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Santa Clara City Council Approves Silicon Valley’s First Worker Retention Ordinance for Service Workers

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara City Council made history by becoming the first city in Silicon Valley to pass a worker retention ordinance. This ordinance, which received unanimous support from the City Council, will provide job security for food and building service workers in the city. Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta lead the efforts by introducing the language of the ordinance at the end of January. Caserta was drawn to the issue last year when he met with tech cafeteria workers and heard about their job security concerns.

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Policy Watch: Week of 3/20

City of San Jose

2017-18 Mayor’s March Budget Message

Conduct a Public Hearing and approve the FY 2017-2018 Mayor’s March Budget Message.

Where:  San Jose City Council

When: Tues. March 28, 2017, 1:30pm, Council Chambers

Link to item:  n/a

Link to agenda:

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Rumored Candidates for San Jose City Council District 9 Race


San Jose Council Member Don Rocha is terming out of his District 9 seat in 2018, and names of possible candidates are already being floated.

The three individuals rumored to be interested in replacing Rocha all sit on local schoolboards. The first is Pam Foley, Board President of the San Jose Unified School District, whose term expires in 2020. The second is Cambrian Board Trustee Doron Aronson. Aronson has been a Board Member since 2012 and his term expires in 2020. Rounding out the list is Dr. Jeffrey Lease, who has been a San Jose Evergreen Community College District Trustee since December of 2010.

We expect more to throw their hats in the ring.  Stay tuned.


The Crying Need for a Good Jobs Strategy

The presidential election was a primal scream for good jobs, but many elected officials seem not to have heard it.  It’s time for a simple, common sense reform to address the crying need for family-sustaining employment:  Every public policy that involves employing people should create good jobs. 

Although direct government employment generally pays at least a living wage, the jobs created indirectly by the government often pay workers on the cheap.  It’s time for elected officials at every level to reevaluate this cheaper-is-better approach toward paying workers:

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