Sadly, cost overruns and delays on county projects seem to be the norm
$102 million budgeted for mental health services last fiscal cycle did not get spent to help in this crisis. Meanwhile 188 people have died from overdoses, and 106 have died from suicide so far this year. SCC needs to stop inaction on jail project
We cannot let perfect be the enemy of good. We cannot afford inaction. People need help now. The human costs and fiscal costs are simply too high. County services are essential and we need them to work as intended. This requires focused planning, strong fiscal management and accountability, and this is exactly what I will bring to the dais.
- Create a homelessness reduction manager position to coordinate efforts from hospitals, drug rehabilitation services and justice-involved reintegration services.
- Make family reunification a priority
- Implement coordination of emergency medical and emergency psychiatric treatment plans called EmPATH
- Expand Laura’s Law, 180 days of temporary conservatorship, to the severely drug-addicted homeless population and implement Gov. Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court, a new policy framework to assist people living with untreated mental health and substance abuse challenges.
- Build rehabilitation and mental health facilities at every county-owned hospital and look at county-owned land to build housing with wrap-around services, as has been promised for many years.
- Not allow early release of the incarcerated unless they undergo a drug treatment assessment, receive job training and receive job and housing placement services so they do not end up homeless. Also, outcome measures to assess the effectiveness of the services provided must be created.
"...The pendulum of justice has swung too far to the side of the criminal. How many crimes are being committed by offenders who were released early from the system under these new laws? There has been several studies about what the right size of the new county jail needs to be, yet no local study has been done on recidivism. With the continuing increase in crimes, now is the time to talk about crime and recidivism."
"Under COPA, any rental property owner, whether they are a mom and pop owning one rental unit or a corporation owning 200 units, would be forced to provide the city and nonprofits over a month with the first right to submit an offer before the public has access to purchase the property. Then, if the nonprofit matches a competing public offer, the property owner would be required to accept the nonprofit’s offer, with the possible risk that terms and conditions have not been met. Meanwhile, all this would be accomplished with the creation of an even larger bureaucratic process that would be run by the San Jose Housing Department."
"Former San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis told San José Spotlight he feels excited and optimistic, calling the program a “fantastic first step.” During his time on the City Council, Khamis championed efforts to implement Laura’s Law in Santa Clara County."
And, while many fees seem justifiable when proposed, the sum of all regulatory fees creates a significant impediment to producing housing. For example, in San Jose, there are park fees, traffic impact fees, low-income housing fees, and administrative fees imposed by the Planning & Building Department itself, all contributing to the rising cost of building a housing unit.
"I learned firsthand how bureaucracy negatively impacts the timeline on housing production. Further slowing the timelines, builders are often faced with shortages in city staffing, coupled with less experienced staff members left to untangle multi-jurisdictional requirements for building plan submissions."
“Banking is not a simple industry to step into,” Khamis recently told San José Spotlight. “Banks have to invest money and (San Jose) has a clear track record of not investing money well; take a look at our pension funds.”
"Khamis has been vocally supportive of Laura’s Law since 2015, and hopes the county now has the services, facilities and staff to successfully implement it after taking over O’Connor and St. Louise hospitals in March....The sad truth is, we can be helping these people, the mentally ill homeless people who are incapable of taking care of themselves – and it’s a tragedy to keep them out there."
"Even looking at the proposed map, it appears dubious. There are weird boundaries, and it looks like somebody was trying to draw a pitchfork." Please contact our county Supervisors and ask them to vote for the EE2 map not the Yellow map. You can also quickly send a letter to all the County Supervisors to let your voice be heard, through this link: https://tinyurl.com/supportMapEE20
it doesn’t take a political scientist to see there’s at minimum an appearance of conflict in voting on a redistricting that determines the futures of candidates they’ve endorsed in a race that’s already underway—and whose winner could support a supervisor’s future legislation or next election.
The Yellow map, put forth by labor and civil rights groups, doesn’t pass the smell test. It not only very likely fails to meet the criteria set by the Voting Rights Act but also excludes two strong candidates. Please contact our county Supervisors and ask them to vote for the EE2 map not the Yellow map. You can also quickly send a letter to all the County Supervisors to let your voice be heard, through this link: https://tinyurl.com/supportMapEE20