San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco Fined for Campaign Finance Reporting Errors

San Jose’s Fair Campaign and Political Practices Commission says the vice mayor should pay $6,000 for violating several campaign laws.

SCCOE Hides Supe’s Contracts, Violates Public Records Act

A child porn and abuse scandal—as well as public scrutiny on how the county schools chief spends taxpayer dollars behind closed doors—has sent the Santa Clara County Office of Education into lockdown mode. The stonewalling includes violations of the Public Records Act.

Commission Poised to Dismiss Complaints against Manh Nguyen

An independent evaluator has recommended dismissing complaints against Manh Nguyen, who’s running against Tim Orozco for San Jose’s District 4 council seat.

As Bobby Lopez Lawyers Up, LaDoris Cordell Plays Down IPA Spy Saga

Sgt. Bobby Lopez, the former San Jose police union president, ignited a firestorm last month when reports surfaced that he boasted of having a spy in the Independent Police Auditor’s (IPA) Office. Now he has hired an attorney and won’t talk.

Two weeks ago, the usually loquacious Lopez announced that he would run for his old job as president of the San José Police Officers Association (POA). Lopez said he believes George Beattie, his media-shy predecessor, is a weak leader.