Author Archives : The Left Hook

San Jose Unified Trustee Paymon Zarghami Resigns


San Jose Unified Trustee Paymon Zarghami stepped down from his post on the Board earlier this month. Zarghami, who had served on the Board since 2014, had been embroiled in a controversy regarding his treatment of a district parent who questioned his possible conflict of interest on the Perseverance Charter School petition vote. The resulting investigation found that Zarghami’s interactions…

Policy Watch: Week of 2/20


City of San Jose Successor Agency to approve compensation agreement for Google Diridon parcels Staff rec is to approve a Compensation Agreement by and among the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Jose, the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara and other affected taxing entities under Health and Safety Code Section 34180…

Community groups demand transparency in Google negotiations after non-disclosure agreements exposed


Community groups have called for answers from the City of San Jose after it was revealed that the Mayor, various councilmembers and other City officials had signed non-disclosure agreements with Google over the sale of a number of valuable parcels of publicly owned land (source). Community members have long voiced concerns about the lack of transparency throughout the negotiation process…

South Bay Labor Council Announces Endorsements for County Supervisor and San Jose Council Races


Yesterday the South Bay Labor Council announced its candidate endorsements for the Santa Clara County Supervisor District 4 race and the San Jose City Council races.  In the supervisorial race, the Labor Council endorsed both San Jose Council Member Don Rocha and Santa Clara Council Member Dominic Caserta.  In the San Jose Council races, the Labor Council endorsed: Council Member…

Kathleen King Wins Appointment to County Board of Education


In December of 2017, Santa Clara County Board of Education Member Michael Chang stepped down from his post on the Board.  His sudden resignation left the Board in a challenging position, often tying on critical issues it faced and being divided between members who rubber stamp charter school petitions and those who take a more balanced approach. Yesterday, the Board…

Policy Watch: Week of 2/12


City of San Jose Memos from Liccardo / Carrasco / Arenas / Jimenez / Peralez & Rules Committee recommend an opposing City-sponsored ballot measure to the Evergreen Senior Homes Initiative UPDATES: Liccardo, Carrasco, Arenas, Jimenez and Peralez recommend: Approve recommendation (a) and (c) as outlined in the staff report dated February 2, 2018 related to the petition initiative amending the…

Healthcare System in Santa Clara County Under Attack


Santa Clara County officials are alarmed.  Trump Administration actions could cost the County $200-$400 million per year, decimating the County’s social safety net.   Among the gravest threats are: Increased cost of healthcare to those no longer insured by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and once more uninsured. This alone would impact the County healthcare system by approximately $150 million per…

Early Campaign Fundraising Numbers Show Some Incumbents Running, Some Walking


The December fundraising numbers for incumbent City Council members and their challengers demonstrate a range of enthusiasm levels for the filthy lucre from high to no.  In Council District 1 Charles “Chappie” Jones raised $16,000 and loaned himself $10,000.  District 3 incumbent Raul Peralez raised an impressive $52,000.  District 5 Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco raised $42,000, but her challengers, Jennifer Imhoff-Dousharm…

Pierluigi Oliverio Called Out for Sexual Harassment


Ouch.  That’s the automatic reaction to this hard-hitting video about the sexual harassment case against Pierluigi Oliverio, who is now running for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors: Pierluigi has already raised the maximum amount of funds for his campaign, but one has to wonder whether some of his contributors will want their money back.

Early Campaign Fundraising Numbers: San Jose City Council District 9


Fundraising reports for the month of December are due today for San Jose City Council candidates. Fundraising started in December so these are the first reports, and they give a read on who’s running strong and who isn’t. Kalen Gallagher leads the race with $45,000 raised, much of it from techies. He also loaned himself $12,000. Shay Franco-Clausen is next…