Russia inspired pandemic outrage this summer when it introduced a spate of homophobic laws, including one that outlaws “gay propaganda,” which could get citizens and tourists jailed for something as innocuous as wearing a rainbow T-shirt. Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager wants his colleagues to take a stand against the draconian legislation, especially since the country plans to host the 2014 Olympics and Paralympics.
Yeager is encouraging the board on Tuesday to vote for a resolution condemning Russia’s laws, which the county will then forward to the Russian Embassy.
“Santa Clara County residents will be visiting Russia as participants and spectators,” Yeager writes in a memo. “Under the propaganda law, any athlete, trainer, reporter, family member, or fan suspected of being a member of the LGBT community could be put in jail. The atmosphere of violence that has increased since passage of this policy puts visitors at risk for physical harm.”
• That new rule requiring supervisors to open up their meeting calendars is a thing now. But a pending change would exempt supervisors from listing meeting attendees if at a large group or dinner event, where itemizing guest lists would be “impracticable.” Joe Simitian can finally find some peace.
• As a refugee-impacted county, Santa Clara gets federal funding, which it passes on to a handful of nonprofits to offer displaced immigrants job training and other social services. Here’s a list of where the county’s spending that grant this fall.
• Hip, knee and trauma implants for patients at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center will cost $1.3 million through 2014. The hospital sees about 1,000 trauma cases and 100 joint cases a year.
• Looks like a five-year, $5 million contract with Allied Waste Services/Republic Services that was supposed to carry the county through 2014 needs another $2.3 million to make it to next year.
• A plan to plunk a bunch of cattle down in Santa Teresa County Park south of San Jose is moving forward, allowing supervisors to spend a $865,000 grant to place fences and watering troughs around the 1,668-acre swath of wildland.
WHAT: Board of Supervisors meet
WHEN: 9am Tuesday
WHERE: County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
INFO: Lynn Regadanz, [email protected]