Recalled Judge Aaron Persky Asks for Help to Pay Off $135K in Campaign-Related Legal Costs

The former jurist is asking for help paying down a small fortune in court-ordered debt incurred from challenging the recall campaign.

Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran Condemns Malicious Ad Linking Him to Communist Vietnam

A mailer painting Rich Tran as a communist backfired by drawing fierce condemnation on whoever sent the offending literature.

South Bay Lawmakers Request State Audit of Embattled Alum Rock Union School District

State lawmakers are pushing for an audit to investigate claims of fraud and self-dealing at the embattled Alum Rock Union School District.

Trouble in the Agrihood: Subsidized Development Falls Behind Schedule, Over Budget

A signature development in Santa Clara that includes an urban farm and affordable housing is behind schedule and over budget.

Campaign Records Provide a Glimpse of Silicon Valley’s Political Landscape

Santa Clara County is one of just 17 in California that offer campaign finance records in easily analyzed online forms. Here’s what they show.

Complaint Alleges Liccardo Hid Campaign Contribution; Nguyen Defends Providing Email List

A complaint filed against Sam Liccardo’s mayoral campaign alleges the San Jose council member broke election law by failing to report an in-kind contribution for the second time. But according to Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, who provided Liccardo with an email list, it’s all a simple mixup.

Gaming Cop Breaks Silence on Casino M8trix Dispute

San Jose’s top casino cop has had enough. In his first interview since Casino M8trix filed lawsuits in February against the city of San Jose, Richard Teng, the San Jose Police Department’s gaming administrator, called accusations against him “a political nightmare.” There is history in this dispute.

Supervisor Shirakawa on the Hot Seat

Santa Clara County’s scofflaw Supervisor George Shirakawa had no problem admitting in last week’s Metro cover story his four-year failure to file campaign disclosure forms. But that seems to have changed now that the reported illegal conduct —along with payments he made to friends and family members with money he raised to run for office and retire campaign debts—has resulted in a Fair Political Practices Commission investigation into the supervisor’s secretive activities.