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Policy Watch: Week of 10/30


City of San Jose Memo from Liccardo & letter from Sharks re: MOU with Adobe for Downtown HQ Expansion Mayor Liccardo memo recommends to accept the staff rec to authorize an MOU with Adobe. Letter from Sharks Sports & Entertainment expresses concern over the impact of the Adobe project on the Arena, and asks the City to do better in…

Council Vote Undercuts Workers’ Rights, Denies Opportunities to Disadvantaged Workers


Tuesday evening, after more than five hours of public testimony and debate, six members of the San Jose City Council voted to undercut workers’ rights and deny career opportunity to local foster youth, veterans, low-wage workers and other hard-working community members. The 6-5 vote eliminated the possibility of implementing a Community Workforce Agreement policy for public, City-funded construction projects. While…

Policy Watch: Week of 10/23


County of Santa Clara ALUC to consider San Jose’s proposed amendment to  Diridon Station Area Plan  Pursuant to State Law, anytime a Specific Plan is proposed within the Airport Influence Area (AIA) of an adopted CLUP, a referral must be made to the County ALUC for a consistency determination. The City must refer the application to the ALUC to provide…

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…