Mike Wasserman

State of the County: Cortese Calls 2015 a ‘Year of Opportunity’

Dave Cortese delivered the 2015 State of the County address.

Delivering the annual State of the County address to a packed Montgomery Theater, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese called 2015 a “year of opportunity.” He outlined a plan to advance affordable housing initiatives while improving public safety and public health. “Working together, we can seize on the opportunity to better our community,” Cortese said.

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Santa Clara County Considers ‘Healthy Nail Salon’ Ordinance

A proposed county ordinance would protect nail technicians, who work long hours around toxic chemicals. (Photo by Matthias Schaefgen, via Flickr)

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.

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