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Policy Watch: Week of 4/10


County of Santa Clara Report on RFP respondents for Santa Clara County Fairgrounds property; Brian Bumb proposing Earthquakes soccer / entertainment complex & public market  The County is seeking to improve the County Fairgrounds property, one of the larger contiguous sites in Silicon Valley (approximately 150 acres). The Board will be receiving a report about the results – including individuals…

Policy Watch: Week of 4/3


City of San Jose Creating new “office/R&D” development categories to reduce construction tax for applicants; new memo recommends further lowering proposed total tax rate from 2.5 to 2% Since presenting the item to the Community and Economic Development Committee on January 23, 2017, staff has obtained additional feedback from the development community and conducted additional analysis of the fiscal implications…

Policy Watch: Week of 3/27


Santa Clara County Yeager referral to develop County program for access to child care, education, health care for kids age 0-8 A referral from Sup. Yeager directs administration to report on the possibilities of creating a program with a goal of providing comprehensive health care, quality early learning, and quality child care from birth to age 8. The report should…

Santa Clara City Council Approves Silicon Valley’s First Worker Retention Ordinance for Service Workers


On Tuesday, the Santa Clara City Council made history by becoming the first city in Silicon Valley to pass a worker retention ordinance. This ordinance, which received unanimous support from the City Council, will provide job security for food and building service workers in the city. Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta lead the efforts by introducing the…

Policy Watch: Week of 3/20


City of San Jose 2017-18 Mayor’s March Budget Message Conduct a Public Hearing and approve the FY 2017-2018 Mayor’s March Budget Message. Where:  San Jose City Council When: Tues. March 28, 2017, 1:30pm, Council Chambers Link to item:  n/a Link to agenda: http://sanjose.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?event_id=52109c17-5d60-407d-b3d9-cb4c84801c77

The Crying Need for a Good Jobs Strategy


The presidential election was a primal scream for good jobs, but many elected officials seem not to have heard it.  It’s time for a simple, common sense reform to address the crying need for family-sustaining employment:  Every public policy that involves employing people should create good jobs.  Although direct government employment generally pays at least a living wage, the jobs…

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.…

Supervisor Dave Cortese’s State of the County Speech


I’m calling 2017 the Year of Compassion. The first ingredient of compassion is acceptance. We do not tolerate people here in Santa Clara County, we accept and embrace them. Whether they are members of our LGBTQ community seeking civil rights, or refugee children seeking asylum,  women seeking equity, immigrants seeking a path to citizenship, the indigent seeking health care, the…

Milpitas Joins Regional Effort to Increase Minimum Wage


Tonight, the Milpitas City Council voted 4 to 0 to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2019, three years sooner than mandated by the State of California. Workers in the City will see their first raise in July of this year.  Voting in support of $15 by 2019 were Council Members Marsha Grilli, Anthony Phan, Bob Nuñez and Mayor Rich Tran.…

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