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June 1, 2021

VTA Shooting Massacre: a City Struggles to Move Forward

VTA rail yard, the site of a violent massacre, is reverberating through our city. This is occuring as the fragile and shaken community is struggling to move on. The massacre occurring on Wednesday were nine employees were killing by their own co-worker.

VTA Shooting Massacre: Growing Memorial

Moreover, bringing flowers and her own sad silent prayers to the burgeoning memorial outside San Jose City Hall, Silvia paying tribute to the transit workers whose lives were tragically cut short by a gunman.

San Jose Honors Their Own and Lends Support

“We have to support each other, this our town. In fact, these families are hurting now,” she said.

In fact, offering support, Chaplains from Billy Graham Ministries.

Spiritual Support

“We want to enter into a person’s life who’s been impacting, we’re here for with spiritual support for them,” said chaplain Steve Ballinger.

VTA Shooting Massacre: Suspected Gunman

Samual Cassidy, the home of the suspected gunman, is now boarding up. Moreover, police are detonating what was first thought be to be a suspicious device. It was Cassidy’s home on this past Friday.

Arsenal of Weapons

There was an arsenal of weapons, investigators revealed, the VTA gunman had. They remaining there even after the mass shoot simultaneously set his home on fire. It was while he did shoot and kill nine of his co-workers at the VTA rail yard last Wednesday.

VTA Shooter: Ammo in the Pot on the Stove!

“The stove was turned on, inside the pot was ammo, as well as accelerants. There was a pot on the stove at the residence,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Joseph Piazza.

Moreover, there were an estimated 25,000 rounds of ammunition, a dozen guns, and 17 Molotov cocktails according to investigators that uncovered them. Moreover, they say Cassidy’s guns were not locking away. However, they were stashing near different doorways and then ready for use.

Calmly Murdering his Co-Workers!

Eleven miles away, at the rail yard, Cassidy first killed several co-workers in one building. Then he was seeing on surveillance video. He just calmly walked over to a second building where he murdered several more. There are sick and disturbed and moralless monsters walking in the world! They have no conscience whatsoever!

Father of Murder is Apologetic

Cassidy’s father James apologizes to the victims’ families for his son’s unthinkable acts, saying: “I don’t think anything I could say could ease their grief, I’m really, really very sorry.”

May 11, 2021

Best Cities for Small Business Published in Top 25 List: “We’re the Best!”

Best cities for small business were publishing in Biz2Credit in their Top 25 List. Biz2Credit got its information based on average annual revenues, credit scores, age of business, and Biz2Credit’s proprietary Biz Analyzer score. Moreover, these are factors in the local business climate, which include the rents, cost of labor, and tax rates. In fact, Biz2Credit has assessed the financials of 32,000 companies applying for small business loans. They included companies that put in for PPP loans during 2020.

Best Cities for Small Business: San Jose Tops the List

Edging out San Francisco was San Jose. That city was being pushed off their top spot which they got in the 2019 ranking. It includes other major cities in California as well as other capitals in the United States. In these top metropolitan and capital areas, the leading industries were considering for professional, scientific, and technical services, retail trade, and other services (except public administration). However, the cities at the center of the metropolitan areas are getting most of the acclaim. The Biz2Credit’s study measures metropolitan areas based on the Census Bureau tracts. The tracts capture a much more broad range of businesses in an area than just the ones in downtown urban areas.

Average Revenues

In general, the average annual revenues for small businesses in 2020 dropped to $689K compared to $771K in 2019. This is a decrease of 10.6%. Moreover, it shows the close impact of the economic fallout that the Corona Virus had on small businesses. In fact, many of them were forcing to close due to the COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Credit Scores

The average credit scores for business owners have increased by 3.4% from 597 in 2019 to 617 in 2020. Moreover, the credit scores have also gone up across the spectrum for consumers because of the much bigger savings rate due to COVID-19 pandemic closures. Based on Biz2Credit’s findings, the same applies to business owners who have been able to save on rent. Plus other outstanding liabilities during government-mandated closure periods.

April 22, 2021

Asian Prosecutor says County DA Punished him after Op-Ed

An Asian prosecutor is pointing the finger and accusing District Attorney Jeff Rosen of going against him. This is for writing an op-ed piece two months ago. This op-ed piece was critical of criminal-justice reformers and their effect on public safety among growing and disturbing Anti-Asian violence.

Asian Prosecutor from Santa Clara County Reassigned

The Harvard University and Columbia Law School graduate who grew up in Milpitas, CA. Daniel Chung working for the county since 2018. On Monday in San Jose Inside, Chung wrote a scathing new op-ed that posted. Chung directly and pointedly wrote he was quickly reassigned from the DA’s violent felonies division. Moreover, this was after the opinion he penned ran February 14th in The Mercury News.

To Chung, he said, about the timing, “It was very obvious,” with the news organization on Monday.

Chung, who is Korean American, tore into his boss in the Monday piece. He wrote that Rosen tried to silence him because “my balanced approach to criminal justice reforms impeded his political aspirations.”

Retaliatory Actions

“DA Rosen’s retaliatory actions would make an employment litigator cringe. Retaliation against an award-winning Asian prosecutor. He has dedicated more hours physically at the office. As well as in court during the pandemic than DA Rosen or any other prosecutor,” he wrote in the Monday op-ed. “An Asian prosecutor whose hairstyle DA Rosen had once compared to a North Korean dictator’s. An Asian prosecutor who had dared to share his personal opinion on violence. This is against Asians based on his background and experiences.”

“Santa Clara County deserves a DA who will be a leader. Not a bandwagoner. Someone who speaks out against injustice to Asian Americans and others,” he added in the piece.

When asked for comment Monday by this news organization, the district attorney’s office said, “The law forbids us from commenting on personnel matters.”

The February piece also drew direct and sharp criticism toward the DA’s office. It spurred rebukes from Asian American defense attorneys. This includes a pair who is responding that also published in The Mercury News. In fact, they said they were very disappointed in Chung’s sentiments. The attorneys didn’t like “knee-jerk calls for sentences. This goes back to an earlier time that didn’t make Asian Americans feel safer. In fact, it exploited racial divisions and community fear.”

April 5, 2021

Program Launched to Help Small Businesses Land Contracts

A program is introducing to diversifying its contracts and prioritize local businesses. Our city’s Public Works Department, which awards some $4 billion in public contracts each year, is in charge of a free six-week seminar to help local businesses secure contracts.

Program: Construction Academy

Moreover, learning how to bid on construction contacts, participants in San Jose’s “Construction Academy” have the chance to build new bridges, wastewater treatment facilities and a new police training facility.

Equitable Contracting Opportunities

In fact, leading the city’s Small Business Advisory Task Force, vice Mayor Chappie Jones, said the program will create more fair contracting opportunities and keep the wealth in the local economy.

Helping the Small Business Community

“In fact, my plan is for this to be continuing. Thereby, institutionalize it where it’s a permanent part of how we do business,” Jones said. “The utmost goal is to help our small business community, our minority business community, win these contracts, in turn, grow their businesses. In fact, then to ultimately gather wealth that’s going to benefit them. As well as their employees, their families, and their communities.”

A Small Percentage of City Contracts Went to Small Businesses

However, local businesses were awarding 28% of the dollars. Moreover, last year, only 6% of city contracts went to small businesses.

Small and minority-owned businesses are getting a voice through the city’s task force advocates. This is to land contracts by gathering data to show inequities. Thus, recommending that larger projects are paring down into small contracts to giving local, small businesses a shot.

Registration for the Program

The “Construction Academy” seminar series runs from May 5 to June 16 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. To register, go to www.sanjoseca.gov/constructionacademy. The deadline to register for the program is April 30.

The upcoming seminars will also be translating into Spanish and Vietnamese upon request, Jones said.

To see the city’s contract job offerings, visit its bidding page.

March 17, 2021

The Capital of Silicon Valley “15-Minute City” Concept

The Capital of Silicon Valley has new projects. Moreover, they are reconfiguring the municipality’s urban core as a “15-minute city” that can flourish in the Corona Virus era. However, giving people the ability to live, work, play and enjoy their leisure time within a compact area is the goal of the project.

Capital of Silicon Valley: Cutting-Edge City

The point is to transform Downtown San Jose into this kind of cutting-edge city. Those development endeavors such as those proposing and crafting by Google. Westbank-Gary Dillabough team, Jay Paul Co., and Urban Catalyst are part of the development endeavors.

Capital of Silicon Valley: A Local Reality Come True

Moreover, the experts at Lendlease are working with SITELAB urban Studio are working together on projects. They developing in Downtown San Jose and other parts of Silicon Valley. Thereby, making the 15-minute city a local reality. Lendlease is a developer working with Google on many projects. SITELAB urban studio is a well-known urban design firm.

“Moreover, like many other cities, San Jose has its pockets of vibrancy. In fact, this is where not much is happening,” said Rob Deck. Therefore, he is a Lendlease executive who is the real estate company’s head of development for Google ventures. “However, San Jose is a very interesting city. “Moreover, we would like to create a 15-minute city in the areas where we are developing.”

Therefore, Google’s transit-accented neighborhood, Downtown West, is supposed to have all the components of a 15-minute city, according to Laura Crescimano, a principal executive and co-founder with SITELAB urban studio.

Easy Access to Everything in One Area

“However, everything you need is within 15 minutes of where you live,” Crescimano said. “Your house, your work, shopping, dining, parks, entertainment, playgrounds, you can walk or take a bike, and be there within 15 minutes.”

Moreover, some experts say, the 15-minute city, started in 2020 with Carlos Moreno, a France-based professor and a Paris City Hall envoy for small cities.

“In fact, contained in a compact area, the quarter-hour city, or the half-hour territory is in a semi- or low-density area, with exhilarating proximity, with availability for everyone at all times,” Moreno wrote in his blog.

February 25, 2021

Capital of Silicon Valley Tech Campus could Sprout at Fry’s Site

Capital of Silicon Valley says seven office buildings could sprout up thereby creating a huge new tech hub on the site of a long-time Fry’s Electronics store. This is according to detailed new plans filed with city officials.

Development of a Campus of Millions

Moreover, the development could create a campus of millions of square feet near the interchange of Interstate 880 and East Brokaw Road. This is the San Jose plans is disclosed.

Capital of Silicon Valley Plans

“A new office campus development of up to 2 million square feet is the proposal,” according to plans. They could from an affiliate controlled by Campbell-based Bay West Development.

Capital of Silicon Valley Fry’s Electronics Building

Moreover, there is an existing Fry’s Electronics building that totals 858,200 square feet. The city plans state.

The building is a Mayan theme and a design to resemble parts of the main temple at the Chichen Itza site. This is on the Yucatan Peninsula is what is featuring at the north San Jose Fry’s store.

However, the consumer electronics store would be bulldozing within the existing structures on the site. Moreover, the planning documents show.

Tech Campus Development Proposal

Moreover, the tech campus development proposal is going ahead at the time when Fry’s Electronics does face a future in which online shopping will continue to grow in popularity. This is a structural shift that has rocked brick-and-mortar stores.

Unleased by the COVID-19 pandemic are economic uncertainities. They have increased the pressure on retailers, including Fry’s.

Moreover, there are Santa Clara County property records that indicate, through an affiliate, Bay West has an ownership interest in the Fry’s parcel.

Thereby, the building proposing for the campus would be eight stories high. The planning documents state. Moreover, two parking garages would be part of the project.

However, the project is expecting to be put together in three or four phases, according to the development proposal.

February 5, 2021

BART Station is Taking Parking Away From New Buildings

BART system may have because of COVID-19 caused many of the riders off but it has done not a thing to slow down the transit agency’s efforts to take away housing construction on property it owns throughout the Bay Area.

BART Station Activity and Apartment Residents

Moreover, the resident has moved into the new apartments towering above the MacArthur BART station. In fact, the crews are busy at work building a new housing, office, hotel, and retail complex at Millbrae stop. Now, a developer is drawing up plans for hundreds of units mere steps from the El Cerrito Plaza station.

Public Transportation System and Housing Crisis Collide Uncomfortably

The public transportation system and the Bay Area’s housing is hot-button issue because of the push for new development. It dives both headlong into thorny politics. There are also familiar debates between neighbors. This is over the size and density of new buildings. In fact, the projects have also prompted worries among some BART commuters. This is because they think the new developments will come at the expense of coveted parking spaces. In fact, much of BART’s land is currently dedicated to station parking lots.

Apartment Units Under Construction

There almost 1,000 units currently under construction on the BART property with another 2,000 in the planning process. In fact, those are just the beginning. Therefore, the transit system wants to boost production and build about 14,000 more units over the next two decades. In fact, none of those figures include the many other developments on privately owned land near BART stations.

BART is going to come back and people are going to want to live near transit. That is the belief in the long term, said Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the manager of BART’s development program.

Incentives for BART

In this development boom, there are plenty of incentives for BART. Thousands of new neighbors they bring to stations are likely to be frequent riders. In fact, the projects are meant to increase ridership. Taking in $2.2 million, BART makes money from the developments, this fiscal year from ground leases it has in place so far.

January 18, 2021

Barack Obama Boulevard is a Newly Named Street

Barack Obama Boulevard is the new addition to San Jose’s Streets. The announcement recently made by Mayor Liccardo who was joined by Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, members of the Barack Obama Boulevard Committee. 

Barack Obama Boulevard Proposal

The Barack Obama Boulevard Committee and aided by Mayor Liccardo and Vice Mayor Jones originated a proposal to rename portions of Bird Avenue, South Montgomery Street, South Autumn Street, and North Autumn Street to Barack Obama Boulevard. It was unanimously approving at a recent council meeting. In fact, renaming this prominent portion of San Jose’s street will honor the service, leadership, and legacy of the 44th President.

Former President’s Legacy

In fact, different messages to each of us are what the legacy of President Barack Obama to the millions of children, a promise of America’s limitless possibility, to those with greying hair, a symbol of progress along the big arc from the nation’s history of racial injustice, said Mayor Liccardo.

Moreover, Barack Obama represented a model of leadership that rose above the petty politics of the moment. This is from my own first meeting with the then-Senator. He lifted the gaze of an entire nation in its most bleak moments. In fact, we hope that his legacy will inspire future generation as he has inspired our own. The many community members have urged that we name this street.

A Pioneer and Great Leader

Former President Obama’s accomplishments are well renowned. So the renaming celebrates these valuable assets he gave to grateful Americans during his tenure in the White House. It included universal health, climate action, marriage equality, and economic inclusion. Did this all through leading by example, President Obama, through his measured, principled, and inspiring leadership. Serving a reminder to residents that there is hope in these trying times is the symbol of San Jose’s new boulevard.

Former President Barack Obama’s Leadership and Service to All

The leader of our city, today, in San Jose, does join with the community. With one voice, to recognize President Barack Obama for his amazing leadership and beyond capable service to all. Therefore, working together for the betterment of all is important, said Hellen Sims, Barack Obama Blvd Committee Chairperson. I’m also today thinking of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said ‘Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.’

December 28, 2020

KBS Sells its Massive, Expansive Building for $50.5 Million

KBS on Monday has sold a 96,502-square-foot building at District 237. This is an eight-building, 415,492-square-foot, Class A office/R&D complex in San Jose, California. It is owned by KBS Real Estate Investment Trust II is at 350 Holger Way. It was sold to Thor Equities for $50.5 million. KBS is one of the largest investors in the premier commercial real estate in the nation.

KBS Building is Located on the North San Jose Submarket of the Silicon Valley

Formerly known as Corporate Technology Centre, District 237, is North San Jose submarket of the Silicon Valley. This area in Northern California is thought to be highly popular among office users. So says Giovanni (Gio) Cordoves, Western regional president for KBS.

KBS Property is in a Key Growth Market of the United States

Cordoves says North San Jose is one of the key growth markets in the U.S. He explained it was because part of those markets because it is adjacent to several Silicon Valley cities. They have tight vacancies such as Palo Alto and Mountain View. In fact, tech tenants like North San Jose. This is for good value in comparison to more higher-priced markets. Therefore, it’s easy to see how investors prize District 237 so much, even the fact, we are in the midst of a pandemic, Cordoves further explained.

Three-Story, Steel-Frame Building got a Remodel

A three-story, steel-frame building. It was overhauled in 2019. It is leasing through 2027. This building showcases broad glass lines and efficient floor plates. It has an outdoor amenity area. In addition, it has upgraded exteriors, landscaping and parking lot.

350 Holger Way has Superior Construction and Welcome Amenities

The 350 Holger Way includes best-in-class construction and attractive amenities. This is due to KBS’ important, current capital investment in the property. In fact, it is gearing for a positive risk-adjusted return in this submarket, said Brett Carroll. Carroll is an asset manager for District 237. He is also the senior vice president of KBS. Silicon Valley Class A office market is where the asset is. It is the best-performing markets in the country. In fact, it foretells well for the ongoing health of this property.

December 1, 2020 housing

Housing for Middle-Income Workers is the City’s Goal to Increase

Housing for Middle-Income Workers Needs to be Addressed by the City

Housing for middle-income wage earners, such as firefighters and teachers have often left out San Jose’s home equation. This is the focus of a new effort discussing at City Hall.

Homes for Middle-Income Workers Financed Through Bonds

Moreover, government purpose bonds to finance affordable homes could be the solution for middle-income earners. This is according to Councilmember Johnny Khamis said the city that becoming a member of the California Community Housing Agency (CalCHA).

It’s a Win for the People and the City Itself

“It’s a win for the people who are looking for affordable homes and a win for the city,” Khamis said. “It is because the city hasn’t built a single new low-income housing unit for a couple of years. Not a single one.”

The City has Fallen Short of Producing Workforce Housing

Although the city has approved housing for people in very-low income brackets, such as seniors and the homeless, Khamis said the city has fallen short in producing workforce housing for people earning 80% to 120% of the area median income (AMI).

“This program is exactly what we need and in the right time,” Khamis told San José Spotlight. “We see a lot of homelessness and everybody wants to solve that issue. Teachers, mechanics and restaurant workers are getting sidelined because they’re making a gainful living. They have being neglected.”

Therefore, CalCHA helps those who earn too much to qualify for traditional affordable homes yet not enough to live comfortably in the communities they work, said Scott Carper, program administrator for CalCHA.

Vince Rocha said CalCHA offers another tool in the toolshed of affordable homes. San Jose isn’t meeting housing demands. Rocha is a senior director of housing and community development of Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

“Otherwise, we’re leaving a whole segment of our workforce and residents out of the equation when we’re talking about affordability,” Rocha said.

CalCHA finances projects that provide, preserve and support affordable housing. Issuing governmental purpose bonds is key. Private investors buy California tax-free municipal bonds at favorable rates.

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