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

In Your Backyard
Featuring voices of formerly homeless residents

In Your Backyard

Column contributed third Thursday of every month

Karen E. Philbrick
Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Karen E. Philbrick

Column contributed first Thursday of every month

Michael Vargas
Attorney, Rimon Law

Michael Vargas

Column contributed second Thursday of every month

Jaime Fearer
Deputy Director, California Walks

Jaime Fearer

Former columnist

Opinion

Gilman: Mayor Liccardo, hold your fire

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is proposing a city ordinance that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance or a pay a fee to mitigate the societal costs associated with gun-related violence and accidents. He presented his case in an opinion piece published in The Washington Post last week. The mayor’s proposal is based...

Gerston: Census participation is more important than ever

Beginning next January, the Census Bureau will begin counting the estimated 330 million people living in the United States.  More than just an exercise undertaken by thousands of temporary bean counters, the census is critical to every state for two important reasons. First, the census determines each state’s number of U.S. House of Representatives members....

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