Author Archives : David Urhausen

Policy Watch: Week of 2/13


Santa Clara County Report on ordinance to prevent discrimination against renters with Section 8 vouchers At the February 7, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, the County Counsel presented a recommended ordinance to ensure that all persons with the ability to pay for housing, whether through their own funds or using a subsidy such as Section 8, are considered for housing.…

Update: City of Milpitas Candidates


As of late last week, the City of Milpitas had eleven candidates running for office, five for Mayor and six for City Council. Those running for Mayor include Vice Mayor Carmen Montano and Council Member Debbie Indihar Giordano, both of whom are terming out of their current seats. Other candidates vying for the Mayor’s seat are Robert Marini, Voltaire Montemayor,…

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Santa Clara County Report on existing pay equity laws and recs on amending County contracting policy This is the second in a series of report-backs provided by the County Counsel and the Office of the County Executive in response to the Board of Supervisors’ September 15, 2015 directives for more information. One of those directives was to assess current County…

Justice Antonin Scalia Dies, Several Cases Turned Upside Down


Today, Justice Antonin Scalia, the most vocal conservative on a conservative Supreme Court, died at the age of 79.  There are many implications for Supreme Court cases that have already been heard and cases that are upcoming.  It is expected it will take quite some time for President Obama and United States Senate to decide on the next justice. We…

Early Fundraising Numbers are in for 2016 San Jose City Council Races


In District 2, there are two early front runners in Elias Portales and Sergio Jimenez. Elias Portales leads the district with an impressive $35,777 raised in the month of December.  Mr. Portales has a good amount of funds available with $33,670.16 cash on hand.  Sergio Jimenez is next in the district with a respectable $17,005.16 raised in December, Mr. Jimenez…

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County of Santa Clara Reinstating Turner to complete Valley Medical Center retrofit; subsequent cost increase means add’l funding needed for other Measure A projects Measure A authorized the County to borrow $840 million to fund the earthquake retrofitting of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and other hospital maintenance and refurbishing projects knows as the Seismic Safety Program. The pinnacle project…

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City of San Jose Agreement with San José Sports Authority The San Jose Sports Authority (SJSA) is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1991 to promote San Jose as a location for high profile, marquee state, national and international sporting events and to develop and support existing sporting events and organizations in San Jose and the Bay Area. The proposed agreement…

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Santa Clara County: Consider policy revisions to Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination provision in County contracts; County to pursue more robust pay equity assessment After a preliminary review on the County’s demographic data examining classified and certain unclassified County positions under the County pay ordinance and the Executive Management Pay Ordinance, the data showed the following: Female employees comprise 70% or more of…

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Santa Clara County Initial data on gender/race pay equity & direction on pay equity in County contracting policies Commission on the Status of Women’s (CSW) Pay Equity Study: In advance of the forthcoming pay equity study that will be undertaken by the Office of Women’s Policy and the Commission on the Status of Women, County Counsel and Administration have conducted…

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City of San Jose Priority Setting Session Dec. 8; potential priorities include gender pay equity, downtown storefront activation, 1% development fee for art, more Council to approve new items for the Council Priority List to create an updated, rank-ordered list. The process for establishing Council Priorities at the Dec. 8th meeting are as follows: Nominated Ideas Voting – Council will…