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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Earlier today, at 9:21am, in Murphy Park by Grand Teton Drive, a 13-year-old girl was taking a walk when a man approached her from behind. The man touched the girl...
A manual coin-operated car wash on South Main Street is getting a fully automatic revamp after more than 50 years in business.  In March, the Milpitas Planning Commission denied a...

Milpitas’ 2021-22 Proposed Budget has been released

On Tuesday, May 4, Milpitas City Manager Steve McHarris put out the FY 2021-22 Proposed Budget, totaling $194.4 million. Minimal impacts to community services...

Homelessness in & around Milpitas: Part 1

As reported by The Beat in September, 2019, homelessness is on the rise in Milpitas. That year, the biennial survey by Santa Clara County...

Assemblymember Alex Lee’s first bill gets shelved following public rebuff from fellow lawmaker

  Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San Jose) ran his campaign on the promise of getting corporate money out of politics.  On his first day in office, the...

Community gathers to remember Natalia Smut, Black Trans woman killed in Milpitas

The last time Kiara Ohlde spoke to her cousin, Natalia Smut, was on Thursday, April 22.  They were talking on the phone together, which was...

Milpitas Library: My family’s journey through the phased re-opening (yes, it’s OPEN!)

Milpitas Library is my family’s absolute favorite place in the community -- well-organized, friendly staff, and great programs. What’s not to love? The first...

The Quick Beat

  • GET VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 NOW!
    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:
    https://www.change.org/p/gavin-newsom-increase-covid19-vaccine-supply-to-santa-clara-county?utm_content=starter_cl_share_content_en-us_7%3Av2&recruiter=1190170733&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition
  • 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: https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/index.html
  • Milpitas Police Department Partners with Racing Hearts to Deploy AED’s 
    The Milpitas Police Department will be deploying Automated External Deliberators (AEDs) in its patrol vehicles thanks to a partnership with Racing Hearts (www.racinghearts.org) to purchase AEDs and associated equipment. AEDs are a vital piece of safety equipment that can save lives in cardiac emergencies.
    Officers are constantly in the field and predominantly in their vehicles. The deployment of AEDs coupled with our quick response times to critical medical calls will increase the chances of a successful outcome in sudden cardiac arrest incidents. Having the equipment readily available allows an officer to initiate Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in conjunction with an AED, prior to the arrival of firefighters or paramedics thus increasing the chances of saving a life.

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Poetry: From Silence to Solidarity

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Waiting for understanding and/or self reflection

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