The mayor of San Jose, Sam Licardo, released his own today March budget announcementThe budget outline is proposed for fiscal year 2022-23 that will prioritize public safety, beautify San Jose and offer “solutions for the homeless.”
“For the first time in decades, we are seeing declines in retirement benefits over the next half decade, as a result of our long-standing efforts to implement a sensible pension reform with the participation of our employees and voters,” Licardo said in a statement. . “The sixth-degree dividend and our long-standing sacrifice will fund bold efforts to address the homeless, crime and corruption, such as building 1,000 apartments for rapid construction for the homeless, adding dozens more police to the force, and employing deported residents to clean and beautify our city.”
Forecasts for the San Jose General Fund reflect a cumulative ongoing surplus attributed to declining retirement costs and strong tax revenues over the next five years, according to the municipality.
The forecast also assumes that all of the $ 125.4 million services funded this year with the help of federal aid and one-time funding from the municipality will expire, leaving the city with a deficit of nearly $ 100 million at the service level.
Because of this, Licardo said his budget would focus on a limited priority: homelessness, public safety, weakness and “resilience.”
Mayor Licardo offers a historic investment to double what he said were “the three most cost-effective solutions to the fight against the homeless, each of whom was a pioneer in San Jose:”
- Scale of successful and innovative construction Apartment for fast construction Communities provide a total of 1,000 units. With 597 fast-building units already completed or under development since the epidemic began, the mayor’s directive will provide funding for the construction of at least another 403 fast-building units to reach a target of 1,000 epidemic housing beds under development by the end of the calendar year, and funding to support ongoing operations under more cost-effective models.
- Conversion of another 300 hotel or motel rooms for the homeless. The city has been a pioneer in converting motels since 2016 at two sites, and now Governor Newsome’s Homekey funding provides opportunities to identify a few more, with the city’s support for operation and maintenance.
- Accelerate homeless prevention funding in light of well-documented barriers to providing state-of-the-art rental assistance to the state. With Destination: Home, San Jose was a pioneer in “gap financing” for families in need of rent assistance in 2018, and found that with modest investments like $ 4,000 per family, more than 95% of families remained successfully housed a year later.
Mayor Licardo urged accelerating changes to the city’s overall plan to allow religious communities to build affordable housing on parking lots and land surpluses.
“San Jose has long had the weakest police department in any major city in the United States,” the mayor said in his budget statement.
The national average shows for every 1000 civilians, there are 2.4 sworn officers. In San Jose, the average per 1,000 residents is less than half that: one sworn officer.
Licardo called for dedicated ongoing funding to add dozens of new officer positions in the coming years, including 15 new positions sworn in just this year and brought the total to 1,168. The new police officers will focus on expanding a walking tour of the neighborhood, strengthening units of sexual assault and domestic violence investigations, and improving traffic enforcement. He also called for the addition of additional officers in the coming years (based on current projects of future surpluses) by incorporating additional expenditure into discounts and budget forecasts.
According to the plan, “for the first time in decades, the San Jose police will have a dedicated standard pace of walking and / or cycling in the downtown area, and a walking patrol will travel to crime-ridden neighborhoods.”
The budget also allocates one-time funding for overtime for the re-arrest of criminal defendants who did not appear in their orders, and funding for non-sworn staff for the preparation of “high bail” affidavits for particularly dangerous arrests.
The mayor also pledged to invest in training police officers for a safe response to civil unrest and street demonstrations, first focusing on “making sure every lieutenant on the ground has the best training there is.”
Fighting the blow
The proposed budget requires ongoing funding for garbage removal initiatives and stimulating response across the city, while expanding innovative programs that empower non-residents to become part of the BeautifySJ solution, such as San Jose Bridge and Cash in the trash.
This includes money to continue a hybrid vehicle reduction model that includes a parking compliance team that patrols every city street twice a month to identify inactive vehicles as well as additional funding to increase parking enforcement.
The mayor also recommended finding additional funding options for the most successful sequel The Resilience CorpsWhich currently employs more than 460 young adults in support of the community’s resilience to epidemics, droughts, wildfires and the economic downturn.
The mayor also proposed using the funds to accelerate the planning and development of an innovative transit connector between Mineta San José Airport and Diridon Station, in anticipation of a crucial bid for development in the coming year.
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