Monthly Archives : February 2016

Pierluigi Oliverio for Congress?


In an unexpected move, it appears that San Jose District 6 Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio has declared for California’s Congressional District 17 Seat.  According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voter’s Website, Mr. Oliverio has paid the $1,740.00 candidate ballot filing fee and was issued his candidate statement last Friday.  He joins an extremely competitive race with longtime incumbent Mike…

Santa Clara Gets Mayor and More Collaborative Feel as it Seeks a New Council Member


With the unanimous appointment of Lisa Gillmor to the Mayor’s seat, the characteristically divided Santa Clara City Council has taken an important step in becoming a more collaborative policy-making body. Mayor Gillmor was widely considered the best choice to follow Jamie Matthews, who unexpectedly resigned earlier this month. “Mayor Gillmor will provide us a platform to come together, work harmoniously,…

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Santa Clara County Approving financing plan & design-build construction for $281M new jail  On August 11, 2015, the Board of Supervisors considered the Administration’s proposal to construct a new jail facility, including housing, programming, treatment, and the financing necessary to complete this complex project. On December 17, 2015, the County received a letter from the BSCC notifying us that the…

Friedrichs: An Attack on Working Men and Women


This entry was written before Justice Scalia’s death.  While the outcome of the Freidrichs case before the current court might be different than previously anticipated, the importance of defending against similar unfounded lawsuits in the future remains.   If the Court had found in Ms. Freidrichs favor, it would have essentially gutted the foundation of the union movement, which is…

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Santa Clara County Report on existing pay equity laws and recs on amending County contracting policy This is the second in a series of report-backs provided by the County Counsel and the Office of the County Executive in response to the Board of Supervisors’ September 15, 2015 directives for more information. One of those directives was to assess current County…

Justice Antonin Scalia Dies, Several Cases Turned Upside Down


Today, Justice Antonin Scalia, the most vocal conservative on a conservative Supreme Court, died at the age of 79.  There are many implications for Supreme Court cases that have already been heard and cases that are upcoming.  It is expected it will take quite some time for President Obama and United States Senate to decide on the next justice. We…

Santa Clara Mayor Resigns – Could 49ers Be Partially to Blame?


  Yesterday, Jamie Matthews surprised even his close friends and political associates when he announced he was relinquishing his seat as Santa Clara Mayor immediately after his city hosted Super Bowl 50.   Matthews’s abrupt resignation clearly demonstrates a failure on the part of the 49ers, who seem to have no issue with putting their political allies in difficult and unfavorable…

Early Fundraising Numbers are in for 2016 San Jose City Council Races


In District 2, there are two early front runners in Elias Portales and Sergio Jimenez. Elias Portales leads the district with an impressive $35,777 raised in the month of December.  Mr. Portales has a good amount of funds available with $33,670.16 cash on hand.  Sergio Jimenez is next in the district with a respectable $17,005.16 raised in December, Mr. Jimenez…

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County of Santa Clara Reinstating Turner to complete Valley Medical Center retrofit; subsequent cost increase means add’l funding needed for other Measure A projects Measure A authorized the County to borrow $840 million to fund the earthquake retrofitting of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and other hospital maintenance and refurbishing projects knows as the Seismic Safety Program. The pinnacle project…