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VTA’s Emergency Closed Session After FBI Raids Outreach Paratransit

The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) finally moved to replace the paratransit services  subcontracted by Outreach & Escort, Inc. in an emergency closed session last Thursday, November 3. VTA had cancelled its contract with Outreach in June after a scathing audit revealed that Outreach had ripped off VTA by as much…

Prop 64 Inspires New Wave of Cannabis Bans

Dozens of cities in California are adopting so-called “emergency ordinances” to ban non-medical cannabis in case Proposition 64, which would decriminalize some non-medical cannabis use by adults over 21 years, is approved by voters on November 8. Written to enable the corporate takeover of the state’s cannabis industry for profit…

Jeffrey Cristina: Lazy Minimum Wage Workers Don’t Deserve a Raise

Campbell City Council – Nov 1, 2016 At Tuesday evening’s meeting, Campbell City Council member Jeffrey Cristina described minimum wage workers as mostly lazy teenagers who are paid minimum wage because they won’t bother to put forth the effort to “better” themselves and become doctors or lawyers. Four local business…

Santa Clara County Declares Homelessness Crisis, Urges Cities to Develop Affordable Housing

Today the Santa Clara County Housing Task Force declared that homelessness in the county has reached “crisis proportions”, and urged the 15 cities in the county to “fund affordable housing development, including development of surplus public land, zoning incentives, impact fees, a revenue ballot measure, and inclusionary zoning.” “The high cost of…

Berkeley Rejects $13/hour Minimum Wage, Won’t Discuss $19/hour Until Nov 10

Berkeley’s City Council rejected proposals last Tuesday evening (September 15) to raise the city’s minimum wage – even to as little as $13/hour in late 2016, and refused to discuss a Labor Commission proposal included on the council’s meeting agenda to reach a $19/hour minimum by 2020. The city was…