Monthly Archives : July 2016

Chamber Email Riddled With Misleading Information About Opportunity to Work Initiative


Earlier this month Victor Gomez, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, sent out an email containing false information about the Opportunity to Work (OTW) initiative, which will be on the November ballot in San Jose. In fact, the Chamber deliberately mislead many of the email recipients who are not covered by…

New Poll Shows Honda Holds Considerable Lead over Khanna


A new poll released earlier today shows that, among likely general election voters, Congressman Mike Honda holds a considerable lead against Ro Khanna in California’s 17th Congressional District race. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, shows that Honda heads Khanna 41% to 35%, with 23% of voters undecided.  Additionally, Honda leads Khanna in favorability and name recognition, with 52%…

Election Craziness In Sunnyvale


Political insiders are rolling their eyes at the strange and costly turn of political events in Sunnyvale.  Dave Whittum resigned from the City Council even though only a few months of his term remained.  He would have been termed out at the end of this year.  His resignation was early enough to force the City Council to call a special…

Lan Diep Beats Manh Nguyen…AGAIN


The official recount is over and Lan Diep has been named the winner of the San Jose City Council District 4 race, again. But the news of a confirmed defeat has not stopped Nguyen and a voter from requesting yet another recount, this one at their own expense.  The recount will cost approximately $20,000 and take one month.  The general…

Advice To The San Jose City Council: How To Deal With The Chamber Of Commerce’s Lies


Now that the Opportunity to Work Initiative has been placed on the November Ballot, I’d like to make a prediction. San Jose’s elected leaders are going to hear from outraged business owners who will argue the proposal will do them grievous harm. The source of their information will be the Chamber of Commerce, and the information will be a disgraceful…

Policy Watch


City of Sunnyvale Placing Users Utility Tax measure on November 2016 ballot City Council sponsored a Study Issue to evaluate the potential of a Utility Users Tax (UUT) ballot measure for the November 2016 election. On December 1, 2015, a Council Study Session was held to discuss the City’s current UUT regulations and ways to prevent UUT revenues from declining due the…

Election Day Scorecard


  One indicator of the political strength of an organization or individual is the success of the candidates they endorse, particularly in contested races for open seats.  In the hotly contested race for the open seat in the 27th Assembly District, which pitted Ash Kalra, endorsed by Labor, against Madison Nguyen, endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor and the…

Policy Watch


City of Cupertino  Placing initiative to approve Vallco Town Center Specific Plan on the November ballot Council will be receiving a report related to the proposed impacts of an initiative that would approve and adopt the Vallco Town Center Specific Plan as a mixed use development area – to include at least 389 residential units, as well as retail, office,…