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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...

Milpitas High’s PTSA and Farmers Market on Wheels give 256 gift bags to teachers,...

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Milpitas High School’s (MHS) Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) joined forces last week with Farmers Market on Wheels to put together 256 gift bags...

5th Grader from Sinnott Elementary wins Bronze Medal in National Math Competition

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A 5th-grader from John Sinnott Elementary School has won 3rd place in the National MathCON Competition. His name is Stephen Grier, and he’s 11...

Milpitas City Council discusses possibility of mental health crisis response line

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As part of the ongoing national conversation around whether police are qualified to respond to mental health crises, several Milpitas City Councilmembers want to...

Milpitas expands no smoking law to include multi-unit housing, public events, & service areas

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The City of Milpitas is expanding its smoking ordinance, which already prohibits smoking in parks, on trails, and in outdoor dining areas, to include...

It’s almost summer. Are you ready for the big return to “normal”?

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I was going to write about burnout…but, guess what? Life’s just too good right now. The energy shift is almost palpable, even just in...

San Jose gunman died of “multiple gunshot wounds of the head”

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The autopsy for Samuel James Cassidy (57), the VTA employee who murdered nine coworkers and then fatally shot himself in San Jose last week,...

Hundreds gather to mourn the nine lives lost in VTA rail yard shooting

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They were more than just names.  To the hundreds who gathered in front of San Jose City Hall Thursday evening, the nine Santa Clara Valley...

State requires Milpitas to double housing production

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After falling behind on its state-mandated housing goals, the city of Milpitas will need to permit more units than ever before in the coming...

For Mental Health Awareness Month, watch “The Funeral” with Christopher Walken

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Movies about “issues” have a way of demeaning and undermining the issue. Drama itself is already by design an instrument for provoking sympathy or...

5 ways to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without sounding like an antisemite

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With the Israeli Army and Hamas having reached an exhale-inducing ceasefire after 11 intense days of fighting, I’d like to take a moment to...

Homelessness in & around Milpitas: Part II

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In Part I of this 3-part series, we examined how homelessness has grown throughout the country and the region, and highlighted some steps that...

Milpitas plans for water system improvements as California’s droughts worsen

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As California’s drought crisis intensifies year after year, Milpitas is projecting a 67 percent increase in water usage by 2040 as the city’s population...

Volunteers clean up Jose Higuera Adobe Park in an effort to beautify Milpitas

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Last weekend, about 50 volunteers came together for a Park and Creek Clean-up at Jose Higuera Adobe Park, located at Wessex Place and Park...

With COVID case rates low, Santa Clara County moves into “yellow” tier & eases...

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COVID-19 case rates have hit their lowest levels in Santa Clara County since officials began to measure them last year. Test positivity rates are...

Letter to the Editor: Coyote Creek clean-up

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Dear Editor, One of my priorities as the Chair of the Valley Water Homeless Encampment Committee is to seek ways to protect the health of...

Milpitas Police search for man who inappropriately touched child in park

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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...

The world is still uncertain: How do we deal?

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Let me just start by saying how thrilling it is that every single person I know is vaccinated. Though this is true, the life...

Milpitas City Council approves new automatic car wash in split vote

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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’ 2021-22 Proposed Budget has been released

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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

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

Creating a new future for Milpitas mobility

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Do you walk or bike around Milpitas? Would you, if it was easier and safer? That is the intent of the Draft Trail, Pedestrian,...

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

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  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...

Poetry: From Silence to Solidarity

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From Silence to Solidarity  they don't know our name and send us hate cuz we're not the same or can't relate don't think of this as shame our differences are...

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

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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!)

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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...

Homicide on Hillview Court

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A call came into 911 during this morning’s AM hours, at 2:29, from a 22-year-old male caller from Union City named Elijah Segura. He...

Mobile vaccination site coming to Milpitas Sports Center on April 28

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A Mobile Vaccination Site will be run at the Milpitas Sports Center on Wednesday, April 28th. The site, which will essentially be an all-day clinic...

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center will open on May 25 at Great Mall in Milpitas

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California’s first LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, located in Milpitas' Great Mall, has now made annual passes and single-day tickets available.  Initially slated for an April...

Milpitas moves forward with plans to ‘revitalize’ Main Street

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Milpitas’ main thoroughfare could be getting a bit of a makeover by November 2021.  Last year, Vice Mayor Carmen Montano asked city officials to craft...

The Chauvin Verdict: Vigilance & tears

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Let it out. That’s what this night is about. Let it out. Shed your tears. Bask in the feeling of relief, however fleeting and brief,...