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30
Apr

Workplace Deaths on the Rise Among Latinos

Following up on our Worker Memorial Day post, new statistics show workplace deaths for Latinos are on the rise.  According to the AFL-CIO annual report “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” workplace deaths among Latinos in America rose from 748 in 2012, to 817 in 2013.  The majority were men, and the overwhelming majority were immigrants: 542. Read more »

30
Apr

Will Los Altos Be Next to Raise the Wage?

From the Los Altos Town Crier:

Forum on topic of minimum wage scheduled Monday

A community forum on raising the minimum wage is scheduled 7-9:30 p.m. Monday (May 4) in the Creekside Room of Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. The event is free and open to the public. Read more »

29
Apr

Veteran Politico Takes Over Campos’ District Office

Assemblymember Nora Campos has some heavy hitting new help in her District office. Read more »

29
Apr

Palo Alto Pursues Increased Minimum Wage

Palo Alto is the latest Silicon Valley town to approach raising the minimum wage above the state standard. The City Council’s 4-member Policy and Services Committee voted unanimously to recommend raising the wage to $11 an hour by next January with an annual increase by CPI, with a goal of $15 an hour by 2018. Read more »

29
Apr

Ro Khanna Joins the NIMBY Club of Sunnyvale

The NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) contingent of Sunnyvale has a new cheerleader in perennial unsuccessful congressional candidate Ro Khanna.  The Sunnyvale Public Lands for Public Use Act lists Khanna as an endorser of the initiative that would require a public vote on routine land use decisions.

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28
Apr

Workers Memorial Day Brings Renewed Commitment to Improve Workplace Safety

Workers Memorial Day is an observance most notably given attention within the labor movement.  But everyone who works should care about it.  Everyday, 12 workers in America will not go home at the end of the day.  They will die on the job. That’s more than 4,000 workers every year, and it doesn’t include the 50,000 workers who die each year from work-related illnesses and disease.

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27
Apr

Kalra Gets Cops’ Endorsement for Assembly Race

The San Jose Police Officers Association may have had a rocky relationship with much of the SJ City Council, but the cops are throwing their support behind Councilmember Ash Kalra in his race for State Assembly. Read more »

27
Apr

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San Jose

General Plan 4-year review and updates on Urban Village development

Public entity: San Jose Community & Economic Development Cmte
Date/time/location item will be heard:   April 27, 2015, 1:30 pm

Recommendation: Accept the status report on General Plan and Urban Village Implementation and provide comments on the proposed approach to the Four-Year Review of the General Plan. Refer this item to full Council for consideration on May 12, 2015. Read more »

24
Apr

Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Frontlines

This week marks the five year anniversary of Arizona’s notorious SB-1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents or “attrition through enforcement” in the explicit language of the bill. Among the most disturbing aspects of the law is the provision that mandates racial profiling by requiring law enforcement agents to determine the immigration status of community members who they “suspect may be undocumented.” Those requirements are still in effect today. Read more »

23
Apr

Yeager Chief of Staff Becomes Clerk of the Board

Congratulatory messages and calls were have been rolling in to County District 4 Chief of Staff Megan Doyle who’s been hired as the County’s new Clerk of the Board. Read more »

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