Cortese referral to adopt support position for Opportunity to Work
Cortese memo: The City of San Jose’s Opportunity to Work Initiative, slated for the November ballot, will help to support residents by ensuring that businesses are hiring employees in a manner that better supports self-sufficiency. Currently, some businesses will hire new part-time employees rather than increasing hours for their current part-time employees. The businesses do this in an effort to avoid paying for benefits, such as health care, vacation time, and sick leave. However, this practice doesn’t support the current employees in their effort to earn enough to meet their needs. The goal of the initiative is to help currently employed workers earn what they need to survive to care for themselves and their families.
The Board of Supervisors should support the Opportunity to Work Initiative. This initiative will reduce resident’s dependency on County services. As more residents are able to afford food and health care, their need for County managed programs like CalWorks and CalFresh will be reduced. As residents are able to afford health care, they will no longer be reliant on County health programs. Residents who are able to maintain self-sufficiency will be able to go about their business with confidence and peace of mind. By supporting the Opportunity to Work Initiative, the Board of Supervisors is promoting the value that everyone has the right to achieve a quality of life in which they live without reliance on others and helping to strengthen families in Santa Clara County.Tweet
Policy direction on pay equity, wage theft & related issues
Possible actions include: Provide direction relating to proposed amendments to Board of Supervisors’ Policy 126.96.36.199 relating to the Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination provision in County contracts.
Where: Santa Clara County Finance & Government Operations Committee
When: Aug. 11, 2016, 2 pm
Link to agenda: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=7335Tweet
As of late last week, the City of Milpitas had eleven candidates running for office, five for Mayor and six for City Council. Those running for Mayor include Vice Mayor Carmen Montano and Council Member Debbie Indihar Giordano, both of whom are terming out of their current seats. Other candidates vying for the Mayor’s seat are Robert Marini, Voltaire Montemayor, and Richard Tran.
Those running for the two open City Council seats are Gunawan (Gwan) Alisantosa, Evelyn Chua, Bob Nuñez, Anthony Phan, Jennifer Strohfus, and former planning commissioner Mark Tiernan.
The nomination filing period ends on August 12, giving potential candidates a little over a week to submit their paperwork and declare their candidacy.Tweet
City of San Jose
Approving Ad-Hoc Council Committee on Development Services to facilitate private sector development; Mayor Liccardo to chair
As recommended by the Rules and Open Government Committee on July 27, 2016, approve the creation of an Ad-Hoc Committee on Development Services and setting the following dates for the meetings to be held in the City Manager’s Conference Room.
August 25, 2016 9:00 – 10:30am
September 29, 2016 9:00 – 10:30am
October 27, 2016 9:00 – 10:30am
November 18, 2016 10:30 – 12:00pm
December 15, 2016 9:00- 10:30am
The Agenda for the meetings will address: (1) Key Process Improvements, including updating performance metrics, creating a development services dashboard, and implementing change management, cost of service study adjustments, and code reform programs; (2) Update on Development Services staffing, filled positions and vacancies; (3) Status Report on Major Development Projects in Entitlement and Construction Process; and, (4) Customer/Public Feedback.Tweet
As of 5 pm yesterday, all candidates who had filed to run for Santa Clara City Council had officially selected the specific seat for which they would be vying. Below is the breakdown of the current candidates and the Santa Clara City Council seats they are running for:
A new poll released earlier today shows that, among likely general election voters, Congressman Mike Honda holds a considerable lead against Ro Khanna in California’s 17th Congressional District race. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, shows that Honda heads Khanna 41% to 35%, with 23% of voters undecided. Additionally, Honda leads Khanna in favorability and name recognition, with 52% of voters viewing him favorably.Tweet
Political insiders are rolling their eyes at the strange and costly turn of political events in Sunnyvale. Dave Whittum resigned from the City Council even though only a few months of his term remained. He would have been termed out at the end of this year. His resignation was early enough to force the City Council to call a special election to fill his seat for the remainder of the year, instead of filling the seat in the regularly scheduled general election in November. The special election on August 16 will cost Sunnyvale $767,600. Since Whittum is an outspoken fiscal conservative, the costly timing of his resignation seemed strange enough. But the story gets stranger. Whittum’s resignation was late enough to force the candidates to file for the November election before the special election takes place. The filing period for the November election to fill Whittum’s old seat ends before August 16. If Whittum had planned it out, he could not have made these elections more confusing or costly for his Sunnyvale neighbors.Tweet
The official recount is over and Lan Diep has been named the winner of the San Jose City Council District 4 race, again.
But the news of a confirmed defeat has not stopped Nguyen and a voter from requesting yet another recount, this one at their own expense. The recount will cost approximately $20,000 and take one month. The general consensus is that Diep’s margin remains and, in what will be a long, drawn-out race, Diep will, for the third time, be named the new City Council Member for District 4.
Now that the Opportunity to Work Initiative has been placed on the November Ballot, I’d like to make a prediction. San Jose’s elected leaders are going to hear from outraged business owners who will argue the proposal will do them grievous harm. The source of their information will be the Chamber of Commerce, and the information will be a disgraceful pack of lies. Some might say, lying is to the Chamber as swimming is to a duck. It just comes naturally.
Since I’ve been involved in local government for nearly four decades, I have a solid historical perspective on this issue.Tweet
Placing Users Utility Tax measure on November 2016 ballot
City Council sponsored a Study Issue to evaluate the potential of a Utility Users Tax (UUT) ballot measure for the November 2016 election. On December 1, 2015, a Council Study Session was held to discuss the City’s current UUT regulations and ways to prevent UUT revenues from declining due the fact that significant portions of the current ordinance have not been updated for virtually four decades, during which time technology and telecommunications have changed dramatically. It is important to note that this is an existing revenue stream and the City Council is not creating a new tax. The options for updating the existing ordinance included potential rate increases, broadening the base against which the tax is collected, and ways to address modern telecommunication services that didn’t exist when the City’s UUT regulations were adopted. Council comments favored staff returning with an ordinance modernizing the telecommunications UUT without broadening the base or increasing the rate. Council also supported conducting community opinion research to evaluate the public’s potential interest in, and the viability of a UUT update.Tweet