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30
Apr

The Fundraising Winners and Losers

Thursday’s filing deadline left some candidates with a solid financial footing and others with long road to catch up.

Let’s start with the San Jose City Council District 8 race, which has the most outside money coming in. Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, representing the Los Angeles area, Senator Connie Leyva, representing a large portion of San Bernardino County, and Senator Ed Hernandez, who represents east LA and San Gabriel Valley, all maxed out to candidate Sylvia Arenas. In total Arenas raised $11, 295 and has $5,643.37 cash on hand.

Meanwhile, District 8 candidate Joshua Barousse raised more than $36,800 this reporting period and has $39,000 on hand, giving him a solid lead on Arenas and edging out Pat Waite, who has raised $36,600, loaned himself $19,000 and has $17,500 cash on hand.

In District 6, there are a number of active fundraising candidates. Norm Klein has raised $35,225 and has $21,900 cash on hand, followed by Dev Davis who raised $31,622.84, loaned herself $20,000 and has $30,687.73 cash on hand. Third on the list is Helen Chapman who raised $27,167, has $16,000 in loans to herself and $29,110 cash on hand. Rounding out the top four is Erik Fong. Fong raised $23,749, loaned himself $15,000 and boasts $46,851 in cash.

San Jose City Council District 4 incumbent Mahn Nguyen raised $33,793 and has $29,832 cash on hand. His opponent Lan Diep, has yet to file his financial statements.

In the District 2 race, Sergio Jimenez is leading the pack, not only in terms of money raised ($30,414), but also cash on hand ($35,244.93). Elias Portales comes in second with $19,559.16 raised and $29,198.26 cash on hand.  Both Joe Lopez and Steve Brown have raised some funds and loaned themselves a hefty sum, $20,000 and $10,375 respectively.

Now, on to the 27th Assembly District race, which is seeing extremely close fundraising benchmarks reached by Ash Kalra and Madison Nguyen. Kalra raised $135,110 and has $356,800 cash on hand.  Madison answered by raising $151,000 and having $345,000 on hand.  Van Le has not been able to raise even half of what Kalra and Madison has amassed. Esau Herrera, Andres Quintero, and Cong Do have not yet filed.

The next reporting deadline is May 22nd, 16 days before the June 7th election.

28
Apr

Update from the City Council Campaign Trail

As the date for the 2016 primary election approaches, campaign spending is starting to flow more freely.  Here’s the latest:

Earlier this week, the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce ChamberPAC dropped $11,000 on a mailer for San Jose District 6 City Council Candidate Dev Davis, and that was after the Chamber had already spend $9,000 on research, polls and surveys for Ms. Davis.

In addition to the $20,000 the Chamber spent supporting Davis, they dedicated $40,000 for attack mail and $10,000 on research against Sergio Jimenez, a City Council candidate for San Jose District 2.

Using their own personal wealth to fund their campaigns are Pat Waite, Norm Kline, Chris Roth and Steve Brown, each of whom loaned himself an additional $10,000 in the last week.

Full disclosure reports covering the last four months come out tonight.  More to follow.

19
Apr
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County of Santa Clara

Code enforcement revisions include fee/fine adjustments and creating a Community Restitution Fund

At the November 19, 2015 HLUET meeting, the Department presented a strategy to reduce the incidence of violations and the costs and staff time associated with abating violations once they are identified. Staff is returning with a report that provides an update on Code Enforcement’s current program improvements and describes further improvements that require ordinance modifications. Staff is proposing a new “Community Restitution Fund” (CRF) to receive code enforcement fines. Deposits in the CRF would serve as a source of funds to conduct specific types of code enforcement projects such as code abatement operations and community clean-up projects. Under this proposed framework, fines would not accrue to the General Fund (unless a pre-set maximum fund level was achieved in the CRG), or be used to fund the routine operations of the Code Enforcement Division.

Staff has been actively focusing on a review and prioritization of the backlog of code enforcement violations within the department.

Upon receiving HLUET input and direction, staff will prepare ordinance language for consideration by the full Board at the May 24th Board meeting.

 Where:  Santa Clara County Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation Cmte

When: April 21, 2016, 3:30pm

Link to item: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=7527&MediaPosition=&ID=80830&CssClass=

Link to agenda:  http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=7527

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18
Apr

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

County of Santa Clara

Code enforcement revisions include fee/fine adjustments and creating a Community Restitution Fund

At the November 19, 2015 HLUET meeting, the Department presented a strategy to reduce the incidence of violations and the costs and staff time associated with abating violations once they are identified. Staff is returning with a report that provides an update on Code Enforcement’s current program improvements and describes further improvements that require ordinance modifications. Staff is proposing a new “Community Restitution Fund” (CRF) to receive code enforcement fines. Deposits in the CRF would serve as a source of funds to conduct specific types of code enforcement projects such as code abatement operations and community clean-up projects. Under this proposed framework, fines would not accrue to the General Fund (unless a pre-set maximum fund level was achieved in the CRG), or be used to fund the routine operations of the Code Enforcement Division.

Staff has been actively focusing on a review and prioritization of the backlog of code enforcement violations within the department.

Upon receiving HLUET input and direction, staff will prepare ordinance language for consideration by the full Board at the May 24th Board meeting.

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13
Apr

Sunnyvale Votes to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 by 18

By a vote of 4-1-1 last night, the Sunnyvale City Council chose to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018, four years sooner than mandated by California’s new minimum wage law.  Sunnyvale is the first city in California to advance the timeline by which it gets to the $15 minimum wage since Governor Brown signed the legislation into law earlier this month.

The extraordinarily high cost of living in Silicon Valley makes it nearly impossible for minimum wage earners to pay rent and put food on the table. For these workers, getting to $15 an hour faster than required by the state means a greater ability to pay for their basic needs.

Yesterday’s decision, led in large part by Councilmembers Jim Davis and Jim Griffith, is a perfect example of a City Council understanding the needs of its families and moving forward with policies that help its residents.  Joining Councilmembers Davis and Griffith in support of $15 by 2018 were Vice Mayor Gustav Larsson and Councilmember Tara Martin-Milius.  Mayor Glenn Hendricks was the sole no vote and Councilmember Pat Meyering abstained.

Sunnyvale’s decision to join Mountain View in raising the minimum wage faster than the state’s $15 by 2022 puts pressure on other regional cities, like San Jose, to keep up.

12
Apr

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

County of Santa Clara

 Adopting policy for Community Workforce Agreements on public works 

In its February 23, 2016 meeting, the Board directed Administration to require the consideration of a Project Labor Agreement for all public works contracts over $2,000,000 and to include a hiring program that (1) targets employment for current and past County clients, including but not limited to clients of Social Services, Reentry, and Foster Care, (2) to not include targeted hiring if prohibited by federal or state law or would jeopardize federal or state funding; and (3) provide that the Office of the County Executive may recommend individual exemptions to considerations/use of a PLA.

Administration and representatives from Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council (SBTC) are currently working on a PLA template that includes a targeted hiring component for the Board’s review and approval upon completion.  Such template will expedite and streamline future PLA negotiations.

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4
Apr

Statement from California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski on signing of SB 3 to raise California’s minimum wage to $15

“With the Governor’s signature on SB 3 today, California strikes a serious blow to income inequality. This new law lifts families and strengthens our communities.

The statement California made today will echo throughout the country. By boosting 6 million workers across the state, we’re saying that all work is valued and all working people have value. No matter your job, you are contributing to the economic success of your company, your community and your nation. By lifting those at the bottom of the economic ladder, we level the playing field for everyone. California is setting all workers on a path out of poverty and restoring the American Dream.

This historic signing is testament to the power working people hold when we stand together to fight for justice. California has once again set the bar for the rest of the country. We’re on the leading age of a movement to change America. The wave of higher wages that starts here today will cascade to other states, bringing with it fresh hope to millions of working people across the country.”

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This statement was originally posted on the California Labor Federation’s Labor’s Edge Blog

1
Apr

BREAKING NEWS: DONALD TRUMP endorses CA’s $15 Minimum Wage!

April Fools!

While we all know that Trump refuses to support any good policy that helps working families, our Governor, State legislature and labor movement prioritize our workers.

This week’s passage of the $15 minimum wage was historic and when Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill, he will again show the nation why California is a champion for worker rights and protections.

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