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A Measured Fix for Measure B

By Don Rocha

Sometimes politics is described as a pendulum swinging back and forth: one side may be very successful for a while, but eventually political momentum tends to swing back the other way.  At the City of San Jose in recent years, the pendulum has swung very far in the pro pension-reform direction.  There has been a sense among pension reform advocates on the City Council that they can do no wrong.  As often happens, however, when elected officials become too impressed with their own genius, flaws are beginning to appear with their policy work and the pendulum is starting to swing back the other way. 

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No Labor Endorsement in Controversial Judicial Race

By The Left Hook

The delegates to the South Bay Labor Council  voted on the last few endorsements before the June 3rd Primary Election, and they decided to stay out of the fray of the controversial issue of whom to endorse in the race for judicial seat 24, currently  held by Diane Ritchie.  The delegates overwhelmingly voted to make no endorsement in that race. 

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Mayor Reed Should Have Accepted Help

By Rich Robinson

When your house is on fire and somebody offers their water to help, it is wise to accept. No reasonable person would reject such assistance. But that is exactly what Mayor Chuck Reed did to Supervisor Dave Cortese’s proposal to help stem the crime rate in San Jose using Sheriff’s deputies to temporarily augment an understaffed and demoralized San Jose Police Department.  Reed didn’t just refuse the help; he maligned the offer. It is this myopic failure to work together that has caused such a division in the City of San Jose.

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18
Apr
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Whopper of the Week: “Kickback” is Far From Accurate

By Bob Brownstein

This week’s whopper appears in a San Jose Inside column by Josh Koehn which discusses the recommendation by county staff that Measure A funds be allocated to the Healthier Kids Foundation,  headed by Kathleen King. Noting that King played a significant role in the campaign to pass Measure A, Koehn asks – coincidence or kickback?

A kickback? Webster defines a kickback as “a secret payment to a person who is in a position to influence a source of income.” But King’s role in the Measure A campaign was totally public. Read more »

17
Apr
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Looking Ahead: Women and the Affordable Care Act

By Julie Rabinovitz

This is an exciting time for women’s health care.  More than 9 million people now have access to health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, with close to a quarter of those being women who were previously uninsured. Despite the rocky launch of the federal website to sign up for insurance, that total is expected to rise significantly with the enrollment deadline extended to April 15 for those  who started applications before midnight on March 31. Read more »

15
Apr
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Jensen Campaign: Dirty or Just Dumb?

By The Left Hook

The political action committee supporting Kevin Jensen for Sheriff can’t seem to get it right.  First they appeared to have violated campaign contribution laws .  Now – believe it or not — they have sent out a mailer that appears to be an invitation to identity theft.  Read more »

15
Apr
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Security Officers, Community Supporters Urge Apple to Pay Taxes for Bay Area Upkeep

By Alfredo Fletes

As millions of Americans pay income taxes today, Bay Area security officers and community supporters called on Apple Inc. to pay taxes on some of an estimated $102 billion the company is holding overseas. Activists gathered outside a San Francisco Apple store and encouraged customers to participate in a mock $15 billion “mail-in rebate” to highlight how the company’s unpaid tax revenues could build a stronger Bay Area community.  Read more »

15
Apr
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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By Dennis Raj

 Santa Clara Co. Board of Supervisors

1. Janitorial Services: worker retention and living wage

The County is cutting down on the number of companies it had janitorial contracts with from 6 to 2.  The new contracts with Pride Industries and Universal Janitorial for janitorial services at county offices include requirements to retain workers from the old contractor and make sure those new companies comply with living wage ordinances in the local jurisdictions within the country.   Read more »

14
Apr
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Sam Liccardo’s Big Cheat

By Steve Kline

When I filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission and the San Jose Ethics Commission against mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo, I did so because I take laws seriously.  Liccardo has cheated his way through the early part of the campaign to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and he shouldn’t get away with it.

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13
Apr
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Whopper of the Week: Measure B discussion leads to multiple whoppers

By Bob Brownstein

On Tuesday, April 8th, the San Jose City Council approved an ordinance to provide for the hiring cops or firefighters who are denied disability pensions under Measure B. The discussion of the item provided a rare event – 3 Galactic Whoppers and 1 Mega-Whopper at a single meeting.

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11
Apr
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The Dirtiest Campaign

By The Left Hook

Ironically, the dirtiest campaign so far this election season may be the one run by law enforcement officers.  Today’s complaint to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) about the campaign to elect Kevin Jensen Sheriff raises serious questions about legality of Jensen’s campaign activities and the campaign activities of his two sponsors, the Deputy Sheriffs Association (DSA) and the Correctional Peace Officers Association (CPOA).  The complaint, which is attached below, alleges that Jensen , the DSA and the CPOA blatantly violated the legal limit on political contributions. Read more »

10
Apr
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Bob Kieve is wrong, for once

By Rich Robinson

Recently, Bob Kieve gave a personal opinion on his radio station KLIV that was dead wrong. Kieve attacked Supervisor Dave Cortese and said the most important issue in the Mayor’s race was Labor’s support for him. He opined that such a result would be bad for San Jose.

The real issue in this race is who can bring San Jose together. The false choice of labor versus business is simply a creation of the politics of division that has not served this city well for the last 7 years. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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9
Apr
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Mozilla Made the Right Call: Not All Speech is Equal

By Ben Spielberg

Mozilla’s selection of Brendan Eich for CEO on March 24 prompted widespread outrage because of a $1,000 donation he made to the anti-gay marriage Prop 8 campaign in 2008.  Eich resigned ten days after his promotion.

Conor Friedersdorf and Andrew Sullivan are two of the most prominent pro-gay rights writers to denounce Eich’s “forced resignation.”  Friedersdorf worries that the anti-Eich movement will have “a chilling effect on political speech and civic participation.”  Sullivan goes even farther and writes, “This is McCarthyism applied by civil actors. This is the definition of intolerance.”

Friedersdorf’s and Sullivan’s concerns are understandable, but their arguments paint an inaccurate picture of the effects of Prop 8, confuse the distinction between private and public views, and mistakenly equate two very different types of political speech and behavior. Read more »

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