Monthly Archives : September 2015

Spark Charter School Failure Was Predicted by County Board


Parents and the media seemed surprised when Spark Charter School in Sunnyvale was forced to close down after one of its students was molested by a staff person.  The school had failed to keep the required background checks or TB tests for the majority of its employees.  But some saw this coming. The Sunnyvale Unified School District Board, denied the…

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City of San Jose  Council Members Khamis, T. Nguyen call for Crime Free Multi-Housing program to be implemented in San Jose; would evict residents for any violation Council Members Khamis and T. Nguyen recommend the City Manager report out, at the October 6th City Council meeting, on progress toward the implementation of an opt-in Crime Free Multi-Housing Program to be…

San Jose City Council District 8 Race is Shaping Up


The San Jose City Council District 8 candidate pool is filling up quickly.  The seat is currently held by San Jose Vice Mayor Rose Herrera who is terming out in November 2016. Let’s take a look at who may be considering a run for the seat. Joshua Barousse is currently serving as a Council Assistant to District 2 Council Member…

Pope’s Visit Energizes Fight for Economic Justice


The Pope’s visit to the United States is reenergizing organizations throughout our nation that advocate for the just, humane and dignified treatment of workers.  The Pope’s message on income inequality, workers’ rights, migrant rights and economic justice has put the spotlight on a very real issue facing working families in Silicon Valley: the significant and growing economic disparity between those…

Sunnyvale Adopts Silicon Valley’s Strongest Short-Term Rental Ordinance


This week the City of Sunnyvale adopted Silicon Valley’s strongest ordinance to regulate short-term rentals of residential properties, such as Airbnb, HomeAway, or FlipKey. The ordinance, which is aimed at mitigating the impact of short-term rentals on affordable housing, allows hosted-only short-term rentals, requires a permit from the City, and does not extend the policy to mobile home parks. It…

Levi Stadium: Home of the Vikings Fan Attack


On Monday the 49ers beat the Vikings on the field, but suffered a dangerous loss off the field – to their reputation.  A number of 49er fans savagely beat one Vikings fan as he lay helpless on the ground. Here is the video of the ugly incident: video-shows-49ers-fans-beating-on-vikings-fan-after-monday-night-game-180955657[1] While the motives for the attack are still unknown, this incident highlights…

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City of San Jose MEMOS regarding Liccardo’s proposed minimum wage study The memo from Councilmembers Kalra, Peralez, Rocha, and T. Nguyen recommends the Council approve the memo from Mayor Liccardo, and Councilmembers Jones and M. Nguyen which puts forth a study on minimum wage increases, adding additional direction. New directions include: The study should fully consider the potential positive effects…

Santa Clara County Ends Contract with Turner Construction


Today, the County of Santa Clara decided to terminate its contract with Turner Construction. Turner is years behind schedule for completing the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and is costing the County thousands of dollars a day in lost revenue.  In addition, last year’s steam explosion at the Medical Center, which injured workers, raised questions about the company’s safety procedures.…

Santa Clara County Cities Association Joins Silicon Valley Rising in Regional Effort to Raise the Wage


Last night, the efforts started by Silicon Valley Rising (SVR) to achieve a regional minimum wage took a solid step forward at the Santa Clara County Cities Association (Cities Association) meeting. For more than a year, Silicon Valley Rising has been leading the charge to raise the minimum wage throughout the Valley and has seen success in Sunnyvale, Mountain View,…