The Murders near Pete Bennett operator of

TOP: Dine Ghilotti, Michael McNulty, Chuck Silverman, Lorreta Hale, Roma Bhatia, Officer Kenyon Youngstrom
MIDDLE: Nate Greenan, Catherine Perata, Peter & Mona Branagh, Ian Lotta Scott, DJ/KJ, Gary Vinson Collins, Bill Pollecek
BOTTOM: Christopher Butler, Norman Wielsch, Stephen Tanabe (All Convicted), Officer Lester Garnier, Anthony Banta Jr., Councilman Mike Shimansky and Councilman Gary Bell.
I'm connected to 15 persons on this collage  but many politicians knew better than me
I am alive because I raised my voice and blogged the story that no one would admit was happening.

Sfgate: H-1B visas: who gets them, where they go @oracle

H-1B visas: who gets them, where they go
Before hiring a foreign worker on an H-1B visa, an employer must submit a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the U.S. Department of Labor, which details the position the company hopes to fill, the prevailing wage for the job and the pay being offered to the prospective worker. The intent is to ensure that overseas employees will be paid a fair wage if they receive a visa.
More than one employee can be attached to an LCA, and there’s no limit on how many a company can submit. As a result, the number of LCAs accepted by the Department of Labor often far exceeds the number of H-1B visas issued.

Over the years, the number of approved LCAs has increased. In 2008, the federal government certified about 370,000 applications for roughly 650,000 workers, according to a Chronicle review of federal Department of Labor data. Last year, more than 530,000 LCAs were approved for 1.14 million workers (applications certified then withdrawn by the company were not included).
About 10 percent of the LCAs approved last year, or 53,500, were for jobs in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Companies in the region overwhelmingly sought high-paid computer programmers and other similar tech workers.
Which Silicon Valley and San Francisco companies pursued H-1B workers in 2015
visas requested by County
by Company
for Salary
San Mateo (6K)Samsung$50-100KSan Francisco (11K)Tata$100-150K>$150KSanta Clara (46K)UberPwCAppleFacebookIntuitWiproGoogleAmazonJuniperAdobeInfosysMphasisDeloitte<$50KCiscoMindtreeOracleSynopsysNvidia
Source: Office of Foreign Labor Certification data. All data is from FY 2015. Company data includes all subsidiaries.
By county, Santa Clara sought the most H-1B workers, not just in the Bay Area, but in the entire country. San Francisco just edged out San Jose as the region’s most popular city for H-1B applicants (it ranks third nationwide behind New York City and Houston).

A handful of major firms filled out the majority of applications in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The tax and financial services giant Deloitte and its subsidiaries submitted LCA applications for more than 10,000 workers locally. Apple hoped to fill 8,650 positions with foreign professionals, most at its Cupertino campus. And both Facebook and Google requested at least 2,200 workers each.
Not every major Bay Area tech firm tried to recruit an abundance of foreign professionals. Salesforce, for example, sought to fill roughly 475 positions in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Twitter submitted applications for just 350 H-1B workers locally.

It’s unclear how many positions at major companies were filled by India-based subcontracting firms. Such outfits have become major players in bringing H-1B workers into the United States, hiring pools of workers on behalf of other companies.

Tata, Wipro, Infosys and HCL America are some of the largest outsourcing companies based in India. Some have accused them of gaming the H-1B visa system by flooding the Department of Labor with LCA applications, thus increasing their odds of obtaining H-1B visas via the computerized lottery used to distribute them.

Last year, Infosys, Tata and Wipro — and any subsidiaries affiliated with the companies — filed more LCAs nationally than any other firm besides IBM.
Top companies recruiting H-1B workers nationwide in 2015
LCAs filed
Workers requested
Private companies
US-based outsourcing firm
India-based outsourcing firm
Foreign-based outsourcing firm
HCL America
Source: Office of Foreign Labor Certification data. All data is from FY 2015. Company data includes all subsidiaries.
Wipro, Tata and Infosys have been the subject of labor and discrimination lawsuits. The latter two were the subject of a Senate inquiry. All three firms tend to seek lower-paid and less-skilled workers than other major companies.

Last year, the average salary of an H-1B worker requested by Tata was about $69,700 per -year, at Wipro it was $70,200, and Infosys’ salaries were $79,100 on average, according to the Chronicle analysis.

Google, on the other hand, offered an average salary of nearly $130,000 to its H-1B workers. Apple’s H-1B positions paid between $123,600 and $154,200, on average. And Facebook offered roughly $141,000 to the average H-1B applicant.
As India-based subcontractors have expanded, so has the number of Indian H-1B workers coming into the United States.
Where H-1B recipients came from in 2004
RussiaPhil.Pak.MexicoMal.S. KoreaJapanItalyIs.IndiaU.K.GermanyFranceCol.TaiwanChinaBrazilAus.Arg.Ind.
Continent Key
North America
South America
Hover over or click on a bubble for more information.
In fiscal year 2015, about 177,750 H-1B visas were issued, according to State Department data. These included 85,000 new three-year visas, approved extensions and other positions exempt from the H-1B cap. More than 69 percent went to workers from India — the highest proportion in nearly two decades.
For more in-depth coverage, see the Chronicle's related story.

Concord City Attorney Mark Coon Commits Suicide

by Pete Bennett, Walnut Creek CA 
The tragic suicide of Mark Coon is connected to the suicide of B of A Programmer Kevin Flanagan who committed suicide near this August 2003 protest.   Mr. Coon was the freshly minted Concord City Attorney when Mr. Flanagan took his life. 
Bennett / Coon meeting in April 2012 covered this event plus the murder of several witnesses connected to Bennett's civil and business history crippled by murders, murders of family and murders of his classmates.  
As a grassroots activist featured on CNN, ABC and tech magazines Bennett's life was nearly taken via arson a year after these pictures were taken.  The titans of tech are deadly with enough murders undermine many arguments there is a talent shortage.  Most of the protesters present were well aware that their jobs were being lost to cheap foreign tech labor.  
Concord City Attorney Mark Coon died Tuesday, apparently after leaping from the third floor of a downtown Walnut Creek parking garage, authorities said.
Friends and acquaintances were baffled by the apparent suicide, saying they had seen no obvious indications of distress in Coon recently. Tuesday’s Concord City Council meeting was canceled and grief counselors spent the day consoling city employees.
“I’m sincerely devastated by the loss, for his family and friends and for the city,” said Concord City Councilman Ron Leone. “He was a great person, a tremendous asset to the city, and this is a big blow to us.
“It’s hard for me to believe this happened, because there were no outward signs that I could see that anything could cause him to do this.”
Coon, 55, fell from the garage shortly after 10 a.m., startling shoppers below in the busy shopping strip of Locust Street, just south of Olympic Boulevard. He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency crews.

Walnut Creek police said they are investigating the incident, but it was likely a suicide. “I have known Mark for many years and respected him both as a city employee and as a friend,” City Manager Valerie Barone said in a statement sent to city employees. “The city has suffered a great loss that will be felt for many years.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”
Coon was hired by Concord in 2002 as a deputy city attorney, after a private career specializing in a wide range of issues including employment and environmental law. A meticulous lawyer known for double-checking his work and extensively researching each issue he took on, he was named city attorney in 2012 by the City Council.
Coon was married and had two children.


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Behind the visa program targeted by Trump

Apr 18, 2:36 PM EDT

AP EXPLAINS: Behind the visa program targeted by Trump

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NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump is expected to target a visa program cherished by tech companies for bringing in programmers and other specialized workers from other countries.
Although these visas, known as H-1B, aren't supposed to displace American workers, critics say the program mostly benefits consulting firms that let tech companies save money by contracting out their jobs to foreign workers.
The Associated Press and other news organizations are reporting that Trump plans to sign an order Tuesday that will direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse. Those departments would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the "most-skilled or highest-paid applicants."
Here's a look at how the H-1B visa program works.
The H-1B program is open to a broad range of occupations, including architects, professors and even fashion models. It's meant for jobs requiring specialty skills that cannot be filled by a U.S. worker. Many of these jobs happen to be in tech. According to the Labor Department, the top three H-1B occupations are computer systems analysts, application software developers and computer programmers - and those three account for roughly half of the department's H-1B certifications.
The tech industry says that companies have trouble filling positions with American workers and must turn to other countries through this program. Supporters have sought to expand the number of visas allowed each year, something unlikely to happen.
Although the program is capped at 85,000 new H-1B visas each year, more than 100,000 workers are allowed in annually because of exemptions for university-related positions. Recipients can stay up to six years. Demand is usually higher than the cap, so the government holds an annual lottery. This year, the government received nearly 200,000 applications for the available spots in less than a week.
By law, companies are required to pay at least the prevailing wage for that occupation. In practice, critics say companies can pay less by classifying jobs at the lowest skill levels, even if the specific workers hired have more experience. Many of the overseas workers are willing to work for as little as $60,000 annually, far less than $100,000-plus salaries typically paid to U.S. technology workers.
As a result, many U.S. companies find it cheaper simply to contract out help desks, programming and other basic tasks to consulting companies such as Wipro, Infosys, HCL Technologies and Tata in India and IBM and Cognizant in the U.S. These consulting companies hire foreign workers, often from India, and contract them out to U.S. employers looking to save money. Tech workers losing their jobs sometimes have sometimes been required to train their foreign replacements to qualify for severance packages.
In some cases, companies must make a good faith effort to hire a U.S. worker before turning to an H-1B worker, but there are many exceptions to this requirement.
The Trump administration can do a few things on its own.
A few weeks ago, the Trump administration issued a stern warning to U.S. companies that it would investigate and prosecute those who overlook qualified American workers for jobs. An official with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also circulated a memo intended to reserve approvals for computer programming to more senior positions. Although the memo doesn't have the force of law and is merely intended as guidance for employees reviewing individual cases, it could make it more difficult for entry-level workers to get approved.
Beyond that, the administration could scrap the current lottery approach and give priority to higher-paying jobs, thereby weeding out lower-paying, entry-level positions. Trump wants individual departments in his administration to come up with proposals.
One bill, proposed by Sens. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, would require companies seeking H-1B visas to first make a good-faith effort to hire Americans, a requirement that applies to only some companies under the current system. It would also give the Labor Department more power to investigate and sanction H-1B abuses and give "the best and brightest" foreign students studying in the U.S. priority in getting H-1B visas.
Reps. Darrell Issa and Scott Peters - a Republican and a Democrat, both from California- propose raising the minimum annual salary for certain exemptions to $100,000, from $60,000. The change could make even more companies subject to the requirement to try to hire U.S. workers first.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat and former immigration lawyer whose district includes the heart of Silicon Valley, has proposed raising the minimum salary even higher, to $130,000. Her bill also would give priority to higher-paying jobs, while setting aside 20 percent of spots to smaller businesses, which might not be able to pay as much.
AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco and Business Writer Paul Wiseman in Washington contributed to this story.
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