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After Bloomberg exit, Sam Liccardo backs Joe Biden for president

The field for the Democratic presidential nominee narrowed even further Wednesday when billionaire Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the race and endorsed Vice President Joe Biden, securing him droves of new supporters including San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. ”I am clear-eyed about our overriding objective and that is victory in November,” Bloomberg said at a news...

San Jose measure to shift mayoral elections one step closer to ballot

After six months of campaigning for support, top labor leaders announced on Wednesday they’ve secured enough signatures to qualify the Fair Elections Initiative for the November 2020 ballot, a measure they say will put a cap on money in politics and increase voter turnout by aligning mayoral elections with presidential years. With the help of...

San Jose lawmakers denounce SVO’s altered photo of Sylvia Arenas

Supporters of San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas are crying foul after an image of the Latina lawmaker surfaced on a new opposition website that appears to have darkened her skin. The image, which cropped up this week on a website funded by the Silicon Valley Organization’s PAC, first appeared in a Mercury News article four...

South Bay attorney Sal Liccardo promotes book fighting for blind woman

It was a sleepy Sunday morning in 1969 when a 29-year-old San Jose mother of three woke up to a surging headache, unbearable to the point where she rushed herself to the hospital. The woman’s mysterious and ferocious pain perplexed doctors, who were stunned by the sight of her head swelling up like a balloon —...

‘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...

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