MEMOs re Ellis Act Ordinance: Khamis rejects staff recs; Davis & Diep seek to remove ‘right to return’
New memo from Council Member Khamis rejects staff recommendations for both items 4.2 Amendment to the Ellis Act Ordinance Implementing Procedures for Removal of Rent Stabilized Units from the Rental Market; and 4.3 Actions Related to Tenant Protection Ordinance. It also directs staff to develop protections that avoid the creation of a larger City Housing Department bureaucracy, by incorporating some of the noticing requirements of the Ellis Act proposal and developing a plan to fund adequate legal assistance for renters to exercise their rights under existing State and Federal laws that protect tenants who report code violations and discriminatory behavior.Tweet
Report on RFP respondents for Santa Clara County Fairgrounds property; Brian Bumb proposing Earthquakes soccer / entertainment complex & public market
The County is seeking to improve the County Fairgrounds property, one of the larger contiguous sites in Silicon Valley (approximately 150 acres). The Board will be receiving a report about the results – including individuals and firms responding – of the Request for Proposals that was issued on December 13th, 2016 for the long-term lease of property at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
A list of the 5 responses received is attached to the item. Among them:Tweet
Creating new “office/R&D” development categories to reduce construction tax for applicants; new memo recommends further lowering proposed total tax rate from 2.5 to 2%
Since presenting the item to the Community and Economic Development Committee on January 23, 2017, staff has obtained additional feedback from the development community and conducted additional analysis of the fiscal implications of a single “office” use category at alternative rates. In addition, as requested by Committee staff is providing additional analysis regarding the City Manager’s authority to approve required refunds.Tweet
After extensive research and branding analysis, the South Bay Labor Council announced today that it now will be known simply as “The People.”
The organization, which represents 100 unions in Silicon Valley, decided to change its name after polling and focus groups demonstrated that residents of the South Bay strongly identify with the idea of being people. In addition, the individuals who work at “The People” are, in fact, people who work with other people.
Another strong contender in the name-change faceoff was “Free Ice Cream!” because almost everyone likes no cost frozen treats. A source close to the decision-making process, who insisted on anonymity because he/she is not authorized to speak, said “we seriously considered calling ourselves ‘the Organization Formerly Known as the South Bay Labor Council’ so that newspaper reporters would have to write ‘the Organization Formerly Known as the South Bay Labor Council formerly known as the South Bay Labor Council,’ but we decided that might anger those overworked reporters at the Mercury News.”
The new name is to take effect immediately.Tweet
On Cesar Chavez Day we remember another key Labor Movement leader who passed away earlier this week, former SEIU USWW President Mike Garcia. Garcia was an unwavering advocate for working families, dedicating his life to improving working conditions, increasing wages, and empowering those who were most vulnerable, especially immigrant workers. He championed the Justice for Janitors movement, leading a historic strike in Los Angeles in 2000 in which workers at 500 worksites walked off the job for three weeks.Tweet
After losing her bid for San Jose Mayor in 2014 and her bid for State Assembly in 2016, Madison Nguyen isn’t giving up on elected office. This time she has her eye on County Supervisor Dave Cortese’s seat. Cortese isn’t termed out until 2020, but Nguyen is wasting no time campaigning. She’s already making the rounds and asking for support. As the head of the non-profit Hunger at Home, Nguyen will have to be careful not to mix work with politics, but her non-profit gig apparently gives her plenty of time to campaign on the side.
Yeager referral to develop County program for access to child care, education, health care for kids age 0-8
A referral from Sup. Yeager directs administration to report on the possibilities of creating a program with a goal of providing comprehensive health care, quality early learning, and quality child care from birth to age 8. The report should consider a pilot program involving a school site or school district and other institutions; and an evaluation of the feasibility, costs, and actions needed to provide all County residents with universal access to comprehensive health care, quality early learning, and child care from birth to age 8.Tweet
Listening to the Gorsuch confirmation hearings makes me wonder whether the judiciary has become the least honest branch of government. We have been through this tedious kabuki theater again and again: asked their positions on seminal cases, like Roe v. Wade, judicial nominees respond reflexively that they cannot answer because the same question might come before them on the bench, and it would be wrong to prejudge it.Tweet
Santa Clara City Council Approves Silicon Valley’s First Worker Retention Ordinance for Service WorkersBy The Left Hook
On Tuesday, the Santa Clara City Council made history by becoming the first city in Silicon Valley to pass a worker retention ordinance. This ordinance, which received unanimous support from the City Council, will provide job security for food and building service workers in the city. Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta lead the efforts by introducing the language of the ordinance at the end of January. Caserta was drawn to the issue last year when he met with tech cafeteria workers and heard about their job security concerns.Tweet
2017-18 Mayor’s March Budget Message
Conduct a Public Hearing and approve the FY 2017-2018 Mayor’s March Budget Message.
Where: San Jose City Council
When: Tues. March 28, 2017, 1:30pm, Council Chambers
Link to item: n/aTweet