Meet the Glickmans

Judy Glickman, wife of former Los Gatos Councilman Steve Glickman, may be mounting a run of her own this November.

She has been hitting up local political consultants, shopping for somebody to help her in a race for her husband’s old seat on the clubby Los Gatos Town Council. Her hubby was often a lone-wolf on the council, battling an otherwise unanimous body on topics ranging from a skatepark (which he favored) to a new public library (which he opposed).

After deciding to step down rather than seek a third term last summer, Glickman circulated two 11th-hour initiatives—one to halt the new library project and another to institute term limits on his former colleagues. Both failed. Since then, the Glickmans have been largely off the political radar, other than pointedly publicly endorsing Teresa Alvarado over Steve’s former colleague, Mike Wasserman, for District 1 county supervisor.

It’s no secret that Wasserman and his four Los Gatos council colleagues were more than glad to see Glickman step away from the dais, and they presumably would not be thrilled to see another Glickman interfering with their clique.

In May, Judy Glickman wrote a letter to the editor complaining that her husband’s portrait had mysteriously disappeared from the lineup of past councilmembers’ portraits in the council chamber lobby.

Calling the photo disappearance a “juvenile prank aimed at a former colleague with whom they disagreed,” the letter complained of a council that caters “to the whims of their little group of insiders,” while rallying for voters to take “a hard look at the current town council and replace it later this year.”

Glickman (who was unavailable for comment) won’t be able to officially pull papers until next week for the Nov. 2 election. The seats of incumbents Diane McNutt, Joe Pirzynski and Wasserman are up for grabs. Oh, and Steve Glickman’s stolen portrait and nameplate have since been replaced, and currently hangs smiling from Town Hall’s lobby wall. The thief was never identified.

The Fly is a weekly column written by San Jose Inside staff that provides a behind-the-scenes look at local politics.

3 Comments

  1. Steve Glickman occupied space on the Town Council and contributed nothing to Los Gatos and Lady Macbeth Glickman would just a mouthpiece for Glickman’s tantrums.

  2. As someone who has been using the Los Gatos Public Library from like 1973-2010, I can state with some authority that the new library project is needed and overdue, for what its worth.