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31
Aug

El Camino Hospital President and CEO Tomi Ryba Forced Out

This weekend, the El Camino Hospital board of directors unanimously voted to fire hospital president and CEO Tomi Ryba.  Ryba, whose compensation package has her earning more than a million dollars a year, has a sorted history as head of the hospital.  Her tenure has been wracked with labor issues, maladministration of staff and questionable employment practices. Her inability to fairly manage her workforce, along with her shockingly high paycheck were key factors in Ryba being forced out of El Camino Hospital.

29
Aug

Policy Watch: Week of 8/29

County of Santa Clara

Receive report from the Office of the County Executive and Facilities and Fleet Department relating to submissions received in response to the Fairgrounds Request For Qualifications Process.

On June 21, 2016, the Board approved the release of a Request for Qualifications, provided 60 days for interested parties to respond with their concepts and qualifications, and delegated authority to conduct the Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposal process for the Fairgrounds property. The deadline for responses to the RFQ was August 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM. Responses that were received from the following:

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22
Aug

Policy Watch: Week of 8/22

City of San Jose

Holding further work on North San Jose Area Development Policy pending VTA Tax Measure and City Place lawsuit

Staff recommends holding further work on the North San Jose Area Development Policy pending the result of the VTA’s November ballot measure for sales tax funding of regional transportation improvements and the outcome of the City of Santa Clara “City Place” project lawsuit.

Background: The North San Jose area plays a vital role in the achievement of San Jose’s economic and fiscal goals. In 2005, the City adopted the North San Jose Area Development Policy, which revised an established policy framework to guide ongoing intensified mixed use development in this important employment center and innovation district. (Policy available at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/43619) The Policy provides for a specified amount of new development, including an additional 26.7 million square feet of new office/R&D development, as well as an additional 32,000 residential units, 2.7 million sq. ft. of retail development and 1,000 hotel rooms. Memo provides an update on staff’s response to the Council direction given on April 12, 2016.

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16
Aug

The “L” in Lie

Before wrongfully accusing South Bay Labor Council Political Director David Urhausen of lying about the reason for misspelling a candidate’s name, the Metro News tried to check out Urhausen’s explanation.  Palo Alto City Council candidate Danielle Martell had complained to Urhausen that he misspelled her name by leaving out the last “L”.  Urhausen responded by telling Martell that he had simply used the spelling of her name provided to him by the Palo Alto City Clerk.  When the Metro contacted the Clerk’s office, they were told that Urhausen had been provided with the correct spelling of Martell’s name, thus the accusation that Urhausen had lied.

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15
Aug

Policy Watch – Week of 8/15

County of Santa Clara

 Cortese referral to adopt support position for Opportunity to Work

Cortese memo: The City of San Jose’s Opportunity to Work Initiative, slated for the November ballot, will help to support residents by ensuring that businesses are hiring employees in a manner that better supports self-sufficiency.  Currently, some businesses will hire new part-time employees rather than increasing hours for their current part-time employees.  The businesses do this in an effort to avoid paying for benefits, such as health care, vacation time, and sick leave.  However, this practice doesn’t support the current employees in their effort to earn enough to meet their needs.  The goal of the initiative is to help currently employed workers earn what they need to survive to care for themselves and their families.

The Board of Supervisors should support the Opportunity to Work Initiative.  This initiative will reduce resident’s dependency on County services.  As more residents are able to afford food and health care, their need for County managed programs like CalWorks and CalFresh will be reduced.  As residents are able to afford health care, they will no longer be reliant on County health programs.  Residents who are able to maintain self-sufficiency will be able to go about their business with confidence and peace of mind.  By supporting the Opportunity to Work Initiative, the Board of Supervisors is promoting the value that everyone has the right to achieve a quality of life in which they live without reliance on others and helping to strengthen families in Santa Clara County.

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12
Aug

SCPEA and Santa Clara County Superior Court Reach Agreement

After nearly two weeks on strike, the Santa Clara Professional Employees Association (SCPEA) and the Santa Clara County Superior Court have reached an agreement. SCPEA, which is recommending that its members ratify the agreement, is scheduled to hold a vote this weekend. If members approve the deal, the strike will end, employees will return to work on Monday, August 15th and court processes will resume.

8
Aug

Policy Watch

County of Santa Clara

Policy direction on pay equity, wage theft & related issues

Possible actions include: Provide direction relating to proposed amendments to Board of Supervisors’ Policy 5.5.5.4 relating to the Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination provision in County contracts.

 

Where: Santa Clara County Finance & Government Operations Committee

When:  Aug. 11, 2016, 2 pm

Link to item: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=7335&MediaPosition=&ID=82599&CssClass=

Link to agenda:  http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=7335

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5
Aug

Update: City of Milpitas Candidates

As of late last week, the City of Milpitas had eleven candidates running for office, five for Mayor and six for City Council. Those running for Mayor include Vice Mayor Carmen Montano and Council Member Debbie Indihar Giordano, both of whom are terming out of their current seats. Other candidates vying for the Mayor’s seat are Robert Marini, Voltaire Montemayor, and Richard Tran.

Those running for the two open City Council seats are Gunawan (Gwan) Alisantosa, Evelyn Chua, Bob Nuñez, Anthony Phan, Jennifer Strohfus, and former planning commissioner Mark Tiernan.

The nomination filing period ends on August 12, giving potential candidates a little over a week to submit their paperwork and declare their candidacy.

3
Aug

The Fickle Nature of Manh Nguyen

One year ago Manh Nguyen secured his spot in the San Jose City Council District 4 runoff election against Tim Orozco by a mere 13 votes. While the margin was extremely slim, Manh won fair and square and Lan Diep, who came in third, accepted defeated and moved on.  Fast forward to the 2016 primary election and, in the most serendipitous turn of events, Lan has ousted Mahn by 12 votes. Yet, Manh isn’t going down quietly.

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1
Aug

Policy Watch

City of San Jose

Approving Ad-Hoc Council Committee on Development Services to facilitate private sector development; Mayor Liccardo to chair

As recommended by the Rules and Open Government Committee on July 27, 2016, approve the creation of an Ad-Hoc Committee on Development Services and setting the following dates for the meetings to be held in the City Manager’s Conference Room.

August 25, 2016 9:00 – 10:30am

September 29, 2016 9:00 – 10:30am

October 27, 2016 9:00 – 10:30am

November 18, 2016 10:30 – 12:00pm

December 15, 2016 9:00- 10:30am

The Agenda for the meetings will address: (1) Key Process Improvements, including updating performance metrics, creating a development services dashboard, and implementing change management, cost of service study adjustments, and code reform programs; (2) Update on Development Services staffing, filled positions and vacancies; (3) Status Report on Major Development Projects in Entitlement and Construction Process; and, (4) Customer/Public Feedback.

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