Browsing Category : Government

SB 298 will Protect Consumers’ Accounts from Bank Levies


  The recent resignation of Richard Cordray, the head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), gave President Trump another opportunity to weaken oversight of powerful financial institutions. The president wasted little time in appointing an open critic of the CFPB as its acting director.  This is yet another blow for consumers who can expect little or no help…

Santa Clara Votes to Support Affordable Housing Contributions


Before a packed City Hall chambers, Council Members in the City of Santa Clara voted unanimously to pass a package of policies detailing new requirements for supporting affordable housing contributions as a part of future residential and non-residential development projects in the city. Testimony included dozens of construction workers who live and work in Santa Clara making a plea to…

Policy Watch: Week of 12/4


Santa Clara County Approve amendments to the Transient Occupancy Tax The Board of Supervisors will consider approving amendments to: (1) conform the County’s transient occupancy tax (“TOT”) ordinance with amendments to state law (2) incorporate language from voter ratification of the TOT in 1988 (Measure A, November 8, 1988) regarding how proceeds of the TOT are to be used (3)…

Policy Watch: Week of 11/20


City of San Jose Approving five-year airport concession agreement with PRI-San Jose LLC On April 19, 2017, the City released an RFP for a prime operator to develop, design, fund, construct, operate, and manage a Retail Merchandising Unit (“RMU”) Concession Program at the Airport. Nine companies expressed interest, but only one, PRI, submitted a proposal. On August 25, 2017, the…

San Jose School Trustee Zarghami’s Controversial Behavior Towards District Parent


SJUSD Trustee Paymon Zarghami has recently become embroiled in a controversy regarding his treatment of a district parent who questioned his apparent lack of transparency and possible conflict of interest on the Perseverance Charter School petition vote. The Trustee’s conduct resulted in a complaint filed by the district parent. The parent alleged that on both May 4 during the Board meeting…

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Creates Office of Labor Standards Enforcement


By a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to create an new Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, aimed at helping educate workers on their rights and helping tackle wage theft, discrimination and sexual harassment across the County. Dozens of supporters from a wide range of organizations came out to support the creation of the office including…

Policy Watch: Week of 11/6


County of Santa Clara Developing Business License program for unincorporated areas of SCC; may be used to help enforce against wage theft Board will consider directing staff to develop a proposed business license program for the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. The county is working to adopt a business license program because it would offer numerous benefits to the…

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…