Dear PUC President Batjer and Commissioners,
I am writing to you to express my strong opposition to San Jose Water Company’s (SJW) General Rate Case (GRC) application requesting a total of $88M increase in the cost of service over the three-year period of 2022–2024, and the recovery of $7M (balancing account) and $11M (memorandum account) via customer surcharges beginning January 1, 2022, for 36 months or until recovered. Please delay approval of SJW’s rate increase request.
Now is not the time to place any kind of additional financial burden on our residents. As we all know well, the COVID-19 pandemic…
Last Friday, Weingarten Realty, owners of the Cambrian Park Plaza, formally resubmitted redevelopment plans to the City for the proposed mixed use village. These updates are in response to city staff technical comments and community feedback received last fall. Their project will be formally studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Report being prepared by the Planning Department.
You can find these updates on the City of San Jose’s Project’s of High Interest Website under the architectural plan sets and city comment letters section. Below is a summary of their primary changes:
On Wednesday, January 6th, I watched in disbelief when an angry mob stormed the Capitol Building to prevent our elected representatives from certifying the 2020 General Election. That day, our democracy was threatened.
As your Councilmember, I condemn all acts of violence, insurrection, and sedition that aims to disrupt our system of self-government. It’s in times like these I find power in our National Motto, E Pluribus Unum — Out of Many, One. We might be from different states. …
Each year we open the District 9 Star Application with the hopes of highlighting our community’s unsung heroes. We spread the opportunity to apply far and wide so we can hear stories of people doing great work throughout our community — stories that deserve to be uplifted.
After the application window closes, we review the submissions and assess their positive impact on our community. Many nominations were received this year, and we are honored to share these stories with you and take this opportunity to spread some positivity during these pessimistic times.
As we all know too well, this year…
My heart goes out to all of the families and individuals who are experiencing substantial hardship resulting from the Northern California wildfires — especially those whom have lost loved ones. Our City and its residents are incredibly appreciative of all the hard work our firefighters have labored towards this fire season to return California to a sense of normalcy. Our firefighters are the ones working to contain blazes, prevent smoke from polluting our skies, and helping folks return home. …
Willow Glen has Lincoln Avenue. Campbell has Campbell Avenue. Los Gatos has Santa Cruz Avenue. Cambrian deserves to have its own Main Street. It should serve as an iconic Gateway to this beautiful corner of San Jose and as a foundation to building a greater sense of community.
I sent you a message on Monday, August 24th, promising that I would send another note once the new plans were submitted to the City. Just today Weingarten Realty submitted their plans to our Planning Department.
This has been an extensive journey. This is the 7th message that I have…
When people say they live in the Cambrian Park neighborhood of San Jose, they often detail where they live by referring to the Cambrian Park Plaza. Originally built in 1953, the Cambrian Park Plaza has lost a number of businesses and is in need of revitalization. In 2015, the plaza was purchased by Weingarten Realty for nearly $50 million. Since then, the developer put forth different iterations of a proposal for the plaza and submitted development plans to the city. Before walking into this office, I knew major changes would need to be made to their latest proposal. After numerous…
Cambrian Park Plaza & COVID-19
As your Councilmember I am committed to keeping you apprised of any updates to revitalize the Cambrian Park Plaza. On Thursday morning I had a Zoom meeting with Weingarten Realty, which owns the center. Like most everything right now, COVID-19 is slowing the project’s progress. The economic fallout from COVID-19 has produced staggering job losses, shuttered businesses, halted construction, and created a level of uncertainty unseen since the Great Recession.
Prior to the spread of COVID-19, the City of San Jose anticipated receiving a reinvigorated iteration of the redevelopment plans this summer. While Weingarten is…
I am excited to be reporting good news during these trying times. I hope you might find this message refreshing.
Ever since I entered office, I have been laser focused on improving the development plans for the Cambrian Park Plaza. I have been listening to neighbors, meeting with key, internal city stakeholders, and negotiating with the developer of the Cambrian Park Plaza, Weingarten Realty.
After more than one and a half years in office, dozens of meetings later, and a deep economic recession induced by a world wide pandemic, I am pleased to report that Weingarten Realty has…
Government budgets should reflect our residents’ priorities. Earlier this year my staff and I created a budget survey. Dozens of responses were received. We synthesized that information and submitted budget requests to Mayor Liccardo. Creating meaningful change for this community begins with allocating our budgets in a way that improves quality of life. Continue reading to see how I responded to your requests, what initiatives I proposed to be funded, and which ones were approved.
Wife & Mother. Former SJUSD Trustee. Real Estate Professional. Rotarian. Housing Advocate. San José District 9 City Councilmember & Proud San Jose Booster