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Massage Parlors Could Get Stricter Rules

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Following complaints of drugs and prostitution at local massage parlors, Councilman Cruz Shaw worked with the San Antonio Police Department to update and amend the existing ordinance to make stricter penalties.

“I’m glad this item is moving forward to the next phase for approval,” said Councilman Shaw. “Through a community-driven process, the city is creating policy that will target bad actors and eliminate activities that often contribute to human trafficking. This proposal is simply making it easier for law enforcement to do their job.”

Since 2017, a total of 28 investigations have been completed resulting in 48 citations, 19 arrests and the closure of two establishments by SAPD’s Vice Unit, in coordination with the City Attorney’s Office, Development Services, Health Department and the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation. The overwhelming majority of violations can be attributed to approximately 15 establishments within the city.

Earlier in March, three massage businesses were shut down in Leon Valley for violations with prostitution. Typically, investigations are comprised of an internet search on prominent review sites to determine if the establishment in question has a history of illegal activities followed by an undercover operation that includes an attempt to obtain prostitution services.

The owner is responsible for criminal activity even if the owner had no knowledge of the illegal activity. Individuals arrested for illegal activity are reported to the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation which may choose to revoke the individual’s massage license. The City may file a lawsuit against a business in an effort to force the business to close once a minimum of six cases related to sexual, drug-related or violent crimes occur at the property.o

To update and amend the existing ordinance, the following amendments have been identified:

  • Require businesses cited for the following violations within a 12 month period to obtain city permit ($75 fee):
    • Charge of any violation of the Penal Code
    • Three or more minimum housing violations
    • Failure to post TDLR license for business, owner and/or masseur
  • Increase penalty for operating without a permit from $200 to $500
  • Add criminal violations as basis for revocation
  • Revocation of certificate of occupancy following multiple violations
  • Prohibit businesses from having sleeping quarters and metal doors
Businesses cited for violations will have its permit revoked which will also result in the loss of its certificate of occupancy for the property. The city will begin the process to engage stakeholders in reviewing changes to the ordinance. The amendments will then be submitted to full City Council for consideration. A draft of the proposed ordinance can be viewed here.
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Microsoft to Partner With Huge HBCU Hiring Event For Software and IT Professionals

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Nationwide — HBCU Connect and Microsoft have partnered to offer an amazing opportunity to  software engineering professionals. On February 13th, the two companies will host a special Recruitment and Networking Reception in Dallas, Texas for HBCU grads turned tech professionals interested in working for Microsoft.

At the event, participants will learn more about Microsoft and converse with Microsoft recruiters and hiring managers with the unique opportunity for candidates to land next day interviews on the 14th followed by same day job offers!

Event Date: Thursday, February 13th, 2020 – with next day interviews and offers on the 14th
Event Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: Dallas, Texas – Exact location provided with confirmed registration

Microsoft has hundreds of openings for software engineers and technical program managers, so whether you are a coder or have progressed into program management with a background in software engineering, you really need to make it to this event! Microsoft offers a great work atmosphere, great pay and benefits, crazy room for advancement, and a progressive work environment.

The team behind the event is Microsoft “COSINE”, which stands for Core Operating System and Intelligent Edge technology. As a part of the Microsoft Cloud + AI division, the COSINE organization delivers technologies and solutions that establish the OS platform foundation across Microsoft’s everchanging product lines.

The COSINE organization within Microsoft would like to hire as many Software Engineers and Technical Program Managers as possible from the HBCU Connect hiring event. So, if you have experience developing code in C++, Java, C# or other modern programming languages, or you used to write code but now have years of experience as a program manager, you should register to attend this event.

While most of the opportunities will be at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, Microsoft offers a very competitive salary and relocation package for potential employees. Microsoft also has a thriving community of Black professionals, many of which are part of their long-standing employee resource group called Blacks at Microsoft (BAM).

This is a very unique opportunity for software professionals to get their foot in the door at Microsoft.

How to register:
Space is limited! Submit your resume and contact information at www.hbcuconnect.com/resumes or email your resume to rsvp@hbcuconnect.com

Companies interested in discussing the execution of similar events, and/or leveraging HBCU Connect in support of their diversity hiring strategies, should contact us at events@hbcuconnect.com.

For individuals interested in attending future events hosted by HBCU Connect, register at www.hbcuconnect.com/resumes.

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Leader In Fostering Diversity

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TV ONE NAMED AMONG TOP COMPANIES FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR BY COUNTRY’S LEADING ORGANIZATION FOR DIVERSITY IN THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY 

TV One was recently named one of the Top Companies of 2019 for People of Color by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), the premiere organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity and inclusions in the communications industry. As announced by NAMIC, TV One was among the top five programmers and is recognized as a leader in fostering diversity and inclusion in the cable and communications industry. The findings were gleaned from the 2019 NAMIC AIM Report which ranked the top five operators and top five programmers.  “It is an honor for TV One to be recognized by NAMIC as a leading company for diversity,” said TV One General Manager Michelle Rice. “We strongly believe diversity and inclusion are key business imperatives that cultivate a positive work environment for our employees to thrive. We will continue to invest and employ programs and strategies to retain and recruit both a dynamic and diverse workforce.”

Other top programmers ranked by NAMIC include AMC Networks, CBS Corporation, NBCUniversal and Revolt Media & TV; top operators include Altice USA, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and Mediacom Communications Corporation. 

“Building a diverse talent pool not only is the right thing to do, but also is essential for driving bottom-line results,” said NAMIC President and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. “These 10 companies are leading the way in adopting successful diversity and inclusion strategies that ensure we embrace differences and more accurately reflect the representation of our industry stakeholders as well as today’s workforce.” 

Funded by the Walter Kaitz Foundation and conducted by Mercer, the survey captured organizational workforce demographics, diversity practices, non-traditional employee benefits, and other indicators of corporate commitment to diversity and inclusion. The survey also gathered information that enabled the creation of industry-wide Internal Labor Market (ILM) maps showing the workforce dynamics – hires, promotions, and exits – of people of color in the industry. Data is being used to determine the steps the industry needs to take over the next five years to recruit and retain diverse talent. 

Twenty-one organizations participated in the survey, which represents an estimated 75.5 percent of the cable and communications industry’s workforce. 

The full report is available at http://namic.com

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