Author: Rich Robinson (Rich Robinson)

Robinson: A tale of two cities

First, congratulations to Matt Mahan for winning the San Jose mayor’s race. He wasn’t my choice, but I wish him the best of success. Mahan won the race for mayor, but his opponent Cindy Chavez did not lose. Electorally, San Jose is a tale of two cities. One, a voting majority made up of neighborhoods...

Robinson: Voters deserve truth

All positive information isn’t truth—and all truth isn’t positive. Thus the complaints about “negative” campaigning get lost in the failure of critical thinking and analysis. Political speech is highly protected and lying is not against the law, unlike commercial speech. If Listerine tells you they can cure the common cold, they get sued, fined and...

Robinson: The elephants in the room

San Jose mayoral candidate Matt Mahan, county supervisorial candidate Johnny Khamis and sheriff candidate Kevin Jensen are all actively courting Republican voters in their quest for public office. Khamis and Jensen were once Republicans, while Mahan is not. Khamis publicly left the party in 2018, while Jensen—a registered Republican since 1988—changed his status to no party preference...

Robinson: Mayor Sam Liccardo and Matt Mahan—the odd couple

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez has picked up the endorsements of two former mayoral candidates, San Jose Councilmembers Dev Davis and Raul Peralez, in her run for mayor. In fact, the majority of the San Jose City Council and those elected in June are endorsing Chavez. But Mayor Sam Liccardo, after pouring money into...

Robinson: Trump’s crimes revealed by Lofgren and the Jan. 6 committee

Many of us have been flabbergasted by the revelations of the January 6 committee, which includes our local Congressmember Zoe Lofgren. In recalling the days before the insurrection, most of us were counting the days the man-child still held power. We were hoping his damage would be limited to outrageous pardons and highly questionable Presidential...

Robinson: Goodbye, Norm Mineta

Norman Y. Mineta was the greatest and most successful politician ever to come out of San Jose. Last week, he returned for his last time to San Jose from Washington D.C. Norm’s friends gathered to say goodbye and the tributes of former President Bill Clinton, former CIA Director Leon Panetta, former San Francisco Mayor Willie...

Robinson: The best of the San Jose mayor’s race

Cindy Chavez will face Matt Mahan in the race for mayor of San Jose. On a purely result basis, these two had the best campaigns; for winning is the only measure of real success in politics. That said, viewing the campaigns on an empirical level, certain candidates used different strategies and tactics. The following is...

Robinson: San Jose mayoral candidates staying in their lanes

The San Jose mayoral race offers four main candidates with two different philosophies for San Jose. On one side Councilmembers Dev Davis and Matt Mahan are dueling for votes, while on the other side Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Councilmember Raul Peralez vie for votes. The more interesting political battle is on the right. Recently, Davis...

Robinson: Phil Trounstine: Scribe for a different era

Recently deceased former Mercury News journalist Phil Trounstine was a luminary journalist in a bygone era. Trounstine was a consummate professional, a cynical curmudgeon, fastidious, inquisitive, and a damn good writer. He was never intimidated by power and when he was wrong, he could good laugh at his own humanity. Trounstine thrived in the seemingly...

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