Mayor Chuck Reed's eNewsletter
City of San JoseJanuary 2011
Downtown Ice Opening
Mayor Reed and other local leaders, along with Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, celebrate the opening of the Hawaiian Airlines/Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice outdoor rink for the 2010-2011 season. Downtown Ice will be open until January 17. Learn more
Join Us at the 2011 State of the City Address

Civic AuditoriumJoin Mayor Reed and the San Jose City Council on Thursday, February 17 for this year's State of the City Address. In addition to the Mayor's annual speech, the event will honor individuals and community groups from each Council District, as well as outstanding city employees.


This year's State of the City Address will feature a number of changes from past years:


         The event will be held in the evening to allow for more residents to attend (doors open at 6:00 pm; the program begins at 6:30 pm).


         The speech has been moved to the Civic Auditorium, offering attendees a sneak peek of the historic theater's renovation. The venue will also feature theater-style seating in place of individual tables.


         Meals will not be served during the program. However, we encourage residents to dine downtown after the event and take advantage of special deals that will be available at various restaurants that evening (more details to come).



As a result of this new format, there is no cost to attend this year's event.

Space is limited, so all individuals must register in advance to attend. For more information, or to register for the 2011 State of the City Address, click here.


San Jose Experiences Drop in Homicides During 2010

Despite a poor economy and a shrinking police force, San Jose witnessed a significant reduction in homicides during 2010. The 20 homicides reported last year were the lowest number in a decade, and a testament to the hard work of the SJPD and various crime prevention efforts like the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force.


"That's good news to end the year with," said Mayor Reed. "Both Salinas and L.A. have seen significant drops, and both cities have been implementing gang prevention programs like we have in San Jose, which has been a state and national model."


For more information, read the Mercury News article.



San Jose Awarded Federal Grant to Retain Police Officers


Police VehiclesLast month, the City of San Jose accepted more than $7.1 million in federal funding to help keep 16 full-time police officers for four years. The San Jose Police Department was one of 379 law enforcement agencies eligible to receive a total of $300 million in grant money through the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program.


"As we continue to wrestle with a tenth year of deficits, we must take advantage of opportunities to increase our police force," said Mayor Reed. With public safety as his top priority, Mayor Reed had requested in his June 2010 Budget Message for staff to explore additional opportunities for state and federal funding to support services and help to balance the 2011-2012 budget.


To learn more about the COPS Hiring Grant funding, read this memo from Mayor Reed or visit the COPS website.




New Innovation Center Showcases Clean Energy Technologies

Clean Energy ShowcaseSan Jose residents now have a unique opportunity to learn more about the world of clean technology. The Green Vision Clean Energy Showcase, located across from City Hall, features a number of innovative demonstrations including electric car chargers, LED streetlights, solar arrays, photovoltaic modules and structures, and other innovative clean technologies.


"The Green Vision Clean Energy Showcase brings to life many of the cutting-edge technologies that will drive our local economy and help create a greener, more sustainable community," Mayor Reed said.


The Showcase - a joint project between the City of San Jose and the U.S. Department of Energy - furthers the goals of the city's Green Vision by providing education and training on clean energy solutions. The project, which was funded through donations and an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, also features products from a number of local clean tech companies, including Akeena Solar, Nanosolar, SunPower, Stion, and Fat Spaniel.


Free guided tours of the Showcase will be available for schools, professional groups and the general public starting January 15. To learn more about the Clean Energy Showcase and to reserve a tour, visit San Jose's Energy Website.


2011 Crime & Gang Prevention Summit 1/22

Graffiti Removal

Join city leaders, community organizations, and concerned residents in helping make San Jose a safer place.

RSVP by 1/18



Plant Master Plan Workshops

Attend a workshop this month to provide input on how we might use 2,600 acres along our shoreline for recreation, trails, retail, or other uses.
Learn more



SJ Boards and Commissions Vacancies

Apply for the Arena Authority Board and send your resume by 1/28. Also,  apply to serve on the Elections Commission by 2/4.


Get Your Glutes in Gear for the New Year

Get a one-year fitness membership to your local community center fitness facility for just $120 if you sign up before January 31!
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