Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Meet the woman who’s fighting to save San Jose’s history

After leaving the job vacant for nearly a decade, San Jose City Hall has hired someone to protect the city’s historical assets or — at the very least — remind the city’s lawmakers that they’re there, especially as the city’s growth explodes amid an economic boom. Juliet Arroyo is the city’s new historic preservation officer....

San Jose spent nearly $120K on ethics complaints – some of them ‘frivolous’

San Jose last year shelled out more than $117,000 to an outside attorney to investigate ethics complaints against local politicians, a process some lawmakers say is driven by political motives and wastes taxpayer dollars. “The complaints filed against me have been frivolous and politically-motivated, filed by someone who is abusing the process,” said San Jose Councilmember Magdalena...

San Jose activists push back against metal detectors in City Hall

Silicon Valley advocates pushed back Thursday on a controversial proposal to increase security at City Hall by installing metal detectors, calling the move “undemocratic” and “hostile to the public.” In a memo to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Johnny Khamis proposed that his colleagues consider safety measures at City Hall by implementing metal detectors...

Rose Herrera enters Santa Clara County supervisorial race

Former San Jose Vice Mayor Rose Herrera pulled papers to run for Santa Clara County Supervisor, a move that shakes up the local supervisorial race and could send it into a November runoff. The longtime Evergreen Valley leader joins a crowded race that includes Assemblymember Kansen Chu, San Jose Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco, San Jose Planning...

Three San Jose airport commissioners leave, citing lack of influence

Three San Jose airport commissioners won’t reapply for their positions, claiming that top airport and city officials shunned their feedback on a high-profile policy decision to raise building heights near Silicon Valley’s downtown airport. The terms of Commissioners Raymond Greenlee, Tom Cruz and Mark Schmidt are expiring in June. Commissioners typically get re-appointed with little...

Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran enters California Assembly race

Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran is dropping out of a local supervisorial race to run for state Assembly in an effort to replace Kansen Chu, who announced earlier this month that he’ll run for Santa Clara County Supervisor. Tran broke the big news on Facebook early Wednesday morning. The young mayor said he decided in December...

Santa Clara County approves $5M for sexual assault services

While women’s healthcare services are being threatened nationally, Santa Clara County leaders are fighting to preserve and invest in securing those rights at the local level. In two monumental moves for women, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to reserve $5 million to support services for victims of sexual assault and gender-based violence...