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Mayor Sam Liccardo


Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in 2015, and was reelected in 2018 with 76 percent of the popular vote. In March 2016, Liccardo unveiled a Smart City Vision, with the goal of making San Jose the “most innovative city in America by 2020.” Liccardo grew up in Saratoga and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1987. Prior to his election to public office in 2006 he served as a criminal prosecutor in the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office. Liccardo serves on various boards, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Valley Transit Authority (twice as chairperson), and is a co-chair for Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, and is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

First elected: November 2014

Twitter bio: Mayor of San José, America's coolest/10th largest city. Cycling geek. @SteveCarell’s secret twin. Better half: @kohl_garcia. He/Him. #SiliconValleyStrong

Alma maters: Harvard Law School (juris doctorate); Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (master’s in public policy); Georgetown University (bachelor’s degree, government)

Other offices served: San Jose City Council (2007-2014)

Notable quote: “Innovators came to the Silicon Valley because we presented low barriers to entry—an egalitarian, open-source ethos that welcomed and celebrated immigrants, geeks and eccentrics. Increasingly, we’ve erected barriers—financial, regulatory and even cultural—to the new and the ambitious. There’s much we need to do to reduce those barriers, but here’s a simple place to start: Let’s stop blaming tech.” (Source: Medium.com)

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A superior court judge is ordering former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo to explain under penalty of perjury how he searched his private emails and texts for messages related to city business in response to a lawsuit from San Jose Spotlight.

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Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, up for reelection in 2024, said she received a call from former mayor Sam Liccardo last week, letting her know he is considering running for her or Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's seat.

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In one of his last actions in office, former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo wants to reform how the city complies with transparency laws—a move experts say could limit the public’s access to the inner workings of City Hall.

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Liccardo faces accusations of using a personal email account to conduct official city business and withholding public information contained in numerous email exchanges. A lawsuit filed eight months ago by the news site San Jose Spotlight and the First Amendment Coalition (FAC) claimed that the City of San Jose and  Liccardo “continued to engage in extensive work-related correspondence on his non-governmental electronic devices.”

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Security details for outgoing San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo cost taxpayers $200,000—less than San Francisco, where mayor London Breed’s security racked up more than $2 million.
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