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Business executive Suraj Viswanathan is banking on what he believes is his strong business record and dark-money free campaign to nab him a Milpitas City Council seat this November.  But...

Elected officials can’t delete social media posts; they’re considered public records

Dear Editor: Public Records may not be a blockbuster topic.  Though it should be... Public Records have been a systemic problem and sore subject for the...

Voting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) will host a virtual town hall in partnership with Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors...

No on Prop 16 car rally draws crowds in Milpitas

Last Saturday, September 19, about 100 cars -- all decorated with signs and flags -- drove down Milpitas streets including Abel, Jacklin, and Park...

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!

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Assemblymember Chu hosts Virtual Town Halls on Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program

Assemblymember Kansen Chu will host a series of virtual town halls in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish in partnership with San Jose City Councilmembers Sylvia...

Milpitas Council candidate Suraj Viswanathan provides “full transparency” in campaign

Milpitas Council candidate releases information on Court records Milpitas City Council candidate Suraj Viswanathan is offering “full transparency” in his campaign prior to the November...

Voting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) will host a virtual town hall in partnership with Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors...

Business

Grand Opening of Trader Joe’s in Milpitas

Here are some videos and photos from the Trader Joe's Grand Opening in Milpitas on September 18, 2020.       TRADER JOE’S IN MILPITAS: Creamy or crunchy?...

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'...

New Taqueria soon to open as part of The Best Sandwiches in Milpitas

Next Friday, September 25, a new taqueria is launching in Milpitas, with daily hours of between 4 and 9pm. The taqueria will be in...
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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'...

State political commission opens investigation into Assemblymember Kansen Chu’s campaign

The California Fair Political Practices Commission has opened an investigation into Assemblymember Kansen Chu.

New Taqueria soon to open as part of The Best Sandwiches in Milpitas

Next Friday, September 25, a new taqueria is launching in Milpitas, with daily hours of between 4 and 9pm. The taqueria will be in...

Blue Dragon Taekwondo Academy will compete in Virtual National Championships

The first-ever Virtual Taekwondo National Championships are coming up on Zoom, pitting an assortment of Milpitas residents against others around the country. These residents are...

Assemblymember Kansen Chu calls for Community Hero nominations

Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D – Milpitas) will be hosting his sixth annual Community Heroes Awards and would like to invite members of our community...

School
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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...

Milpitas School Board race will not be on ballot; Lien and Ngo will keep their seats

During this Fall’s election, the Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) school board race will not appear on the November ballot.   Since no one else decided...

Program run by City of Milpitas and service organizations provides free face masks to residents

Since early spring, the City of Milpitas has been partnering with the Milpitas Rotary Club and the Milpitas Executive Lions Club to provide free...

Election

Council candidate Suraj Viswanathan defends a past marked by numerous court cases

Business executive Suraj Viswanathan is banking on what he believes is his strong business record and dark-money free campaign to nab him a Milpitas...

No on Prop 16 car rally draws crowds in Milpitas

Last Saturday, September 19, about 100 cars -- all decorated with signs and flags -- drove down Milpitas streets including Abel, Jacklin, and Park...

An open letter to Vice Mayor Bob Nuñez

Dear Mr. Bob Nuñez, What you did was morally and inconceivably wrong! What you did caused an undeniable hurt to my family and myself. Your...

Opinion

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...

4 reasons Governor Gavin Newsom’s mask order is a good idea

Governor Gavin Newsom finally did it. Following in the footsteps of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Hawaii, and other states, per Newsom’s directive, California...

The political power of the word “Karen”

Flat-out: The left is crushing it with this “Karen” thing. I’m proud of us, frankly. For the uninitiated (if this article can penetrate the rock...

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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Elected officials can’t delete social media posts; they’re considered public records

Dear Editor: Public Records may not be a blockbuster topic.  Though it should be... Public Records have been a systemic problem and sore subject for the City of Milpitas for a...

Carmen Montano: “I have been told that it is a councilmember who is orchestrating these attacks…”

Dear Editor: In all my years of public service I have never witnessed such vicious, mean-spirited attacks on council members, which has included myself being...

Vice Mayor Nuñez issues apology & calls for greater transparency in public comments

Dear Editor: On Sept. 22, The Milpitas Beat published an article referencing a recent Facebook video I posted expressing my deep concern over the disrespectful...

Letter to the Editor: Where were you when we needed you?

Another day, another proclamation of success by the president. In the meantime 1,000 people a day are dying from Covid-19. On March 18th, Mr....

Police

Milpitas Police release body cam footage of fatal shooting

This is a follow-up from last month’s stabbing incident on North Temple Drive.  On June 21, at just before 1pm, the Milpitas Police Department (MPD)...

Milpitas Police Chief says department will implement policies for banning chokeholds and requiring de-escalation

In this charged cultural environment, wherein the pandemic and recent protests have resulted in renewed demands for systemic change, Milpitas Police Chief Armando Corpuz...
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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

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...

Perseverance

Is it just me, or are the shorter days feeling a little…long these days? As the smoky curtain of powerlessness hangs heavy over all...

Personal maintenance in the age of COVID-19

I am training to hit the Olympic standard in the marathon, not for 2021 (if the 2021 Olympics is not just another far off...