Election 2020

Election 2020

How will David Cohen shake up the San Jose City Council?

As the newly-elected David Cohen gears up to represent San Jose’s District 4, political observers look to the past to see where local policymaking is headed. The council for years has been divided across business and labor lines, leading to a handful of 6-5 split decisions in favor of Mayor Sam Liccardo’s voting bloc, which...

Voting rate in Silicon Valley reaches historic levels

Voters came out in droves for the 2020 general election as voting rates reached historic levels in Silicon Valley, where the majority cast ballots for Joe Biden. According to Rachel Massaro, vice president and director of research at Joint Venture Silicon Valley, which authored a recent report along with Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies,...

What the failure of Prop. 16 means for the future of affirmative action in San Jose

On Election Day, California voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot proposition which would have reversed the state’s 24-year ban on affirmative action programs that use race or gender to decide who deserves a leg up in public employment, contracting and college admissions. Fewer than 44 percent of voters in the state voted to approve Prop. 16...

Silicon Valley reacts to Joe Biden winning presidency

After winning Nevada and Pennsylvania four days after the election, Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump on Saturday and will become the 46th president of the United States with Kamala Harris, the first woman Vice President, by his side. With victories in those two states, the former Vice President under Barack Obama harnessed a total...

Young South Bay activists mobilize to fight for climate justice

Marching down a narrow neighborhood street with signs reading “Green New Deal Now” and “We Can’t Breathe,” about 20 youth climate activists sought to surprise San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with an early morning protest outside his home. “No justice, no sleep,” one of the protesters chanted through a megaphone while cars squeezed between the...

Voter turnout in San Jose’s East Side falls behind West Valley

Education trustee Teresa Castellanos spent weeks going door to door to speak with East Side voters before the Nov. 3 election. To her dismay, many of them told her no one has ever knocked on their door on the campaign trail. “That’s when I realized that there’s a whole electorate that’s not being targeted and not being...