The SVO supports amending AB-5 by Assembly Appropriations Chair, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, to allow flexibility in California’s implementation of the recent CA Supreme Court ruling on Dynamex through various industry exemptions that the bill would apply to.
The SVO sent a letter to the California Assembly Committee on Local Government in support of Assemblyman Ash Kalra’s bill, AB 707. The bill, if enacted, would increase the formal bidding minimum for Santa Clara Valley Water’s public works contracts to $50,000 from $25,000.
Any revisions to the Ellis Act re-control rules should preserve the existing supply of rent-controlled housing units, while avoiding unnecessary policies that would make residential projects infeasible for redevelopment opportunities.
As the rising costs of land, labor, and construction materials continues to stall residential housing projects, the City of San José must explore options to reduce taxes and fees in order to improve the feasibility of housing projects.
We remain firm in our opposition of commercial linkage fees, as the fee structure could create disincentives for employers to add jobs and would worsen San Jose’s already poor “jobs-to-housing” imbalance. We still believe that the key systemic solution to addressing our unprecedented housing crisis is to drastically increase housing supply at all income levels throughout the region.
We have reviewed the policy nominations put forward in the staff memorandum and we believe that the following policies should be prioritized, in the following order, to support economic growth in the City of San José
For many decades, the City of San Jose has aspired to secure a jobs and tax base in the North Coyote Valley. Given that only 15% of San Jose’s land is zoned for employment uses and the North Coyote Valley represents nearly 1/6th of all employment lands, it is incumbent upon the Mayor and Council to consider how any potential general plan amendments could potentially worsen San Jose’s already poor “jobs-to-housing” imbalance.
On behalf of The Silicon Valley Organization (The SVO), I am writing to convey our significant reservations with regards to the proposed updates by Councilmember Jimenez’s memorandum on San Jose’s Abandoned Shopping Cart Program.
On behalf of the Silicon Valley Chamber Coalition representing 16 Chambers of Commerce throughout Santa Clara County, we strongly urge you to approve the sale of St. Louise and O’Connor Hospitals to the County of Santa Clara.
The City of San José should be a collaborative partner with the school district, in order to ensure that these critical financial resources will be made available to parents and students in the community.
This city council vote will take us another step towards the Diridon Station Area development concept, which has had extensive community input through over 40 public meetings over the past eight months.
As the leading voice of business in our region, we recognize the critical importance of the local gaming industry that supports our community through an increased tax base and by providing good-paying jobs for our residents.
As the region’s leading voice of business, we believe that the cannabis industry should be recognized and legitimized through local ordinances, so that local laws are consistent and aligned with new state regulations with regard to cannabis policy.