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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...

UPDATE: Santa Clara County workers back on strike

Santa Clara County workers are back on strike today for the eighth day after rejecting a counter-offer from county administrators to end the strike, which has now stretched to two weeks. Workers from the county jail, elections office, probation, crime lab and environmental health services are expected to join the picket line Wednesday. “The county’s...

Evergreen trustee Jim Zito is running for San Jose City Council

San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas dodged a rival earlier this month when Rose Herrera confirmed she won’t challenge Arenas’ re-election next year. But that relief didn’t last long. About a week later, a new, formidable opponent jumped into the San Jose City Council District 8 race — Republican Jim Zito. He told San José Spotlight...

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...

Silicon Valley nonprofit is the latest to delve into the political realm

A longstanding nonprofit focused on protecting immigrant rights is expanding its political reach with a new sister organization — giving it the ability to raise money for and endorse political candidates on the local and national level. Celebrating its 32 year-anniversary this week, Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) took root in San Jose...

Rose Herrera not running for San Jose City Council

Dashing the hopes of some longtime business leaders, former Vice Mayor Rose Herrera told San José Spotlight this week that she will not run for her old seat on the San Jose City Council. In fact, Herrera is not running for any elected office anymore — she recently dropped out of the supervisorial race for...

Only one Santa Clara lawmaker has blocked people on social media

Three months after a judge ruled it unconstitutional for President Donald Trump to block critics on Twitter, local politicians like San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo have scurried to unblock hundreds of accounts from their social media channels. But not in Santa Clara. That’s because none of the seven policymakers, including Mayor Lisa Gillmor, reported blocking...

San Jose becomes first U.S. city to use Social Progress Index to address inequity

Amid conversations about displacement and inequality across San Jose neighborhoods, the city is hoping data is the answer to increased equity. Mayor Sam Liccardo on Wednesday launched the Social Progress Index in San Jose, becoming the first city in the nation to utilize the tool, which shows where needs are not being met, where resources are being used and...

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