Author: Staff Reports

Kansen Chu for Assembly 2020 mailer raises eyebrows

California Assemblymember Kansen Chu surprised political insiders and voters alike when he announced earlier this year he planned to leave Sacramento to run for Santa Clara County supervisor. Despite the decision, some voters this holiday season received a one-page mailer detailing all of the legislator’s accomplishments in Sacramento — but the “paid for” disclaimer at...

San Jose City Council candidate involved in a fatal collision

San Jose City Council candidate Jenny Higgins Bradanini revealed late Wednesday night that she was involved in a collision that killed a 66-year-old man. “Monday morning in Los Gatos, I was involved in a tragic car accident that resulted in a fatality of a man,” Higgins Bradanini wrote in the email. “I am heartbroken and...

San Jose City College names a new president

Education leaders announced Monday the hiring of a new president for San José City College following a nationwide search. Rowena M. Tomaneng has been selected to lead the community college, according to district officials. A first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, Tomaneng joins the South Bay college after serving as president of Berkeley City College since...

San Jose education leader revokes City Council endorsement

In a stunning move Sunday night, a leading Evergreen education leader revoked her endorsement of San Jose City Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, who is facing re-election in 2020. Evergreen School Board President Bonnie Mace announced she’s withdrawing her support for Arenas and opting instead for a sole endorsement of her challenger Jim Zito, also an Evergreen...

Dueling endorsements in San Jose City Council race

San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas and her opponent Jim Zito have nearly nothing in common. She’s a progressive Democrat. He’s a fiscally-conservative Republican. He’s earning the backing of the business lobby, including the Silicon Valley Organization, while she continues to be a labor union favorite. They differ ideologically on some social issues, how the city...

Poll: San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis leads Senate race

A new poll obtained by San José Spotlight shows San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis gaining steam in the crowded Senate race to replace Jim Beall next year. The poll, which was funded by Khamis’ campaign, shows him garnering support from 22 percent of likely voters who were surveyed. A similar poll six months ago, funded...

San Jose legislator’s bill to ban tiny toiletries signed into law

Those tiny bottles of shampoo inside California hotel rooms will soon be a thing of the past after Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a landmark bill crafted by a Silicon Valley legislator. Assembly Bill 1162, authored by San Jose Assemblymember Ash Kalra, bans single-use plastic bottles used for personal care products in an attempt...

Milpitas lawmaker joins Assembly race

After two of her Milpitas City Council colleagues dropped out of an Assembly race to replace Kansen Chu, Councilmember Carmen Montano announced Monday that she’s jumping into the fray. The announcement comes a little more than a week after Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez ended her Assembly campaign after three months and longtime South Bay...

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