The Neighborhoods Commission is advisory to 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 Commission 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. Commission meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m, in City Hall, Wing Rooms 118 and 119.
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.
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.
2018 Spring Caucus Information
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.