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San José Spotlight honored for championing freedom of information

San José Spotlight won a prestigious James Madison Award this month at a gala hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter, an honor that celebrates champions of transparency and accountability. The annual awards, now in their 39th year, highlight individuals and organizations working to preserve and advance freedom of information in Northern...

Cupertino cuts millions in city services

Cupertino officials are about to implement some of the largest cuts to city services residents have ever seen, as the city works to balance its budget in the face of a multimillion-dollar deficit. The Cupertino City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $9 million reduction in services for fiscal year 2024-25 in an effort to...

Silicon Valley Congressional District 16 re-examines uncounted ballots

Several uncounted ballots are undergoing additional review as part of the Silicon Valley congressional race recount. Jonathan Padilla, the requestor behind the recount for California’s Congressional District 16 race to replace Rep. Anna Eshoo, said 20 ballots have been “improperly excluded from the count.” Padilla’s request comes after Assemblymember Evan Low and Joe Simitian tied...

Federal complaint filed against San Jose congressional candidate Sam Liccardo

Silicon Valley congressional candidate Sam Liccardo is facing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging his campaign is coordinating a “dark money” effort to fund a highly-criticized recount in the Congressional District 16 race.  Max Zarzana, a 25-year prosecutor and president of the Santa Clara County Government Attorneys Association, filed a complaint with the...

San Jose pastor facing child sex abuse charges can post reduced bail

A judge on Friday allowed a prominent Silicon Valley leader and former pastor to post bail at a reduced amount after he was arrested and charged with six felony counts of child sex abuse. Prosecutors asked Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Hector Ramon to keep former River Church youth ministry leader Brett Bymaster in jail, arguing...