Plus, which defunct play place you would revive.
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Reduction junction, what’s your function?
An aerial shot of traffic through San Jose at evening.
Let’s keep traffic running smoothly. | Photo by Danielle Torralba, City of San José
Did you know that as of 2021, 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US come from transportation?

That stat makes the transportation sector the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to the burning of fossil fuel for vehicles like cars, trucks, ships, trains, and planes.

So let’s get to the good stuff: the Carbon Reduction Program, an effort to reduce transportation emissions through local and statewide projects that are federally funded.

What is the Carbon Reduction Program?

In an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US, the Carbon Reduction Program was created in 2021 to distribute $6.4 billion in formula funding over a five-year period.

The funding goes toward states developing carbon reduction strategies and projects that reduce transportation emissions. Some examples include:
  • Creation of new road diets
  • Electrification of freight vehicles or personal cars
  • Construction of rapid public transit corridors
  • Installation of bike safety infrastructure

What’s driving the news?

By Wednesday, Nov. 15, states and designated metropolitan planning organizations were tasked with unveiling their strategies to reduce emissions through the program.

They also had to disclose which projects will be funded by the program — whether that be installing protected bike lanes in one city, creating a new bus rapid transit system in another, or a different project that helps reduce carbon emissions.


While the FY2024 funding that will be allocated to urbanized areas hasn’t been released yet, you can still view last fiscal year’s funding sheet, which shows that a total of 224 urbanized areas with a 200,000+ population received funding — including $3.1 million that was suballocated to San Jose.

Our question for you while we await more funding news: How would you like to see funding like this used in San Jose? Let us know below, and we may share your answer in a future newsletter.
What kind(s) of projects in San Jose would you like to see funded by the Carbon Reduction Program?

A. Public transportation
B. Pedestrian-friendly roads and facilities
C. Fuel alternatives
D. Traffic management/road diet projects
Monday, Nov. 20
  • Downtown Ice | Monday, Nov. 20-Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St., San Jose | $21 | Come in costume or dress to impress at the Grand Opening Celebration of San Jose’s outdoor ice rink.
  • Trivia Night | Monday, Nov. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Park Station Hashery, 1701 Park Ave., San Jose | Free | Grab a team of up to six at this weekly event hosted by local comedians.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Tully Night Market | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Tully Community Ballfields, 800 Tully Rd., San Jose | Free | This fall market is back with gourmet food trucks, local vendors, and live entertainment.
  • Friendsgiving Bingo Night! | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expy., San Jose | Free | Come in your best “Rachel cut” + ‘90s throwback attire and win fun themed prizes like a lobster plushie or yellow frame.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
  • Rockumbiando Fest 2023 | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 5-8 p.m. | Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd., San Jose | $65-$80 | Catch the biggest rock and cumbia acts of the year, featuring Grupo Kual, Liran’ Roll, Los Llayras, and more.
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Ring in the holidays with these gifts
holiday gifts
This holiday season shop for unique gifts from our small business partners. | Photo by 6AM City
Our online shop (Six & Main), a site that celebrates small businesses locally and in our 25 sister markets, is dishing out major deals this holiday season. From coffee to artwork and apparel, there’s a gift for everyone.

Black Friday
  • 30% off items included in our gift guides for her + him
Cyber Monday
There are more savings this weekend for the foodies, pet parents, and more…
News Notes
  • The former Pavilion Inn in North San Jose will be converted into housing for transitional foster youth. The $32 million project will remodel 39 efficiency and one-bedroom apartments, and will include a workforce development center on the ground floor. The renovation is expected to finish in Summer 2024. (KTVU)
  • San Jose Sharks forward Nico Sturm is taking a temporary leave of absence to attend to a family matter. The center will miss tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks + Wednesday’s face-off against the Seattle Kraken. (The Mercury News)
Plan Ahead
  • On, dasher… Registration is now open for the 12th annual Santa Run Silicon Valley. The 5K run/walk begins at the intersection of Santa Clara + Market streets, and proceeds benefit Christmas in the Park and Downtown Streets Team. You can register on Santa Run’s website.
Today Is
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance. Honoring the memories of trans and gender non-conforming individuals, the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs + Silicon Valley Pride will host a candlelight vigil. It will take place at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center on the Alameda tonight at 6 p.m.
San Josean
  • Ivonn Rivera from San Jose is receiving national recognition for improving safety in the Cadillac-Winchester neighborhood. The U.S. Conference of Bishops honored Rivera with an award for her efforts to install stop signs, crosswalks, and streetlights. (NBC Bay Area)
  • San Mateo County libraries are teaming up to support families in need. Each diaper kit contains 80 diapers and 200 wipes, and are available at any San Mateo County library through Jan. 20. Supplies are first-come, first-served, and families do not have to show ID or proof of income. (KRON4)
  • Need weekend plans? Stay warm inside The Tech Interactive, where you’ll experience 100+ interactive activities, labs, IMAX films, and exhibitions about everything from climate change and outer space to robotics and biology. Pro tip: Use Code TECHFAM for 10% off your admission.*
🦃 Delectable Turkey Day dining options
A plate of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce from Left Bank Brasserie.
Feast on a full Thanksgiving spread from Left Bank Brasserie. | Photo via @pastordanvera
Want to celebrate the day of thanks, but don’t plan on cooking a full dinner this year? Don’t quit Thanksgiving cold turkey — we’ve got you covered with local dine-in + carry-out options for Thanksgiving day.

Pro tip: Plan on making a reservation for your table or placing your meal pickup order before the end of the day on Mon., Nov. 20.

🍷 Where to dine-in

🥡 Where to carry-out

We asked “which now-defunct San Jose play place you’d like to revive?” and here’s what you said:
A poll that says "...which would it be?" The graphic percentages show Discovery Zone at 2%, Nickel City at 46%, Raging Waters at 44%, and Frontier Village at 8%.

A surprising number of readers answered with Frontier Village.


SJtoday staff

Nickel City and Raging Waters (which closed earlier this year) were far-and-away the winners of our recent poll about play place revivals. While very few voted for Discovery Zone, a surprising number of you wrote-in Frontier Village, which operated from 1961 to 1980. The site where the park used to sit is now Edenvale Gardens Regional Park, just north of Hayes Mansion.
The Buy
A Black Friday deal on the ultimate gift: A Bwine F7 GPS Camera Drone. They’ll have fun flying it and capturing incredible footage. Get it for $529.99 $370.99.
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