Government Unions Continue to Lie About Zito’s Record

False attacks continue as union bosses fight to maintain control of city hall

I was hoping to complete my campaign for city council by highlighting my 20+ years of local experience and what I will do as your councilman, but unfortunately the unions are at it again. The truth is, the union bosses will do or say anything to control city hall. They simply don’t want a candidate like me who will look at issues (including employee compensation) independently and from the perspective of the average citizen and taxpayer. They want their rubber stamp.

Here is a brief explanation of the union’s smear campaign against me:

Last week, the unions claimed I was an abusive husband and cited allegations from my ex- wife’s divorce declarations. These claims are patently and demonstrably false. I gave voters full access to my final custody agreement where the judge dismissed all of these allegations 13 years ago and awarded 50/50 joint custody to both me and my ex-wife.

This week, a new accusation has surfaced that several years ago I had an “uncomfortable” conversation with a teacher at a board meeting. If any of these allegations were true, they would have been brought to the school district's attention years ago. All of our school board meetings are audio recorded, and any member of the public can listen to anything being said at board meetings by going to our district website.

The fact is that this teacher is also a union officer who works with ETA union president Brian Wheatley. Wheatley has disagreed with my decisions on budget cuts and fiscal restraint for the past 10 years on the EESD Board. Thus, he and the ETA union have opposed my election to the EESD Board for the past three cycles. Despite our differences of opinion, I have always been civil and respectful to every stakeholder involved in educating our next generation.

So ask yourself why these false claims surfaced now. The answer is painfully obvious: both the Evergreen Teachers Association and San Jose Police Officers Association unions support my opponent’s re-election. Both unions are entering into contract negotiations again, and they know I’m independent! I am not a rubber stamp for outrageous pensions or unsustainable compensation packages. I am a fiscal conservative, and they know that their control of city hall would be threatened by my election.

It pains me to address these issues. I have worked over 20 years for this community, and to hear false, personal accusations that hurt my family and me has been a horrible experience. However, I will continue to speak the truth and won't be politically bullied.

This is exactly the kind of negative campaigning that has caused such terrible divisiveness in our federal, state, and local government. It’s time to say ‘enough.’ Please compare the candidates on their record of service and results not on libelous, fabricated false accusations. Vote By March 3rd Thank You!

San Jose Spotlight and POA Get the Facts Wrong, Intentionally

Zito filing complaints and calling for immediate retractions and public apologies

San Jose - Thirteen years ago, I was involved in a contentious, unpleasant divorce. The proceedings are public record, and anyone is able to read them. Instead, the San Jose Spotlight and the local labor unions chose to misrepresent the divorce records, and publish an article and a campaign “hit website” out of context. These are the simple facts:

It’s a public disgrace that the San Jose Spotlight (a newspaper subsidized by local unions, including the POA) and the San Jose POA have published such one-sided misrepresentations in such an irresponsible, defamatory manner. I call upon both organizations to retract their material and apologize. I will be filing complaints with the San Jose Board of Fair Campaign and Political Practices, the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and am currently in legal discussions with my attorney about civil complaints involving the organizations and individuals directly involved in these activities.

Further, I call on candidate Sylvia Arenas to reject, condemn and denounce this action by the SJ Police Union and the Spotlight. I strongly urge Sylvia Arenas to give back any monies she may have received from SJ POA due to their blatant show of disregard for the basic tenants of truth, fairness and decency, and the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

Why I'm Running

Our community is a special place, and it faces serious challenges. A chronic housing shortage is pricing out middle-class families. The homelessness population continues to grow despite efforts to alleviate the problem. And our first responders and public safety agencies are having a tougher time protecting us against growing crime.

I'm running for San Jose City Council because I have a better vision for San Jose's future. As a long-time resident of San Jose and with 10 years experience on the Evergreen Elementary School District Board and organizing our local neighborhoods, I know first-hand the problems our community faces, and I'm ready to roll my sleeves up and get things done. I look forward to taking the lead in supporting solutions for affordable housing, homelessness, public safety, and traffic and transportation.

Code Of Fair Campaign Practices (Elections Code 20440)

There are basic principles of decency, honesty, and fair play which every candidate for public office in the State of California has a moral obligation to observe and uphold in order that, after vigorously contested but fairly conducted campaigns, our citizens may exercise their constitutional right to a free and untrammeled choice and the will of the people may be fully and clearly expressed on the issues.

Support from the Business Community

January 13, 2020: Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility endorse Jim Zito for San Jose City Council District 8.

November 15, 2019: The Business San Jose Chamber PAC is proud to endorse the candidacy of San Jose City Council candidate Jim Zito for District 8.

Public Safety

The most important responsibility of government is to protect its citizens, and every resident of San Jose deserves to feel safe in their homes and in the community. Crime is on the rise -- violent crime, property crime, and drug crime. I am a proud support of our local police and I will work to ensure first responders have all the resources they need to protect us. I will also work to enhance public safety effectiveness through the strengthening of neighborhood associations and the utilization of innovative new technology.


Quality education is the key to opportunity and achieving the American Dream. I have and will work to ensure every child in San Jose can go to a great public school that prepares them for a path to success. I have ten years experience as an EESD Board Trustee where I have seen first-hand the effect education can have on children both in and outside of school. I will work hard for students and families to get them the high-quality public education they deserve by properly investing in our schools and requiring accountability at all levels.


The homelessness crisis in the Bay Area at large and in San Jose itself is tragic and getting progressively worse. Let me be blunt: it is inhumane to allow our fellow citizens to live and sleep on the streets, and it is our obligation to help them get back on their feet. That means making sure we have enough emergency beds for everyone. It means making sure we have more affordable housing. And it also means making sure we help people get the mental health or substance abuse treatment many of them need. It also means making sure we ensure public safety – for both residents and the homeless – and public health.

Jobs, Economy, & Taxes

As as a former biotech executive, I understand the struggles that entrepreneurs and businesses face. We need to create an environment where the city council and government is a catalyst for innovation and jobs, and provide help to small businesses that are the lifeblood of our economy. I don’t think we need higher taxes – particularly those regressive taxes which make it more and more difficult for the average person or family to just get by.

Streets & Traffic

Aggravated with the constant gridlock? Me too. San Jose families deserve better streets and a public transit system that relieves congestion so that every member of our community can safely and efficiently get to and from work and school. I am committed to filling the potholes and making our streets are smooth again. I will be the pothole’s worst enemy. We also need to work with local and state transportation agencies to improve public transit options and make sure projects are completed on budget and on time.