On February 25th, the Washington Post decided to wade into San Jose’s pension wars with a major article by Michael K. Fletcher. Alas, the venerable Post apparently did not even do minimal research or fact-checking before putting pen to paper. The result is a disappointing mega-whopper. Read moreTweet
Acknowledging the extremes of poverty and wealth in Silicon Valley may have been radical 15 years ago, but today even the business community issues reports highlighting the social and economic problems generated by the growing hourglass economy.
The question is no longer “Is the hourglass economy real?” We know that a third of households in the Valley do not earn enough to meet a basic self-sufficiency standard, and nearly a third of jobs in the Valley pay less than $16/hr. With homelessness spilling out from garages and car campers into riverbanks and public parks, the triple epidemics of underemployment, inadequate pay and soaring rents have become the Valley’s worst-kept secret. Read moreTweet
A new internal poll shows Sheriff Laurie Smith is headed for reelection in June. The news comes as no surprise as Smith has long been the most popular countywide elected official for years. The latest research was conducted by EMC Research whose analysis was clear; “Sheriff Laurie Smith is in an extremely strong position heading into the election year and is on her way to winning outright in June… ” Read moreTweet
As an active member of the Movement for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, I firmly believe that only comprehensive reform is the right solution to the human problem represented by the nearly 11 million undocumented workers living in our country. Therefore, I categorically condemn and disapprove the approach and strategy of the “principles for immigration reform” issued by the House Republicans on January 30, 2014.
The proposed Republican piecemeal approach is a shameless political maneuver that only seeks to divide the pro – immigration reform movement. Read moreTweet
As city employee unions quietly work with city leaders to fix Mayor Reed’s illegal pension measure, which is driving away police, some city council members are playing political games with public safety.Tweet
While local school districts are implementing a new budgeting system and a new set of standards, the Santa Clara County Board of Education will spend the rest of the school year searching for a new superintendent and dealing with a lawsuit based on a 2012 vote.
On March 5, the Ysleta School Board will announce that Dr. Xavier De La Torre will become their superintendent next school year. Dr. De La Torre will leave Santa Clara County after only two years of a four year contract. Read moreTweet
On February 20th, the San Jose Mercury News published a column by David Crane offering advice to California’s elected officials on fiscal issues. This is the same David Crane who provided fiscal counsel to former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Those who remember the fiscal brilliance of the Schwarzenegger administration might expect the whoppers to be coming fast and furious. Relax; you aren’t going to be disappointed. Read moreTweet
Despite aggressive campaigning by his billionaire financed Democratic and Republican opponents, Congressman Mike Honda continues to hold double-digit leads in both primary and general election polling for his CA-17 race and 61% of CA-17 voters polled approve of the way Rep. Honda is handling his job as their Congressman. (results below)
The recent polling conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of Democracy for America also shows how quickly Republican Vanila Singh’s entrance into the CA-17 race has derailed corporate Democrat Ro Khanna effort to challenge Honda from the right. Read moreTweet
What do we need to know about the thousands of individuals that are released from our County jail each year before their trials?
Last November, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to retain the County’s Civil Detainer policy, which controls the cooperation between our local law enforcement agencies and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Some tried to make a public safety issue out of the arrestees who sparked interest from ICE. But those represent less than 4% of our total arrestees. As we work to keep the community safe, we need to widen the lens and examine the public safety impact of ALL of those booked at our jail. Read moreTweet
Is there anyone among us who doesn’t believe our children are our future, or that early childhood education is key a person’s future success in life?
Last week, I was invited to join the Gapbusters bus tour during its three-day, seven stop tour, from San Diego to Sacramento, to call on Gov. Brown to: Read moreTweet