San Jose Inside has entered the ranks of the mega-whopper with their endorsement of Sam Liccardo. The designation comes not from their decision to back Sam; one expects sycophants to endorse the man they adulate. Rather, it results from their consistent use of grotesque forms of distortion as they make their case.
Let’s review a few specific examples: Read moreTweet
Qualifying for a mega-whopper designation this week is Scott Herhold’s October 16th column titled, “Scare Tactics Adopted in Mayoral Race.” In this blatant effort to support mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo, Herhold employs distortion like an experienced practitioner. Read moreTweet
Sunnyvale is the latest municipality to boost the earning potential of its lowest paid workers. The City Council passed a $10.30 an hour minimum wage last night. The ordinance had been in the works for several months, and the final vote came closely on the heels of Mountain View which raised its minimum to the same level last week. Both cities used San Jose’s minimum wage ordinance with a tie to the Consumer Price Index as its model. The minimum wage will increase to $10.30 in San Jose and Sunnyvale in January, and Mountain View’s wage goes up next summer. Read moreTweet
In the Valley of Plenty, one in three residents do not earn enough to get by. As the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors contemplates creating an ordinance requiring its contractors to pay employees a living wage, a new economic report was released Tuesday, Oct. 14, illustrating the profound and widening economic gap in Silicon Valley. Read moreTweet
Remember this one, from Sarah Palin? “Polls? Nah… They’re for strippers and cross country skiers.”
But for more serious politicians polls can be a very effective tool in winning campaigns. It seems, however, there is a major discrepancy in recent polls measuring the candidates in the 17th Congressional District race. Read moreTweet
Santa Clara County Supervisors are being challenged to see what it’s like to try and make ends meet on a low wage job in Silicon Valley. County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who’s supporting a new, comprehensive living wage county law, took the challenge and said he understands more fully the difficulty low wage workers have surviving in one of the most expensive regions in the U.S. Read moreTweet
It’s a big win for working families, and Mountain View deserves a pat on the back. The city that’s home to Google and a host of other high tech giants, is joining the ranks of cities moving to help lower wage workers earn a basic, fair wage. Going into effect next summer, Mountain View will join San Jose at a minimum wage of $10.30 an hour, indexed to the Consumer Price Index. Council members set a goal to raise the wage to $15.00 by 2018. Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga championed the effort, saying “Why not try to give folks a bit more in order to live…I know this (raise) means another meal, a better meal, pair of shoes to go to school in…this matters. ” Read moreTweet
The former SJ Redevelopment Agency chief who was moved to scold City Council Candidate Don Gagliardi for his bad behavior, is shaking his head over why anyone would want to put Gagliardi in a position of trust on the San Jose City Council.
Reached by phone at his Stockton Metropolitan Aiport office, Harry Mavrogenes, who led the San JoseRedevelopment agency from 2003 to 2011, said his staff had multiple bad experiences with Gagliardi’s rants and raves at public meetings concerning the city’s Strong Neighborhoods Revitalization projects. Read moreTweet