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 ramona@sanjosespotlight.com.

Columnists

Bob Staedler
Principal at Silicon Valley Synergy

Bob Staedler

Column contributed first Monday of every month

Ray Bramson
Chief Impact 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

Jaime Fearer
Deputy Director, California Walks

Jaime Fearer

Former columnist

Opinion

Portillo: San Jose has a chance to truly promote diversity 

As the daughter of two Mexican immigrants who has lived on the East Side of San Jose my entire life, I grew up with great pride and love for my home. Surrounded by neighbors, classmates and local businesses rich in culture, I’ve always felt privileged to have been raised in such a vibrant and welcoming community. But despite this rich identity and connection to my neighborhood, places...

Carter: The East Side fights back

It was a profound statement about the importance of public art when white supremacists marched on Charlottesville, North Carolina last year in the now-infamous Unite the Right rally. White nationalist groups overran the city of Charlottesville in response to the removal of a statue valorizing the confederate general Robert. E. Lee. Although they were guided...

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