Monthly Archives : September 2014

Petition Takes Aim at Pot Club Controls


Marijuana collective owners have a chance to overturn the San Jose City Council’s new restrictions on pot sales, now that they’ve overwhelmingly qualified to put a referendum on the 2016 ballot.  Mayoral hopeful Sam Liccardo helped lead the charge to adopt regulations that many are saying will actually increase crime.

Ajlouny’s Thin Skin Reveals His True Character…or Lack Thereof


I am not now, nor have I ever been a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), so says political consultant to Mayor Chuck Reed and professional victim Victor Ajlouny.  Ajlouny was initially charged with being a member of the PLO in a missive from the Paul Fong campaign.  Fong is currently the target of political attacks by the aforementioned…

In Case You Missed It…


From The Daily Fetch A mere weeks before making the motion and casting a vote directing the San Jose Redevelopment Agency to pay substantially above the appraised amount for land, Sam Liccardo took campaign cash directly from the property owner and his family for his city council re-election campaign in 2009 and 2010.  The property purchase was acquired to build a road to…

Child Migrants: Not Just An Immigration Issue


The heartbreaking headlines about thousands of Central American children making the treacherous journey alone to seek refuge in the U.S. have me thinking about my own American immigration story more than 25 years ago — and how different my family’s experience was from the inhumane policy response of our current government. My family came to the U.S to escape from…

Education: Mike Honda vs. Ro Khanna CA17


Congressman Mike Honda believes that “igniting the American Dream” begins in the classroom. But, he recognizes that attaining it is endangered by an opportunity gap in public education where wealth disparities too often dictate which students at which schools will have the most success. He says it is time to shift the education paradigm by focusing on opportunity for each…

Personal Protection Wanted, Apply in San Jose


Moving to San Jose? Don’t forget to bring your own police officers.  And be prepared to pay for them.  That might very well be the sales pitch in the near future, as San Jose residents become increasingly fed up with their City leaders decimating the local police force.   It seems the new trend to ensure personal safety here in the…

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


Santa Clara County Expanding CalWORKs subsidized employment  In 2013, Santa Clara County implemented an Expanded Subsidized Employment Program with the goal of increasing job opportunities for CalWORKS Employment Services participants.  The program offers local employers financial compensation for providing participants with a combination of employment, training, skill development and employment. The proposed recommendation would expand the program at no cost…

Short Term Political Gain Hurts Liccardo


Sam Liccardo must be kicking himself for sticking with an unconstitutional approach to public pensions that he knew, as a lawyer, could not withstand legal scrutiny. It was a political miscalculation based on the views of the electorate during a recession. When the economy is suffering, the public has a tendency to look critically at public employee compensation and benefits…

Here’s Why Teachers Deserve Due Process Rights


At the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Education Summit, David Welch was given the Education Leader Award for 2014. Mr. Welch is the founder of Students Matter and the mastermind behind Vegara v. California.  The SVLG recognized him for innovating the teacher tenure system and teacher seniority rights.  In fact, Welch’s efforts had just the opposite effect. When education reformers begin…