Columns

Journalists know a little bit about a lot of topics.

But we don’t know it all. And we certainly aren’t subject matter experts on some of the topics that matter most to you — education, housing, homelessness, development, immigration and the environment.

That’s why we’ve called on a team of experts to write regular columns on these important issues. Our San José Spotlight columnists are prominent industry experts and leaders in their respective fields. Every week, they’ll share inside information, insights on trends and patterns and a deep understanding of the issues.

We’ll feature new columns every Monday, as we work to expand the topic areas. Know an expert who might be a good fit to write a regular column? Email ideas and suggestions to [email protected].

Columnists

Bob Staedler
Principal at Silicon Valley Synergy

Bob Staedler

Column contributed first Monday of every month

Ray Bramson
Chief Operating Officer, Destination: Home

Ray Bramson

Column contributed second Monday of every month

Chris Funk
Superintendent, East Side Union High School District

Chris Funk

Column contributed third Monday of every month

Joel John Roberts
Chief Executive Officer, PATH

Joel John Roberts

Column contributed fourth Monday of every month

Karen E. Philbrick
Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Karen E. Philbrick

Column contributed first Thursday of every month

Jayme Ackemann
Transportation communications expert

Jayme Ackemann

Column contributed first Thursday of every month

Michael Vargas
Attorney, Rimon Law

Michael Vargas

Column contributed second Thursday of every month

In Your Backyard
Featuring voices of formerly homeless residents

In Your Backyard

Column contributed third Thursday of every month

Neil Collins
Chief Executive Officer, Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS

Neil Collins

Column contributed fourth Thursday of every month

Jaime Fearer
Deputy Director, California Walks

Jaime Fearer

Former columnist

Opinion

Garst: Time has come for California’s biggest corporations to pay their fair share in taxes

Chief Justice John Roberts, in the now infamous Citizens United v FEC, asserted corporations are people. Many have made clear and convincing arguments for why Roberts got it wrong. Perhaps one of the more persuasive if less frequented arguments against the idea is that many corporations— including some of the largest, such as Amazon, Netflix and...

Ganesh: Making the case for high-density suburbs

California is burning. California is choking. And it’s largely due to climate change. The human consequences of this catastrophe could not be more acute as roughly one in four Californians live in fire-risk zones. This, coupled with the fact that 40% of the state’s emissions come from transportation, can only lead us to one conclusion: It’s time...

Irving: Caregiving in the age of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County

At the beginning of the shelter-in-place orders, I saw an acquaintance post online about how they’ve found themselves suddenly navigating caregiving for an elderly neighbor. They began to calendar in grocery store runs, picking up medications and making daily calls to check in on their neighbor’s physical and mental well-being. As the tasks mounted and...

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