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County Considers Wage-Theft Ordinance

What Santa Clara County's campaign finance reports tell us about the region's political landscape.  (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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Board of Supervisors to Discuss Domestic Violence, Foster Care

The federal sequester is expected to have a dramatic impact on the amount of county funding that goes toward helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence. (Photo by Deadly Domestic Violence, via Flickr)

The Great Recession devastated shelters for battered women. And while government funding has declined, the need for such services has drastically increased. This issue will be one of many discussed at Tuesday’s county Board of Supervisors meeting, including a federal grant to develop news strategies to find long-term homes for foster children.

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