Monthly Archives : March 2016

Beloved Community Leader Dennis Kennedy Passes Away


Last night, Dennis Kennedy, former Mayor of Morgan Hill, passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Kennedy, who up until recently served as a Board Member for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, was considered by many to be a mentor and true public servant.  His years of leadership, volunteerism and time as mayor not only helped shape the…

SCOTUS 4-4 Split Means Victory for Unions


Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 4-4 on the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that sought to break public employee unions. In our state, public school teachers don’t have to be members of the California Teachers Association if they have religious or political beliefs about being a union member.  Teachers can opt out of the union, but have…

Governor Brown, Legislative, and Labor Leaders Agree to $15 by 2022


Today, Governor Brown, Legislative leaders and the Labor movement made history by announcing a policy that would raise the wages of underpaid Californians to $15 per hour by 2022. More than one in three California workers, or nearly 6 million Californians, will receive a raise under this policy. Combined with workers who are already on a path to $15 because of…

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


County of Santa Clara  Forwarding letter of concern over San Jose Crime-Free Housing proposal  The City of San Jose is considering adopting a new law enforcement program that focuses on reducing crime and calls for service at multi-housing complexes. San Jose staff will present a draft report on Crime-Free Housing to the Housing and Community Development Commission on March 10,…

San Jose Does Not Have a Spending Problem; It Has a Revenue Problem


To turn a catch phrase on its head — San Jose does not have a spending problem; it has a revenue problem.  The City has a structural deficit because revenues are insufficient to pay for essential services.  That structural deficit predates the catastrophic losses to the City’s two pension funds, and without more revenue it will continue, despite the fact…