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The third largest city in California with a population of 1,013,400 in 2020, San Jose is also the tenth-largest city in the United States. And it’s one of the most prosperous (according to the Brookings Institution’s Metro Monitor 2020), but that doesn’t translate to a population that lacks economic and ethnic diversity. The city sprawls across 176.57 square miles, represented by councilmembers in 10 different districts. To help residents connect in their own areas, the city government offers a map with listings of local neighborhood and business associations.

City Council

San Jose’s 11 city council members each represent a district, the borders of which are adjusted after every US census.

Arts Commission

The arts commission provides support for local arts as well as cultural celebrations, public art, education, etc. Its 11 members are appointed by the City Council.

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San José Pledges $205M for New Affordable Housing

Mayor Sam Liccardo’s stated goal is to have 1,000 units of interim housing planned, under construction, or completed by the end of 2022.

San Jose Inside logo LOCAL NEWS
Power Poll Shows Support for Most but Not All of San Jose’s New Gun Law

San Jose Inside Power Poll panelists also worry about impact of “wokeness” and think the state may have reduced criminal sentences too much.

The post Power Poll Shows Support for Most but Not All of San Jose's New Gun Law …

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Silicon Valley Democrats Demand Candidate Drop Misleading Mailer

Party Chair issued a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Rolando Bonilla stop using logos of the Democratic Party in a mailer that purports to be a “Democratic Voter Guide.”

(May 18, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
San Jose Homeless Advocates Say Sweeps Solve Nothing

San Jose says its plan to manage homeless camps will improve the quality of life for the unhoused population and general public. Advocates and lawyers are dubious, as the city continues to displace people through sweeps.

(May 5, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
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