Politics & Government

Politics & Government

2020 census citizenship debate erodes trust in Santa Clara County

President Donald Trump’s exhausted attempts at including the citizenship question on the 2020 census proved unsuccessful, putting to rest a matter that some officials worried would affect local turnout. On Thursday, the president announced that he’s backing down on his efforts of including the question after admitting that an ongoing, raging legal battle would interfere with printing...

Why are Silicon Valley socialists targeting a veteran congresswoman?

Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, an affiliation that by itself is enough to raise the hackles of many red-blooded American socialists who aren’t fond of commerce or its regulators. They tend to see business interests and politicians as working hand in glove to maximize their profits...

Does San Jose’s ‘sunshine’ policy have teeth?

For nearly ten years, San Jose’s “sunshine law” — an ordinance that promises the public greater access and information on its local government — has been a measure that the city prides itself on. But stronger local measures toward increased transparency don’t ensure that San Jose officials face serious penalties for breaking their own rules when...

Santa Clara clears way for massive residential development

Santa Clara’s City Council met for more than six hours Tuesday night, most of that time was spent weighing the merits of Gateway Crossings, a massive and controversial new residential project in the city. City officials’ sentiment about the project, which sits near the Santa Clara Caltrain Station, could be summed up effectively with a...

Dave Cortese announces big fundraising haul in Senate race

Candidates facing off in a tight state Senate race have eight months left before the primary election, setting off a full-blown dash for cash among the contenders — with Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese significantly outraising four other rivals. Cortese raised $650,000 in funds through June 30, kicking off July with more than $600,000...