Special hearing on hate crimes
The Committee will convene a special meeting on issues related to hate crimes in light of the 2016 Presidential election, and determine the next steps for developing a hate crimes communication and services plan. The hearing will have panel presentations on public safety, civil rights, race and religion, education, and LGBTQ issues. The panels will be followed by a public comment period, and then the hearing will conclude with a discussion by the Committee and the Hate Crimes Hearing Body.
Public entity: Santa Clara County Children, Seniors, and Families Committee
Date/time/location item will be heard: January 31, 2017, 6:30pm, Board of Supervisors’ Chambers
Link to item: Not yet posted
Link to agenda: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=8710Tweet
Appointing Vice Mayor
Council will be voting on the Mayor’s recommended appointment of a member of the Council to serve as Vice Mayor. The Mayor has not yet announced who he will nominate.
Where: San Jose City Council
When: January 24, 2017, 1:30pmTweet
The 2016 election cycle seems to have carved out a new path for candidates who don’t like the outcome of their races: they sue. Both former Council Member Mahn Nguyen and his political ally, recently defeated Council candidate Jimmy Nguyen, say they are moving forward with lawsuits against the Registrar of Voters after losing their election bids.
Strangely, Jimmy Nguyen is not suing to change the outcome of the election. He does not even claim that correcting legal problems with the ballot counts would result in him being declared the winner. His goal appears to be political, not legal. He seeks to undermine voter confidence in the election itself. Having now run and lost twice, he may see this Trumpian tactic as a set up for yet another run for office.
Who would advise Jimmy Nguyen that attempting to cast doubt on the integrity of the election was a wise decision? That would be his legal counsel Jim Sutton, who was also former State Senator Leland Yee’s Campaign Treasurer when Yee was indicted for bribery, taking illegal cash contributions and corruption.
Mahn Nguyen’s strategy appears to be similar to Jimmy’s. Manh Nguyen is rumored to be considering a move to Council District 7, where he would run against incumbent Council Member Tam Nguyen in two years. Presumably Mahn Nguyen would claim that last year’s election, which he lost to Lan Diep, was actually stolen.Tweet
Report on County contracting policies, including pay equity, living wage, DBE contracting & Ariba implementation
The Committee will receive a report on Countywide contracting, including proposed policy revisions and contract language related to Pay Equity and Living Wage policies. The proposed living wage changes include an expansion of applicable solicitation types covered by the policy to all formal competitive procurement methods, as well as updates to the table of living wage rates.
Where: Santa Clara County Finance and Government Operations Committee
When: January 12, 2017, 2:00 pm, Board of Supervisors’ Chambers
Link to agenda: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=8264Tweet