Victor Ajlouny

A Tale of Two Polls

Mayor Sam Liccardo will need to find common ground with opponents on issues outside of pension reform to move the city forward.

The recent poll showing Dave Cortese in first place—and Madison Nguyen in second—for the San Jose mayor’s race must have been a shock to the Sam Liccardo camp. So much so, that Liccardo released his own polling information showing him now in second.

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Progressives, Conservatives Form Tense Partnership to Defeat Chavez

Teresa Alvarado, left, has a a broad coalition of supporters who have come together to defeat Cindy Chavez.

Cindy Chavez is a people-uniter. How else could one explain why so many incongruous political actors of varying stripes are singing Kumbaya as they work to defeat her in the county supervisor race to replace George Shirakawa Jr. Progressives and conservatives in Silicon Valley are teaming up to battle the Chavistas, and it’s causing some friction for top opponent Teresa Alvarado as she stitches together a coalition.

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Who Wasted the Most Campaign Money in 2012? Well, a Lot of People

Rose Herrera spent $254,943.23 to keep her seat in the face of heavy spending opposition.

The deadline for semi-annual campaign disclosure forms covering the last half of 2012 came due last week. The documents provide a clearer picture of how winning and losing candidates raised money and how they spent it—or misspent it—in the final weeks of the campaign. We also tracked a number of political action committees (PACs). The most interesting findings: How much money was wasted in trying to defeat Councilmember Rose Herrera, a potential quid pro quo between the ChamberPAC and a person quoted in its ballot statement against minimum wage, and hangover debt for losing candidates Jimmy Nguyen and Robert Braunstein.

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Braunstein Congratulates Khamis on Win

Johnny Khamis, the new councilmember for District 10, looks ate results with potential 2014 mayoral candidate Pat Waite.

At 8:58 this morning, Robert Braunstein sent out a mass email congratulating Johnny Khamis on his victory. “The voters of District 10 made their choice,” he wrote. “I know Johnny will work hard on City Council to represent San Jose and this District well.”

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