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, homelessness, development, transportation, real estate, the environment and more.

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 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 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
Regional Director, PATH San Jose

Laura Sandoval

Column contributed fourth Monday of every month

Raúl Rodríguez
Interim Chancellor, San Jose – Evergreen Community College District

Raúl Rodríguez

Column contributed first 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 every other month

Monica Mallon
Founder, Turnout4Transit

Monica Mallon

Column contributed first Thursday every other month

Ruth Silver Taube
Labor and employment lawyer

Ruth Silver Taube

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

Aaron B. Zisser
Civil rights attorney and criminal justice reform expert

Aaron B. Zisser

Column contributed first Friday of every month

Former columnists

Chris Funk
Superintendent, East Side Union High School District

Chris Funk

Former columnist

Jaime Fearer
Deputy Director, California Walks

Jaime Fearer

Former columnist

Opinion

Varich: Internet-era logic on full display in Spotlight’s school board story

Spotlight commenters have gleefully called out the many over-the-top accusations its article tossed at local Republicans, which was charmingly entitled “Conservatives infiltrate Silicon Valley school board races.” As one of those “infiltrators,” I’m also struck by how the article uses a number of flawed rhetorical devices. Sadly, many of these conventions have become more common in the...

Olson: Feds giving small businesses short end of the stick

Everyone — from the biggest government agencies that often smother small businesses with red tape to the biggest businesses which often suffocate small businesses with monopoly power — likes to say that they support small businesses. Indeed, one of the country’s biggest defense contractors testified at a deposition that small businesses are “the backbone of...