Politics

Judge Dismisses ‘Patient Dumping’ Lawsuit

A lawsuit accusing a Nevada psychiatric hospital of ‘patient dumping’ was dismissed Thursday by a federal judge. (Photo by Omar Omar, via Flickr)

A federal lawsuit alleging that a state-run mental health clinic in Nevada bused more than 1,500 patients to San Jose and various other cities around the country over the past several years was dismissed last week. But civil rights groups and attorneys say the fight isn’t over.

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The Fact and Fiction of Presidents Day

Happy Presidents Day, George Washington’s birthday, or whatever you want to call it. (Photo by cliff1066, via Flickr)

For most holidays, the meaning is pretty straightforward. On the Fourth of July, the nation celebrates the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. On Memorial Day we remember the military’s men and women who died in active service. Presidents Day is a little more ambiguous—and that’s not even its real name.

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Learning from the Brenden Tiggs Tragedy

On Sunday, Brenden Tiggs, an 18-year-old African American student at San Jose State, committed suicide in his dorm room. According to local media, his dad did not believe the coroner’s ruling, because his son was doing well and seemed happy. While it’s a topic we often don’t like to talk about, suicide rates for young men in the United States are especially troubling.

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The Importance of the Secretary of State and a Stolen Election

Dan Schnur brings impressive credentials to his run for secretary of state, and his recent change in political affiliation might only help his chances. (Photo by Steve Cohn, courtesy of USCViterbiSchool)

Dan Schnur, an independent candidate for California’s secretary of state position, served as a political consultant to John McCain, back when the Arizona senator was still a maverick running against George W. Bush. We have had tremendous disagreements on some policy issues, but we have similar views when it comes to integrity in government, the honesty of elections, the enhancement of voting rights and the education of voters.

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Xavier De La Torre Leaving Post as County Superintendent of Education

Xavier De La Torre could be on his way out as superintendent of the Santa Clara County Office of Education. (Photo courtesy of El Paso Times)

After a rocky year-and-a-half on the job, it appears Santa Clara County Office of Education Superintendent Xavier De La Torre will be heading back to Texas for a job as superintendent of a smaller school district. San Jose Inside reported more than three months ago that De La Torre was on the brink of being fired or resigning after a series of dustups with staff, a dissatisfactory performance review and concerns about a cheating scandal.

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The False Narrative in Assemblymember Nora Campos’ Damage Control

Inter-office dysfunction has been a hallmark of Assemblymember Nora Campos’ time as an elected official.

Assemblymember Nora Campos is apparently that rare politician who just knows what the people want without asking. So, when she relinquishes half a million dollars to the state, rather than having a properly staffed office or conducting outreach services to her constituents, she’s bucking her budget allotments out of a noble sense of duty. That’s the message Campos’ communications director, Steve Harmon, trotted out during an interview with local radio station KLIV 1590 in response to a report Metro/San Jose Inside published last week. A closer inspection of Harmon’s comments, however, show that they don’t pass the smell test.

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By the Numbers: 46,000 e-books

The selection of e-books in county libraries just got a lot bigger.

E-books used to focus on niche topics geared toward small, zany readerships, which made for riveting titles such as Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen or The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop. Now e-books cover the gamut, and the Santa Clara County Library District announced this week that it has 46,000 digital titles in its collection, including pop culture favorites like Wolf of Wall Street and 50 Shades of Grey—you know, if you’re into corporate barbarism or Penthouse letters.

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Xavier Campos Pushes Half-Cent Sales Tax to Hire More Police

San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos wants to get a sales tax increase on the November ballot. (Photo by Colin Quirt)

San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos has proposed a half-cent sales tax measure so the city can hire more police officers. “Ideally, no one would want to increase taxes,” he writes in a memo going before the Rules and Open Government Committee on Wednesday. “However, this council has worked before on making tough fiscal decisions to increase services to our citizens.”

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