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. Read moreTweet
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. Read moreTweet
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. Read moreTweet
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 moreTweet
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 moreTweet
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 moreTweet
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 moreTweet
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 moreTweet