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Orozco Gaining Ground With Fundraising

By The Left Hook

Late-comer to the  District 4 SJ City Council race Tim Orozco managed to raise more money than his opponents in the most recent filing period, giving him a comfortable pile of cash going into the primary election.

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Silicon Valley Rising Campaign Making Gains – Microsoft announces mandating sick leave for contract employees

By The Left Hook

 Microsoft announced that it will require many of its 2,000 contractors and vendors to provide their employees who perform work for Microsoft with 15 paid days off for sick days and vacation time.  This comes after months of public pressure by Silicon Valley Rising, a coalition of faith, community and labor groups, who have been working to improve the conditions of low wage workers throughout the tech economy.  

Silicon Valley Rising applauds Microsoft for taking this important step towards improving the quality of jobs of thousands of workers. 

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Yes, Police Officers Are Different From the Rest of Us

By Bob Brownstein

It didn’t take long after Officer Michael Johnson was fatally gunned down for the platitudes to begin.  The shooting reminds us, Scott Herhold intoned, the “the job is fundamentally different than other dangerous lines of work.” Reminds us, the columnist wrote. Implying something all of us always knew.  An editorial quickly followed. It righteously observed, “For all of our political wrangling over pensions and such, we know the men and women of this police department put their lives on the line for every one of us.” We know, the editorial asserts. All of us, right?

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Reflections in the Wake of a San Jose Tragedy

By Raul Peralez

It is with the deepest of sympathy that I write this message today. Last night, our city lost a hero. San José Police Officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed while serving and protecting us all. My thoughts, love, and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow officers, and to all those who have lost their lives to violence in our streets.

Just a few months ago, I was working patrol along with Michael and several hundred brave men and women who proudly wear the San José uniform and badge.

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Rocketship Agrees to Back Down

By The Left Hook

Last night it was announced that Rocketship Education would not being using any of the 20 charters the Santa Clara County Office of Education authorized in December 2011 in the Franklin-McKinley school district.  A statement read at the school board meeting explained that the Franklin-McKinley Union School District and Rocketship Education had reached a settlement on lawsuit filed in February, 2014:

 “Under the terms of the agreement, in exchange for Petitioners’ agreement to conclude the litigation, Rocketship Education has agreed not to operate any of the challenged countywide charter schools within the District and not to seek new charter schools within the District until a future date.” Read more »


The Untapped Power of Generation Y

By Hillary Apel

Just a few weeks ago, we  watched President Obama march along the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; his feet walking the very same path taken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and fellow civil rights activists fifty years ago to the day. As tear gas seared their eyes and clubs broke their bones in 1965, their spirits persevered and they marched on for their right to vote.  Fast-forward to the special election set for April 7, 2015 in San Jose that will fill the vacated seat for representation of District 4.  What we’re seeing among young voters, the “future” of our country, is shameful in light of the sacrifices made for the right to vote. Read more »

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

By The Left Hook

San Jose

 Expansion of Disadvantage Business Enterprise goals

Date/time/location item will be heard:  March 25, 2015, 1:30 pm

Memo from Liccardo, Herrera, Kalra & Peralez to approve the proposed overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal as a minimum, while making every effort to surpass the goal; Work with community stakeholders, such as the Minority Business Consortium, ethnic/minority Chambers of Commerce, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, and the South Bay Labor Council, in order to assist in a communications strategy and outreach to minority and women-owned businesses; Read more »


Impact Fees Spreading to Ease Housing Crisis

By The Left Hook

Affordable housing advocates won another battle on the local level with the passage of a housing impact fee in one of the valley’s fastest growing cities.  Earlier this week the Sunnyvale City Council voted to support staff’s recommended level of $17/sf. It was a good discussion that had only one member line up against the fee at all (Jim Davis).

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Rosenberg Heads for Cloudier Skies

By The Left Hook

He couldn’t bear to watch Levi’s stadium host it’s first Superbowl now that the 49′rs don’t have a chance. So he’s moving to Seattle to root for the Seahawks as a 12th man.  (Even though he’s really a Pat’s fan, being from Boston and all.)

The Mercury News should be announcing the replacement of its San Jose City Hall reporter soon, now that Mike Rosenberg is taking off for Seattle. Read more »


Ro Khanna’s Republican Support

By The Left Hook

Former Congressman Ernie Konnyu dashed the hopes of sexist, old white guys by announcing that he will not be running for the U.S. Senate next year.  You may remember that Konnyu faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment during his one term in Congress.  Fortunately, for old guard Republicans, Konnyu is thinking about the next generation of conservative leaders. Read more »


Vietnamese American Vote Shows Signs of Split in D4 Council Race

By The Left Hook

In perhaps the first sign of a fissure in the strong Vietnamese American voting block , Viet Voters has come out with its endorsement in the San Jose City Council District 4 race.   Read more »


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

By The Left Hook


General Plan Amendment hearing pushed back

The General Plan Amendment (GPA) public hearing to consider changes to city-wide development allocations for office, commercial and hotel uses, height limits and building planes, and adoption of a Community Benefits Program Policy was changed to the April 21 City Council meeting. Read more »


City Unions Ready to Re-Engage in Pension Negotiations

By The Left Hook

City unions are on their way back to the negotiating table with the City Administration, after reaching a compromise on how to approach Measure B. In a public announcement from the San Jose Police Officers Association, the union states:

“In response to our pleas we received the attached letter from Mayor Liccardo that details a clear new direction from the City Council that confirms its agreement with the POA on the process for settlement discussions. Most importantly, it publicly states that any agreement reached to make pension cost savings would replace Measure B, utilizing the PERB/quo warranto process.” Read more »


San Jose’s minimum wage law offers crucial lessons

By Scott Myers-Lipton

This week marks the two-year anniversary of implementing a $2 increase in San Jose’s minimum wage. At the time, this 25 percent increase was one of the largest jumps in minimum wage in the nation’s history. Proponents said it would help low-wage workers pay for the basics with little harm to the economy, while opponents warned of economic catastrophe. As the debate rages on about raising the minimum wage around the country, San Jose’s experience offers some important lessons. Read more »


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