San Jose mayoral candidate forum

Hear from the two candidates vying to be San Jose’s next mayor this November. Learn more about where they stand on issues such as homelessness, transportation, public safety and their plans for the nation’s 10th largest city. Tabard Theatre: 29 N. San Pedro Street in San Jose Event will also be livestreamed Moderated by Ramona Giwargis,...

Exploring the Systemic Causes of Homelessness

While homelessness is often perceived as the result of a personal or moral failure, a growing body of research has shown that homelessness is the result of entrenched, structural inequities plaguing our society. In this forum, we’ll convene a panel of experts to dig into the systemic root causes of homelessness, debunk common myths and...

County and State Candidate Forum

Join our next candidate forum and hear from candidates running for county and state offices. Get to know the candidates and where they stand on the issues that matter most to you. Participating Races: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 1 District Attorney Sheriff California Assembly District 24 Have questions for the candidates? Email...

San Jose City Council Candidate Forum

Four San Jose City Council races will be on the ballot this June. Get to know the candidates and where they stand on the issues that matter most to you. Participating Races: District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 Have questions for the candidates? Email them ahead of time to [email protected] RSVP here. Thanks...

San Jose Mayoral Candidate Forum

The race to replace San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who terms out at the end of the year, is poised to be the most contested and costly contest. This forum provides an opportunity to get to know where the five frontrunner candidates—Cindy Chavez, Dev Davis, Matt Mahan, Raul Peralez and Jim Pence—stand on the issues...

Fourth Estate Celebration

Support our award-winning journalism at our annual fundraiser and celebration — which will be held virtually this year. Thursday, January 27 from 6-7 p.m. Special guest: Marcia Parker, Publisher, CalMatters Tickets: $60 RSVP here. Thank you to our sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, Comcast, San Jose Water Company, Knight Foundation and Excite Credit Union

Backbone of Silicon Valley

San José Spotlight spent the past year documenting the plight of six essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in a soon-to-be-released documentary series. Meet three of those unsung heroes in a live event. Moderated by reporters Lloyd Alaban and Lorraine Gabbert. Panel includes filmmaker Jonathan Velasquez of Hella Good Media. RSVP: Thank you to...

Cocktails with Spotlight

This is a special event to thank our members who support our award-winning nonprofit journalism and allow us to continue bringing you the stories you love. Come masked and vaxed and ready to mingle with other San José Spotlight supporters at this exclusive member-only event. Enjoy appetizers, a no host bar and awesome silent auction...

Meet the editor

Grab a cup of coffee with the editor of San Jose’s award-winning nonprofit newsroom. Hear about his vision for the organization, ask questions and share ideas and input to help shape our public service journalism. RSVP:

San Jose Speaks: A conversation with county Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan

Public schools in Santa Clara County continue to grapple with distance learning, systemic inequities, mask mandates and the presence of law enforcement on campuses. Hear from the county’s Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan and learn what is being done by education officials to tackle these issues facing students, teachers and staff. RSVP:

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