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Policy Watch: Week of 10/9


Santa Clara County Direction on applying County Living Wage Policy to CBOs – including definition of trainees and limited term waiver process for CBOs Staff are recommending that the Committee consider recommendations relating to proposed provisions for community-based nonprofit contractors, including: Receive report from the Office of the County Executive relating to a living wage policy for community-based nonprofit contractors.…

Policy Watch: Week of 10/2


County of Santa Clara Developing Business License Program, including framework to enforce wage & hour laws  Direct Administration to develop a Business License Program for businesses in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The Program is intended to be a business registration and enforcement tool, not a business tax. In addition to enabling the County to accurately track data on business activity…

Sept. 22 Letters: Construction laborers deserve protections


At a time when working people across San Jose are struggling to meet the high cost of living, Scott Herhold’s attack on basic worker protections for construction laborers – on taxpayer-funded projects, no less! — is disappointing. Wage theft is rampant in construction, where certain unscrupulous employers routinely violate wage and hour laws. Government data shows that, since 2003, over…

Second Community-Led SJ Google Town Hall Draws 200 Residents


Yesterday, more than 200 community members gathered at the Washington United Youth Center in downtown asking when Google and City officials are going to join them at the table to help define the vision for the company’s proposed mega-campus. The report back from small group discussions centered around a two key issues: the need for affordable housing and good jobs…

Council Votes to Expand Access to Hours for Part-Time Workers


Today, the San Jose City Council voted to move forward with a plan to cover City employees under the landmark Opportunity to Work measure. The first-of-its-kind initiative, which passed with overwhelming support from San Jose voters in November of 2016, provides part-time workers the opportunity to work additional hours before their employers can hire more part-time staff. By a vote…

Policy Watch: Week of 9/18


City of San Jose Council Member Rocha’s request for analysis into City of San Jose OTW exception, plus City Manager and Attorney memo analyzing City exceptions The Council will consider CM Rocha’s memo that will direct staff to analyze the administrative and budget implications of implementing the Opportunity to Work rules within the City organization and return to City Council…

19th Annual Labor in the Pulpit/Bimah/Minbar


This year, congregations throughout Silicon Valley joined in the celebration of the 19th annual Labor in the Pulpit/Bimah/Minbar program. Needless to say, it was a success! Over 30 volunteer speakers took the Interfaith Council’s and Silicon Valley Rising’s message of affordable housing for working families into more than 70 services across Santa Clara County. More than 15,000 members of the…

Policy Watch: Week of 9/11


County of Santa Clara Direction on a new Business License program to regulate business in unincorporated areas This report presents a proposed business license program for the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.  The purpose of the report is to obtain input and guidance from the Committee. Although the County does not have a means to accurately assess the number…

County Board of Education Rejects Charter School Despite Mayoral Plea


Last night, the County Board of Education turned down another flawed charter school, demonstrating a shift away from rubber stamping every charter that comes their way.  Promise Academy, a charter school funded indirectly by the Walton family of WalMart, came before the County Board to appeal its denial by the locally elected San Jose Unified School District Board.  The denial of…

Project Labor Agreement Approved for Private Sector 25-Story Museum Place Development Project in Downtown San Jose


  On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council approved the 25-story mixed-use Museum Place development project. The development contains a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with local construction trade unions that requires the hiring of local workers for the project and that they be paid the prevailing wage. The PLA also contains provisions supporting apprenticeship work opportunities for veterans. “We commend Insight Realty for…