Annual budget hearings; approval of $6.1B budget for FY 2016-17
The County Executive’s Fiscal Year 2017 Recommended Budget represents a $6.1 billion spending plan (all funds) for the County of Santa Clara for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016.
Since the analysis of major revenues was performed in March 2016 for the FY 2016-17 Recommended Budget, the Administration has identified ongoing net revenue increases of $15.5 million, primarily due to increased property tax revenues.
In addition, an additional $13,000,000 in Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Fund Balance is projected to be available after final accounting for the fiscal year, due an unanticipated payment from Anthem Blue Cross to Valley Medical Center (VMC).
Among the notable budget recommendations are an additional $626,000 added to existing grants for legal assistance and related services for unaccompanied immigrant children; $200,000 for a “New Americans Fellowship” pilot to employ 10 DACA youth; $120,000 to add an additional staff position to the Office of Immigrant Relations; $200,000 to contract with two community-based organizations to provide voter registration services; and $500,000 to Sacred Heart, PPMA, SIREN, and Teenforce for projects formerly funded by Measure A funds..Tweet
Review of the Fire Department Strategic Plan (Vision 2030)
Recommendation from the Fire Chief that Council adopt the San Jose Fire Department Strategic Plan, which includes a roadmap to provide ongoing quality services to the community and establish the San Jose Fire Department as a national leader in all-risk emergency response and fire prevention services. Strategies outlined in the Vision 2030 Plan include maximizing existing infrastructure and resources; use of new technologies; refinement and development of systems; seeking opportunities through interdepartmental, interagency, and community coalitions and partnerships; and empowerment of Department personnel.
The Fire Department Organizational Review was completed in Feb. 2016, and a number of the conclusions offered in the review were found to support the direction already identified in the Department’s Strategic Plan. Where the conclusions differed from the Strategic Plan, the findings were reviewed and the plan updated where appropriate.
Execution of the Vision 2030 Plan positions the Department to not only maintain current, essential services but also serves as a guideline for restoration and expansion of services consistent with the findings of the Organizational Review as funds become available.Tweet
In an article published on EBCitizen.com, Bill Ferguson, a former Ro Khanna staffer, says Khanna refused to pay him $6,000 for work done during an unsuccessful 2004 Congressional race and is now lying about the money owed. Khanna claims that Ferguson has been paid. However, emails sent between the two men, starting as far back as July of 2004, show Khanna acknowledging his debt to Ferguson. Ferguson spent 10 years asking Khanna to pay him. Each time Khanna came back with an excuse and no payment. Up to now, the focus has been on Khanna’s refusal to pay a debt he owes, but the bigger issue is Khanna’s credibility. Not only does Khanna owe Ferguson money, but now Khanna appears to be lying about it.Tweet
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County of Santa Clara
Special election to be held August 16 to fill vacant Sunnyvale City Council seat
The City of Sunnyvale submitted a resolution on April 27, 2016, requesting that the Registrar of Voters (ROV) provide services for a special election to be held on August 16, 2016 to fill the Council seat vacated
Where: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
When: May 24, 2016, 9 am
Link to agenda: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=7192Tweet
The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce has been getting a lot of heat for its mudslinging against District 8 candidate Joshua Barousse. Last week, Pat Waite, another contender for the District 8 seat, found the hits on Barousse so petty and overinflated that in a letter published in the Evergreen Times he stated, “I have returned the contribution that the Chamber made to my campaign, and will no longer use their endorsement in my materials.”
Earlier this week, the Silicon Valley Young Democrats, along with two former Presidents of the California Young Democrats sent an open letter to Matt Mahood, CEO and President of the Chamber. The letter called on Mahood to immediately stop the personal attacks, citing that at a time when voter turnout is at an all-time low, the ads only serve to “further disillusion young people to the realities of community service.”
Council Member Raul Peralez has also spoken out against the Chamber’s focus on attacking candidates on “minor traffic infractions.”Tweet
Today, the San Jose City Clerk announced that the Opportunity to Work Initiative has the signatures needed to be placed on the November 2016 ballot. The Council, which will hear the item at their May 24th meeting, has the option of placing the measure on the November 2016 ballot, adopting the ordinance or requesting an impact report. Silicon Valley Rising, community and religious leaders, and impacted hourly workers are urging City Council to adopt the measure.
Last month, a new report by Working Partnerships USA, The Center for Popular Democracy and the Fair Workweek Initiative, uncovered an epidemic of underemployment in San Jose. To help combat the crisis locally, Opportunity to Work would require employers to offer current, qualified part-time employees the opportunity to work additional hours before they hire any additional staff. This is the first initiative of its kind, aimed at providing part-time employees across all industries access to the hours needed for a reliable, livable paycheck.
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to new overtime rules unveiled by the Department of LaborBy The Left Hook
Below is the statement released by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to the new overtime rules:
“New overtime protections mark a major victory for working people that will improve the lives of millions of families across America. The new rule more than doubles the salary threshold, ensuring workers who make less than $47,500 are eligible for overtime. We applaud the Obama Administration heeding the call for action to ensure working people get paid for all the hours we work. Taking this step to restore overtime is one of the many ways we are beginning to change the rules of our economy that are rigged in favor of Wall Street.
“The fight for even stronger overtime protections and to raise wages for all working people continues. But today, millions of workers will receive a long overdue raise, healthier and more productive jobs, and more time to spend with our community and loved ones.”
County of Santa Clara
Approving Master Development Agreement with Lowe for master plan & entitlements/CEQA review for redevelopment of 55-acre Civic Center site
This is the next step in the redevelopment of the 55-acre County-owned Civic Center site in north San Jose.
Pursuant to the terms of the Predevelopment Facilities Agreement with Lowe Enterprises, approved by the Board on February 4, 2014, as amended, Administration has negotiated the proposed Master Development Agreement (MDA) for preparation of a Master Plan and the potential subsequent development of public, residential, commercial, industrial and/or cultural uses, at the Civic Center site.
The proposed MDA lays out a roadmap for preparation of a Civic Center Master Plan and laying the groundwork for subsequent development. This is significant because it represents preparation of a comprehensive plan that would be implemented over the next decade to replace/renovate aging capital facilities at the Civic Center. At this point the County would only be committing to completion of Phases A and B.
The MDA also includes the commitment that Lowe would be the developer of the first $150 million of new County buildings during the next 7 to 10 years, depending on how long it takes to complete CEQA and the Master Plan.Tweet