SV411 Podcast: SCC Supervisor Dave Cortese on Trump Lawsuit, Jails, 2020 Run for State Senate

In this week’s Metro SV411 Podcast, we sit down with Dave Cortese, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Nora Campos Doubles Down on Accusations against Jim Beall, CHP Report Tells Different Story

The assemblywoman doubled down in accusing her opponent, state Sen. Jim Beall, of criminal behavior. But a CHP report doesn’t back up her claims.

New Legislation to Reach Energy Goals Omits Rooftop Solar

Each house of the California legislature recently produced a bill that calls for our state to get 50 percent of its energy from renewable resources by the end of 2030. It’s a goal that many of us on the side of progress can support wholeheartedly. But, as usual, there’s a twist.

Sources: Magdalena Carrasco Already Looking at Higher Office

Magdalena Carrasco got redemption in last June’s election, when she defeated Xavier Campos in a rematch for San Jose’s East Side council seat. But now, less than three months after taking office, sources say Carrasco already has her sights set on a run for the State Assembly.

Local Lawmakers Forced to Take on ‘Predatory Lenders’

Against the backdrop of an impotent state legislature and a growing awareness of the predatory nature of payday lenders, local governments have had to pick up the slack and adopt laws to stifle the industry.

California State Assembly Approves Plastic Bag Ban

California looks poised to become the first state to pass a plastic bag ban. Senate Bill 270, which passed out of the Assembly on a 44-29 vote, would phase out single-use plastic bags starting in 2015. A vote on the issue failed earlier this week, but it’s now expected to move through the Senate.

More than Meets the Eye in Bay 101’s Potential Milpitas Move

As Bay 101 floats plans to build a new casino with adjoining hotels closer to competitor Casino M8trix, our selfless public servants in Sacramento are trying to do the right thing by green-lighting the San Jose card club’s exit to Milpitas. At least that’s one version of the story.

State Leaders Past, Present Honor John Vasconcellos

California’s political elite, including Gov. Jerry Brown, turned out in mass Wednesday at the State Capitol to honor the late former State Sen. John Vasconcellos. “John always believed people were born good,” Brown said. “I have a darker view.”