Author: Rich Robinson (Rich Robinson)

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...

Robinson: The political fundraising season begins

Tis the season. No, not the holiday season, it is the opening of political season; or the vernacular of the cynical—the silly season. Yes, candidates for San Jose mayor and City Council can officially begin raising money. The solicitations have begun and the lines are now drawn, literally and figuratively. Much credit goes to Councilmember...

Robinson: Gerrymandering is American apartheid

New lines are in the process of being established in California and around the nation for Congress, state legislatures, local supervisors, city councils et al. In California, an independent commission draws congressional and state legislature lines, removing one of the most contentious issues from our state. But that hasn’t always been the case and it...

Robinson: Outing our bigoted neighbors

A group of racist and anti-LGBTQ neighbors in Los Gatos have unleashed their hate against Mayor Marico Sayoc and her family.  Such vitriol in the aftermath of the “Trump Era” is far too commonplace. Finally, we are seeing active pushback against this small-minded minority of bullies. A group called the Goldbridge Institute has formed to...

Robinson: The heroes of our youth

Judy Rickard and Karin Bogliolo are reluctant local heroes. They just wanted to be married and live their lives in blissful happiness. For most of us, it seems like a fairly simple principle. But like Rosa Parks, who refused to give her seat up on a bus—they had to endure the unreasoned bigotry of our...

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