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Category: Economy

San Jose: The #16 Coolest City To Live According To Forbes

Forbes magazine releases "The Coolest Cities to Live In" and San Jose and Los Angeles are tied at #16. Writer Hector Gonzalez, a longtime San Jose resident now living in Los Angeles, spits game about the real reasons the cities are cool and why Forbes got it wrong.

Earth Day Weekend Clean Up At San Jose Homeless Encampment

This past Friday April 18 at the homeless camp known as "The Jungle" there was a community clean up in honor of Earth-day

The Rise of the "Silicon Valley Bay"

Commentator and community organizer Shamako Noble has lived all over the Bay Area. He sees an esculation in the number of people who no longer can afford to live in the cities they grew up in as corporations move in and increase the cost of living. He named this phenomenon "Silicon Valley Bay."

Minimum Wage Workers Deserve Higher Pay, But Also Respect

San Jose and the rest of California increased the minimum wage. Author Yaveth Gomez shares a personal insight from working these jobs that shows why it's not only the money that has to improve, it's the treatment of minimum wage workers as well.

Priced Out of the Valley: Sequester Cuts Devastate Silicon Valley's Most Vulnerable

The sequester -- a federal cutting of the budget due to DC gridlock -- is hitting Silicon Valley's elderly, disabled, and low-income families especially hard. In one of the costliest places to live in the nation, Section 8 tenants are seeing rents skyrocket as a result of the sequester, and many now face homelessness. This video was produced in collaboration with the Community Homeless Alliance Ministries, a group that is organizing against the rent increases.

Building Silicon Valley Pools, I See Who’s Swimming and Who’s Drowning in the Economy

Who's making it in the Valley and who's time has passed, can sometimes be judged by what's going on in their backyards.

Second Hand Hustlin' in Silicon Valley

With unemployment checks running out, jobs running scarce, flipping garage sale and flea market finds has become a growth industry.

Detroit, Racism and All American Insecurity

A Detroit native offers commentary on one of the most talked about cities in the country right now, and explains how the "Motor City" fell into its current political and economic condition.

DC Decisions Shake My San Jose Home -- How the Sequester Hit My Family

The term "sequester" -- referring to the federal budget cuts that went into effect in March due to the Congress failing to agree to a budget -- seemed like a distant issue to San Jose writer Cesar Flores. But those decisions in DC cost his dad his job here in San Jose, and the family is doing what they can to hold on.

Health Is Wealth, When A Community Organizes For It

Two of San Jose's most dedicated and effective economic justice advocates tells us how hundreds of San Jose residents packed a high school gym all in the name of health and community.
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