Sexism was on full display Monday night as the male members of the West Valley-Mission Community College (WVMCC) Board appointed another man, Steve Landau, instead of a more qualified woman, Randi Kinman. Kinman was the only applicant for the open seat on the Board who had experience in the Community College arena, having served for twenty years as a Community College community liaison. But qualifications were not to interfere with the WVMCC decision.
Conservative Board Member Chad Walsh campaigned behind the scenes for Landau, a protégé of Republican former San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant. San Jose Councilmember Piereluigi Oliverio, a longtime Kinman foe, weighed in as well, sending to Board Members a seven-year-old Mercury News article that briefly described the San Jose City Council’s vote not to reappointment Kinman to the Planning Commission.
Although every insider knew at the time that Kinman’s removal from the Planning Commission was the result of Oliverio’s opposition, the Mercury article contains the line “City Hall insiders speculated that she grew unpopular with the council because staff members complained she was disrespectful.” This fine piece of journalism may strike many as the sort of thing that often happens to assertive women, but the good old boys on the WVMCC Board needed little more. One of them, Karl Watanabe actually criticized her for continuing to speak when Chad Walsh started to interrupt her to clarify something, assertive behavior that would never be questioned in a man.
So chalk up a win for WVMCC Board Members Chad Walsh, Karl Watanabe, Robert Owens and Jack Lucas, who wanted Steve Landau because he is one of their own. But let’s not forget how that win came about the next time these good old boys are up for election.Tweet
The field is set for the appointment to the vacant Area 4 seat of the West Valley -Mission Community College District. Two candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.
First we have Randi Kinman, a long-time activist in the community college arena. Kinman has served as a community liaison between her neighborhood and the Managements of the San Jose City College and the San Jose Evergreen Valley Community College District for the last 20 years. She has also served as a Representative of Santa Clara County to the Citizens Advisory Council of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission since 2007 and is a founder of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Association, serving since 1998.
The other applicant for the seat is Steve Landau, a self-employed brand marketer. Landau is a protégé of Republican former San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant, who ran for a seat on the West Valley College board last year, but was rejected by the voters. Landau worked for a time in Constant’s Council office. Landau has taken an active role in the District 1 Leadership Group, including serving as the group’s President. The District 1 Leadership Group was formed by Constant in 2007.Tweet
The California Faculty Association (CFA) announced that 94.4% of its membership voted to authorize CFA’s Board of Directors to call a strike if the contract negotiations with California State University (CSU) management fail to produce a fair deal for the faculty and staff on the 23 CSU campuses. The talks, which began in May of 2014 and are in the final stage, have yet to result in an agreement.
CFA is pushing for increased faculty earnings through the “Fight for Five” campaign, referring to their request for a 5% General Salary Increase for all faculty. CSU management has refused to budge from its offer of a 2% salary increase for faculty in the second year of the contract.
Based on a study released in Spring of 2015, CSU faculty earn, on average, $45,000 per year in pay before taxes and other deductions with more than 50 percent of CSU faculty making less than $38,000 in gross earnings per year.
The negotiations are in the factfinding phase, which concludes with a report, from a neutral third party, that recommends how a settlement could be achieved. After reviewing the report, the CSU Chancellor has the authority to impose his “last, best offer” as a contract, and the faculty will have the right to strike.Tweet
Consider recommendations related to the Silicon Valley/Alameda County Nexus Study Project
To enact an affordable housing impact fee, jurisdictions must first conduct a nexus study to demonstrate how market-rate housing or commercial developments create the need for the affordable housing. To conduct a nexus study a city or county would typically hire a consultant on its own. A better alternative is to collaborate with other jurisdictions to save time and money, as well as providing a stronger basis to support the likely policies that will need to be adopted. Jurisdictions in Santa Clara and Alameda counties are interested in coordinating their efforts. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is leading the effort and they have contracted with Keyser Marston Associates, an experienced nexus study firm, to complete the nexus study.
Where: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
When: Nov. 3, 2015, 9 am
Link to agenda: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=6066Tweet
With its decision to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018 and tie future wage increases to the regional San Francisco Bay Area Consumer Price Index (CPI), Mountain View has set a new regional standard. To keep pace, Silicon Valley cities will need to allow their minimum wage increases to be driven by either the national or San Francisco Bay Area CPI, whichever is higher in the given year.
Currently, a number of South Bay cities, like San Jose, have their minimum wage increases tied to the national CPI. While from 2002 to 2011 the national CPI increased at a higher rate than the San Francisco Bay Area CPI that has not been the case in recent years. The result is that workers in these cities are earning less real wages. It is estimated that full-time minimum wage workers in San Jose will lose $900 in earnings in 2016 because the minimum wage is specifically tied to the national CPI.
By linking the minimum wage to the higher of the two CPIs, regional or a national, we ensure that minimum wage workers do not fall further behind economically.Tweet
The latest victory in the fight to raise the wage occurred last night when Mountain View became the first city in Santa Clara County to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. The vote was 5-2 with Mayor John McAlister and Councilmember John Inks opposing the ordinance.
The City Council agreed to raise the City’s minimum wage in phases to reach the $15 mark. The current wage is set at $10.30 per hour, but will rise to $11 an hour in January of 2016, $13 an hour in January of 2017 and $15 an hour in January of 2018. After reaching $15, the minimum wage will be tied to the Bay Area’s Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Additionally, there are no exemptions for certain classes of workers, such as tipped employees or teenagers, thus ensuring that the wage increases apply to all workers, not a select few.
As expected, the Council Chambers were packed with community members and local leaders expressing their support for raising the minimum wage. Yesterday’s vote is another win for Silicon Valley Rising, a campaign launched by the South Bay Labor Council and Working Partnerships, USA to improve the working conditions of South Bay families.Tweet
The City of Palo Alto is considering a minimum wage tip credit, despite the fact that it is illegal. The proposed credit would authorize employers to pay tipped workers less than the local minimum wage, with the assumption that the employees’ tips would make up the difference.
Specifically, Section 351 of the California Labor Code, which makes tips “the sole property” of the employees, prohibits employers from paying tipped employees “a wage lower than the employer would be obligated to pay if the employee did not receive tips.” Further research done by the City Attorneys of San Diego and Berkeley and the National Employment Law Project have confirmed that a tip credit is unlawful in California.
The City of Palo Alto must recognize that any attempt to proceed with the minimum wage tip credit will draw a lawsuit which the City will most certainly lose.Tweet
City of San Jose
San Jose is considering recommendations related to the agreement with Taxi San José for the On-Demand Ground Transportation Program
It is recommended that Council accept the report regarding citywide taxicab regulations and operations of taxicabs and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) at the Airport, as recommended by the Transportation and Environment Committee on Oct. 5, 2015.
Where: San Jose City Council
When: Nov. 3, 2015 at 1:30pmTweet
The process for filling the vacant seat on the West Valley-Mission Community College District is underway. Nick Heimlich resigned his seat, creating the vacancy on the board that oversees the maintenance and operation of West Valley College in Saratoga and Mission College in Santa Clara. Here are the candidates, as of today, who are looking to fill the position.
Randi Kinman is a former San Jose Planning Commissioner and community activist. She has more than 15 years of experience working with the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, participating in discussions on educational master plans, bond financing and spending, facilities master plans and educational metrics. She is the current chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Policy Advisory Council (PAC), where she serves on the Regional Equity Working Group (REWG) for One Bay Area and is a member of the Equity and Access (E&A) subcommittee. Prior to the PAC forming she was on the Minority Citizens Advisory Committee (MCAC), also serving on and chairing equity analysis groups.Tweet
County of Santa Clara
Overview of the Charter Revocation Process.
After the discussion on October 7, 2015 regarding the failure of Spark Charter School to ensure all staff have the clearance and credentials required by state law and the city’s charter, and the closure of the school until these violations were corrected, the Board requested an information item on the charter revocation process.
Where: Santa Clara County Board of Education
When: Oct. 21, 2015, 5:00 pmTweet