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.

Reform-inspired jail oversight, building plan approved in Santa Clara County

SAN JOSE — The memory of Michael Tyree, a mentally ill Santa Clara County inmate infamously murdered at the hands of correctional deputies three years ago, permeated two pivotal jail reforms that hurtled toward reality Tuesday.

In what one official described as a “milestone,” the Board of Supervisors moved forward with the creation of a county Office of Correction and Law Enforcement Monitoring, along with an accompanying community advisory committee.

Experts explain legal boundaries when resisting ICE raids

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Churches and synagogues are teaming up with immigrant rights groups and actively urging people to resist any raids by federal agents.

"We have a moral obligation to resist massive deportation," said Richard Morales of La Red, which stands for Liberation, Action, Respect, Equity and Dignity.

Bay Area cities brace for ICE sweeps

Fear is growing in immigrant communities that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is getting ready to launch massive raids across California — a threat that activists and politicians say is retaliation against the Golden State’s bold “sanctuary” policies.

ICE director Thomas Homan recently told Fox News that the agency will significantly increase enforcement across the state and warned California to “hold on tight.” And a report by the San Francisco Chronicle this week said ICE is planning raids targeting Northern California cities, with the goal of arresting more than 1,500 immigrants.

San Jose debate: Should auditor have more power to investigate police?

SAN JOSE — For five hours, the debate at City Hall over possible expansion of civilian police oversight seesawed between pleas for faith in the city’s cops and demands for more external scrutiny.

Everyone knew there would be no decision Tuesday night, but the discussion highlighted the differences of opinion between police and some members of the community.

Monday Midday News Roundup

A 70-year-old woman who died in a collision with a Berkeley city vehicle on Friday afternoon was identified today by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as Shelley Rideout.

The collision was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 1:21 p.m. at Channing Way and Fulton Street near the University of California at Berkeley campus, CHP Officer Matthew Hamer said.

San Jose: Increasing police oversight at heart of council study session

SAN JOSE — A specially convened City Council meeting Tuesday will explore the idea of expanding civilian oversight of the San Jose Police Department, particularly when it comes to use-of-force and internal investigations.

The study session is being held largely at the behest of local civil-rights advocates and members of police watchdog groups who believe that the city’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor lacks sufficient powers to hold the police force accountable.

For renters, the new normal: lower expectations and shrinking apartments

Richard Scheinin| San Jose Mercury News| Link to Article

Gabriel Rodarte grew up in San Jose and has worked there for 30 years as a mailman for the U.S. Postal Service. Making his rounds, he says, “I see it all. I see three families living inside one small apartment, or total strangers who share a room. None of them stay very long; they can’t afford it.”