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San Jose lawmaker who criticized county bonuses approved them for city employees

A San Jose councilmember who criticized county officials for awarding government workers COVID bonuses approved similar payments for city employees. The San Jose City Council earlier this summer approved a one-time pandemic bonus of $1,000 for each full-time employee in Unit 99—a category of city workers that includes department heads and senior staff, such as...

Cindy Chavez is in for San Jose mayor

With one email, longtime labor ally Supervisor Cindy Chavez confirmed what every Silicon Valley politico already knows—she’s running for mayor of San Jose. Chavez, who won another term on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors last November, will announce her candidacy for mayor at an invite-only event Thursday. She filed papers with the state last...

State filings show Cindy Chavez is running for San Jose mayor

After months of speculation, it appears Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez is indeed preparing to run for mayor of San Jose in 2022. The California Secretary of State website shows a committee called “Chavez for Mayor 2022; Cindy.” It’s unclear when the committee was created. A phone number listed in the filing is linked...

VTA chugging toward full light rail service in Santa Clara County

It’s taken months, but Santa Clara County’s public transit agency is almost fully back in action. Starting this weekend, VTA officials said the entire light rail system will be back on track. The agency announced an expansion of light rail service earlier this week to include the entire Blue Line, which runs from Baypointe to...

Cindy Chavez joins mayoral candidate forum, but won’t say if she’s running

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez keeps dodging questions about her mayoral aspirations. But that’s not stopping her from participating in a mayoral candidate forum. Chavez—who is rumored to run for San Jose mayor but has yet to officially announce—will take part in a candidate forum on Monday with downtown San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez, who officially...

Second challenger joins race for Santa Clara County sheriff

A veteran and seasoned deputy is joining the race to unseat Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. Last week, Christine Nagaye announced her candidacy for the 2022 election. A San Jose resident, Nagaye has worked at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years, including six as a supervising sergeant. She previously worked for Southwest...

Residents want to recall Santa Clara County supervisors

An effort to recall the top elected officials in the county is starting—but organizers are still gathering volunteers before hitting the streets to canvas for signatures. Jeff Roberts, a Santa Clara County resident inspired by the campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, is trying a similar strategy to remove the entire Board of Supervisors for...

Santa Clara won’t divulge details about city attorney probe

Santa Clara has been investigating its city attorney for alleged misconduct for at least four months now—but the city won’t say how much the probe will cost, when it’ll be done or whether it will be released. Instead they are referring those questions to an outside law firm, which denied them on behalf of the...

San Jose consultant uses private email, causes confusion

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s use of private email to skirt public records law is raising questions about how his office handles resident complaints. A new thread of emails, obtained by San José Spotlight, shows an ex-employee of the mayor’s office—now a consultant—using a Gmail account to handle complaints made by the resident. The mayor...

San Jose Councilmember Dev Davis kicks off mayoral campaign

San Jose Councilmember Dev Davis’ streak of rustic campaign events continued Wednesday as the District 6 lawmaker launched her mayoral campaign at Hapa’s Brewing Company near Willow Glen. “We have to tackle homelessness, we have to recover from the pandemic economically and frankly as a city. And we need to clean up our city,” Davis told San José Spotlight. Wednesday’s...