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29
Jun

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

 

Happy almost 4th of July readers. 

City of Santa Clara

Public surveys on proposed Minimum Wage Ordinance

The steady roll out of municipal minimum wage ordinances continues in Santa Clara with outreach for public opinion on their recent prioritization of a local wage ordinance. The ordinance includes increasing the minimum wage to $11 on January 1, 2016 and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), with the possibility of joining Sunnyvale and Mountain View at a higher regional wage.

Santa Clara wants to hear from you. There are two surveys open to the public, one for business owners and managers and one for employees and individuals. Both surveys can be found here: http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=3121.

The City of Santa Clara should be commended for moving in the right direction on Minimum Wage and their efforts to keep the public engaged in the process, though online polls aren’t always the best at pulling in accurate answers. Good luck Santa Clara and mind the trolls. 

Link to item: http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=50&recordid=4099

 

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26
Jun
San Jose

San Jose Moves to Create Good, Local Jobs in Construction

If you live, work or play in the South Bay, chances are you’ve recently passed by a construction site. Cranes are in the air all over Silicon Valley.  Tens of billions of dollars are being invested in development.  But did you ever stop to think about where all that money ends up? Does it create good jobs and careers for our communities? Does it continue to circulate in the local economy?  Unfortunately, the answer is increasingly no. Read more »

25
Jun
El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital: Springboard for Political Ambitions

Something strange happened at El Camino Hospital last week.  The publicly elected board that oversees the hospital appointed 36-year-old Lanhee Chen to the corporate board of directors for the hospital.  The appointment raised some eyebrows because, unlike other applicants for the job, Mr. Chen has almost no experience in healthcare and hospitals.  Two unsuccessful candidates for the board position had spent their entire 30+ year careers as consultants to hospitals. Read more »

24
Jun

Free Postage for Mail-in Ballots

In a move designed to address the problem of abysmally low voter turnout, yesterday the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to pay postage for vote-by-mail ballots.  The change will go into effect in the November 2015 elections, at a cost of $31,000.  For the two elections scheduled in 2016 the estimated cost to the County is $198,000, about $56,000 of which will be reimbursed by cities and other jurisdictions that have elections.

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24
Jun

Manh Nguyen Wins SJ Council Seat

Here are some big takeaways from Manh Nguyen’s victory over Tim Orozco in yesterday’s San Jose City Council election: Read more »

22
Jun
Dog wearing glasses

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

Santa Clara County

Adopting resolution to apply Living Wage to County employees

Agenda Item Name: Adopt Board Policy Resolution adding Board of Supervisors’ Policy Manual Section 4.21 relating to the applicability of the Living Wage standards to County employees, and direct the Clerk of the Board to include Policy in Board of Supervisors’ Policy Manual.
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15
Jun
Cat wearing glasses

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

Santa Clara County

Inventory & evaluation of County-owned lands & opportunities to purchase other public lands, incl. former RDA properties

Date/time/location item will be heard: June 18, 2015, 10 am,  Santa Clara County Housing, Land Use, Environment & Transportation Cmte
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11
Jun

Raise Wages, Raise Hopes in the City of Santa Clara

Santa Clara is the heart of Silicon Valley, where some of the world’s biggest companies began in cramped garages. These cramped garages used to symbolize resourcefulness that led to some of the greatest innovations in the world. But now, these same garages where billion-dollar companies were founded represent something darker: they are home to individuals and families that can’t afford proper living spaces in Santa Clara because of rising home prices and lack of affordable housing stock.
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8
Jun
Santa Clara County office building

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

Santa Clara County

Creating a County Economic Development Strategy

Date/time/location item will be heard: June 11, 2015, 1 pm, Santa Clara County Finance & Government Operations Cmte
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5
Jun

Artwork Encourages Healthy Eating

What better way to get the community involved in a healthy routine than to express it with a larger than life visual?  Working Partnerships USA recently partnered with the Health Trust and Empire 7 Studios to paint a mural on the side of the First Street Market. As part of the Healthy Corner Stores initiative, this project focused on getting community members involved in the construction of the mural. Read more »

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