Monthly Archives : May 2016

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City of San Jose   Review of the Fire Department Strategic Plan (Vision 2030) Recommendation from the Fire Chief that Council adopt the San Jose Fire Department Strategic Plan, which includes a roadmap to provide ongoing quality services to the community and establish the San Jose Fire Department as a national leader in all-risk emergency response and fire prevention services.…

Former Staffer Claims Khanna Lied About Owing Him Money


In an article published on EBCitizen.com, Bill Ferguson, a former Ro Khanna staffer, says Khanna refused to pay him $6,000 for work done during an unsuccessful 2004 Congressional race and is now lying about the money owed.  Khanna claims that Ferguson has been paid.  However, emails sent between the two men, starting as far back as July of 2004, show…

Brownstein: San Jose rent control law still falls far short of the need


Special to The Mercury News By adopting only minimal improvements to San Jose’s rent control law, the City Council has allowed our affordable housing crisis to grow worse each year. Wildly escalating rents are the most damaging effect of the region’s housing problems. High rents displace seniors and low wage workers; they force multiple families to crowd into a single…

Chamber Continues to Face Backlash for Hit Pieces


The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce has been getting a lot of heat for its mudslinging against District 8 candidate Joshua Barousse.  Last week, Pat Waite, another contender for the District 8 seat, found the hits on Barousse so petty and overinflated that in a letter published in the Evergreen Times he stated, “I have returned the contribution…

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to new overtime rules unveiled by the Department of Labor


Below is the statement released by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to the new overtime rules: “New overtime protections mark a major victory for working people that will improve the lives of millions of families across America. The new rule more than doubles the salary threshold, ensuring workers who make less than $47,500 are eligible for overtime. We applaud…

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County of Santa Clara Approving Master Development Agreement with Lowe for master plan & entitlements/CEQA review for redevelopment of 55-acre Civic Center site  This is the next step in the redevelopment of the 55-acre County-owned Civic Center site in north San Jose. Pursuant to the terms of the Predevelopment Facilities Agreement with Lowe Enterprises, approved by the Board on February…

What Women Want This Mother’s Day: Opportunity


Alejandra Mejia is a single mother of three children. She has worked at McDonald’s since 2006 and proudly made manager two years ago, balancing job and family by working the morning shift so she could be home after school. But new management came in and changed her schedule, and when she needed to be home by 4, they said, “No…