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

Mary Ann Dewan
County Superintendent of Schools

Mary Ann Dewan

Column contributed third Monday of every month

Laura Sandoval
Director of Programs, PATH San Jose

Laura Sandoval

Column contributed fourth Monday of every month

Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland
Chancellor, San Jose – Evergreen Community College District

Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland

Column contributed first Wednesday of every month

Ethan Gregory Dodge
Cyber security and tech expert

Ethan Gregory Dodge

Column contributed second Wednesday of every month

Erin Zimmerman
Climate Reality Leader at Climate Reality Project

Erin Zimmerman

Column contributed third Wednesday of every month

Rich Robinson
Silicon Valley Political Strategist

Rich Robinson

Column contributed fourth Wednesday 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

Chris Funk
Superintendent, East Side Union High School District

Chris Funk

Former columnist

Jaime Fearer
Deputy Director, California Walks

Jaime Fearer

Former columnist

Opinion

Maciel: Moving forward in one of America’s most welcoming cities—our own

Last year, San Jose was named among the country’s top 10 most welcoming and inclusive cities in the New American Economy Cities Index, which examines the relationship between welcoming immigration policies and municipal economic health. As the index found, proactive welcoming plans make cities more competitive for business and economic investment. While we take great pride in being...

Ortiz: We need police-free schools

Safety is the top concern of any parent with children in our community. When I became a mom I finally understood that protective “mama bear” instinct that everyone kept talking about. When you have a child, you grow to love that little human more than you ever thought was possible, and of course, you want...

Rennie: Telecommuting—good for the environment and good for Santa Clara County

As Santa Clara County emerges from COVID-19, workers are returning to their jobs, which means drive-time traffic jams are returning, too. And that means air pollution is also returning to normal levels. Steep declines in air pollution were noticed early on in the pandemic, with the Environmental Protection Agency reporting in March 2020 that Bay...