In the early hours of Wednesday morning, with all precincts reporting, Liccardo took home 51 percent of the vote. But the race could be decided by absentee ballots turned in at the polls that will not be counted until later Wednesday and this week.
Voters in the Bay Area’s largest city are deciding between City Councilmember Sam Liccardo and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese in the race to replace outgoing Mayor Chuck Reed. With 126 of 495 precincts reporting, Liccardo is leading Cortese, 50.85 percent to 49.15 percent.
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has asked that the city council appoint a special investigator as well as a U.S. attorney to look into the alleged comments made by the head of the police officers’ union to a police academy class during their orientation.
A story KPIX 5 broke last week has people in San Jose talking about next month’s mayoral election.
New data reveals the San Jose Fire Department is arriving on the scene of emergency calls within eight minutes, close to 90 percent of the time—an improvement over the end of last year.
Four former San Jose police chiefs announced their support for county supervisor Dave Cortese in the mayor’s race on Thursday citing crime and police staffing as the two of the main issues in the campaign. Mayor Chuck Reed, however, is endorsing Councilman Sam Liccardo and has dismissed the chiefs’ endorsement as political theater.
San Jose is seeing an increase in violent crime this year even as homicides are on the decline.
Officials with the U.S. Justice Department are paying a visit to San Jose this week to see for themselves how the city’s anti-gang programs are working. The visit comes as city officials say gang violence is trending downward.
The demand for additional housing in Silicon Valley is producing results, but some are concerned over-building could create the next housing bubble.
Residents of The Jungle, San Jose’s largest homeless encampment, have recently received on-site medical care after the county moved a mobile clinic to the site.