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County seeks transgender services manager

Applications for position open until Aug. 30

Santa Clara County officials on Friday announced the county is expanding services to the transgender community with the hiring of a transgender services program manager.

"While the current administration in Washington appears to be committed to turning back the clock for transgender people and the larger LGBTQ community, here in Santa Clara County, we are moving forward," Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager said in a statement.

The program manager will serve as a key trainer, mediator and facilitator for the transgender community in areas such as medical care, employment, mental health services and safety and inclusion in local schools, hospitals, housing and at the county's correctional facilities, officials said.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved funding for the position as part of the fiscal 2018 budget.

The county's Employee Services Agency will be accepting applications for the position until Aug. 30. More information on the position can be found here.

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16 people like this
Posted by Mark Silverman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 8, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Curious if the eventual hiree will be transgender as well.

Would it be considered job discrimination to hire a transgender individual over a straight person if both were qualified in terms of college education and past job experiences?


21 people like this
Posted by Really???
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2017 at 11:18 am

JFC!
The County is going to hire a person full time for the transgender community? A $100K per year position - not counting benefits. In the County Executive Department (meaning management/bureaucracy)

How big is this transgender community? Really - how many are there in the county? What percentage of the population are they? Do citizens really think that this is appropriate? Why cannot existing (human services) personnel be appropriately trained for whatever special needs the members of this community have? Why shouldn't that money/position be used for services that support a greater number - or for that matter - all of the people of the county? Just as an example - Why not a new nursing position at a county hospital?
Note - I am *not* a red-neck, bible-thumping, arch conservative. But really? This is the kind of thing that has ticked off countless people in the country - not just the Trump supporters. And you wonder why there is a backlash?


7 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

If Donald Trump says it is OK for the Federal Government to discriminate against transgender people, then (1) there must a large enough population for him to care and (2) there is a need for local governments to develop their own policies and programs.


15 people like this
Posted by M. Driscoll
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

A Transgender Services Manager seems like an unnecessary role and at $100K per annum + CalPers, not a fiscally responsible use of tax-payer dollars.

I've got nothing against the LGBT society but their platform has gotten far too political these days and now it's permeating into civil service.

Does SC County have all this money to burn?


26 people like this
Posted by Rolling Eyes
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Oh, for pete's sake ...


8 people like this
Posted by M. Driscoll
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm

From a fiscal standpoint, we mustn't overlook the fact that in addition to the new Program Manager's salary and benefit package there will be considerable and countless add-on expenditures including support staff positions, office equipment/overhead, potential office re-modeling, out of town conference and seminar expenditures, travel expenses/per diems, county vehicles and the list goes on.

It's going to be a whole lot more than just one individual's $100K salary.

The questions remain: (1) is this a critical position to create and fill? (2) what is the overall ROI to SC county residents as the role seems to be primarily serving a distinct and small minority (3) Is there a sense of urgency to developing another new county department?

If SC County can afford to create and fund these new departments on a sheer whim, I suspect that most of us are paying way too much in property taxes.


5 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 10, 2017 at 10:36 am

DT is not discriminating against transgender people. He is qualifying who is paying for all of the surgeries and medications that go with that transition.
All companies that work directly on government contracts are required to be compliant with national Equal Opportunity laws and are graded by that qualification in the award of competitive contracts. Lockheed Martin qualifies for excellent support of all people in the workplace. You are graded on how well you can do a job and work with other people - not your sexual persuasion. Companies are in business to build and complete projects on budget, on schedule, and products that work. The military is not a socialized medical transition project. Nor are prisons. The taxpayer dollar needs to go to the whole point of a project and not get muddled with side issues. Each person needs to finance their transitions on their own time and money.


4 people like this
Posted by Mark Silverman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:42 pm

>"Companies are in business to build and complete projects on budget, on schedule, and products that work. The military is not a socialized medical transition project. Nor are prisons. The taxpayer dollar needs to go to the whole point of a project and not get muddled with side issues. Each person needs to finance their transitions on their own time and money."

Absolutely. It's not the responsibility of society (or its taxpayers) to accommodate/subsidize gender changes.

As an old boss once said, "Do it on your own time".


5 people like this
Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:59 pm

How is this possibly justified? There are many, many dire needs out there that should be priorities over forming an office of transgender advocacy like eldercare, the poor and hungry, the homeless, potholes, mass transit, funding unfunded liabilities, and so forth. With zero hard and proven science behind the current focus, the county should not be promoting the transgender for such a small and vocal minority special interest. Really. Outrageous.


5 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

The idea that the taxpayer is paying for this when we have other issues that are going wanting is absurd. How about all of the people that got flooded out? How much is it costing to correct that problem?
How about the Alum Rock School District and their illegal transactions with the Del Terra Group that is sacrificing that whole school system? The Santa Clara County needs to prioritize the actual problems we have right now and focus on getting those problems fixed. The transgender group have many resources available and you don't need to add your money into the mix.


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