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Sources Say

  • Weekly Staff
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New Math Santa Clara City Attorney Brian Doyle appears to be working overtime on some new math, City Hall sources tell the Weekly. Under last Tuesday's directive of "exploring options" for filling the now-vacant Council Seat 5, Doyle appears to be on the prowl for a legal angle that will let Mayor Lisa Gillmor install another personal ally on the Council without the inconvenience of an...

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Milestones: Four Wives and a Funeral (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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The political death of Dominic Caserta has been reported with precision, passion and prolific phrasing. We have not come to praise Caserta, but to bury him. There was no escape from the avalanche of angry victims who sought retribution and only wished for the wrongs to be made right. Every person who listened to the testimony of those offended felt compassion, empathy and appreciation...

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No On A: Fair Elections Demand Better

  • Submitted by Patricia Mahan
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Measure A is an initiative to amend our city’s charter to change the process for electing our City Council. Measure A would change Santa Clara from at-large council representation to a city split into two districts, with three members from each district, and change voter selection to a rank choice system. Ranked choice voting as the way of the future and I trust it will be adopted county-wide...

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Public Backlash from Sexual Harassment Allegations Cause Council Member’s Resignation

  • By David Alexander
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The flags outside City Hall sat at half-mast Tuesday night; inside the Council Chambers, the Santa Clara City Council took their seats on the dais, the black name plates with each member’s name etched into them, as they always are, situated in front of them. All except one. The placard between Council Members Patricia Mahan and Teresa O’Neill was blank. Up until Tuesday, the placard had...

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Judge Rules Santa Clara Violated Voting Rights Laws and “Failed to Act”

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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The City of Santa Clara is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), ruled Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Kuhnle. The ruling was published Wednesday afternoon, following a four-day trial that concluded on April 26. "Based on the evidence presented at trial," Judge Kuhnle wrote, "the Court finds that Plaintiffs have proven by a preponderance of the evidence that...

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Open Enrollment Numbers Show Increased Demand for Fewer Spaces

  • By Atoosa Savarnejad
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A review of open enrollment numbers presented to the Santa Clara Unified School District Board painted a dismal picture of a District struggling to accommodate its families with school-age children. Among elementary schools, Don Callejon, Laurelwood and Central Park seemed the most affected. Don Callejon accepted no new students, whereas Laurelwood accepted one out of 21 first-choice...

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Preliminary Site Work Underway for Kifer Road Residential Project

  • By Jacob Bourne
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Sweeping changes are ahead for an area just off the Lawrence Expressway in Santa Clara, as housing demand pushes for the conversion of aging industrial buildings into residential communities. In 2016, The City of Santa Clara adopted the Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) to guide the transition of an underutilized industrial area near the Caltrain Lawrence Station into an active transit-oriented...

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Santa Clara Unified School District Superintendent Announces Plans to Strengthen Harassment Reporting, and Processing, Education, and Training

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Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) Superintendent Dr. Stanley Rose announced today that the District will begin to implement several steps to inform and educate students and staff on recognizing, responding to and reporting all forms of harassment in order to create safer and more supportive learning and working environments. These actions will include appointing a harassment task force,...

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Cast Members of Wilcox Stage Company Are “Hopelessly Devoted” to Production of “Grease”

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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During the May 8 dress rehearsal for Wilcox Stage Company’s (wilcox.schoolloop.com/theater) “Grease” at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts, the T-Birds’ black leather jackets and the Pink Ladies’ shiny pink jackets marked the cliques that ruled Rydell High School in this timeless American musical set in the 1950s. Performed by a hard-working cast of Wilcox High School...

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Books, Inc. Reaches the Final Page in its Santa Clara Story

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Santa Clarans will have to find a new place to purchase books. The Santa Clara Books, Inc. store at Santa Clara Square on the corner of Bowers Avenue and Scott Boulevard closed its doors on May 15. Fueled by poor foot traffic and parking problems, the store, part of the independent Books, Inc. chain, was unable to generate enough revenue to remain open in Santa Clara. “I was devastated...

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