Author: Joseph Geha (Joseph Geha)

Santa Clara voters say yes to higher business taxes

An overhaul of Santa Clara’s business tax that could help the city patch a gaping budget hole appears on its way to victory at the polls. Nearly 60% of voters in Santa Clara are supporting Measure H in early election returns, according to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. About 62% of the expected countywide ballots...

Can Cindy Chavez catch up in San Jose mayor’s race?

With 90% of ballots counted by Tuesday afternoon, San Jose mayoral candidate Matt Mahan now leads opponent Cindy Chavez by 6,351 votes. As of election week, there were roughly 356,071 outstanding ballots in San Jose, though it’s highly unlikely all of them will be returned. The county mailed 524,698 ballots to registered voters in San...

Milpitas workers bullied by former official

An attorney and former Milpitas planning commissioner whose rude and threatening language landed him in trouble before is sending curse-laden emails to the city attorney on behalf of the frontrunner in the mayor’s race. Following the inadvertent release of some of Vice Mayor Carmen Montano’s personal information in response to a public records request, attorney...

Santa Clara mayor’s race still close

Last updated 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The next update is expected by 5 p.m. Thursday. The race to become Santa Clara’s next mayor is still tight, with Mayor Lisa Gillmor holding a slim lead over her opponent, Councilmember Anthony Becker, in early results. Gillmor is leading the race with 51% of the vote, with Becker...

Early results show Peter Ortiz leading in San Jose District 5 race

Last updated 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The next update is 5 p.m. on Wednesday. East San Jose voters appear to be supporting Santa Clara County Board of Education President Peter Ortiz for San Jose City Council in District 5. Ortiz is leading against former Assemblymember Nora Campos in early returns. Ortiz has secured 54.8% of...

Reader Panel: San Jose voters prepare for election day

With less than a week until election day, local voters participating in San José Spotlight’s reader panel have mostly made up their minds on key contests. San José Spotlight hosted its fifth panel of six readers on Wednesday to hear their thoughts on the election overall, the ways San Jose mayoral candidates have tried to differentiate...

San Jose faces decades of City Hall debt

It’s been roughly 20 years since San Jose leaders voted to build a new City Hall, rotunda, plaza and parking garage at Fourth and Santa Clara streets in the heart of the city’s downtown. It’ll be nearly another two decades before the full tab is paid. Even before the idea became a reality, city leaders...

Santa Clara council scuffles over censuring mayor

A call to censure Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor set off heated arguments and sent accusations flying among the City Council during the last meeting before election day. Resident Lori Garmany filed a petition asking them to consider censuring the mayor, or invoking a formal reprimand for “the leaking of confidential closed session settlement information to the...

49ers spend millions to sack Santa Clara mayor

The San Francisco 49ers ownership group is spending millions to sway voters in Santa Clara this upcoming election, surpassing the staggering amount of money it poured into the city’s 2020 election. CEO Jed York and the 49ers’ boundless war chest scored a big victory by breaking up Mayor Lisa Gillmor’s city council voting majority when they...