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A Tale of Two Polls

Sam Liccardo's new poll has him gaining ground in the mayor's race.

The recent poll showing Dave Cortese in first place—and Madison Nguyen in second—for the San Jose mayor’s race must have been a shock to the Sam Liccardo camp. So much so, that Liccardo released his own polling information showing him now in second.

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County Supervisors Consider Minimum Wage Increase

The county wants to come up with a plan to increase the minimum wage in the region's unincorporated areas.

More than a year after San Jose upped its minimum wage to $10 an hour and as the conversation around pay increases for low-paid workers ramps up on a national scale, Santa Clara County is starting to look at enacting a similar measure for unincorporated parts of the region. Supervisor Dave Cortese, who’s also running for mayor of San Jose, will lead the discussion when the Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday. A county ordinance comes with many more challenges than a citywide measure, Cortese notes.

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By the Numbers: 39 Percent

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A union-backed poll for the San Jose mayor’s race can be read many ways, but the percentage of undecided voters stands out most.

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County Considers Wage-Theft Ordinance

More than two-thirds of low-wage workers reported being denied full compensation by their employers, according to one study. (Photo by khrawlings, via Flickr)

Santa Clara County will consider an ordinance to punish employers for wage theft, a charge that would disqualify businesses from public contracts and give workers a formal recourse to lodge complaints against stingy bosses. The motion going before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday would direct the county to come up with a draft ordinance over the coming months. Supervisor Dave Cortese brought forward the idea, citing a 2008 study by the National Employment Law Project that says two-thirds of the 4,387 low-wage workers polled in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago were denied full compensation.

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