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Salesforce founder donates $25K to boost San Jose tax measure

A hotly-contested real property transfer tax was placed on the 2020 ballot by the San Jose City Council just weeks ago, but already the proposal — now dubbed Measure E — has received its first major financial contribution. But the first publicly-reported donation, which will likely support mailers and other public advocacy for Measure E,...

San Jose: Elizabeth Warren talks universal child care, taxing wealthy

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped in San Jose on Friday to meet with local child care workers who shared challenges with a growing workload and shrinking paychecks. The Massachusetts senator used the campaign stop to tout her plan for universal, federally-funded child care and higher wages for providers. The Silicon Valley visit, hosted by...

Silicon Valley candidates rally for support in San José Spotlight forum

Eighteen Silicon Valley candidates across four local and legislative races answered dozens of questions this month about homelessness, transportation, climate change and economic development in a two-hour discussion hosted by San José Spotlight. The Dec. 4 forum, held at CreaTV San Jose’s downtown studios and moderated by senior reporter Janice Bitters, was the first of two...

Milpitas Councilmember Anthony Phan joins Assembly race

Another Milpitas politician is yearning to go to Sacramento. Milpitas Councilmember Anthony Phan filed papers Wednesday to run for an open California Assembly seat in District 25, a contest that has now garnered interest from every single member of the Milpitas council — except Bob Nunez. But Phan, 26, told San José Spotlight in an...

Sam Liccardo endorses Jim Zito over his colleague Sylvia Arenas

Self-described fiscal conservative Jim Zito is eyeing San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas’ seat and a powerful coalition of endorsements — including from Mayor Sam Liccardo — might help him score a spot on the 11-member council. The mayor joined Zito to officially kick off his campaign to unseat Arenas last week at the Curry Pizza...

San Jose: Senate candidates debate immigration, public safety and more

Five candidates vying to replace Sen. Jim Beall in Sacramento next year took the stage in San Jose this week at a neighborhood group’s forum to field questions on immigration, public safety and transportation. Hosted by the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association on Thursday night, the District 15 candidates included former Assemblywoman Nora Campos, Santa Clara...

San Jose City Council candidates differ on public policy, SVLG survey finds

With the California primary election just five months away, a new survey sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group highlighted the stark differences between local candidates vying for a seat on the San Jose City Council. SVLG, a trade association comprised of the region’s leading businesses and tech companies, surveyed nearly 30 candidates running for...