Monthly Archives : October 2016

Policy Watch: Week of 10/31


City of San Jose Modifying resolution policy to limit City Council’s actions on national issues, plus letter in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe As recommended by the Rules Committee on October 19, Council will consider amending the Resolution policy to allow Councilmembers to issue letters individually or collectively representing their position, and not the Council position, on an…

WHOPPER: WATCH OUT FOR THE UNETHICAL GUARDIANS OF POLITICAL ETHICS!!


Most of us know that the Mercury News has a long and shameful history of misusing its role as a critic of sleazy campaign advertisements or mailings. Basically, it expresses outrage at anything that tarnishes its preferred candidates and whitewashes the attacks on those it opposes. Scott Herhold’s recent column on the “nasty shots” of 2016 is one more incident…

How can Californians best support Clinton? Cross the border.


It should come as little surprise that Hillary Clinton is well-positioned to gain California’s fifty-five electoral votes on November 8, given the state’s strong Democrat registration advantage and diverse demographics. In fact, the pollsters at FiveThirtyEight estimate she has a 24.9% lead over Donald Trump, pegging her chances of state victory at 99.9%. If the race for California is already…

Policy Watch: Week of 10/10


City of San Jose San Jose: Potential changes to Affordable Housing Impact Fee; KMA report released; exempted projects so far would have brought in $112M in fees  Provide recommendations to staff regarding the following recommended changes to the Affordable Housing Impact Fee (AHIF): Add an exemption to change the threshold size of rental projects to which the AHIF applies from…

Groundbreaking workforce standards on VTA’s Tamien project


Billions of dollars in public and private funds are pouring into our region to fuel Silicon Valley’s development boom. But the boom is a double-edged sword: without enough middle-class jobs for our community, long-time residents are being priced out. We urgently need innovative ways to leverage this development and ensure it leaves a lasting investment in expanded opportunity. The Santa…