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Special City Council Meeting on Medical Marijuana
December 9, 2010
On Monday, December 13, The City Council held a Special City Council meeting to consider options relating to Medical Marijuana. To access information/materials for this meeting, please view the agenda: Adobe PDF.

To review past reports on medical marijuana, please visit the City’s Medical Marijuana website at:

Proposed Ban on Paper and Plastic BagsMeeting About Proposed Ban on Paper and Plastic Bags
November 8, 2010
The City of San José proposed a new regulation to ban both plastic and paper disposable shopping bags provided at all stores. Retailers may offer paper bags made out of 40% recycled content for 10 cents each. Customers would be encouraged to shop with reusable bags.

The final public meeting was on Thursday, November 18, to learn about the proposed regulation, before consideration by City Council. View the meeting flyer in EnglishAdobe PDF, SpanishAdobe PDF, VietnameseAdobe PDF.

For more information, visit

City Seeking Applicants for Retirement Boards
October 23, 2010
The City of San José is currently accepting applicants to serve on the one of the city's two retirement system boards: 1) The Federated City Employees' Retirement System, which manages retirement benefits for approximately 3,700 active employees and 2,400 retirees; and 2) The Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan, which covers 2,100 sworn police officers and firefighters, and 1,500 retirees. Each board is responsible for the administration and investment of the retirement funds, subject to provisions of the city's charter and municipal code, as well as state and federal law.

Details about Board Member qualifications may be found in the Board Member recruitment brochureAdobe PDF. You can also find Board ApplicationsAdobe PDF on the City Clerk's website. The deadline for applying was November 8, 2010.

More information is available on the City Clerk’s website.

City Employee Salaries
October 8, 2010
In 2007, the California Supreme Court declared that all public employee compensation information is public, and since then the City of San José has made salary information available. Due to the recent attention on public employee compensation in California and across the nation, and increased interest in knowing how all public sector employees are compensated, we are posting this salary information online to make it more readily available. Click here to view salary informationAdobe PDF.

The City of San José is committed to open and honest government and strives to consistently meet its community’s expectations by providing excellent service in a positive, timely, and transparent manner. For more information please contact

This information was compiled using W-2 information for 2009 and will be updated when 2010 information is available.

Ballot MeasuresBallot Measures Approved
In November, San Jose approved three ballot measures.  Measure U allows the City Council to impose a business tax on marijuana businesses in San José. Measure V would change the arbitration procedure that is currently used whenever the City and one of its Police or Fire unions has an unresolved dispute over wages, hours or working conditions. Measure W would amend the Charter to allow the City Council to exclude newly hired officer and employees from existing retirement plans and to create new retirement plans that would not be required to meet the minimum benefits established in the City Charter.

Police Chief Recruitment Community Outreach MeetingsPolice Chief Recruitment Community Outreach Meetings
The City of San José is recruiting for a new Police Chief and is interested in receiving community input regarding the ideal qualities of a Police Chief. The City has contracted with Ms. Teri Black-Brann, of Teri Black & Company, a public sector executive recruitment firm, to conduct the search. The City’s public outreach program involves an on-line survey posted on the City’s website, scheduled community meetings, along with workshops with community stakeholders, and an email address to which comments can be sent directly to the Recruiter.

For additional details on the upcoming meetings, community feedback and other resources, you are encouraged to visit the Police Chief Recruitment Community Outreach Website at –

City's Labor Relations InformationCity's Labor Relations Information
The City of San José has 11 bargaining units (unions). The only bargaining unit that the City is currently negotiating with is the International Association of Firefighters, Local 230 (IAFF).

For information regarding the negotiations with the San José Firefighters, see IAFF Local 230 Negotiations, click here.

For the latest labor relations information, see our Labor Relations website.

General Fund Structural Deficit Elimination Plan (GFSDEP) Stakeholder Group: Retirement Reform
The City Council has directed the reconvening of the General Fund Structural Deficit Elimination Plan (GFSDEP) Stakeholder Group around the topic of Retirement Reform. The Stakeholder Group will meet four times between September 29 and November 3, and will generate input to City Council regarding major considerations and concerns with the existing retirement systems and priority elements for reform, to by used by the Council in developing principles to guide achievement of a revised retirement system, inclusive of pensions and retiree healthcare benefits. For the latest information on retirement reform, see our GFSDEP website.

City Manager’s Weekly Report
August 23, 2010
The City Manager’s Weekly Report is a regular news briefing that is provided to the San José City Council. The Weekly Report includes important City news, updates on key initiatives and projects, and a listing of upcoming City-sponsored meetings and events. It covers a variety of topics, from Capital projects and grant funding to how the City is delivering services and responding to any concerns from our community. To subscribe to this weekly email, visit the City’s News and Information site.

Green Cadre Environmental Ambassadors – Open Enrollment!
Program Duration: October 2010 – March 2011 (tentative)
July 29, 2010
Are you 18-24 years old? Curious to learn more about the green economy? Looking for hands-on work experience, but just can’t get your foot in the door?

Be one of 50 awesome Green Cadre members to engage in various community service activities, workshops, and fieldtrips—all while developing teamwork and leadership experience. For the last 10 weeks, you will be placed at an internship site, earning a stipend of $125/week (paid bi-weekly)! Sound good? Well, what are you waiting for?

Click here Adobe PDF for an application. Click here Adobe PDF for a flyer.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, September 3rd!

Almaden Lake Closed to all Water Activity Due to Algae Bloom
July 26, 2010
Almaden Lake is now closed to all water activity due to blue-green algae bloom; the Lake will remain closed until the bloom dissipates. The algae, identified as Cyanobacteria, can be harmful to humans, especially small children. The bloom can occur in fresh water in late summer after a warm spell of weather. Park staff will continue monitoring and testing the Lake waters as we allow the bloom to subside.

Final Community Meeting Before Council Decides on New San José Streetlights
July 19, 2010
Residents are invited to attend the final community meeting to provide input on a proposed new streetlight system before the item goes to the City Council.

Please join us at this community meeting on Wednesday, July 21, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at San José City Hall, Room Wing 120, located at 200 East Santa Clara Street. For more information, read the news release.

Community meeting on the draft Medical Marijuana Ordinances
July 16, 2010
The City of San José will be holding a community meeting on the draft Medical Marijuana Ordinances on:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Roosevelt Community Center
901 East Santa Clara Street

At this meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to self-select a topic to provide input that will help staff further develop the Ordinances for City Council consideration.  Key topics include:

  • Registration Process & Requirements
  • Operating Requirements
  • Taxing Marijuana Businesses
  • Land Use Policy

For more information, click here.

Effective July 1, Bid Openings will be held in City Hall Tower Room 550 on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m.
June 23, 2010    
In an effort to streamline City processes, bid openings for construction projects will change location from the City Clerk’s Office to the Department of Public Works as of July 1, 2010. 

For more information, please visit the City’s Bid Hotline.

AlertSCC - Register to receive important emergency information
June 22, 2010
The City of San José is participating in a new Countywide Emergency Notification System that will provide timely and possibly lifesaving information to registered residents. The system will be used to provide emergency alerts in San José and/or Santa Clara County. Land line phones for home and business are already in the system. You’ll need to register External Site to receive emergency alerts on your cell phone, PDA, or device for the hearing impaired. It’s a simple step that will help you be better prepared for an emergency. Register now External Site.

City’s Aquatics Partnerships Now Serving Six Sites
June 18, 2010
The City’s summer aquatics program is now operational at five pool sites and Almaden Lake. Residents have a choice of swim lessons and recreational swim at Biebrach, Camden, Fair Swim Center, Mayfair and Rotary Ryland pool sites while Almaden Lake offers recreational swim and a beach setting. The City created a unique partnership with local non-profits, California Sports Center and Sparkle Swim School, to ensure residents are able to enjoy water recreation this summer. For pool hours and contact information visit

Stakeholder Meeting to Present a Draft Medical Marijuana Ordinance
May 21, 2010
The City will hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss a draft Medical Marijuana Ordinance on Monday, June 7 in the City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure stakeholder participation and input at key points in the process. At this meeting, City staff will be (1) presenting the framework for the draft ordinance, (2) collecting public comment/input, and (3) answering questions. To view the agenda, click here Adobe PDF. To view the presentation, click here Adobe PDF. For more information, click here Adobe PDF.

Community Partners to Keep Open Two Aquatics Facilities
May 18, 2010
San José park officials announced new community partnerships that will help keep swimming pools open for the 2010 summer season. Rotary Ryland Pool in Downtown San José and Fair Swim Center in East San José will be open from June 14 through August 15 in a partnership with the California Sports Center. For more information, read the news release Adobe PDF.

Convention Center Informational Meeting
May 6, 2010
The City will be awarding a contract to a Design Build entity for the San José McEnery Convention Center in January 2011. An informational meeting will be held at San José City Hall on May 19, 2010, to present the project and answer questions. For meeting and project details, click here Adobe PDF.

City's Federated Retirement Board Broadcast on CivicCenter Television
May 4, 2010
The City's Federated Retirement Board meetings will be broadcast on CivicCenter Television, Cable Channel 26, starting May 6. Meetings will also be available to view online. Click here for the meeting schedule.

Measure K for the June 8, 2010 Special Municipal Election
April 16, 2010
On March 9, 2010, the City Council voted to submit a ballot measure for the June 8, 2010 Special Municipal Election to increase the Cardroom Tax, increase the number of cardroom tables and make other modifications to the City’s Municipal Code regarding permissible card games and betting limits. For more information, please review the facts regarding possible impacts by clicking on one of the links below.

English Adobe PDF     Spanish Adobe PDF     Vietnamese Adobe PDF     Chinese Adobe PDF    Tagalog Adobe PDF

For more information, you may visit the City Clerk’s website at

Community Meetings About Proposed Ban on Paper and Plastic Bags
April 16, 2010
The City of San José is considering a ban on both plastic and paper disposable shopping bags provided at all stores. Instead, retailers would sell “green” paper bags made out of 40% recycled paper for between 10 and 25 cents each. Customers would be encouraged to shop with reusable bags.

As part of a citywide outreach effort, the City of San José will hold community meetings and gather input on the proposed single-use bag ordinance. Click here for meeting dates and times. For more information, visit

Special Thanks to City’s Suppliers
April 16, 2010
The City would like to recognize and extends its sincerest thanks to all suppliers that participated in the City’s cost savings initiative. Through their collective efforts, the City will potentially save up to $2.6 million in the upcoming 2010-2011 Fiscal Year in all funds. 

In February, the City began efforts to renegotiate existing contracts and seek pricing concessions on high dollar purchase orders and agreements. We are pleased to report that over 80% of the suppliers contacted have responded and the vast majority of them have agreed to price concessions.  The City will continue to evaluate its agreements for additional cost savings opportunities.

Click here to see the complete list of participating suppliers.

Downtown Business Parking Incentives
April 9, 2010
San Jose’s downtown is a vibrant and attractive place for businesses to thrive and grow.  As part of the City’s commitment to attracting and retaining businesses in the heart of the City, a new Downtown Business Parking Incentive Adobe PDF program has been approved by the City Council.  The program offers a variety of incentives and discounts.

Kill A Watt Program Extends to All San José Public Libraries
April 8, 2010
Starting April 14, Kill A Watt™ EZ Meters will be available for free checkout at all San José Public Libraries. The meter measures electricity used by plug-in appliances and electronics and shows the energy use and associated energy costs of the item. By calculating your energy use, you can find ways to conserve energy around the house and save money on your energy bill.

For more information, read the news release.

Special Public Safety, Finance & Strategic Support Committee Meeting
April 5, 2010
In the City's efforts to maintain and improve police services and community relations, the Public Safety, Finance & Strategic Support Council Committee invites members of the public to a special meeting on April 14, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Meeting Purpose: The purpose of this forum is to elicit feedback on the City’s efforts to address issues related to public safety and policing in San José.

Please join us at this meeting. Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available. Click here for more information.

San José Seeks Input on New Public Streetlight Plan
April 2, 2010
Residents are invited to attend an upcoming meeting regarding new streetlights. The City will be presenting the results of detection tests and surveys conducted at San José’s streetlight demonstrations held in early March. Staff will discuss the implications of that data and how the City proposes to apply it to reduce the City’s energy consumption, improve the quality of lights on City streets, and protect the night sky.

Please join us at this community meeting on Wednesday, April 7 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Community Center, Classrooms 1 & 2, 901 East Santa Clara Street. For more information, read the news release.

City works to solve $116 million budget deficit
March 29, 2010
The City of San José is facing an unprecedented $116 million deficit for the Fiscal Year 2010-2011, which begins July 1. The decisions our elected officials will make in June will require a difficult balancing act between significantly reducing costs while sustaining the best mix of critical City services, such as police, fire, street maintenance, parks and library services. Today, the City Manager released a Preliminary Budget Reduction Proposals document. The document outlines preliminary proposals representing significant service reductions to the community and loss of jobs to the City workforce.  Read the Preliminary Budget Reduction Proposals.

4th Annual Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference – Learn, Lead, Inspire.
March 29, 2010
Public and private K-12 teachers, students, parents, administrators and community members are invited to attend the fourth annual Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference to learn how your school can “go green” with recycling, composting and worm composting; water and energy conservation; and on-site gardening. Discover ways to connect children with nature and other environmental education topics such as solar energy and climate change. Plus, find out how your schools can apply for green program funding. Get inspired by this year’s special keynote speaker, Alec Loorz, youth founder of Kids vs. Global Warming and the youngest trained member of Al Gore’s Climate Project team.

The conference will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San José.

Go to the conference Web site

Get Wired up San José!
March 11, 2010
Google is looking for communities to test ultra-high speed broadband networks across the country. And, San José wants to be one of them! The network would deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second. As you can imagine, it would present fantastic opportunities for residents and businesses alike—by attracting businesses and jobs to our community, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens and improving our schools, health care system and government agencies. To make sure San José is a top contender, we need your help. For more information, visit

City of San José seeking residents in Council District 5 to fill vacancies on the San José Neighborhoods Commission
March 4, 2010
The City of San José is seeking residents in Council District 5 to fill two vacancies on the San José Neighborhoods Commission, the City’s newest and largest advisory board. To be eligible, candidates must live within the boundaries of San José’s Council District 5, be available to attend meetings for the two-year term, and file a statement of economic interest. Residents who want to serve on the commission can apply through the San José City Clerk’s Office website at Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2010. The two new commissioners and two alternates will be selected by residents through a caucus process scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 27, at Capitol Park Neighborhood Center, 800 Peter Pan Avenue, 95116. For more information, contact Ernest Guzman, Community Services Supervisor, Neighborhood Development Center, at (408) 723-4114.

Fire Chief Recruitment
February 26, 2010
The City of San José is recruiting for a new Fire Chief and is seeking community input regarding important qualities the City Manager and City Council should consider in evaluating candidates for this position. The first of six community meetings will be held on March 9th at the Vineland Library Community Room between 6:30-8:30pm.
Please see flyer for more details. English, Spanish, Vietnamese
Additionally, you may provide your feedback on the Fire Chief Candidate profile by sending an email to

City Budget Process for Fiscal Year 2010-2011
February 26, 2010
The City of San Jose is working through the budget process for Fiscal Year 2010-2011, which will begin in July.  The decisions our elected officials will make in June will require a difficult balancing act between significantly reducing costs while sustaining the best mix of critical City services, such as police, fire, street maintenance, parks and library services. The City uses a community-based budgeting process to help ensure that our decisions reflect the values and priorities of our community. For more information, refer to the Budget Office Web site. To provide comments or budget suggestions, send an e-mail to

Love is in the Air for Clara’s Fourth Nesting Season
February 17, 2010
The City of San José’s FalconCam, featuring the saga of peregrine falcons Clara and Esteban Colbert from their nestbox atop City Hall, is back and better than ever for this year’s nesting season. Thanks to the work of falcon fans with the San José Peregrine Falcon Alliance, who raised $25,000 from individual donors and a number of corporations from Silicon Valley and around the nation, the FalconCam system now comprises two cameras that provide alternating views into the nestbox and onto the ledges where the falcons like to roost. more>>

Grand Opening of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
February 16, 2010
Join us for the Grand Opening of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo on March 20th at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the exciting new renovations. Customers will experience new animal exhibits and expanded rides as well as enjoy family favorites like Danny the Dragon. Happy Hollow Park and Zoo has been important to San Jose since it first opened its gates in 1961. The new Happy Hollow has combined innovative green architecture with whimsical fun. For more information please visit

Results of 2010 Community Budget Survey
February 10, 2010
The City of San José recently completed its annual community budget survey. This year's survey explored public perception of City services, asked residents to identify funding priorities, and gauged their support for or opposition to increasing revenue through voter approved tax measures. For more information click here.

Street Trees and the Community Forest
January 28, 2010
The intense winter storms have caused a number of trees and branches to fall throughout the valley. Unhealthy trees can pose a safety concern.  In San José, property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the trees on their property and street trees adjacent to their property.  There are approximately one million trees in San José’s community forest with the majority of them on private property.  Click here for information about caring for your street tree and the community forest, and identifying problems with a tree.  Click here for a list of frequently asked questions and other information about street trees.

San José Airport Passes Annual FAA Safety Inspection with High Scores
January 27, 2010
For the fifth consecutive year Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) has achieved a nearly perfect passing score from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its annual airport certification and safety inspection. Every year the FAA reviews all commercial airports to ensure they meet federal standards for safety as part of the process for the annual renewal of an airport’s license to operate. For more information, click here.

Mayor Chuck Reed encourages residents to support international rescue effort under way in Haiti
January 19, 2010
Following a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, San José Mayor Chuck Reed called on San José residents to give generously to support the international rescue and relief effort now underway. According to experts in international aid and philanthropy, cash donations provide the most immediate assistance and, when relief agencies are able to purchase products in the impacted region, can also aid that area’s economy.

San José 2010 Census
January 15, 2010
The 2010 Census — a count of everyone living in the United States — is fast approaching! In mid-March 2010, every household in San José will receive a 2010 Census questionnaire.  We need you or someone in your household to fill it out and mail it back by April 1, 2010. The information you provide will determine how over $435 billion in federal funds are distributed each year to cities like San José for community programs and services, such as education, housing, public health, senior services, transportation, neighborhood improvements and more.  Filling out a census form is safe, easy and confidential! For more information, click here.

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