Workers offer “Baskets of Hope” to Santa Clara Co.’s budget woes


CONTACT: Khanh T. Weinberg, Communications Director
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Monday, April 25, 2011

SAN JOSE – In a spirit of hope and collaboration, Santa Clara County workers will on Tuesday present the Board of Supervisors baskets that symbolically represent significant revenue-generating solutions to the county’s budget problems.

Altogether, the ideas to be presented to the Board would bring $97.8 million in budget solutions, from both traditional and non-traditional places:

– Maximizing federal funding from the new healthcare reform law
– Creating a foreclosure registry and fining banks for blighted properties
– Selling off under-used county property

“Our Baskets of Hope contain many other sensible ideas to help with our budget problems,” said county eligibility worker Ruben Garcia. “We hope the Supervisors give each one serious consideration.”

WHAT: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting

WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 26

WHERE: Board of Supervisors’ chambers, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose


The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit

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