Effective, Efficient and Innovative Government? Here’s How.

By Greg Fischer, Edwin M. Lee and Sam Liccardo in Washington Monthly Technological innovation has revolutionized our world and the way we interact with it. Smart phones, Wi-Fi, and cloud computing have disrupted traditional industries and transformed the consumer experience. The next technological revolution—whether in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, or energy storage—will drive the next chapters of the human narrative. In contrast, government has adopted innovation at a notoriously slow rate. All too often, navigating the ...

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Sam Liccardo: San Jose needs to invest, innovate in 2016

By Sam Liccardo, Special to the Mercury News Editor's note: Mayor Liccardo adapted this from his State of the City speech on March 5 at Overfelt High School. We live in an era governed by a tyranny of the immediate. Hourly reports agitate financial markets. Media fixate on a 24-hour news cycles. Donald Trump articulates his deepest thoughts in 140-character tweets. This breeds a myopia -- and decisions that satisfy today but betray the future. So we consume natural resources at unsustainable rates, underinvest in education, and neglect crumbling infrastructure. ...

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Sam Liccardo: Let’s bring our veterans ‘All the Way Home’

By Sam Liccardo, Special to the Mercury News In the last year, San Jose has had much to celebrate. We've welcomed the thousands of jobs created by the expansion of tech giants Apple and Samsung, as well as fast-scaling companies Splunk and Xactly. We've christened three new international flights from our airport, witnessed an unprecedented revitalization of our downtown, and cut the ribbons on a half-dozen new manufacturing facilities, dozens of retail stores, three college campuses and even a soccer stadium. Job growth in San Jose and our county exceeds that of any ...

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Sam Liccardo and Chuck Reed: Measure B settlement is right for San Jose

By Sam Liccardo and Chuck Reed, Special to the Mercury News For both of our mayoral administrations, three objectives have guided our negotiations to settle litigation with our police and fire unions over pension reform: First, reducing the costs of unsustainable retirement benefits; second, ensuring that the pension system does not add to the $3 billion in unfunded liabilities already thrust on future generations; and third, reaching a settlement that enables us to rebuild San Jose's shrinking police force. The agreement reached in July accomplishes all three. ...

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San Jose mayor’s race: Sam Liccardo appears to be slim winner

By Mike Rosenberg, from the Mercury News SAN JOSE -- Councilman Sam Liccardo appeared to be headed for a narrow victory over county Supervisor Dave Cortese in Tuesday's hotly-contested battle to become the next mayor of San Jose. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, with all precincts reporting, Liccardo had won 51 percent of the vote and Cortese had secured roughly 49 percent -- a gap that had held steady throughout election night. Still, a good chunk of mail ballots turned in at the last minute will be counted over the rest of the week, and it wasn't clear if ...

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Early Voting Locations in San José and Santa Clara County

Voting is now well underway in San José – and 60,000 people have already returned their absentee ballots or voted early at one of the many early vote locations throughout the County. If you have an absentee ballot, today (Thursday, October 30) is the last day to return it in order to guarantee it will arrive before Election Day on Tuesday, November 4. Remember your ballot must be received before Election Day to be counted. At the very latest, you can mail your ballots by Friday morning – but after that it is best to take them to Early Voting locations or drop them ...

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Finding Your Polling Place in San José

With the November 4 election fast approaching, we have had many supporters ask what is the best tool to find their polling place. We’ve taken a close look and we are recommending http://www.gettothepolls.com as an easy-to-use tool to find your polling place in San José. Just type in your street address and you get a map showing your polling place and easy directions to get there. Other ways to find your polling place in San José This is just one of many tools you can use to find a polling place on November 4 – the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters also ...

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Mercury News editorial: Misleading anti-Liccardo campaign all union backed

Appeared in the Mercury News on 10/27/14 The campaigns for San Jose mayor say a lot about the candidates -- but not necessarily in the way the interests paying the bills for them would like. The campaigns by Sam Liccardo and by his supporters making independent expenditures are positive, ethical and forward looking. Liccardo's character, philosophy and approach to governing are laid out clearly. This reflects well on him and on the business and community leaders, such as former Mayor Susan Hammer, campaigning for him. You get a full picture of the former prosecu...

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Metro Endorsement: Sam Liccardo for San Jose Mayor

First appeared in San Jose Inside on October 15, 2014 By Silicon Valley Newsroom If San Jose voters are to believe the political mail piling up, the recommended candidate will lead the city to a beautiful future while the other will plunge San Jose into a dark, crime-ridden future or a financial abyss. We think the stark contrasts painted by campaign strategists are a bit overblown. The truth is that the economy and the city council’s composition will be much more important than who occupies the mayor’s office. And either candidate will have to cut sensible ...

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Chuck Reed: Crime is decreasing in San Jose, and pension reform will strengthen city

By Chuck Reed Special to the Mercury News Four former San José police chiefs recently invited the media into the police union offices to talk about the police department and the San José mayoral race. You might have expected them to compliment our current chief and the department for the reduction of crime in San Jose. San Jose had the lowest rate of violent crimes of big cities in America in 2011 and again in 2012 and the first half of 2013. The record looks like it will be repeated in 2014. For property crimes, we had the sixth-lowest rate of the more than 30 ...

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