Technology, both hardware and software, dominates the service sector by value, but like any other county, Santa Clara has its share of retail and office support workers. The Town of Santa Clara, the name, was derived from the wife of an early town businessman, John Hurd. South Bay attorney Steven Clark, who specializes in criminal-defense and is a former prosecutor, said the effect of a virtual closure of the clerk’s office also cannot be overstated. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.90 males. [51], As of November 2012, all of the cities, towns, and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County have more registered Democrats than Republicans. Robert Salonga covers criminal justice and public safety for The Mercury News. south and west of the county. Moffett Federal Airfield (NUQ), a former U.S. Naval Air Station, is used by the Air National Guard, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Google, and by the San Jose Police and Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department as an air operations base. Click HERE for tips on how to use the Case Information Portal *In preparation for launching a new Criminal case management system, the Civil and Family Case Information portal will be down from Friday 11/9/2018 at 5:00 pm onwards until Monday 11/12/2018. “As a responsible member of our community, we are compelled to take steps to limit the number of people in our courthouses during this critical period while continuing to ensure that our justice system remains open and accessible,” Ryan wrote. To promote friendship and understanding and to build bridges with countries of origin for various ethnic populations in the county, the County of Santa Clara has created a Sister County Commission to coordinate the program. As of the census[44] of 2000, there were 1,682,585 people, 565,863 households, and 395,538 families residing in the county. Santa Clara County, officially the County of Santa Clara, is California's 6th most populous county, with a population of 1,781,642, as of the 2010 census. The ethnic makeup of Santa Clara County was 836,616 (47.0%) White, 46,428 (2.6%) African American, 12,960 (0.7%) Native American,7,060 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 570,524 (32.0%) Asian, 220,806 (12.4%) from other races, and 87,248 (4.9%) from two or more races. “But the telephonic option gives the impression there’s public transparency, without actually having that function. Supervisors say the new law, SB … The San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara metropolitan region, comprising Santa Clara County and San Benito County, was ranked as the highest performing metropolitan area in the US in 2012, ahead of Austin, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina, according to the Milken Institute. David Snyder, executive director of the Bay Area-based First Amendment Coalition, has been sparring with courts up and down the state to ensure they provide sufficient remote access to courts in the absence of safe physical attendance. Santa Clara is the most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Northern California. Varian Associates, Fairchild Semiconductor, and other early innovators were located in the county by the late 1940s and 1950s. * NEW! Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow. The original inhabitants included the Ohlone, residing on Coyote Creek and Calaveras Creek. The first major technology company to be based in the area was Hewlett-Packard, founded in a garage in Palo Alto in 1939. In the early 20th century, the area was promoted as the "Valley of the Heart's Delight" due to its natural beauty, including a significant number of orchards.[10]. Historically, Santa Clara County was a Republican stronghold in presidential elections. Others focus on equity, criminal justice and police reform. This makes it nearly impossible.”. There were 579,329 housing units at an average density of 173/km2 (449/mi2). The population density was 503/km2 (1,304/mi2). According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019, Santa Clara County has 895,965 registered voters. They are similar in appearance to the deer, except that they have short horns and also short legs like the sheep. “But the court needs to remember the public’s access to court proceedings is a constitutional right. There were 565,863 households, out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. The result was the U.S. Supreme Court case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 118 U.S. 394 (1886), in which the Court extended due-process rights to artificial legal entities. Males had a median income of $56,240 versus $40,574 for females. All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents! They live in the plains where they go in herds of 100, 200, or more. Santa Clara County supervisors are backing new efforts to reform juvenile justice, following a new state law that shutters state-run youth incarceration and puts the job of housing young inmates in the hands of individual counties. Coronavirus: Santa Clara County court re-restricts access amid surging infections Restrictions will primarily affect access to clerk’s office and for people showing up to support family [15] As of 2012[update], an estimated 400 tule elk roam 1,875 square kilometres (724 sq mi) in northeastern Santa Clara County and southeastern Alameda County. From 1872 through 1984, the only Democrats to carry Santa Clara County were Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Hubert Humphrey. [28], Census demographics data released in 2019 shows that Asian-Americans have had the plurality of Santa Clara's population since 2014. American Community Survey, 2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table B02001. Most of what is considered to be Silicon Valley is located within the county, although some adjoining tech regions in San Mateo (e.g., Facebook), Alameda, and Santa Cruz counties are also considered part of Silicon Valley. All pending and newly filed civil cases have been assigned to a judge for all purposes. Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara Case Portal U.S. Census Bureau. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority operates the VTA light rail system, which primarily serves San Jose, with one line continuing as far north as Mountain View. Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan, "Asians are now largest group in these two Bay Area counties, new data shows", "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990", "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. [5] The county's concentration of wealth, primarily due to the tech industry, has made it the most affluent county on the West Coast of the United States and the most affluent outside the Washington metropolitan area[6] and one of the most affluent places in the United States.[7][8]. SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County Superior Court is re-instituting access restrictions to its courthouses in response to surging COVID-19 cases in the South Bay, as well as a recent public-health order urging people to significantly curtail gatherings in the face of rapidly eroding hospital capacity. Migratory birds and butterflies often use this area. A San Jose native, he attended UCLA and has a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, and was part of a reporting team awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Located on the southern coast of San Francisco Bay, the urbanized Santa Clara Valley within Santa Clara County contains most of its population. Of the hundreds of new laws signed by Gov. However, unlike expressways virtually everywhere else in California, the Santa Clara County expressways were built, signed, and maintained as county roads; they are not maintained by Caltrans, although they are patrolled by the California Highway Patrol. An addition from Brandon was added to Santa Clara in 1896. About 4.9% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over. The latitude of Santa Clara is 44.463N. “How do you have a court system without a clerk’s office?” he said. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In June 1776, Lieutenant Commander Don José Joaquín Moraga led a group of soldiers and colonists from the Presidio of Monterey to establish Mission San Francisco de Asis and encountered both tule elk and pronghorn, and clearly distinguished these two species from deer. The county's main airport is Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC). Expressways in California are distinct from freeways; although access to adjoining properties is eliminated, at-grade intersections are allowed. [24][25], As of 1980[update], Santa Clara County has the highest number of Superfund Sites of any county in the United States, accounting for 25 polluted locations requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material contaminations. Gavin Newsom, here are 10 that will have a significant impact on Santa Clara County … U.S. Census Bureau. The following table includes the number of incidents reported in 2009 and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is also often used for commercial services by residents of Santa Clara County. [13]. Santa Clara is a moderately walkable city in Santa Clara County with a Walk Score of 58. County residents scheduled to report for jury duty are exempt from the restrictions. “And it’s happening in the context of the lethal pandemic in jail and in prison. American Community Survey, 2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table B19013. While other ranchers refused, tech pioneers Bill Hewlett and David Packard allowed Coletto and state biologists to translocate the initial 32 tule elk from the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierra onto the 28,000-acre (11,000 ha) San Felipe Ranch, which the families jointly own, in the hills east of Morgan Hill. Business-related laws include an increase in minimum wage, extended family leave and additional COVID-19 regulations. [12] The deer in California being California mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Skelton: It shouldn’t be this hard getting COVID-19 vaccine into people’s arms, court curtailed physical access to its facilities, issued by the county in light of worsening COVID-19 trends. Part of the county's territory was given to Alameda County in 1853. Snyder said these kinds of concerns are all the more reason for the court to stay mindful of the impact that attendance restrictions can have on public participation in the justice system. The mission of the Santa Clara County Department of Child Support Services is to promote the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families by delivering effective child support services to help meet the financial and medical needs of children. Despite relative wealth vis a vis other regions nationally, a large underclass exists whose income is roughly equivalent to that elsewhere in the country, despite extreme land prices. Electronic filings will continue to be processed as well. There is also a large street network dominated by four- and six-lane arterials. They run all together over the plains so fast that they seem to fly…These animals are called berrendos and there are many of them also in the southern Missions wherever the country is level.”[12], Herbert Eugene Bolton also wrote of elk reports from another Spanish expedition, from the De Anza Expedition on March 23, 1776: " In Gilroy Valley (Santa Clara Valley) Moraga 's larder was replenished by three elks which the men killed without leaving the road." In 1882, Santa Clara County tried to levy taxes upon property of the Southern Pacific Railroad within county boundaries. Santa Clara County Department of Correction is administered by the county's sheriff's office and supervises the following facilities: Santa Clara County has an extensive park system, much of it founded in the major park expansion of the late 1970s. “Reasonable and public health-based restrictions on physical access have been and will be essential in the future,” he added. Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice, State of California. U.S. Census Bureau. Gov. The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Santa Clara County. Santa Clara County Bicycle network is part of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Bikeway Network. [18] In 2019, a fifth herd of tule elk was documented by local naturalist Roger Castillo, likely having split from the Coyote Ridge herd and established itself in Silver Creek Valley around the closed Ranch Golf Club. Effective January 1, 2021, San Mateo Superior Court is a direct calendar court for all civil matters. In two weeks, the number of people hospitalized in the county nearly doubled to its highest point of the pandemic, a number that stands to worsen if gloomy predictions based on Thanksgiving gatherings manifest in case counts over the next 10 days. Santa Clara County is served by Caltrain commuter rail from Gilroy through San Jose and Silicon Valley north to San Francisco Airport and San Francisco. Like many other Bay Area counties, it is dependent upon the Port of Oakland for transport of ocean cargo. [3] Santa Clara County and neighboring San Benito County together form the U.S. Census Bureau's San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the larger San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area. Parks within the county include: Santa Clara County also contains Ulistac Natural Area, a volunteer maintained natural open space. 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[23], The Nature Conservancy "Mount Hamilton Project" has acquired or put under conservation easement 100,000 acres (40,000 ha) of land towards its 500,000 acres (200,000 ha) goal for habitat conservation within a 1,200,000 acres (490,000 ha) area encompassing much of eastern Santa Clara County as well as portions of southern Alameda County, western Merced and Stanislaus Counties, and northern San Benito County. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 479,210 persons (26.9%) of the population.[42]. As of 2009, there are three sister counties:[70]. Snyder said that restrictions on physical access to courts have to be balanced with ready availability of these alternate avenues, along with robust outreach to ensure members of the public know about them. “There’s a premium on hearing clearly what is being discussed, and being visually present for the judge to see,” Jayadev said. Only larceny-theft cases involving property over $400 in value are reported as property crimes. [needs update][26][27] The vast majority of these Superfund sites were caused by firms associated with the high tech sector located in Silicon Valley. [20] The animals left the San Felipe Ranch for the Isabel and San Antonio Valleys, as well as an area near Lake Del Valle in Alameda County may now be extirpated by poaching, highway vehicle collisions, and insufficient numbers to defend pronghorn fawns against coyote predation. The San Andreas Fault runs along the Santa Cruz Mountains in the The county operates the Santa Clara County Health System of medical centers and clinics. The county seat and largest city is San Jose, the 10th most populous city in the United States, California's 3rd most populous city and the most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Those who stand to be noticeably affected by the court restrictions include people who need to go to the clerk’s office to research and obtain copies of court files required for a variety of tasks including job applications and legal defense, people who attend court to support family members through the criminal-justice process, and advocates who provide support for indigent defendants and their families. The term "Silicon Valley" was coined in 1971. [78], Places adjacent to Santa Clara County, California, Cities by population and voter registration, Other = Some other race + Two or more races, Native American = Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander + American Indian or Alaska Native. That order was never technically rescinded, but in June the court, without any fanfare, began re-opening access to county court buildings, except for the courthouses in Morgan Hill and Palo Alto, which remain closed. 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