City Manager's Weekly Report: January 10, 2020
Read below for a roundup of City of San José news and happenings this week.
San José Clean Energy GreenSource Service Remains Cleaner & Cheaper than PG&E: In 2020, residents and businesses enrolled in San José Clean Energy (SJCE)’s default electricity generation service GreenSource will receive more carbon-free electricity than in 2019: 86%, including 45% renewable energy from solar and wind. Despite a 6% increase in carbon-free energy from hydroelectric plants in 2019, SJCE will maintain the 1% rate discount relative to PG&E standard service. This rate discount is after accounting for PG&E-added fees. Customers can also upgrade to TotalGreen to receive 100% renewable energy, costing the average home about $5 more per month. The San José City Council, SJCE’s governing body, approved the 2020 power mix and rates on December 10. For more information, contact Zach Struyk, Deputy Director at 408-535-4999 or visit SanJoseCleanEnergy.org.
Three-Year Paving Plan Follows Historic 2019 Streets Maintenance Program: The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently shared its three-year paving plan, a first-of-its-kind forecast for San José. The plan prioritizes hundreds of miles of local streets in poor condition, while continuing to maintain major streets that carry most of our City’s traffic. Six hundred thirty-five miles of city streets are slated to be maintained by the end of 2022, including 213 miles of major streets and 422 miles of local and neighborhood streets. The pavement maintenance program will also add new curb ramps, traffic calming measures, and bicycle infrastructure in alignment with adopted plans, standards, and guidelines. The paving preview comes on the heels of a successful, historic 2019 paving season, in which 289 miles of streets were preserved or resurfaced. Voter support for Measures B and T, as well as Senate Bill 1, has made this all possible. Stable funding sources allow the City to plan for a 10-year paving program that will reach nearly every street in its limits, including all 1,490 miles of local and neighborhood streets. For more on the plan, read DOT’s latest news update. For more information, contact Colin Heyne, Public Information Manager, at 408-975-3705.
San José Fire Department Partners with the American Red Cross to Sound the Alarm: San José Fire Department (SJFD) will once again partner with the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter to Sound the Alarm on Jan. 18. Sound The Alarm is an annual program dedicated to installing free smoke alarms in communities while raising funds for lifesaving services to ensure residents are properly equipped to detect fires and avoid tragedy. To date, the Sound the Alarm program has installed 3,000 free smoke alarms in 12 communities. According to the American Red Cross, home fires claim seven lives every day but working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. Since 2017, SJFD, along with American Red Cross and volunteers, have focused efforts on particularly vulnerable communities such as mobile home parks. In August 2019, SJFD fire fighters were dispatched to the Sunshadow Mobile Home Park for a reported structure fire. Two residents were able to safely exit their home after being alerted to the smoke and fire by a smoke alarm that had been installed just six months prior at a February Sound the Alarm event. To volunteer, visit http://tiny.cc/STAVOL. For more information, contact Erica Ray, Public Information Manager, at 408-794-7045.
Record-Breaking Crowd at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo for Noon Year’s Eve: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo was visited by 4,200 people on Dec. 31 for the family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration. Children and their families participated in a “countdown to noon” and ball drop to celebrate the new decade. The festivities included a free hot cocoa bar, earth-friendly crafts, a magical performance by Master Magician Dan Chan, appearances by Danny the Dragon, kid-friendly dance music, and lots of biodegradable confetti. For more information, contact Justin Long, Deputy Director, at 408-793-5579.
Census Bureau is Hiring: Census jobs are flexible, pay between $30-$33 per hour, and require no prior work experience though bilingual skills are highly desirable (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Tagalog). Interested individuals are encouraged to apply at http://bit.ly/2T0ns3m or visit a San José library for assistance with the online application. A schedule of application assistance workshops is available at http://bit.ly/38djj0W. These Census workshops are created through a partnership between the San José Public Library, work2future, and the U.S. Census Bureau through which more than 200 people received help completing their employment application. For more information, contact Nguyen Pham, Analyst, at 408-794-1178.
ESD and Evergreen Valley College Offer New Wastewater Treatment Course: The Environmental Services Department (ESD) and Evergreen Valley College are partnering to offer a wastewater treatment course in spring 2020 that will prepare interested students for a career in an innovative and growing field. Students who enroll in “Basic Plant Operations: Wastewater Treatment” will have the opportunity to visit water and wastewater facilities, listen to guest speakers from the industry, and participate in an internship. The 14-session course runs from Jan. 31 to May 22 and will take place at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, the largest advanced wastewater treatment facility in the western United States. No prerequisite coursework is required. This is the third course offered by ESD and Evergreen as part of the college’s Water and Wastewater Technology Program. For more information, contact Linda Charfauros, Division Manager, at 408-535-8553.