2018: A Year in Review

In which we look back on all the strange, infuriating and preposterous things that went down in 2018 and say, “Sayonara!”

Pam Foley Headed for Victory in San Jose’s District 9 Race

In the race for San Jose’s only open council seat, D9, real estate broker Pam Foley pulled ahead of Kalen Gallagher by 945 votes.

Election 2018: Two Schools Trustees Jockey for San Jose’s District 9 City Council Seat

The race to replace termed out San Jose Councilman Don Rocha in District 9 has narrowed down to two very different choices for voters.

June Primary 2018: Meet the Candidates Running for San Jose’s Only Open Council Seat

A crowded field of six candidates has emerged in the June primary race for San Jose’s District 9 council seat.

How San Jose Went from Being the ‘Wild West of Weed’ to a Bastion for Legal Cannabis

While many neighboring suburbs still cling to cannabis prohibitions, San Jose has become the de facto weed capital of Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley’s Dopest Lawyers Help Clients Navigate Complex Matrix of Cannabis Laws

One of the South Bay’s most buttoned-up law firms has started working with clients from the budding cannabis industry.

Out + Smart in Silicon Valley: The New Faces of Gay Politics as the Breakthrough Generation Retires

Will quiet bias keep LGBTQ candidates out of office, or has shifting consciousness made the South Bay a safe place to run a gay campaign?

San Jose Mayor Liccardo Responds to Criticism from Colleagues over Travel Memo

Sam Liccardo said he suggested reining in city travel only after unsuccessfully trying to talk his colleagues out of jetting to Japan this week.

Pete Constant Pulls out of Mayor’s Race

Pete Constant, the lone Republican contender in this year’s crowded field for mayor of San Jose, bowed out of the race Tuesday. His exit drops the number of San Jose councilmembers running to succeed Mayor Chuck Reed to four: Rose Herrera, Sam Liccardo, Madison Nguyen and Pierluigi Oliverio. County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who previously served on the council, is also considered a strong contender.

Judge Hands Down Ruling on Measure B

A ruling on San Jose’s controversial pension reform initiative, Measure B, became public Monday, and both the city and union leaders claimed victory. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas wrote in her decision that the “legal question is whether and to extent Measure B violates vested rights.” The answer appears to be yes and no. Click to read the judge’s full decision.