Take action to help address San Jose’s most vexing challenges. There are so many ways to improve our communities.
Advocacy Campaigns – Many residents and organizations are actively fighting the good fight to improve life in San Jose and beyond. Here are some critically important efforts to to move the city forward.
Feed the Un-housed, Clean the Creeks, Raise the Minimum Wage, Save the Willow Glen Trestle, etc…
San Jose City Council – These 11 San Jose residents, one elected from each on ten districts plus a Mayor elected by voters citywide, has all the power. To change poor policies and make better decisions, we have to change who these 11 city council members are. The next elections for San Jose City Council are March 3, 2020 and November 3, 2020. Currently only Districts 4, 6, and 10 have multiple candidates competing for one council seat, and there is no election for Mayor until 2022.
Democracy Reforms – In addition to electing good leaders, we need to reform the rules and culture in which these elections take place. City of San Jose has intentionally created a number of barriers to a more inclusive and better functioning democracy, including when Mayoral elections are scheduled, holding City Council meetings at 1:30 pm on Tuesdays, holding City Council committee and other important meetings during standard working hours, not allowing any public comment period at the beginning of meetings, not allowing City Council candidates to raise campaign funds until six months before each election, requiring a fee of over $2,000 for candidate to publish a statement in the official printed voter guide, and on and on. We need to create a civic culture that’s inviting and inclusive and stop blocking the public having political power and from getting involved.