Approving amending the Minimum Wage Ordinance to reach $15 by July 2019 & adding exemption for youth under 18
Recommended action: Approve an ordinance amending the San José Municipal Code relating to Minimum Wage.
On November 15, 2016, City Council directed staff to return on November 29, 2016 with an ordinance to modify the existing minimum wage ordinance as follows:Tweet
Approving authority to purchase property interest in the San Jose Marriott hotel from the former Redevelopment Agency
The Property is currently comprised of a 510-room, 27-story hotel that provides many benefits to the public and the San José downtown economy, not to mention the many jobs provided to service the hotel. The Real Property Interest is being offered for direct sale by the Successor Agency pursuant to the Redevelopment Dissolution Law and Oversight Board’s Disposition Process.
Acquisition of the Real Property Interest by the County would ensure these benefits are maintained for many years to come. Just like the Successor Agency, the County would not have any obligation over the management and operations of the hotel, apart from ensuring the hotel owner maintains the property as a first-class hotel.Tweet
As the election campaign enters its final week, many are fatigued, but none so much as Labor Council Political Director David Urhausen, who has been running the South Bay’s largest, most sophisticated field campaign 24×7 for over two months. To his credit, the campaign has contacted well over 100,000 voters, and convinced many of them to support good causes and candidates. How has he managed this feat of political organizing? The answer, in part, is found in the photo above.
Simply by pushing the button photographed above Urhausen is able to place an emergency order of Red Bull, and he has been pushing the button pretty often. The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that the daily consumption of five cans of Red Bull (or other similar energy drink) does not raise safety concerns for the general healthy adult population. Unfortunately, Urhausen is dangerously close to surpassing that limit.
Here’s what you can do to help. Vote and tell your friends to vote. The sooner this election is over the less likely that Urhausen succumbs to a toxic overdose of Red Bull. Vote now to save a life.Tweet
Modifying resolution policy to limit City Council’s actions on national issues, plus letter in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
As recommended by the Rules Committee on October 19, Council will consider amending the Resolution policy to allow Councilmembers to issue letters individually or collectively representing their position, and not the Council position, on an issue which is outside the purview of the Council. The proposed revisions would limit the Council from being able to pass resolutions on national issues which may not directly be municipal matters. Original policy was adopted in 1979.
New letter from Mayor Liccardo and Councilmembers Herrera, Peralez, Carrasco, and Jones in support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline Project; and updated resolution.Tweet
Most of us know that the Mercury News has a long and shameful history of misusing its role as a critic of sleazy campaign advertisements or mailings. Basically, it expresses outrage at anything that tarnishes its preferred candidates and whitewashes the attacks on those it opposes.
Scott Herhold’s recent column on the “nasty shots” of 2016 is one more incident in this malodorous tradition. Herhold launches his strongest criticism against campaign materials issued on behalf of Mike Honda and Ask Kalra.
My first observation is that – by pure coincidence – these candidates are both vehemently opposed by the Mercury News. A corollary observation is that this type of coincidence has been going on for decades.
But my second observation is of greater interest. The “nasty” attacks that Herhold lambastes appear to be accurate. You know… the truth…what newspapers are supposed to be committed to. Let’s examine the facts.Tweet
It should come as little surprise that Hillary Clinton is well-positioned to gain California’s fifty-five electoral votes on November 8, given the state’s strong Democrat registration advantage and diverse demographics. In fact, the pollsters at FiveThirtyEight estimate she has a 24.9% lead over Donald Trump, pegging her chances of state victory at 99.9%.
If the race for California is already decided, what can Golden State residents do – in addition to voting – to support Clinton? Volunteer in Nevada.
This past weekend, I drove Reno and walked door-to-door in several neighborhoods in support of Hillary. The Silver State presents a much closer race, where Clinton presently holds a 4% advantage in polls. The strategy of the campaign organizers is to ensure supporters vote on Election Day, if not sooner.
Armed with a clipboard and campaign literature, I spent hours knocking on doors, answering voter questions about polling locations, and even recruited a few people to volunteer for future outreach efforts. It was rewarding to connect with people, and re-humanize an election that Trump has turned nasty and disheartening.
When my time in Reno came to a close, I debriefed with a local volunteer in the office headquarters. She thanked me for making the trip, and noted that many of the weekend’s volunteers traveled up from California. While driving home on I-80, I passed several vehicles with California plates and Hillary bumper stickers. We shared a quick wave and a smile. Together we had been part of a larger effort.
As you think about how you want to participate in this year’s election, consider traveling to Nevada. You can contribute to an important campaign in a critical battleground state.
By Peter Leroe-Muñoz Vice Mayor of the City of GilroyTweet
San Jose: Potential changes to Affordable Housing Impact Fee; KMA report released; exempted projects so far would have brought in $112M in fees
Provide recommendations to staff regarding the following recommended changes to the Affordable Housing Impact Fee (AHIF):
- Add an exemption to change the threshold size of rental projects to which the AHIF applies from three (3) units to 20 units;
- Reduce the existing housing impact fee by $4.00 per square foot for mixed residential/commercial market-rate rental projects receiving all Planning Permits by the earlier of January 31, 2020 or adoptionof a new Urban Village plan, in which the commercial square footage equals of each building exceeds eight percent (8%) of the project’s square footage for the projects in the Downtown and Diridon Station areas and the following urban villages: Valley Fair/Santana Row, West San Carlos, The Alameda, East Santa Clara Street, Roosevelt Park; and
- Amend the provisions exempting For-Sale projects from the AHIF to make the standard consistent with the staff report and the adopted AHIF regulations and the adopted Inclusionary Housing guidelines
Billions of dollars in public and private funds are pouring into our region to fuel Silicon Valley’s development boom. But the boom is a double-edged sword: without enough middle-class jobs for our community, long-time residents are being priced out.
We urgently need innovative ways to leverage this development and ensure it leaves a lasting investment in expanded opportunity. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is pioneering an approach to public-private development that is poised to provide an important new model.Tweet
Today, more than 1,000 local construction trade workers gathered to rally against developers and land speculators like KT Urban for failing to hire local skilled workers and pay them middle-class family sustainable wages. KT Urban is currently developing its latest high-rise, luxury condominium project, Silvery Towers, in downtown San Jose.
Workers also urged San Jose elected officials to create good public policy that holds developers accountable to hire local workers, pay a family sustainable wage and support apprenticeship and veteran’s job creation efforts.
While development is booming, companies like KT Urban are exploiting workers and making it increasing difficult for our local construction trade workers to support their families and meet their basic needs.Tweet
Creating Oversight Committee for Measure A Housing Bond; Counsel advised to not include Assessor or a housing advocate
On August 16, the Board of Supervisors directed Administration to draft an ordinance to establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee for the Housing Bond. The attached ordinance meets the Board’s referral, with two exceptions.
First, to ensure full independence of the Committee, and based on feedback from bond counsel, best practices counsel against naming any officer or employee of the organization as a member of the Committee. Accordingly, the proposed Ordinance does not include the Assessor and in his place includes a member of the general public. Second, given the focus of the Housing Bond, the Administration recommends that the “housing advocate” member of the committee be replaced by “an affordable/supportive housing professional.” The proposed Ordinance also prohibits alternates from serving on the Committee.Tweet