadium, outlawed contact sports amid the county and state fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But the team has found a new home for at least the next two weeks, heading to State Farm Stadium in Arizona, home of NFC West division rival Cardinals. MORE: Sporting News’ NFL power rankings for Week 13 The official statement from the team: The San Francisco 49ers have come to an agreement with the National Football League and Arizona Cardinals which allows the 49ers to host their Weeks 13 and 14 home games against the Buffalo Bills and Washington Football Team at State Farm Stadium in Arizona. The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games. Information regarding the 49ers future practice arrangements will be shared at the appropriate time. There didn’t seem to be any panic from the San Fran, though, which was left searching for a new...
    Santa Clara County’s sports teams will be the first in the nation to navigate a second coronavirus shutdown, beginning Monday when a new county health order takes effect. Team practices and games from the high school level to the pros will be banned in the county for three weeks, and officials said there are no exceptions — not for the 49ers or any other team that gained county clearance to begin practicing again this summer or fall. “That means that for those teams, they will not be able to play games or have practices where they have direct contact,” County Counsel James Williams said at a Saturday press conference. The order will force teams in the midst of their seasons — like the county’s college football and basketball teams, as well as the 49ers, to act quickly. They will likely have to postpone or cancel games, or find an alternative location to practice and play outside the county, as some investigated or did prior to their seasons. Those approaching an expected season like the Sharks will...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Black Friday shopping, just like almost everything else in 2020, will look very different this year — no crowds, no late-night in-person sales and no camping out in front of stores before they open. The statewide curfew for counties in California’s purple tier, the most restrictive in California’s tiered system to respond to the pandemic, requires retailers to close their doors from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and residents to shelter in place as well, with some exceptions such as for grocery stores. But Santa Clara County will also be stricter in enforcing capacity limits and social distancing protocols this weekend by suspending the grace period for fines starting on Thanksgiving and lasting until Sunday. “Normally, when we go out and do compliance, we provide a grace period, we provide warnings. People know the rules by now,” County Counsel James Williams said. “With the rising number of cases and rising number of hospitalizations, we are suspending the grace period. We are serious about the enforcement and we will be out there proactively.” Typically, businesses that...
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    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. At 2:45 p.m., Santa Clara County officials will discuss moving to the state’s purple tier. Related Articles Map of California coronavirus tiers: 41 counties in purple restriction San Francisco 49ers place Arik Armstead on COVID-19 reserve list California significantly rolls back county reopening plans amid ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 surge 49ers fans have two more chances to watch their team in person this year Watch: California Gov. Gavin Newsom tightens restrictions on some 40 counties amid coronavirus, Nov. 16
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    The Deets is a weekday morning dose of commentary — delivered at 7 a.m. — from sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach that wraps up everything important in the world of sports and looks forward to another crazy day ahead. There was an hour of gleeful bliss yesterday. The State of California announced on Tuesday that fans would be allowed to return to stadiums this season, with the 49ers, by virtue of Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 tier, allowed to fill Levi’s Stadium’s stands to 20 percent capacity. Seeing as it wasn’t long ago that there was a cottage industry of taking photos of the sparse crowds at the Santa Clara Sunbed, 20 percent capacity seemed like business as usual. We were back, baby! But not so fast. Santa Clara County came in and put the kibosh on the state and the Niners’ plans with a swiftness. Related Articles California OKs fans in sports stadiums: What does it mean for Bay Area pro teams? Watch: Santa Clara County officials on new...
    Santa Clara County voters have plenty to decide when casting ballots for the November 3 election — from granting more oversight to San Jose’s independent police auditor to banishing RVs from most of Mountain View’s residential streets to electing new candidates to represent them in the city, county and state. Here are some of the most notable races and measures in Santa Clara County. State races In the competitive race for the State Senate District 15 seat, Democrats Ann Ravel and Dave Cortese, with their long histories of public service, are battling to replace termed-out incumbent Sen. Jim Beall to represent a major section of Silicon Valley — from Cupertino east to Mount Hamilton and Los Gatos north to San Jose’s Alum Rock neighborhood. Ravel, a public interest attorney, served two decades as the top attorney for Santa Clara County before becoming the chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission and later receiving the nomination by President Barack Obama to the Federal Election Commission. Cortese, who is terming out of his seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors,...
    In a race for the only open seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, voters next month will have a choice between a state representative who wants to bring his experience home and a former city councilman who has broad high-profile support. On Nov. 3, State Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose will face off against former Sunnyvale Councilman Otto Lee for the District 3 Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Dave Cortese who has termed out. The district encompasses Milpitas, portions of Sunnyvale and northern San Jose, including Alum Rock. The candidate elected to fill the open seat will play an integral role in shaping the county’s COVID-19 response and recovery plan, its approach to moving more of the county’s thousands of homeless residents into temporary and stable housing and preventing those teetering on the edge from becoming homeless as well as make key decisions on the county’s investments in social services, public healthcare and mental health programs. Lee, a retired Navy commander, may not have as much name recognition as Chu, but over the course of his campaign, he’s gained a...
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