Stadium Authority Board Can’t Reach Common Ground on Speaking to the Press

  • By David Alexander
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Contentions over whether Stadium Authority Board Members speaking to the media has “tainted” public opinion was the centerpiece of a discussion about community outreach regarding Levi’s Stadium. Board Member Dominic Caserta spoke to the media last week regarding Santa Clara losing the Ed Sheeran concert to San Francisco’s AT&T Park because of the City’s 10 p.m. weekday curfew....

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Council Overturns Planning Commission Granting Variance, City Clerk Resigns

  • By David Alexander
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The Santa Clara City Council has overturned a Planning Commission ruling denying a variance for an art studio because the setback for building was not within the guidelines detailed in the City code. Andrew Crabtree, Director of Community Development, recommended the Council uphold the Planning Commission’s decision and deny the request at the Council meeting Tuesday night. He said the...

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Ro Khanna Town Hall Meeting Called “Therapy for the District”

  • Story and Photos by Diane Andrews
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U.S. freshman congressman Ro Khanna, a Democrat representing the 17th District of California, opened his Town Hall meeting in Santa Clara on Feb. 3 by bragging about the district he represents, which encompasses the cities of Cupertino, Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, San Jose, Alviso, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. "Representing this district...I try to make a case to my colleagues that if you care...

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Tasman East Area Plan Moves Forward

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Santa Clara is moving forward with a specific area plan for redeveloping the Tasman East industrial area, and at Tuesday's meeting the City Council heard about the plan for five parks on the site. Tasman East is an industrial neighborhood bounded by Tasman Drive, the Guadalupe River, City Place (Santa Clara golf course) and Lafayette Street. The plan is for six high-density, somewhat...

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Vote for Districts, Ranked Choice on the Horizon — Stadium Community Room Gets Budget

  • By David Alexander
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Santa Clara voters will soon decide whether to divide the City into two districts and switch to a transferable vote ranked choice voting system. The Santa Clara City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize City Attorney Brian Doyle and City Manager Deanna Santana to draft a ballot measure to put the charter amendments to a vote this spring. The Council also approved appropriating $188,000...

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Council Calendars Still Lacking Transparency

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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The December calendars of Santa Clara City Council Members have been out for over a week, and there’s still something missing: all meetings with Banner Public Affairs from previous months. As the Weekly reported back in November, Peter Hillan and Banner Public Affairs had multiple meetings with members of council and those meetings were not disclosed within their monthly public calendars....

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Double Dipping Raises Question: Are Pensions for Retirement or Income Augmentation for Public Employees?

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Salary and benefit packages topping $400,000 for recent City of Santa Clara hires have raised a few eyebrows around town, with one Santa Clara City Council Member calling them “obscenely generous.” But what about new hires already collecting a pension from another public pension system in addition to receiving generous compensation packages? Periodically, "double dipping" —receiving...

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‘Behemoth,’ ‘Shocking,’ ‘Whopper’ of a Development Set to Replace Yahoo Office Project

  • By David Alexander
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A Chinese developer’s plans to erect a 50-story office tower and another 35-story housing tower will move forward after the Santa Clara City Council decided the additions to the development do not warrant halting the project. Kylli Inc., a subsidiary of juggernaut Genzon Property Group, wants to turn the 46-acre site formerly owned by Yahoo at 3005 Democracy Way into an “urban village.”...

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City Manager Serves City Council a Big Helping of Reality Pie

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Last week's Santa Clara City Council goal-setting meeting could be described as an intervention for the Council led by new City Manager Deanna Santana. Instead of discussions of aspirational projects, Council Members got a two-day wake-up call from City staff about the costly inefficiency and risk inherent in the way Santa Clara currently operates. Back office Santa Clara operations are...

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Board of Supervisors Candidates Look to Persuade Voters: Who Can Help People Best

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Whether it was unusually high interest in the Santa Clara County District 4 Board of Supervisors' race or a reflection of Democrats' enthusiasm about the 2018 elections, Monday's Santa Clara County Democratic Club's candidates forum was standing room only, with the crowd overflowing into the hallway at Harry's Hofbrau. It was a friendly audience for the five candidates, all of whom could be...

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