Monthly Archives : April 2016

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…