Rose Herrera has enthusiastically embraced her role as veem (vice mayor of San Jose), but City Hall insiders worry the second-term council member might be taking her post a little too seriously. Mayor Sam Liccardo had few options for No. 2 when he took over the office in January. Most council members were either too green or simply hated his guts. As an ally who’d been around long enough, Herrera got the job by default. But now people in and around the mayor’s office are shaking their heads at how adept Herrera has been in thrusting herself into the spotlight and pressing her own agenda. This week Herrera had to drop a poison pill memo she authored that would have favored smaller taxicab companies over the big wheels. Perhaps hearing the horns headed toward City Hall, sources tell Fly, former councilman turned mayoral consigliere Pete Constant told Herrera over lunch to lighten up. Herrera, who admits her new title has given her a “broader perspective than just a district council member,” disputes that the meeting was anything but personal. But sources tell Fly that she also recently requested that the mayor’s office consult her on all policy decisions, or risk having her go rogue. As one of several sources put it, “She honestly thinks being vice mayor is being the mayor.” Herrera dismissed such loose talk, noting that she is a "bridge builder" but some people may not like her style because she is a “woman and a leader.” How much the vice mayor leads is debatable, as the title is mostly meaningless except in cases when the mayor is out of town or has a medical emergency. But in some ways it could be a launch pad for higher office—just for someone other than Herrera. Madison Nguyen, San Jose’s former vice mayor, has said she will run in 2016 for the State Assembly seat currently held by Nora Campos. Herrera said she hasn’t decided on running, but with Nguyen likely to nab Liccardo’s endorsement, that would make for one awkward scenario.