The Quick Beat
- Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County has been allotted $29.2 million to purchase Milpitas’ Extended Stay America hotel (1000 Hillview Dr.), and convert it into permanent housing for the homeless.
$550 million in federal funding is being funneled toward an effort called Project Homekey, expected to be carried out within the months to come.
Santa Clara County is looking at purchasing Milpitas’ Extended Stay America by November, in order to transform it into an apartment complex with 132 units.
Already, the site is being made use of to provide temporary housing.
The monies come from a COVID-19 relief fund controlled by the State of California. For the Extended Stay plan to go into effect, the County has to apply $20 million in match funds via Measure A (voted in 4 years ago).
More on this as the effort unfolds…
- Minimum Wage
Milpitas’ minimum wage has gone up again. As of July 1, Milpitas employers must pay their employees a minimum of $15.40 per hour if those employees work for them at least 2 hours a week. Employers are advised, meanwhile, to post the City-provided Minimum Wage Official Notice and Minimum Wage Workers Rights postings in their workplace(s). Any employee who seeks to exercise such rights cannot be lawfully discriminated or retaliated against. The City of Milpitas is equipped to regulate and enforce its minimum wage laws.
Looking to get tested for coronavirus? It’s a free, simple process. The Milpitas Fire Department’s Mobile Testing Unit is offering nasal swab tests throughout Milpitas, and there’s no doctor referral required. Testing takes 5 minutes, and you get your results in 24 hours. Just bring your ID and insurance card. Next week, you’ll find the team out at Cardoza Park on Monday, Pinewood Park on Tuesday, Senior Center on Wednesday, Hall Park on Thursday, and Augustine Park on Friday.You can schedule an appointment here. If you have Kaiser insurance, they won’t be able to test you but they can help you figure out where to go!