Nov 8, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics Comments (9)
Once the top elected official in Santa Clara County, George Shirakawa Jr., middle, was immediately remanded after receiving a one-year jail sentence Friday for his pilfering of campaign funds.
Disgraced former county Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. will spend the next year in jail for his pilfering of campaign funds. Judge Daniel T. Nishigaya on Friday sentenced Shirakawa, who pleaded guilty this spring to five felonies and seven misdemeanors, to a year behind bars, minus one day served. Following the ruling, he was immediately escorted out of court and taken into custody. A source within the county Sheriff’s Office tells San Jose Inside that Shirakawa will spend his time behind bars in Alameda County. He will receive probation for three years following his release.
Nov 8, 2013 by Rich Robinson Politics Comments (5)
Glenn Hendricks (from left), Jim Griffith and Gustav Larsson all won seats Tuesday on the Sunnyvale City Council.
Rich Robinson writes that Tuesday’s election results provided a firm rebuke to the politics of insanity that has recently become standard in Sunnyvale.
Nov 7, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Culture Comments (0)
Ray Shafazand, a former owner of nightclubs in downtown San Jose, had rape charges against him dropped by the District Attorney’s office earlier this week.
Former downtown nightclub owner Ray Shafazand will not stand trial for rape charges, as the District Attorney chose to drop its case against him Monday. The trial for Shafazand, who has been in the hospitality business since 1984 and previously owned downtown San Jose’s Myth Taverna and Lounge, was expected to begin in February 2014. He told San Jose Inside on Thursday that the alleged victim and another woman conspired to frame him. In the process, he said, they have “ruined my life.”
Nov 7, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture Comments (7)
San Jose’s gang violence stats for this year don’t tell the whole story compared to past numbers.
When the San Jose Police Department boasted about a 42.9 percent drop in gang-related homicides last month, it should have placed an asterisk by that figure. Police failed to mention that the dip in homicides and other gang violence this year came mostly from a change in the way the department classifies those crimes.
Nov 7, 2013 by Joseph DiSalvo Politics, Culture Comments (4)
Kids can benefit when traditional public schools and charter schools work together, Board of Education trustee Joseph DiSalvo argues.
Two events I attended this week provide some optimism about traditional public and charter schools’ ability to coexist. Stories of eliminating inequality in public education are playing out in real time all over the valley. We should stand proud of how the region is rising up to form powerful coalitions to lobby elected officials and public leaders.
Nov 6, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Business, Culture, Media Comments (23)
Mike Honda, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, knows how to rally the base, but will that be enough?
Mike Honda—Silicon Valley’s globe-trotting, karaoke-singing, hard-partying congressman—has had a charmed career. Now, a well-funded challenger, Ro Khanna, asks whether being likeable is enough, or whether the public expects a lawmaker to work hard, write laws and fight to keep valley industries competitive.
Nov 6, 2013 by The Fly Politics, The Fly Comments (8)
San Jose Councilman Sam Liccardo, left, has been getting plenty of support in his bid for mayor from friend and Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino.
Roughly 1,300 people attended the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s (SVLG) Annual Lunch last week at the Santa Clara Convention Center—but not everyone left satisfied. Carl Guardino’s boosterism of one San Jose mayoral candidate has created concern that the leadership group CEO is blurring the line between personal preference and organizational support.
Nov 6, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture Comments (0)
Speakers supporting no change to the existing detainer policy in Santa Clara County wore orange ribbons to Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.
Just when a debate over Santa Clara County’s civil detainer policy was getting stale, straight-laced Supervisor Joe Simitian delivered a bombshell by admitting he was arrested as a kid. The former state senator declined to share any more details except to say that he was locked up for “47-and-a-half hours” in Juvenile Hall on suspicion of some crime, cleared and then released. A details man, Simitian may be the only person to ever make the distinction between being in jail for 47-and-a-half hours and 48. “I’m going to ask you about that later,” joked fellow Supervisor Cindy Chavez. Maybe it was an attempt to relate, but Simitian’s youthful brush with the law hardly compares to the plight of undocumented immigrants who face deportation if charged with a crime.
Nov 5, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics, Culture, Media Comments (34)
Councilman Johnny Khamis was the target of an angry Facebook post that included profanity directed at him by San Jose police officers.
An angry Facebook post directed at San Jose Councilman Johnny Khamis has led to three San Jose police officers being investigated by the department’s Internal Affairs division.
Nov 5, 2013 by Silicon Valley Newsroom Politics Comments (6)
Ed Shikada will serve as the next city manager of San Jose.
Following a closed session meeting for the City Council on Tuesday morning, San Jose City Manager Debra Figone announced that Ed Shikada will take over her role when she retires in December.
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