Neighborhood safety in San Jose has deteriorated. Potholes riddle our streets. Businesses struggle to have their applications and permits processed. Libraries are shuttered more hours than they’re open. In the video above, San Jose engineers, architects, supervisors and mid-managers detail the challenges that they and their coworkers face as residents question why city services have been cut. Check out the video and learn more. Read moreTweet
When most politicos say “2016”, they are talking about the Presidential race to succeed Barack Obama. But in the neighborhoods of San Jose Council District 6, the jockeying for position to replace Pierluigi Oliverio after his 10-year reign of error has begun in earnest.
District 6 is one of the most, if not the most politically active areas in San Jose.With involved citizens from Willow Glen, the Rose Garden, Shasta-Hanchett, College Park, Cory, Canoas Garden, North Willow Glen, Buena Vista, Pamlar and Sherman Oaks neighborhoods often appearing before commissions and the Council. The number of people who may enter this race is staggering if the early rumors are even half true.
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My friends in the Liccardo-for-Mayor camp keep telling me that Sam will not be like Chuck Reed. It’s hard to believe. Sam has voted with the Mayor on every major economic justice issue. The two of them opposed the minimum wage increase, voted to undermine the City’s living wage policy, imposed work conditions on most of the City’s employees and supported illegal, draconian pension changes.
And it’s not just that Sam acts like a conservative Republican on economic justice issues. Read moreTweet
Santa Clara County
Human Relations Commission leads forum on Living Wage
The Resource Development and Outreach Committee of the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission will hold a special meeting regarding its role in the Living Wage proposal. Specifically the Committee wants to host a forum in August to gather input and feedback from the public on the proposed concept of developing a living wage policy for the county. Read moreTweet
Last Sunday at 7pm, the small business my family spent 30 years building was taken away from us. We lost our retirement security, dozens of our employees lost their jobs, and the government lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue when McDonald’s forced us to close our franchised restaurant.
McDonald’s says it did not renew our franchise agreement because we did not attend corporate meetings, even though I was at nearly every one. But I think our restaurant’s closing had something to do with my public support for reform to put fairness into the franchise system, which the company opposes. Read moreTweet
Weakening workers’ power has been a key tactic by those who want to perpetuate the greatest economic gap in our nation’s history. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Harris v. Quinn was one more setback for working families whose labor and collective strength helped build America’s Middle Class. Read moreTweet
On June 18, the Santa Clara County Board of Education voted unanimously to overturn the decision of the Alum Rock School Board and approve Rocketship #9. Under the guise of parental choice, county trustees have further endorsed and supported what amounts to a hostile takeover of a local education agency. Ignoring the valid concerns of ARUSD, they have succeeded in undermining local control – a key element in the state’s new funding system. While condescendingly praising Alum Rock’s significant improvement over the past several years in raising achievement, they’ve actually crippled its ability to continue this promising trend by virtually ensuring a steady reduction in funding through the loss of ADA (average daily attendance) for years to come. I’m sure the individuals and corporations behind the movement to privatize public education will rejoice over this misguided decision. Read moreTweet
The recent California Superior Court ruling of Vergara vs. California addressed the constitutional rights to an equitable education. But what about the constitutional rights of teachers to due process? On June 10th, a judge in southern California decided that legislation created to prevent teachers from being victimized by unaccountable and capricious employers in a highly politicized profession is now a violation of the Constitutional rights of children. Read moreTweet
Summer’s here and many of our elected officials are on recess. With the exception of Cupertino’s Master Plan Study Update (7/7) and Mountain View’s study session on the San Antonio Precise Plan (7/8), not much is on deck in the way of policy. The picture of Clint Eastwood is just cool. Ahhh, summer!