Local clergy show ‘solidarity’ with ICE detainees

Local clergy show ‘solidarity’ with ICE detainees

On Holy Thursday, local clergy leaders from numerous faiths represented in South County performed a foot washing ceremony outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Morgan Hill. It was an effort to “show solidarity” with immigrants who have been removed from their homes and separated from their families by federal agents, according to organizers.

The March 29 ceremony was organized by the advocacy group People Acting in Community Together, and led by PACT board of directors co-chair Father Jon Pedigo. Participating in the ceremony were about a dozen other clergy leaders and worshippers from Santa Clara County’s Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist communities.

Downtown San Jose’s Google village takes major step forward with government property deals

SAN JOSE — Google’s planned village in downtown San Jose has cleared a major hurdle, reaching agreement on proposed prices for selling several government-owned properties to a development venture led by the search titan.

The proposed price for the combined property sales to Google is $67 million for nine parcels at six addresses in downtown San Jose, according to a city staff memo. The properties are owned by a government agency created to unwind the assets and operations of the now-defunct San Jose Redevelopment Agency, which once owned them.

In Trump era, ‘Rapid Responders’ protect undocumented immigrants from ICE

Alice and Jamie Lynch keep the small canvas bag near their front door, ready for when the couple suddenly dashes out of their quiet San Jose home. The bag, small and inconspicuous, carries a phone charger, a flashlight and a notebook — items the pair might need if they were to witness raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

San Jose Councilman Wants to Re-Cast Vote on Controversial Google Advisory Committee

San Jose Councilman Johnny Khamis wants to take back a vote to expand the scope of a hotly debated 38-member advisory board, which will provide community feedback to the city as it works on a proposal to bring a Google HQ to downtown.

The City Council voted unanimously last week to add three more members to the Station Area Advisory Group: People Acting in Community Together, the Minority Business Consortium and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. But Khamis said he meant to approve the original makeup of the 30-plus-member committee, even though it was criticized for excluding religious groups and people of color.

Op-Ed: Google Advisory Group Must Reflect San Jose’s Diversity

As a member of the San Jose City Council, I believe that the core of our role as public officials is to listen, gather information, and make informed decisions. For this to take place, we must make every effort to include and consider diverse public sentiment.

Last Tuesday, my colleagues and I discussed the role our community will play in the nascent Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG). This newly formed group will advise the city administration and Council on actions related to future development at Diridon Station and the eventual MOU with Google.

Google advisory group moves forward in San Jose despite intense pushback

SAN JOSE — After more than three hours of impassioned pleas from dozens of local residents and community groups who wanted to be included, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved the creation of a controversial advisory group that will offer input on the possible Google development near Diridon Station.

City Council Approves Creation Of Google Project Advisory Board

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the creation of a heavily debated advisory board that will provide input on the proposed Google development near the Diridon Station.

San Jose's local community organizations, faith leaders and residents spoke against the Station Area Advisory Group proposed to regulate terms between the corporation and the city described by the San Jose's City Manager's Office.

Fearing ICE raids, San Jose father tells children: ‘Be prepared to be alone’

Fearing ICE raids, San Jose father tells children: ‘Be prepared to be alone’

For as long as the Perez children can remember, their father has told them, “Be prepared to be alone.”

Federal immigration agents could come in the middle of the night, Ernesto Perez told his four children, “and take us away.”

When they were little, it was the stuff of nightmares for Cristina, 17, Angela, 22, and their brother, Max, 23, who were born in Mexico, as well as Edith, 21, who was born in the U.S. and feared she would be left behind. But now, with rumors swirling around the Bay Area that federal immigration raids could be imminent and anti-immigrant political rhetoric escalating, worries that their family could be torn apart seem tangibly real.

San Jose to undocumented immigrants: ‘We are prepared. You are not alone’

SAN JOSE — In a bold rebuke to President Donald Trump’s tough talk on sanctuary cities and widespread rumors that federal raids are imminent, city and community leaders on Wednesday said they are ready to unleash hundreds of volunteers to aid undocumented immigrants targeted with deportation.

With cellphone cameras rolling, community volunteers say they have already started documenting action by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, protecting immigrant rights and providing support to those arrested as well as those left behind.

San Jose Officials Offer Resources With Looming Threat Of ICE Raids

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose city officials and community leaders came together Wednesday at City Hall to emphasize their support for the immigrant community in Santa Clara County in response to recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid threats.

Zulma Maciel, director of the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, discussed resources available to undocumented immigrants in the area in light of rumors of widespread immigration raids planned across Northern California.