SCCOE Superintendent Lies Under Oath, Accuses Reporter of Hacking His Facebook Account

County schools chief Jon Gundry offered conflicting accounts about flouting the Public Records Act—while under oath.

San Jose to Discuss Investment Policy, Social Responsibility

San Jose will consider revising the social responsibility clause in its investment policy for the first time since the Great Recession.

Don’t Blame the Messenger for County Schools Contract Fiasco

Once in a while, real journalism rears its fierce head to expose issues that are actually germane to the public and need public scrutiny. San Jose Inside’s recent reports on the county Superintendent of Schools fall into this category.

Milpitas Mayor ‘King Esteves’ Tabs Odd Choice for Appointment

Failed Milpitas council candidate and patent attorney Rajeev Madnawat freaked people out in October when he threatened to leave an outgoing councilman “lifeless” and embarked on a social media rampage. But it appears Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves is willing to look past all of that.

Parting Gifts from Former Supe Liz Kniss

Liz Kniss termed out of her Santa Clara County supervisor seat at the end of last year, and it was assumed she would ride off into the sunset to finish her political career on Palo Alto’s City Council. During the budget cycle last year, the Board of Supervisors even gave her a parting gift of sorts, donating $47k to Palo Alto Animal Services—while she was running for that city’s council seat—even though it is not a county entity. But it seems Kniss may have been throwing around her own handouts in her final year on the board.

Council Could Cancel its Own Pensions

Councilmember Pete Constant is leading the charge to terminate the CalPERS pension program for the mayor and City Council. Originally asking City Attorney Rich Doyle to study the proposal in June, Constant’s Dec. 19 memo, which suggests Doyle draft a resolution that gives notice of the city’s intention to terminate its contract with CalPERS, went in front the Rules and Open Govt. Committee on Wednesday and was unanimously approved.