Report on County contracting policies, including pay equity, living wage, DBE contracting & Ariba implementation
The Committee will receive a report on Countywide contracting, including proposed policy revisions and contract language related to Pay Equity and Living Wage policies. The proposed living wage changes include an expansion of applicable solicitation types covered by the policy to all formal competitive procurement methods, as well as updates to the table of living wage rates.
Where: Santa Clara County Finance and Government Operations Committee
When: January 12, 2017, 2:00 pm, Board of Supervisors’ Chambers
Link to agenda: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=8264Tweet
For more than 30 years the Labor Movement Holiday Party has brought holiday cheer and visits from Santa to thousands of Santa Clara County children and their families. This year’s celebration was no exception. The Labor Movement Holiday Party provided gifts, pictures with Santa, lunch, face painting, tokens to play games and live music to hard working families with limited resources. The event, which took place at Pavilion Hall at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, was made possible by the South Bay Labor Council, Working Partnerships USA, local residents and businesses and Toys for Tots.
At a time when many Silicon Valley families are struggling to meet their most basic needs, the Labor Movement Holiday Party was an opportunity for local unions to bring together thousands of County residents and spread Holiday joy.Tweet
Declaring vacancy on City Council to be filled by Council appointment
Council will be declaring a vacancy on City Council as a result of former Council member Roland Velasco’s election to Mayor, and directing staff to post a notice of intention to advertise and fill the vacancy. Former Council member Velasco’s term was set to expire in November 2018. If Council does not appoint a new member to Council within 30 days after the vacancy is declared, a special election will be held to fill this vacancy.Tweet
Jimmy Nguyen, candidate for San Jose City Council’s District 8 seat, has requested a manual recount of all the votes cast in the race. In a letter sent to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, Nguyen also asks for the opportunity to see “all rejected vote-by-mail and provisional ballot envelopes, all defective or ‘spoiled’ ballots which were remade by Registrar staff…and all tally sheets and other documentation from the automatic manual recount.”
Earlier this month, the Register of Voters certified the District 8 election results and, according to their website, Sylvia Arenas bested Nguyen by 97 votes.
Nguyen, who submitted his request just in time for today’s deadline, will have to pay for this recount himself. Owing to Nguyen’s wide ranging recount request, the Registrar estimates that it will cost nearly $77,000. The District 8 winner, Sylvia Arenas, has asserted her right to a recount in response to Nguyen’s filing.Tweet
If you heeded the warnings that San Jose City Councilmember Johnny Khamis and the California Restaurant Association (CRA) offered at the Council meeting last Tuesday, you probably rushed out in the last couple of days to buy as much steak as you can before the city’s new minimum wage sends restaurant prices through the roof. That is, unless you’re a restaurant worker, in which case you’re saving every penny up before you get laid off when that same minimum wage increase disappears your job.
According to these prognosticators, the Council’s vote to raise San Jose’s minimum wage to $15 by 2019 will kill jobs and drive prices out of reach for average consumers. Hmmm, where have we heard that before?
Not in the UC Berkeley study released on the same day about the effects of San Jose’s minimum wage hike in 2013. That study showed that the minimum wage hike currently in effect in San Jose resulted in zero job losses and an average 1.5% increase in restaurant prices – or about 15 cents on your $10 lunch.Tweet
By a 3-2 vote on Tuesday, the Campbell City Council chose to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2019. The decision to increase the minimum wage sooner than mandated by the State of California was, in large part, led by Councilmember Jason Baker. Joining him in support of $15 by 2019 were Vice Mayor Liz Gibbons and Councilmember Michael Kotowski. Councilmembers Jeffrey Cristina and Paul Resnikoff opposed the increase. Campbell is the latest to join six other Santa Clara County cities in the regional effort to raise the wage.Tweet
Yesterday, San Jose City Councilmember-elect Sergio Jimenez was appointed to fill the District 2 vacancy that will be left after Councilmember Ash Kalra heads to the State capitol for his new role as Assembly Member. Kalra, who won California’s 27th Assembly District race will take office in early December, approximately one month before his term as Council Member is up.
To ensure that District 2 is represented through the month of December, Jimenez will cover the remaining term of office which expires on December 31, 2016 before being sworn-in as District 2’s Council Member in January 2017.Tweet
Liccardo / Peralez memo proposing extension of downtown residential high-rise incentives
Mayor Liccardo and Council Member Peralez are requesting that the Rules Committee agendize for City Council deliberation on December 13, 2016, to direct the City Manager to extend the Downtown High-Rise Incentive Program for new construction of residential buildings of at least 12-stories in height for the next 1,500-units (including existing allocations) in the Downtown Growth Area, as defined by the Planned Growth Area Diagram in the Envision 2040 San José General Plan.Tweet
The neck and neck race for San Jose City Council’s District 8 seat appears to have a winner: Sylvia Arenas. Arenas is currently up 88 votes and with less than 300 votes left to be counted, it is nearly impossible for the results to sway in her opponent’s favor. Since Election Day, the margin between Arenas and Jimmy Nguyen has been tight, but today, as the last votes are processed, Arenas continues to grow her lead over Nguyen and seems to be headed to a seat at the San Jose City Hall Chamber.Tweet
Approving amending the Minimum Wage Ordinance to reach $15 by July 2019 & adding exemption for youth under 18
Recommended action: Approve an ordinance amending the San José Municipal Code relating to Minimum Wage.
On November 15, 2016, City Council directed staff to return on November 29, 2016 with an ordinance to modify the existing minimum wage ordinance as follows:Tweet