Approving an additional $1.9 M for outside staffing in Planning Dept. plus 5 one-year options
In February 2012, the City Council approved hiring private contractors to address
temporary or “peak staffing” requirements in City departments including building inspection, plan review, planning services, and fire inspection services. A total of $5 million has been approved to outside staffing. However, as of July 2016, the aggregate expenditure for staffing services stood at $4.7 million. Additionally, the Code Enforcement Division anticipates a new requirement for code enforcement inspection services by December 2016.
They are therefore requesting an additional $1.9 million for outside staffing though July 31, 2017 as well as the authority to extend the Agreements for up to five additional one-year options through July 31, 2022.Tweet
Approving 1 million square feet for Santana West development
The proposed Santana West development includes 1 million square feet of office and commercial/retail, including mini-storage, outdoor theater, and television/radio station uses; conceptual drawings show ground floor retail including a grocery store.
The 12.99-acre site currently houses the historic Century 21 Theater domes, Flames Restaurant, and a large parking lot. The owner is Winchester Investment LLC.
In conjunction with the Santana West project, a Transportation Development Policy and mitigation fee ordinance (traffic impact fee program) is being proposed to help pay for future modifications to the I-280/Winchester interchange.Tweet
Let’s be blunt. San Jose City Council Candidate Steve Brown is a hate-filled bigot who believes that LGBTQ people are second-class citizens. He sees nothing wrong with businesses refusing to serve individuals they suspect of being LGBTQ. He also opposes marriage equality.
“Steve Brown’s homophobic views perpetuate a cycle of oppression and fear that cannot be tolerated,” said Ben Field, Executive Officer of the South Bay Labor Council. “Brown rejects the Labor movement’s positive agenda of social justice, inclusion and equality. We cannot afford to have Steve Brown on our City Council.”
Brown’s endorsers, including former Mayor Chuck Reed, Santa Clara County Republican Party, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, San Jose City Councilmember Johnny Khamis, and Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility should be ashamed of Brown’s bigotry and ought to rescind their endorsements immediately.Tweet
Consider recommendations & direction on pay equity and wage theft
- Receive report from Office of the County Executive and Office of the County Counsel relating to the State’s audit on county pay practices and proposed policy changes related to pay equity for County employees and contractors.
- Provide direction relating to proposed amendments to Board of Supervisors’ Policy 18.104.22.168 relating to the Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination provision in County contracts.
This weekend, the El Camino Hospital board of directors unanimously voted to fire hospital president and CEO Tomi Ryba. Ryba, whose compensation package has her earning more than a million dollars a year, has a sorted history as head of the hospital. Her tenure has been wracked with labor issues, maladministration of staff and questionable employment practices. Her inability to fairly manage her workforce, along with her shockingly high paycheck were key factors in Ryba being forced out of El Camino Hospital.Tweet
Receive report from the Office of the County Executive and Facilities and Fleet Department relating to submissions received in response to the Fairgrounds Request For Qualifications Process.
On June 21, 2016, the Board approved the release of a Request for Qualifications, provided 60 days for interested parties to respond with their concepts and qualifications, and delegated authority to conduct the Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposal process for the Fairgrounds property. The deadline for responses to the RFQ was August 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM. Responses that were received from the following:Tweet
Holding further work on North San Jose Area Development Policy pending VTA Tax Measure and City Place lawsuit
Staff recommends holding further work on the North San Jose Area Development Policy pending the result of the VTA’s November ballot measure for sales tax funding of regional transportation improvements and the outcome of the City of Santa Clara “City Place” project lawsuit.
Background: The North San Jose area plays a vital role in the achievement of San Jose’s economic and fiscal goals. In 2005, the City adopted the North San Jose Area Development Policy, which revised an established policy framework to guide ongoing intensified mixed use development in this important employment center and innovation district. (Policy available at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/43619) The Policy provides for a specified amount of new development, including an additional 26.7 million square feet of new office/R&D development, as well as an additional 32,000 residential units, 2.7 million sq. ft. of retail development and 1,000 hotel rooms. Memo provides an update on staff’s response to the Council direction given on April 12, 2016.Tweet
Before wrongfully accusing South Bay Labor Council Political Director David Urhausen of lying about the reason for misspelling a candidate’s name, the Metro News tried to check out Urhausen’s explanation. Palo Alto City Council candidate Danielle Martell had complained to Urhausen that he misspelled her name by leaving out the last “L”. Urhausen responded by telling Martell that he had simply used the spelling of her name provided to him by the Palo Alto City Clerk. When the Metro contacted the Clerk’s office, they were told that Urhausen had been provided with the correct spelling of Martell’s name, thus the accusation that Urhausen had lied.Tweet
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
After nearly two weeks on strike, the Santa Clara Professional Employees Association (SCPEA) and the Santa Clara County Superior Court have reached an agreement. SCPEA, which is recommending that its members ratify the agreement, is scheduled to hold a vote this weekend. If members approve the deal, the strike will end, employees will return to work on Monday, August 15th and court processes will resume.Tweet