Code for San Jose—a collective of civic-minded programmers—has set out to take mountains of inchoate public data and form meaningful projects.
The South Bay homeless population appears to be pooling in San Jose, as a new study estimates an 18 percent increase in the number of homeless people in the city since 2011. Overall, Santa Clara County’s homeless population grew by 8 percent—7,361 total—in the last two years, according to the county’s biennial census of the homeless population.
While San Jose may not exactly be the Capital of Silicon Valley, it certainly is at the center of many important things. The San Jose area is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. A lot of wealthy and smart people live or work in San Jose and its surrounding cities and towns. What happens here matters. I wonder if the citizens of San Jose would take it upon themselves to provide leadership for the rest of the nation by questioning the legitimacy of the 2010 Census in its present form.
The “Census Tour” came to San Jose last week in an effort to promote awareness about the upcoming Census campaign. San Jose residents will be asked ten questions. Some of the questions are centered exclusively on race and ethnicity. And, amazingly, one question contains labels that some people find offensive.