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21
Jul

Marriage – What Have We Learned?

It’s been close to 24 years since a small group of lesbian and gay Hawaiian’s had the audacity to think they could access the 1,100 rights and obligations afforded to “married” people.  Those of us working for employment, housing, credit and public accommodation equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people saw “marriage” as tangential to our struggle, and frankly unattainable.  Therefore, at first, many in the movement didn’t focus much energy on winning marriage rights.

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20
Jul

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

It’s a light week with most municipalities on summer recess, so we’re padding Policy Watch with some Neil deGrasse Tyson. If you wish to write a blog post from scratch, first you must make the universe.

Sunnyvale

Public Hearing on regulating short-term rental units

The Sunnyvale Housing & Human Services Commission is holding a public hearing on regulating short-term residential rental units, in short taking on home sharing services like AirBnB. Staff is looking to establish short-term rental regulations in the zoning code to allow effective enforcement, set up a permit program to establish the requirements for the host and require hosts to pay the permit and the transient occupancy tax. The primary policy question per staff is whether these short-term rentals are appropriate and compatible in residential districts.

Where: Sunnyvale Housing & Human Services Commission
When: July 22, 2015 at 7pm
Agenda: link

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17
Jul

Women’s Health Care is on the Line Again as the GOP led Congress Revives Their Assault on Birth Control Access

Here we go again in the war against birth control. Yes, in 2015 a large contingent of lawmakers in Congress apparently won’t rest until all low-income women and families are unable to get birth control.

The House of Representatives recently voted for a bill that would completely eliminate funding for the nation’s Title X Family Planning Program, the latest brazen attack on women’s health care by extreme conservatives. This is especially stunning when you consider that Title X was passed during the Nixon Administration and was strongly supported by both sides of the aisle. Read more »

16
Jul

Foster Care: An Important Piece of the Homelessness Puzzle

When you think about foster care, what comes to mind?  Warm, loving families playing Monopoly by the hearth?  Creepy halfhearted inept caregivers who are in it for the money and are probably abusing the kids, who don’t buy them school supplies so they have to get them from Sleep Train donations? Read more »

13
Jul

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

Sunnyvale

Affordable Housing Impact Fees

The Sunnyvale City Council will introduce an ordinance and potentially adopt two resolutions to approve two new affordable housing impact fees: one for Nonresidential Development and one for Rental Housing. Read more »

6
Jul

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

San Jose

Manh Nguyen found to have multiple campaign law violations

Agenda Item Name:    Hearing on Complaint filed by Tom Cochran on June 5, 2015 against Manh Nguyen and Manh Nguyen for City Council D4 alleging violations of the San Jose Municipal Code

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