Civil rights groups castigated San Jose city leaders for approving a drone purchase without public debate over privacy concerns. They’re now asking the city to reform procedures for acquiring surveillance technology to make the process more transparent.
A handful of city leaders want to hike up penalties for illegal fireworks, given that complaints and injuries are becoming increasingly common. Also on Wednesday’s Rules Committee agenda, the city’s federal lobbyists will submit a mid-year report. San Jose Inside will be meeting with the lobbyists Thursday morning, and readers are invited to submit questions in the comments section.
The city seeks to endorse a legislative proposal that would ensure people get adequate mental health and addiction treatment.
San Jose may explore the idea of building “micro-housing”—tiny, 150-square-foot cottages—to house the homeless.
San Jose may join a host of other cities trying to cash in on subletting service Airbnb, a website that helps people rent out vans, whole homes, just the spare bedroom or anything in-between for extra income.
Voters in San Jose will get another chance to hear from mayoral candidates this weekend at a city-sponsored forum.
The city wants to support a state bill that would require pharmaceutical companies to subsidize a drug take-back program to get rid of whatever medications are left over.
Apparently it’s illegal to fire slingshots, crossbows, BB guns and other projectile weapons in San Jose. But a club of model ship makers hopes the city will make an exception.
Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio’s plan to change the way San Jose funds it police department comes back to the Rules and Open Government Committee this week.
San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos has proposed a half-cent sales tax measure so the city can hire more police officers. “Ideally, no one would want to increase taxes,” he writes in a memo going before the Rules and Open Government Committee on Wednesday. “However, this council has worked before on making tough fiscal decisions to increase services to our citizens.”