San Jose

Special Series: A Hip Hop Artist Pursues Progress in Silicon Valley

  In December 2014, Andrew Bigelow helped residents living in “The Jungle” – a homeless encampment in San Jose, California – move their belongings in their search for affordable housing. It was one of the largest encampments of its kind in the country. City officials were closing the Silicon Valley encampment. If the residents remained, […]

Silicon Valley Blazes a Trail — Abandoning the Homeless

Silicon Valley Blazes a Trail — Abandoning the Homeless

Update: The Associated Press on Thursday reported that police and social service officials in Silicon Valley have started clearing the homeless encampment.  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Shouting and banging on doors, city officials in Silicon Valley stapled and taped notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning more than 200 residents of […]

Silicon Valley Set to Gain More Affordable Housing

Silicon Valley Set to Gain More Affordable Housing

  San Jose, California – one of Silicon Valley’s key cities – will soon see more affordable housing amid the pricey real estate in the high technology area, thanks to two years of advocacy work by grassroots, faith and business groups.  The San Jose City Council on Nov. 18 approved a housing impact fee of […]

Occupational Segregation in Silicon Valley

Occupational Segregation in Silicon Valley

  Black and Latino workers only comprise 3 to 4 percent of U.S.-based tech jobs, according to a recent report released by Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA).  Silicon Valley’s largest tech firms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google and eBay, recently disclosed available data on the diversity of their core workforce, and Black and Latino workers […]

Minimum Wage Increase for All in San Jose, Calif.? Not yet.

Minimum Wage Increase for All in San Jose, Calif.? Not yet.

Nearly a year after San Jose boosted its minimum wage by 25 percent, some workers still haven’t seen that increase reflected in their paychecks. And LSG Sky Chefs, a major airline catering company that operates in this Silicon Valley city, says it’s going to stay that way. Shrugging off worker complaints and repeated city enforcement […]