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Mayor’s Race Moves to Education at Upcoming Forum

The Mexican heritage Plaza in San Jose will host a mayoral forum at 10am Saturday. (Photo—cropped for space—by Wayne Hsieh, via Flickr)

This Saturday at 10am the county Board of Education will co-sponsor a mayoral forum on public education. When you examine the list of critical issues San Jose's next mayor will have to confront—public safety, transportation, affordable housing, libraries, etc.—nearly all relate to our children's education.

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San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed Takes Long View in Final State of the City Speech

Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday that many of the projects started during his two terms as mayor of San Jose will be finished by the next mayor. (San Jose Inside photo)

Chuck Reed spent much of his eighth and final State of the City speech thanking his predecessors while noting that a mayor’s work goes on long after he or she leaves office. Noting that he and past elected officials in San Jose have stood “on the shoulders of giants,” Reed said the work he and the council have carried out in recent years must be viewed outside the prism of four-year term limits. “We have to think in much longer timeframes,” he said.

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Cortese, San Jose Mayors Split on Walmart

The benefit Walmart has on communities is a point of disagreement between Dave Cortese and two San Jose mayors. (Photo by Katherine Johnson, via Flickr)

Last month, Fly broke the Earth-shattering news that county supervisor and San Jose mayoral contender Dave Cortese isn’t too fond of Walmart. He refused to mention the store by name in an invite to his campaign kickoff, instead noting that the party was near a “Big Box” store. Crazy, we know. But just when the Internet was nearing recovery, a couple of mayors decided to reignite the fight.

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Endorsement: Teresa Alvarado for Supervisor

County supervisor candidate Teresa Alvarado offers voters the best option for an elected official who will be committed to reform.

The District 2 county supervisor’s race is one of the most important in this region’s history. Two-thirds of the county budget—about $3 billion annually—goes to compensation and retirement benefits. Virtually all of the public employee union contracts are up for negotiation in the next two years, and there’s an unfunded $1.7 billion liability for retiree health care. The election will determine whether those issues are tackled by a board majority firmly in the pocket of the South Bay Labor Council—or one that might be a little more independent. For this and many other reasons, Metro and San Jose Inside endorse Teresa Alvarado for county supervisor.

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