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‘It’s just politics’: Ann Ravel wins backing from Dave Cortese colleagues

An unusual trend of Silicon Valley lawmakers endorsing political newcomers – instead of their own colleagues – has spread to statewide races. San José Spotlight first reported on the shift last year, highlighting how San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and many other councilmembers backed outsiders over their council colleagues. And in the crowded race for...

Unusual allies: Ex-San Jose mayor endorses Dave Cortese for Senate

After lending his support to Mayor Sam Liccardo in his 2014 run for mayor against Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, former Mayor Tom McEnery is all in for Cortese — an unusual decision given the two politicians’ starkly opposite views. Cortese, who this year terms out from the Board of Supervisors after 12 years...

San Jose firefighters unveil new life-saving truck

After several years of destructive wildfires in California, San Jose firefighters on Saturday unveiled a new fire engine that costs close to $1 million but could travel the state to help extinguish disastrous blazes. “We build it from the ground up to make sure we get all the equipment we want and need in there,”...

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 residents can now text anonymous complaints about police

For the first time in San Jose’s history, residents can share anonymous feedback about their experience with police via text message or online and file official complaints about alleged police misconduct online. In a move toward improving police and community relationships in San Jose, the city’s Independent Police Auditor announced this month the launch of...

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