City Manager's Weekly Report: January 17, 2020
Read below for a roundup of City of San José news and happenings this week.
Centralized Emergency Vehicle Preemption Technology Earns Smart City Award – The City of San José will be honored with a 2020 Smart 50 Award at the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo on Apr. 6 for its Centralized Emergency Vehicle Preemption (CEVP) solution. Launched in late 2018, the CEVP is a traffic signal priority technology that reduces response time for emergency vehicles. By connecting active location data, dispatch, and traffic management, traffic signals can be turned green in advance for en route Fire and Police vehicles. CEVP has reduced travel times for City first responder vehicles through signalized intersections from an average of 30 seconds down to just four, increasing safety and saving lives. The approach saved the City nearly $9 million compared to traditional hardware-based solutions. This effort is a collaboration between San José’s Department of Transportation, Fire Department, Police Department, Information Technology Department, and transportation industry leader TransCore. For more information on CEVP, contact, Colin Heyne, Public Information Manager, at 408-975-3705.
Online Tax Amnesty Solution Earns Smart City Award – The Finance Department will also be recognized at the 2020 Smart 50 Awards for developing an online portal making tax penalty forgiveness and tax payments easier for business owners. The automated processes drastically reduce staff time for manual work and follow-up on incomplete form submissions. The online software also minimizes constituent confusion as the form only generates the application fields relevant to that particular business owner. Submitted information runs through a real-time tax calculator, enabling business owners to see what they owe immediately after submitting the form, and pay that amount, all in one single step. This effort is a collaboration between San José’s Finance Department, Information Technology Department, and government technology firm CityBase. For more information on the online tax portal, contact Rick Bruneau, Deputy Director, at 408-535-8310.
San José Works is Looking for Mentors – San José Works is looking for mentors to work with underserved youth ages 14-18 who need caring adults to bolster their academic and life skills while providing guidance on potential career tracks. Learn more about the program here. For more information, contact Clint Wilkins, Encore Fellow, Office of the Mayor, at 949-433-7815.
2020 Safe Summer Initiative Grant Application and Workshop – The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Department’s Safe Summer Initiative Grant (SSIG) is now accepting applications for its annual funding cycle taking place from Jun. 1 through Aug. 31. PRNS encourages applications from non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and faith-based organizations who encourage healthy play and nurture positive relationships through youth programs and activities in areas with gang activity and violence. Applicants are invited to the SSIG Application Workshop on Monday, Jan. 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Hank Lopez Community Center. Applications are due on Thursday, Feb. 13 by 4:00 p.m. via WebGrants. For more information, contact Avi Yotam, Division Manager, at 408-535-3573.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Visitors Help Fund Wildlife Conservation – Happy Hollow Park & Zoo donates 25 cents of every ticket and $1 of every membership sold to non-profit organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation. The Park & Zoo and its foundation, Happy Hollow Foundation, recently distributed $70,000 to support wildlife conservation efforts around the world including Costa Rica, the Gran Chaco, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Locally, $7,000 from Happy Hollow’s Progress for Pollinator grant program, in partnership with Happy Hollow Foundation, helped establish four new pollinator-friendly gardens in Santa Clara County public spaces. For more information, contact Justin Long, Deputy Director, at 408-793-5579.
work2future Hosts Tech Career Fair – work2future will be hosting a Tech Career Fair from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at work2future’s San José Job Center, located at 1601 Foxworthy Ave. Employers such as Bill.com, Nidaan Systems, Npower, People Shores, San José State University Research Foundation, Sensitel, West Valley Staffing Group, and many more will be in attendance. Participants are encouraged to RSVP at http://bit.ly/2QGcQoS. For more information, contact Monique Melchor, Division Manager, at 408-794-1108.
Volunteers Flock to “America’s Best Rose Garden” to Maintain its Beauty – With tools and techniques provided by PRNS, close to 300 volunteers poured into the historic 93-year-old San José Municipal Rose Garden to care for more than 189 rose varieties on Jan. 11. San José residents continue to demonstrate the immense value they place on parks and community volunteerism by ensuring the vitality of our roses mirrors that of the City. For more information, contact Justin Long, Deputy Director, at 408-793-5579.
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