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Mayor Sam Liccardo Unveils 15-point Housing Plan

Mayor sets an ambitious goal to construct 25,000 new homes – including at least 10,000 affordable homes – over the next 5 years to help address the region’s growing housing crisis Mayor Sam Liccardo has unveiled a 15-point plan to help accelerate the development of...

Sam Liccardo’s Statement on Re-Election Campaign

Our world has changed dramatically since I announced my campaign for Mayor four years ago. Our nation now daily endures a spate of frenzied rhetoric emphasizing all that divides us, while public civility and trust in our national institutions continues to deteriorate....

Mayors commit to uphold Paris Climate Agreement

Mayor Sam Liccardo issued the following statement regarding the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accords. Below is an open letter from The Climate Mayors to President Trump that Mayor Liccardo signed on to: “Today’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords represents...

Join Our Community Wide Campaign to #BeautifySJ

In my State of the City address this past February, I spoke of our recent progress in bridging political divides to resolve pension reform battles, pass a countywide traffic relief and road repair measure, and raise the minimum wage regionally. I laid out ambitious...

Let Consumers Choose to use Clean Energy & Save Money

All too often, calls for environmental sustainability resemble a doctor’s advice — urging that we indulge less, sweat more and take bad-tasting medicine. Fortunately, life sometimes gives us happier options. The San Jose City Council faces such an option this May,...

A Message from Sam: After the Flood

“If you have never seen a flood, you do not know what awful is.” - Will Rogers “No tengo manos sino suyos.” (“I have no hands but yours.”) -Inscription under a handless statue outside of a San Diego church Dear Friends, On Feb. 21, San José experienced its worst...

Confronting the Costs of Retirement Benefits

Despite the pitched battles on the national political landscape, San José has launched into 2017 with the wind at our back. Recent rains have provided a reprieve from a seemingly chronic drought. Local job growth continues at a pace that the rest of the nation envies....

A Message from Sam: A Tale of One City

The holidays give us an opportunity to enjoy time with family and loved ones, and to reflect on the blessings of our past year. I feel blessed to serve San José’s incredible community. Like every big city, we have daunting challenges to confront — among them poverty,...

Un Mensaje de Sam: Los vamos a respaldar

Los hechos recientes han dejado a miles de nuestros residentes de San José — alrededor del cuarenta por ciento de los cuales nacieron en un país extranjero — con miedo. Algunos de nuestros vecinos, amigos y familiares temen los cambios en las reglas de inmigración que...

A Message from Sam: We’ve Got Your Back

Dear Friends, Recent events have left many thousands of our San José residents — about forty percent of whom were born in a foreign country — in fear. Some of our neighbors, friends, and family fear changes in immigration rules or enforcement that could separate their...

Beyond the Grieving–Keeping Each Other Safe

In recent weeks, our television and computer screens have transmitted terrifying views of violence in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas. Predictably, scores of commentators and politicians have rushed in to opine on these events and their implications...

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

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...