Santa Clara County

“It might get ugly”: Bay Area cities brace for ICE sweeps

Fear is growing in immigrant communities that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is getting ready to launch massive raids across California — a …

Immigration

California tops national list of priciest ZIP codes for home sales. By a lot

Move over, New York – a California community now has the priciest ZIP code in the U.S. (And it’s not 90210).<p>A year-end report by real estate database …

Real Estate

The Crucial First Step in the Legal Battle to Save Net Neutrality

A cadre of public interest groups and at least 22 attorneys general have filed petitions this week challenging the FCC order that seeks to gut net …

Net Neutrality

Calif.’s Fil-Am chief justice vows to resist ICE arrest in courthouses

SAN JOSE, California -- The Filipina American chief justice of the California Supreme Court vowed to remain steadfast in opposing the enforcement of …

Philippines

Police arrest suspect in South Bay armed robberies

MORGAN HILL — A 31-year-old Hollister man has been arrested in connection with armed robberies in six Northern California cities, including San Jose, …

Crime

Saratoga sports briefs

Baseball<p>The Saratoga PONY baseball league is accepting sign-ups for 12 to 14-year-olds who live throughout Saratoga, Los Gatos and all of Santa Clara …

Letter: No criminal law specialist supports Persky’s recall

Shannon Loucks (Letters, Jan. 14) claims the filing of recall petitions against Judge Aaron Persky should be celebrated. Wrong. Loucks is undoubtedly …

Justice

This Is How Mass Incarceration Happens

On Saturday, Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand provided a pertinent reminder that the road to mass incarceration is paved with good …

Justice

San Jose: Arrest of adult-teen robbery crew highlights new wave of ‘gang’ crimes

SAN JOSE — A robbery crew made up mostly of teenagers has been arrested in connection with at least 30 robberies and carjackings in San Jose dating …

Crime

Heartbreaking: Flu Claims Life of 40-Year Old Mother of 3

A 40-year old mother of 3 in the Bay Area died of the flu last week, making it the 42nd death from the virus this season.Heartbreaking: Flu Claims …

Public Health

Paint companies could avoid paying for lead paint cleanup under a proposed California ballot measure

A proposed November statewide ballot measure could allow three of the nation’s biggest paint companies to hand California taxpayers a bill for the cost of cleaning up health hazards caused by lead paint.<p>The measure would place a $2-billion bond on the November ballot to fund the remediation of lead …

Liberal View

A novel idea: Vampires in San Jose

I think we knew Silicon Valley has plenty of corporate vampires, but in <b>M.D. Neu</b>‘s new novel, “The Calling,” readers will discover the supernatural …

Santa Clara

San Jose: Authorities identify ax-carrying man fatally shot by police

SAN JOSE — Authorities have identified a 27-year-old man shot and killed by San Jose police during a confrontation at a power plant last week where …

Policing

Flu takes life of 40-year-old Bay Area mother of 3

Katie Oxley Thomas had celebrated her 40th birthday a few weeks ago, but over the weekend nearly 500 people gathered to mourn her sudden death from …

Los Angeles

Feds planning massive Northern California immigration sweep to strike against sanctuary laws

U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers …

Immigration

Sunnyvale music teacher suspected of inappropriately touching student

SUNNYVALE — A 23-year-old music teacher suspected of inappropriately touching a 17-year-old female student was arrested Friday by police.<p>School …

Crime

Flu kills San Jose mom, 40, who liked to run marathons

A 40-year-old San Jose mother of three died only two days after coming down with the flu, according to news reports.<p>A service attended by 500 mourners was held over the weekend for Katie Denise Oxley Thomas, one of 42 Californians under 65 who have died from the disease since flu season began Oct. …

Public Health

Gillibrand faces liberal backlash for cheering judge recall effort in high-profile rape case

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is getting slammed by fellow liberals and others for lauding a petition effort to recall a California judge for his sentencing in the high-profile sexual-assault case involving a Stanford swimmer.<p>Organizers last week turned in roughly 95,000 signatures to …

U.S. Politics

Flu deaths rise, patients pack Bay Area emergency rooms: ‘All hands on deck,’ doctor says

The emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital has been so packed with patients suffering from miserable flu symptoms the past few weeks, with …

San Jose

Santa Clara County Inmate Accused of Raping a Child Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

A Santa Clara County inmate accused of raping a young child died in custody early Thursday by what officials are calling an apparent suicide. …

Crime

California flu deaths jump to at least 42; Bay Area reports 16

Flu deaths in Californians under 65 continued to mount Friday, now totaling at least 42, according to state public health officials.<p>At least 16 …

Public Health

Campaign to Recall Judge in Brock Turner Case Clears a Major Hurdle

Nearly 95,000 signatures were submitted to local officials in support of a recall of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky<p>A rare campaign to recall a California judge who drew controversy for his handling of a sexual-assault case involving a Stanford University swimmer cleared a …

Law

Nearly 100 Small Earthquakes Rattle Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A swarm of nearly 100 small earthquakes has been shaking the ground in northern Nevada but experts say they’ve been so tiny most …

Earthquakes

Editorial: Crime in Oakland goes down, rises in San Jose — what’s up with that?

Bay Area crime statistics these days seem topsy turvy. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.<p>In Oakland, violent crime plunged 23 percent between 2012 …

Palo Alto

Alum Rock board enrages parents, selects Del Terra-linked attorney

SAN JOSE — Ignoring angry community pleas, the Alum Rock Union school board on Thursday selected as its attorney a woman believed to be close to Del …

Santa Clara

Gas tax repeal measure appears to miss deadline, but another effort could reach the ballot

A ballot measure to repeal California’s controversial new gas tax appears to have missed the deadline to file signatures and qualify for the …

Government

Effort to recall Stanford rape case judge submits almost 100,000 signatures

The campaign to recall a judge who issued what many considered a light sentence to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault cleared its first hurdle Thursday.<p>Recall organizers, led by Stanford law Professor Michele Dauber, filed a petition and nearly 100,000 signatures with the Santa …

News

Inside the mind of Silicon Valley's chief privacy officer

When the growth of technological capabilities began to result in an influx of data collection on a local level, cities responded with the adoption of …

Silicon Valley

Milpitas: BART on schedule for June opening, VTA says

Milpitans can look forward to Bay Area Rapid Transit service in June, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authorities officials insist — exactly on …

Santa Clara

San Jose angles to help fund affordable senior housing project

Some last-minute maneuvering by the San Jose City Council before the end of the year ensured that money to build housing for seniors will be …

Housing