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Marriage Equality

Marriage – What Have We Learned?

By Jo Kenny

It’s been close to 24 years since a small group of lesbian and gay Hawaiian’s had the audacity to think they could access the 1,100 rights and obligations afforded to “married” people.  Those of us working for employment, housing, credit and public accommodation equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people saw “marriage” as tangential to our struggle, and frankly unattainable.  Therefore, at first, many in the movement didn’t focus much energy on winning marriage rights.

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

By The Left Hook

It’s a light week with most municipalities on summer recess, so we’re padding Policy Watch with some Neil deGrasse Tyson. If you wish to write a blog post from scratch, first you must make the universe.

Sunnyvale

Public Hearing on regulating short-term rental units

The Sunnyvale Housing & Human Services Commission is holding a public hearing on regulating short-term residential rental units, in short taking on home sharing services like AirBnB. Staff is looking to establish short-term rental regulations in the zoning code to allow effective enforcement, set up a permit program to establish the requirements for the host and require hosts to pay the permit and the transient occupancy tax. The primary policy question per staff is whether these short-term rentals are appropriate and compatible in residential districts.

Where: Sunnyvale Housing & Human Services Commission
When: July 22, 2015 at 7pm
Agenda: link

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Women’s Health Care is on the Line Again as the GOP led Congress Revives Their Assault on Birth Control Access

By Lupe Rodriguez

Here we go again in the war against birth control. Yes, in 2015 a large contingent of lawmakers in Congress apparently won’t rest until all low-income women and families are unable to get birth control.

The House of Representatives recently voted for a bill that would completely eliminate funding for the nation’s Title X Family Planning Program, the latest brazen attack on women’s health care by extreme conservatives. This is especially stunning when you consider that Title X was passed during the Nixon Administration and was strongly supported by both sides of the aisle.

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Foster Care: An Important Piece of the Homelessness Puzzle

By Dr. Angela Bymaster

When you think about foster care, what comes to mind?  Warm, loving families playing Monopoly by the hearth?  Creepy halfhearted inept caregivers who are in it for the money and are probably abusing the kids, who don’t buy them school supplies so they have to get them from Sleep Train donations?

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Recent Articles

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

By The Left Hook

Sunnyvale

Affordable Housing Impact Fees

The Sunnyvale City Council will introduce an ordinance and potentially adopt two resolutions to approve two new affordable housing impact fees: one for Nonresidential Development and one for Rental Housing. Read more »

6
Jul
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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

San Jose

Manh Nguyen found to have multiple campaign law violations

Agenda Item Name:    Hearing on Complaint filed by Tom Cochran on June 5, 2015 against Manh Nguyen and Manh Nguyen for City Council D4 alleging violations of the San Jose Municipal Code

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29
Jun

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

By The Left Hook

 

Happy almost 4th of July readers. 

City of Santa Clara

Public surveys on proposed Minimum Wage Ordinance

The steady roll out of municipal minimum wage ordinances continues in Santa Clara with outreach for public opinion on their recent prioritization of a local wage ordinance. The ordinance includes increasing the minimum wage to $11 on January 1, 2016 and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), with the possibility of joining Sunnyvale and Mountain View at a higher regional wage.

Santa Clara wants to hear from you. There are two surveys open to the public, one for business owners and managers and one for employees and individuals. Both surveys can be found here: http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=3121.

The City of Santa Clara should be commended for moving in the right direction on Minimum Wage and their efforts to keep the public engaged in the process, though online polls aren’t always the best at pulling in accurate answers. Good luck Santa Clara and mind the trolls. 

Link to item: http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=50&recordid=4099

 

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26
Jun
San Jose

San Jose Moves to Create Good, Local Jobs in Construction

By Louise Auerhahn

If you live, work or play in the South Bay, chances are you’ve recently passed by a construction site. Cranes are in the air all over Silicon Valley.  Tens of billions of dollars are being invested in development.  But did you ever stop to think about where all that money ends up? Does it create good jobs and careers for our communities? Does it continue to circulate in the local economy?  Unfortunately, the answer is increasingly no. Read more »

25
Jun
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El Camino Hospital: Springboard for Political Ambitions

By The Left Hook

Something strange happened at El Camino Hospital last week.  The publicly elected board that oversees the hospital appointed 36-year-old Lanhee Chen to the corporate board of directors for the hospital.  The appointment raised some eyebrows because, unlike other applicants for the job, Mr. Chen has almost no experience in healthcare and hospitals.  Two unsuccessful candidates for the board position had spent their entire 30+ year careers as consultants to hospitals. Read more »

24
Jun
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Free Postage for Mail-in Ballots

By The Left Hook

In a move designed to address the problem of abysmally low voter turnout, yesterday the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to pay postage for vote-by-mail ballots.  The change will go into effect in the November 2015 elections, at a cost of $31,000.  For the two elections scheduled in 2016 the estimated cost to the County is $198,000, about $56,000 of which will be reimbursed by cities and other jurisdictions that have elections.

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24
Jun
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Manh Nguyen Wins SJ Council Seat

By The Left Hook

Here are some big takeaways from Manh Nguyen’s victory over Tim Orozco in yesterday’s San Jose City Council election: Read more »

22
Jun
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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

Santa Clara County

Adopting resolution to apply Living Wage to County employees

Agenda Item Name: Adopt Board Policy Resolution adding Board of Supervisors’ Policy Manual Section 4.21 relating to the applicability of the Living Wage standards to County employees, and direct the Clerk of the Board to include Policy in Board of Supervisors’ Policy Manual.
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15
Jun
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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

Santa Clara County

Inventory & evaluation of County-owned lands & opportunities to purchase other public lands, incl. former RDA properties

Date/time/location item will be heard: June 18, 2015, 10 am,  Santa Clara County Housing, Land Use, Environment & Transportation Cmte
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Jun
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Raise Wages, Raise Hopes in the City of Santa Clara

By Ahmad Rafah

Santa Clara is the heart of Silicon Valley, where some of the world’s biggest companies began in cramped garages. These cramped garages used to symbolize resourcefulness that led to some of the greatest innovations in the world. But now, these same garages where billion-dollar companies were founded represent something darker: they are home to individuals and families that can’t afford proper living spaces in Santa Clara because of rising home prices and lack of affordable housing stock.
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