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East Side Revelations - Sofia Mendoza

The California Room is putting the spotlight on the East Side with a series of blogs featuring individuals, businesses, and community organizations with ties to the East Side.

Estella Inda
09/10/2021 - 3:20 PM

Remembering Beatrice Joyce Ellington

Why we named a library in her honor.

Sarah Kishler
09/01/2021 - 4:44 AM

Looking Back: Canoas; From Prune Orchard to Elementary School

Ralph looks back at Canoas Elementary on the school's 60th anniversary.

Ralph Pearce
08/23/2021 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Our Historic District of Alviso

Ralph shares some images and history of San Jose's Alviso district.

Ralph Pearce
07/28/2021 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Those Cool Old Warehouses

Ralph shares a few old warehouses he's found around town.

Ralph Pearce
06/23/2021 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: My Days With a Japanese American Performance Group

Ralph reflects on his time with the San Jose Taiko Group.

Ralph Pearce
05/26/2021 - 8:00 AM

SJ Story Map Contest 

The San José Story Map uses the power of stories to map San José in a new and different light.

SJPL Staff
05/17/2021 - 3:30 PM

Looking Back: Naked Incense and Other Poems

In honor of Poetry Month, Ralph shares poems from local poets.

Ralph Pearce
04/28/2021 - 9:00 AM

The Legacy of Dr. Roberto Cruz

Celebrating the life & achievements of Dr. B. Roberto Cruz.

SJPL Staff
04/24/2021 - 8:00 AM

Looking Back: The Historic Lawrence Hotel Building, a Survivor

This beautiful, historic building recently survived it's fourth fire in 30 years.

Ralph Pearce
03/25/2021 - 8:00 AM

Looking Back: Remembering Almaden Road's Club Lanai

Ralph digs into the history of an unusual empty lot along the old Almaden Road.

Ralph Pearce
02/24/2021 - 8:00 AM

Celebrate Black History Month: Black in California

Part of a series of Black History Month Blogs.

Tiffany Bradford-Oldham
02/08/2021 - 6:28 PM