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California Lawmakers Want To Move Forward With Adding A Third Gender Option On Drivers’ Licenses

California law makers want to add a third gender option on drivers’ licenses. The purpose of this is to accelerate the process that people go through in order to change their sex on their birth certificate without going through an actual sex change.

 

California State Senators support and sponsor the “Gender Recognition Act”. This act is in support of adding a “non-binary” to the list of male and female genders on documents used for state identification.

 

Toni Atkins, who is the State Senator of San Diego, stated “Our society is becoming more enlightened every day about gender identity”. “It’s time for our state to make it easier for transgender Californians and those who don’t conform to traditional notions of gender to have state-issued identification documents that reflect who they truly are.” She also added: “This bill will help them avoid the discrimination and harassment that too many of these residents face in their daily lives.”

 

Under California law, it is required that an individual who is seeking to change their birth certificate must show proof of appropriate clinical treatment regarding gender transition coming from a doctor.

 

This new legislation would allow people to change their gender without a hearing and would remove the requirement mentioned above as long as no objection is filed.

San Jose To Address The Homeless Problem

The council of San Jose is seeking for the solution to the homeless problem. They are considering various controversial solutions to get homeless people off the streets. The scheduled public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5, when the council will debate various measures.

homeless problemLast year a large homeless encampment, so-called “The Jungle”, was dismantled, leaving 5,000 homeless people scattered around the city. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo says that it is a serious issue that requires a lot of tools to be solved.

A number of measures have been proposed to solve the problem. One of them is providing homeless people with temporary housing in manufactured homes on Evans Lane. Another proposed solution is permanent housing at an apartment complex on Senter Road with 162 available units.

The complex was approved by the planning commission but was appealed by the area residents. While Mayor Ricardo understands the concerns, he is positive permanent housing is a safer solution to the homeless problem. Homeless people are already living in the area on the streets and it will be a better solution to get them housed.

Another proposed option is to build an encampment sanctioned by the city following Portland’s example.

The less controversial option is to offer $5 million to landlords for capital improvements to house homeless veterans.

San Jose Downtown Gets New Hospital

San Jose Downtown has been waiting for a new hospital to replace the closed one for 12 years, and finally thousands of patients got a new country-run hospital. The old hospital was shut down due to rising costs in 2004. Fortunately, the residents of the area will soon be provided with services that have long been missed.

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On Monday, June 13, the Valley Health Center Downtown will open its doors with an urgent care center where patients with non-life-threatening will be provided with all the required care. The facility will be open every day 8 am to 10 pm.

More services are to be added, such as pediatrics, gynecology, primary care, radiology, as well as a lab and pharmacy. The three-floor building is located at East Santa Clara and North 17th streets. 200 employees will be helping the patients, including 37 doctors and nurses. The estimated annual number of patients is 30,000 with approximately 90,000 visits every year.

A community even to raise awareness among the area residents about the new available services is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, and will start at 9 am.

San Jose Ranked Best For Work

If you are looking for a new job, San Jose is the place for you to go. A new report released by Glassdoor shows that it is the best city for work in the United States.

To determine what cities are best for jobs, Glassdoor measured the cost of living on a city, how easy it is to find a job there and how happy the employees are with their job and the balance between work and life. To measure all of these, they counted average pay and home value, job satisfaction ratings and number of openings on Glassdoor.san jose

San Jose currently has over 61,000 openings on Glassdoor website. Average home value is at $965,000 and average salary is $112,000, and these numbers make San Jose the best place for work.

Another Bay Area city, San Francisco, follows San Jose on this list, and Seattle, Washington, is the third, followed by Boston, the first east coast city on the list. Washington, D.C. is the fifth with 160,000 openings and the average salary of $70,000.

The job hiring scores have been improving significantly for both the San Jose and the San Francisco areas. The report also shows that the West Coast is in general the best area for work in the United States, especially the stretch from the Bay Area and up north along the coast.

San Jose Is One Of The Most Expensive Rental Markets in The US

The top five of the most expensive rental markets in the US are in the Bay Area.

According to the Zumper apartment rental website the most expensive rent in the country is in San Francisco, followed by New York, Boston and two other Californian cities, Oakland and San Jose. The average price for one bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,590. In Oakland it is $2,280 and $2,270 in San Jose, as the Zumper National Rent Report for April has it.

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San Jose and Oakland take measures to prevent prices from growing so fast. San Jose put a 5% cap on rent increases for the units controlled by the city’s rent law. Oakland approved a 90-day moratorium on rent increases. New analyses from several different sources also expect the prices leveling for renters and homebuyers in the Bay Area.

The Zumper report shows that even the leveling of prices will not become a real relief for consumers in the nearest time.

This was the first time Oakland outdid San Jose in the rental rankings. Oakland is quickly becoming a more desirable place to live with the job growth and the companies such as Uber moving to the city. Many people also move to Oakland as it gets abnormally expensive to live in San Francisco and it seems wiser to commute from Oakland.

Now it is really possible that Oakland will outdo Boston in the rankings, even though Boston has always had a strong position.

The price for a one-bedroom apartment in Oakland went up 14% from the last year. The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $2,720 now and has gone up 18.3 percent since the last year. Those are the highest percentages in the US. In San Jose the rent for a 2-bedroom unit went up 17.4% during the last year. In San Francisco the cost for a 2-bedroom apartment only went up 5,9% but the price itself is much higher at $4,850.

In 2016 the prices are expected to go up 7-9% in Oakland and 3-4% in San Francisco. The increase in San Jose is expected to be the same but go at a slower rate.

San Jose Saves Millions From Audits

San Jose could save millions of dollars from about 300 open audit findings.

Sharon Erickson, resident auditor, has found 296 pending recommendation that are reported today in the City Council. 18 of them could save San Jose $13 million, and 6 of them have a potential to end legal disputes. There are audits that date back to 5 or 6 years ago.audit

In 2011 the city collected $148 million from unused sick leave. Although it was collected for the most part, in December the city made a decision to track down the rest. In 2014 most of the proposals in an audit of San Jose libraries have been addressed and resolved for the most part. Some changes were made, such as all the libraries going cash-free and staffing and scheduling changes to better deal with the busiest hours.

Auditor’s office organizes several audits per year in order to help the city save more money and improve efficiency. Every six months Erickson reports to the council about all open recommendations. 45 recommendations have been closed or enacted since the last report.

The results of these audits, for instance, were an agreement with unions that will help save money on the two retirement systems the city has, and assigning more responsibilities for volunteers in the libraries.

According to Erickson, there is still a lot of work. The Department of Transportation still struggles to find financial recourses to repave the city’s worst streets and for the road maintenance. Some of these issues might be addressed by a citywide sales tax later this year.

San Jose IT Department works to improve general controls continuing their work on 10 audit recommendations from 2012, and customer service’s arm still has 20 recommendations to work on.

George Lucas Museum In San Jose?

 

George Lucas is seeking for approval to build a $700,000 million museum. He is planning a beautiful, futuristic building that will house his great collection of digital and other kinds of art. Lucas is going to pay all the costs of building such a museum and only needs the place to build it. There will probably be Star Wars relics as well.

san joseLucas already attempted to open such a museum on the Presidio in San Francisco. Because of the over-regulation, the deal with San Francisco did not happen. His next attempt was to open the museum in Chicago (his wife’s hometown). He chose a location near the waterfront, but the group called “Friends of Parks” is doing everything possible not to let the project happen. Another city that can get Lucas Museum is Oakland.

San Jose could also become a great location for the museum that can be called a gift to the world from George Lucas. The citizens think that some good locations for the museum can be found in Downtown San Jose area and Kelly’s Park. It could become an amazing addition to the city’s cultural life, and many hope that San Jose has a chance of having Lucas Museum.

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