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Santa Clara County residents 75 and older now eligible for COVID vaccinations

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Across Santa Clara County, regular residents aged 75 and older will soon be receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Those eligible are people who attain their primary...

Small businesses in Milpitas and surrounding communities need protection from abusive lawsuits

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As Milpitas residents continue to shelter in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and eventually prepare for the safe reopening of our local...

Wreaths Across America volunteers place 9,000 wreaths at Golden Gate National Cemetery

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Wreaths Across America is an effort to honor our veterans by placing a wreath at their grave sites each December.  Gold Star parents of SPC...

Milpitas passes labor and wage theft ordinance

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The Milpitas City Council unanimously passed an ordinance last Tuesday that will impose harsh penalties on contractors and developers that participate in wage theft...

Winners of Milpitas Strong Art Contest announced

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The winners of the Milpitas Strong Art Contest have been announced.  Back in October, 2020, the public began making submissions in three categories: Adult T-shirt,...

Tran, Phan issue memo calling for Trump to be removed from office

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Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran and Councilman Anthony Phan are the latest South Bay leaders to join the call for President Donald Trump to be...

47,000 healthcare workers in Santa Clara County have received COVID-19 vaccines

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The vaccine rollout in Santa Clara County is in full swing, with 47,000 county healthcare workers having received their first of two COVID-19 shots....

Crisis alert: Santa Clara County has only 25 ICU beds left

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According to Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 dashboard, county hospitals have only 25 remaining ICU beds available before they reach capacity. Ninety-three percent of available...

Best places to hike and walk in Milpitas

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  Although Winter is here, we can still throw on an extra layer or two and go enjoy the outdoors. Staying physically active and being...

During pandemic, Milpitas’ Senior Center continues to find ways to engage older residents

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Since the Barbara Lee Senior Center physically closed in March of 2020, after the shelter-in-place order, many seniors have had to adapt, finding new...

Mike Pence can put a stop to this madness — but will he?

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In the violent waning days of the Trump administration, after police in Washington, D.C., cleared out insurgent Trump supporters who poured upon the Capitol...

Santa Clara County has received nearly 100,000 doses of COVID vaccines

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  Across Santa Clara County, healthcare providers have received 40,605 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 54,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine.  Since mid-December, there has...

While COVID-19 went after Americans’ bodies, sentimentality proved deadly to our minds

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Americans are sentimental.  Are we uniquely so? It’s hard to say. One can’t of course measure a frame of mind. What one can measure, however,...

A worthwhile New Year’s resolution: Let go of guilt and shame

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  There’s a pair of best friends that can always be found together. They go by the names of Guilt and Shame. Some of their...

HOPE for the Unhoused distributes food & winter goods

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It’s a Saturday morning in Milpitas, the one right after Christmas. The streets are quiet, with the occasional car buzzing by. Most residents, though, have...

Santa Clara County continues to see high COVID case numbers and record hospitalizations

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To date, 652 Santa Clara County residents have died from COVID-19, making it the county’s third leading cause of death in 2020, behind only...

Milpitas’ longtime City Clerk Mary Lavelle is retiring

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    After dedicating the past 15 years of her life to working as Milpitas' City Clerk, Mary Lavelle is retiring.  With her penchant for organization, her...

Gunfire at Great Mall attributed to self-inflicted shooting

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Last night, at a quarter past 5, the Milpitas Police Department responded to reports of gunfire at The Great Mall. On arrival, they found...

Shooting at Great Mall, one person injured

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At about 5:16pm on Saturday, December 19, a report came in to the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) of a shooter and one person shot...

MUSD Board of Education elects new officers for 2021; Norwood voted in as President

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At MUSD’s Tuesday school board meeting, Chris Norwood was voted in as President for the second time. In addition, Kelly Yip-Chuan was made Vice President,...

Milpitas approves construction firm for new fire station, rejects negative allegations against company

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The Milpitas City Council awarded the rights Tuesday to build Milpitas’s next fire station to a construction firm whose work safety, budgeting, and construction...

Citizen Nuñez: For the former councilmember, the good work goes on

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Bob Nuñez sounds like he’s enjoying himself. I have no idea where he is. We’re on the phone. But I hear the sound of cars...

Shots in arms: Vaccine rollout begins in Santa Clara County

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Shots started going into arms on Thursday, administering Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to frontline hospital workers. The 3,900 doses made available to the county’s Healthcare Delivery...

Milpitas holds swear-in ceremony for Tran, Phan, Chua; Montano named new Vice Mayor

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This past Tuesday, the City of Milpitas certified November 2020’s election results and held a swear-in ceremony over Zoom.  Mayor Rich Tran, who was elected...

The Milpitas Beat launches 21st Century American Writing Contest

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As The Milpitas Beat has grown in recent years, we’ve become increasingly motivated to support and amplify the arts, and one of our first...

We will get through these lonely days

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Have you ever eaten a tiny piece of raw chicken just to see if your body could take it? Driven with your eyes closed...

Santa Clara County receives 5,850 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, which Phase III trials have shown to be 95% effective, has arrived in Santa Clara County, with healthcare workers and nursing...

Elaine Levine, co-founder of The Milpitas Post, has died

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Obituary  Elaine Margaret Levine, who was the editor and publisher of a group of community weekly newspapers in the Bay Area during the 60s and...

Is there a writer at the Wall Street Journal? Only if you need a...

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Dr. Epstein—Mr. Epstein—Joseph—old-timer: a bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is a not unimportant matter. Any chance...

Santa Clara County update: Vaccines on the way as hospitals stretched to their limit

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Santa Clara County is on track to receive 39,300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine created by Moderna later in December, but whether or not...

Teresa Cox makes history as first African-American elected to Fremont City Council

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On the night of December 8, history was made in Fremont.  Teresa Cox was sworn in as the first African-American Councilmember in the city’s 64...

Milpitas Police Chief set to retire: Armando Corpuz on work, life, & gratitude

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It was the Fall of 1990. Armando Corpuz, 21 at the time, was just starting a volunteer position as a Police Reserve Officer for...

Santa Clara County implements State’s regional stay at home order

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As part of a multi-county effort, Santa Clara County is instituting a new stay-at-home order as the COVID-19 pandemic barrels toward a deadly winter....

Milpitas High School students push forward with Jack Emery Food Drive

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Since November 16, Milpitas High School students have been running a Jack Emery Food Drive. As of now, 2 days remain on which people...

Santa Clara County unveils vaccine plan

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At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Santa Clara County officials announced the County’s submission of its vaccine plan to the State of California. As...

Milpitas Unified School District decides to pause in-person learning sessions with two week quarantine

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This week, Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) called a Special Board of Education meeting to address the recent COVID surge in the community.  After confirming...

The eternal importance of speaking truth to power

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It was in 1969 or 1970. I was in Junior College. I was a volunteer in The College Readiness program, an on-campus effort to...

Are the holidays making you want to reach for a drink?

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“I don’t know if there’ll be snow, so have a cup of cheer.”  Ah, yes. The “cup of cheer.” If you’re like many Americans, you’ve...

State of hypocrisy: The grand failure of California politicians who violate COVID rules

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Here in the progressive bubble, as we forever scrunch our eyebrows and subject ourselves to endless analysis as to why anyone in the world...

Support these Milpitas-based nonprofit organizations this Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday presents an opportunity to spread positivity and do awesome things for our community. Consider making a contribution to a Milpitas-based nonprofit organization...

ALERT: Santa Clara County sees record 760 cases in one day, issues new directives

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This afternoon, Santa Clara County Public Health officials held a rare Saturday event to inform the public of rapidly rising COVID-19 case numbers and...

Rich Tran looks forward to third term as Mayor of Milpitas

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    Rich Tran never hides the fact that his affinity for Milpitas, and all the families that live within it, is what propels him each...

A heart of Thanksgiving

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It was during the third trimester of my second and most challenging pregnancy when the “gratitude journal” craze started to spread online. Back then I...

Milpitas: Here’s what you need to know about the COVID curfew

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With 41 California counties now in the state’s Purple COVID-19 tier—meaning the virus in those counties is widespread—midday Thursday Gavin Newsom and the California...

Poetry: Goodbye Arco

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Goodbye Arco I looked out The driver’s window Expecting familiar scene: Folks filling cars Or bumming smokes (Taboo cuz ‘vid nineteen) Usually at that light I turn – Loud music as my...

Landslide win: Otto Lee will be the next Santa Clara County Supervisor for District...

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In 2020’s Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 3, race, Otto Lee took a striking victory with 60.4% of the vote, to opponent...

Must-see historical site in Milpitas: José Maria de Jesus Alviso Adobe and Rancho Milpitas

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This is the second article in a continuing series published in The Milpitas Beat describing historical sites in Milpitas from information provided by the...

Judge shoots down attempt by Milpitas residents to stop homeless housing project

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This story has been updated A request to halt turning a Milpitas hotel into permanent housing for unhoused individuals was denied Monday, clearing another roadblock...

The Comeback Kid: Anthony Phan takes top spot in 2020 Milpitas City Council race

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In a 2020 election season surprise, Milpitas City Councilmember Anthony “The Kid” Phan took the top spot in the council election, orchestrating a comeback...

Pandemic Alert: Santa Clara County moved from Orange Tier into Purple Tier

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In an unexpected move, Santa Clara County has been moved from COVID-19’s Orange tier to its Purple tier, bypassing the Red tier in between,...