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San José Should Increase the Power of the Independent Police Auditor

As our current Independent Police Auditor, Judge LaDoris Cordell steps down, "we are entering arguably the most fluid moment in recent history for San José police-community relations," says Raj Jayadev. Read the op-ed he wrote for the Mercury News calling for greater civilian oversight in San José.

Traffic Tickets Stopped My Life for Six Years

Daniel Zapien was 20 years old when he first lost his drivers license. After two tickets, it took him more than six years and $5,000 dollars to be able to hold this card once again. He was in what California Governor Brown calls a "hellhole of desperation." A new bill, Senate Bill 405, was recently proposed for stories like his.

The 1st Annual San José Japantown Film Fesitval

A committee of community organizations announces a plan for the first San José J-Town Film Fest, scheduled for Friday, May 29, Saturday May 30 and Sunday, May 31.  

Opportunity Court: A New Take on Juvenile Justice Reform

As mass incarceration continues to be at the forefront of discussion in this country, leading advocates are looking for new ways to go about juvenile justice. Santa Clara County, through Judge Lucero, has been seeking alternative ways to approach the process of juvenile court as well through an innovative program called Opportunity Court. Follow youth journalist Kymeira Stewart as she went to the one year anniversary of Opportunity Court.

"She Had a Bipolar Disorder, But That Wasn't Who She Was" - Appeal from Mother Whose Daughter Was Killed by Police

The following letter was written to the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) by Vickie Showman, mother of Diana Showman, who was killed by a San Jose police officer on August 14, 2014.

"Antonio's memory lives on through my kids" - Family of Antonio Guzman Lopez Responds to DA Decision Not to File Charges on Officers

Antonio Lopez was killed by San Jose State Police Officer Mike Santos last year while walking to work. Over a year, his family has been asking questions without any answers. The body camera video of the confrontation was finally shown to the family last week and the District Attorney made the decision to not charge the officer. Photographer Ron Orlando was there to document the reaction of Antonio's family and community as they continue to seek justice for him.

The Story of Participatory Defense

We have told this story at dinner tables, conferences, and courthouse hallways across the country. Here is the story of how participatory defense came to be.

Californication Gets Remade With San Jo Flavor

Check out San Jose emcee Cola as he drops his new single that riffs from that memorable West Coast classic by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

From 1890's to Now: If You Want To Know About Bicycling History, Come To San José

What brings together the valley's diverse cycling community from mountain bikers, to fixed gear riders, lowrider, custom and bike polo riders? The Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival & Bicycle Show at History Park, a first of its kind gathering, and Diane Solomon's beautiful vision brought to life through a collaboration with History San José and innovators like Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Gooseneck Bicycles and the Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers.

Tenants Want San Jose to Strengthen Renter Protections

Working Partnerships USA, Affordable Housing Network, PACT, Silicon Valley De Bug, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Sacred Heart Housing Action Committee, the South Bay Labor Council and Silicon Valley Rising have been working together in the recent months to get more renter protections for San Jose tenants, this past week they took their concerns to the city to move forward with renter's rights.
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