Monday, February 12, 2018

Dear Residents of District 2,

As you will recall on December 12, 2017, the City Council approved the recommended Bridge Housing Community (BHC) scoring criteria and directed staff to, among other things, complete the following:

- Rank all the candidate sites and select the top three locations based on the scoring criteria;
- Initiate California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis on the top three candidate sites;
- Proceed with targeted community outreach in the neighborhoods directly adjacent to the candidate sites.


For the last several weeks, I have been monitoring the Housing Department regarding BHC. Today, an informational memo has been released identifying the top the three candidate sites for further BHC analysis. The top three candidate sites are:

1. The southwest quadrant of freeways 280/680/101, in Council District 7
2. Mabury Rd., in Council District 3;
3. Hellyer Ave. near Silicon Valley Blvd., in Council District 2.

Now that the top three candidate sites have been identified, the next steps are to initiate CEQA analysis and begin the approved community outreach process. CEQA analysis will take anywhere from 19-20 weeks to complete. Once the environmental review is complete, staff will provide a full report with recommendations to the City Council. This report will inform Council’s final site selection. 

Concurrently with the environmental review, the Housing Department along with my office will conduct candidate site outreach to adjacent neighborhoods and businesses. These meetings will be open to public and will provide an opportunity to ask questions and share comments. 

Community Meeting in District 2
Thursday, March 1, 2018 
6:30 p.m. 
Wyndham Hotel - 399 Silicon Valley Blvd. 
(See the full informational memo for all meeting dates)

The candidate site in our District 2 is located on the west side of Hellyer Ave., north of Silicon Valley Blvd. This site is City owned, vacant, and currently zoned Industrial Park (IP).  Due to funding restrictions, the City will select only one of three candidate sites for the development of a BHC.

Rest assured that the two locations on Monterey Rd. that were of concern to our residents have NOT been selected as candidate sites and are NOT under consideration. 

I understand that BHC has been a controversial topic in District 2. As I have stated from the beginning, I believe BHC’s are worth pursuing as long as the process is equitable across all districts and the community is given a chance to participate. I remain fully committed to implementing a multitude of programs and resources to address our homeless crisis. As a City and as a community, we have a long way to go to fully eliminate homelessness. As a District, we are not immune to the consequences of our housing crisis, therefore, we cannot expect to be immune from participating in a solution. 

MORE INFORMATION:



Additional information on my website: Homelessness in District 2

For a detailed synopsis of what was decided at the Tuesday, December 12, 2017 City Council meeting, I invite you to read my 12/12/2017 Bridge Housing Communities Update statement.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact my Chief of Staff Vanessa Sandoval at vanessa.sandoval@sanjoseca.gov , or at 408-535-4925.

Thank you for being involved in our community. I hope that you will read and appreciate the resources provided above and that you will encourage others to do the same.

In community,
Councilmember Sergio Jimenez