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Supporting Prop. 47 Would Put San Jose on the “Right Side of History”

By Raj Jayadev

The following is a letter sent to the members of the San Jose City Council from Silicon Valley De-Bug:

Dear San Jose City Council,

We are writing this letter to urge the San Jose City Council to support Councilpersons Ash Kalra’s memo to amend the recommended city position on Proposition 47 from Oppose to Support.

Proposition 47, a voter initiative on the November 2014 California Ballot, aims to reduce certain low-level felonies to misdemeanors, and to direct savings to much needed community services that can help address the underlying causes of crime and keep families together.  This more thoughtful approach to public safety very much is an expression of San Jose values of fairness, economic rationality, and providing opportunities for our youth.

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

By The Left Hook

Support Prop 47

Council hero Ash Kalra wants to try and change the misguided minds of his dais foes on Proposition 47, the state measure that would reduce the classification of most “non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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New Poll: Cortese Has Strong Lead

By The Left Hook

Expect to see the race for Mayor of San Jose to get a little nastier, now that council member and mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo is running so far behind in the polls.

A new poll commissioned by the San Jose Mercury News shows Dave Cortese with a commanding 8 point lead in the race for San Jose Mayor.  Even with a large segment of voters still undecided, it would be a pretty tough nut to crack for Sam Liccardo to make up that much ground in two weeks.  We expect the already-negative Liccardo Campaign to pour it on a little thicker to try and persuade undecided voters his way. 

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Khanna Running Low on Funds

By The Left Hook
With a little more than two weeks until the election, latest fundraising numbers released by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC)  show that the campaign of Congressman Mike Honda’s challenger, Ro Khanna, doesn’t have enough funds to meet its payroll and rent for the remainder of the campaign. Read more »
17
Oct

Whoppers Coming Out the Wazoo

By Bob Brownstein

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 more »

17
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Whopper of the Week: Something Ugly Is Happening…

By Bob Brownstein

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 more »

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Oct
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By The Left Hook

15
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The Valley Movement to Improve Wage Equity

By The Left Hook

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 more »

15
Oct
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Allies Come Together For Living Wage in Santa Clara County

By Khanh Weinberg

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 more »

13
Oct
DEBATE BETWEEN REP. MIKE HONDA AND CHALLENGER RO KHANNA

Whose Poll Is Right?

By The Left Hook

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 more »

13
Oct

Living Wage Challenge Issued to BOS

By The Left Hook

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 more »

10
Oct
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Mountain View Moves on Higher Minimum Wage

By Maria Noel Fernandez and Meghan Fraley

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 more »

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Oct
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“…Because He Didn’t Get His Way”

By The Left Hook

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 more »

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