San Jose’s District 2 Voters Have Tough Call on Brown, Jimenez

San Jose Inside has reversed its position in this race, after Steve Brown went berserk at a press conference. We are now endorsing Sergio Jimenez. See a follow-up report here.—Editor

Council candidates Steve Brown and Sergio Jimenez are diametrically opposed on just about every issue—aside from their belief that crime is the city’s biggest problem and that it’s time to move on from the pension reform acrimony of recent years. Both men come from humble, if not hardscrabble, beginnings, and these origins led them to develop vastly different views of the world.

Brown is a Republican who says he still hasn’t made up his mind on Donald Trump. He founded a private security business and counts almost entirely men among his endorsers, including pastors, local MMA fighters and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. In addition to using terms like “imperialist and elitist” when discussing his distaste for rent control, Brown seems uncomfortably sure of his positions, including the stance that business owners should have the right to refuse service to customers they suspect are LGBTQ. He has done admirable work helping the homeless and troubled kids, and it seems like this would be an area of strength if elected.

Jimenez is a down-the-line union Democrat whose knowledge of local issues dates only a little further back than his campaign. He works as an investigator for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office and says he has moved on from youthful indiscretions that included a few run-ins with the law and declaring bankruptcy. At the very least, he seems to know what he doesn’t know and is open to learning more about the issues.

The candidates split on issues such as rent control (Jimenez supports, Brown opposes); Measure E (same); medical marijuana (same) and their votes will almost certainly go with whatever the South Bay Labor Council (Jimenez) or San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce (Brown) are championing.

At least District 2 will know what it’s getting.

San Jose Inside will be publishing endorsements and information on local races, ballot measures and state propositions throughout the rest of the week.

29 Comments

  1. > Brown is a Republican who says he still hasn’t made up his mind on Donald Trump.

    Has Sergio JImenez made up HIS mind on Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and whether or not Hillary should be sent to prison?

    > “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted”

    http://charlesortel.com/

    • Clinton Foundation never called Mexicans rapists/criminals (or any of the myriad of hateful comments from Trump but I digress..).

      It’s utterly disgusting that Brown is willing to discriminate against his neighbors because of their gender/sexuality… but with a stance like that, makes sense why he is Trump fan. Seems like SJI is willing to be an apologist for Brown’s hateful stance against the LGBTQ community….

      Sidenote – I have some friends in South San Jose and none of them have ever heard of or seen Steve in district before he decided to run, and those that do know him don’t exactly have kind things to say about him or his business.

      • Could not agree with you any more. And he is trying to back down from his comment. No respect for Steve Brown. All people are equal and should be treated that way.

      • That’s because he lives in his mother in law house. He moved in just about a year ago and placed all of his prior house belongings in storage.

    • Does this mean SJDA will be asking about Brown’s anti-LGBTQ stance?

      I figured businesses around the city, even if they are ‘uncomfortable’ with their lgbtq neighbors, know that money doesn’t care about who you’re in bed with, and that there is actually a potential for a boost of business by welcoming any customer. Curious of the Chamber knew about this before endorsing him…

      • > including the stance that business owners should have the right to refuse service to customers they suspect are LGBTQ.

        Sal:

        So you believe the government can order a baker to bake a gay wedding cake?

        Should the government order McDonalds to stop selling hamburgers because they’re offensive to vegans?Should the government close down Armadillo Willy’s because pulled pork sandwiches are offensive to those who believe in Sharia Law?

        How big an authoritarian do you want to be?

        • Depends… how big of an insensitive jerkbag do you want to be?

          The compassion to compare gender/sexuality to a diet is very telling to how accepting and loving you are as a person. Though from the comments you have graced us with on here, it’s clear that you feel there are ‘others’ in our society that should be neglected, intimidated, oppressed and harmed because of their humanity and individuality.

          It’s sad that you chose to use this digital landscape for such anger and judgement…

          • > Though from the comments you have graced us with on here, it’s clear that you feel there are ‘others’ in our society that should be neglected, intimidated, oppressed and harmed because of their humanity and individuality.

            Wow! That’s a heavy, heavy load of guilt.

            I really feel like an awful person. I think you’ve crossed the line of micro-aggression and are now well into mini-aggression.

            Where’s my safe space?

          • It’s comments and rhetroric like this that make me want to stop identifying myself as a democrat. I imagine some republicans feel the same way about the far right.

            sjoutsidethebubble posed a reasonable question, and instead of someone replying with either a response or opinion, he’s vilified and that’s that.

            Someone else replies, offers a scenario in where the government passes some sort of commercial clause law and that people can sue other people, and then brings up trump.

            So, problem solved? Did we all walk away learning something new or seeing things from a different perspective? Of course not.

            Feelings are replacing facts and common sense. Society is slowly paying the price or this.

            *sigh*

        • My friend you analogies do not speak highly of your intelligence. The government can pass a law requiring all of us to treat everyone the same under the US Constitution Commercial clause. Every human being. If you fail to comply with the Supreme Law of the Land – it opens the door to he/she against you discriminated to file a lawsuit seeking monetary redress. But no, the government cannot order a baker to bake a gay wedding cake. How big an authoritarian? Definitively less than Donald Trump!

  2. “…business owners should have the right to refuse service to customers they suspect are LGBTQ.”

    I am going to assume Mr. Brown supports financial institutions rejecting loan applications from LGBTQ people, maybe even redlining neighborhoods where LGBTQ people are known to live. He must also support housing developers including covenants in subdivisions that houses cannot be sold to LGBTQ people. He must even have no problem with restaurants in San Jose putting up signs saying “No LGBTQ Allowed”.

    Strange the Mercury News failed to include this important fact about Mr. Brown.

    Thank you SJI. I almost voted for Mr. Brown.

    • > He must also support housing developers including covenants in subdivisions that houses cannot be sold to LGBTQ people. He must even have no problem with restaurants in San Jose putting up signs saying “No LGBTQ Allowed”.

      Steve0:

      Preposterous baloney.

      No restaurant in San Jose has a sign that says “No LGBTQ Allowed”. They’ve got REAL stuff to worry about.

      You’re just howling at the moon.

  3. Southsidebubble Dolt,

    I see you are still residing in your moms basement with nothing better to do then enlighten us with your “White Nationalist” ignorant point of views… Let me guess, nothing more than a GED education???

  4. What I don’t understand is the gay community has stood up for all minorities but Steve Brown would put Religious Freedoms above equal rights. Wow I remember Black people being unable to sit at a counter all because they were black. Let’s not repeat this hate with another minority. Those business owners were using their freedoms to discriminate against people. I hope we here in California have learned that all people deserve the same rights not just the elite few.

    • How dare you compare racism against a people WHO CANNOT CHANGE THE COLOR OR THEIR SKIN to perverted individuals who choose WHO AND WHAT they sleep with………..MORAL WRONGS CAN NEVER BE CIVIL RIGHTS!!!

  5. Well, since it is election season, it’s time to compile our list of questions to ask the candidates at candidate forums:

    Candidate questionaire:

    1. Are you a racist?
    2. Are you a sexist?
    3. Are you a homophobe?
    4. Are you a xenophobe?
    5. Are you anti-immigrant?
    6. Are you anti-Islamic?
    7. Are you anti-semitic?
    8. Are you a misogynist?
    9. Are you a bigot?
    10. Are you white?
    11. Are you a white supremacist?
    12. Are you diverse?
    13. Are you multicultural?
    14. Are you a Christian?
    15. Do you own a gun?
    16. Is your gun an assault weapon?
    17. Have you ever shot a deer with an assault weapon?
    18. Are you religious?
    19. Are you bitter?
    20. Do you cling to your gun?
    21. Do you cling to your religion?
    22. Have you ever refused to have an abortion?
    23. Have you ever opposed another person having an abortion?
    24. Are you a holocaust denier?
    25. Are you a global warming denier?
    26. Are you rich?
    27. Do you pay your fair share of taxes?
    28. Are you homeless?
    29. Are you deplorable?
    30. Have you ever been dehydrated?
    31. Do you have Parkinson’s disease?
    32. Do you eat meat?
    33. Have you ever eaten whale meat?
    34. Have you ever eaten a spotted owl?
    35. Do you smoke tobacco?
    36. Do you smoke marijuana?
    37. Have you ever been harmed by second hand smoke?
    38. Do you have a pre-existing condition not covered by health insurance?
    39. Do you have AIDS?
    40. Have you ever had unsafe sex?

  6. Southsidebubble Dolt,

    You seem to be very talented in writing your ingnorant, ‘White Nationalist’ point of views while goose stepping at the same time. I’m sure your room in your moms basement is decorated with all sorts of decore that represents Germany, 1941.

    • Larry:

      Once again, you have proven the reality of “Godwin’s Law”.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

      “There are many corollaries to Godwin’s law, some considered more canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself)[3] than others.[1] For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress.[8] This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin’s law.”

      • Didn’t you mention “white supremacist” in your 9/14/16 list before Larry mentioned Nazis? If “mentioning” Nazis means you lose the debate, what does mentioning “white supremacist” mean?

        • You’re establishing a standard that makes it impossible to quote liberals.

          The Mercury News editorial endorsing Hillary claims that “white supremacists love him [Trump]”.

          • And you’re making it impossible to call a spade a spade. When you sound like a white supremacist or Nazi, people will call you that. That doesn’t mean they lose the debate.

          • And furthermore, if the Mercury mentioned ‘white supremacist,’ they’ve already lost the debate under your Godwin’s law. Why are you restarting it by quoting them?