Author Archives : The Left Hook

Council Votes to Close Loopholes in San Jose’s Living Wage Policy


After a multi-year dispute with Republic Services over its use of a subsidiary and temporary staffing firm to avoid paying the City’s Living Wage, the City of San Jose voted unanimously to accept a settlement agreement providing back wages and agreeing to a $17 wage going forward for sorters and housekeeping staff at Republic’s Newby Island facility employed by Leadpoint,…

Policy Watch: Week of 8/21


County of Santa Clara Living wage policy for nonprofits – including phase in period, credits, and waivers Receive report and draft proposed revisions relating to a living wage policy for community-based nonprofit contractors. In 2014, the Board adopted a living wage policy for County contractors, but temporarily exempted nonprofits, and a Problem-Solving Process was included for future inclusion of nonprofits.…

CFT Reaches Settlement With Accrediting Agency


Earlier this month the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) reached an agreement with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to settle its long-standing lawsuit against the agency and move toward fairer accreditation practices in California’s community colleges. Originally filed in September 2013, following the ACCJC’s decision to terminate the accreditation of City College of San Francisco, the…

Pam Foley Rumored to Have Hired Vic Ajlouny as Campaign Consultant


Multiple sources have told The Left Hook that Pam Foley, candidate for San Jose City Council District 9, has hired Vic Ajlouny as her campaign consultant.  Ajlouny, an extremely controversial figure in San Jose politics, has consistently sided with and actively supported the City’s most anti-working family candidates and policies.  Ajlouny has also earned himself a reputation as a merciless…

Fundraising Efforts for Santa Clara County Supervisor Seat Are in Full Swing


Fundraising efforts are in full swing for the candidates seeking to replace termed out Supervisor Ken Yeager. As the numbers reveal, they have been serious about building a solid financial footing early on which, with five candidates vying to make it past the primary election, will definitely matter. Here is a breakdown of their fundraising in the first 6 months…

Policy Watch: Week of 7/31


City of San Jose Deferred to 8/22: Disposition and Development Agreement, Lease Amendment, and related actions for Insight Realty’s Museum Place mixed-use project Staff are recommending deferral of this item to August 22, 2017, pending Council approval. Staff are recommending that Council take multiple actions related to development activity at West San Carlos Street and South Market Street at 180…

New report reveals San Jose building projects employ large out-of-town temporary workforce, offer few opportunities for under-represented communities


Earlier this week, Working Partnerships USA, released a report with new data revealing that City of San Jose building projects are employing a largely out-of-town temporary workforce and offering few opportunities for historically under-represented communities. Over the next five years, the City of San Jose is projected to spend $1.42 billion on public construction projects. The report also addressed policy…

Cafeteria Workers at Facebook Unionize


Yesterday, more than 500 food service workers at Facebook won union representation at the tech giant’s campus in Menlo Park, CA. The workers, who are employed by contractor Flagship Facility Services, are calling for increased wages to compete with skyrocketing rents and more affordable health benefits. These workers will join cafeteria workers at Intel, Cisco Systems, Agilent and Nvidia, who…

As Bay 101 Prepares for its Move, its Employees went on Strike


Bay 101 workers went on strike in the early hours of Friday morning and maintained a constant picket line in front of the 24-hour casino. While Bay 101 is putting the final touches on its shiny new building, many of its loyal employees are being left behind. The card room, which is owned by members of the prominent Bumb family,…

Policy Watch; Week of 7/24


Alum Rock Union Elementary School District Contract with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost Law Firm for legal service in response to FCMAT audit report The agreement would support ARUESD in responding to an audit report that found the district to be susceptible to fraud and misappropriation of funds due to close ties with a particular construction contractor. Board President believes this…