Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Zoe Lofgren pushes bill to clean up Washington corruption

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is trying to do what some might say is impossible: Take money out of politics. On Saturday, the veteran lawmaker met with constituents at a town hall meeting in San Jose to discuss a recently passed bill in the House — a sweeping anti-corruption measure aimed at adopting stronger voting rights, enforcing stricter ethical...

Here are the finalists for Burnett Middle School’s new name

The list is finally in: A committee narrowed down the finalists for Burnett Middle School’s new name. School administrators received more than five hundred submissions and a committee of students, school staff and community members narrowed it down to these finalists. Voting will open on May 6. In addition to the names, the ballot will...

San Jose students, cannabis leaders put pressure on DA Jeff Rosen

South Bay college students and cannabis advocates on Wednesday pressured District Attorney Jeff Rosen to comply with a California law that clears the records of incarcerated individuals who have cannabis convictions. Assembly Bill 1793, a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, requires district attorneys to review all existing marijuana conviction cases by July 1, 2020 with the...

Chelsea Clinton swings through San Jose on book tour

Chelsea Clinton made two stops in San Jose on Wednesday as part of a book tour — but the topic for the outspoken former first daughter wasn’t politics. It was all about animals. Clinton on Wednesday met with elementary school students before headlining a sold-out book signing at the San Jose Woman’s Club in downtown...

San Jose City Manager Dave Sykes releases ‘stable’ budget

Stable but limited. That’s how San Jose City Manager Dave Sykes describes the city’s budget for 2019-2020. Sykes on Tuesday released his proposed operating budget for the next fiscal year, which will be mulled in a series of study sessions and public hearings. Following the lead of Mayor Sam Liccardo’s March budget message, Sykes warns...

San Jose leaders put off Sam Liccardo’s pay proposal

San Jose elected leaders on Wednesday put off a vote on Mayor Sam Liccardo’s request to reject his raise and allocate a portion of the pay bump to two of his social initiatives. The council’s Rules and Open Government Committee — which is chaired by Liccardo — voted unanimously to defer sending the mayor’s proposal...

San Jose leaders outlaw watching street races

Being a spectator at a street race is now a misdemeanor in San Jose – carrying penalties of up to $1,000 and six months in jail. The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to adopt a law, at the police department’s recommendation, to make it illegal to be a spectator within 200 feet of a street...

Sam Liccardo’s proposal to reject raise heads to lawmakers

San Jose lawmakers on Wednesday will vote on a request from Mayor Sam Liccardo to dock his own raise. The proposal, which has raised concerns with some of Liccardo’s council colleagues, is headed to a council committee which the mayor chairs. If approved by that committee, it will go to the full City Council for...

San Jose to consider a bigger crackdown on street racing

The San Jose Police Department is looking to crackdown on street racing – this time by making it illegal to attend the events. On Tuesday, San Jose councilors are set to amend the city’s law on street racing and sideshows. The practice, which can draw hundreds of people and block off streets in the middle...

San Jose Unified prepares to rename Burnett Middle School

Burnett Middle School is one step closer to getting a new name following backlash over the racist actions of the school’s namesake. The school is named after California’s first governor, Peter Burnett. His policies included the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. He also attempted to keep black Americans out of California and also believed that...