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    SAN JOSE (CBS SF/BCN) — Following a unanimous vote at its meeting Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is creating a county commission on sustainability. The new group, based on a measure introduced by Supervisor Otto Lee, would advise the board on climate change, environmental conservation and sustainability. READ MORE: Prime Suspect In 1994 Cold Case Murder...
    Making use of an infusion of federal money aimed at helping government agencies recover from the devastating economic effects of the pandemic, Santa Clara County plans to dole out a total of $76 million in “hero pay” bonuses to all its employees. On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved distributing its American Rescue Plan Act funds to...
    SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is training its legal arm and civilian police auditor on why the sheriff’s office scuttled an internal investigation into a mentally ill man seriously injured in a jail-transport van, a case that yielded an eight-figure settlement and underpins a wider probe into South Bay jail misconduct. A segment of Tuesday’s board...
    After setting into motion unprecedented scrutiny into Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith’s operation of South Bay jails and corruption scandals plaguing her office, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to declare that they have no confidence in her fitness for the job. The 5-0 vote is purely symbolic given that Smith is an independently elected official, but the...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to support a resolution declaring no confidence in Sheriff Laurie Smith, joining a growing number of South Bay officials demanding her resignation. Santa Clara County Sheriff Smith has been under fire in recent years for a number of scandals connected to her department, including...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to support a resolution declaring no confidence in Sheriff Laurie Smith, joining a growing number of South Bay officials demanding her resignation. Santa Clara County Sheriff Smith has been under fire in recent years for a number of scandals connected to her department, including...
    Two Santa Clara County supervisors have proposed that the board issue a no-confidence vote for Sheriff Laurie Smith over her running of the South Bay’s jails and general management of the agency — failures they assert have cost taxpayers millions in legal settlements and have mired her office in high-profile corruption scandals. In a Board of Supervisors memo and accompanying...
    SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, who has faced sharp scrutiny over allegations of  abuse and neglect in South Bay jails, responded to the criticisms Tuesday, attempting to shift blame away her from her agency while categorically rebuffing calls for her resignation. Responding to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s statement Monday that it was “painfully obvious” Smith...
    Following allegations of inmate abuse and corruption in Santa Clara County jails, Sheriff Laurie Smith on Tuesday said she stands by her staff and welcomes any investigations into her department. Smith said during a news conference that an in-depth review is necessary to get the “true facts.” Last week, two members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors called...
    SAN JOSE — Two Santa Clara County supervisors are calling for unprecedented outside scrutiny of the sheriff’s office and the jails it operates, asserting the agency has stubbornly resisted oversight of its management of county jails, including in cases of serious inmate injuries that exposed the county to millions of dollars in legal liability. In a referral submitted for the...
    SAN JOSE (BCN) — Santa Clara County supervisors took a stand for menstrual equity Tuesday by unanimously approving a plan to stock restrooms in all county facilities with free period products. The plan covers public access and employee bathrooms of all genders at county facilities, “just as there are free paper towels and toilet paper,” the office of Supervisor Cindy...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY (BCN) – Hazard pay for some essential workers is coming to unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County in 30 days. On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors voted to temporarily mandate large grocery stores and pharmacies to provide an additional $5 in hourly pay to employees on top of their regular wage. READ MORE: COVID: Backlogged Cases...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily...
    On Oct. 20, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to direct the county administration to identify up to $100 million in funding for a local, small-business financial aid package. The proposal, authored by Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian, has been widely applauded by small business and community leaders. If approved Tuesday, the proposal would be the...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors are seeking a cap on fees charged by third-party food delivery services, saying excessive charges are hurting restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisors Joe Simitian and Cindy Chavez said they would call on the county to adopt a temporary cap on the fees at Tuesday’s Board...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Supervisors must act as scandal mounts How much longer must we accept the long-running, massive corruption by Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith and her batch of cronies who have been selling or trading concealed weapon permits for an ignoble pay-to-play scheme? Apple’s head of...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County supervisors expect to approve more layoffs across county government in the coming days as they address 2021-22 budget for shortfalls created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisors on Wednesday discussed eliminating about 170 county jobs. They will cast a final vote Friday on the layoffs, which are part of a broader plan...
    SAN JOSE — Backed by the passionate urging of South Bay criminal-justice reform advocates, Santa Clara County leaders are moving ahead to replace a five-years-in-the-making jail project with a rehabilitation center focused on drug and and mental-health treatment, and gave themselves a 10-month deadline to come up with a concrete plan for the facility. Between now and September 2021, the...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors reinforced its commitment to build a new mental health facility instead of a new jail, but the path will not be easy. In October, the board voted to halt reconstruction plans on the now-demolished Main Jail South and instead replace jail cells...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Former Sunnyvale Mayor Otto Lee is likely heading to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors following a nine-year hiatus from public service. Lee, who faced off against Assemblymember Kansen Chu for the District 3 supervisor seat, is in the lead with 60 percent of the vote as of Thursday morning. The two candidates sought...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian are proposing a $100 million loan program that would provide low-interest loans to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. If the proposal is approved at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administration will come back with a report outlining program options during budget hearings in mid-November....
    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...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- As wildfires continue to rage across the state, dozens of South Bay firefighters are dealing with added stress. Many said their jobs are on the line, pending a decision by Santa Clara County supervisors over who is in charge, whether fire district consolidation is needed, and more to be discussed on Tuesday. Now, there's...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — With massive, lightning-sparked wildfires still burning the hills east of San Jose, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is rethinking its fire prevention and firefighting strategy and considering investing millions in new technology and equipment. “We’re going to have to be regional. There’s just no way that any single fire department or cluster of...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved another eviction moratorium extension on Tuesday that would end either by Nov. 30 or when the state’s moratorium expires, whichever is earlier. Currently, the statewide eviction moratorium is set to expire on Sept. 30, but county leaders are anticipating an extension on that policy as well....
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Members of the Santa Clara County board of supervisors are meeting Tuesday to consider ways to extend certain protections for those impacted by the novel coronavirus crisis. But even with the current eviction moratorium in place, some residents wonder how they'll ever be able to pay back the rent they already owe.RELATED: Eviction moratoriums around...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Members of the Santa Clara County board of supervisors will meet Tuesday to consider ways to extend certain protections for those impacted by the novel coronavirus crisis. But even with the current eviction moratorium in place, some residents wonder how they'll ever be able to pay back the rent they already owe.RELATED: Eviction moratoriums around...
    SAN JOSE — A new proposal to save the 160-year-old Caltrain rail line was released by elected officials in San Francisco and Santa Clara County on Tuesday as supervisors there attempt to use the potential death of the transit agency as leverage in a power struggle with San Mateo County. Long criticized by officials in San Francisco and Santa Clara...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors met to vote on a pair of joint resolutions that would back the Black Lives Matter movement and declare racism a public health crisis in the county.  On Monday, Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez joined with Supervisor Dave Cortese to announce the two joint resolutions to officially support...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- For the first time in Santa Clara County's history, a proposal to declare racism as a public health crisis is being presented to the board of supervisors.The declaration was co-authored by Cindy Chavez and David Cortese.It's the most comprehensive plan in the county's history to address racism, potentially putting an $8 billion budget behind making...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County is taking up a proposal to declare racism a public health crisis. It’s an effort to refocus public policy that could affect everything from schools to law enforcement. “This is one movement, our movement. It’s time for change,” said Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez. Chavez joined with Supervisor Dave Cortese to...
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