May 24, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Business, Culture, Media Comments (9)
County prosecutor Chuck Gillingham made some bold accusations about Metro in a press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Sugar Wang, courtesy of Singtao Daily)
County prosecutor Chuck Gillingham Jr., son of the former county sheriff, called a press conference Wednesday to accuse Metro of being an accomplice to prostitution and underage sex trafficking. Gillingham said he was acting in an unofficial capacity as a concerned citizen. But it seems something much greater is at play.
May 10, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Culture, Media Comments (2)
San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen was surprised to learn a local Vietnamese group had a problem with a comment she made to the local daily newspaper.
An assortment of local politicians and community members gathered in the City Hall rotunda late last month to pay their respects at the 38th “Black April,” a ceremony to honor and remember the Vietnamese diaspora and fall of Saigon. By most respects, it was a solemn occasion that showed respect and solidarity. And then the Mercury News had to go and ruin everything.
May 8, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Business, Media Comments (0)
This is a cropped portion of a mailer recently sent to San Jose residents by a political action committee that has ties to a Sacramento lobbyist firm.
A Sacramento lobbying firm appears to be playing a game of snooker when it comes to misleading San Jose residents about crime and casinos. The “Consumer Alliance for a Strong Economy” has been scaring residents into believing the city wants to deregulate card club oversight through robocalls, provocative mailers and even a Mercury News op-ed.
Apr 15, 2013 by Josh Koehn Business, Media Comments (5)
The Mercury News building on Ridder Park Drive.
The property that’s home to the San Jose Mercury News printing plant and newsroom will soon be up for sale.
Mar 26, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Culture, Media Comments (10)
Larry Esquivel inherited San Jose’s chief of police position without ever putting his name up for consideration. In fact, none of the San Jose Police Department’s deputy chiefs showed a genuine interest in the job, leaving the applicant pool to some uninterested and/or unqualified candidates outside of the area. But Esquivel is learning the ropes, and a perusal of his Twitter account shows a man who loves emoticons, classic cars and ... the Mercury News? Yes, the Mercury News.
Mar 21, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business, Culture, Media Comments (1)
The future cost of elections in San Jose could change dramatically depending on what happens at next week’s Elections Commission meeting.
San Jose’s Elections Commission received complaints last year about political candidates exchanging coffee for signatures on a nomination petition, raising money after the election to pay off campaign debt and mingling primary and general election funds. In response to some of these complaints, the city wants to update its campaign and ethics provisions, Title 12. A public meeting will be held March 28 at City Hall.
Mar 11, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Media Comments (11)
Mayor Chuck Reed has enjoyed high approval ratings since coming into office, but a new poll shows less support than in the past.
Rising crime rates and controversy surrounding San Jose’s Measure B pension reform efforts may have cut into Mayor Chuck Reed’s approval rating, which, according to a recent opinion poll, is listed at 55 percent.
Mar 6, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Business, Culture, Media Comments (5)
DA Jeff Rosen, center, along with Karyn Sinunu-Towery and Michael Brown, announced 12 criminal charges last Friday against former Supervisor George Shirakawa. The DA said its investigation was sparked by a Metro/San Jose Inside report and a Public Records Act request. (Photo by Geoffrey Smith II)
It’s always a shame to let facts interfere with a good story, but county Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr.‘s downfall didn’t start with a hushed voice from a trench coat in the dark corners of a parking garage. Here’s how Metro/San Jose Inside uncovered some of the disgraced politician’s illegal activity.
Mar 6, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business, Culture, Media Comments (4)
Casino M8trix has made a lot of news since it opened last summer. One freelance journalist continues to dig for more answers about the inner workings of the card club.
The city’s poised to deny for the second time a Public Records Act (PRA) request from a journalist who wants to glimpse the behind-the-scenes workings of Casino M8trix. Other items on the Rules and Open Government Committee agenda fro Wednesday include a dispute within the Vietnamese community and a passionate letter from our favorite city critic.
Mar 5, 2013 by Rich Robinson Politics, Culture, Media Comments (15)
This partial graphic of former Supervisor George Shirakawa comes from a Sept. 26, 2012 cover story in Metro.
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