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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...

Split San Jose housing vote highlights political divide

Silicon Valley’s biggest business lobby and its largest labor special interest group are rarely on the same side of contentious public policy issues. And last week’s 6-5 vote of the San Jose City Council on a suite of housing policy changes was no exception to that rule. So it’s no surprise The Silicon Valley Organization...

Cupertino commissioner threatens lawsuit for Nextdoor posts

The Cupertino Planning Commission chair who in July came under fire for a past harassment lawsuit and more recent controversial posts on social media site NextDoor says a former resident’s postings on the site have defamed his character and he is considering legal action. Planning Commission Chair R “Ray” Wang’s attorney, Krista Baughman, a partner...

Poll: San Jose voters support property transfer tax

A new poll released Thursday found that at least 60 percent of San Jose voters would support a potential real property transfer tax, which would apply to the sale of properties valued at $2 million or more. The five day poll was funded by the city and conducted by FM3 Research, running from Nov. 5 to...

Another candidate enters San Jose City Council District 4 race

With less than four months until Election Day, a new contender has jumped into the San Jose City Council race in District 4, joining two other candidates vying to unseat Councilmember Lan Diep. Jamal Khan, 32, told San José Spotlight he is running for the council seat that covers Alviso, Berryessa and North San Jose...

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...

Santa Clara County union suspends strike, agrees to voluntary mediation

Union negotiators representing 12,000 striking Santa Clara County service workers have agreed to suspend their unfair labor practices protest and return to the bargaining table on Tuesday with an independent mediator helping the two sides identify possible compromises. County negotiators and the bargaining team for Service Employees International Union Local 521 agreed on a mediator...

San Jose: New attack ad targets Lan Diep over Silvery Towers

A labor group took aim at San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep, a former Republican and longtime pro-business advocate, in an attack ad that accuses him of giving developer KT Urban, who built the Silvery Towers, a $22 million taxpayer-funded subsidy. The group that released the ad last week, Santa Clara County Residents for Responsible Development,...

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez faces new challenger

Community leader and social activist Jennifer Celaya is running against Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, giving the popular incumbent a run for her money next year. Celaya, 38, is new to the world of politics and but she said she’s here to make a change. “With the variety of different crisis that our county...

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