Author: Ramona Giwargis (Ramona Giwargis)

Evergreen trustee Jim Zito is running for San Jose City Council

San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas dodged a rival earlier this month when Rose Herrera confirmed she won’t challenge Arenas’ re-election next year. But that relief didn’t last long. About a week later, a new, formidable opponent jumped into the San Jose City Council District 8 race — Republican Jim Zito. He told San José Spotlight...

Rose Herrera not running for San Jose City Council

Dashing the hopes of some longtime business leaders, former Vice Mayor Rose Herrera told San José Spotlight this week that she will not run for her old seat on the San Jose City Council. In fact, Herrera is not running for any elected office anymore — she recently dropped out of the supervisorial race for...

Longtime South Bay attorney Anne Kepner joins Assembly race

South Bay consumer attorney Anne Kepner, who’s served five years on the West Valley-Mission Community College Board, is running for an open Assembly seat in what’s shaping up to be one of the most closely-watched races this fall. Kepner, 50, last week joined the race to succeed Kansen Chu in Assembly District 25, which covers...

Another finalist named in San Jose Planning Commission saga

A fourth finalist for the San Jose Planning Commission was named late Friday, the latest wrinkle in what’s become a highly-politicized process to fill two seats on the city’s most powerful commission. Attorney George Casey was named a fourth finalist and will compete for one of two vacancies on the panel. The winding saga of...

Rose Herrera expected to jump into San Jose City Council race

Four months after jumping into a county supervisor race, former San Jose Vice Mayor Rose Herrera is expected to drop out to run for her old seat on the San Jose City Council against Councilmember Sylvia Arenas. Herrera, who is normally responsive to media requests, did not return multiple calls and emails from San José...

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese criticized for campaign email

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who is running for the California Senate, is facing criticism from opponents over a new campaign email that some say appears to blur the lines between his campaign and official resources. The email, sent late last month, comes from a campaign email address — dave@davecortese.com — but features a...

From the editor: When the housing crisis hits home

The moment felt a little surreal. After months of planning, saving and talking endlessly about it, we moved back to California and here I was on a hotter-than-usual Saturday afternoon, turning the key to our new apartment. After living in Nevada for more than a year and fielding countless inquiries about when we’re moving back,...

Denise Belisle sells Evergreen Coffee Company, mulls what’s next

Longtime business owner and City Council hopeful Denise Belisle sold Evergreen Coffee Company — her beloved mom-and-pop coffee shop in Evergreen — fueling speculation about what’s next and whether she’s gearing up for another council run. “I’ve certainly thought about it,” said Belisle, who finished third in a five-way primary race for the District 8...

Republican businesswoman enters San Jose council race

The fight for San Jose’s District 10 City Council seat — being vacated by outgoing Councilmember Johnny Khamis — just got a little more crowded. Helen Wang, a longtime business owner and registered nurse, told San José Spotlight she’s running for the Almaden Valley seat to “protect and enhance” the district’s safety, public services and...

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