San Jose ACTION!

Community Alert

The gentrification of downtown San Jose at the expense of multiculturally diverse redevelopment areas of District 2 continues. Shame on you, Sergio Jimenez!

The City fast-tracked Bridge Housing Communities at the corner of Bernal and Monterey to house 80 homeless residents under the guise of the Covid-19 health emergency. They have added a second site less than 1/2 a mile away at Rue Ferrari with a plan to house an additional 120 homeless.

Now, despite promises by Sergio Jimenez and the entire San Jose City Council that these sites and their impacts would be evenly distributed amongst the districts, the City now proposes a new BHC to be located at Branham and Monterey Road, approximately 3 miles from the Bernal site and bordering D2. To add insult to injury, they propose to empty the homeless encampment near the airport and to transfer all the homeless to these District 2 BHCs, while turning the District 2 Santa Teresa VTA station into a RV parking lot.

This is a blatant end-run around the community which soundly rejected these proposals in the past , and the City is clearly putting forth policies that have a disparate effect on D2 neighborhoods, many of which were formerly recognized by the City as neighborhoods in the need of redevelopment via the city's own Super Neighborhoods Initiative.

Proper notice to the impacted communities has not been provided, and this sudden decision is coming at a time when D2 constituents have had their constitutional rights to assemble, protest, or be heard on this matter shuttered.

Please sign the petition below and contact your Council Member, Sergio Jimenez, and Mayor Sam Liccardo. Say no to more gentrification and environmental discrimination.

1. Mayor Sam Liccardo – (408) 535-4800

2. Sergio Jimenez, District 2 – (408) 535-4902