Monthly Archives : March 2015

Why Women Are Supporting Orozco for City Council


As a progressive Democratic woman my endorsement of Tim Orozco for San Jose District 4 City Council was a no-brainer.  Tim has pledged to continue the fight for a living wage, pay equity and pension protection for the city’s workforce. Since many of the lower-paid workers within city government are women, decent pay and benefits are imperative to strengthen the…

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Mountain View  Minimum Wage Ordinance – Regional Update and Potential Work Plan    Date/time/location item will be heard: March 31, 2015 Receive an update on minimum wage ordinance regional developments and provide direction to staff on whether or not to proceed on a proposed work plan to achieve Council’s adopted goal of reaching a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour…

Silicon Valley Rising Campaign Making Gains – Microsoft announces mandating sick leave for contract employees


 Microsoft announced that it will require many of its 2,000 contractors and vendors to provide their employees who perform work for Microsoft with 15 paid days off for sick days and vacation time.  This comes after months of public pressure by Silicon Valley Rising, a coalition of faith, community and labor groups, who have been working to improve the conditions of…

Yes, Police Officers Are Different From the Rest of Us


It didn’t take long after Officer Michael Johnson was fatally gunned down for the platitudes to begin.  The shooting reminds us, Scott Herhold intoned, the “the job is fundamentally different than other dangerous lines of work.” Reminds us, the columnist wrote. Implying something all of us always knew.  An editorial quickly followed. It righteously observed, “For all of our political…

Reflections in the Wake of a San Jose Tragedy


It is with the deepest of sympathy that I write this message today. Last night, our city lost a hero. San José Police Officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed while serving and protecting us all. My thoughts, love, and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow officers, and to all those who have lost their lives to…

Rocketship Agrees to Back Down


Last night it was announced that Rocketship Education would not being using any of the 20 charters the Santa Clara County Office of Education authorized in December 2011 in the Franklin-McKinley school district.  A statement read at the school board meeting explained that the Franklin-McKinley Union School District and Rocketship Education had reached a settlement on lawsuit filed in February,…

The Untapped Power of Generation Y


Just a few weeks ago, we  watched President Obama march along the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; his feet walking the very same path taken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and fellow civil rights activists fifty years ago to the day. As tear gas seared their eyes and clubs broke their bones in 1965, their spirits persevered and…

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San Jose  Expansion of Disadvantage Business Enterprise goals Date/time/location item will be heard:  March 25, 2015, 1:30 pm Memo from Liccardo, Herrera, Kalra & Peralez to approve the proposed overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal as a minimum, while making every effort to surpass the goal; Work with community stakeholders, such as the Minority Business Consortium, ethnic/minority Chambers of Commerce,…

Impact Fees Spreading to Ease Housing Crisis


Affordable housing advocates won another battle on the local level with the passage of a housing impact fee in one of the valley’s fastest growing cities.  Earlier this week the Sunnyvale City Council voted to support staff’s recommended level of $17/sf. It was a good discussion that had only one member line up against the fee at all (Jim Davis).