Mayor Chuck Reed's eNewsletter

City of San Jose

August 2011

National Night Out

Mayor Reed and Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen greet residents and thank volunteers at a National Night Out celebration in the Santee neighborhood on August 2nd.

Retirement Reform Update


Throughout July, the City continued negotiations with a number of its employee bargaining units on retirement reform, including discussions on a proposed ballot measure that would set limits on retirement benefits for new employees, current employees and retirees. The City has also made specific proposals regarding the structure of retirement benefits for new employees, "bonus" pension checks, and retiree healthcare. View the latest updates on retirement reform negotiations.  


The City continues to meet with its employee groups and has set a goal of placing retirement reforms before the voters during a March special election, which would allow the City to achieve savings during the 2012-13 fiscal year.


Learn more about these issues!



Council Votes Against Potential Tax Measure for November Ballot


Council MeetingOn August 2, the City Council was presented with the results of a recent survey that found only lukewarm support for a potential sales tax increase. In particular, the report pointed out that it would be challenging to pass a sales tax measure given the small amount of strong support (those responding "definitely yes"). View the polling results


Given these results, the Council declined to pursue a sales tax increase at this time (doing so would have also required the Council to make a unanimous declaration of a fiscal emergency). Mayor Reed noted that a tax measure will likely fare better during the November 2012 presidential election, particularly if key fiscal reforms are achieved first.


"We have a much better chance of getting some revenues if we are in a position where we can say we will restore services with these revenues," Mayor Reed said. "We are not in a position where we can say that now."



San Jose Hosts Forum on State Economic Plan, Welcomes Netflix


Economic ForumMayor Reed joined Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and other state leaders on July 29 at Wyse Technology's San Jose headquarters as the Lt. Governor unveiled a draft Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda for California. The plan seeks to rebuild and revitalize the state economy by calling for stakeholders to embrace exports, support manufacturing, build infrastructure, and focus on innovation and the clean tech sector. Read the full report and its recommendations.


Also last month, Netflix announced that it will be moving its newly created DVD division to San Jose. More than 225 employees will move to San Jose as part of the anticipated five-year lease and will help ease crowded office conditions at the company's Los Gatos headquarters. Read the press release.


"Innovation is the cornerstone of our economy and I'd like to thank Netflix for choosing to locate its DVD division to San Jose," Mayor Reed said.  "We look forward to partnering with Netflix to support and facilitate the growth of its DVD business in the years ahead."



Safe Summer Initiative Helps At-Risk Students Pursue Education 


Safe Summer Initiative Program Photos

This month, we are featuring a program supported by the Mayor's Safe Summer Initiative, which is designed to keep San Jose youth active, busy, and off the streets during the summer months.


Over the past year, California Community Partners for Youth (CCPY) has partnered with Franklin McKinley's Bridges Academy to provide academic support and life-skills development training for 30 underperforming, at-risk 8th-grade students. With funding from the Safe Summer Initiative, CCPY was able to continue the program for an additional five weeks during this past summer, offering these students extra educational instruction to supplement their regular summer school classes and eye-opening field trips to local colleges. These activities not only kept these students busy with constructive activities (and thus out of trouble), but they also helped 27 of the students earn their 8th grade diploma.


"Without the collaborative support made possible by the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force and the Safe Summer Initiative, these 25 students would be starting high school disconnected and with an expectation they were not good students able to succeed in their education," said Jeff Bornefeld, Executive Director of CCPY.


View a list of all programs supported by the Safe Summer Initiative.   




Mayor Reed
Over the Airwaves

Mayor Reed
Listen to Mayor Reed's recent appearances on the Ronn Owens show and KSJO China 92.3 FM as he speaks on fiscal reforms and other issues facing
San Jose.
Serve on a Board or Commission


 Apply for a position on a Board or Commission this fall, including the Planning Commission, the Appeals Hearing Board, and the Youth Commission.
Learn more

Public Safety
Community Meeting


Public Safety  

Attend this special
community meeting
sponsored by the
MLK Association and Councilmember Chu to
learn more about routine
police stops and the Office
of the Independent Police Auditor.

Wi-fi Available
on VTA Light Rail


WI-FI on Board

 VTA light rail riders can now connect to 4G wireless Internet while on the go. Learn more

Check Out the Citywide Activity Guide

Citywide Activity Guide

 Sign up for classes including sports, cooking, dancing, and crafts through the Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Department.
Learn more

Homebuyer Workshops 

For Sale

 Attend these workshops on 8/10 and 8/24 to learn more about purchasing foreclosed homes
in San Jose
See flyers in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.