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County Approves Plan to Build All-Inclusive Playgrounds

SAN JOSE – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to jumpstart an effort to build all-inclusive playgrounds for children and families with disabilities throughout the County. Introduced by Supervisor Joe Simitian and Supervisor Cindy Chavez, the proposal for all-inclusive playgrounds to be built in each of..

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Santa Clara County Approves Body-Worn Cameras

Joseph Simitian Santa Clara County Supervisor, District Five  The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the acquisition and deployment of body-worn cameras for the County Sheriff’s enforcement deputies and correctional officers. County Supervisor Joe Simitian first proposed the use of body-worn cameras in ..

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Tavis Lampman, Chef Concierge At Fairmont San Jose Awarded Les Clefs D’or USA

Fairmont San Jose chef concierge inducted into Les Clefs d’Or USA Concierge Association, first in Silicon Valley history –SAN JOSE, California – February 2, 2017 - Fairmont San Jose is proud to announce Les Clefs d‘Or USA has inducted Tavis Lampman, Chef Concierge at Fairmont San Jose, into the esteemed national association of p..

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Tobacco Ordinances

Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, District 4 Tobacco prevention has been one of my top priorities throughout my time on the Board of Supervisors, including authoring majoring new county ordinances in 2010 and 2014. The 2010 ordinance imposed stiff fines on retailers who sold tobacco to minors and required all tobacco-sel..

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60th anniversary of the Santa Clara County Parks

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. Starting with the purchase of 400 acres near Cupertino, our regional parks system now boasts 29 parks encompassing nearly 50,000 acres. Our County parks are a key contributor to the overall health and sustainability of Santa Clara County b..

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Protecting Our Pets in Santa Clara County

By Mike Wasserman Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 1   As a dog owner and the elected County Supervisor from Los Gatos (“The Cats”), it’s fitting that I am an animal lover and strong supporter of animal shelters. County residents will be happy to know that all 2,309 healthy animals that came through the Santa Clara Count..

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Bold Action Needed to Combat the Childhood Obesity Crisis

By Ken Yeager Santa Clara County Supervisor, District Four   Childhood obesity is a topic that is very important to me as a person and as an elected official. It is not just an issue of concern. It is a crisis, and there is no magic bullet that will serve as a solution. It is a multifaceted, complex issue that will require gover..

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Let Them Play Video Games!

A SCOTT BUDMAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE EVOLVING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY  I know, the conventional wisdom is that video games are bad. I’ve heard that since I was a little kid, which takes us back to the early days of the Atari 2600, where “Pac-Man” was made of little squares, and “Space Invaders” was cutting edge. Games were evil way bac..

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Math Placement Law Is A Start; Schools Now Need To Draft Their Own Objective Mea..

By Muhammed Chaudhry, CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation   The tech industry in Silicon Valley has long been disparaged for the lack of minorities in its ranks, especially Latino and African-American workers. But we can’t lay all the blame for the diversity deficit on tech companies. We have to look at our education system..

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Our Private Cooking Lesson With Alex Tishman Regional Head Chef, Big City Chefs

By Rich Borell, Founder & CEO of Bay Area Mags LLC  Perhaps you like to cook. For my wife and I, cooking is the last thing we would ever want to do. Our feeling has been, if you want to eat good food, someone else needs to cook it- Boy was I wrong!  Now, you’re probably thinking I must eat a lot of junk food and be extremely ove..

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Are Live Conversations Making a Comeback?

By Caroline Moriarity Sacks Director of INFORUM   In the technology capital of the world, San Franciscans know better than most about the latest messaging or communication apps. In a city turning conversations more virtual by the minute, a phenomenon is also developing: its citizens are wanting more interactions offline, with ..

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Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone

By Mike Wasserman Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 1  Urban vacant lots may soon become lively gardens thanks to Santa Clara County’s proposed Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone.   Our Valley has a significant and vibrant agricultural history that dates back centuries. The region’s soil is rich and the weather ripe for agr..

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Santa Clara Valley’s Undiscovered Wine Country

By Mike Wasserman Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 1  Purple and brown road signs have been sprouting up in South County thanks to the new Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route officially adopted by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Until recently, the South Santa Clara Valley Wine Region had been the “undiscover..

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Treating The Public Right

People don’t like it when a business nickel-and-dimes them. They like it even less when their own government does it. Obviously the services government provides have a cost, but at a time when too many folks regard their government as “you people” or even worse, as the enemy, we can’t afford to undermine the public’s trust in th..

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Santa Clara County Is First Nationwide to Have Office of LGBTQ Affairs

By Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager I am proud to announce that the two full-time positions for the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs have been filled. The new staff includes Maribel Martinez for the position of Manager and Ashley Scarborough for the position of Management Analyst. Maribel has more than eight y..

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