Mayor Chuck Reed's eNewsletter
City of San JoseMarch 2011
Green Cities Symposium

Mayor Reed delivered a keynote address at the Global Green Cities of the 21st Century International Symposium, where he was joined by mayors of major cities across the world to discuss global efforts to promote sustainability.

City Reaches Tentative Agreement with Firefighters on 10% Concessions; Mayor Reed to Release Budget Message on March 11


On March 3, city officials announced that it had reached a tentative deal with the firefighters' union for a 10 percent reduction in total compensation that will help reduce potential layoffs in the Fire Department during the upcoming year. Pending ratification by members of the firefighters union and approval by the City Council, this is the first agreement for a 10 percent concessions reached for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The City and union also agreed to continue negotiating on related issues related to retirement reform (including a 2nd-tier plan and sick leave payouts). View an update on labor negotiations


"I'd like to thank our firefighters for taking a leadership role during this difficult budget cycle," Reed said. "That's a big sacrifice, and we know it will be very difficult for their members. But it will be a big help as we try to close our budget gap and minimize layoffs in the department."


Next week, Mayor Reed will release his March Budget Message outlining his initial recommendations for closing the city's massive budget deficit while minimizing cuts to key services. Following a public hearing (March 15) and vote (March 22) on the Mayor's Budget Message, the City Manager will use the direction provided by the Council to develop the 2011-2012 proposed budget (scheduled to be released May 2).


The Budget Message comes as the city faces its 10th consecutive year of General Fund deficits, now projected at $105.4 million, with additional shortfalls projected for at least the next four years. View the 2011-2012 Budget Request and 2012-2016 Five-Year Forecast



Watch Mayor Reed's 2011 State of the City Address Online

Mayor Reed delivering his State of the City Address

If you missed Mayor Reed's State of the City Address on February 17, video from the entire event is now available online. During his fifth annual address, Mayor Reed called on Councilmembers, the city's unions and San Jose residents to join with him in implementing much-needed fiscal reforms to save the city from fiscal disaster.

- Click here to view a short video excerpt from Mayor Reed's speech
- Watch the entire event video

- Read the text of Mayor Reed's speech
- View photos from the event, including pictures of our Community Honorees



Little Hoover Commission Releases Report and Recommendations on Pension Reform


Retirement Pension

Last month, the State of California's Little Hoover Commission - a bipartisan and independent oversight agency - released a new report on the structural problems of public pension plans provided by state and local governments. In addition to findings such as "the math doesn't work" and "pension costs will crush government", the Little Hoover Commission provided a number of recommendations for addressing pension liabilities for both current and new employees that will ensure the sustainability of these plans. Read the Little Hoover Commission report



Safe Summer Initiative Grants Available


Local organizations that provide safe and fun recreational activities for San Jose youth during the summer are encouraged to apply for a 2011 Safe Summer Initiative grant. The program offers grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to agencies that can provide opportunities for youth to encourage outdoor activity and build social skills.


Mayor Reed helped launch the Safe Summer Initiative in 2008 as part of an effort by Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force to keep San Jose youth off the streets and out of trouble during the summer. The Initiative focuses on preventing gang activity by engaging youth between the ages of 6 and 24 in activities such as block parties, sports events, field trips, and summer camps. In 2010, the Safe Summer Initiative awarded 30 grants totaling $280,000 and reaching 4,500 kids. That summer, gang activity fell 40% from the previous year.


You can apply for a Safe Summer Initiative grant online by visiting WebGrants. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m.



We Want Your Input

Community Input

San Jose's Council Salary Setting Commission is holding a series of  

community meetings regarding the Mayor's and Council's compensation.


Mayor Reed has recommended making the 10% cut taken this year be made permanent.



Go Green Schools

Green School
Local Teachers & Parents: Visit this new and improved website to learn how to encourage your school to go green with recycling and composting programs, activities and more. 


11th Annual Great American Litter Pick-Up

Great American Litter Pick-Up

Click here to learn more about how you can volunteer on March 19 to keep your community litter-free.


San Jose Youth:
Get Involved!


The Youth Commission is accepting applications until March 25 to fill eight vacant seats. Learn more


San Jose Summer Camps Are Back!

Family Camp

Registration for the
San Jose Family Camp
and other summer camps begins March 5.


Operation Prom Dress

Prom Dress

Help make a teen girl's dream come true by donating a new
or gently used dress at your
local library or community center.
Learn more