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Scott Herhold, it is time for you to resign from the Mercury News

Scott Herhold

The Mercury News


Dear Mr. Herhold,

Your recent column urging Congressman Mike Honda to step down gave me the idea for this column.

Scott, it is time for you to resign from the Mercury News. I know this goes against your deep seated yearnings to lavishly, inaccurately, and disingenuously support establishment political interests. But you need to face the inevitable. What the Sanders and Trump and Brexit campaigns have all shown is that not just Americans but the whole bloody world is fed up with elites that feather their own nests and ignore the needs of the average working stiff.

That populist rage means there just ain’t no future for a guy like you – a guy who thinks that working people should spend their lives on their knees, that the rich encompass the highest values of our culture, and that politicians should be able to milk the public treasury indefinitely as long as they’re well connected.

In many ways, this step down should be a great deal easier for you than for Mr. Honda. He has a long and distinguished career that, if he is re-elected, he can continue. You’re viewed with contempt by almost everyone who has a sense of honor in the valley. Notice that I did not suggest people’s revulsion towards you is the result of differing political philosophies. Folks have contempt for you because you kowtow before the powerful. Kissing butt is not a political philosophy; it is a character flaw.

This is not to say you should cease writing. You could do a blog. Maybe set one up entitled – “Worshipping the San Jose Upper Class.” I don’t think you’d have much competition. The rest of us would be embarrassed to cravenly defend everything done by those who think they are an aristocracy anointed to rule over – and live off of – the lowly masses.

One last thought. In your final column, admit to your readers what you’ve been doing all these years. While other journalists have bravely struggled to reveal the truth, you’ve cravenly tried to conceal the failings of the powerful. Say that – and at least you can leave with dignity.



Policy Watch

County of Santa Clara

Funding for the Housing Authority’s Potential Acquisition of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

County administration is recommending that the Board approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara and the City of Palo Alto relating to funding the Housing Authority’s potential acquisition of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in order to maintain it as a source of moderate income housing for existing residents, in an amount not to exceed $14,500,000 for period June 28, 2016 through June 28, 2018. The MOU has been reviewed and approved by County Counsel as to form and legality. Administration is also recommending the authorization of County Executive, or designee, to negotiate, amend, or terminate Memorandum of Understanding and to take all related subsequent actions with the Housing Authority and City of Palo Alto relating to this MOU. Delegation of authority will expire on June 28, 2018.

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AFL-CIO Votes to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

Yesterday, the AFL-CIO announced that its General Board, which represents 12.5 million members, voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process started a year ago to capture the interests of the working people the AFL-CIO represents.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “Hillary Clinton is a proven leader who shares our values. Throughout the campaign, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to the issues that matter to working people.”

Lee Saunders, AFSCME President and Chair of the AFL-CIO Political Committee stated, “This election offers a stark choice between an unstoppable champion for working families and an unstable charlatan who made his fortune scamming them.”

While Clinton has earned the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the federation recognizes that Senator Bernie Sanders brought an important voice to this election that has elevated critical issues and strengthened the foundation of the labor movement.



Candlelight Vigil #WeAreOrlando

Please join us tomororw at 5:30PM for a Candlelight Vigil for the victims of Orlando.


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County of Santa Clara

 Annual budget hearings; approval of $6.1B budget for FY 2016-17

 The County Executive’s Fiscal Year 2017 Recommended Budget represents a $6.1 billion spending plan (all funds) for the County of Santa Clara for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016.

Since the analysis of major revenues was performed in March 2016 for the FY 2016-17 Recommended Budget, the Administration has identified ongoing net revenue increases of $15.5 million, primarily due to increased property tax revenues.

In addition, an additional $13,000,000 in Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Fund Balance is projected to be available after final accounting for the fiscal year, due an unanticipated payment from Anthem Blue Cross to Valley Medical Center (VMC).

Among the notable budget recommendations are an additional $626,000 added to existing grants for legal assistance and related services for unaccompanied immigrant children; $200,000 for a “New Americans Fellowship” pilot to employ 10 DACA youth; $120,000 to add an additional staff position to the Office of Immigrant Relations; $200,000 to contract with two community-based organizations to provide voter registration services; and $500,000 to Sacred Heart, PPMA, SIREN, and Teenforce for projects formerly funded by Measure A funds..

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Labor Wins Big on Election Night

Yesterday’s list of election winners was a near perfect match with the list of candidates and measures endorsed by the South Bay Labor Council. Here’s a quick rundown:

Assembly District 27 saw labor’s candidate, Ash Kalra, make it past the primary election despite the nearly $2 million spent against Kalra and in favor of his opponent by outside interest groups.

In the San Jose City Council races, the labor endorsed candidate advanced in every race but one. The November General Election will see the following Labor backed candidates:

  • District 2 – Sergio Jimenez
  • District 6 – Helen Chapman

While Josh Barousse did not make it to the runoff for District 8, the two candidates who did, Jimmy Nguyen and Sylvia Arenas, are good for the labor movement and will no doubt have an open door of communication with the Labor Council.

The Labor Council’s endorsed 9- county Measure AA, passed with 69% of the vote. Meanwhile, a historic  collaboration of labor, Mayor Sam Liccardo and the business community lead to the passage — with 62% of the vote- of San Jose’s Measure B, a quarter cent sales tax to fund vital City Services.

This election cycle however was not a success for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce that, despite spending $120,000 on attack ads, lost all but one race.

Labor-backed candidates and incumbents who won are:
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
State Senator Bill Monning
State Senator Jerry Hill
Assembly Member Mark Stone
Assembly Member Evan Low
Assembly Member Kansen Chu
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian
San Benito County Supervisor Jaime de la Cruz
San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina


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