Author: Adam F. Hutton (Adam F. Hutton)

Split San Jose housing vote highlights political divide

Silicon Valley’s biggest business lobby and its largest labor special interest group are rarely on the same side of contentious public policy issues. And last week’s 6-5 vote of the San Jose City Council on a suite of housing policy changes was no exception to that rule. So it’s no surprise The Silicon Valley Organization...

San Jose housing commission questions homebuyer loans, granny unit subsidies

San Jose’s Housing and Community Development Commission on Thursday asked probing questions about two proposals the City Council is expected to consider in the coming months — a down-payment assistance program for first-time home buyers and a subsidy for homeowners who build secondary units or so-called granny units to rent to low-income residents. Five commissioners...

Bill Wilson Center, San Jose State partner with Airbnb to house homeless students

In an effort to make a dent in housing Silicon Valley’s rapidly growing student homeless population, the Bill Wilson Center on Wednesday announced a new program in partnership with Airbnb to connect homeless San Jose State University students with temporary housing using the home sharing website’s technology. Ron Ricci, board president at the Bill Wilson...

Workers say Santa Clara County botched transition after buying new hospitals

When Santa Clara County bought three financially-struggling medical facilities last year, county officials promised nearly 1,700 workers at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and DePaul Medical Center in Morgan Hill they could keep their jobs. But employees at O’Connor say the county reneged on that pledge as soon as...

Santa Clara County union suspends strike, agrees to voluntary mediation

Union negotiators representing 12,000 striking Santa Clara County service workers have agreed to suspend their unfair labor practices protest and return to the bargaining table on Tuesday with an independent mediator helping the two sides identify possible compromises. County negotiators and the bargaining team for Service Employees International Union Local 521 agreed on a mediator...

UPDATE: Santa Clara County workers back on strike

Santa Clara County workers are back on strike today for the eighth day after rejecting a counter-offer from county administrators to end the strike, which has now stretched to two weeks. Workers from the county jail, elections office, probation, crime lab and environmental health services are expected to join the picket line Wednesday. “The county’s...

Santa Clara County union negotiators share new proposal details amid strike delay

With an ongoing labor strike interrupted by intentional PG&E blackouts across Santa Clara County, members of SEIU Local 521’s bargaining team spent the last two days preparing a contract proposal for the 12,000 county workers it represents, the union announced at a news conference Friday afternoon. Negotiators declined to discuss many of the specific details...

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