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Rapid Response Network Launches Countywide


Yesterday, the Rapid Response Network (RRN) launched Santa Clara Countywide. The announcement was made by local immigrant leaders, clergy, President of the Board of Supervisors Dave Cortese, Supervisor Joe Simitian, Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg, community based organizations including the South Bay Labor Council, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, LUNA, PACT, Sacred Heart Community Service, and SIREN, the San…

Policy Watch: Week of 8/28


City of San Jose Approving Museum Place Development Agreement; MEMO from Liccardo/Carrasco/Peralez/Khamis recommends approval with additional direction UPDATE: Aug. 25 memo from Mayor Liccardo and CMs Carrasco, Peralez and Khamis recommends approving the staff rec with additional direction on conditions, and requests a progress report in March 2018 on a number of items including potential for a Community Facilities District.…

Nearly 300 Residents Gather for First in a Series of Community-Led Town Hall on San Jose Google Mega-Campus


Yesterday evening, nearly 300 residents gathered for the first in a series of community-led town halls on the potential impacts across the City, as well as the opportunities, of Google’s proposed San Jose Mega-Campus. Residents shared their vision for addressing issues of affordable housing, access to quality jobs and education and other community needs within the project. The City of San…

Council Votes to Close Loopholes in San Jose’s Living Wage Policy


After a multi-year dispute with Republic Services over its use of a subsidiary and temporary staffing firm to avoid paying the City’s Living Wage, the City of San Jose voted unanimously to accept a settlement agreement providing back wages and agreeing to a $17 wage going forward for sorters and housekeeping staff at Republic’s Newby Island facility employed by Leadpoint,…

Policy Watch: Week of 8/21


County of Santa Clara Living wage policy for nonprofits – including phase in period, credits, and waivers Receive report and draft proposed revisions relating to a living wage policy for community-based nonprofit contractors. In 2014, the Board adopted a living wage policy for County contractors, but temporarily exempted nonprofits, and a Problem-Solving Process was included for future inclusion of nonprofits.…

CFT Reaches Settlement With Accrediting Agency


Earlier this month the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) reached an agreement with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to settle its long-standing lawsuit against the agency and move toward fairer accreditation practices in California’s community colleges. Originally filed in September 2013, following the ACCJC’s decision to terminate the accreditation of City College of San Francisco, the…

California health care under attack by Congressional Republicans


Last week, thanks to a sustained effort by many people and organizations throughout the South Bay and the United States, we succeeded in our collective work to get Congress to pull back from the brink and vote down a series of Senate bills which would have taken health insurance from tens of millions of Americans, including many millions of Americans…

Policy Watch: Week of 7/31


City of San Jose Deferred to 8/22: Disposition and Development Agreement, Lease Amendment, and related actions for Insight Realty’s Museum Place mixed-use project Staff are recommending deferral of this item to August 22, 2017, pending Council approval. Staff are recommending that Council take multiple actions related to development activity at West San Carlos Street and South Market Street at 180…

New report reveals San Jose building projects employ large out-of-town temporary workforce, offer few opportunities for under-represented communities


Earlier this week, Working Partnerships USA, released a report with new data revealing that City of San Jose building projects are employing a largely out-of-town temporary workforce and offering few opportunities for historically under-represented communities. Over the next five years, the City of San Jose is projected to spend $1.42 billion on public construction projects. The report also addressed policy…

Cafeteria Workers at Facebook Unionize


Yesterday, more than 500 food service workers at Facebook won union representation at the tech giant’s campus in Menlo Park, CA. The workers, who are employed by contractor Flagship Facility Services, are calling for increased wages to compete with skyrocketing rents and more affordable health benefits. These workers will join cafeteria workers at Intel, Cisco Systems, Agilent and Nvidia, who…