For those of us celebrating the Lunar New Year, Chuc Mung Nam Moi and Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Today, our country encounters a uniquely difficult moment. Our national political discourse has disintegrated into a divisiveness that has belittled some, embittered others, and left many dispirited.
The most important of those services is public safety. We have the most thinly-staffed police department of any major U.S. city.
We’re also working smarter to make San Jose safer. By doubling our corps of community service officers, we have increased our ability to respond to property crimes like burglary and larceny, and we’ll expand their duties this year.
Unfortunately, regardless of these changes, thousands of our neighbors will continue to struggle to make rent, and too many remain homeless.
To those who seek to divide new Americans from the rest of us: we denounce the politics of fear and exclusion.
And today, San Jose can shape the future through innovation, leveraging technology and fresh thinking to improve city services.
You’re worthy of great libraries, now restored to six days of service a week, where our award-winning director, Jill Bourne, and her team host everything from coding camps to maker spaces.
For too many who see the current condition of our freeways, our parks, and our neighborhoods, San Jose doesn’t have a visually appealing story to share.
Together, we can ignite a movement and lift our city. Together, we can inspire the next generation to join our collective work. Together, We Are San Jose.