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Milpitas City Council votes not to reappoint City Manager Steve McHarris

In a special meeting earlier today, the Milpitas City Council voted 3-2 not to renew the contract of City Manager Steve McHarris.  After nearly three...

Christian Di Renzo becomes Milpitas’ new Public Works Director

Milpitas has a new Public Works Director.  His name is Christian Di Renzo, and he brings with him a wealth of experience… Di Renzo has served...

Meet the new Milpitas City Council

Milpitas has a new City Council.  Last night, residents from Milpitas and surrounding communities packed into the City Council chambers to witness Carmen Montano, the...

The Final Interview: Mayor Rich Tran reflects on his 6 years in office

Rich Tran’s first mayoral term didn’t exactly start off on the right foot.  On the evening of December 13, 2016, in front of a packed...

City of Milpitas hits the brakes on funding $200,000 to Chamber of Commerce

In October, the City of Milpitas wrote a letter informing the Milpitas Chamber of Commerce that it would not be able to provide the...

Carmen Montano makes history by becoming first woman elected as Mayor of Milpitas

As I stood in front of Milpitas City Hall, I watched as Vice Mayor Carmen Montano pulled into a parking spot.  Within moments, she was...

East Valley Democratic Club aims to support & uphold local Democrats

As Election Day 2022 grows near, The Beat sat down for a talk with the leadership of the newly formed East Valley Democratic Club...

“I have been receiving death threats,” says Councilmember Karina Dominguez

At November 1’s Milpitas City Council meeting, Councilmember Karina Dominguz said that she and her family have been receiving death threats due to social...

Valley Water updates ordinance to include ban on watering of commercial, industrial, and institutional lawns

Valley Water has amended its existing outdoor watering ordinance so as to include California’s recent state ban pertaining to the watering of decorative commercial,...

Update on Project Homekey’s Hillview Ct. Apartments: calls to 911, Phan hopeful, Tran enraged

Milpitas City Councilmembers all expressed concern at last Tuesday’s August 16 Council meeting when they heard reports that calls to the Milpitas Police and...

Mayor Rich Tran withdraws from City Council race

Mayor Rich Tran has withdrawn from the 2022 Milpitas City Council race after announcing his candidacy late last year and then proceeding to actively...

FPPC fines Councilmember Anthony Phan $15,000 for improperly reporting loan and other violations

This past May, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) fined Milpitas Councilmember Anthony Phan in the amount of $15,000.  Phan was found to be in...

“I will be a very different mayor”: Anthony Phan launches campaign for Mayor of Milpitas

  “I will be a very different Mayor. I’m going to take my role very seriously. And it’s going to be about action and not...

Milpitas works to create its first ever Women’s Task Force

For the past two years, the Milpitas City Council has worked toward creating the City’s first-ever Women’s Task Force. The idea of a Women’s...

Santa Clara County sets up 24/7 mental health hotline

As of last week, Santa Clara County residents seeking mental health or substance abuse support can dial 9-8-8 to reach trained counselors capable of...

Juliette Gomez announces candidacy for Milpitas City Council

Juliette Gomez, who sits on the Board of the Milpitas Chamber of Commerce, has announced her candidacy for Milpitas City Council. Gomez has lived in...

Milpitas City Council votes to enhance regulation of lobbying activities

At their June 7 meeting, the Milpitas City Council voted to adopt an ordinance that would set new requirements and prohibitions for lobbyists.  The current...

Milpitas voters to decide on term limit for Councilmembers on November ballot

This week, the Milpitas City Council voted to put a new measure in front of voters that would amend the term limit for Councilmembers.   Right...

Latest election results: Measure E in a strong position, Alex Lee and Lily Mei lead in Assembly and Senate races

Votes are still being counted from Tuesday night’s primary election, but we’ve got some current numbers to report regarding the contests that pertain to...

With attack ads focusing on him, Assemblymember Alex Lee responds

In the past month, a variety of anti-Alex Lee ads have been circulating. These ads have criticized Lee for engaging in “monkey business,” said...

Garry Barbadillo is running for Milpitas City Council

Barbadillo is back. I met the pragmatist in his law office last Monday. I walked in and was shocked to see that during the pandemic...

Dominguez v. Tran over Roe v. Wade

In an explosive exchange at Tuesday night’s Milpitas City Council meeting, Councilmember Karina Dominguez asked for Council to stand in solidarity behind a written...

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