Posts by Take Back San Jose
Mysterious survey tests former San Jose mayor for Congress.
A new poll floating around San Jose is trying to gauge how much support former Mayor Sam Liccardo would receive if he ran for Congress. The mysterious survey asks questions that pit Liccardo against Congressmember Zoe Lofgren, who currently represents parts of San Jose. About 10 questions tout the former mayor’s accomplishments, including his gun regulation law and leveling out…Read More
San Jose mayor criticized for secret committee meetings.
San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan created five committees to meet privately and advise him on the city’s most pressing problems, but some say the move lacks transparency and could flout the law. Mahan formed committees to help him tackle homelessness, crime, blight, permitting for development and downtown vibrancy. There are 123 total people on the committees, including community leaders, business executives,…Read More
Celebrating Together- a Message from Matt Mahan
Dear Neighbor, Thank you to the over 2000 residents who joined us to celebrate a new era in our city focused on getting back to the basics! I couldn’t have imagined our inauguration without each and every one of you there to mark a renewed focus and increased accountability on our biggest issues: homelessness, blight and crime.…Read More
The bizarre history of Groundhog Day
Every year, Americans in snowy states wait with bated breath to see whether Punxsutawney Phil will spot his shadow. And every year, we take Phil’s weather forecast – six more weeks of winter, or an early spring? – as gospel, meteorology be damned. It’s about as strange (and cute) as holidays get. So how did Groundhog…Read More
San Jose franchisees applaud delay in controversial law.
Fast-food restaurant owners are breathing easy now that a state law meant to address working conditions among workers is on hold. Efforts to halt AB 257, also known as the FAST Recovery Act, succeeded this month after restaurant and business trade groups submitted more than 712,000 valid voter signatures for a referendum, state officials announced last week. The effort to…Read More
San Jose police arrest man on Coyote Creek homicide charge despite lack of body.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Even though Samuel Torres’ body has never been found, San Jose police announced on Tuesday that his alleged killer has been arrested in connection to his shooting death by Coyote Creek nearly two years ago. Torres had been missing since July 4, 2021. Investigators said that over the course of their lengthy investigation,…Read More
San Jose mayor supports public records reform.
San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan agrees with his predecessor that some public records requests burden the city, but says City Hall shouldn’t limit what journalists ask for. The newly-elected mayor also wants to make technology part of the solution to reduce the workload and costs of providing records. San Jose is in the process of…Read More
Will San Jose’s homeless count be higher than last year?
Hundreds of volunteers are searching San Jose streets to get an updated count of its homeless population. Across Santa Clara County, roughly 300 volunteers, elected officials and unhoused people ventured out in 30-degree weather Tuesday morning to scour under bridges, along creeks and outside businesses to tally up homeless people living in the region. The…Read More
Storms & Homelessness Update with Irene Smith
Hello all, Below is a letter from Regan Henninger and was sent out via Council-member Jimenez’s Newsletter. The weather has enabled the city to provide shelter in the form of tents and organize folks off of the creek sides much like the Incremental Ladder of Housing Success. It’s not a pilot but city officials are…Read More
Economic and Mayors’ Forecast – 2023
Join 4 local Mayors as they discuss the economic outlook for Silicon Valley. The event opens with a presentation from Bank of America’s Senior US & Global Economist, Aditya Bhave. When: Where: Thursday, January 26, 2023 The Westin San Jose- in person 8:00am- 10:30am 302 S. Market St, San Jose CA 95113 About the Event…Read More