Santa Clara County may enact a health ordinance to protect nail technicians, who work long hours around toxic chemicals.
About 80 percent of the 7,200 registered nail technicians in the county are Vietnamese. The vast majority are immigrant women, around childbearing age, who report headaches, pregnancy complications and other health problems because of the work they do.
“It is necessary and reasonable for the County of Santa Clara to promote the health and wellbeing of a potentially vulnerable workforce through a voluntary recognition program,” she writes in a referral going before the Board of Supervisors this week.
The recognition program would be modeled after a similar system in the city of Santa Monica.
“An overwhelming majority of the nail industry workforce are immigrant women of childbearing age with limited English proficiency and limited education,” Chavez notes in a memo. “The relatively short training and licensing period required to be a nail technician combined with little need for English proficiency and startup capital has made this industry attractive for immigrant women with limited means.”
She’s asking that the Department of Environmental Health review existing programs in other cities and counties to create a similar version here.
“Recognized businesses will attract and retain both health and environmentally conscious clients,” she states.
- The county will spent $717,000 on VTA passes for its employees, including in-home caregivers.
- County attorneys may provide pro bono legal representation for immigrant children stranded at the southern border without their parents.
- Tobacco retailers will receive a notice from the county alerting them to a new ban on flavored tobacco products. The ban applies to any flavor except menthol.
- The county spent $156,924 on its needle-exchange program this past year.
- The quarterly p-card reports are in. They show that Supervisor Mike Wasserman spent $300 on software. Supervisor Cindy Chavez’s policy aide Jeffrey Cardenas spent $75 on a Silicon Valley Business Journal subscription. Ken Yeager’s aide, Michelle Collins, spent $130 on subscriptions to the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. Once again, San Jose Inside remains free to readers.
WHAT: Board of Supervisors meets
WHEN: 9am Tuesday
WHERE: County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
INFO: Clerk of the Board, 408.299.5001