Author: Bob Staedler (Bob Staedler)

Staedler: Binding arbitration needed for government agency disputes

When government agencies sue each other, it is simply a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. The only winners in these situations are the contracted attorneys on either side. Those dollars could be used to fund vitally needed services, but are wasted going to a long, drawn out court battle. A majority of those matters could...

Staedler: City data gives the public insight into challenges

Two hot topics that have come up recently are crime and traffic fatality data. The interpretation of this data is being debated. I’m not going to wade into the interpretation arena, I just want to bring attention to the fact that San Jose makes available various data sets to the public. On April 7, the...

Staedler: Participation in San Jose’s budget process is vital

One of the yearly San Jose traditions is the mayor’s March Budget Message for the upcoming fiscal year. It sets out budget priorities and starts the process of the creation of budget proposals which will be considered by the entire City Council in May, with a final budget approval in June.  Here’s the full 25-page...

Staedler: San Jose permitting moving in the right direction

San Jose has been working on a more robust online permit system over the last several years. It’s called the Rapid Online Service Intake (ROSI) and had a full launch on Jan. 24. Per the city presentation at the Smart Cities and Service Improvements Committee meeting on March 3, ROSI allows customers to submit their plans...

Staedler: San Jose’s 62,200 housing unit question

San Jose has moved past a crossroads and now faces a staggering housing cliff. On Dec. 16, 2021, the Association of Bay Area Governments adopted the final Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and the California Housing Community Development Department has determined San Jose must plan for 62,200 housing units from 2023 to 2031.  The Bay...

Staedler: A closer look at Santa Clara County’s redistricting process

Every 10 years, political district maps are redrawn at the congressional, state and local levels to account for shifts in population. The 2020 census data shows there are significant shifts in population throughout Santa Clara County. The county Board of Supervisors directed its administration to establish a 15-member Advisory Redistricting Commission to hold public hearings,...

Staedler: How San Jose is aligning zoning districts with General Plan

One of the largest misconceptions about the city of San Jose housing crisis is the statement that potential development of land is solely dedicated to single-family housing. A common tagline in stories usually states, “In San Jose, 94% of the city’s residential land is zoned for single-family homes only.” That is simply not an accurate...

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