In polarized San Jose, where unionistas have been battling pension reformers, both camps racked up victories and defeats, and neither was fully vanquished. Mayor Chuck Reed maintained his pro-reform majority on the council with Rose Herrera’s likely victory. “Thank God for Rose,” Reed said during the election night party at her Silver Creek home. “Rose has been tremendously important to what we are doing. We need her back.”
Herrera said unions spent $1 million in the primary and general elections to try and unseat her and she thinks it was because she stood up to the South Bay Labor Council’s Cindy Chavez. “I told her two years ago that I wasn’t going to do what she told me to do,” Herrera said.
She tossed an olive branch to the unions, however. “One of the first things we need to do is reach out to fire fighters and police officers to heal the wounds and work together for the good of the city,” Herrera said.
At 8:21pm Herrera announced President Obama’s re-election to cheers and applause. Even Mayor Reed clapped and found a positive note in the president’s re-election. “What I am hoping for is it will break the logjam on issues affecting Silicon Valley,” he said, citing corporate tax reform and immigration. Reed thinks the U.S. should give visas to “people who want to stay in the valley and start their companies here.”
This of course includes baseball players, such as the Oakland A’s, who want to immigrate to San Jose. Reed thinks the Giants’ World Series victory may brighten the city’s prospects for winning the A’s. “I thought that two years ago,” he admitted, though. The Giants are strong enough now, he figures, that “they don’t need to stand in our way any longer.”