Suicide accounts for 22% of the deaths caused by injury in Santa Clara County but counselors at the Behavioral Health Services Suicide Prevention Program and at those at the county’s suicide prevention hotline are there to provide help for those who are feeling depressed, hopeless or lonely. These counselors work to prevent suicide by starting with reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.
Piedmont High graduate Nidhi Naroth won the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s annual “Justice for All” contest with her poem, “A Murderer at Large.” The theme of year’s competition was “Race and Law Enforcement — Let’s Work Together to Make it Better.” Three students won a total of $1,000 in scholarship money, funded through the District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture program.
A new PicoWay tattoo removal laser has given new hope to former gang members with unwanted tattoos and those who were branded in human trafficking cases, thanks to The Clean Slate Program, a partnership between the County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose. This new laser, which removes tattoos three times faster than previous technologies, was purchased by the help of the Valley Medical Foundation.
What’s a city without its’ historical landmarks? That’s the question County Supervisor Ken Yeager was faced with when the public held concerns that the Cambrian Park Plaza’s 1950’s carousel sign was to be torn down. Up next in the debate is the Burbank Theater located near San Jose City College.
Santa Clara County could potentially become the first county in the state of California to end the private, money-based bail system. Those in favor, like Silicon Valley De-bug, and those against it, like the private bail bonds company, Bad Boys Bail Bonds, await the final decision.