Our Mission

San José Spotlight is the city’s first nonprofit news organization dedicated to independent political and business reporting. Our mission is to change the face of local journalism by building a community-supported newsroom that ignites civic engagement, educates citizens and strengthens our democracy.

Our community needs another voice, an alternate source for high-quality, independent local news. Our stories will search for truth, shed light on wrongdoing and hold the powerful accountable. We are the community’s newsroom and we’re powered by your support and donations.

San José Spotlight is a project of the San José News Bureau, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization | Tax ID: 82-5355128. San José Spotlight is fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Nonprofit News | Tax ID: 27-2614911. All donations are tax deductible.

Editorial Independence Policy

We adhere to the editorial independence policy adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

San José Spotlight relies on donations and memberships to power our nonprofit newsroom, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. Donors and sponsors have no influence over our content. Donors have no involvement in news decisions and we do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

News judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Your trust is the cornerstone of San José Spotlight’s success. We’ll always maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

Donor Transparency

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. That’s why we disclose every penny donated to San José Spotlight.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to support our work. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our Board of Directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

San José Spotlight DonorsAmount
Santa Clara Valley Water District $16000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 332 $10000
The Davidson Family Foundation $10000
Knight Foundation $7500
Jackson and Main $7500
UA Local 393 $6000
Marquis Advisory Group $5500
Sobrato Family Foundation $5000
Pat Waite $5000
Jenny Wolfes (event sponsor) $5000
David E. Cohen $5000
Ron Gonzales and Guisselle Nunez (event sponsor) $4810
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265 $2500
Santa Clara County Residents for Responsible Development $2500
Destination: Home $2500
Working Partnerships USA $2500
Rich Robinson $2500
Norm Kline $2500
Rick Callender $2500
McManis Faulkner $2500
Nicole and Sean Morley $2500
Voler Strategic Advisors $2500
Cafe Stritch $2000 (event sponsor)
Gary Kremen $2000
Ted Smith and Amanda Hawes $1800
The Core Companies $1500
Rod Diridon, Sr. $1200
Kaiser Permanente $1200
Terry Christensen $1000
Harmeet Dhillon $1000
Al and Carmen Castellano $1000
Ash and Bianca Pirayou $1000
LIUNA Local 270 $1000
Sam Singer $1000
Geoff and Andrea Ralston $1000
Nunez Community Foundation $1000
Chris Platten $1000
Vijay Sammeta $1000
The Schoennauer Co. $1000
Abode Services $1000
SPUR $1000
PATH $1000
Erik Schoennauer $1000
Joe Head $700
Patricia Gardner $550
David and Elisa Ginsborg $550
Meri Maben $500
Rich De La Rosa $500
Bob Staedler $500
Leslye Corsiglia $500
Robert Handa $500
Carpenters Local 405 $500
Unite Here Local 19 $500
Teresa Alvarado $300
Armando Gomez $300
June Tran $300
First Community Housing $300
Ruth Silver Taube $275
Dave and Pattie Cortese $250
Doug Greven $250
Josh Becker $250
Manny Diaz $250
Jim Cunneen $250
Josh Burroughs $250
Ray Bramson $225
Chris Roth $220
Tara Sreekrishnan $200
Xavier Campos $200
Otto Lee $200
Steve Borkenhagen $200
Jodi Nunes $200
Rob Bettencourt $200
Jennifer Tonnis $200
Roland De Wolk $200
Frederick Ferrer $200
John Semanik $200
Kansen Chu $200
Sylvia Arenas $200
Akemi Flynn $200
Community Health Partnership $200
Latino Education Advancement Foundation $200
Derecka Mehrens $180
Wendy Ho $150
Dianna Zamora-Marroquin $150
Kevin Zwick $150
Diane Ritchie $150
John Mukhar $150
Louise Auerhahn $150
Bob Burres $150
Robert Reese $150
Kelly Snider $150
Sheril Woodburn $140
Sam Ho $135
Carol Stephensen $125
Susan Frank $125
Daniel Reyes $125
Roseanne Compitello $125
Jon Graff $120
Jorge Vittes $120
Alan Hase $120
Bruce Heister $100
Jim Frizzell $100
Victor Gomez $100
Jerry Strangis $100
Ben Field $100
Gabriel Montes $100
Michele Hatfield $100
Jesus Flores $100
Megan Roehl $100
Allison Brunner $100
Patrick Heisinger $100
Rich Tran $100
Mike Fay $100
Mark Tiernan $100
Don Rocha $100
Mickey Mericle $100
Michele Lew $100
Mary Gloner $100
CEMA $100
David & Karen Martin-Keller $100
Michael Mulcahy $100
Jason Shueh $100
Steve Aponte $100
Michelle Rindels $100
Glenn Frizzell $100
Deborah Garvey $100
Anna Marie Cruz $100
Catherine Matsuyo Tomkinson $100
Nuria Fernandez $100
Robert Braunstein $100
Geoff Morgan $100
Angel Islas $100
Rogelio Ruiz $100
Shiloh Ballard $100
Chuck Reed $100
Nielson Buchanan $100
Mary Idso $100
Michael Lane $100
Sali Schille $100
Raj Salwan $100
Peter Sanchez $100
Adrienne Grey $100
Nicole Fernandez $100
Janet Hagquist $100
Andrea Perry $100
Maya Esparza $100
Dorsey Moore $100
Phil Mastracola $100
David Maruyama $100
Sean Dowdall $100
Philip Boegel $100
Karina Dominguez $100
Sharon Grennan $100
Carol Garvey $85
Gloria Chacon $75
Catherine Crystal Foster $75
Jeffrey Buchanan $75
Jason Su $75
David Cohen $70
Leslie Rodriguez $70
Janice Bitters $70
Paul Escobar $70
Margaret Okuzumi $60
Chelsey Cartwright $60
Olivier Mange $60
Amy Feldman $60
Patrick Ferraro $50
Claire Noonan $50
Stefan Baeurle $50
Kathleen Muller $50
Ned Laugharn $50
Kathleen Muller $50
Emily Ramos $50
Erica Nazario $50
Tobin Gillman $50
Ken Yeager $50
RML Enterprises $50
Frannie Edwards $50
Rose Baden $50
Prudence Slaathaug $50
Stan Fitzgerald $50
Harbinder Sikka $50
Wiggsy Silvesten $50
Don Albert $50
Jeremy Barousse $50
Kristen Clements $50
Bob Brownstein $50
Beth Leary $50
Shane Patrick Connolly $50
Pattie Cortese $50
David Poeschel $50
Larry Gerston $50
Lydia Guel de Bustamante $50
J. Manuel Herrera $50
Helen Chapman $50
Tim Kawikami $50
Hanh Mo $50
Guisselle Nunez $50
Angelica Ramos $50
Brendan Rawson $50
Erlinda Reyes $50
Vince Rocha $50
David Urhausen $50
Heather Zimmerman $50
Maria Fuentes $50
Kelly Snider $50
Stefan Baeurle $50
David Tran $50
Ellen Pulskamp Turner $50
Diam Syverson $50
Mike and Emily Ray $50
Jeanette Lee $50
Lisa Hettler-Smith $50
Jodi Nunes $50
Ken Heredia $50
Eleanor Pett $50
Christina Ramos $50
Denise Belisle $50
Michael Young $50
Gabriela Banks $50
Patrick Chung $50
Andrew Alfaro $50
Larry Sokoloff $50
Alice Kaufman $50
Kent Greathouse $50
Brian Wheatley $50
Seth Cole $50
Jaime Alvarado $50
Barbara Goldstein $50
Quang Tran $50
Bruce Davis $50
Kaia Eakin $50
Kathy Thibodeaux $50
Maia Bookoff $50
Norma Callender $50
Long Nguyen $50
Karen Schuler $50
Patrick Goddi $50
Denise Herrera $50
Jim Frizell $50
Jeffrey Levin $50
Kristen Kaliski $50
Ray Mueller $46
Kieran Kelly $45
Shaunn Cartwright $45
Terry Reilly $45
Judy Burt $40
Glen Shaffer $40
Scott McMichael $40
Chava Bustamante $40
Harriet Wolf $40
Gilbert Garcia $35
Jerry Wilburn $35
Mayra Flores de Marcotte $35
Milan Balinton $35
Mario Lopez $35
Matthew Wilson $35
Ky Le-Nguyen $35
Gail Osmer $35
Lizzie Nolan $30
Rich Brashears $25
Michael Casas $25
Lisa Chung $25
Tamara Alvarado $25
Richard Crowley $25
Jay Levin $25
Kiet Do $25
Steve Kline $25
Scot Griffin $25
Mary Anne Groen $25
Stacey Hendler-Ross $25
Chad Johnston $25
Alex Shoor $25
Huascar Castro $25
Patrick Falzer $25
Beth Willon $25
Anh Nguyen $25
Sean Kaldor $25
Carlos Barrientos $25
Alice Kaufman $25
Elisa Koff-Ginsborg $25
Lara McCabe $25
Michael Melillo $25
Adriano Naderi $25
Pierluigi Oliverio $25
Christian Ollano $25
Frank Ponciano $25
Caleb Prewitt $25
A’Dreana Quevedo $25
Robert Reese $25
Rosa Reyes $25
Judy Rickard $25
Robert Stromberg $25
Eddie Truong $25
Gill Villagran $25
Brian Wheatley $25
Justin Lardinois $25
Mitchell Mankin $25
Anne Sherman $25
James Reber $25
Barbara Gould $25
Edesa Bitbadal $25
Julia Baum $25
David Vossbrink $25
Sergio Lopez $25
Minh Pham $25
Grace-Sonia Melanio $25
Riley Snyder $25
Meghin Delaney $25
Gabby Chavez-Lopez $25
Jay Levin $25
Rose Filiceti $25
Charmon Ashby $20
Demone Carter $20
Brian Haberly $20
Carla Marinucci $20
Alys Milner $20
Miguel Santiago $20
Todd Weber $20
Gabe Carhart $20
Lauren Puckett $20
Vera Sloan $20
Bruce Pickett $20
Matt Steitz $20
Maggie Graves $20
Vianey Nava $20
Jessica Deckert $20
Valarie Klopping $20
Sylvia Reichley $20
Mason Fong $20
Luis Gomez $20
Burton Smith $20
Julia O’Keefe $20
Tracey Ananmalay $20
Alicia Crank $20
Robert Stromberg $20
Robert Means $10
Sue Cross $10
Vivek Kollipara $10
Mary Greenwood $10
Amy Brown $10
Judy Pipkin $10
Esther Dieckman-Peralez $10
Reginald Sweeley $10
Carol Goedde $10
Bruce Roberts $10
Hans Halberstadt $10
Clark Williams $10
Jennifer Imhoff $5
Vincent Vera $5
Janice Allen $5
Cecely Barneson $5
Victoria Kezra $5
Jeremiah Haze $5
Lisa Chung $5
Brian Consiglio $5
Jon Pedigo $5
John Bennett $5
Valon Badivuku $5
Sandy Jacobs-Tolle $5
Martha O’Connell $5

San José Spotlight MemberAmount
Editor’s Circle
Tom Saggau $200
Gail Bautista $200
Dustin DeRollo $200
Fourth Estate Club
Eldridge Political Partners, LLC $50
Lara McCabe $50
Cayce Hill $50
AARP California $50
Vijay Sammeta $50
The Worker Agency $50
Leslye Corsiglia $50
Sergio Jimenez $50
Zach Pallin $50
Mary Greenwood $50
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley $50
Cynthia Guerrero $50
Maria Fuentes $50
Dave Cortese $50
Guardians of Truth Club
Xavier Campos $25
Jennifer Loving $25
Barbara and John Comiskey $20
Anne Rosenzweig $20
Steve Hanleigh $20
Matt King $20
Carla Collins $20
Peter Ortiz $20
Mimi Hernandez $20
Shay Franco-Clausen $20
Frank Ponciano $20
Rebeca Armendariz $20
Belinda Stow $20
Lydia & Noe Bustamante $20
Jean Cohen $20
Andrae Wara-Macapinlac $20
Leslie Rodriguez $20
Rich Tran $20
Heather Zimmerman $20
Eddie Truong $20
Michael Melillo $20
Adan Lupercio $20
Ash Kalra $20
Wendy Ho $20
Kathleen Thomas $20
Jennifer Thomas $20
Janet McLaughlin-Pfab $20
Judy Pipkin $20
PACT $20
Luther Jackson $20
Ignacio Ornelas $20
Sacred Heart Community Service $20
Derecka Mehrens $15
Free Speech Club
Jeremy Barousse $10
Diane Doolittle $10
Joel Corona $10
Vicky Mattson $10
Kathleen Thomas $10
Sandra Bendorf $10
Jaye Bailey $10
Stacy Owen $10
Mimi Hernandez $10
Dan Chapman $10
Michael Melillo $10
Blanca Alvarado $10
Dev Davis $10
Diana Miller $10
Silvia Mahan $10
Rose Amador-Le Beau $10
Jorge Escobar $10
Nadia Aziz $10
Long Nguyen $10
Kyra Kyzantzis $10
Julie Kodama $10
Edwin Tan $10
Maria Ohollearn $10
Mary Helen Doherty $10
Steven Ellenberg $10
Chris Esparza $10
Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez $10
Mayra de Flores de Marcotte $10
Elizabeth Monley $10
Steve Kline $10
Shirley Lee $10
Megan Fluke $10
Betsy Hammer Carr $10
Josue Garcia $10
Carol Stephensen $10
Ray Bramson $10
Leila McCabe $10
Michael Casas $10
Chris Funk $10
Ian Cruelidad $10
Matt Quevedo $10
Judy Rickard $10
Janine Zacharia $10
Patricia Gardner $10
Diane Doolittle $10
Brendan Rawson $10
Larry Stone $10
Javier Gonzalez $10
Gilbert Garcia $10
Patrick McGarrity $10
Audrey Rust $10
Steve Preminger $10
Anna Marie Cruz $10
Matt Savage $10
Jesus Flores $10
Anne Wilson $10
Erin Salter $10
Koumban Boesch $10
Miguel Santiago $10
Kris Karnos $10
Amy Neymyr $10
Sparky Harlan $10
Kent Greathouse $10
Marilyn Leonard $10
Jenny Higgins Bradanini $10
Chuck Stevens $10
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority $10
Phillip Gonzales $10
Christopher Corpuz $10
Brian Haberly $10
Lawrence Lui $10
William Nacey $10
Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network $10
Marci Gerston $10
Robin Roemer $10
Bill Souders $10
Michael Elliott $10
James Towery $10
Asian Americans for Community Involvement $10
Kevin Biggers $10
Garrick Percival $10
Andrea Wheeler $10
Catalyze SV $10
Latinos Unidos for a New America $10
Nancy DellaMettera $10
Sara Reyes $10
Ronald Haulman $10
Kimberley Guptill $10
Christopher Luebcke $10
Asian Law Alliance $10
Jacklyn Joanino $10
Erin O’Doherty $10
Enrique Velasco $10
Ed Solis $10
Ryan Carrigan $10
Chandra Brooks $10
Baltazar Lopez $10
SOMOS Mayfair $10
James Kim $10
Wayne Prescott $10
Tim Orozco $10
Arcadio Morales $10
Andrew Lloyd $10
Roland Li $10
Carol Garvey $10
Patrick Ahrens $10
Carol Stephensen $10
Jamie Fearer $10
Warren Gannon $10
Adour Adrouny $10
Ann Ravel $10
Jeffrey Cardenas $10
Clyde Berg $10
Jim Griffith $10
Lauren Urhausen $10
Betsy Hammer Carr $10
Edwin Tan $10
Richard Crowley $10
Jacquie Heffner $10
Anne Klein $10
April Halberstadt $10
Frank Biehl $10
Jill Bourne $10
Jennifer Loving $10
James Anthony $10
Michael Melillo $10
Fil Maresca $10
Steve Anderson $10
Lawrence Castellano $10
Marsha Grilli $10
Carla Griffin $10
Victoria Ramirez $10
Bill Roth $10
Maria Fuentes $10
Ruth Alford $10
Victor Gomez $10
Terry Christensen $10
Jennifer Smith $10
Chris Roth $10
Huy Tran $10
Diego Martinez $10
Ashur Attanous $10
Frank Ponciano $10
Kaia Eakin $10
Susan Frank $10
Leslye Corsiglia $10
Sergio Jimenez $10
Suzannne Wolf $10
Valley of the Heart’s Delight Club
John Goldstein $5
Marvis Eldridge $5
Sandra Reed $5
Craig Betts $5
Brian O’Neill $5
Jennifer Imhoff $5
Monica Mallon $5
Ashoorina Barreto $5
Mullissa Willette $5
Debbie Mytels $5
Joe Noonan $5
Karen Lattin $5
Jeff Prentice $5
David Grover $5
Janice Bitters $5
Kathleen Muller $5
Kris Stadelman $5
James Reber $5
Tamara Alvarado $5
Henry Millstein $5
Steve Anderson $5
Sal Alvarez $5
Alex Shoor $5
Ellina Yin $5
Johnny Khamis $5
Ken Stark $5
Larry Gerston $5
Jeff Larivee $5
James Carter $5
Bruce Pickett $5
Glen Wetzel $5
Grace-Sonia Melanio $5
K. Likens $5
Michelle Maa $5
Ross Gomez $5
Linda Hutchins-Knowles $5
Jeff Gire $5
Nathan Donato-Weinstein $5
Jean Libby $5
Thomas Sebastian $5
Jeffrey Buchanan $5
Thomas Clark $5
Sam Saiu $5
Paul Fong $5
Diam Syverson $5
Jon Pedigo $5
Kathy Tran $5
Barry Barnes $5
David Meyer $5
Ellen Wheeler $5
Thomas Ferro $5
Martin Romero $5
Eric Peterson $5
Vince Rocha $5
Cicely Wedgeworth $5
Jenny Niklaus $5
Michelle Huttenhoff $5
Daniel Fernandes $5
Lauren Renaud $5
Gloria Quiroz $5

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