Dave Cortese

The Soap Opera at City Hall: ‘As San Jose Turns’

San Jose City Hall needs to move to a strong-mayor form of government, Rich Robinson argues.

A recent San Jose Inside story uncovered the hubris exhibited at the top levels of our city’s government. The piece shatters the mythology that “professional” governance is somehow better than elected leadership. But salacious details aside, the fact remains that San Jose will remain a second-class city until we adopt a strong-mayor form of government.


Does Mayor Sam Have the Votes?

Mayor Chuck Reed, left, will sooon hand the baton to Sam Liccardo, and with it come a host of issues that will need to be resolved. (File photo)

People opposed to incoming Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo are also concerned with an interim appointment to the District 4 council seat, fearing it will give the mayor a governing majority. The truth is Liccardo already has a majority.


Mayor Liccardo’s Biggest Test

Sam Liccardo claimed victory in a close San Jose mayor's race with a little more than 51 percent of the vote. Final totals have still yet to be announced. (Photo by Brian Kirskey)

San Jose’s new mayor faces huge challenges. The most striking problem is not simply putting more cops on the street, though it is an important goal. The real work will be bringing a divided city together.