“It doesn’t make sense for half the council to be jetting off,” said Pat Waite, head of the San Jose-based Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, who agrees with the mayor’s proposal to limit such trips. “Any policy San Jose wants to enact to make the city a better steward of taxpayer dollars is worthwhile.” … [Read more...] about Why is half of San Jose City Council in Japan on taxpayers’ dime?
The situation demands a tightening of San Jose’s travel policy. Mayor Sam Liccardo, who did not make the trip, is recommending that taxpayers pay for only one council member’s expenses for such sister-city trips. Any other council member wanting to attend should use private funding. That makes sense. … [Read more...] about Editorial: Why San Jose City Council should tighten its travel policy
Much of the acrimony stemmed from a memo the mayor penned suggesting limits on how many council members can travel on “sister city” visits after he realized nearly half the council signed up for a recent trip to Okayama, Japan, on the city’s dime. While sister city visits can be a valuable way to build global understanding and economic cooperation, it was hard, he wrote, to justify the expense as the city experiences a budget shortfall. … [Read more...] about San Jose City Council postpones travel policy decision amid ‘acrimonious debate’
The details of the possible bond measure, including the exact amount and what it would fund, are still being worked out. But a recent survey of 781 voters in the city found that just 62 percent would support a $750 million bond measure to upgrade 911 communication to improve emergency response, fix roads and repair libraries, among several other projects. … [Read more...] about San Jose voters could see $750 million bond measure on November ballot
With San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo virtually guaranteed to win another four-year term this June, any shift in the balance of power will hinge on the five other City Council races. But it’s too soon to tell whether the labor unions or the Chamber of Commerce — the two traditional strongholds of influence in the city — will emerge victorious. … [Read more...] about San Jose City Council races could mark power shift