Monthly Archives : March 2017

Labor Movement Loses Key Leader with Passing of Mike Garcia


On Cesar Chavez Day  we remember another key Labor Movement leader who passed away earlier this week, former SEIU USWW President Mike Garcia.  Garcia was an unwavering advocate for working families, dedicating his life to improving working conditions, increasing wages, and empowering those who were most vulnerable, especially immigrant workers. He championed the Justice for Janitors movement, leading a historic strike…

She’s BAAACK


After losing her bid for San Jose Mayor in 2014 and her bid for State Assembly in 2016, Madison Nguyen isn’t giving up on elected office. This time she has her eye on County Supervisor Dave Cortese’s seat.  Cortese isn’t termed out until 2020, but Nguyen is wasting no time campaigning.  She’s already making the rounds and asking for support. …

Policy Watch: Week of 3/27


Santa Clara County Yeager referral to develop County program for access to child care, education, health care for kids age 0-8 A referral from Sup. Yeager directs administration to report on the possibilities of creating a program with a goal of providing comprehensive health care, quality early learning, and quality child care from birth to age 8. The report should…

Is the Judiciary the Least Honest Branch?


Listening to the Gorsuch confirmation hearings makes me wonder whether the judiciary has become the least honest branch of government.  We have been through this tedious kabuki theater again and again: asked their positions on seminal cases, like Roe v. Wade, judicial nominees respond reflexively that they cannot answer because the same question might come before them on the bench,…

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…

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: http://sanjose.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?event_id=52109c17-5d60-407d-b3d9-cb4c84801c77

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 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…

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