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San Jose Planning Commissioner Justin Lardinois to run for City Council

San Jose Planning Commissioner Justin Lardinois announced Monday he will run for City Council, becoming the first official candidate for District 1, which includes West San Jose, West Valley and Winchester. I’m running for San José City Council! San José is a big city with a lot of potential, a lot of challenges, and no...

Los Gatos Vice Mayor Rob Rennie jumps into supervisorial race

Los Gatos Vice Mayor Rob Rennie is officially jumping into the race to replace Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman who terms out in 2022.  Rennie is running for District 1, which includes parts of San Jose, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and county unincorporated areas. An engineer for 25 years, Rennie has served...

What’s former Sen. Jim Beall eyeing next?

Four months after terming out of the California Legislature, former Sen. Jim Beall is now eyeing a local seat. But it’s not the San Jose mayor’s race — a rumor that has followed Beall around for months. He is considering running for a seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s board of directors. “As...

Asian lawmaker in Santa Clara gets snubbed at anti-Asian hate event — by his colleague

At an event dedicated to stopping hate and violence against the Asian community put on by Santa Clara Councilmember Kathy Watanabe, Korean-American Councilmember Kevin Park was denied a chance to speak. The event, held at the Santa Clara Northside Library, was titled “#StopAsianHate” and run by Watanabe and Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor. Speakers included...

Santa Clara County DA Jeff Rosen could face first challenger

Santa Clara County Public Defender Sajid Khan has often criticized District Attorney Jeff Rosen — and now he is considering running against him. “Decision day is coming up relatively soon, and we will all know more in the coming weeks and months whether or not I decide to run for that seat,” Khan said. While Khan said he’s...

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone has run mostly unopposed for decades. Now he could face a challenger

First he launched one of the world’s first online-dating sites, now Gary Kremen — vice-chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District and founder of Match.com — could be Santa Clara County’s next assessor. Kremen told San José Spotlight he’s strongly considering challenging incumbent County Assessor Larry Stone in 2022. “Many folks have asked me to look at...

Gunshot detection technology is ready for testing in San Jose

San Jose is ready to launch its gunshot detection pilot program with hopes of decreasing crime in the Cadillac Winchester Neighborhood, an area in West San Jose historically impacted by gun violence. The San Jose Police Department will host virtual community meetings on March 17 and 18 so residents can learn more about gunshot detection...

Former San Jose lawmaker has a new gig in real estate

After getting a bit of rest, former San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis is back at work. Not at San Jose City Hall. He just accepted a job as a part-time public relations consultant for the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR). SCCAOR provides educational and networking opportunities to more than 6,000 Realtors across the county....

San Jose leaders agree Thomas Fallon statue must be removed

After residents demanded for decades the Thomas Fallon statue, seen as a symbol of oppression by many, be taken from its lofty perch in the center of downtown San Jose, a key panel agreed. The Rules and Open Government Committee of the San Jose City Council, which sets future City Council agendas, voted unanimously Wednesday...

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