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.
- I proposed an investment in an “Internet of Things” (IoT) Dashboard Application for smart devices which will allow the San Jose Department of Transportation to monitor and analyze traffic data received from cloud-enabled devices more efficiently and address transportation challenges in a timely manner.
- Recovery Café San Jose provides services to those traumatized by homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. The LGBTQ population’s over represented in our unhoused population. I proposed funding to strengthen services for individuals recovering from addiction and mental health services.
- Poor nutrition is a leading cause of chronic health conditions for low-income adults. I proposed putting funds towards the Health Trust Medically Tailored Meal Program that will help these individuals by improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.
- I proposed funding for Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, aiming to nurture an inclusive, compassionate community. Their BAWSI Rollers program introduces local students with cognitive, physical and/or hearing disabilities to adaptive physical activity in a non-threatening and accessible way.
- Per The San Jose Department of Transportation recommendations, I proposed safety enhancements to Branham Lane in alignment with Vision Zero’s Quick Build Strategy. This includes installing plastic bollards wherever feasible and making cross-walk markings at several intersections more visible.
- A concerning & unintended consequence of Shelter In Place is the potential increase of domestic violence that is going underreported. I proposed investment in YWCA Silicon Valley, which provides direct services to those healing from domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, is a must.
- The mission of the Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative is to provide support to residents who have trouble finding assistance to resolve neighborhood disputes. I proposed funding for this organization, which would reduce the need for typical city services, such as Police involvement, in these situations.
- Traffic and pedestrian safety is a major priority. In February of 2020, through analysis, the San Jose Department of Transportation confirmed the need for traffic calming measures on Dumbarton Avenue. I proposed funding for the installation of two electronic speed monitoring signs along this street.
Final Approval & Wins!
Thank you to everyone who voiced their thoughts on this subject. I hope that you believe in the fact that I am committed to improving the quality of life for District 9 and for all of San Jose. I am grateful to say that all but one of my budget proposals were approved! Unfortunately, the Dumbarton Avenue budget proposal did not make its way into the Mayor’s budget message, but I will continue to fight for traffic on Dumbarton. More on this topic coming soon.