• December 7, 2016
    S.J. Mercury News Opinion: Strategy to end homelessness needs to scale up

    By Jennifer Loving, special to the San Jose Mercury News For decades, homelessness throughout our nation has been overseen by a mix of federal and local partners committed to helping people in need. This diffuse leadership has resulted in the strength and resiliency of many incredible community partners. However, we also needed political and institutional…

  • December 5, 2016
    San Jose: Police gun buyback nets hundreds of weapons

    By Tatiana Sanchez / tsanchez@bayareanewsgroup.com Hundreds of firearms were taken off the streets and put into the hands of law enforcement Saturday in the most successful gun buyback event ever sponsored by the San Jose Police Department and other Santa Clara County agencies. Dozens of cars snaked around the SJPD’s substation on Great Oaks Parkway as residents…

  • December 2, 2016
    Milpitas: Ribbon cutting held for Family Resource Center at Randall

    By Aliyah Mohammed / amohammed@bayareanewsgroup.com A ribbon cutting was held for Milpitas’ second family resource center at Robert Randall Elementary School on Monday. The new site is expected to provide literacy, health and parenting support to low-income families starting in January. The two-sided portable, with a children’s and adult’s area, is located at the back of…

  • November 28, 2016
    San Jose: Police holding gun buyback, offering Target gift cards for unwanted weapons

    By Roberta Salonga / rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com Armed with Target gift cards, the San Jose Police Department and other Santa Clara County agencies hope to take hundreds of unwanted firearms off the street with a gun buyback event set for Saturday. This year, the buyback will be held at the SJPD substation on Great Oaks Parkway in South…

  • September 2, 2016
    Milpitas: School board approves $190,000 to fund family resource center in district

    By Aliyah Mohammed | amohammed@bayareanewsgroup.com Milpitas will be getting a second family resource center at Robert Randall Elementary School later this school year to provide services and resources to families in Milpitas who need the greatest support. The Milpitas Unified Board of Education on Aug. 23 unanimously approved $190,000 be used from the district’s building…

  • June 27, 2016
    Mercury News Op-Ed: Homelessness inspires fear, discomfort — but it can inspire solutions

    By Frederick J. Ferrer, Special to The Mercury News “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” FDR could be speaking to Santa Clara County residents today as we face head-on the…

  • June 26, 2016
    Mercury News Op-Ed: Homelessness can be ended; Santa Clara County has the formula

    By Jennifer Loving, Special to The Mercury News We’ve long believed homelessness is a charitable cause, and there is nothing inherently wrong with that. When faced with a plethora of social issues, there are some that seem solvable and some that do not. For decades we thought of homelessness in a worthy but unsolvable category….

  • June 7, 2016
    Pizarro: Homeless veterans watch Stanley Cup game in style

    Sal Pizarro San Jose Mercury News When James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica cranked out “The Star-Spangled Banner” at SAP Center on Monday night, there was no more attentive audience than the men and women in the city’s luxury suite. Hands over their hearts, nearly all of them veterans — some homeless, others recently…

  • May 31, 2016
    Pizarro: Seniors get a chance to play at Happy Hollow

    Sal Pizarro San Jose Mercury News There was a lot of fun and frolicking going on at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo on Thursday morning. What made this unusual, though, was that there wasn’t a kid in sight. This was the Senior Safari Walkabout, a free hour reserved exclusively for adults 50 and up, when…

  • April 6, 2016
    Mercury News Op-Ed: How to help low-income seniors, homeless access food

    By Jacky Morales-Ferrand and Frederick J. Ferrer, Special to The Mercury News Growth, ingenuity, and opportunity characterize Santa Clara County. With San Jose as its hub, our region has seen unparalleled economic progress and job growth. Despite these positive developments access to food, a basic necessity, is limited for low-income seniors and homeless individuals and…