Monthly Archives : April 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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…

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…