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!”

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith Poised for Sixth Term

John Hirokawa forced his former boss into her first runoff, but Sheriff Laurie Smith still managed to secure a commanding lead.

Transcripts Show How Sheriff Candidate Went to Bat for Ex-Union Boss Don Morrissey

Newly unearthed records reveal how the sheriff candidate helped Morrissey keep his job, get good assignments and sue Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara County Pays $365K to Settle Excessive-Force Case

Santa Clara County has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by former inmate Rikki Martinez, who says he was brutally beaten by jail guards.

Ex-Deputy’ Union President Don Morrissey Resigns From Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

Don Morrissey, a twice-demoted deputy who recently resigned as union president, is set to give up his badge this weekend.

Santa Clara County Wants a Closer Look at Sheriff Laurie Smith’s Overtime Spending

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has far exceeded its overtime budget in the past six years, according to a newly published audit.

Texting Scandal Costs Sheriff Challenger John Hirokawa SCC Dem Club’s Endorsement

The texting scandal cost sheriff challenger John Hirokawa an endorsement from the Santa Clara County Democratic Club.

Sheriff Challenger John Hirokawa Blames Santa Clara Co. Elections Staff for Missing Key Deadline

The ex-undersheriff says he neglected to refile a candidate statement out of confusion and because the county misinformed him.

Public Agencies’ Secret Sexual Harassment Settlements Cost South Bay Taxpayers Millions

While state agencies have undergone a reckoning over sexual harassment, local governments have largely escaped scrutiny—until now.

Deputy Sheriffs’ Association President Morrissey Resigns

Don Morrissey, the embattled president of the Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, said he’s ready to step down.