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Friday, August 14, 2020
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 to run for the two...

Falling short by one signature, City Council hopeful Demetress Morris will not be on ballot

For Demetress Morris, running for Milpitas City Council is a “natural progression” in her career as a fierce advocate for equality in public education....

Amid pandemic, City of Milpitas to provide grants to small businesses

Heads up, Milpitas business owners: The City of Milpitas is moving toward launching something called “The Milpitas Microenterprise Grant Program.” Its purpose is to grant...

As State fixes reporting system, Santa Clara County adds 751 new COVID cases

The State of California’s COVID-19 reporting infrastructure is working to emerge from a two-pronged crisis of inaccuracy and underreporting of disease cases. The underreporting...

The Quick Beat

  • 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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Business

Amid pandemic, City of Milpitas to provide grants to small businesses

Heads up, Milpitas business owners: The City of Milpitas is moving toward launching something called “The Milpitas Microenterprise Grant Program.” Its purpose is to grant...

Santa Clara County: Newsom announces that hair and nail salons allowed to open outdoors

In a burst of relief for California workers and business owners, and the state economy in general, Governor Gavin Newsom is now allowing hair...

Sea Link Cafe is closing for good, but a new cafe is opening in its place

Since it opened five years ago, Sea Link Cafe has become a beloved spot in Milpitas. Known for its delicious sandwiches and unique flavors,...
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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...

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...

Norwood launches mask petition to help slow COVID-19 spread & make in-person learning a possibility

At the end of June, Chris Norwood received an unexpected text. It was from a longtime family friend, reaching out to ask for prayers. The...

Sea Link Cafe is closing for good, but a new cafe is opening in its place

Since it opened five years ago, Sea Link Cafe has become a beloved spot in Milpitas. Known for its delicious sandwiches and unique flavors,...

Support this Black-owned business in Milpitas: Nichols Stitches

Millions of people, young and old, are holding Black Lives Matter demonstrations spanning the full 50-state landscape of America. The call for equality and...

School
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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...

Milpitas students will engage in 100% distance learning until “conditions are deemed safe”

Charles Schletzbaum has taught physics at Milpitas High School (MHS) for 18 years. A popular teacher in the school’s science department, Schletzbaum is known...

Minh Ngo to seek full term on Milpitas School Board

Four months after finance professional Minh Ngo won a seat on the Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) Board of Education in a special election,...

MUSD’s Rose Child Development Center carries on with in-person schooling during pandemic

For the past seven weeks now, Milpitas Unified School District’s (MUSD) Child Development Center (CDC) Summer Program has been in operation, serving 30 students...

Election

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...

Falling short by one signature, City Council hopeful Demetress Morris will not be on ballot

For Demetress Morris, running for Milpitas City Council is a “natural progression” in her career as a fierce advocate for equality in public education....

Vice Mayor Bob Nuñez will seek reelection to Milpitas City Council

This article is part of a series on figures who have declared their candidacy for Milpitas City Council or Mayor of Milpitas for November’s...

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...
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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...

Letters to the Editor
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Letter to the Editor: Proposed hotel on Jacklin-Hillview

Dear Editor:   My dental office for the past 29 years has been located next to the former racquetball courts/gymnasium that was proposed to be redeveloped into a La Quinta hotel....

A letter from Councilmember Dominguez: “Our current Mayor seems more focused on his priorities than our city’s”

Dear Milpitas - my friends and my neighbors, Thank you for affording me the opportunity to serve you and thank you for your support.  We have...

Letter to the Editor: The natural wonder that is Higuera Park

Dear Editor: Congratulations Milpitas Beat and a special thank you to Joseph Ehardt for beginning to share some of the Milpitas historic treasures that are...

Response from California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to Eric Shapiro’s open letter calling for repeal of AB5

Dear Mr. Shapiro, This message is in response to the piece you wrote and published in your news outlet the Milpitas Beat--“Open letter to California...

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

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...

At Home
Milpitas

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

A letter to my sons: How America got into this COVID-19 mess

Dear Benny & Henry— I write to you in the midst of what is shaping up to be one of the most staggering crises in...

Open letter to California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez: Repeal AB5 right this second

Dear Ms. Gonzalez— This is insane. Your law AB5, also known for some reason as “the gig economy law” despite its total miscomprehension of what the...

If all lives really do matter, then why aren’t we acting like It?

I was first introduced to the Black Lives Matter movement six years ago, in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed...

The road to peace is paved with justice

As the US is gripped with days of unrest and protest, one has to finally come to terms with the fact that this happens...