Author: Lloyd Alaban (Lloyd Alaban)

San Jose school district accused of hiring allegedly shady contractor

A labor watchdog organization is accusing the San Jose Unified School District of hiring contractors and subcontractors that allegedly skirted California labor laws. The labor watchdog Foundation for Fair Contracting wrote letters to district Superintendent Nancy Albarrán in December accusing Glendora-based California Commercial Pools Inc., a contracting firm, of failing to comply with the state’s skilled and...

San Jose chef starts meal program to help restaurants, hungry residents

When chef Rodney Baca and his wife Madelyn saw how the COVID-19 pandemic was ravaging their community and small business owners, the philanthropic duo decided to help fellow restaurateurs, restaurant workers and food suppliers. “The inspiration came from not allowing any more of us to go down if I could help it,” said chef Rodney...

Study: Silicon Valley is mostly working from home — and service industry is paying the price

In non-pandemic times, Voyager Cafe in downtown San Jose would be teeming with customers, often workers lined up looking to get their morning coffee or something to go with their lunch. Not anymore. Revenue is down 40% to 50%, according to co-owner Sameer Shah. Voyager’s location inside the San Pedro Square Market means it’s walking...

Minimum wage goes up in South Bay — with mixed reaction

In 2017, Kirk Vartan turned his award-winning A Slice of New York pizza into a co-op, cutting his workers into equal partnership. Part of the deal includes being paid at least $21 an hour to start, attributed in part to the San Jose business’s unique structure. The pay rate is much higher than city’s minimum...

Report: ‘Frat house culture’ blamed for lack of female firefighters in Santa Clara County

Women trying to become firefighters in cities throughout Santa Clara County face gender bias, a hostile work environment, a conscious lack of recruitment and other major obstacles, according to a newly released grand jury report. The report on the lack of women firefighters in Santa Clara County offers recommendations for how the male-dominated firefighting profession can take steps...

Women of color denied promotion accuse SJSU president of discrimination

Seven women of color were passed over for promotions at San Jose State University in 2019, and they’re blaming university President Mary Papazian’s leadership for it. The women accused Papazian of discrimination against faculty of color after all of them were either denied tenure or promotion after passing through all the university’s required steps without incident during...

State watchdog fines San Jose Water executive, Cupertino political committee for campaign violations

The state’s political watchdog has fined a Silicon Valley political action committee and San Jose Water Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Walters $5,000 for failing to file campaign finance reports on time. The Cupertino Chamber PAC and Walters, who was the committee’s treasurer at the time, failed to timely file two expenditure reports disclosing a total...