Last night, Mayor Sam Liccardo announced that the City Council unanimously approved his June Budget Message, which recommended a budget of $5.3 billion for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. That budget — which focuses on everything from fighting homelessness, boosting local economy, and improving public safety — is set to go into effect Fri., July 1. 🏛️
We know number crunching is not everyone’s cup of tea — so we’re bringing you a summary of the most important projects we can expect to see in the next year. 👇
🚨 Public safety
- Increased funding for an addition of 16 SJPD foot patrol officers and an incentive program offering $10,000 to trained officers willing to transfer to San Jose.
- About $1 million for quick-build, safety improvements at dangerous intersections + streets including Branham Ln. and Monterey Rd., Cropley Ave., Kooser Rd., and several others in Downtown District 3 neighborhoods.
🏙️ City infrastructure + housing
- Additional $150,000 for the Downtown Streets Team (DST) to expand their team and offer transitional employment to 45 new members.
- $400,000 to fund the design, equipment + fee costs of permanently closing San Pedro St.
- $580,000 to rehouse individuals living along Guadalupe River Trail — as well as the 46 residents living between Taylor and Santa Clara Streets.
- $2.165 million for San Jose Public Library to open 13 branches in lower-resourced neighborhoods on Sundays.
- Nearly $1.2 million to go towards boosting small businesses — which includes creating a city position to support East San Jose businesses.
- $560,000 to the forthcoming African American Cultural Center to build affordable housing, a community meeting space, and retail + office space.
- $250,000 to expand services at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.
- $500,000 to Los Amigos de Guadalupe to purchase + restore Cesar Chavez’ home for historic preservation, community-building, and housing of young adults.
- Allocation of funds to add art around the city, including the Billy DeFrank Center mural, Thang Do Memorial, and commemorative mural for Keyla Salazar.
- $3.6 million to plant 1,000 trees a year — in an effort to cool + beautify our city.
- Veggielution to get additional funding for trees, picnic benches, and irrigation at Emma Prusch Park, and a down-payment for exhibit and park upgrades.