Mayor Matt Mahan’s February inauguration ceremony

Along with presentations from local organizations, Mayor Matt Mahan discussed his vision for San Jose at his February 1st official inauguration ceremony.

Mayor Matt Mahan and his family stand on the stage as he takes the oath of office.

Mayor Matt Mahan recites the oath of office with his family on stage.

Photo by SJtoday staff

On Wednesday night, 2,000+ San Joseans convened at the Center for Performing Arts in downtown to celebrate the inauguration of our city’s 66th mayor — Mayor Matt Mahan.

Following the official swearing-in, Mayor Mahan took to the podium to emphasize his main goals during his limited two-year term, and how he will work to achieve them.

Goal: Beautify our streets
Action: Utilize neighborhood outreach teams, work with Beautify SJ + San Jose Conservation Corps, expand programs like San Jose Bridge and Cash for Trash, and upgrade San Jose’s 311 service to allow residents to submit blight reports.

Goal: Improve quality of life for unhoused residents 🏘️
Action: Scale up basic shelter capacity and transition facilities, identify more interim housing sites, and support Governor Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court system to improve access to mental health + addiction treatments.

Goal: Reduce crime 🚔
Action: Add 30 officers per year to the San Jose Police Department, allocate additional funding to recruitment methods + officer bonuses, and invest in youth with after-school programs and tutoring job opportunities.

“These are clear goals with clear metrics of success,” the mayor said.

And like his original vision of leading with a business mindset, he plans to create a public dashboard of results showing what progress has been made on blight, homelessness, and crime.

Feeling inspired? Mayor Mahan shared his “Inaugur-ACTION Series” form so residents can stay updated on upcoming clean-up events.

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