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Category: Economy

Renter's Organizing Workshop in San Jose's District 7

Students from DeAnza College along with the Affordable Housing Network, and part of the Silicon Valley Renter's Coalition, presented a renter’s rights organizing workshop on Saturday, Oct. 17th - educating tenants on their rights and the need for stronger protections in San Jose's Apartment Rent Ordinance in a time when a quarter of families who rent in San Jose spend more than half their income on rent.

Renters Rally at First Advisory Committee Meeting to Revise San José’s Rent Ordinance

Last week tenants and housing rights organizations across the Bay Area organized coordinated actions in Mountain View, San Mateo, Redwood City, Burlingame, Oakland, Alameda, San Francisco, Fremont and San Jose to spotlight the crisis felt by tens of thousands of families being pushed out of their homes. In San Jose tenants gathered at the first meeting of an advisory committee approved by San Jose City Council to consult the Council on revising the City's current ordinance.

The Broken Man of the Silicon Valley

Emerald Ip had just left a San Jose City Council meeting where she spoke about the need for stable housing and shared that she had been left without a roof over her head after her SJSU admission was rescinded, when an interaction at the bus stop left her asking, what are we really innovating here in Silicon Valley? At the bus stop outside city hall, Ip and a friend turn a good deed into an impromptu interview with a man who could have been anyone - a man chewed up, spit out and forgotten by Silicon Valley.

DACA: Returning Home To Mexico After More Than 20 Years

After coming to this country as the age of 7, Cesar Juarez finally got a chance to return to his home of Mexico after 20 years of being undocumented once he received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He tells his story of his experience returning to Mexico his home, and then returning to the place he now knows as home, San Jose.

Temp Workers in Santa Monica Organize for Permanent Employment Status

The hidden side to Santa Monica's idyllic exterior is taken care of by "permatemp" workers, who only work when needed. Beach bathroom maintenance worker, Shyolanda Montana tells us why "permatemp" workers keep residents struggling to live in the city she takes care of.

Exodus From The Jungle: The Story Of That Morning

The Jungle, located on Story Road across from Happy Hollow, is one of the largest homeless encampments in the United States with close to 400 residents at the time of its dismantling. On December 3rd, the City of San Jose sent contracted cleaning crews and San Jose police to remove all residents from the Jungle and begin the removal of all their possessions. Andrew Bigelow, an artist and local organizer in San Jose, was there the day of the removal to cover the story with Fernando Perez (videographer) and Charisse Domingo (photographer) of De-Bug. Andrew has been working with the community at the Jungle and advocates for its residents for over a year. This is his first hand story of what happened that morning.

San Jose: The #16 Coolest City To Live According To Forbes

Forbes magazine releases "The Coolest Cities to Live In" and San Jose and Los Angeles are tied at #16. Writer Hector Gonzalez, a longtime San Jose resident now living in Los Angeles, spits game about the real reasons the cities are cool and why Forbes got it wrong.

Earth Day Weekend Clean Up At San Jose Homeless Encampment

This past Friday April 18 at the homeless camp known as "The Jungle" there was a community clean up in honor of Earth-day

The Rise of the "Silicon Valley Bay"

Commentator and community organizer Shamako Noble has lived all over the Bay Area. He sees an esculation in the number of people who no longer can afford to live in the cities they grew up in as corporations move in and increase the cost of living. He named this phenomenon "Silicon Valley Bay."

Minimum Wage Workers Deserve Higher Pay, But Also Respect

San Jose and the rest of California increased the minimum wage. Author Yaveth Gomez shares a personal insight from working these jobs that shows why it's not only the money that has to improve, it's the treatment of minimum wage workers as well.
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