Author: Ramona Giwargis (Ramona Giwargis)

Touchdown: Santa Clara settles lawsuit with 49ers

Three years and millions of dollars later, the San Francisco 49ers and Santa Clara have settled a high-stakes lawsuit over management of Levi’s Stadium. Three weeks after San José Spotlight first reported the NFL team’s settlement offer, Santa Clara administrators on Wednesday accepted a deal to end the litigation, according to team officials. Before signing the...

49ers offer millions to settle Santa Clara lawsuit

One of the biggest legal battles between Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers could be coming to an end. The football team sued the city in 2019 after councilmembers voted to remove the team as the manager of Levi’s Stadium during non-NFL events—a controversial decision that marked the latest blow in a contentious, high-profile fight....

San Jose mayor eyeing run for Congress, sources say

For several years, Silicon Valley politicos have been clamoring about what’s next for San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. And with just nine months left in office, the mayor has remained mostly mum—until now. At a California Chamber of Commerce executive board meeting in Half Moon Bay last week, Liccardo let it slip that he’s eyeing a...

San Jose denies mayor’s emails on advocacy group. We are fighting back.

San Jose City Hall refuses to turn over emails from Mayor Sam Liccardo related to an advocacy organization he formed in February, claiming that every communication is subject to attorney-client privilege. Now, San José Spotlight is appealing the denial that’s raised eyebrows among attorneys and open government advocates. “I just can’t see how everything you’ve...

San Jose city manager resigns after 34 years

After more than three decades at San Jose City Hall, the city’s top administrator is calling it quits. With the city reeling from a mass shooting at a VTA rail yard earlier Wednesday, City Manager Dave Sykes sent an email to the city’s workforce letting them know he’s retiring this summer. “I immigrated to the...