Larry Stone

Election Night 2014 Slideshow

No one tells a diddy like former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery. (Photo by Brian Kirskey)

The votes have been counted—most of them anyway—and it's time to reflect on all that went into the 2014 Midterm elections. But before we do that, here's a collection of photos from the night that was make or break for local politicos.

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San Jose Officials Blame Bud Selig for Antitrust Lawsuit

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, left, refused to meet with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed about the Oakland A’s relocating to San Jose. Now the commish could find himself meeting with San Jose’s attorneys in court.

More than four years have passed since Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig formed a committee to study the best places for the Oakland A’s to play ball. But what’s the point of studying something if that knowledge is never put to the test? On Tuesday, the city of San Jose called time and filed a federal lawsuit challenging MLB’s antitrust exemption, part of which prevents teams from relocating without approval of the league and other team owners.

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Property Values Continue to Climb in 2013

About 47,000 county homeowners will soon find out that their homes are worth more than what they paid for them. Assessor Larry Stone announced in a press release Thursday that the South Bay’s residential property market continues to trend upward.

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County Assessor Report Notes Resurgence in Housing Prices

The price of single-family homes in San Jose’s Mount Pleasant area increased by 24 percent compared to last year, topping all neighborhoods in Santa Clara County. Areas with darker shades of red had the largest increases.

Silicon Valley home values saw double-digit appreciation in the past year, outpacing the nation’s rebounding real estate market. Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone last week released a detailed breakdown of single-family home and condo prices. The report of prices in 25 South Bay neighborhoods shows growth in single-family home values ranging from 4 to 24 percent, and 13 to 46 percent for condos.

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Integrity Must Supersede Political Loyalty

This cover story detailing the shady campaign activities of former Supervisor George Shirakawa was published Sept. 26, 2012.

Integrity is the single most important ethos the public has a right to expect from anyone who participates in the political arena. Beyond party and philosophy, it is the one essential element of governance that each of us must insist upon when doing the people’s business.

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Who Mayor or May Not?

Any day now, the 2014 San Jose mayoral race is expected to start, with two Sicilian-Americans from wealthy families and a Vietnamese immigrant vice mayor formally declaring their intent to run. But in the coming months, several unexpected candidates could join Sam Liccardo, Dave Cortese and Madison Nguyen.

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