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April 29, 2019

Housing Crisis Hits Home, Councilman Evicted

The rents in Silicon Valley are ridiculously high. This is no secret. But the point is really driven home when even elected officials aren’t safe from being evicted. And this recently happened. San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez and his family after were evicted after the landlord decided to offload the property and then retire.

Peralez and his family, which includes a six-month old son, have now had to move into a new home that runs $600 a month higher than their old home.

“My wife and I would love to have a lot more options – a place like our last place, a bigger place. But we couldn’t find any sort of location that was affordable,” Peralez said.

Peralez went on to discuss how depressing the search for a new place was. They’d previously been paying $2400 a month for a three bedroom house. Now they pay $3000 a month for a townhouse that’s much smaller and doesn’t have a yard.

Plus, the search was made even more difficult, because the family has two dogs. So with limited options already, this further narrowed their list of choices. The situation with the councilman truly reinforces how serious the housing problem is. Ultimately, the incident highlights what little value the city places on its population as now one of city leaders has been displaced.

Ironically, San Jose has been often criticized for not doing enough to promote more housing and to protect the rights of tenants, though Peralez was known as one of the more staunch supporters of these issues. Yet, here is a victim.

The Tech Business Impact

Peralez now has seen firsthand some of the deeper problems when it comes to housing. During his search he noticed how most of the listings appealed to the wealthy, tech demographic. In fact, a lot of it is a direct effect of Google who’s building new buildings in the area. The market is clearly reaching out to people who’ll be working there.

For Peralez the biggest issue is the notion of people who’ve lived their lives here being priced out. He contends that an elected official should be able to afford to live in the downtown area of the city he’s representing.

March 29, 2019

San Jose Man Breaks In, Attempts Rape

SAN JOSE, CA – Local authorities on Thursday arrested a 25-year-old male suspect for breaking into a Canoas Garden home. Furthermore, once inside the man then attempted to rape the female resident asleep in the home.

San Jose Police officers were immediately sent to the residence which is located at the 900 block of Ironwood Drive. It was around 4:20 a.m. when the report of a man sexually assaulting a woman in her bedroom initially came in to the station. Finally, Officer Gina Tepoorten verified this information.

Officer Tepoorten said that when San Jose police showed up at the residence the suspect, identified as Richard Hernandez, was still inside the home. According to the police report, the woman did not know the suspect previously. For now, this looks like a random breaking and entering without premeditation.

The suspect, Richard Hernandez was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on multiple charges. Included among them was sexual battery, assault with intent to commit rape, and burglary.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident, or possibly related ones, to contact Detective Frank Montoya at 408-537-1382.

If you prefer to leave an anonymous tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP or svcrimestoppers.org. Cash awards for tipsters may apply depending on eligibility.

February 7, 2019

Heroic Citizen Steps in When a Victim is Robbed!

SAN JOSE, CA – A man had stopped to console a woman he just met. Her wallet had gotten stolen, as she was minding her own business.

As a news reporter was filming a nearby story, a man raced past and stole a woman’s wallet. The reporter, the cameraman, the Good Samaritan who consoled the victim, and the victim herself, were in shock. When the suspect had started to run off, he pointed a large handgun back at the group. The robber had assumed that the he was caught on film by the cameraman. The whole group must have been 10 feet away from the thief.

Fortunately, there was no gunfire. Although, when the group saw the gun most of them dropped to the ground.  The Good Samaritan and the victim of the robbery claimed to have never seen a gun.

This Good Samaritan chose to stay anonymous. The citizen claimed that someone had robbed him once and it felt like a personal violation. No one was there for him and no one stopped to care. As a result, he didn’t want this victim to feel bad. The emotional trauma in one of these situations can be severe, especially when the suspect has a gun.

The kind citizen was there to offer the victim support in her time of need. He was a bystander who chose to be unlike others that ignored the accident.

Unfortunately, police officers stopped two possible suspects, but neither was the gunman.

January 9, 2019

Driver’s Doze Ends in Fatal Crash

SAN JOSE, CA – A man was killed Wednesday morning in a fatal crash on northbound Highway 101. The man was a passenger in a delivery truck, which overturned on the highway, not far from McKee Road. This information comes from the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

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Apparently, according to Officer Ross Lee, the driver of the truck claimed that he dozed off just before the incident. The driver reported to the CHP that they were traveling from Southern California. He and the passenger traveled for many hours before the accident occurred.

Once he fell asleep at the wheel, the truck swerved right and flipped over at the embankment. Right now, it is not clear if the passenger was wearing a safety belt during the San Jose crash or not.

By 4 in the morning, the accident blocked all the lanes of traffic on the highway. The CPH received reports of the truck just after 3:45 in the morning. Fuel spilled across the highway during the crash as well. Luckily, the rain washed most of the fuel away.

But, the rain already caused difficulties with driving Wednesday morning. As a result, multiple crashes and flooding occurred throughout the city during the morning commute.

For example, on northbound 680, a crash occurred due to an abandoned vehicle in the roadway. The crash there involved multiple drivers. Luckily, officials received no reports of injuries from this accident.

Emergency personnel diverted traffic on 101, after the fatal crash, at Alum Rock Avenue. By 6 in the morning, CHP announced that one lane was open. They cautioned drivers and encouraged them to find other routes.

December 17, 2018

Another Fatal Hit-and-Run in San Jose!

SAN JOSE, CA – A hit-and-run crash, early this morning on the I-880 off-ramp, resulted in the fatality of an adult pedestrian woman. At 12:46 AM, the police found this woman in the middle of the street at N. First at East Rosemary, with injuries that were near fatal. After the medical team took the woman (who was in critical condition) to the hospital, she had passed away.

Detectives found the adult woman alone, with no cars in sight. Sgt.Enrique Garcia found this suffering woman with injuries that needed immediate medical attention. There was no suspect and officers were unable to ask the woman any details due to her condition.

When found, the woman was immediately taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, due to the extremity of the injuries and the time after the officers found the woman, she perished.

There is no available vehicle or suspect description.

Sadly, in San Jose alone, this woman was the twenty-second pedestrian to die from a car collision in 2018.  This is also the city’s forty-sixth car crash resulting in a fatality. there is a high rate of hit-and-run and drunk driving incidents within this city. But, prominent political figures in San Jose are finding better ways to address the issue.

The police are currently looking for any information on the incident. In addition, Detective Troy Sirmins is leading the investigation at the San Jose Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit and is hoping for anyone to come forward with information.

November 30, 2018

Gun Buyback in San Jose Saturday: Reducing Gun Violence

Trade in unwanted firearms in San Jose this Saturday for cash.

Lately, gun violence has been a topic of discussion throughout the United States. Therefore, many cities and states are attempting to reduce gun violence in a number of ways. San Jose county and state leaders, along with police, came up with a program to do this. The announcement released Thursday stated that this would be a gun buyback program.

This program will be held on Saturday at the department’s South San Jose facility. From 9am to 1pm, residents of San Jose can turn in any of their unwanted guns in exchange for cash. This will occur at the substation: 6087 Great Oaks Parkway.

The incentive is $100 for residents turning in handguns, shotguns, and rifles. For assault weapons, the incentive is $200. Additionally, police stated that those who wish to participate in the gun buyback program must transport their weapons, unloaded, in the trunk of a vehicle. They are not taking ammunition as part of the program.

After collection, officials check all firearms for lost or stolen status. If found, officials will return them to their rightful, legal owners. Then, any other weapons turned in are set for destruction.

Preventing gun violence is becoming a top priority, especially after the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks this November. As a result, thirteen people were killed in that shooting – including a police officer and the shooter. Due to this, the hope for this San Jose program is to get more guns off the streets.

October 30, 2018

Paying the Homeless to Clean Trash: Will This Solve the Pollution Issue?

SAN JOSE, California — Together with the Downtown Streets Team and Goodwill, San Jose offers homeless people jobs. The jobs will concern cleaning up trash and debris at “hotspots” near freeways.

Over $200,000 grant funded in the jobs by the city, according to Mayor Sam Liccardo, who announced the amount at a conference. The min amount for the first will be $15 per hour and over dozen people will be selected for the first unit in November.

san jose newsNear U.S. Highway 101 and I-880 and I-680, as well as Capitol Expressway and Story, Tully and Senter Roads. polluted hotspots are found over 40 trash spots which will need the restoration.

Although the issue of garbage is coming from different sources, due to Liccardo, homeless are often blamed for it.

According to Liccardo, they are going to change the idea of homeless people trashing the streets to making opportunities for them to be part of the solution.

Mercy Wong, at her age of 63, is looking for a living space. She is living on the street on downtown San Jose for more than 5 months. She is determined that will apply for the job program, and she currently is preparing her application. Moreover, she said that the county has helped her with the resume printing.

The groups will work for 4-5 hours per day every 1 to 2 weeks.

City hopes this will solve some of the pollution issues.

October 19, 2018

Violent Sexual Assault of 17-Year Old Girl in San Jose Right Behind the Church

San Jose violent assaultSan Jose, California – 20-year-old man was arrested for the violent sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl right behind a church in San Jose.

The crime happened in an Eastside neighborhood, as San Jose Police Department.

The suspect named Esteban Mosqueda lured the 17-year-old girl to a secluded area on Sunday, at about 6: 30 p.m.

As San Jose Police reported, 20-year-old man identified as Esteban Mosqueda violently assaulted a teenage girl at the location 2700 block of South King Road, where the Liberty Baptist Church is situated.

Esteban Mosqueda was charged with the assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, and sexual battery. Detectives with SJPDS’s Covert Response Unit took Mosqueda into a custody and sent him to Santa Clara jail.

There is no information available about the victim’s physical condition after the assault.

Police Chief Eddie Garcia said the detectives have done an amazing work by using the police instincts to identify the violent predator and take them off the streets.

San Jose Police Department’s Sexual Assault Investigation Unit ask anyone with information about the suspect or the victim to contact detective Beth Stenger.

 

October 10, 2018

1-Alarm Fire Damaged San Jose House: Dog died, 4 People Dislocated

Fire in the San Jose houseSan Jose, California – A one-alarm fire occurred in the house of East San Jose overnight. The fire incident happened just after 11: 30, Monday night.

The house in fire is located on Mt. McKinley Court near Clayton Road. As a result of the one-alarm fire, the dog died and four people were dislocated. The house got severely damaged.

There were two other pets that escaped and remained undamaged. The huge fire flames were hard to extinguish.

The firefighters worked on extinguishing the fire for about a half hour to knock down the flames.

The actions were a bit delayed due to the fact that the electric power was still on to the home.

That was one of the biggest challenges for the firefighters. According to the San Jose Fire Captain Mike Van Elgort was having a live wire.

It was not a good idea to stream water while the building is still charged with the electricity. According to the fire captain, it could transmit the current to firefighters.

Besides he mentioned the fire gets additional energy from electrical current.

As about the cause of the fire, the firefighters say it was accidental and probably started in the kitchen.

 

September 21, 2018

San Jose International Airport will Test New Security Technologies

airpotsSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — The Transportation Security Administration reported this week that Mineta San Jose International Airport has been selected for pilot security technologies.

Test new perimeter intrusion detection and deterrence technologies will be tested in the airport given its active counties and surroundings. Since 2013, the surveillance cameras observed many intruders.

The most notable breaches were in 2014 April when 15-years old Santa Clara boy traveled to Hawaii in the wheel well of a plane. In August of the same year, Marilyn Hartman was able to fly from San Jose to Los Angeles without a boarding pass.

The pilot will including installing, testing, and analyzing video cameras, analytics software for detecting some security areas, laser, fence and ground sensors. Within the pilot, new radar, microwave, and passive Infra-Red sensors will be installed and deployed in the airport area.

The airport serves around 14 million passengers a year. A survey was conducted to learn the public opinion about the new technologies. Travelers agreed that the advanced technology will definitely add more confidence and ease.

San Jose International Airport is one of the two airports that were selected for the pilot. If the project is successful, it will be duplicated in other major airports.

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