San Jose: Union-backed groups call for limiting special interests in elections The Mercury NewsSilicon Valley Rising and other groups also want to move mayoral elections to presidential election years.San Jose: Union-backed groups call for limiting special interests in elections – The Mercury News — Hashtag.2017.09.02 via San Jose Community on Inoreader
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Newsom signs executive order to send every registered Californian a mail-in ballot
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Friday to send every registered voter in California a mail-in ballot for the November presidential election.The election won't be vote-by-mail only; those who still want to vote in-person will be able to do so. The governor said detailed guidelines on how in-person voting will work are forthcoming.California is the first state in the nation to commit to sending everyone mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Secre...
Coronavirus Pandemic Forcing Candidates, Campaigns to Pivot
Politicians are rethinking how to win elections — without rallies, selfies, living room meetings or knocking on doors.
Coronavirus emerges as major threat to U.S. election process
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. election officials looking to construct a safe voting system in a worsening coronavirus pandemic are confronting a grim reality: there may not be enough time, money or political will to make it happen by the November election. The possibility the pandemic could last into the fall, or flare again as millions of voters are set to choose the nation’s next president, has state and local officials scrambling for alternatives to help keep voters safe. The most-discussed ...
Santa Clara County's Still Finalizing Primary Vote Tallies
Election officials are still working on tallying up the more than 493,000 ballots cast in the March 3 primary, which saw a 51 percent turnout.
Democrats’ ‘most diverse field’ ended up with two white men. Can that be changed next time?
Democrats say they focused so much on choosing a candidate who could beat President Trump that they wound up with candidates who don’t reflect their party’s demographics. They’ve got some ideas about how to change that.
The Assembly candidate who surprised Silicon Valley: A sitdown with Bob Brunton
As votes were tallied on Super Tuesday, many political observers weren’t sure who would take the lead in Silicon Valley’s crowded Assembly District 25 race. But most probably did not suspect Bob Brunton. And by Wednesday, many insiders were left scratching their heads. Brunton edged out his eight challengers with nearly 24 percent of the...
Sergio Jimenez Wins Re-Election in San Jose's District 2
Sergio Jimenez won a second term to the South San Jose seat with 56 percent of the vote, according to the ROV.
Salesforce founder Marc Benioff swears off politics after buying Time magazine
Benioff is swearing off future political donations, in stark contrast to the rest of Silicon Valley.
Podcast: 'The Governator' on housing, homelessness and Gold's Gym
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger talks how he'd terminate California's housing crisis. His first step? Legally make building homes easier.
Democratic presidential candidates should focus on health
California voters should insist Democratic presidential candidates focus on issue that matters: health care, specifically Medicaid, Medi-Cal
Drought or dangerous flooding? Research aims to tame atmospheric river risks — save California’s rain – San Jose Community NETWORK
We were flying about 200 nautical miles off the coast of California when a voice over the headset reported a strong smell of fuel in the back of the plane. I was in the cockpit with the U.S. Air Fo…
Silicon Valley voters bombarded by attack ads ahead of primary election
With the March primary a day away, Silicon Valley candidates and their backers are pulling out all the stops and increasingly taking aim at one another in a slew of political ads. A barrage of campaign mailers, television ads, emails, phone calls and social media posts have inundated voters in the weeks before the election,...
David Cohen touts community roots in San Jose council campaign https://sanjosespotlight.com/david-cohen-touts-community-roots-in-san-jose-council-campaign/
David Cohen touts community roots in San Jose council campaign
David Cohen’s campaign for San Jose City Council is focused on his deep roots in the neighborhoods he hopes to represent, his two decades of public service and his passionate vision for the future of District 4. “As a resident of this district, I’ve always felt it was important to think about the community in the long term — having a vision for what it will be,” Cohen told San José Spotlight after a day of door-knocking session while he posted lawn signs in Berryessa. “I’m talking about build...
Here’s a rundown of the biggest South Bay races and issues in the March election https://www.mercurynews.com/heres-a-rundown-of-the-biggest-south-bay-races-and-issues-in-the-march-election
Here’s a rundown of the biggest South Bay races and issues in the March election
For South Bay residents, the March ballot offers an opportunity to elect new local leaders in San Jose and countywide, decide how they will be chosen going forward in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, and to vote on key measures from tax increases in San Jose to rent control limits in Mountain View. Here are the most notable races and measures on the March 3 ballots of South Bay voters. San Jose City Council races Five San Jose city council seats are up for grabs this election cycle and those electe...
In one Bay Area Senate race, allies are now competitors
The four top candidates for Santa Clara County’s 15th state Senate District have spent years working together on local problems. Now they have to show voters where they disagree.
SJ Councilwoman Files for 2nd Bankruptcy to Save Family Home http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2020/02/07/sj-councilwoman-files-for-2nd-bankruptcy-to-save-family-home/
SJ Councilwoman Files for 2nd Bankruptcy to Save Family Home
The District 5 council rep estimated her assets as up to $984,988 and liabilities as $431,084, according to federal bankruptcy filings.
San Jose Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas Decries SVO PAC for Publishing ‘Racist Attack’ Ad http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2020/02/07/san-jose-councilwoman-decries-svo-pac-for-racist-ad/
San Jose Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas Decries SVO PAC for Publishing ‘Racist Attack’ Ad
A darkened photo of San Jose Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas has been removed from a Silicon Valley Organization (SVO) PAC website after being denounced as a “racist attack.” With California’s primary election just weeks away, the business organization’s political action committee has launched a website supporting the District 8 rep’s business-aligned opponent, Evergreen School District trustee Jim Zito. The website—sylviaarenasselfservice.com—links to a recent Mercury News endorsement of Zito. Be...
Organizers rally to boost Latino turnout in San Jose elections https://sanjosespotlight.com/organizers-rally-to-boost-latino-turnout-in-san-jose-elections/
Organizers rally to boost Latino turnout in San Jose elections
With California’s primary election less than a month away, Latinos Unidos por una Nueva America — or Latinos United for a New America (LUNA) — hosted a conference this weekend to mobilize Silicon Valley’s Latino voters this election season. Latinos in Action 2020, an organized civic engagement project, seeks to build political power in the Latino community through inclusive engagement and by developing and promoting their priorities in the political arena, organizers said. “We are here becaus...
What state voters need to know about proposed $15B school construction bond https://www.localnewsmatters.org/2020/02/04/what-state-voters-need-to-know-about-proposed-15b-school-construction-bond/
What state voters need to know about proposed $15B school construction bond – Local News Matters
The March 3 California ballot includes a $15 billion state bond issue to help schools, community colleges and universities with construction costs for their facilities. Last fall, the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom placed the measure on the ballot by approving Assembly Bill 48. It will appear on the ballot as Proposition 13. Does it have anything to do with the Prop. 13 property tax initiative that voters passed in 1978? No. They just happen to have the same number. Every 10 years, the sta...
Big money flows to California races as showdown for House control looms https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Big-money-flows-to-California-races-as-showdown-15026398.php
Big money flows to California races as showdown for House control looms
Cash is pouring into California congressional campaigns, whether the candidates need it or not. Campaign finance figures for the last three months of 2019, posted Friday by the Federal Election Commission, showed a flood of contributions into what are some of the most closely watched congressional races in the country. But many of the state’s biggest fundraisers, including party leaders like Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, fa...
Election Security Remains a Pressing Concern https://www.iotworldtoday.com/2020/02/03/election-security-remains-a-pressing-concern/
Election Security Offers Health Care and ICS Security Parallels
This year election security is paramount. But awareness about infrastructure vulnerability hasn’t driven results.
Decision 2020: Mail-In Voting Begins For California Primary
The vote-by-mail period for California’s primary election began Monday as voters started receiving their ballots, and voting centers opened their doors. Kris Sanchez reports.
Bauer-Kahan’s bill proposes to increase jail time for auto burglars
East Bay Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, along with a Southern California Republican, introduced a bill last week that would change the definition of an auto burglary and increase jail time for its offenders. “Every smashed window and every piece of stolen property is both costly and a personal violation of our residents,” Bauer-Kahan said in a statement. “For far too long criminals have been abusing a loophole in current law that requires prosecutors to prove that a car was not unlocked ...
Review: Powerful ‘Pianist of Willesden Lane’ returns to Bay Area
There are few things more terrible to contemplate for parents than having to send their child away just to have a better chance of survival — especially when they have more than one child, and there’s only space for one of them to escape. That was the conundrum faced by Lisa Jura’s parents when they sent her — a 14-year-old Jewish piano prodigy — from Vienna to London on the Kindertransport, a rescue effort that got 10,000 Jewish children (but not their parents) out of Germany and other Nazi-...
Santa Clara—the city nobody wants to name
The South Bay city is good enough for 49ers home games—so long as it’s rarely mentioned
Transforming Community Development through Arts and Culture
This article was originally posted on the National Endowment for the Arts blog on January 16, 2020. The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on growth and evolution, as well as a time to set intentions for how to move forward. If there’s one thing we collectively tend to feel during this process, it’s that change is hard. This is just as true professionally as it is personally, and certainly even more true when we think about our organizations and systems. And yet, as agents of cha...
Elizabeth Warren Visits San Jose to Discuss Universal Child Care – NBC Bay Area
Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren visited San Jose Friday to discuss her plan to create a federal child care system that would provide government-funded centers for babies and young children.
Andrew Yang is only candidate of color on Democratic debate stage
LOS ANGELES -- The Democratic debate stage, hailed earlier this year for its diversity, had only one person of color on Thursday night: entrepreneur Andrew Yang.New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro did not quality for Thursday's debate. California Sen. Kamala Harris, the first woman of color to serve as California's attorney general, dropped out of the race earlier this month."I miss Kamala, I miss Cory, though I think Cory will be back,...
A 2020 stampede: Presidential candidates flock to Iowa, where the race is volatile and voters undecided
(Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press) WASHINGTON — With the Democratic presidential nomination still very much up for grabs, candidates sprinted from the year’s final presidential debate in Los Angeles to Iowa this weekend, hoping to get a jump on a frenetic month of campaigning ahead of the state’s Feb. 3 caucuses. Iowa’s pull, always powerful because it hosts the first contest of the nominating season, is stronger than ever because the race is one of the most volatile in years. Many Iowa ...
Fear and Loyalty: How Donald Trump Took Over the Republican Party
The president demands complete fealty, and as the impeachment hearings showed, he has largely attained it. To cross him is to risk losing a future in the Republican Party.
Why Presidential Candidates Don’t Address Urban Issues
Democrats rely heavily on urban voters for support, but the states that hold the first caucuses and primaries don't have really big cities. That tends to leave them off the campaign agenda.
Milpitas Councilman Anthony Phan Joins Crowded AD25 Race
Just days before the filing deadline, Phan decided he'd give Sacramento a go in a bid to replace Assemblyman Kansen Chu.
San Jose city council candidates file
17 candidates have filed for the five open San Jose, California City Council seats in the March 2020 election.
Santa Clara officials discuss 2020 ballot question, innovation and transportation collaboratives
Santa Clara city leaders on Tuesday approved the language set to appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot to split the city into districts for future voting following a tense discussion that at times turned to yelling and head-shaking from audience members. Now, the question of how the city will redistrict is in residents’ hands. Councilmembers reviewed and approved the the ballot question to read, “Shall the City Charter be amended to elect city council members by district, excepting the mayor, as...
Want a job for life? California has plenty of openings in Congress
With a surprising number of congressional seats suddenly becoming vacant in California in 2020, a flood of hopefuls are running for one of the few remaining political jobs that don’t come with an expiration date. And though the action is all in Southern California, it may not be long before a similar rush hits the Bay Area, where there are seven members of Congress age 67 or older. It’s no surprise that politicians at all levels look with longing at a seat in Congress, where term limits don’t...
Jenny Higgins Bradanini Wins Silicon Valley Democratic Club Endorsement in SJ’s D10 Race
Jenny Higgins Bradanini snagged the Silicon Valley Democratic Club’s endorsement in her bid to replace soon-to-term out San Jose Councilman Johnny Khamis. Higgins Bradanini, who serves as president of the Bay Area Women’s March before her foray into local politics, faces ex-Brigade CEO Matt Mahan, businesswoman Helen Wang and financial advisor Vinh Do in the race to represent the Almaden Valley City Council district. As the only two democrats in the race, Higgins Bradanini and Mahan faced off...
Excerpts: Five of the eight AD25 candidates appeared at the Tuesday evening event organized by SV@Home and held at Santa Clara University. Read on » Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Thursday, Nov. 14, and San Francisco was introduced Wednesday to two men taking the reins of two very different city institutions. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. California property taxes are one area that U.S. presidents have no control over, but that hasn’t stopped candidates for the Democratic nomi...
Majority Of CA Voters Don't Support School Bond Proposal: Poll
Majority Of CA Voters Don't Support School Bond - Across California, CA - The Public Policy Institute of CA finds only 48% of likely voters support a proposed state bond for school and college construction.
AD25 Candidates Discuss Housing Crisis at SCU Forum
Five of the eight AD25 candidates appeared at the Tuesday evening event organized by SV@Home and held at Santa Clara University.
Bay Briefing: Why do presidential candidates suddenly care about California property taxes?
Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Thursday, Nov. 14, and San Francisco was introduced Wednesday to two men taking the reins of two very different city institutions. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. California property taxes are one area that U.S. presidents have no control over, but that hasn’t stopped candidates for the Democratic nomination from lining up behind a prospective ballot measure to overhaul Proposition 13, the state’s landmark tax-cutting law. Former Vice President J...