Monthly Archives : August 2016

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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.…