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I don’t normally write about this topic. Not my forte. But the pictures and videos in the George Floyd case have demanded my voice to be added to the...

Assembly candidate Alex Lee got arrested Sunday night; here’s the full story

Alex T. Lee is 24 years old. A Democrat, Lee is squaring off against Republican Bob Brunton in November 2020’s race for California State...

An interview with newly appointed Milpitas City Manager Steve McHarris

At the May 19 Milpitas City Council meeting, Council voted unanimously to appoint Steve McHarris as City Manager. McHarris had been serving as Interim...

The other first responders: Milpitas Public Works

When we think of First Responders, we tend to think of, appreciate, and thank our healthcare workers, mailmen, farmers, grocery workers, drivers, delivery personnel,...

The Quick Beat

  • Black Lives Matter
    On Sunday, June 7, a Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest will be happening from 2pm – 5pm. Leaders from Milpitas High School, who are organizing the event, will be speaking, along with Superintendent Cheryl Jordan and Chief of Police Armando Corpuz. The event will start at Milpitas High School, and then everyone will march over to Milpitas City Hall. People are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Flyer here. 
  • Philippines Independence Day
    A Philippines Independence Day Lockdown Concert is happening on June 15. The virtual event will feature US and Filipino artists from all around the globe. Entertainers from Milpitas who will be performing are Gavin Heraldo, Zeyonce Brown, Jason Marrero, Christian Andrade, and Megan Zamora. Milpitas Councilmember Carmen Montano will also be making an appearance. The Milpitas Beat is one of the sponsors for the event. Click here for more details. 
  • SCCOE Statement
    The Santa Clara County Office of Education sent out a statement today about their planning process for reopening schools this Fall. They wrote that are “eager to see schools reopen with in-person instruction with the appropriate mixture of face-to-face and distance learning that prioritizes students safety while also considering the learning needs of students and the needs of parents and our broader community.” SCCOE has put together a survey for all students throughout the district to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. The survey and more information about their statement can be found here
  • Library
    The Santa Clara County Library District announced it would be offering curbside library services later this month. This means that at the Milpitas Library, patrons will soon be able to return books as well as pick up materials that are placed on hold. The SCCLD is also planning on quarantining returning items for a 72 hour period, to be on the safe side. All 8 libraries are also being deep cleaned.
  • 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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Business

Support Kathmandu Cuisine in Milpitas for Takeout Thursday

Today's Takeout Thursday restaurant in Milpitas is Kathmandu Cuisine. Support this local business by ordering takeout, or contributing to purchase a meal for a...

Santa Clara County hits 11.7% unemployment rate in April

Today, the California Employment Development put out a statement showing a 15.5% California unemployment rate and an 11.7% Santa Clara County unemployment rate for...

Wettenstein leads: New Milpitas Chamber of Commerce President hard at work during pandemic

Warren Wettenstein has a positive attitude. Despite leading the Milpitas Chamber of Commerce as President during a historic pandemic, he consistently finds a way to...

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Solving racism at home

I don’t normally write about this topic. Not my forte. But the pictures and videos in the George Floyd case have demanded my voice...

The other first responders: Milpitas Public Works

When we think of First Responders, we tend to think of, appreciate, and thank our healthcare workers, mailmen, farmers, grocery workers, drivers, delivery personnel,...

Sewing for safety

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Community Letter: How Valley Water is responding to COVID-19

Dear Neighbor, I hope you are staying healthy and safe. As our state moves into a new phase of the response and gradual reopening, Valley...

Trader Joe’s coming to Milpitas, Company Spokesperson says

Trader Joe’s, the popular neighborhood grocery store chain, will open a store in Milpitas, according to a company spokesperson. “We are planning to bring a...

School
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Cost of reopening schools adds to the challenge

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Milpitas Inclusive PTA hosts General Meeting on special education

The Milpitas Inclusive PTA will have its first 2020 General Meeting today, May 28. Last September, Carla Crenshaw paved the way for a much-needed community-wide...

Creative ways that Milpitas High educators and student clubs are engaging with distance learning

Although the Milpitas High School campus has been physically closed, school remains in session through distance learning, said Superintendent Cheryl Jordan. Educators continue to...

Amidst a world crisis: A teenager’s perspective

When I was younger, about two or three, my family would often visit the zoo and I would always be amused by all the...

Minh Ngo sworn in to serve on Milpitas Unified School District’s Board of Education

On Tuesday night, Minh Ngo was officially sworn in as a Trustee on the Milpitas Unified School District’s (MUSD) Board of Education by Milpitas...

Election

Assembly candidate Alex Lee got arrested Sunday night; here’s the full story

Alex T. Lee is 24 years old. A Democrat, Lee is squaring off against Republican Bob Brunton in November 2020’s race for California State...

Milpitas City Council discussed putting cannabis tax measure on November 2020 ballot…and things got heated

At their last virtual meeting on April 21, Milpitas City Councilmembers had a discussion about voting to include a cannabis sales tax on the...

Minh Ngo sworn in to serve on Milpitas Unified School District’s Board of Education

On Tuesday night, Minh Ngo was officially sworn in as a Trustee on the Milpitas Unified School District’s (MUSD) Board of Education by Milpitas...
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Opinion

The focus should not be on condemning the rioters

Here we are again.  Precious black lives are being lost. And although we have been demanding change for some time, it hasn’t come. Our culture...

Crisis of Maskulinity

That’s it.  The intersection between the COVID-19 pandemic and the culture wars has made me go full partisan, at least for now. It’s not that...

The Second Dangers of COVID-19

While health care workers are struggling to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE), some of us are littering it at our local supermarkets’ parking lots....

It’s OK to joke around & laugh right now

In the United States, as of this writing, 215,344 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Of these, 5,112 have died. And...

Opinion: Our partisan fever is dangerous

Partisanship is particularly useless right now. Worse, it’s proving dangerous... I saw this exemplified in real time last week. Mid-week, I was reading...
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Arts

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...

If Trees Could Talk

If trees could talk they would reveal time itself. A time that bore rings on her very soul.   The ages of time  The ages of mankind How the...

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The other first responders: Milpitas Public Works

When we think of First Responders, we tend to think of, appreciate, and thank our healthcare workers, mailmen, farmers, grocery workers, drivers, delivery personnel, medical staff, and police and...

Contrails and Climate Change

Let's start off with a few words about ConTrails. Some clear day you may look to the sky and see a long straight white...

Democracy dies at last Milpitas City Council meeting

Dear Editor: It took exactly 5 hours 15 minutes and 29 seconds for democracy to be snuffed out at the most recent special City Council...

The Essence of Ramadhan

Dear Editor, Ramadhan is a time for fasting for the Muslims. But abstaining from food and drink from sunup to sundown isn’t the only thing...

Police

Suspect who vandalized businesses in Milpitas and San Jose identified

The Milpitas Police Department (MPD) has reached out to the public for help with locating a vandalism suspect... Working with San Jose Police Department detectives,...

Drunk driver arrested following fatal crash on Piedmont Road

A call came into the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) at around 11:19pm on 1-9-20. On Piedmont Road's 1198 block, a 2005 black Porsche Cayenne...
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Fire

Four San Jose firefighters test positive for coronavirus

In an announcement today from the City of San Jose, officials shared that four San Jose firefighters have contracted COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Two...

Milpitas family seeks answers after electrical fire from PG&E power line claims their home

When PG&E announced just over a week ago that they would shut off power to approximately 27,000 residents in Santa Clara County due to...

Bay Area consumed by blackouts, fires…

Uncertainty loomed in the Bay Area on Monday morning as many households and businesses remained without power, the result of a shutoff by Pacific...

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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...

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AM Shot of Espresso

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Sewing for safety

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RED DENNIS & The Politics of Disrespect

I was in Mountain View, toward the end of 2019, in front of a plain gray building awaiting the presence of The Ciardellas and...