Monthly Archives : November 2016

Council Member-Elect Sergio Jimenez Takes His Seat at City Hall


Yesterday, San Jose City Councilmember-elect Sergio Jimenez was appointed to fill the District 2 vacancy that will be left after Councilmember Ash Kalra heads to the State capitol for his new role as Assembly Member. Kalra, who won California’s 27th Assembly District race will take office in early December, approximately one month before his term as Council Member is up.…

Policy Watch: Week of 11/28


City of San Jose Liccardo / Peralez memo proposing extension of downtown residential high-rise incentives Mayor Liccardo and Council Member Peralez are requesting that the Rules Committee agendize for City Council deliberation on December 13, 2016, to direct the City Manager to extend the Downtown High-Rise Incentive Program for new construction of residential buildings of at least 12-stories in height…

Sylvia Arenas Wins District 8 Seat


As The Left Hook predicted based on voting trends, Sylvia Arenas has secured a victory in the race for the San Jose City Council District 8 seat. After nearly two weeks, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters tallied the last vote, solidifying Arenas’s lead and earning her a place on the City Council. The margin by which Arenas won…

Sylvia Arenas Headed to Victory in District 8


The neck and neck race for San Jose City Council’s District 8 seat appears to have a winner: Sylvia Arenas. Arenas is currently up 88 votes and with less than 300 votes left to be counted, it is nearly impossible for the results to sway in her opponent’s favor. Since Election Day, the margin between Arenas and Jimmy Nguyen has…

Policy Watch: Week of 11/21


City of San Jose Approving amending the Minimum Wage Ordinance to reach $15 by July 2019 & adding exemption for youth under 18 Recommended action: Approve an ordinance amending the San José Municipal Code relating to Minimum Wage. On November 15, 2016, City Council directed staff to return on November 29, 2016 with an ordinance to modify the existing minimum…

Policy Watch- Week of 11/14


Santa Clara County Approving authority to purchase property interest in the San Jose Marriott hotel from the former Redevelopment Agency The Property is currently comprised of a 510-room, 27-story hotel that provides many benefits to the public and the San José downtown economy, not to mention the many jobs provided to service the hotel.  The Real Property Interest is being…

Labor Wins Big in Local General Elections


Bucking the national trend local Labor-backed candidates and measures did extraordinarily well in Tuesday’s election.  Here’s a recap: In what was one of the most contested and expensive races in San Jose, Ash Kalra won his bid for Assembly District 27, surpassing his opponent Madison Nguyen by nearly 5,000 votes and counting.  Charter schools, a primary funder of Nguyen’s, and…

Vote Now to Save a Life


As the election campaign enters its final week, many are fatigued, but none so much as Labor Council Political Director David Urhausen, who has been running the South Bay’s largest, most sophisticated field campaign 24×7 for over two months.  To his credit, the campaign has contacted well over 100,000 voters, and convinced many of them to support good causes and…