No one in the San Jose mayor’s race received enough votes to get an endorsement from the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce PAC, but it appears the committee considers one candidate especially bad for business. A source tells Fly that the PAC can’t give formal support to anyone but is expected to hand out max campaign contributions ($1,100) to council members/candidates Rose Herrera, Sam Liccardo, Madison Nguyen and Pierluigi Oliverio. County Supervisor Dave Cortese, however, is not expected to receive a dime. Word is that’s not sitting well with Chamber CEO Matt Mahood, who is trying to acquire a $100,000 grant from the county to help fund a regional economic development initiative. Last year the county approved Mahood’s proposal, which requires the chamber to pony up $250,000 before a matching grant is awarded, by a 4-0 vote. But the fifth and most recent addition to the Board of Supervisors, Cindy Chavez, is apparently dead-set against the idea. “Cindy is adamantly opposed,” a source told Fly, citing the longstanding bad blood between the Chamber and the laboristas who break bread with Chavez. Mahood declined comment on the PAC’s internal workings, but he told Fly that he’s not worried about rubbing Cortese the wrong way, as the deal is apolitical. “Look, I have to live and die by whatever the PAC decides to do, and I have to work with county officials whether we endorse or not,” he said. “I can’t control what decision the PAC does, but this initiative is purely about economic development.” Mahood adds that he’s also been working with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, and the city has already contributed $50,000 to the initiative, with another $50,000 pledged verbally.
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