For decades San Jose ’s mayor has lacked the powers afforded to other big-city counterparts across the country. But that could change come November. Later afternoon Friday, Mayor Sam Liccardo unveiled a proposal for a ballot initiative that focuses on campaign finance reform, accountability and transparency while expanding the powers of his office.
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Retiring San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle reflects on 20 years on the job
Retiring San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle reflects on 20 years on the job
San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle spent this week packing up his office before Saturday, his last day after 20 years as the city’s top lawyer. “It amazing how things collect,” he said. “That’s one good reason for never leaving.” Doyle’s departure creates a rare vacancy at the helm of his department, which has 87 full-time employees, including 48 lawyers. San Jose has had only two people — Doyle and his pred. . .
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo drops his 'strong mayor' plan
After a month of pressure and community outcry, Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday quietly dropped his push for a ‘strong mayor’ initiative that would extend his term by two years and increase his powers. In a memo released Monday — a day before the San Jose City Council was set to vote on the controversial...
San Jose businesses, officials worry about prolonged closures
Oanh Turkenkopf and his wife closed their coffee and sandwich shop in San Jose three days before Santa Clara County issued its shelter-in-place order. At 65 and 68 years old, the couple weren’t taking any chances of getting the novel coronavirus. Three weeks later, with the closure eating into their savings and neighbors asking when...
The provincial trend toward fewer drug overdose deaths has been reversed in recent months.
Planning for the Diridon Station Area (Spring 2020 Outreach) — Diridon Station Area
Between November 2019 and January 2020, the City hosted several events to talk about the Downtown West mixed-use project proposed by Google, Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP) amendment process, Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan, and other related planning efforts affecting the area. View the event summaries here: Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) Regular Meeting | January 16, 2020 SAAG Small Group Meetings | Fall 2019 Diridon Station Area Community Meetings | Fall 2019 Since the...
San Jose Races to Close the 'Digital Divide' as Coronavirus Moves Learning Online
Census data from the latest American Community Survey estimates that more than 20,000 households in the city lack internet access.
Update: San Jose slashes budget, approves new sexual assault unit
The San Jose City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved making massive cuts to the city budget for the next fiscal year, as officials brace for an expected shortfall of least $45 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s going to be a long road for us,” Budget Director Jim Shannon said. “When we released our...
San Jose City Mgr. Dave Sykes presents City's Response to COVID-19 & Continuity of Operations Plan
San Jose City Council March 24 Meeting Item 3.1 presentation
Mayor Liccardo and Valley Leaders Launch Economic Recovery and Resilience Council
Today, Mayor Liccardo announced the formation of the Silicon Valley Economic Recovery and Resilience Council (SV-ERRC), a group of Silicon Valley business leaders who will set the path for economic recovery in the region. This flagship group will be tasked with making policy recommendations to local and regional governing bodies that ensure political leaders harness state and federal resources, get families back to work, and prepare for the economy’s “new normal”. The SV-RRC will be given six months to formulate policy recommendations related to job creation required for a hard reset of our regional economy. The SV-ERC will be co-chaired by five high-profile leaders representing business, labor, and philanthropy, including: Bobby Alvarado, Executive Officer, NorCal Carpenters Regional Council Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Lisa Su, President and CEO, AMD Nicole Taylor, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Planning for a 'new normal,' San Jose launches economic recovery council
San Jose has launched a new advisory council to help map out economic recovery in the tenth-largest U.S. city, as leaders begin mulling the region’s “new normal.” The five co-chairs of the council, announced by Mayor Sam Liccardo on Thursday, will aim to jump-start the region’s economy and help bring back the 200,000 Santa Clara...
The City of San Jose Keeps the Developments Going
Many things came to a screeching halt when the COVID-19 outbreak mandated a shelter-in-place for the Bay Area. Many of you may wonder what that means for all the development projects in downtown San Jose.
San Jose lawmakers unanimously approve paid sick leave policy
Low-wage workers in San Jose employed during the coronavirus pandemic will soon receive paid sick leave if they start to feel ill on the job. Following a unanimous vote Wednesday, the San Jose City Council decided to move forward with the emergency ordinance, one week after Mayor Sam Liccardo introduced policy. “We believe that compliance is...
San Jose approves $2M for coronavirus homeless prevention fund
Following a statewide directive to shelter-in-place, San Jose leaders on Tuesday unanimously approved allocating $2 million to fund homelessness prevention services for low-income families at risk of being pushed into poverty. Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday also approved an additional $2 million to the same $11 million fund meant to provide rent assistance to tenants at risk of eviction because of a loss of income from the coronavirus, matching the city's contribution. The fund, which is part of the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System, is being led by Sacred Heart Community Service. The donations came from foundational grants and tech companies including including Cisco, Western Digital, Adobe, Zoom Video Communications Inc., and Facebook. "I want to express gratitude to a lot of public and private sector leaders who've been working together to grow this fund and we're still at it," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said at Tuesday's meeting. "I
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San Jose Tweaks Transparency Rules Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
In light of the public health crisis that’s upended so many rules already, local leaders have relaxed some of the city’s transparency guidelines.
San Jose streets quiet as shelter-in-place order nears second week
San Jose, the Bay Area's largest city, was eerily quiet Monday as the mandatory shelter-in-place order nears its second week.
San Jose approves $2M for coronavirus homeless prevention fund
Following a statewide directive to shelter-in-place, San Jose leaders on Tuesday unanimously approved allocating $2 million to fund homelessness prevention services for low-income families at risk of being pushed into poverty. Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday also approved an additional $2 million to the same $11 million fund meant to provide rent assistance...
San Jose officials asks residents to report 'stay at home' violations
If you see your neighbor or a business violating the “stay at home” order that now applies to all of California, the San Jose Police Department wants you to call 311. On Friday, San Jose Chief of Police Eddie Garcia along with Mayor Sam Liccardo said the police department saw 56 violations of the order...
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Platform 16 breaks ground
The next office megaproject in San Jose in now underway. Platform 16 is a 1.1 million SQFT campus within a 10 minute walk of Diridon, the SAP Center, Whole Foods, the San Jose Market Center, and the San Pedro Square Market. It's located off of Julian and Autumn Parkway. The total build out will cost over $1 billion. Boston Properties made sure this would be attractive to our largest tech companies with large floor plates, 15-foot ceilings, and 16 outdoor terraces. There is a good chance a fla...
Sam Liccardo joins California mayors to support tax break reform to tackle homelessness
Mayor Sam Liccardo is among nine mayors across California’s biggest cities to support proposed legislation that would reduce state tax breaks for homeowners, raising funding to tackle the state’s burgeoning homeless crisis. Assembly Bill 1905, introduced by San Francisco Assemblymember David Chiu, would eliminate the mortgage interest deduction (MID) for taxpayers’ second homes. It would...
San Jose, California, unveils 6 partners for Better Buildings program
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San Jose is one step closer to having an iconic landmark
Imagine it in Silicon Valley. That’s Urban Confluence Silicon Valley’s message, as the nonprofit is on the mission to honor San Jose’s history and prestige in technology and innovation, by creating an iconic landmark in the nation’s tenth largest city. The group last summer launched an international design competition to solicit ideas from the community....
Former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer dies at age 81
Susan Hammer, the trailblazing 62nd mayor of San Jose known for her infectious laugh and push for diversity and equity, died Saturday. She was 81. Hammer’s family made the announcement Sunday afternoon, citing health reasons. Hammer, who battled Alzheimer’s disease, was surrounded by family and friends. “We are heartbroken at Mom’s passing and feel so...
When is San Jose going to address homelessness?
As a San Jose State University student. I feel unsafe walking to my car after class because I am afraid of a homeless person begging for money or jumping me because they are desperate. I understand there are resources available for the homeless.
San Jose Considers Transfer Tax Exemptions for Non-Profits
As housing advocates drum up support for Measure E, the city is figuring out how to spare non-profits from the impact of the tax measure.
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A newly released federal report highlights the value of the Foreign Trade Zone program to businesses in the San Jose region and across the nation. The Foreign Trade Zones Board Annual Report to the U.S. Congress of 2018 FTZ activity shows a significant increase in the value of merchandise in Foreign Trade Zones, both foreign and domestic, exceeded $793 billion, an increase of $124 billion from 2017. In the San Jose region, four companies – Space Systems Loral, Lam Research, Tesla, and the RK ...
Reflecting on 4 years of service as San José’s Chief Innovation Officer
When I arrived in San José in 2016, two suitcases in tow, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I moved from the East Coast with not much more than a feeling that there was something special…
San Jose opens first affordable housing complex for the homeless
After many years of planning and construction, community leaders celebrated the grand opening of Second Street Studios-- San Jose's first affordable housing development strictly reserved for the formerly homeless.
Unique Public-Private Conservation Partnership Preserves 937 Acres in Coyote Valley – El Observador
SAN JOSÉ, Calif. - On November 6 the San José City Council approved the protection of 937 acres of open space in North Coyote Valley, through an innovative partnership between Peninsula Open Space T...
San Jose leaders split on how to spend housing tax revenue
San Jose lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to approve drafting an affordable housing tax measure for the March 2020 ballot, but differ on how to divvy up the funds that the tax will generate — a frequent dilemma among a City Council that is often at odds with one another. In a memo to their colleagues, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmembers Lan Diep and Raul Peralez are advocating to allocate half the funds for housing that prioritizes extremely-low income households. They want to allocate ano...
On Track to 2040: General Plan 4-Year Review
The Envision San José 2040 General Plan establishes a four-year review cycle, providing opportunity to evaluate the City’s achievement of key goals and mid-course adjustments to the General Plan. This work will be done through open, public meetings of the Envision San José 2040 Task Force and City Council. The City is currently undergoing its second four-year review cycle from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020. To view past efforts, visit the General Plan Four-Year Review Cycle #1 (2015/2016) page. En...
At BSR, San Jose Mayor Praises Corporate Focus on the Homeless in Wealthy Silicon Valley
Over 9,000 people find themselves homeless in Santa Clara County each night - to Silicon Valley's credit, more tech companies are stepping up to take on this crisis.
San Jose Clean Energy
The Community Energy Department is seeking qualified candidates who are passionate about the environment, driven, creative and who have a desire to be part of making a difference in their community. This is an exciting opportunity to lead positive change and take ownership and pride in being a part of a newly created department at the City of San José as it becomes fully
What do you get San Jose for its 242nd birthday?
San Jose will get an early birthday celebration Saturday at the Peralta Adobe, with family-friendly activities and a walking tour planned.
Union Attack Ad Accuses San Jose Councilman of Rewarding ‘Slavery Towers’ Developers
The ad opens with images of twin highrises before the words “Slavery Towers” flash on the screen in bold white font. In a dramatic baritone, a narrator recounts the harrowing discovery that the project’s subcontractor harbored undocumented workers and forced them to labor for free. The YouTube video proceeds to blame San Jose Councilman Lan Diep for giving developer KT Urban “a $22 million taxpayer-funded subsidy” despite its involvement with the Silvery Towers project at 188 W. St. James St....
What do you get San Jose for its 242nd birthday?: Pizarro
San Jose turns 242 this month, and if you were to peek at the city’s birthday wish list no doubt you would find a desire for more housing, safer streets and probably a gift card for a spa day. After all, tussling with PG&E and planning a wedding to Google can take its toll on a city. But it’s actually your presence — not presents — that’s being requested at History San Jose’s official birthday bash this Saturday at the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House sites at downtown’s San Pedro Square. Keepi...
Editorial: These four Bay Area cities face serious financial risk
We’ve been warning for years now that too many California cities are in financial distress, failing to responsibly balance their income with their expenses. New data from state Auditor Elaine Howle supports that concern. Wherever you live, you should use Howle’s new website to understand the challenges your city faces. Especially if you live in El Cerrito, Richmond, Oakland or San Jose. Those Bay Area cities rank among the worst 25 in the state, most at risk for financial distress. Howle deem...
City of San Jose Plans to Double Electric Car Charging Stations with $14 Million Investment
The biggest chunk of the investment—$10 million—will come from the state. And the remaining $4 million from a vote by the City Council.
Plugging into community know-how in America’s innovation capital
Serving as Chief Innovation Officer in a city that calls itself the “Capital of Silicon Valley” comes with a little added pressure. Shireen Santosham is up to the task. “My job is to help San José…
Frustrated with PG&E, San Jose considers forming own utility
San Jose’s mayor wants his city to split off from PG&E and create its own electric utility — something San Francisco is also trying to do.