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News Archive 2011


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Special fitness promotions at City's fitness centers
December 12, 2011
The City of San José"s Almaden, Camden, Mayfair, Roosevelt and Seven Trees Fitness Centers are now offering a variety of fitness memberships at over 50 percent off regular prices, including Group X memberhips. For the first time ever, we now offer Citywide memberships which allow you to exercise at any City of San José fitness center, group exercise class or drop-in gym program, starting at just $120/year! Act fast since this promotion ends January 31, 2012. Group X Membership information.


Get Street Smarts!
December 8, 2011
So far this year, the San José Police Department reports there have been 20 fatal traffic collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists in San José. Stay safe and practice Street Smarts while walking and biking. At night, pedestrians and bicyclists should wear bright or reflective clothing. Pedestrians should cross at an intersection, preferably in a crosswalk. Visit Street Smarts for more safety tips, no matter where or how you travel.


Proposed Pension Reform Ballot Measure
December 7, 2011
During the December 6, 2011 meeting, the City Council approved the wording of a pension reform ballot measure that may go before the voters in June. View the proposed measure here.


City Hall Holiday Schedule
San José City Hall will be closed from Friday, December 23, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012. City Hall will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 and resume normal business hours. If you need immediate help during the holiday break, contact the City's Call Center at (408) 535-3500.


Christmas in the Park
Christmas in the Park officially opens for the 2011 season on November 25, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. starting with the Community Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony. After, the event is open everyday, including Christmas, from 9 a.m. to midnight through January 1, 2012. For a complete schedule of all the events going on at the park, click here.


McDonnell Hall designated as a San José historic landmark
December 1, 2011
Earlier this week, the City Council unanimously adopted a resolution designating McDonnell Hall as a San José Historic Landmark. McDonnell Hall was the original mission church for Our Lady of Guadalupe parish and played a significant role in Cesar Chavez’ founding of the farm labor movement in the United States. Read more...


City of San José’s Single‐Use Carryout Bag Ordinance – Effective January 1, 2012
October 21, 2011
San José customers will soon be shopping greener than ever. All grocery and retail stores in San José can no longer provide single-use carryout bags at checkout beginning January 1, 2012. Consumers will have the option to bring or purchase their own reusable bags or purchase recycled content paper bags at checkout. Consider the following to prepare for the ordinance:

For additional resources and updates, including a list of reusable and recycled paper bag suppliers, visit www.sjrecycles.org/bags/retailers.asp.  If you have questions, please e-mail or call (408) 534-BYOB (2962). 


San José and California High-Speed Rail Authority Town Hall Community Meeting
December 6, 2011
The City of San José and the California High-Speed Train Project, San José to Merced Team will host a community town hall meeting to provide details about the proposed high-speed train plans for San José, development of visual design guidelinies for the proposed aerial alignment, and findings from the evaluation of a modified tunnel option. The community meeting is scheduled for 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8, at San José City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, in West Wing Community Rooms (W-118/119). For more information about the California High-Speed Train Project, visit www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov.


Community meeting on newly proposed tobacco law
December 6, 2011
The City of San José will hold a meeting this week to provide residents and business owners with further information on a newly proposed tobacco law. The new policy would decrease second-hand smoke in outdoor areas of San José. The outdoor areas under consideration are: outdoor seating areas of restaurants, public service lines/areas (examples: movie theatres, ATMs) and unenclosed common areas of multi-unit residences. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8, in City Council Chambers at San José City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street. View the proposed ordinance. If you have questions or comments, contact Mollie McLeod at (408) 535-7785 or via email.


Retirement reform and fiscal update
November 22, 2011
The City of San José released two documents on Tuesday, November 22, 2011: the Proposed Retirement Reform Ballot Measure and the Fiscal and Service Level Emergency Report: An evaluation of conditions in the City of San José. On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, the City Council is scheduled to vote whether to officially declare a fiscal and service level emergency as well as place the proposed retirement reform ballot measure before the voters in a March special election.


First-ever nationwide test of Emergency Alert System
November 2, 2011
On Wednesday, November 9, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, a test that will last for approximately three minutes. This national-level EAS is a national public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. For more details, visit the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau website.


Tell Your Neighbors!  Help Improve Your Neighborhood!
October 21, 2011
The City’s Housing Department is pleased to offer a special home repair assistance program for eligible San José homeowners who live in the City’s Strong Neighborhood Initiative (SNI) areas. The repairs can include roofing, electrical, heating, plumbing, and accessibility modifications. Income-qualifying households may receive up to $150,000 in assistance to fix up their homes depending on the amount of eligible repairs. View flyer for additional details. 

For more information, call the City’s Housing Department at (408) 975- 4440, or e-mail us. For a map of the City’s SNI, visit: http://www.strongneighborhoods.org/strongneighborhoodareas.htm.


Amended Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule
October 6, 2011
On September 27, 2011, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 76010 (link to CSJ document) and the Agency Board adopted Resolution No. 6030, amending the Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule to update the obligations of the Redevelopment Agency and the City of San José as it relates to the Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund in order to comply with the provisions of Section 34169 of the Health and Safety Code.


Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule
Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 34169, the City Council and Agency Board adopted an Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule that lists all of the obligations that are enforceable under AB X1 26. On August 23, 2011, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 75969, and the Agency Board adopted Resolution No. 6029. For more details, view the City Council Resolution and the Redevelopment Agency Resolution.


Website maintenance scheduled for Sunday
October 13, 2011
The City of San José will conduct scheduled maintenance on its websites including www.sanjoseca.gov and www.sjpd.org this Sunday, October 16, from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this time, the websites won't be accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience. The Mineta San José International Airport and San José Public Library websites will be unaffected and remain available for use.


U.S. Postal Service to hold public meeting
October 7, 2011
The United States Postal Service is seeking community input as it needs to relocate the retail services of the Parkmoor Post Office, located at 1545 Parkmoor Avenue. The Postal Service will hold a community meeting from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 20, at San José City Hall in Wing Rooms 118-119. View notice for details.


Most City offices closed for Columbus Day
October 6, 2011
San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, October 10 in observation of Columbus Day. More details.


First Annual San José Solar Home TourSan José Solar Home Tour
In conjunction with achieving the San Jose Green Vision strategy, the City of San Jose is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy as a Solar America City, the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, local solar companies, and San Jose residents to host a San Jose Solar Home Tour on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 10 am to 2 pm. Click here to learn more and register for the tour.


New City Council District Maps available
October 3, 2011
Every 10 years, after new population figures from the decennial census are released by the U.S. Census Bureau, San José establishes new City Council District boundaries. These boundaries determine which Council District represents each resident, and ensures equal representation for San José residents. An ordinance establishing new City Council District boundaries will become effective on October 13, 2011. View maps here.


Trail Count 2011 Survey
September 29, 2011
If you use San Jose’s trails, participate in the Trails Count 2011. Survey is now closed.


**ALERT** Alum Rock Park closed Thursday due to extreme fire danger
September 28, 2011
The City of San José’s Alum Rock Park will be closed on Thursday, 9/29/11, due to extreme fire related conditions within the park.  As a result, no public access or activities of any kind will be allowed in Alum Rock Park. The public may call (408) 259-5477 for an updated status of the park. For information about city parks, click here.


VTA to host public meetings on El Camino Real Rapid Transit Project
September 19, 2011
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is hosting public meetings on the El Camino Real Rapid Transit Project over the coming weeks. The transit project would upgrade the 522 Rapid Bus from Palo Alto to Downtown San José. Visit the VTA website for meeting dates and related information.


2011 Pollution Prevention Week
September 19, 2011
Come learn about simple actions you can take to reduce and prevent pollution. Click here.


**ALERT** Alum Rock Park closed Thursday due to extreme fire danger
September 21, 2011
The City of San José’s Alum Rock Park will be closed on Thursday, 9/22/11, due to extreme fire related conditions within the park.  As a result, no public access or activities of any kind will be allowed in Alum Rock Park. The public may call (408) 259-5477 for an updated status of the park. For information about city parks, click here.


**ALERT** Alum Rock Park closed Tuesday due to extreme fire danger
September 19, 2011
The City of San José’s Alum Rock Park will be closed on Tuesday, 9/20/11, due to extreme fire related conditions within the park.  As a result, no public access or activities of any kind will be allowed in Alum Rock Park. The public may call (408) 259-5477 for an updated status of the park. For information about city parks, click here.


Scan Jose “Meet Up” Group Tour: Explore San José’s History
San José Public Library invites everyone to a special group tour on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the launch of Scan Jose.   Click here for more details


Most City offices closed for Labor Day
August 31, 2011
San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, September 5 in observation of Labor Day. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo will remain open as well as all of our regional and neighborhood parks in San José. For more information, click here.


Patriot Day Ceremony to be held Sunday, September 11
August 30, 2011
The San José Fire Department is commemorating the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with a Patriot Day Ceremony in downtown San José on Sunday, September 11, 2011. For more details, click here.


Caltrans to begin SR-87 and Alma Avenue off-ramp drainage system repairs
August 23, 2011
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin work on Wednesday, August 24 to repair and upgrade the drainage system on southbound SR-87 just south of the Virginia Street overcrossing in San José. For more information, click here.


Housing Department seeks public input on community needs
August 16, 2011
The Housing Department invites San José residents to a series of public meetings in August 2011 to provide input on community needs and priority services as related to federal grant funds (CDBG, ESG, HOME, HOPWA) received by the Department. These programs fund a variety of public services, including support services to seniors, disabled, youth, homeless, as well as neighborhood services such as housing rehabilitation and code enforcement. Provide your input on the types of community services that are important to you and necessary for your community.  Click here for times, dates and locations of meetings.


San José Family Camp Draft Master Plan now available for viewing
August 15, 2011
The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) has posted the Draft Master Plan for San José Family Camp. The United States Forest Service has requested that the City provide this comprehensive evaluation of Camp facilities before authorizing a new 20-year lease agreement with the City.


Watson Park Grand Re-Opening
The community surrounding Watson Park will host a grand re-opening event for Watson Park, located on the corner of 22nd and Jackson Streets, at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27. The park has been closed since 2005 as the result of discovering refuse materials during excavation of the site. The park has since been cleaned up and redeveloped. The playground and restroom are currently open to the public and the rest of the park will open on August 27. The 35-acre park features a large open turf area, dog park for both small and large dogs, two lighted soccer fields, a playground, basketball courts, a restroom and parking.


Community Meeting for Rancho Del Pueblo Golf Course
August 15, 2011
The first of a number of community meetings to discuss the potential sale of Rancho Del Pueblo Golf Course will take place on Wednesday, August 17, at the Mayfair Community Center, located at 2039 Kammerer Avenue from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm.  To facilitate the potential sale, there is the possibility of changing the land use designation from Public Park/Open Space to Housing. In June 2011, the City Council instructed staff to “complete outreach, accelerate the sale process and bring the decision to the City Council as soon as possible” for the golf course’s potential sale. For more information, click here.


San José Fire Department to conduct Live Fire Training Burn
August 15, 2011
The San José Fire Department is conducting a Live Fire Training Burn at Santa Teresa County Park off of Bernal Road on Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18, 2011. This training burn will be conducted at from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on both days. For more details click here.


Citywide Activity Guide, Fall Registration Now Open!Citywide Activity Guide, Fall Registration Now Open!
August 9, 2011
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services encourages you to step into something new this season!  With more than 1,000 Leisure Classes right at your fingertips, PRNS is sure to have a class that’s a perfect fit for you.  From Kindertots to Karate, Piano to Pilates and Ballet to Basketball, we have exactly what you’re looking for.  Register for your new class today by visiting www.sanjoseca.gov/prns/register!


First Reading for Medical Marijuana Ordinances
August 1, 2011
On Tuesday, September 13, the City Council will be holding a first reading for draft land use and regulatory ordinances during a regularly scheduled City Council meeting starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. For up-to-date information about upcoming City Council discussions on Medical Marijuana, past staff reports, and other information, please visit the City’s Medical Marijuana Website here.


City of San José Budget
June 22, 2011
In June, the City Council approved the 2011-2012 Operating Budget which closes a $115 million shortfall.  The Mayor’s June Budget Message was released on Friday, June 3. To learn more about the budget, visit related documents featured in the Mayor’s Office and the Budget Office. Other documents related to the budget include the Manager’s Budget Addenda. Each spring, Councilmembers also have the opportunity to submit their budget recommendations to Mayor Chuck Reed prior to the release of his June Budget Message.

On May 24, the City Council amended and approved the City Manager’s Fiscal Reform Plan with recommendations to achieve $216 million in General Fund savings by Fiscal Year 2015-2016.  Other budget related documents can be found on the Budget Office webpage.


Green To GoGreen To Go
June 22, 2011
The City of San José is considering ways to reduce disposable food ware litter and keep our creeks clean. We want to hear your ideas and will host several meetings with restaurant, cafeteria, and food truck representatives, recyclers, makers of food ware, consumers, and community members between June and February 2012. Visit the website to find the schedule for public meetings or take the survey.


Special City Council Meeting scheduled
June 21, 2011
The City Council will hold a special meeting about fiscal and retirement reform at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 24. The Mayor has recommended deferring the decision on a fiscal emergency declaration and ballot measure language until Tuesday, August 2. For Friday’s agenda, click here.


New library branch hours/days of service
June 21, 2011
Effective Monday, June 27, all 18 branches of the San José Public Library system will be on a four day schedule. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library remains open seven days a week. For more information about the new schedule, click here.


Alum Rock Park’s on restricted use Tuesday and Wednesday
June 21, 2011
Alum Rock Park is on restricted use on Tuesday, June 21, and Wednesday, June 22, due to extreme fire danger. For the latest park status, call (408) 259-5477. About Alum Rock Park, click here.


City of San José Budget
June 15, 2011
On Tuesday, June 14, the City Council approved Mayor’s Reed’s budget proposal to close a $115 million shortfall for Fiscal Year 2011 – 2012. During the Tuesday, June 21 City Council meeting, the Council will consider fiscal reforms to address growing employee pension expenses.

The Mayor’s June Budget Message was released on Friday, June 3. To learn more about the budget, visit related documents featured in the Mayor’s Office and the Budget Office. Other documents related to the budget include the Manager’s Budget Addenda. Each spring, Councilmembers also have the opportunity to submit their budget recommendations to Mayor Chuck Reed prior to the release of his June Budget Message.

On May 2, City Manager Debra Figone released the 2011-2012 Proposed Operating Budget for the City of San José that closes a $115 million shortfall through significant reductions in City staffing and significant City services including public safety, libraries, and community centers. On May 24, the City Council amended and approved the City Manager’s Fiscal Reform Plan with recommendations to achieve $216 million in General Fund savings by Fiscal Year 2015-2016.


Free Valet Bike Parking at Music in the Park Concert Series
June 13, 2011
The City of San Jose has partnered with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to provide this free service from 5:00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. on Thursdays. Find out more.


City of San José Budget
June 3, 2011
The City Council will vote on the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 on June 14. The Mayor’s June Budget Message was released on Friday, June 3. To learn more about the budget, visit related documents featured in the Mayor’s Office and the Budget Office. Other documents related to the budget include the Manager’s Budget Addenda. Each spring, Councilmembers also have the opportunity to submit their budget recommendations to Mayor Chuck Reed prior to the release of his June Budget Message. View them here.

On May 2, City Manager Debra Figone released the 2011-2012 Proposed Operating Budget for the City of San José that closes a $115 million shortfall through significant reductions in City staffing and significant City services including public safety, libraries, and community centers. On May 24, the City Council amended and approved the City Manager’s Fiscal Reform Plan with recommendations to achieve $216 million in General Fund savings by Fiscal Year 2015-2016.


Public Input Hearing on Redistricting
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a Public Input Hearing at San José City Hall in Council Chambers on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Commission is responsible for re-drawing the boundaries for the California State Legislature (Assembly and Senate), State Board of Equalization and Congressional Districts. For more information, view the Commission’s website.


Revised Medical Marijuana Schedule Released
May 31, 2011
On May 27, a revised Medical Marijuana Schedule was released through the Manager’s Budget Addendum process.  In addition to the revised schedule, this document addresses the various budget actions required to implement and sustain the proposed Medical Marijuana Regulations. To access this document, along with up-to-date information about upcoming City Council discussions on Medical Marijuana, past staff reports, and other information, please visit the City’s Medical Marijuana Website here.


Demographic data for San José now available
May 18, 2011
The latest demographic profile, released by the U.S. Census Bureau on May 12, 2011, shows data for age, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationship, household type, group quarters population, housing occupancy, and housing tenure for the City of San José. View it here.


2011 Redistricting
Every 10 years, after new population figures from the decennial census are released by the U.S. Census Bureau, San Jose establishes new City Council District boundaries. More.


San José Redistricting Advisory Commission Community Meetings
May 12, 2011
The City of San José is gathering community input regarding the City’s redistricting efforts following the 2010 Census. For upcoming meetings and more details, click here.


City Manager Releases Proposed Operating Budget
May 4, 2011
City Manager Debra Figone today released the 2011-2012 Proposed Operating Budget for the City of San José that closes a $115 million shortfall through significant reductions in City staffing and significant City services including public safety, libraries, and community centers. For more information see press release. In addition, here’s the Proposed Budget Summary which is a handy guide to the Proposed Operating Budget.


Fiscal Reform Plan
May 3, 2011
At the direction of the City Council, the City Manager has released a Fiscal Form Plan with recommendations to achieve $216 million in General Fund savings by Fiscal Year 2015-2016. The Plan contains a comprehensive set of recommendations to reduce costs and develop new revenues. The Fiscal Reform Plan is available online.


Public invited to attend Community Budget Meetings
May 2, 2011
Community meetings to discuss the City of San José budget begin Wednesday, April 6 and run through Tuesday, May 10. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss priorities and budget-related topics with members of the San José City Council and staff. For meeting dates, times and locations, click here.


Amgen Tour of CaliforniaAmgen Tour of California
April 29, 2011
On May 18, San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley, will host the Stage 4 Finish of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California—showcasing the race’s first-ever mountaintop finish and welcoming back, for the sixth year in a row, the world’s elite cyclists. Stage 4, presented by UnitedHealthcare, will contain climbs that are legendary in California cycling lore and make the finish on San Jose’s Sierra Road one of the most exciting Tour’s history. For information about the route and traffic impacts, refer to one of the following links.
Traffic Delay Notification - English
Traffic Delay Notification - Spanish
Stage 4 Map
Route


City Council considers options relating to Medical Marijuana
April 22, 2011
On Tuesday, April 19, the City Council considered policy options relating to the establishment of a Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program. At this time, the City is not accepting applications from Collectives to operate in the City. Information will be made available on the City’s Medical Marijuana website in July/August. For up-to-date information about upcoming City Council discussions on Medical Marijuana, past staff reports, and other information, visit the City’s Medical Marijuana Website here.


City Council considers options relating to Medical Marijuana
April 18, 2011
On Tuesday, April 19, the City Council will continue its discussion regarding the consideration of policy options relating to Medical Marijuana during a regularly scheduled City Council Meeting starting at 1:30 p.m in the Council Chambers at City Hall. For more information about past staff reports, meeting times and locations, click here.


San José’s Green Vision recognized nationally
April 14, 2011
During the 2011 National Conference on Corporate Community Investment, San José’s Green Vision was awarded first place for the Siemens Sustainable Community Award in the large community category. More


Names announced for City Hall falcon chicks
April 6, 2011
More than 1,500 voters worldwide weighed in on the winning names for the City Hall falcons’ four chicks. For details or to watch the Falcon Cam, click here.


23rd Annual San José Children’s Faire!
April 6, 2011
Enjoy free outdoor family fun at Discovery Meadow Park on Saturday, April 16 from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information click here.


City Council considers options relating to Medical Marijuana
April 4, 2011
On Tuesday, April 12, the City Council will be considering options relating to Medical Marijuana during a regularly scheduled City Council Meeting starting at 1:30 p.m in the Council Chambers at City Hall. For more information about meeting dates, times and locations, click here.


Alum Rock Park subject to closure this weekend
March 25, 2011
San José’s Alum Rock Park is subject to closure this weekend due to potentially hazardous conditions from the wet weather. Call (408) 259-5477 for updated park status before you visit.


Please take the Mayor and City Council Compensation Survey
March 24, 2011
Under the City Charter, the Council Salary Setting Commission is appointed by the Civil Service Commission and meets in odd-numbered years to establish compensation for the City’s elected officials. The Commission is conducting this survey to gather input from residents regarding the level of salaries and benefits that the Mayor and City Council receives. Take the survey


Bright Green DayCelebrate the Earth and Sun with San José at Bright Green Day!
March 24, 2011
Bright Green Day is a free environmental event, on Friday, April 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at San José City Hall Plaza. Tour the country’s first Clean Energy Showcase, explore an interactive, 22-foot Earth Balloon, dine on local cuisine, dance to the sounds of live music, paint an environmental art canvas and more!


Community Budget Meetings Announced
March 23, 2011
Dates are set for community meetings to discuss the City of San José budget. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss priorities and budget-related topics with members of San José City Council and staff. For more information about meeting dates, times and locations, click here.


No current risk of radiation reaching California
March 16, 2011
State and federal experts and authorities agree - there is currently no danger to California residents from Japan's nuclear emergency, and no reason for residents to be concerned about possible radiation effects. The California Department of Public Health is closely monitoring the situation and working with authorities and experts with the US Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the California Emergency Management Agency. More


International and Community Partners Join Regional Effort to Ensure Multi-Cultural Groups and Cell-Phone-Only Users Receive Emergency Notifications
March 14, 2011
Officials Announce New SMS Number to Gain Broad Community Participation. Text alertscc plus your street name and zip code to 32075 to sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone. More


From the San José Office of Emergency ServicesUpdate: From the San José Office of Emergency Services
March 11, 2011
The Tsunami Center in Alaska reports that the danger of additional tsunami surges affecting our region has passed.


From the San José Office of Emergency Services
March 11, 2011
We have been warned by the National Weather Service that a tsunami, or seismic sea wave, has been generated in the Pacific and has struck the West Coast. The impact from the waves may affect the San Francisco Bay for the next couple of hours. In addition, unsettled waves are likely for the next 10-12 hours so residents are cautioned to stay away from the water during this time period. Based on the latest information available, there is no indication that there will be any damage within San José.

Tsunamis are often fatal. A tsunami is not a single wave, but a series of waves. Stay away from low lying Bay front areas until you are told that it’s okay to re-enter. Waves may be as far apart as one hour and up to five feet high in the Bay.

There is no way to determine in advance the size of tsunamis in specific locations.  A small tsunami at one beach can be a giant one a few miles away.  Do not underestimate the size of a tsunami. Do not go to the beach to watch for a tsunami. The wave moves much faster than you can run. 


City service evaluations underway as part of 2011-2012 budget process
March 3, 2011
The City of San José regularly reviews the services provided to residents to ensure they are being delivered in the most cost effective manner possible. As part of the City’s on-going commitment to a transparent and efficient process, the latest information about service areas undergoing a formal review is available online. More


San Jose and Dublin to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Sister City Linkage
March 1, 2011
The Lord Mayor of Dublin will visit San Jose March 9-13 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the San Jose-Dublin Sister City affiliation.
For more information click here!


San José moves forward with new private sponsorship model for local Amgen Tour of California production
March 1, 2011
Silicon Valley Leadership Group raises funds necessary for upcoming world-class cycling event. More


Marijuana business tax takes effect March 1
February 28, 2011
Effective Tuesday, March 1, all marijuana businesses in the City of San José are subject to a 7 percent tax of gross receipts. In November, San José voters approved Measure U which allows the City to tax such businesses. More


San José names new Office of Economic Development leadership
February 25, 2011
Effective immediately, Kim Walesh, chief strategist, City of San José, has been appointed director of OED. More


Cold Weather Alert
February 24, 2011
The National Weather Service has declared a Cold Weather Alert for San José and the surrounding areas from Saturday, February 26 through Sunday, February 27. For a list of warming centers and Media Advisory, click here


San José City Hall, City offices to close for Presidents' holiday
February 16, 2011
San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, Feb. 21 in honor of Presidents' Day. For more information click here


Employee compensation information now available online
February 11, 2011
Consistent with the City of San José’s commitment to an open and transparent government, the latest compensation information available for all employees is now available on the City website. More


City Council to vote on new Public Streetlight Plan
February 10, 2011
City Council to vote on new Public Streetlight Plan, which proposes converting all of San Jose's 62,000 streetlights to zero emission lights. More


IPA Seeks Teen Leadership Council Members
February 7, 2011
The City of San Jose’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) is recruiting 15 young people to participate in an IPA Teen Leadership Council  or IPA-TLC. The group is being formed to provide insight to the IPA about youth interactions with the San Jose Police Department and about how to improve their relationship with law enforcement. The youth will receive leadership training and participate in IPA outreach efforts throughout the City this coming summer, 2011.  Applicants must reside in San Jose and be between the ages of 14 to 18.  One IPA-TLC member will be selected from each of the City’s ten City Council Districts. In addition, the IPA will select five at-large members.  Applications, which are available on-line at www.sanjoseca.gov/IPA, must be filed on or before February 28, 2011 at 5pm. The may be submitted by mail, email, fax or in-person. Further information can be obtained by calling (408) 794-6226.


2011 Redistricting2011 Redistricting
January 28, 2011
Every 10 years, after new population figures from the decennial census are released by the U.S. Census Bureau, San Jose establishes new City Council District boundaries. More


CalTrans closing Hwy 101 north and southbound at Tully Rd. for repair
January 14, 2011
CalTrans will be closing both the northbound and southbound lanes of Hwy 101 at Tully Rd. for three consecutive nights for bridge demolition work. For closure times and detour routes please view traffic advisory.


Clean Energy Showcase
January 13, 2011
Solar blog Gunther Portfolio features story and photos of the San Jose Green Vision Clean Energy Showcase http://bit.ly/ewYPli For more information click here!


Special hearing on California's child welfare system scheduled for this Friday in San José
January 4, 2011
A special hearing on California's child welfare system will take place Friday, January 6, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church/McDonnel Hall, 2020 E. San Antonio Street in San José. The hearing will focus on the high number of Latino children in the child welfare system and strategies to keep families together. View more details here.


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