Second reading and Cortese amendments to housing voucher non-discrimination policy
The Board will vote on a second reading of Ordinance No. NS-507.1, which would ensure that all persons with the ability to pay for housing, whether through their own funds or using a subsidy, are considered for housing. This will prevent landlords in unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County from refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers.Tweet
Today, in a historic move, the San Jose City Council voted 6-5 to increase renter protections. This critical and hard-fought victory for the City’s tenants is the largest progressive win at San Jose City Hall in decades.
The renter protection policies were supported by Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco and Council Members Sergio Jimenez, Sylvia Arenas, Raul Peralez, Don Rocha and Tam Nguyen and opposed by Mayor Sam Liccardo and Council Members Johnny Khamis, Chappie Jones, Dev Davis, and Lan Diep.
Council instructed staff to draft policies that address the City’s eviction and displacement crisis. These policies will come before the Council in a few weeks. Specifically, the ordinances being drafted will:Tweet
MEMOs re Ellis Act Ordinance: Khamis rejects staff recs; Davis & Diep seek to remove ‘right to return’
New memo from Council Member Khamis rejects staff recommendations for both items 4.2 Amendment to the Ellis Act Ordinance Implementing Procedures for Removal of Rent Stabilized Units from the Rental Market; and 4.3 Actions Related to Tenant Protection Ordinance. It also directs staff to develop protections that avoid the creation of a larger City Housing Department bureaucracy, by incorporating some of the noticing requirements of the Ellis Act proposal and developing a plan to fund adequate legal assistance for renters to exercise their rights under existing State and Federal laws that protect tenants who report code violations and discriminatory behavior.Tweet
Yesterday, a new research report released by Working Partnerships USA, Cashing In on Renters, found that a family in Silicon Valley now needs to earn $113,040 to afford the average two-bedroom apartment, and that the number of “no cause” evictions has increased by 270 percent in the past five years. In addition, it reveals that large, non-San Jose based landlords earn $2.9 million each year from Silicon Valley’s extreme rents.Tweet
Report on RFP respondents for Santa Clara County Fairgrounds property; Brian Bumb proposing Earthquakes soccer / entertainment complex & public market
The County is seeking to improve the County Fairgrounds property, one of the larger contiguous sites in Silicon Valley (approximately 150 acres). The Board will be receiving a report about the results – including individuals and firms responding – of the Request for Proposals that was issued on December 13th, 2016 for the long-term lease of property at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
A list of the 5 responses received is attached to the item. Among them:Tweet
Earlier this week, the City of Santa Clara moved one step closer to reaching a $15 minimum wage by 2019. Led by Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta, the City Council voted unanimously to spend 90 days conducting outreach to help determine its schedule of increases. The message from the people in the packed Council Chambers was clear: to reach $15 by 2019, joining 7 other Silicon Valley cities who will raise the wage faster than mandated by the State of California. The vote on the minimum wage increase schedule is set to come before the Council in July.
Click here to read the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s coverage on the issue.Tweet
After extensive research and branding analysis, the South Bay Labor Council announced today that it now will be known simply as “The People.”
The organization, which represents 100 unions in Silicon Valley, decided to change its name after polling and focus groups demonstrated that residents of the South Bay strongly identify with the idea of being people. In addition, the individuals who work at “The People” are, in fact, people who work with other people.
Another strong contender in the name-change faceoff was “Free Ice Cream!” because almost everyone likes no cost frozen treats. A source close to the decision-making process, who insisted on anonymity because he/she is not authorized to speak, said “we seriously considered calling ourselves ‘the Organization Formerly Known as the South Bay Labor Council’ so that newspaper reporters would have to write ‘the Organization Formerly Known as the South Bay Labor Council formerly known as the South Bay Labor Council,’ but we decided that might anger those overworked reporters at the Mercury News.”
The new name is to take effect immediately.Tweet
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 in Los Angeles in 2000 in which workers at 500 worksites walked off the job for three weeks.Tweet
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 consider a pilot program involving a school site or school district and other institutions; and an evaluation of the feasibility, costs, and actions needed to provide all County residents with universal access to comprehensive health care, quality early learning, and child care from birth to age 8.Tweet
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, and it would be wrong to prejudge it.Tweet