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Silver Taube: Misgendering a transgender person in the workplace is stigmatizing and unlawful

Despite the landmark 2019 Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that holds that anti-gay and transgender bias violates Title VII, the federal anti-discrimination law, transgender Americans continue to experience discrimination and harassment at work. According to a 2023 KFF and Washington Post survey, transgender adults are more likely to report being asked...

Bramson: How we’ve discarded the right to belong 

Vagrancy laws have been around since the founding of our country. A set of unclear and often confounding principles, these punitive measures have taken a variety of forms over the years to essentially criminalize the basic condition of being poor and having nowhere to go. The ordinances have been weaponized to target laborers and activists...

Zisser: Can we trust the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office to use ‘less lethal’ but still deadly Tasers?

Conducted energy devices — Tasers — conduct electricity into a human being’s body to disrupt the neuromuscular system of that person. They can cause death, and of course there is risk of abuse by officers. Various local community and civil rights groups are advocating, as recently as this week, against the adoption of these weapons...

Mallon: The deceptive influence of anti-transit groups

As a transit advocate, I’ve seen the positive impact advocacy can have on our community. However, a growing trend threatens the future of transit: the influence of anti-transit organizations posing as pro-transit experts. Anyone who regularly reads Bay Area newspapers has likely seen articles written by Marc Joffe of the Cato Institute. Organizations such as...

Poon: Options to reduce homelessness in downtown San Jose

The increasing number of homeless individuals in downtown San Jose is a pressing issue that requires targeted and comprehensive measures. As the heart of Silicon Valley, our city is renowned for its high-tech industry, commerce and prosperity. However, the growing population, increased mobility and proliferation of tech companies have led to higher living and housing...

Editorial: California hospital services definition harms patient health

Santa Clara County residents who need emergency medical services should not have their treatment threatened because the closest hospital is miles away. It seems inconceivable that such a problem could exist in a county of such stature, and yet it does, because California’s definition of “general acute care hospital services” has no teeth. What it...

Collins: What does an inventory boom mean for the local housing market?

For May, housing inventory is up 8% year over year, according to Dave Walsh, vice president and manager at Compass. “Buyers have been waiting for their opportunity to have multiple choices on available properties. This is their time,” he said. Not surprisingly, the number of sales also rose to nearly 7.5%. What’s a little surprising...

Robinson: The politics of Willie Mays

Imagine banning the greatest baseball player from a hotel or diner because of the color of his skin. Even in San Francisco, Willie Mays faced housing discrimination. In 21st century America, that dystopian past may be a harbinger for the nation if the MAGA authoritarian right comes back to power. The indignities suffered by Willie...