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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 community safety net for all affected families.   Read more »


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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 by 2018. Read more »


Orozco Gaining Ground With Fundraising

Late-comer to the  District 4 SJ City Council race Tim Orozco managed to raise more money than his opponents in the most recent filing period, giving him a comfortable pile of cash going into the primary election. Read more »


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 low wage workers throughout the tech economy.  

Silicon Valley Rising applauds Microsoft for taking this important step towards improving the quality of jobs of thousands of workers.  Read more »


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 wrangling over pensions and such, we know the men and women of this police department put their lives on the line for every one of us.” We know, the editorial asserts. All of us, right? Read more »


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 violence in our streets.

Just a few months ago, I was working patrol along with Michael and several hundred brave men and women who proudly wear the San José uniform and badge. Read more »


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, 2014:

 “Under the terms of the agreement, in exchange for Petitioners’ agreement to conclude the litigation, Rocketship Education has agreed not to operate any of the challenged countywide charter schools within the District and not to seek new charter schools within the District until a future date.” Read more »


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 they marched on for their right to vote.  Fast-forward to the special election set for April 7, 2015 in San Jose that will fill the vacated seat for representation of District 4.  What we’re seeing among young voters, the “future” of our country, is shameful in light of the sacrifices made for the right to vote. Read more »


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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, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, and the South Bay Labor Council, in order to assist in a communications strategy and outreach to minority and women-owned businesses; Read more »


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).

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