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  • Opinion: Lake Cunningham: A local resource drowning in neglect

    August 03, 2023 3:14 PM

    By Domingo Candelas |

    Restoring 203-acre park will serve as a legacy to our commitment to a sustainable future

    After years of underinvestment, the City of San Jose is finally taking action on Lake Cunningham, thanks in part to funding from state and regional partners.

    Neglect has taken its toll on Lake Cunningham Regional Park, once a vibrant park in the heart of our East San Jose community. Restoring Lake Cunningham is not just an exercise in nostalgia, it is a responsibility we owe to our environment, our community and future generations of San José residents. The effort to revive the lake is a shared responsibility that involves a partnership between government, nonprofits and the private sector.

    By committing to this endeavor, we can showcase our dedication to environmental conservation, biodiversity protection and the overall well-being of each other. The transformation of this 203-acre park will not only enrich our lives today but will serve as a legacy of our commitment to a sustainable future. By restoring the park’s natural habitats, we can provide a sanctuary for native wildlife to flourish once again. Such actions are not just beneficial for our environment, but they also enhance the quality of life for the surrounding community, making our city more sustainable and livable. Improved recreational open space, access to walking trails and places for people to gather and build community are pivotal outcomes we can achieve together.

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  • Domingo Candelas brings Stanford experience to new role as city councilmember

    August 03, 2023 3:04 PM

    Domingo Candelas served as Stanford’s director of local government affairs until earlier this year when he was appointed to the San Jose City Council to represent District 8.

    As Stanford’s director of local government affairs, Domingo Candelas worked with a wide range of stakeholders to help support the university’s academic mission of teaching and research.

    Now he brings that experience into his new role as San Jose City Councilmember for District 8.

    “Whether with folks at different schools at the university or with external organizations like the chambers of commerce or advocacy organizations, my time at Stanford provided me with more insight into the role of advocacy and creating policy that I now carry with me as a city councilmember who is working to represent more than 100,000 people,” Candelas said.

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  • The first six months: Councilmember Candelas

    June 29, 2023 3:09 AM

    District 8 San Jose Councilmember Domingo Candelas hasn’t moved far from his Evergreen childhood home.

    Growing up in the Brigadoon neighborhood in southeast San Jose, the freshman councilmember attended Evergreen Valley High School and San Jose State University, where he secured his first internship in City Hall with then-Councilmember Sam Liccardo. Now he represents the district he’s all too familiar with—which he said makes him the perfect advocate on the dais for residents in his backyard.

    “My district has this dichotomy of really affluent areas like the country club and also working family areas like Welch Park,” Candelas told San José Spotlight. “When you don’t know the area, then the squeaky wheel will get the grease. But if you are born and raised here like me, then you know which communities don’t have the loudest voices, but still need help.”

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