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Neighborhoods Commission

The Neighborhoods Commission advises the City Council regarding San José neighborhoods. The commission shall have the following functions, powers, and duties:

  • Study, review, and evaluate and make recommendations to the City Council regarding issues, policies, and programs affecting the quality of life in San José neighborhoods focusing on neighborhood safety, transportation, and code enforcement.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the City Council regarding annual budget priorities.

The Neighborhoods Commission was created as a pilot in April 2008. On August 27, 2013, the City Council adopted an ordinance chartering the Neighborhoods Commission.

Commission Information

  • Meets: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.
  • City Hall, Wing Rooms 118/119
  • Meets 10 times a year, not including committee and other meetings as required by the work plan.
  • Commissioners may average 5-15 hours per month on Commission business.

Agenda And Minutes

2020

Neighborhoods Commission

Agendas Time Location Minutes Post Meeting Documents
May 13, 2020 Cancelled        
April 8, 2020 Cancelled        
March 11, 2020 Cancelled  6 - 8 p.m. City Hall W-118/119    
February 12, 2020 Cancelled  6 - 8 p.m. City Hall W-118/119    
January 8, 2020  6 - 8 p.m. City Hall W-118/119    

Independent Citizens Oversight Standing Committee

Agendas Time Location Minutes Post Meeting Documents
March 4, 2020  6 - 7:30 p.m.  City Hall T-955    
February 5, 2020  6 - 7:30 p.m. City Hall T-955  February 5, 2020  
January 2, 2020
 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-133  Refer to February 5 Agenda  
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734

2019

Neighborhoods Commission

Agendas Time Location Minutes Post Meeting Documents
December 11, 2019 Cancelled 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall T-1734    
November 13, 2019 6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall T-1734    
August 14, 2019 6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall T-1734 August 14, 2019  
June 12, 2019 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall T-1734 June 12, 2019  
May 8, 2019 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall T-1734 May 8, 2019  
May 2, 2019 Cancelled 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall T-1734    
April 10, 2019 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall T-1734  April 10, 2019  
March 13, 2019 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall T-1734 March 13, 2019  
February 13, 2019 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall T-1734 February 13, 2019  
January 9, 2019 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall T-1734 January 9, 2019  
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734

Independent Citizens Oversight Standing Committee

Agendas Time Location Minutes Post Meeting Documents
December 4, 2019
6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734  December 4, 2019 December 4, 2019

Draft ICOC Plan FY18-19

 November 6, 2019  6 - 7 p.m.  City Hall T-1753 November 6, 2019  
April 3, 2019 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1752 April 3, 2019
April 3, 2019
March 11, 2019 Special 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1752 March 11, 2019  
February 6, 2019 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1752 February 6, 2019

January 2, 2019 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1752 January 2, 2019  

2018

Neighborhood Commission

Agendas Time Location Minutes Post Meeting Documents
December 12, 2018 6 - 8 p.m. City Hall W-118/119 December 12, 2018 December 12, 2018
 November 14, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall W-118/119  November 14, 2018  November 14, 2018
 October 10, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall W-118/119  October 10, 2018  
 September 12, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall W-118/119  September 12, 2018  
 August 8, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall W-118/119  August 8, 2018  August 8, 2018
 June 13, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall W-118/119  June 13, 2018  
 May 9, 2018 Special  7 - 9 p.m.  City Hall W-118/119  May 9, 2018  
 May 2, 2018 Special  7:15 - 9:15 p.m.  City Hall T-1734  May 2, 2018  
 April 11, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall W-118/119  April 11, 2018  
 March 14, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall T-1734  March 14, 2018  March 14, 2018
 February 14, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall T-1734  February 14, 2018  February 14, 2018
 January 10, 2018  6 - 8 p.m.  City Hall W-118/119  January 10, 2018  January 10, 2018
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734
Tower Conference Room 1734

Independent Citizens Oversight Standing Committee

Agendas Time Location Minutes Post Meeting Documents
December 5, 2018
6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 December 5, 2018 December 5, 2018 
November 7, 2018 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 November 7, 2018 November 7, 2018 
October 3, 2018 Cancelled 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734    
September 5, 2018 Cancelled 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734  
August 1, 2018 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 August 1, 2018  
June 6, 2018
6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 June 6, 2018  
May 2, 2018 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 May 2, 2018 May 2, 2018
April 4, 2018 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 April 4, 2018 April 4, 2018
March 7, 2018 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 March 7, 2018 March 7, 2018
February 14, 2018 8:15 - 9:15 p.m. City Hall T-1734 February 14, 2018  
February 7, 2018 6 - 7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 February 7, 2018 February 7, 2018
January 10, 2018 8:15 - 8:45 p.m. City Hall W118/119 January 10, 2018 January 10, 2018
January 4, 2018 6 -7 p.m. City Hall T-1734 January 4, 2018  

2020 Spring Caucus

The Commission operates slightly different than other commissions when it comes to filling regular vacancies. Each district has a caucus where a delegate from each recognized neighborhood group selects two candidates who will fill the two seats for that district. In 2018, the District 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 seats are open for appointment. The Caucus schedule shows when and where each of these caucuses are taking place, how many candidates there are, as well as how long the caucus is expected to go.

Workplan

The Neighborhoods Commission annually creates a workplan, which is usually approved by the Neighborhood Services & Education Committee of the City Council. Due to a request from the Commission for the creation of a new standing committee, the Rules & Open Government Committee approved the Commission's workplan on August 23, 2017.

MEMBER QUALIFICATIONS

All Candidates for the Neighborhoods Commission must reside within the boundaries of the City of San José, apply through the City Clerk’s Office, and meet all City requirements for appointment to a commission (availability to attend meetings).

There shall be equitable representation on the commission from throughout the City. Two commissioners are nominated from each Council district through a neighborhoods caucus process, and nominations are forwarded to the City Council for appointment. Commissioners serve four-year terms. Caucuses are held every two years, alternating between odd-numbered districts and even-numbered districts. The next caucus in 2016 will be held to nominate commissioners from even-numbered districts. If a vacancy occurs outside of the scheduled caucus process for that district, the City Council will make an appointment based on the recommendation of the Council Appointment Advisory Commission; a commissioner appointed in this manner will serve until the next scheduled caucus process for that district.

ATTENDANCE

Commissioners are expected to attend all commission meetings. San José Municipal Code Section 2.08.060 specifies that a commission member who has unexcused absences from any three consecutive regular meetings, or more than 20% of the meetings in a calendar year, is deemed to have resigned.

Letters and Reports to Council

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