• September 21, 2017
    Mercury News: Seniors Walk with Animals at Happy Hollow Zoo

    By GILLIAN BRASSIL | gbrassil@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — It is never too late to cross going on a safari off of your bucket list — just head to Happy Hollow Zoo. “Such a nice place to walk, the animals are all just starting to come out and about,” said 59 year-old Katherine Zimmerman from San Jose. “My husband…

  • August 29, 2017
    Mercury News: Council Approves Pilot Program for “Tiny Homes” for Homeless

    By RAMONA GIWARGIS | rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — After more than a year of debate, the City Council approved a pilot program Tuesday to build up to three “tiny home” villages for the homeless — but the fight over where to place the unconventional homeless housing rages on. The council approved the plan 9-2, with Councilmen Johnny Khamis…

  • July 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz Public Library System Partners with The Health Trust to Offer Chronic Illness Self-Management Program

    Chronic Illness Classes Start Aug. 5 in Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz Public Library System has partnered with The Health Trust to bring the Better Choices, Better Health program to Santa Cruz at no charge, beginning Aug. 5. Better Choices, Better Health is a six-week self-management program series provided by two trained community leaders. These workshops…

  • June 23, 2017
    Mercury News: A Helping Hand Before Homelessness for South Bay Families on the Brink

    $3.5 million grant is joint venture of Santa Clara County, San Jose, Google, Sunlight Giving foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation By ERIC KURHI | ekurhi@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — Efforts to keep families in their homes in the notoriously unaffordable South Bay will soon get a $3.5 million boost through a partnership that’s part government, part…

  • June 20, 2017
    Civil Eats: Bringing Healing Meals to the Chronically Ill in California

    California nonprofits are advocating for a medically tailored meal pilot program for low-income residents. BY JODI HELMER “Food is medicine” has become a common refrain. Now a coalition of California nonprofits hopes to test this theory with a program that would deliver medically tailored meals to the doors of low-income California residents living with heart…

  • June 19, 2017
    Mercury News: Affordable housing projects to fight homelessness advance in San Jose

    San Jose’s housing department is pursuing a number of short and long term housing solutions By RAMONA GIWARGIS | rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — From tiny homes for the homeless to apartments for artists and kids leaving foster care, San Jose officials have advanced an array of housing projects aimed at keeping people off the streets…

  • April 6, 2017
    Mercury News: San Jose landlord evicting tenants to house vets at higher rents

    By RAMONA GIWARGIS | rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com A San Jose apartment owner has found a way to evict long-time tenants, jack up the rents on her units and collect government subsidies in the process — by leasing her apartments to homeless veterans. Peggy DeMaio is taking advantage — perfectly legally — of a city housing policy that…

  • March 29, 2017
    Our Destination: Home team member Chad Bojorquez gets his wheels

    “” For the first time in his life, 37-year-old Chad Bojorquez is licensed to drive a car on his own. And not just any car—the San Jose man was the recipient of a specialized van complete with a wheelchair lift and hand controls. A group of San Jose civic leaders started a fundraising effort last…

  • December 12, 2016
    Mercury News: San Jose drinking water to receive fluoride, years behind other Bay Area cities

    By PAUL ROGERS | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — San Francisco has had it since 1951, Oakland since 1976. Los Angeles and San Diego, along with Contra Costa, Marin and San Mateo counties, have it too. And starting Monday, large sections of San Jose — the nation’s biggest city without fluoride in its drinking water —…

  • December 12, 2016
    ABC 7: San Jose adds fluoride to water, aims to expand dental hygiene efforts

    by Katie Utehs San Jose is adding fluoride to its water starting Monday. It affects 230,000 people in East San Jose, Almaden Valley and Santa Teresa who are customers of the San Jose Water Company. Parts of Campbell, Milpitas and Lose Gatos are also involved. Dr. Shakalpi Pendurkar showed ABC7 News dental x-rays of a…