Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

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...

Santa Clara County lawmakers mull the future of county fairgrounds

The Board of Supervisors is one step closer to figuring out the future of the underutilized Santa Clara County fairgrounds. The supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a recommendation for the county’s attorney to negotiate a 20-year plan with the Fairgrounds Management Corporation (FMC) to create a “grand space for public events and recreation.” Led by Supervisor Cindy...

UPDATE: Santa Clara County adopts resolution to overturn Citizens United

Money should not count as free speech, Santa Clara County lawmakers decided Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to overturn Citizens United, a landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision which allowed unlimited election spending by corporations, labor unions and super PACs. Led by Supervisor Dave Cortese, in partnership with Santa Clara...

Santa Clara County grapples with technology and privacy concerns for inmates

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department is grappling with how to safeguard inmates’ private information when they begin to use tablets behind bars for the first time next year. According to a recent report from Sheriff Laurie Smith to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Justice Committee, officials are struggling to protect...

Alex Padilla joins Santa Clara County leaders to tackle voter suppression

Voting has never been a universal right throughout America’s history, some officials say, and the present is no exception. Political and community leaders discussed Thursday what can be done to encourage participation despite current forms of voter suppression in Santa Clara County. Secretary of State Alex Padilla joined Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese, County...

Santa Clara County has highest wage theft in the state. But a new office can help with that.

Santa Clara County has the highest number of wage theft claims in California, but county leaders announced plans Monday to open a new enforcement office to fix that. Established in Sept. 2018, the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement leads the county’s data collection and research initiatives to advance labor standards, including combating wage theft. The office opened its...

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