Author: Adam F. Hutton (Adam F. Hutton)

From policy wonk to politician, Ann Ravel eyes state Senate

Ann Ravel is not a politician. And, although she’s running her first campaign for elected office, she’s not a novice either. Ravel has served as an appointed government official at every level. She was Santa Clara County counsel for nearly a decade and worked in that office for years prior to her appointment by the...

After 30 years in Santa Clara County politics, Dave Cortese aims for state Senate

California politics is in Dave Cortese’s blood. His maternal grandfather was a Santa Clara councilman. His father was Santa Clara County supervisor and a state assemblyman. For nearly 30 years he’s been serving as an elected official in San Jose. Now he’s hoping to put that experience to work as a senator representing California’s 15th district. Cortese...

Kansen Chu looks to solve housing crisis on the local level

Kansen Chu’s campaign to replace Dave Cortese on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is a homecoming of sorts. The veteran lawmaker has spent the past six years commuting to Sacramento where he represents parts of Silicon Valley and the East Bay in the California Assembly. Chu got his start in local politics as...

Google unveils portrait of massive downtown San Jose campus

San Jose revealed scads of new details about Google’s plans to build a sprawling downtown campus with 7.3 million square feet of office space and 4,000 housing units spread out over more than 80 acres with improvements to public amenities, including 10 parks and the trails that will eventually connect them all. San Jose Downtown...

Poor residents, city no match for San Jose’s huge ‘faceless, corporate slumlord’

Kashana Ashford spent the sweltering Labor Day weekend moving her family out of an extended-stay hotel. Ashford is a 41-year-old cafeteria worker and former bus driver for the Mountain View Whisman School District. For more than five months she’s been bouncing from one temporary housing arrangement to the next with seven children because their apartment...

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