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[Santa Clara County] County makes ‘significant’ progress in homeless housing

New report claims more than one-third of goal has been realized or is in progress


Santa Clara County has made considerable strides toward reaching its goal of creating 6,000 units of new, affordable housing for homeless individuals and families, according to a report released Tuesday.

[Santa Clara County] Grand jury says officers need more training

A Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury report highlights the growing need for police to be extensively trained in how to deal with an increasing number of calls involving subjects who are mentally ill.

The report, titled “Police and the Mentally Ill” and published by the watchdog group in May, found that nine of the 31 people who died in officer-involved shootings from 2013 to 2017 were mentally ill. Twenty-two of the 56 total police shootings during that time involved someone with mental health issues.

[Santa Clara County] Grand jury calls for denser housing

Santa Clara County cities challenged to form 'sub-regions' to solve housing crisis


Despite a recent push to build more housing, Palo Alto and other Santa Clara County cities will have to answer to the civil grand jury in September for their collective failure to address the regional housing crisis.

[Santa Clara County] Grand jury: San Jose, surrounding cities should levy new commercial development fees to subsidize housing

San Jose's City Council just rejected so-called "commercial linkage fees." Enacting such fees — which are charged to new commercial developments — is “overdue" and would substantially boost below market-rate housing in San Jose, Campbell, Milpitas, Los Gatos and Los Altos, the grand jury said. 

June 29, 2018

Silicon Valley Business Journal

By Jody Meacham


Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury: Alum Rock School District’s Board Majority Should Resign

Yet another report came out this past week that puts the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District in a bad light. The Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury weighed in on the dysfunction roiling the East San Jose school district with a call for the notoriously obstructionist board majority—trustees Khanh Tran, Esau Herrera and Dolores Marquez-Frausto—to resign.

[Santa Clara County] Grand jury urges three Alum Rock board trustees to resign

The report comes on the heels of a number of other investigations into the troubled district.

In a searing new report, a civil grand jury slammed the Alum Rock school board for running the district poorly and urged three trustees to resign.

“The 2017-18 grand jury found the board, controlled by a three-trustee block, has failed to meet its governance standards and fiduciary responsibility,” the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury wrote in its report, released Thursday morning.