Dec 12, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics Comments (2)
Xavier Campos filed fictitious business names for his 2010 City Council campaign and a 2004 school board campaign.
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) confirmed Thursday that it has expanded its investigation into San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos’ 2010 campaign. Earlier this week, San Jose Inside reported that Campos and incarcerated former county Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. created fictitious business filings with the county Recorder’s office under identical names as their campaigns. The unconventional finance practice could have allowed the two men to funnel campaign contributions into secret bank accounts.
Dec 12, 2013 by Rich Robinson Politics, Business, Culture Comments (0)
San Jose’s City Council decided Tuesday to increase regulation on medical marijuana collectives.
It’s déjà vu all over again, with apologies to Yogi Berra. The San Jose City Council once again passed an ordinance that could effectively put all medical marijuana collectives out of business. A more progressive approach would be to enforce existing law and pass an ordinance completely legalizing marijuana for general use.
Dec 11, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture Comments (0)
A right-wing legal nonprofit says the county discriminated against an employee for expressing her opinion.
A Santa Clara County employee took a browbeating for criticizing Obamacare and told to take her complaints outside—literally off public property. That’s according to Norina Mooney’s attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a conservative legal defense group that defends “religious, parental and other constitutional rights.”
Dec 11, 2013 by The Fly Politics, The Fly Comments (5)
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is not expected to endorse a candidate to succeed him until after the primary.
There are enough candidates for mayor of San Jose to field a football team with a few water boys, but no one entrant should expect the blessing of Mayor Chuck Reed just yet. With a year left on his final term, the mayor’s five pension reform supporters on the City Council—a.k.a. The B Team—are all vying to drag their files over to the 18th floor’s corner office, and he needs their support to gets things done.
Dec 11, 2013 by Joseph DiSalvo Politics, Culture, Media Comments (5)
San Antonio’s Mayor Julian Castro led a bold initiative last year to improve preschool access in his city. (Photo courtesy of UCN)
There is a dangerous shortsightedness about constricting the role of mayor in San Jose and the campaign to only things that he/she can influence. Doing so makes San Jose seem small minded and insignificant. Are we not the Silicon Valley, the economic engine for the state, nation and world? Are we not the 10th most populous city in America? We must think bigger or we will lose out.
Dec 11, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics Comments (4)
George Shirakawa Jr. and Xavier Campos created fictitious businesses names that would have allowed them to escape detection of campaign finances.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office seized documents in a Thanksgiving eve raid that implicate Xavier Campos’ campaign in funding the red-baiting political mailers that helped him win a seat on the San Jose City Council. Now, records obtained this week by Metro/San Jose Inside suggest that the District 5 councilmember engaged in a highly unconventional campaign finance practice—one used by the incarcerated former county supervisor—that would have allowed him to establish phony campaign bank accounts that could have gone undetected by agencies monitoring election spending.
Dec 10, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business Comments (2)
Leasing streetlights to cell phone providers could expand 4G service and get some of the city’s broken lights fixed, according to two councilmembers.
Copper wire theft and other problems leave hundreds of streetlights dark, creating a public safety problem in several neighborhoods. But what if the city leases these poles to telecom companies as cell stations to expand their 4G network? Councilmembers Rose Herrera and Sam Liccardo proposed the idea, saying the lights get fixed, courtesy of Philips, and San Jose receives better cell phone service while residents aren’t left in the dark.
Dec 9, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Culture Comments (10)
Rocketship schools have been cropping up throughout Santa Clara County, where the company eventually plans to operate upward of 20 campuses.
A private nonprofit charter school chain wants the city to act as a conduit financer for a $35 million loan to build another campus and make improvements at a couple others. Rocketship schools, owned by San Jose-based Launchpad Development Company, will ask the City Council to approve the bond issuance when it meets Tuesday. The council also considers plans to regulate pot clubs, accept an insurance settlement for a burnt-down historic home and OK a contract with the city’s police union.
Dec 8, 2013 by Jennifer Wadsworth Politics, Business, Culture Comments (7)
The city wants to take another crack at regulating the medical marijuana industry. (Photo by it was 3 a.m., via Flickr)
Leveraging anecdotal evidence of increased crime and a poll conducted by teenage prohibitionists, the city aims to tighten restrictions on local pot clubs. Under new rules—if they garner a majority vote Tuesday from the City Council—dispensaries would operate no closer than 1,000 feet from a school, 500 feet from a substance abuse clinic and 150 feet from a home.
Dec 6, 2013 by Josh Koehn Politics Comments (5)
New evidence seized in a search of George Shirakawa Jr.‘s home links Xavier Campos’ 2010 campaign to fraudulent political mailers.
A search of George Shirakawa Jr.‘s home the day before Thanksgiving turned up evidence that suggests Xavier Campos’ 2010 City Council campaign paid for materials to create a fraudulent political mailer that helped the San Jose city councilman get elected. The mailers portrayed Campos’ opponent, Magdalena Carrasco, as a communist to East San Jose’s Vietnamese voters, and Shirakawa’s DNA was found on a stamp affixed to one of the mailers. Campos ended up winning the primary election against Carrasco by 20 votes and later won the runoff.
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