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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...

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...

UPDATE: San Jose officials delay discussion on Reid-Hillview Airport closure

The potential closure of the 80-year-old Reid-Hillview Airport could have a lasting impact on San Jose, according to a new report, by straining city resources and reducing the capacity of the city’s downtown airport. Santa Clara County supervisors in December voted to explore closing the airport due to rising costs, declining revenues and growing maintenance...

Two years later, is ‘Opportunity to Work’ law in San Jose working?

Two years after the adoption of a landmark law to boost hours of low-wage workers, San Jose City Hall has little information about how it’s working and whether it’s being effectively enforced. There also appears to be confusion among employees about the law and the protections it provides, San José Spotlight has learned. Measure E,...

All eyes on San Jose Planning Commission following new vacancy

A month after a San Jose Planning Commission appointment sparked public outcry and proposed reforms, another seat has opened on the powerful panel — raising questions about whether it will lead to more equitable representation. The showdown over the seat began in April when San Jose lawmakers chose ex-Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio for the highly-coveted position...

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...