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Monday, January 24, 2022
2022 will be a busy year for the Milpitas City Council. With over 60 possible agenda items planned for the year, the Council needed a way to decide what should...
In a petition posted to change.org last Friday, a group of medical professionals urged California government and public health officials to relax COVID-19 restrictions and start treating the disease...

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  • The Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association and Flame Keepers invite you to usher in  2022’s Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 5th, at 9 AM, with an online celebration via zoom. This year’s theme, Cultural Unity, brings a focus on unity and the shared values of our community. Our keynote speaker, Civil Rights lawyer Deb Volberg Pagnotta, resides in White Plains New York but is a native of Milpitas. Pagnotta’s father, Dave Volberg, was the whistleblower instrumental in the development of Sunnyhills. We look forward to an examination of the seeds planted for greatness. Pagnotta has a passion for human diversity in communication with all its messiness, complexity, and constant surprises. At the core of all her work as a lawyer, trainer, mediator, professor, storyteller, entrepreneur is a focus on helping people communicate more effectively, ethically, and efficiently. Please RSVP.
  • Santa Clara County, CA –  A civil grand jury complaint filed against Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith lays out a variety of civil corruption charges, including 7 counts of alleged misconduct. Smith’s half-dozen consecutive terms have seen numerous mentally ill inmates harmed in the County jail, and one such inmate killed. The sheriff has also been embroiled in a gun-permitting scandal, allegedly trading gun permits for campaign donations. In summer of 2021, Santa Clara County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee initiated the process of pursuing charges against the Sheriff. Smith has said she is under no obligation to answer to the Board, and has pledged not to resign.
  • COVID-19 Booster Shots for All Vaccines Now Available for Eligible Individuals in Santa Clara County
    Boosters strongly urged for all people 65 years of age and older, residents of long term care facilities, and people 50 years and older with underlying medical conditions. Many others will also benefit from a booster and are encouraged to get one.
    County clinics are taking appointments at www.sccfreevax.org and everyone eligible is encouraged to receive a booster shot.
  • Santa Clara County, CA – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on August 17 to close down East San Jose’s Reid-Hillview Airport. The move quickly followed a study that discovered elevated levels of lead in children living nearby. The closure process is expected to begin in 2022. The airport services small, private aircraft, which tend to generate high levels of lead.
  • Santa Clara County, CA – The County of Santa Clara released a new data dashboard on Wednesday, breaking out COVID-19 case rates by vaccination status. The latest numbers reflect what public health officials have been echoing in recent weeks: the Delta variant is fueling a surge in cases and the unvaccinated are at the highest risk of infections.
  • Milpitas Rent Relief available NOW!
    Are you behind on rent due to COVID/Pandemic-related causes and need some support?  
    Let the Milpitas Rent Relief program help you!The Rent Relief Program provides eligible recipients relief funding for:
    • Rent/Deposit Relief
    • Emergency Hardship Relief
    • Eviction Prevention
    • Domestic Violence Relocation
    • Child & Family Homelessness Relief
    • Section 8 Good Faith Deposits

    Eligible recipients include the following:

    • Students attending Milpitas Unified who are experiencing homelessness (McKinney-Vento)
    • Seniors who are age 55 and older
    • Disabled individuals
    • Victims of domestic violence
    • Emancipated foster youth and unaccompanied minors
    • Individuals living in Subsidized Housing, including Section 8
    • Other residents experiencing a high cost of living, on a case-by-case basis
    •  

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