2018: Looking Forward
In 2017, we improved the quality of life for District 1 residents through projects, Council office support, and community feedback. This year, we will continue to provide the District 1 community with the best services available. Here are the 2018 priorities:
Urban Village Implementation and Financing
This spring, the City Council will consider a comprehensive finance and implementation policy for our Urban Village plans. The framework will help finance important amenities identified in the Winchester, Stevens Creek, and Santana Row/Valley Fair Urban Village plans. These amenities could provide streetscape improvements and the development of public plazas, among other items all prioritized by the community.
District 1 Park Plan
At the February 13th Council Meeting, I introduced a memo to direct staff to increase the priority of creating a park master plan for the Pueblo de Dios site. Public Works is currently working to repair and complete projects impacted by last year’s flood. The memo ensures that we can begin the process as soon as projects that are already in the queue have been completed. We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information from the Parks Department and Public Works.
District 1 is the most park-deficient district in the City of San José. Input from the community, landowners, and city staff can help identify and secure new sites in our district. Please do contact us if you have recommendations.
Foster "A New Hope" in Starbird
Improving the quality of life for D1 constituents is one of my top priorities. It’s important to continue impactful projects that make District 1 a great community to live in. Project Hope is one of those projects. Like the Winchester/Cadillac area, the Starbird neighborhood has been designated as a “Gang Hotspot” by the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. Thus, we have expanded Project Hope to the Starbird Neighborhood. We will apply the effective principles used in the Cadillac neighborhood to improve safety and security in Starbird.
Successful District 1 Participatory Budgeting Implementation
In 2018, Participatory Budgeting was implemented in District 1. Residents have the opportunity to present ideas, vet and research proposals, and vote to use $200,000 in City funds. We are planning to celebrate the successful conclusion of our first Participatory Budgeting process in June. Visit www.D1Decides.com to get the latest updates!
Serve You and the D1 Residents
I pledge to continue serving the residents of District 1 by connecting you with the city services and good “customer service” you deserve.
Expand Neighborhood Watch
2018 has seen a steady increase in crime. Together we can build a stronger and safer district. We encourage you to get to know your neighbors and talk to them about safety in your neighborhood and community. Get involved with your Neighborhood Association and host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting. Watching out for one another is the best security system.
Expand Our Sense of Community Through Neighborhood Associations
We’ve recently seen a number of neighborhood associations disband or experience a decline in attendance and overall support. Strong Neighborhood Associations can provide many benefits for District 1 residents. Over the next year, I will work with you to strengthen and rebuild Neighborhood Associations and provide a dedicated staff member to establish our neighborhood associations. New or existing associations can apply for up to a $500 grant from my office to help you get started or reinvigorate your association!
Increased language access for multilingual residents
Many members of our community lack access to resources due to language barriers. I am working to increase access to city materials in a broader range of languages so residents can better understand the services available to them.
Continued Advocacy for Increased Public Transit
As a VTA Board Director, I will continuously advocate to increase access to public transit and traffic mitigation measures. I have successfully led the charge to address traffic surrounding the I-280 and Winchester corridors that resulted in a VTA study to improve access and relieve traffic. The study is currently in the environmental phase and will be brought back to the VTA Board once complete. Look for future updates and opportunities to provide your feedback.
I am also a staunch advocate of bringing a higher level of transit along Stevens Creek Boulevard. I am working diligently to move a VTA Stevens Creek Boulevard Corridor study forward that will analyze various options. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is one of the options, among others that will be studied. An autonomous vehicle pilot has already been proposed along the Stevens Creek corridor.
Partnering to Provide Services to Local Businesses
My staff is currently exploring potential partnerships with agencies like the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) and organizations like the Silicon Valley Organization, the Hispanic Chamber of Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley Black Chamber to ensure additional services reach District 1 businesses. Possible services include joint workshops on securing small business loans, networking, and other key services.