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Mayor Liccardo Releases June Budget Message

Mayor’s budget proposal recommends targeted investments in equity, supporting families in need, and recovery efforts during unprecedented economic shortfall

Post Date:06/11/2020 10:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2020
 
Contact:
Rachel Davis, Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo, 408.712.9149, rachel.davis@sanjoseca.gov

 

SAN JOSÉ, CA -- Mayor Sam Liccardo has released his June Budget Message, outlining his final recommendations and changes to the Proposed Budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. San Jose is currently living through a formidable period in its history, faced with twin crisis of COVID-19, and homelessness, and ongoing national protests after the murder of George Floyd. Accordingly, difficult spending decisions will be decided during this year’s budget process while trying to maintain services for residents during this unprecedented economic shortfall.

“This June Message comes amid a time of great change as we face a new normal in the wake of COVID-19 and as our community comes together to fight racial injustice,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Our collective resilience and commitment to help each other will carry us through this very difficult period as we focus on critical steps to create a more equitable future.”
 
Among the new investments being proposed for this year’s budget:

  • Equity and Racial Justice: After the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers, national protests against police use of force and systemic racism have swept the nation. This year’s budget will reflect investments in facing this ongoing social divide in an equitable way.
  • Improving Digital Inclusion: Allocate $3.5 million of our CARES Act funding for an innovative partnership to provide 11,000 students with hotspots this fall in support of distance learning needs during the health crisis
  • Creating the Office of Racial Equity: Allocate $200,000 paired with grant funding of $100,000 from Silicon Valley Community Foundation over two years to establish a new office within the City Manager's Office 
  • Reviewing Police Use of Force: Reallocate $150,000 from the SJPD’s overtime to the IPA to coordinate this review, engage the community, and report back to the City Council on findings and recommendations for meaningful improvements to our practices.
  • Investigating Less-than-Lethal Use of Force: Allocate spending from the SJPD budget to work with experts to explore emerging less-than-lethal options to reduce the need to rely on batons, projectiles or firearms
  • Expanding the IPA Authority and Scope: Explore options to expand the scope of the IPA to include comprehensive investigation of complaints
  • Supporting Our Families In Need: 
  • Families in Distress: Allocate $7 million of CARES Act funds for struggling high-need families, prioritizing families (including undocumented residents) unable to get access to federal funds.
  • Child Care: Allocate $1.5 million from our CARES Act funds for loans and grants to home-based and small childcare providers, with the condition that these businesses continue to actively provide service to families.
  • Supporting Our Economic Recovery:
  • San Jose Viva Al Fresco: Combine existing funding from VTA Measure B and the County with CARES Act funding for a robust outdoor program that will assist small businesses and activate our public spaces.
  • Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable (SVRR): Allocate one-time funding to support the critical work of SVRR most directly affecting the City’s planning for the San Jose economy.

Other investment areas in the June Budget message include youth programming, traffic and pedestrian safety, outdoor park activation, beautification, and supporting the arts. 
 
For more details on the proposed budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, please view the following budget documents:

The City Council will hold a final public hearing on Monday, June 15, 2020 on the City Manager’s proposed budget. The Mayor’s June Budget Message recommendations will be voted on by Council on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
 
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