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San Jose talks campaign finance after dramatic and costly election

As San Jose winds down from a feisty and expensive election season, Councilmember Sergio Jimenez asked lawmakers to rethink campaign finance regulations to help restore public trust in local government. “We’ve seen an astonishing amount of money spent on negative, divisive and often — as we all recall —  misleading or outright false advertisements,” Jimenez...

Political panel files court action against Santa Clara County education trustee

The Fair Political Practices Commission is taking longtime education trustee Anna Song to court. Just one day before the general election, the state’s political watchdog announced it filed a complaint with the Santa Clara County Superior Court against Song and her campaign for failing to file required campaign finance statements for her Santa Clara County...

Santa Clara lawmaker calls herself environmental candidate but owns lucrative oil and coal stock

Teresa O’Neill has touted herself the environmental candidate for Santa Clara City Council but a review by this news organization found the councilmember owns up to $1.02 million in stocks in oil and coal-mining companies, according to her recent Form 700 disclosures. On her ballot statement and in various interviews, O’Neill has cited fighting climate...

Strange bedfellows? Carl Guardino endorses Dave Cortese

Carl Guardino once raised six figures to defeat Dave Cortese’s bid for mayor. Now he wants to see him go to Sacramento. Guardino, the powerful former CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, has endorsed Cortese’s bid for the Senate District 15 seat. Cortese, a Santa Clara County supervisor, is competing with former FEC commissioner...

Police union backs all-white Santa Clara City Council slate with $25K developer donation

With a hefty donation from a developer building a massive project in the city, Santa Clara’s police union is funding campaign mailers supporting a slate of City Council candidates backed by Mayor Lisa Gillmor. The Related Company has coughed up $25,000 to the Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association Political Action Committee to re-elect Councilmembers Kathy...