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San Jose leaders put off Sam Liccardo’s pay proposal

San Jose elected leaders on Wednesday put off a vote on Mayor Sam Liccardo’s request to reject his raise and allocate a portion of the pay bump to two of his social initiatives. The council’s Rules and Open Government Committee — which is chaired by Liccardo — voted unanimously to defer sending the mayor’s proposal...

San Jose leaders outlaw watching street races

Being a spectator at a street race is now a misdemeanor in San Jose – carrying penalties of up to $1,000 and six months in jail. The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to adopt a law, at the police department’s recommendation, to make it illegal to be a spectator within 200 feet of a street...

Sam Liccardo’s proposal to reject raise heads to lawmakers

San Jose lawmakers on Wednesday will vote on a request from Mayor Sam Liccardo to dock his own raise. The proposal, which has raised concerns with some of Liccardo’s council colleagues, is headed to a council committee which the mayor chairs. If approved by that committee, it will go to the full City Council for...

San Jose to consider a bigger crackdown on street racing

The San Jose Police Department is looking to crackdown on street racing – this time by making it illegal to attend the events. On Tuesday, San Jose councilors are set to amend the city’s law on street racing and sideshows. The practice, which can draw hundreds of people and block off streets in the middle...

San Jose is one of the last cities without a strong mayor

San Jose is a big city anomaly when it comes to the way it is governed. In the 10th largest city in America, it’s the city manager who calls the shots – not the mayor. It’s an issue that politicos have debated for decades over whether San Jose should shift to a strong mayor system...

San Jose council debates downtown design changes to protect birds

The towering buildings that dot San Jose’s skyline could soon take on a different shape – in large part to protect birds. According to The Guardian, up to one billion birds die annually in the United States from running into illuminated skyscrapers or glass buildings akin to a Windex commercial. And San Jose councilors on...

UPDATE: Sam Liccardo rejects $58k raise recommended by commission

A city commission on Monday unanimously approved salary increases for San Jose elected leaders, including a whopping $58,000 raise for Mayor Sam Liccardo and a $28,000 raise for city councilmembers. But on Tuesday morning, Liccardo rejected the raise in a new memo released by his office. Instead, Liccardo suggested aligning current and future mayoral salary...

San Jose leaders to mull improving public outreach on development

From involving neighborhood organizations to creating a form for public feedback to reaching limited English speaking areas, city officials on Tuesday will recommend a series of improvements to help San Jose better engage the community over upcoming building projects. The San Jose City Council will review eight sweeping recommendations on development noticing as prepared by...

San Jose explores reducing police staffing at outdoor events

San Jose city leaders are looking to reduce police presence at major outdoor events — a cost-savings measure first suggested by Mayor Sam Liccardo last summer. The mayor last June asked city administrators to find “ways to safely reduce the city’s police staffing requirements at major events” such as the San Jose Jazz Festival, Silicon...