Politics & Government

Politics & Government

From immigration to health care: A sitdown with Zoe Lofgren

On her most recent trip to Silicon Valley, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat representing the 19th Congressional District in Silicon Valley, sat down in an exclusive interview with San José Spotlight to discuss some of the region’s most contentious issues ranging from immigration and health care to the influence of technology and homelessness. The veteran...

Sam Liccardo to waive hefty salary increase, ending contentious debate

San Jose elected officials on Wednesday escaped the uncomfortable predicament of voting on Mayor Sam Liccardo’s $58,000 raise, putting to rest an ongoing disagreement between the mayor and his colleagues, who broke with Liccardo to accept their raises. Liccardo said Wednesday that he’ll sign the waiver to reduce his salary increase to 3 percent, instead...

North San Jose: Elected leaders advance plan to build more housing

As housing production in North San Jose stalled over transportation improvements, councilors on Tuesday discussed fast-tracking the development of 8,000 apartments in an effort to alleviate the city’s housing shortage and incentivize affordable housing in the area. In a proposal chartered by Mayor Sam Liccardo, the council asked officials to assess the feasibility of allowing...

Los Angeles got a Barack Obama Boulevard. What about San Jose?

Los Angeles just unveiled Barack Obama Boulevard in one of the city’s historic black neighborhoods — nearly two years after San Jose leaders proposed the same idea. Like San Jose, Los Angeles leaders proposed renaming a street after Obama in 2017 and unveiled it a week ago. But San Jose’s petition is stuck — primarily...

San Jose leaders look to speed up housing in North San Jose

In an effort to fast track 8,000 new apartments in the burgeoning North San Jose area, city officials on Tuesday will propose consolidating four development phases into two – a bold move to quickly get more shovels in the ground. San Jose in 2018 adopted a “Housing Crisis Workplan” to lay out the city’s goal...

Education trustee Anna Song to run for California Assembly

Longtime education trustee Anna Song will run for the Assembly seat held by Kansen Chu, who announced last week that he’s leaving Sacramento to run for county supervisor. “I’ve always been interested in running for state Assembly. I was waiting and hoping that I might have an opportunity,” Song told San José Spotlight. “I do...

San Jose Unified employees protest staff changes

Clutching signs proclaiming a lack of respect, dozens of San Jose Unified employees chanted, marched and protested the district’s decision to eliminate or reclassify 37 positions. Their chants echoed down Lenzen Avenue, drawing supportive honks from cars passing by as a helicopter whirled overhead. The protest was spurred by upcoming staff cuts and reassignments that...

Tech leader Matt Mahan jumps into San Jose council race

Tech entrepreneur Matt Mahan on Wednesday jumped into the San Jose City Council race to replace District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis next year. “My motivation to run is rooted in my own personal experience of San Jose,” Mahan said in an interview Tuesday. “I’ve always experienced San Jose as a city of opportunity.” Mahan, 36,...