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Candidate claims Santa Clara County DA tripped him after debate

Two candidates running for Santa Clara County district attorney claim incumbent DA Jeff Rosen intentionally tripped one of them at the end of a debate—an incident Rosen says was an accident. The episode occurred last Friday at the end of the first in-person forum with all the candidates for the DA’s race hosted by Sacred Heart...

49ers break the bank for San Jose mayoral candidate

The San Francisco 49ers football team is spending a staggering sum of money on Supervisor Cindy Chavez in her race to become San Jose mayor. The Santa Clara-based NFL team has contributed $300,000 to an independent expenditure called “Citizens for Cindy Chavez, Mayor 2022.” According to public records, the committee was set up earlier this...

Seven Silicon Valley candidates net major endorsement

The Santa Clara County Democratic Party has announced its 2022 endorsements for candidates in six city and county races—all of whom recently received support from local labor leaders. The party, which represents more than half a million Democratic voters in Silicon Valley, gave a sole endorsement to Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez in the San...

Santa Clara to hire attorney after firing city manager

Days after firing the city manager, the Santa Clara City Council plans to hire an attorney—but won’t let the mayor take charge of the search. The council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to have Councilmember Karen Hardy seek out legal counsel to represent the local government. Councilmember Kathy Watanabe cast the lone dissenting vote, arguing this...

Silicon Valley labor leaders endorse some, snub others

Silicon Valley’s powerful labor lobby has unveiled its 2022 endorsements—and there are a few surprises and notable snubs. The South Bay Labor Council, which comprises more than 100 unions across the valley, announced a sole endorsement Tuesday for Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez in the San Jose mayor’s race. The group didn’t back Councilmember...

Organizers say San Jose tried to shut down Black History Month event

Black organizers and activists claim San Jose targeted and tried to shut down a Black History Month event over a permit issue. Human Empowerment Radical Optimism (HERO) Tent, a local activist group formed after the police killing of George Floyd, hosted a two-day event this past weekend at Backesto Park to bring Black-owned small businesses,...

San Jose mayoral candidate Matt Mahan leads pack on fundraising

Cash is flooding into San Jose’s mayoral race—a sign the election is going to prove costly for all contenders. Councilmember Matt Mahan leads the way, raising $504,000 from roughly 1,000 donors during the first 23 days of San Jose’s fundraising period. Mahan, a tech entrepreneur who announced his mayoral campaign a little over a year after...

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