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 Settles Lawsuit Over Jail Conditions for Physically Disabled Inmates

This marks the second consent decree imposed on the county jail system—the fifth largest in California—since last month.

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.

Santa Clara Co. Settles Prison Law Office Litigation Over Unlawful Jail Conditions

After three years of negotiations, the county has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over unconstitutional jail conditions.

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.