Justice, public safety, Santa Clara County, Video
Reentry Peer Mentors: Trusted guides to life on the outside Re-entry into society after years behind bars is a challenge. Santa Clara County’s peer mentorship program helps smooth the way for people who often can scarcely recognize the world they suddenly find themselves in. Having a buddy who’s been there and done that can help...
women, violence, law enforcement, domestic violence, Video
Striking a blow against domestic violence By the yardstick of spending, domestic violence services are suddenly six times more important to Santa Clara County leaders than they were as measured by dollars in last year’s budget. After years of stagnant annual funding of less than $1 million, the Board of Supervisors recently pumped $5 million...
Mental Health, Video
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.
District Attorney, Justice, Video
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.
Health Justice, Video
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.
Justice, Courts, Video
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.
Judge Stephen Manley gives hope to defendants suffering from mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions in his groundbreaking specialty Santa Clara County courtroom.
Transportation, Roads, Video, Weather
When the weather is so bad that the forecast warns everyone to hunker down and avoid driving, it’s as if Dan Pendergraft and his crew hear the opposite. They often end up jumping in their trucks and driving out to tackle the biggest problems, morning, noon or night.
Health, Public Health, Video
Santa Clara County’s Black Infant Health Program (BIH) improves the lives and relationships of infants and their mothers by focusing on managing stress, nutrition and building healthy relationships with their children.
Juvenile Justice, Education, Video
Parent Project Program Not so long ago, Chelsea Graeff and Tyler Norvell were worried sick all the time. Their 15-year-old daughter wouldn’t come home for days on end and cut school constantly. Whenever the teen was around, Graeff and Norvell couldn’t talk to her without getting into an argument. “We were sort of at our...
Santa Clara County, Health, Video
On a beautiful Fall morning in Cupertino -- superheroes of all shapes, sizes and super powers gathered in support of one great event –The Annual Heroes Run sponsored by the Valley Medical Foundation and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.