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District 2

What's at stake? With the proposed Calpine power plant and massive Cisco expansion in Coyote Valley, District 2 is home to two of the most important development issues facing the city. All three candidates to succeed two-term councilwoman Charlotte Powers oppose the power plant. But this race in southern San Jose is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested in the city, with all three candidates bringing extensive records of civic leadership to the campaign.


Who is she? A longtime activist, Kathy Chavez Napoli, 47, has championed numerous anti-establishment causes in recent years, most notably in 1992, when she helped organize opposition to a new tax to fund a San Jose baseball stadium for the Giants. Napoli is a San Jose native and owns a wrecking company with her husband. She ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1998.

Where does she stand? Napoli consistently criticizes city government for failing to involve citizens in important civic discussions. She favors strict controls on development, expansion of public transportation and additional public funding for affordable housing. Napoli opposes the proposed power plant in the Coyote Valley.


Who is she? Originally from Cuba, Maria Ferrer (
, 50, has lived in San Jose for two decades, becoming a leader in efforts to expand health care and educational opportunities for the region's poorer residents. She is a senior health care analyst in the county health system, has served on the Santa Clara County Board of Education for 10 years and helped start an independent organization to study student achievement.

Where does she stand? Ferrer favors more incentives for public transit use, including long-term parking at light rail stations and more housing along rail lines. She believes the city should promote more high-density housing, develop a mix of housing in Coyote Valley and expand city services for youth. Ferrer opposes the proposed power plant in Coyote Valley.


Who is he? An Alabama native and longtime engineer at IBM in San Jose, Forrest Williams, 62, ( has served in public office for much of the past two decades, including 12 years on the Oak Grove school board and eight years on the San Jose planning commission. He also has been a volunteer coach and a leader in the local chapters of the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.

Where does he stand? Williams wants to expand public transit, including bringing BART to San Jose and increasing bus services. He favors more affordable housing development and services by the city. He also favors carefully managed development of Coyote Valley that creates housing around public transit. He opposes the proposed power plant in Coyote Valley.


District 4

What's at stake? A stable, predominantly middle-class district encompassing Alviso and Berryessa in northern San Jose, District 4 faces no explosive issues this year. But the race to succeed two-term councilwoman Margie Matthews has attracted one of the most crowded fields in the election. Nearly all the candidates have strong records of civic leadership with three sitting school or college board members and two active community leaders.


Who is he? The only District 4 candidate who does not live in Berryessa, Jim Canova (
, 40, is a resident of North San Jose. He owns his own car-detailing business and has served on the board of the Santa Clara Unified School District since 1992, including two stints as president. He ran unsuccessfully for county supervisor in 1996.

Where does he stand? Concerned that the city's urban growth boundary is contributing to rising housing costs, Canova wants to look into building environmentally sensitive homes on open land. He favors an expansion of public transit, including BART, light rail and possible ferry service into a restored Alviso waterfront. And he wants to expand city partnerships with local schools.


Who is he? Born in Taiwan, Kansen Chu, 47, ( has lived in San Jose for the past 22 years, most recently running the Ocean Harbor Chinese Restaurant with his wife. He is a former engineer with a long record of involvement in civic organizations, including the YMCA, the Private Industry Council and the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board. Last year, he fought the construction of a crematorium in Berryessa. He ran unsuccessfully for the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

Where does he stand? Chu supports transit-oriented housing development that encourages use of public transportation as well as expansion of BART and light rail lines. He favors additional city-sponsored after-school programs for kids as a way to reduce crime. And he wants to expand city services for seniors and adults, including parenting and disaster preparedness classes.


Who is he? A retired communications engineer, Detwiler, 72, is a longtime San Jose resident and former member of the Santa Clara County civil grand jury. He ran unsuccessfully for the Berryessa school board in 1992 and 1994.

Where does he stand? Detwiler is a fierce critic of public transportation. He wants to widen highways around the South Bay, eliminate carpool lanes and increase the capacity of interchanges. Detwiler also favors better flood control measures and opening Henry Coe State Park to automobile traffic.


Who is he? Herrera, 51, has been a trustee of the East Side Union High School District since 1990. Growing up in San Jose, he has worked for several state and national legislators and has been involved in numerous community organizations, including the county transportation commission, the YMCA and Asian Americans for Community Involvement. He is currently community relations manager for the city of East Palo Alto.

Where does he stand? Herrera favors expanding public transit. He wants the city to increase its efforts to build affordable housing by attracting more private investment. Herrera favors strict growth limits, including preserving the green line around the city. And he advocates economic development that helps close the income gap in Silicon Valley.


Who is he? Melendez, 60, has been a board member of the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District since 1992. Now retired, Melendez taught in the Berryessa school district for 24 years, all at the Vinci Park School. He has served on several local boards, including the school district's human relations board and the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council.

Where does he stand? Melendez wants to greatly expand the city's assistance to local schools, providing more after-school programs for kids and encouraging more state assistance for school districts. He wants to build police substations in Berryessa and Alviso and to encourage more use of public transportation through initiatives like expanded bus service.


Who is he? A longtime civil attorney, Reed, 51, ( has been involved in civic activism for two decades. In 1992, he founded the Berryessa Education Foundation to support local public schools. Reed is a former San Jose planning commissioner and serves on the county planning commission. He has been affiliated with dozens of local organizations, including the chamber of commerce, Greenbelt Alliance and Rotary Club.

Where does he stand? Reed favors more incentives for public transit, including transit-oriented housing development and expanded rail service to the South Bay. He wants the city to increase its support of local schools, including advocating for more funding, and address basic safety issues like flood control and better police response. Reed favors strict protection of open land around the city.


District 6

What's at stake? Six candidates are vying to replace District 6 Councilman Frank Fiscalini, including community activists, a community college trustee, a retired health adviser and a police sergeant. The central San Jose district is made up mostly of older neighborhoods fighting to preserve their character while encouraging commercial redevelopment.


Who is he? Mike Borquez (, 51, a former city arts commissioner and a Vietnam veteran, was the force behind getting a veterans memorial in downtown San Jose. He was chairman of the Cultural Education Neighborhood Arts program that introduced children to arts and culture. He is a licensed real estate professional with more than 20 years of mortgage banking experience.

Where does he stand? Borquez wants to improve traffic flow in and around the Valley Fair Shopping Center, establish a parking and speed control solution for downtown Willow Glen, advance technology in city government and increase Web sites for neighborhoods. He favors the airport expansion and would work to see the Guadalupe River Park completed. Borquez calls himself a fiscal conservative and says his banking experience will help him make wise budget decisions. He does not solicit or accept endorsements.


Who is she? Kris Cunningham (, 50, is a San Jose native who has lived in District 6 since 1971. A longtime neighborhood activist, she is former president of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and a six-year board member. She has represented residents on such issues as late-night operating hours in neighborhood business districts, airport noise and expansion, traffic safety and code enforcement. She has worked on the development of ordinances that regulate parkland fees, group homes and ``monster'' homes, and she was a member of the City Hall relocation task force and library master plan committee. Cunningham, a preschool teacher, has been involved with schools for 20 years and serves on the San Jose Unified School Districts' bond oversight committee.

Where does she stand? Cunningham wants to balance infrastructure needs with preservation of older neighborhoods, and she supports city-school coordination in such projects as homework centers, gang prevention task force and Smart Start, a new program to increase the number of preschools. She favors more bike lanes, safer crosswalks and synchronized traffic lights as well as enforcement of guidelines for bars and nightclubs and a ban on cardroom expansion. Cunningham is an advocate for hillside and historic preservation and the completion of the Los Gatos Creek Trail. She would work to increase police presence in neighborhoods with the possible development of substations.


Who is he? Ken Yeager (, 47, has been a San Jose resident since 1971 and is serving his eighth year as a San Jose-Evergreen Community College trustee. A teacher and alumnus of San Jose State University, he is also president of the Rose Garden Neighborhood Association, chairman of the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Committee and the Airport Curfew Monitoring Committee. He co-founded BAYMEC, the gay and lesbian political advocacy group, and has served on the mayor's Education Task Force. He was a policy analyst for Santa Clara County supervisors Rod Diridon and Susanne Wilson and press secretary for Rep. Don Edwards. He ran for the state 23rd District Assembly race in 1996.

Where does he stand? Yeager says his top priority is slowing traffic on neighborhood streets. He is an environmentalist who believes the Guadalupe River Park should be completed. He favors strong city action for airport curfew violations, continued revitalization of District 6's older neighborhoods, expanding the safe schools campus initiative and after-school programs, improving code enforcement and creating community coalitions. He would work to develop a timely and affordable plan to extend BART service to San Jose and explore other mass transit projects. Developing affordable housing in Santa Clara Valley is also a priority in Yeager's campaign.


Who is he? Bill Chew, 50, is a multimedia producer who has been a regular at city council meetings for the past decade. He is running his fifth election campaign with no contributions from outside sources. He is best known for roller-skating around town and through City Hall. He produces a Friday night Cable TV program, ``Neighbornet with Bill Chew,'' about local people, issues and events.

Where does he stand? Chew is against special interests influencing City Hall decisions and believes that council decisions during the past 10 years have eroded the quality of life in District 6. His top goal is to get residents involved in local government, starting with high school students. Chew has long campaigned for city council meetings to be broadcast live.


Who is he? Jim Spence, 52, is a 29-year member of the San Jose Police Department who has lived in District 6 since 1972. He is a graduate of Camden High School and San Jose State University and has been involved in Golden Rule Masonic Lodge youth projects. The police sergeant also has worked on the Community Services and School Liaison unit, the mayor's Gang Task Force technical team and the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design unit. He supervises a team that polices District 6, working with city departments on residents' concerns.

Where does he stand? Spence's top priority is neighborhood safety, and he believes creating jobs in low-income areas will reduce crime. He wants the city to be proactive in recognizing traffic problems and improving mass transit. He supports the expansion of San Jose International Airport and believes group homes should be spread throughout the city. He wants to strengthen partnerships between the schools and the city and supports housing aid for teachers. Well-maintained parks and open space preservation are also among his priorities.


Who is he? Lopez, 64, is a California native and a 24-year San Jose resident in the San Jose City College area. He served five years in the U.S. Army and six years in the California National Guard. Lopez retired two years ago from a 25-year career as a public health communicable disease investigator and health adviser. He worked for five years on a board that helped make improvements in Alviso, including Habitat for Humanity homes, a new library/community center, street paving and Superfund cleanup.

Where does he stand? Lopez's goals include giving health benefits and job opportunities to veterans and encouraging businesses to provide computer training at the neighborhood senior centers. He wants the city to provide computers that seniors can use for research and job hunting. He believes government has gotten too big, taking away individual rights. He is running a low-cost campaign, taking neither money nor endorsements from outside interests.
-- Janice Rombeck


District 8

What's at stake? The race to replace Councilwoman Alice Woody in District 8, one of San Jose's fastest growing areas, has drawn two East San Jose school board members, a community college trustee and a former city council aide. The southeastern San Jose council district, also known as Evergreen, is home to 85,000 residents. Growth has been a hot topic in the district as longtime residents have seen pastures and orchards become huge housing developments that create a need for more city services and improved traffic flow.


Who is he? Dave Cortese (, 43, is an attorney, manager of several family businesses and a lifelong San Jose resident. He has served on the East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees since 1992 and is currently board president. He chaired the New High School Committee and co-chaired the recently successful $80 million facilities bond campaign. He was a leader in the protest against the council's decision to allow campus industrial development next to homes and schools.

Why is he running? Cortese proposes creating a District 8 round table as a forum for debate and a way to encourage resident participation in local government. As a council member representing Evergreen, he would seek a comprehensive solution to Highway 101 access during commute hours, work to bring retail and entertainment businesses to the district, protect hillsides by upholding the city's "greenline" growth limit and make sure that the area's rapid development is well-managed and that the public is well-informed. He supports a police substation, more firefighters and summer internships for youths.


Who is she? Patricia Martinez-Roach (, 50, a Mexican immigrant and 34-year resident of East San Jose, served on the Alum Rock school board for nine years and is serving her second term on the East Side Union High School District board. Martinez-Roach has been a teacher for 26 years and a longtime community volunteer. She has served on several city boards and commissions, including the Task Force on Minority Affairs, the Community Development Block Grant board and the Historic Art Advisory Commission.

Why is she running? A planned growth advocate, Martinez-Roach supports a new high school for Evergreen, but is concerned about ``monster'' shopping centers invading neighborhoods. She supports hillside preservation and responsible development with traffic congestion plans, parks, libraries and safety services. She wants Evergreen to have a recreational facility, funding for child care facilities, more police and fire protection and dependable public transportation. Martinez-Roach is against moving San Jose's City Hall to the downtown area and thinks the money would be better spent on fixing streets and improving the quality of life.


Who is she? Maria Fuentes (, 49, has been a District 8 resident for 21 years and a San Jose-Evergreen Community College District trustee for 10 years. Since 1979, she has worked in the mental health field at the Gardner Family Health Crop., the Alliance for Community Care and the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department. Fuentes has served on the San Jose Minority Affairs Committee, the county mental health advisory board, the Hispanic Women's Council and the San Jose Day Nursery board.

Why is she running? Fuentes' goals include improving traffic flow in the district's congested intersections, creating better school-city partnerships, initiating a growth management plan that protects open space and provides for affordable housing, promoting community partnerships to help the elderly, attracting new businesses to Evergreen and bringing together the district's diverse neighborhoods.


Who is he? Eddie Garcia (, 36, served as policy director for former San Jose Vice Mayor Blanca Alvarado and then as her senior policy director when she was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He is director of government affairs for At&T's Broadband and Internet Services Division. A lifelong resident of San Jose, Garcia coached basketball at local high schools and San Jose City College. He has been a volunteer in the District 8 block captain program and has served on the county Open Space Authority Citizens Advisory Council, the South Bay Labor Council Community Leadership Program and the San Jose Historical Association board.

Why is he running? Garcia is campaigning on his knowledge of City Hall, emphasizing experience in analyzing budgets. As a city council member, Garcia says, he will fight for traffic improvements, safe schools and parks, more resources for the Evergreen Library, a youth center and expanded child-care facilities.


District 10

What's at stake? Councilwoman and former mayoral candidate Pat Dando is the only incumbent on the ballot for San Jose City Council this year. But she faces an energetic challenge from retired teacher and community college board member Nancy Pyle, who has won the endorsement of a majority of the city council in her bid to unseat Dando and represent the Almaden Valley and Blossom Hill district.


Who is she? The incumbent councilwoman, Pat Dando ( has been an active community member in the Almaden Valley for two decades, starting with involvement in her children's schools. While on the council, she has led efforts to limit card rooms and expand police hiring. She has been involved in numerous neighborhood issues, including preservation and park development. She ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1998.

Where does she stand? Dando favors increased spending on transportation infrastructure, including public transit and better highways. She supports continued infill housing -- filling in open land within existing city borders before starting to pave over rural land -- and protection of land in South Almaden until vacant land in the city has been developed. Dando wants to continue partnerships with local schools to provide after-school activities and to expand city services in the district.


Who is he? A longtime political gadfly, William Garbett is a fierce critic of City Hall who frequently accuses city leaders of conspiracy. He is a military veteran and retiree.

Where does he stand? Garbett believes the city's infrastructure is too vulnerable to disaster, particularly from an airplane crash or flood that could knock out power to the downtown area. He favors increased attention to street and sewer maintenance and a clearer division between the city and the redevelopment agency.


Who is she? Nancy Pyle, 62, (, is a retired teacher and current board member of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. A longtime San Jose resident, she has also worked as a legislative analyst for the San Jose Unified School District and is a local Realtor. Pyle has been involved with the YWCA, League of Women Voters and the San Jose Disadvantaged Business Development Commission.

Where does she stand? Pyle wants to increase the number of police and crossing guards. She says the district needs more parks. She favors more incentives for the use of public transportation. And she wants the city to build more infill and affordable housing.



Published February 20, 2000

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