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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...
Dueling endorsements in San Jose City Council race
San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas and her opponent Jim Zito have nearly nothing in common. She’s a progressive Democrat. He’s a fiscally-conservative Republican. He’s earning the backing of the business lobby, including the Silicon Valley Organization, while she continues to be a labor union favorite. They differ ideologically on some social issues, how the city...
Union Attack Ad Accuses San Jose Councilman of Rewarding ‘Slavery Towers’ Developers
The ad opens with images of twin highrises before the words “Slavery Towers” flash on the screen in bold white font. In a dramatic baritone, a narrator recounts the harrowing discovery that the project’s subcontractor harbored undocumented workers and forced them to labor for free. The YouTube video proceeds to blame San Jose Councilman Lan Diep for giving developer KT Urban “a $22 million taxpayer-funded subsidy” despite its involvement with the Silvery Towers project at 188 W. St. James St....
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez faces new challenger
Community leader and social activist Jennifer Celaya is running against Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, giving the popular incumbent a run for her money next year. Celaya, 38, is new to the world of politics and but she said she’s here to make a change. “With the variety of different crisis that our county is facing, I feel like the leadership is ignoring some important things that need to take place and the decisions that they’re making right now are not the best for people in th...
Financial Advisor Vinh Do Jumps into Crowded San Jose D10 Race
The race to replace soon-to-term-out Councilman Johnny Khamis for his District 10 seat on the San Jose City Council just got a bit more crowded. Financial advisor Vinh Do has announced he’s making a bid to be the next representative for the Almaden Valley area. Do faces a tight race against ex-Brigade CEO Matt Mahan, former Bay Area Women’s March President Jenny Higgins Bradanini and local businesswoman Helen Wang. Do told San Jose Inside that he decided to run for the council seat because he...
San Jose: Senate candidates debate immigration, public safety and more
Five candidates vying to replace Sen. Jim Beall in Sacramento next year took the stage in San Jose this week at a neighborhood group’s forum to field questions on immigration, public safety and transportation. Hosted by the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association on Thursday night, the District 15 candidates included former Assemblywoman Nora Campos, Santa Clara...
Facebook removes scores of inauthentic accounts, one targeting US 2020 election
Facebook Inc. revealed Monday that it had taken down a number of inauthentic accounts, with at least one of the operations trying to interfere with the U.S. 2020 presidential elections.In a blog p
Bay Area Democrats in safe seats go begging for campaign cash
Bay Area Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna, who have some of the safest seats in the country, are putting out urgent appeals for campaign cash. They may not end up spending it on themselves.
Will Presidential Candidates’ Plans to Address Redlining Work?
Several issues have gone missing so far on the debate stage among the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates, among them affordable housing and racial equity. This, despite the fact that living costs are going up while wages remain stagnant, and that the percentage of people—whites included—who believe that African Americans are getting fair housing opportunities, is at its lowest level in decades, according to Gallup. So far, six presidential candidates have proposed policies that addres...
San Jose Councilwoman Dev Davis Kicks Off Re-Election Bid
A crowd of San Jose elected officials, community members and business leaders packed into the rustic Studio by Terra Amico Wednesday night to celebrate Councilwoman Dev Davis’ 2020 campaign kickoff. The D6 rep faces Green Party candidate Jake Tonkel, transit activist Andrew Boone and 18-year-old Marshall Woodmansee in her bid for a second term. Davis’ guests at the midweek shindig—ex-San Jose Vice Mayor Pat Sausedo, former D6 Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio and Silicon Valley Organization Presi...
Santa Clara County supervisor candidates face off on Silicon Valley’s housing woes
Silicon Valley is home to many of the largest and fastest-growing tech companies in the country, including Google, Apple and Adobe. But it’s also home to a major housing and homelessness problem. Four candidates competing to replace Santa Clara County District 3 Supervisor Dave Cortese showed up Tuesday night at the Sunnyvale Elks Lodge to talk about how they’d solve some of Santa Clara County’s housing woes — if they get the 2020 vote. Among them, San Jose Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco, C...
San Jose City Council candidates differ on public policy, SVLG survey finds
With the California primary election just five months away, a new survey sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group highlighted the stark differences between local candidates vying for a seat on the San Jose City Council. SVLG, a trade association comprised of the region’s leading businesses and tech companies, surveyed nearly 30 candidates running for...
2020 Dems aren’t going far enough to address California homeless crisis, advocates claim
Many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are calling for sweeping affordable housing plans to address the chronic issue of homelessness, but advocates on the ground who see the issue up close say it doesn’t go far enough and they wish candidates would assign it more urgency.
Identity politics in San Jose: How powerful is the Vietnamese vote?
The power of the Vietnamese vote has stood out for decades in San Jose politics as voters have rushed to the polls in droves to support their candidates — usually those with similar last names. But as the population continues to grow and new generations enter the mix, the question of whether identity politics still...
Evergreen trustee Jim Zito is running for San Jose City Council
San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas dodged a rival earlier this month when Rose Herrera confirmed she won’t challenge Arenas’ re-election next year. But that relief didn’t last long. About a week later, a new, formidable opponent jumped into the San Jose City Council District 8 race — Republican Jim Zito. He told San José Spotlight...
San Jose Council Hopeful Helen Wang Misleads on Endorsements
The D10 contender and local businesswoman caused some confusion by touting supporters she didn't actually have for her campaign.
Rose Herrera not running for San Jose City Council https://sanjosespotlight.com/rose-herrera-not-running-for-san-jose-city-council/
Rose Herrera not running for San Jose City Council
Dashing the hopes of some longtime business leaders, former Vice Mayor Rose Herrera told San José Spotlight this week that she will not run for her old seat on the San Jose City Council. In fact, Herrera is not running for any elected office anymore — she recently dropped out of the supervisorial race for personal reasons — though she won’t rule out a run for public office in the future. “I was approached to run for council many months ago before I announced I was running for supervisor,” Her...
Trump’s California fundraisers are drenched in cash — and secrecy
Donors are snapping up tickets, even if they don’t know exactly where the events are being held.
Candidates clashed on health care, immigration and more
Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren split center stage in the one-night matchup during ABC News' debate in Houston.
A 1% Growth Limit Across The Front Range Could Be Up For Vote On Your 2020 Ballot
A measure that would limit residential housing growth up and down the Front Range got one step closer to the 2020 ballot on Wednesday. The state Title Board, which determines how measures appear on ballots, approved Golden resident Daniel Hayes’ Initiative 122, an updated version of a measure he introduced earlier this summer. It would limit the number of residential building permits local governments could issue from Weld County in the north through the Denver metro to El Paso County in the...
Big Tech Companies Meeting With U.S. Officials on 2020 Election Security
Security teams from Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft met with members of the F.B.I., Department of Homeland Security and others on Wednesday.
social networks must fight extremism
As the death toll from shootings connected with white nationalism has risen in recent months, some Democratic presidential candidates are calling for social media companies to do more to crack down on hateful content on their platforms
The Feminist Case for Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend
Andrew Yang may well be the most feminist candidate running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, although it might not be obvious at first glance. He looks, to all intents and purposes, like a Silicon Valley bro. He’s smart, he’s from the East Coast, he went to an Ivy League school, and he likes to use statistics—lots of them. Before he began his campaign, he worked as (to use his term) a “serial entrepreneur” and he promises that, if elected, he will be the first President to use...
California AB 5: Candidates endorse controversial gig economy bill
Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders are picking sides in the battle over California’s AB 5 bill.
With whites and men still dominating the pool, how California hopes to create a diverse redistricting panel
The final pool of 21,000 citizens asking for the chance to redraw state political districts is still predominantly white, and majority male.
Youth Take the Stage in 2020 Presidential Debates
From gun violence to climate change, youth activists have launched social justice movements in recent years in response to worries about the nation’s future. One enterprising individual continuing that trend is Jonah Gottleib, a 17-year-old resident of Petaluma, Calif., who is trying to direct the attention of 2020 presidential candidates to youth issues. Gottlieb will moderate the Children and Youth Presidential Forum, which is planned for September 15 at American University in Washington,...
Bay Area: One-cent sales tax for transit could be on 2020 ballot
Bay Area voters may be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax in 2020 that would fund a wide array of transportation projects and improvements across the region.
SVO Endorses Matt Mahan in San Jose's D10 City Council Race
The battle lines have officially been drawn in the 2020 race to replace San Jose's Almaden Valley Councilman Johnny Khamis.
WGNA District 15 Senate Candidate Forum
The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association is hosting this nonpartisan forum to introduce the candidates for the District 15 Senate seat in the upcoming 2020 election. The format of the event will be equal time Q&A with time for audience questions at the end. Senate District 15 is comprised of 950,000 residents and encompasses a large portion of Santa Clara County, stretching from Cupertino east to Mount Hamilton and from Los Gatos north to San Jose’s Alum Rock District. The cities of Cupertino...
The 2 big disagreements between the 2020 Democratic candidates on Medicare-for-all
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call The Democrats running for president in 2020, while sharing a general goal of “expanding health coverage,” have two fundamental disagreements about health care. One is on the policy: Would the best insurance system be one fully funded by the federal government? The Democrats who support Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all bill are saying it is, while other candidates prefer to build more gradually on the public-private system we have now or openly running against the...
A Primer on the Democratic Presidential Candidates' Housing Plans
Four from the large field of Democratic challengers have released very detailed proposals. Others have talked more broadly about the need for a national housing strategy.
Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020
Voters will likely consider a proposal in 2020 to limit Proposition 13's tax limits to homeowners, boosting assessments on commercial properties and using much of the money on K-12 schools.
Is it time to regulate biohacking? California thinks so.
Getty Images/iStockphoto California wants to make it clear that tinkering with your own genes is a “don’t try this at home” sort of thing. The state is making it illegal to sell a do-it-yourself genetic engineering kit unless it comes with a clear warning stating that “the kit is not for self-administration.” This is a notable escalation of an effort to regulate biohacking, a movement that’s gotten people interested in hacking their genomes — although it bears noting that right now, nobody ap...