San Jose has become a hotbed of political activity over the last five years. Though many Local 21 Members do not think of themselves as political activists, it has become a necessity to support progressive candidates and initiatives. Members make the connection between electing the right people and our quality of life at work, as well as at home.
For the June 7 Primary, Labor has a standout slate of progressive, long-time community activists. They are NOT recent political transplants into their districts, they are NOT funded by out-of-area lobbyists like their opponents. They have deep roots in their neighborhoods and have supported Labor causes long before running for office. (For a complete list of Local 21 endorsements across the Bay Area, click here.)
San Jose City Council:
District 2 (South San Jose along the Highway 101 corridor, Ash Kalra is termed out): Sergio Jimenez, Long-time resident, single mom raised six kids on fast food job; day job is investigator for Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office (where he is an SEIU member); chair of SJ Parks and Rec Commission; founded Neighborhood Association; involved in community; shares our values. www.sergio4district2.com
District 6 (West San Jose, including Willow Glen, Pierluigi Oliverio is termed out): Helen Chapman & Erik Fong. Helen — small business owner, former resource director at San Jose Unified (where she was an AFSCME member); served on SJ Parks and Rec Commission, neighborhood association, SJ Parks Foundation, D6 Neighborhood Leadership Group — long list of community service — community activist who has worked with Labor for years on issues; she signed the ballot argument against San Jose’s illegal pension reform Measure B in 2012. www.helenchapman2016.com Erik — involved in neighborhood association and community; has repeatedly expressed interest to be there for Labor. www.erikfong.com
District 8 (East San Jose, including Evergreen, Rose Herrera is termed out): Joshua Barousse, Ran Dave Cortese for Mayor volunteer program in 2014; former staff aide for California State Senator Jerry Hill and currently for San Jose Councilmember Ash Kalra, with special policy focus in housing, land use, code enforcement, seniors, and immigration. He also served as a Policy Research Assistant for the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits; serving on the Steering Committee for the District 8 Community Roundtable and the Evergreen Elementary Education Foundation; long-time community activist who has been with Labor for years. www.joshforcitycouncil.com
Yes on San Jose City 1/4-cent sales tax measure: Ironically called Measure B, this measure will be generate $40 million annually for the City’s General Fund, providing much needed relief to fund services and restore worker compensation to improve hiring and retention of skilled employees. The sales tax would expire in 15 years, allowing the City Council time to create a more sustainable financial structure that focuses less on sprawl and more on job development. www.sjprotectsvitalservices.com