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SJ Council District 4 Money

By The Left Hook

As we know from previous failed political races (Ro Khanna, Meg Witman) where uber-amounts of money were raised, it’s not always the case that the one with the  most money wins, but we’re keeping tabs anyway on who’s raised what in the San Jose City Council District 4 race.  Read on to see the numbers…

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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

San  Jose

SB 3 – Minimum wage fairness act vote

SB 3 will raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 per hour on January 1, 2016; to $13 on July 1, 2017; and beginning on January 1, 2019 and every January 1 thereafter, the minimum wage would be adjusted by the California CPI to keep pace with inflation.

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Minimum Wage Increase Expected in Santa Clara This Summer

By The Left Hook

The City of Santa Clara will be the next Silicon Valley jurisdiction to raise its minimum wage. At a goal setting session held Monday night, Council member Dominic Caserta introduced plans to raise the minimum wage in that city to $10.30 an hour, from the current state level of $9 an hour. The wage would move with the CPI every July.

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Santa Clara Co. Supes Approve Immigration Office

By The Left Hook

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved funding to help educate undocumented immigrants on the citizenship and work permit process. NBC Bay Area’s Robert Handa explains more about it here:

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24
Feb
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George Shirakawa, Jr. Pleads in Mailer Case

By The Left Hook

From the San Francisco Chronicle

Disgraced former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. pleaded no contest Monday to allegations that he impersonated a San Jose City Council candidate on bogus mailers that linked her to the communist government in Vietnam. Read more »

23
Feb
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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community.

By Dennis Raj

City of San José

 Ethics Commission & Planning Commission Appointments

The City of San José is looking to appoint some new commissioners. The Council will interview five applicants for the Ethics Commission and appoint up to three members to terms expiring in 2019. Read more »

18
Feb
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Who Else is Running for State Assembly?

By The Left Hook

Speculation is already hot on who will run for two South Bay open State Assembly seats in 2016.  In the seat that covers the area from Morgan Hill and Gilroy down to the Central Coast, District 30 Assembly Member Luis Alejo terms out in a year and a half. Karina Cervantez, current Watsonville City Council member and Alejo’s wife, is one name in the rumor mill.  She seems to be following in her husband’s footsteps, as Alejo started out on the Watsonville City Council before his ascent to State office.  Cervantez will enjoy the power that comes with Alejo’s support in the form of contacts and the campaign contributions they will draw. Read more »

17
Feb
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Santa Clara County Immigrant Rights Groups Confident In Appeal

By The Left Hook

Undeterred by the political attacks, Santa Clara County immigrants continue to prepare for new immigration programs and will fight on for a path to citizenship

Statement released by SIREN
Services,  Immigrant Rights and Education Network

Late last night, a district court judge in Brownsville, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation process of the new immigrant deferred action programs. Read more »

17
Feb
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Policy Watch: Your Weekly Tip Sheet for What’s Going on in Your Community

By The Left Hook

San Jose

City Commission Appointments:  Ethics and Planning

Council will interview the 5 applicants for the Ethics Commission [formerly known as the Elections Commission] and appoint up to 3 to terms expiring March 1, 2019. An applicant must receive at least 6 votes to be appointed.  If any vacancy remains, City may continue recruitment efforts and bring forward additional applicants for consideration within 90 days. Read more »

12
Feb
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Unions to City: Fix Measure B Now

By The Left Hook

San Jose’s city worker unions are joining together to insist city leaders address the mess that is Measure B and not put it off until 2017, as the Liccardo administration is suggesting.  As one union negotiator put it “these groups have no interest in kicking the can down the road and are looking for a public acknowledgement from the city that 2015 is the year to resolve all outstanding issues.” Read more »

11
Feb
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Summer Jobs Program Hopes to Reduce Crime

By The Left Hook

County leaders hope a program to create summer jobs for teens will help cut down on the crime that traditionally rises that time of year.   The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to create 500 paid summer internship and job opportunities for at-risk and low income youth. Read more »

6
Feb
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County School Board Denies Charter Petition

By The Left Hook

The Santa Clara County Board of Education seems to be getting the message that it can’t just give a rubber stamp to charter schools.  This comes with the addition of new board member Claudia Rossi, elected last November.  Wednesday night, the Board unanimously denied the appeal of the Wei Yu Mandarin Immersion charter petition in West San Jose’s Moreland School District. Read more »

6
Feb
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SJ Council Candidate Orozco Wins Support of Former Opponent

By The Left Hook

Progressives are lining up behind state legislative aide Tim Orozco in the race to permanently serve out the rest of the District 4 SJ City Council term.  When the Santa Clara County Democratic Party voted last night to endorse Orozco, congressional aide Allen Chiu gracefully bowed out of the race and threw his support behind Orozco as well.  Chiu chose to serve party unity and make sure the district is represented by a strong progressive candidate, given the many conservative candidates in the race.  Dem party progressives praised Chiu for his team player move.  Read more »

5
Feb
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A Series by Capital and Main: State of Inequality

By Manuel Pastor and Dan Braun

CAPITAL & MAIN’S NEW MONTH-LONG SERIES EXPLORES HOW ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IS TRANSFORMING CALIFORNIA, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REBUILD OUR VANISHING MIDDLE CLASS.

The California Chasm

As it pushes historic levels, inequality has become a hot topic. Activists have organized around the rich-poor divide, with “The One Percent” and “The 99 Percent” becoming a part of everyday language. Read more »

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