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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Milpitas has followed Santa Clara to become the second South Bay city to cap how much online food delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats can charge when dropping...

Children’s socially distanced Cricket Camp a hit

Over Labor Day weekend, Bay Area children of varying ages got to enjoy a trio of socially distanced cricket camps organized by Willow Cricket...

Even during COVID, Rotary Vietnam Project presses on

The District 5170 Rotary Club has been doing amazing things through its Rotary Vietnam Project.  “This is about youth coming together and interacting with the...

Vote YES on Proposition 22

What is Proposition 22 and why is it important to you? Prop 22 applies to California drivers who work for app-based rideshare and delivery services...

The Quick Beat

  • Santa Clara County
    Santa Clara County has been allotted $29.2 million to purchase Milpitas’ Extended Stay America hotel (1000 Hillview Dr.), and convert it into permanent housing for the homeless.
    $550 million in federal funding is being funneled toward an effort called Project Homekey, expected to be carried out within the months to come.
    Santa Clara County is looking at purchasing Milpitas’ Extended Stay America by November, in order to transform it into an apartment complex with 132 units.
    Already, the site is being made use of to provide temporary housing.
    The monies come from a COVID-19 relief fund controlled by the State of California. For the Extended Stay plan to go into effect, the County has to apply $20 million in match funds via Measure A (voted in 4 years ago).
    More on this as the effort unfolds…
  • Minimum Wage
    Milpitas’ minimum wage has gone up again. As of July 1, Milpitas employers must pay their employees a minimum of $15.40 per hour if those employees work for them at least 2 hours a week. Employers are advised, meanwhile, to post the City-provided Minimum Wage Official Notice and Minimum Wage Workers Rights postings in their workplace(s). Any employee who seeks to exercise such rights cannot be lawfully discriminated or retaliated against. The City of Milpitas is equipped to regulate and enforce its minimum wage laws.
  • Coronavirus Testing
    Looking to get tested for coronavirus? It’s a free, simple process. The Milpitas Fire Department’s Mobile Testing Unit is offering nasal swab tests throughout Milpitas, and there’s no doctor referral required. Testing takes 5 minutes, and you get your results in 24 hours. Just bring your ID and insurance card. Next week, you’ll find the team out at Cardoza Park on Monday, Pinewood Park on Tuesday, Senior Center on Wednesday, Hall Park on Thursday, and Augustine Park on Friday. 
    You can schedule an appointment here If you have Kaiser insurance, they won’t be able to test you but they can help you figure out where to go!

Sponsored Guest Posts

Viswanathan’s statement on Project HomeKey controversy

The issue in the Project HomeKey controversy was never about ignoring the plight of the homeless in our community; it was precisely because of...

Viswanathan accuses Milpitas officials of “lack of transparency” regarding Project Homekey

Milpitas City Council candidate Suraj Viswanathan today released a key city document regarding Project HomeKey which reveals that “city officials have been less than...

Letter to the community, from Congressional candidate Ritesh Tandon

Dear Community: I am Ritesh Tandon, candidate for Congress (CA district 17). I want to be a voice of sanity, moderation, and innovative solutions in...

Business

Milpitas caps food delivery fees at 15%

Milpitas has followed Santa Clara to become the second South Bay city to cap how much online food delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber...

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center opening at Great Mall in Spring of 2021

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is set to open at Milpitas’ Great Mall in the Spring of 2021. Said LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Bay Area General Manager James...

Santa Clara County issues revised order, prepares to allow limited indoor dining

The County today put out a Revised Risk Reduction Order, meaning we’re likely to be downgraded from the State's Red Tier category to an...
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Milpitas caps food delivery fees at 15%

Milpitas has followed Santa Clara to become the second South Bay city to cap how much online food delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber...

Assembly candidate Bob Brunton pledges to change up the status quo

Former Ohlone College District trustee Bob Brunton knows he’s a longshot in the California Assembly District 25 race. The father of two and Fremont...

A progressive shakeup could be coming to Assembly District 25 in Alex Lee

Alex Lee in many ways embodies the progressive ideals and policies Gen Z and millennial voters like himself seek in a candidate. But even...

Students form startup to push back against gun violence

In August of last year, four high school friends came together and decided enough was enough.  Another shooting had occurred, this time at a high...

Trader Joe’s is opening this Friday, September 18, in Milpitas

The moment is finally here: Trader Joe’s will be opening its doors in Milpitas this Friday, September 18 at 8am. The new store -- Milpitas'...

School
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Students form startup to push back against gun violence

In August of last year, four high school friends came together and decided enough was enough.  Another shooting had occurred, this time at a high...

Bob Livengood running for Trustee on SJECCD Board

Bob Livengood is back on the campaign trail.  The former Mayor of Milpitas is currently running to be Trustee on the San Jose Evergreen Community...

Knights of Columbus St. Elizabeth Council awards MUSD with $10,000 grant

At last Tuesday’s Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) board meeting, the Knights of Columbus St. Elizabeth Council 8747 announced that they had recently decided...

Pandemic conditions inspire Merryhill students to form debate club

Although the pandemic has led to Merryhill School in Milpitas being closed since March, that has done nothing to deter the spirit of its...

Milpitas Debate Program has trained 400 MUSD students & counting

It started in May of 2019.  After being inspired to start a debate program for young students, Milpitas High School (MHS) student Rachel Wu got...

Election

Get to know the candidates: Small business support

This is part of a series of Q&As for Mayoral and City Council candidates for the November 2020 election. Questions were submitted by Milpitas...

Get to know the candidates: Natural disaster protection

This is part of a series of Q&As for Mayoral and City Council candidates for the November 2020 election. Questions were submitted by Milpitas...

Get to know the candidates: Public Safety

This is part of a series of Q&As for Mayoral and City Council candidates for the November 2020 election. Questions were submitted by Milpitas...

Opinion

Vote YES on Proposition 22

What is Proposition 22 and why is it important to you? Prop 22 applies to California drivers who work for app-based rideshare and delivery services...

Opinion: Milpitas is dropping the ball on helping homeless people

In 2020, Milpitas got struck by an invader. The invader could be recognized the whole world over. It was subtle yet sinister. It could usually...

Masks to freedom: Wearing masks will bring back freedom

Few things bother Americans more than infringements on their Freedom. Freedom is the God-given right of Americans: go spend a day at the beach, go...

Santa Clara County needs to communicate better about COVID-19

Like many Santa Clara County residents, I’m glued to the County’s COVID-19 dashboard, which provides invaluable information on case totals, death totals, demographic breakdowns,...

State of emergency: Trump’s Oklahoma rally epitomizes everything that’s wrong with him

Today, the Oklahoma State Department of Health added 331 cases to its statewide Covid-19 tally. That means the total of people sick with the...

Arts

Golden Hills Art Association stays creative during pandemic

The Golden Hills Art Association (GHAA), a Milpitas based art club, has been encouraging its members to be creative during the Covid 19 pandemic. ...

Milpitas presents two-day city block event set for May

There might still be a few weeks of winter left, but Milpitas is already planning for its biggest party of the spring. On Tuesday, the...

Man and Fire

Under the colorful evening sun, peace and rest at home, the man seeks refuge and solace, when the hustle of the day is gone.   Gusty winds outside howl, shaking...

Letters to the Editor
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Letter to the Editor: Mayor Tran not qualified to lecture on mental health

Dear Editor: I listened in on the Milpitas City Council Special Meeting yesterday regarding homelessness issues. I found one aspect remarkable. I listened to a bellicose lecture delivered by Mr...

In support of Proposition 16

Dear Editor: I support Prop 16. The time is ripe to repeal Prop 209 and its harmful legacy in California. As a local resident, I am...

Letter to the Editor: Where are our school board candidates?

Dear Editor:  Where are our school board candidates? We watched with concern as the atmosphere on social media during the special election for a School Board...

Supporting public safety and funding our police

Dear Editor: I have made it clear during the course of this campaign that I take a back seat to no one in terms of...

Police

$20,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest & conviction of Kevin James Gitmed

This past Saturday, October 10, at around a quarter past 10pm, a report of a shooting came into the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) from...

Milpitas Police searching for homicide suspect Kevin James Gitmed

This past Saturday, October 10, at around 10pm, a report of a shooting came into the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) from Ranch Drive’s 30...
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Fire

Milpitas awakes to glaring orange, doomy sky

Milpitas woke up on Wednesday to a doomy, sunless, orange-shaded sky, the sight of which added to the sense of alarm and exhaustion being...

Evacuation Center up & running at Milpitas Library

The Milpitas Beat caught up this evening with Milpitas Recreation Services Manager Renee Lorentzen, who shared information about the Evacuation Resource Center over at...

Bay Area under Red Flag Warning, new storms could worsen fires

As of Sunday afternoon, the Bay Area is under a Red Flag Warning, meaning the kind of dry lightning that started the recent rash...

At Home
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Milpitas Library keeps community engaged virtually

Although the doors to the Milpitas Library have been closed since shelter-in-place orders went into effect last month, it doesn’t mean that access to...

Staying fit and active while at home; an interview with Fitness Instructor Fernanda Daldon

Fernanda Daldon is a Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer, who has 18 years of experience in teaching Water Exercise. Her passion lies in guiding her clients...

AM Shot of Espresso

Energize your morning with this 6-minute total body warm-up. It's like a double shot of espresso to get your day (and body) moving. Excellent work! Do...

10 Minute Total Body

Perform this workout for a total body experience. It's quick, simple, and effective! Excellent work! Do you have any fitness questions? Inquiries? Reach out to Fitness Expert...

Blog

Stand by your man: a suggestion for America

Ah, the long-term romantic relationship – I’m not talking about seeing a guy or girl from Tinder three times in a row…I’m talking one...

Making Public Comment useful for Milpitas City Council

COVID-19 has certainly turned things upside down for everyone. It has even affected city council meetings in ways that no one expected. But, Milpitians,...

Spotify should let Joe Rogan speak

I love watching people try to cancel Joe Rogan. To my memory, in the past year, they tried to get him for voicing a...

Blue skies & cool breezes: the Bay Area can breathe

At press time, Milpitas air quality is reading in the Green. Translation: “good.” Translation: no smoke. Translation: hallelujah! Have you watched the air maps over...