Monthly Archives : May 2014

Wieckowski Bill Helps Women Fighting Cyber Retaliation


For a growing number of California women, the pain and fear arising from a private abusive relationship is increasingly being extended on-line for all the public to see through cyber retaliation, also known as “revenge porn.”  Domestic violence prevention advocates see the posting of intimate images of women by their former partners as a growing tactic in abusive relationships.  To…

John Vasconcellos: His Vision Stands the Test of Time


John Vasconcellos died Saturday surrounded by his close family and friends. His Hanai, a Hawaiian word for extended family included his chosen son, Mitch Saunders, his daughter-in-law Cindy and his precious two grandchildren Megan and Briana. The record will show he served 38 years in the legislature, was Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee for many years, he…

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


Santa Clara County – 5/29/14 Senior Meal Funding Supervisor Dave Cortese is leading the effort to restore funding for meals cooked on site for the Senior Nutrition Program.  During the April CSFC  (Children Seniors Families Committee) meeting, the Department of Aging and Adult Services was asked to provide the Board with information regarding the feasibility of restoring cook-on-site meals to…

Whopper of the Week: A Classic Approach, But WRONG


This week we discover a Whopper in the American Mid-west, specifically in a May 20th column in The Cleveland Plain Dealer written by Kevin O’Brien and titled, “Where the VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans.” O’Brien doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act and his hostility to that legislation has led him into Whopper land. To begin with,…

Sunnyvale Moves on Minimum Wage Increase


In today’s busy Silicon Valley society a wage earner needs to earn approximately $16 to pay the rent, put food on the table and pay for the very bare necessities of life.  We know that for every high tech job that we produce in the valley that four (4) service jobs are created.  Service jobs include fast food workers, people…

Santa Clara County Heads Toward Cutting Edge Living Wage Policy


 The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors took the first step toward establishing the nation’s most comprehensive living wage ordinance.  On a unanimous vote, the Board directed County Administration to develop a framework for an ordinance that would set a new standard of higher wages, healthcare security and a better standard of living for tens of thousands of low wage…

Sleazy Mailer Crosses the Line


The California Apartment Association, which has endorsed Sam Liccardo for mayor, has sent out the sleaziest political mailer of the year so far.  At first glance the mailer appears to be from organized labor.  It praises Dave Cortese as if he opposed pension reform.  Only the small print shows that the mailer actually comes from the California Apartment Association PAC.

The Daily Fetch: Merc Ed Board Sinks to a New Low


The absolute slimy bias that permeates from the Barbara Marshman run Merc Editorial Board is on full display today with this deceitful, deceptive and down-right dirty screed that purports to go after Matrix Casino but is really a sneak attack on Dave Cortese.  The editorial is so chock full of omissions and misrepresentations that it may get the Golden Hatchet award for,…

Restrictions of Low-Income Women’s Rights Are Restrictions of All Women’s Rights


After years of working in the reproductive justice movement and battling egregious attacks on women’s reproductive rights, I thought I was immune to being shocked by insidious policies that punish low-income women and families. Well, I was wrong. I have been not only shocked, but disgusted, by a regulation right here in California that has contributed to keeping families in…

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