Dear Neighbor, 

In my last newsletter, I asked for your input to help me close San José's $38 million dollar shortfall and think about where to strategically deploy restricted federal and state COVID-19 recovery funds.  

Almost 200 of you took up the challenge, so first: thank you! While the results only represent about 0.2% of the over 100,000 people who live in District 10, this not-quite-scientific sample matches well with what I heard knocking on 10,000 of your doors last year and the outreach my team and I have done since taking office. 

First, we asked you if wanted us to focus on fiscal sustainability, core service enhancement, or service expansion. Or to put it more simply: should we pay down debt, double down on core services, or expand to new services that are not traditionally considered core? 

A plurality of you (44%) prioritized paying down debt and positioning our budget for long-term stability. As you know, that priority is near and dear to my heart, and I appreciate representing a community that does not want to pass costs on to future generations, as we have all too often done in San Jose (we currently possess billions in accumulated debt) that will impact future service levels. Another large group of respondents (37%) wanted the budget to emphasize greater investment in core services, such as public safety, road repairs, trash removal, and maintenance and programming in our libraries and parks.  

Next, we asked you what the City should focus on in the 2021-2022 budget. 

These results track pretty closely to what I’ve heard from you before: safe neighborhoods, beautiful neighborhoods, high quality infrastructure, and a fiscally sustainable city. It was interesting to see Utilities rise to the top, which no doubt reflects the fact that water, energy and trash rates are all set to rise substantially in the years ahead (which is something my office focused on fighting).  

Thanks to your input, my team and I will be going into the budget process with a clear understanding of your priorities and values. Here’s a reminder of our timeline: 

I would highly recommend attending one of the Mayor’s virtual (i.e. Zoom) community budget sessions so you can continue to voice your priorities and ask your toughest questions as we move toward finalizing the budget:

Finally, if our survey didn’t satisfy your hunger for civic engagement, please consider applying for one of the open seats we have on a city commission. For example, a District 10 seat on the very important Charter Review Commission recently opened up. That commission is evaluating the governance of the City, including the respective roles of the Mayor, City Council and City Manager. It will issue recommendations for Council review and a potential ballot measure in the next election. The City Clerk put together a great video walking you through the process of applying for any of these vacancies. 

Thanks for your time and your ongoing civic engagement!  


Matt Mahan 

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Charter Review Commission - Council approved a request from the Charter Review Commission to allocate additional funding for research and community outreach as the commission continues evaluating potential charter reform recommendations.   

Master Plan for Parks Located at North San Pedro and Bassett Streets - Council approved a plan to guide the development of two new downtown neighborhood parks. These parks will serve a growing population as our downtown core adds residential capacity.     

Action Plan for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Council adopted its annual plan for housing and urban development as required by HUD. The plan is due mid-May and is required in order to receive over $14 million in federal funds for various City programs, ranging from homeless services to affordable housing development.  

COVID-19 Response Roadmap - Council received an update on the City’s community and economic recovery workplan, which is enabled by federal and state funding an includes keeping residents housed, job training and opportunities, funding and technical assistance for small businesses (40% of which have shut down in San Jose in the past year), and expanded broadband internet access. 

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley - Council unanimously approved the winning design for the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Project: Breeze of Innovation. Project organizers and City staff plan to return in 120 days with a workplan detailing required milestones and deliverables, which include an environmental impact report and confirmation that staff time will be privately funded by the project organizers.  

New Southern Division Captain - This week, we welcome Captain Jason Dwyer as the new head of the San Jose Police Department's Southern Division. Captain Dwyer joins us as Elle Washburn was recently promoted to Deputy Chief. With the force for over than two decades, Captain Dwyer has served the department as the spokesperson of the SJPD and as the Commander of a number of divisions. On behalf of our neighborhoods, welcome to District 10, Captain Dwyer! 

Advancing Transportation and Equity in San Jose - We want to understand where San José's current transportation systems work for you and where they don't. We also want to learn whether new transportation options might meet your needs. This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Sahar Shirazi (  

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of 2 $125 gift cards from Target.

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Saturday, May 8 
Playa del Rey Park Community Cleanup 
8:45 am, Register

Let's clean up the neighborhood park! No experience is necessary! All tools and instruction will be provided. Please bring a filled water bottle, snacks and wear closed-toe shoes. Dress for the weather! The event will be held, rain or shine! 

Saturday, May 8 
Trash Talk with Mayor Sam Liccardo 
9:30 am, Register

Do you want to ask Mayor Liccardo a question about your community while helping beautify your city? Join Mayor Sam Liccardo and volunteer at Saturday’s Trash Talk.  

Monday, May 10 
AVCA Presents: 19th Century San Jose In a Bottle 
7 pm, Zoom registration

Almaden resident Tobin Gilman will share insights about our Valley’s past, as captured in his 2013 book, 19th Century San Jose in a Bottle. Tobin will provide a historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose during the 1800s, told through the prism of antique bottles dug from the area. He’ll share stories about our city’s downtown druggists, breweries, saloons, soda works, natural mineral springs, and more. 

Thursday, May 13 
Chat with Matt 
6 pm, Zoom registration

Join me and the District 10 team every second Thursday and fourth Saturday of the month. Bring your questions, comments, and concerns about our neighborhoods and your City government. 

Saturday, May 15 
Community Budget Meeting 
10:30 am, Zoom link

Would you like to participant in the 2021-2022 San Jose budget process? Join Mayor Sam Liccardo  for the first community budget meeting on May 13, from 6-8PM to ask questions & provide critical feedback.  

Monday, May 17 
Charter Review Commission 
6 pm, Zoom link

The Charter Review Commission was established to examine the City’s governance structure and solicit community input on strong mayor and other potential charter reforms to improve and update the City’s governance structure including but not limited to evaluating if the mayoral seat should be transitioned to the presidential cycle; evaluate transition of the election cycle for Council Districts; and consider additional measures and potential charter amendments, as needed, that will improve accountability, representation, and inclusion at San José City Hall.

Wednesday, May 19 
Community Budget Meeting 
6 pm, Zoom link

Would you like to participant in the 2021-2022 San Jose budget process? Join Mayor Sam Liccardo  for the first community budget meeting on May 13, from 6-8PM to ask questions & provide critical feedback.  

Is there an event you'd like to add to our calendar? Email us at

This week, the County has walk-in availability for all eligible Santa Clara County residents to receive their vaccination.  The sites for the remaining days are listed below:

Thursday, May 6

o    Fairgrounds Expo Hall: 8:30am-4pm 

o    Eastridge Mall: 11am-6pm 

o    Overfelt High School: 9am-4pm 

o    Mexican Heritage Plaza: 10:30am-4:30pm 

o    Emmanuel Baptist Church: 8:45am-6pm 

o    Valley Health Center East Valley: 8:45am-4pm 

o    Milpitas Sports Complex, 1pm-8pm 

Friday, May 7

o    Fairgrounds Expo Hall: 8:30am-4pm 

o    Eastridge Mall: 11am-6pm 

o    Overfelt High School: 11am-6pm 

o    Emmanuel Baptist Church: 8:45am-6pm 

o    Valley Health Center East Valley: 8:45am-4pm 

o    Sherman Oaks Elementary: 1pm-7pm 

Saturday, May 8

o    Fairgrounds Expo Hall: 8:30am-4pm 

o    Eastridge Mall: 9am-4pm 

o    Overfelt High School: 10am-5pm 

o    Washington Elementary: 10am-4:30pm

Sunday, May 9

o    Fairgrounds Expo Hall: 8:30am-4pm 

o    Eastridge Mall: 9am-4pm 

o    Overfelt High School: 9am-4pm 

In addition to walk-ins, vaccination appointments are available to everyone over the age of 16 in Santa Clara County. Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated are encouraged to contact their healthcare system to make an appointment. See below for scheduling options by provider. Check back regularly, new appointments are being added daily: 

Visit for updates. Insurance and immigration status do not impact your eligibility for the vaccine. 

To track vaccinations across the county, check out the County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

Guadalupe Oak Grove Tree Watering 

Last weekend’s morning's tree watering with the Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park and our parks department was a workout! But it was well worth it to spend time in my favorite park and make sure we maintain it for generations to come. Thanks to all the volunteers who spent their Saturday morning with us! 

Almaden Playgarden

The City of San José has been awarded a matching grant from the County of Santa Clara to build an All-Inclusive Playground at Almaden Lake Park. Through the grant funding, the total budget to replace and upgrade the existing equipment is $1.3M. We now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to expand the playground beyond grant funding constraints and invest in a Playgarden & Nature Area – creating a space where children and adults of all abilities can gather locally. 
The Playgarden Task Force has set a goal to raise an additional $3.7M to reach a $5M fundraising goal. All contributions will be collected through the Playgarden Fund, housed within the Almaden Valley Rotary Club Endowment, a 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible and 100% of proceeds will go directly to the expansion. 
As additional funding is secured, amenities and features such as resilient safety surfacing, a nature play area, a hillside slide zone, additional musical elements, and new restroom facilities will be weaved into the landscape design. 
Based on conceptual designs, our goal is to collect donations and pledges by September 30, 2021. With collaboration and support from individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout Almaden Valley and the surrounding areas, the Playgarden and Nature Area will become a reality. Learn more about how you can help at 

Cornerstone of the Arts 

Do you know a leader or organization that has impacted San José's cultural life? The San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and the Arts Commission are now accepting nominations for celebrating exemplary leaders of 2021. 

Only three weeks left to submit your nomination for the Cornerstone of the Arts! Deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, May 7th!
Visit to submit a nomination today! 
For more information or questions, please contact Tina Iv at

Emergency Rent Relief Now Available  

The State has launched its CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which helps low-income Californians through the payment of unpaid rent to landlords. Participating landlords can get reimbursed for 80% of each eligible tenant’s unpaid rent that accumulated between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, if the landlord agrees to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent from that time period. Eligible renters whose landlords choose not to participate may still apply on their own and receive 25% of unpaid rent that accumulated between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. For details about eligibility, rules, and deadlines, and to submit applications for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, landlords and tenants can visit the State’s Housing is Key website

SV Strong – A Community Response to COVID-19 

Have you signed up to volunteer? As vaccines become more widely available, volunteers are still needed. Sign up to help nonprofits with vaccine site facilitation and food distribution.  

Sign up to volunteer at SV Strong: 

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