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In Parts I and II of this series, we looked at how homelessness has grown throughout the country and the region, especially during the pandemic. We explored the definition...
The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program has provided grant funding to the City of Milpitas, to the tune of $1,282,240. At this past Tuesday’s Milpitas City Council meeting,...

California reopens, pulls back COVID restrictions

Today, June 15, marks the reopening of California’s economy, bringing the state closer to a pre-COVID state of affairs. The City of Milpitas sent...

Milpitas to receive $16.7 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act

As the country continues recovering from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Milpitas is expected to receive $16.7 million from...

Milpitas couple ran 3 brothels on Murphy Ranch Road, trafficked over 100 sex workers

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen has charged a Milpitas couple with felony human trafficking, pimping and pandering, and money laundering on allegations...

Milpitas couple arrested for human trafficking

Earlier today, June 9, a human trafficking and pimping investigation that had lasted two years concluded with arrests in Milpitas. The investigation was conducted by...

Valley Water declares water shortage, mandates 15% reduction in water usage

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The Quick Beat

    COVID-19 has dramatically reshaped our lives, in particular the business community. While much is still unclear, June 15 will fully re-open California’s economy again and California will no longer operate under the color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy tiered framework, and will instead adopt Beyond the Blueprint, the latest set of guidelines.Under this new framework, the following guidelines are established:
    • Physical distancing: No restrictions for customers, attendees, guests
    • Capacity Limitations: No restrictions
    • Masking: Follow California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance for face coverings
    • Travel: Californians are discouraged from out-of-state travel for non-essential travel if NOT vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals traveling for non-essential reasons should get tested for COVID-19 before and after traveling, and quarantine for 7 days afterward. The CDPH Travel Advisory can be found here.
    • Vaccinations: Required for indoor mega events (5,000+ attendees); recommended for outdoor mega events (10,000+ attendees).
    Locations with multiple drop-in days:
    • Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
      • Open 7 days per week, 8:30am-4pm; Tuesday & Wednesday open until 8pm
    • Eastridge Mall (Aloha Roller Rink), 2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
      • Monday through Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am-4pm
    • Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
      • Tuesday through Friday, 8:45am-6pm
    • East Valley Clinic, 1993 McKee Road, San Jose, CA 95133
      • Monday through Friday, 8:45am-4pm
    • Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116
      • Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday 12pm-5pm
  • Wheelchairs available to veteran or family of veteran
    The Knights of Columbus has wheelchairs available for a veteran or a family member of a veteran,
    first come first serve while supplies last.
    The wheelchairs are brand new.
    There are 4 sizes available: 18, 20, 22, and 24 inches, measured between the armrests.
    For more details and delivery arrangement please contact District Deputy: Tim Crews
  • Petition to Increase COVID19 vaccine supply to Santa Clara county
  • Rent Relief
    CA COVID-19 Rent Relief will help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments. The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides funding to support the program and tenant (renter) protection laws signed by Governor Newsom. Link here

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