San Jose Mayor Coasts to Re-Election; Evergreen Housing Developers Slide Toward Defeat

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo celebrated two wins in one night—his re-election and a successful campaign against “greedy billionaires.”

Pat Dando, Former Vice Mayor of San Jose, Remembered for Her Straight Talk, Tireless Work Ethic

Pat Dando, the former vice mayor of San Jose and CEO of the South Bay chamber, leaves a legacy of championing local businesses and Almaden.

Op-Ed: Revisiting Silicon Valley’s Best, Worst Political Decisions

A recent column in the Mercury News listed the best and worst local decisions in the last 50 years. Here’s a few more to add to the pile.

Congressman Under Fire: The Case Against Rep. Mike Honda

Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) is under fire after his legislative staff became a runaway train, transforming itself into a campaign squadron to fend off a 2014 election challenge by Ro Khanna.

10 Biggest Takeaways from the Mike Honda Ethics Probe Report

Documents released Thursday suggest Rep. Mike Honda’s office viewed official business as a commodity to be sold in exchange for campaign support. We combed through the documents to pull out the biggest findings.

Statue Featuring Rod Diridon Sr. in Works for Diridon Station

A curious cultural taboo has been openly flouted over the last two decades in San Jose, and it seems one local institution could soon double down.

Liccardo Leans on Guardino for Mayoral Transition Team

San Jose Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo announced that an eight-person transition team will help him “identify key initiatives to focus on” during his first term. It appears Carl Guardino, his close friend and CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, will have the loudest voice in the room.

Election Night 2014 Slideshow

The votes have been counted—most of them anyway—and it’s time to reflect on all that went into the 2014 Midterm elections. But before we do that, here’s a collection of photos from the night that was make or break for local politicos.