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Suspect in shooting at Milpitas Square Shopping Center dies at hospital

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Last week, on October 15, at 3:41 in the afternoon, Milpitas Police Department (MPD) officers found themselves in a violent encounter with the driver...

Milpitas High School student’s death presumed to have been a suicide

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Yesterday morning, October 13, the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) was contacted by the California Highway Patrol at 8:11am regarding a Milpitas resident who had...

Jared Hernandez sworn in as Milpitas’ new Police Chief

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When Jared Hernandez was 15 years old, he signed up to be a part of the Milpitas Police Department’s Explorer program, which offers youth...

Jim Canova jumps into State Senate District 10 race

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After an unsuccessful bid for the state Assembly District 25 seat last year, longtime Santa Clara Unified School Board Member Jim Canova has decided...

Santa Clara County announces conditions for removing indoor masking requirement

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Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic’s Delta wave shows signs of ebbing and the Bay Area stands out for its high vaccination rates, Health officers...

I had a colonoscopy at age 43. You might want to consider getting one,...

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I had a colonoscopy on September 1. I should have gone years ago, truth be told. I’m 43 years old. The recommended age for a...

New details emerge in murder of transgender woman at Project Homekey site

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Natalia Smut, a 24-year-old transgender woman who was killed by her boyfriend in April, had been living in an under-construction room at Milpitas’ Project...

MUSD’s Board President gathers student leaders to delve into threatening social media trends

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For better, and in some cases, for worse, the digital age of communication and use of social media in education is here to stay. On...

Great Mall receives fines for unkempt property

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Graffiti, overgrown weeds, and trash around the Great Mall are in the process of being cleaned up following two abatement notices from Milpitas city...

Milpitas Unified School District reports 44 COVID cases in first month

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A month into the 2021-22 school year and the Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) has reported 44 cases of COVID-19. Forty-two students across 15...

Mayor Tran accused of retaliation in City Attorney hiring process, calls allegations “out of...

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When the Milpitas City Council decided to fire its in-house city attorney in 2015 and opted to contract out its legal services instead, it...

The critical need for comprehensive school-based mental health resources

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As many students return to their classroom this season, parents, educators, and legislators are rightly focused on efforts to address learning loss experienced during...

New Stratford School facility will open at former Orchard Supply site

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Milpitas residents have by now grown accustomed to passing by the onetime location of the Orchard Supply Hardware store (125 North Milpitas Boulevard) and...

The people-powered campaign of Jaime Raul Zepeda

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Midterm elections are fast approaching, and amongst the seats up for grabs are some of those in the California State Senate. Yes, that’s right,...

A nod to MUSD

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I will admit, the potentially permanent Virtual Pathways program offered by MUSD freaked me out back in July. I thought, The pandemic is ending…why...

Milpitas resident Henry Nichols receives Key to the City

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The City of Milpitas has awarded Henry Nichols with a Key to the City.  A proud Milpitas resident, Nichols has long been dedicated to preserving...

Former Assemblymember Kansen Chu announces bid to take his District 25 seat back

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Former Assemblymember Kansen Chu is looking to take back his District 25 seat in 2022.  After nearly six years in the state assembly, Chu announced...

Mayor Rich Tran attended council meeting, community events after allegedly being exposed to COVID-19

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Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran allegedly attended Tuesday evening’s city council meeting without alerting his council colleagues that he had been exposed to COVID-19 last...

San Jose Mayor Calls on Santa Clara County Sheriff Smith to Resign

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San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is calling on Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith to resign from her post as the top law enforcement...

Carmen Montano announces she will run for Mayor of Milpitas in 2022 election

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Early this week, Milpitas’ Vice Mayor Carmen Montano announced that she will run for mayor. The seat opens up in late 2022, after Mayor...

Milpitas Businessman Suraj Viswanathan helps put out roadside fire

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Milpitas entrepreneur Suraj Viswanathan, who ran for city council in 2018 and 2020, was on the road back from Los Angeles just before 10am...

First Day of School Chaos

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I snapped pictures of my kids on Thursday morning. It was, of course, the morning their hair looked the nuttiest, and on this day...

Sobering message about the “new normal” delivered at Wildfire Preparedness Town Hall

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The massive Dixie Fire in Northern California has been burning for nearly a month and is the 2nd largest fire in California history. According...

A summer remembrance: Natalia Smut

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She died on a Friday, early in the morning. Natalia Smut (24), a Bay Area performer of widely acknowledged talent and charisma, was stabbed to...

Delta variant spreading quickly among children

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing children account for 14.3% of the total case count. However, based on...

Shahid Buttar sues San Francisco Chronicle after losing congressional campaign against Nancy Pelosi

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It was about a year ago when the San Francisco Chronicle ran a pair of articles citing accusations of sexual harassment toward Shahid Buttar,...

Indoor mask mandate is back in Santa Clara County as Delta variant spreads

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Masks are back in Santa Clara County. Officials today announced that as of Tuesday, August 3, all individuals in the county — whether vaccinated...

Milpitas Unified’s Innovation Campus slated for completion in 2024

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In November 2018, the citizens of Milpitas passed Measure AA, one of the largest school district bonds in the city’s history, at a whopping...

Milpitas makes plans to hire new City Attorney

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Milpitas is searching for a new city attorney, but this time they’re looking to hire someone full-time instead of continuing to contract out the...

Students from Milpitas High School win Silicon Valley Clean Energy film competition

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Three students who graduated from Milpitas High School this past June have won a film competition hosted by Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE). Michelle Ngo,...

An interview with Bob Nuñez, San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP’s new President

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After Pastor Jethroe (Jeff) Moore stepped down from his role as president of San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP in June, the role was quickly filled...

As COVID cases rise, Santa Clara County recommends masking indoors

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Santa Clara County has joined the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Sonoma, along with the City of Berkeley,...

Valley Water embarks on Anderson Dam project after years of unexpected delays

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It started with a warning from state officials more than a decade ago that a major earthquake could cause the crest of Anderson Dam...

cPacket Networks to move headquarters from San Jose to Milpitas

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cPacket Networks today announced rapid growth across personnel, products, and revenue, with expectations for continued expansion in the future... The company, which described itself in...

An interview with Milpitas Unified School District Superintendent Cheryl Jordan

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Summer is in full swing and students across the land are rejoicing! Even teachers get time off, and deservedly so. And yet, even though...

City of Milpitas engages community to choose new logo

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As Milpitas sees ongoing transformation, a variety of efforts are underway at City Hall to keep up with the growth, among them updates to...

The only positive thing I can think to say about climate change

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My wife’s got me reading about climate change lately. Used to be, I’d read about climate change daily. Come nighttime, under the covers, as a...

Poetry: Step Out

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Step out   A track: 400 meter Loops No potholes No cars Reliable Orange oval   A treadmill: 9.6 miles per hour Legs: no chance to Fail or Slow   A home: Peanut butter, top left cabinet No smooth when I want Crunchy No...

Kathleen King resigns from Santa Clara County Board of Education

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Kathleen King resigned from the Santa Clara County Board of Education earlier this month, citing the need to focus more on the Healthier Kids...

Olympic Coach Juan Miguel Moreno comes to Milpitas to teach Taekwondo camp

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Taekwondo legend Juan Miguel Moreno was recently in Milpitas, teaching a “fast camp” at Blue Dragon Taekwondo Academy (1485 N. Milpitas Blvd.) between June...

The Face of Homelessness In & Around Milpitas: Part III

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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...

Milpitas puts $1.28 million in federal funding toward residents most impacted by COVID

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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...

Our summer road trip through mask-free red states

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My family decided to hit the open road the second that school let out. After having spent the majority of the year on Zoom,...

California reopens, pulls back COVID restrictions

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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

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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

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

We are living in a nightmare world where artists are expected to act like...

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Here’s a terrifying dystopian scenario for you: Imagine a world where every artist is forced to behave exactly like a politician. Imagine a hellscape in...

Milpitas couple arrested for human trafficking

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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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  As drought conditions worsen in Santa Clara County, the water district has declared a water shortage emergency and asks residents to conserve water.  Historically dry...

Everything really is awesome at the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

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Oh, to be a kid again. The new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Bay Area will have its Grand Opening on June 14, just in time...
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