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Policy Watch: Week of 5/22


County of Santa Clara Update & next steps on CSF special hearings on hate crimes, women & girls, and immigration The Committee will hear a verbal status update from the Office of the County Executive on referrals from the special hearings on hate crimes, immigration issues, and women & girls. Where: Santa Clara County Children, Seniors, and Families Committee When:…

San Jose Renters Triumph as Just Cause Goes Into Effect Immediately


Today, renters in San Jose won another big fight for basic, fair protections. The San Jose City Council voted to adopt a just cause ordinance and, under an “urgency ordinance,” voted to enact the law immediately, blocking a potential flood of last minute no-cause evictions. The just cause ordinance, which passed by an 8 to 3 vote, prohibits landlords from…

Policy Watch: Week of 5/8


County of Santa Clara Report & direction on labor trafficking recommendations The Commission will receive a report from the Labor Trafficking Working Group, with a series of recommendations for improving the County’s ability to prevent, investigate, and prosecute labor trafficking. Recommendations include adding a District Attorney Investigator and Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant position, improving trainings (including training union members), and…

Historic Win for San Jose Renters


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…

New Poll & Study Show Massive Landlord Profits, Voter Support for Renters


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…

South Bay Labor Council to Rebrand Under New Name


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…

Labor Movement Loses Key Leader with Passing of Mike Garcia


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…

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.…

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