Mayor Liccardo is a long-time San Josean, and the 65th Mayor of our city. Since taking office in 2015, he has worked diligently to build a safer, stronger, and more prosperous city.
In 2018, San Jose residents re-elected Sam to serve San Jose for four more years.
During Mayor Liccardo's first term, he successfully led efforts to:
- forge a historic pension reform agreement with 11 unions that will save taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades, including more than $43 million this year;
- launch “San José Works,” providing summer and year-round jobs to more than 2,000 teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods;
- find more innovative ways to reduce homelessness—from rehabilitating decaying to expanding work-first programs, to building “tiny home” villages—while housing more than 1,000 homeless veterans;
- make Mineta San José International the fastest-growing major airport in the nation for two consecutive years, with seven new international flights and more than 30 new domestic flights;
- create after-school learning programs (“San Jose Learns”) and coding and computer science programs (“5K Coding Challenge”) for thousands of children in low-income families, while expanding library services and hours in every neighborhood;
- facilitate the most successful period of tech expansion in San José’s history, by: landing major investments from corporate titans like Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Micron, and Microsoft;luring fast-growing innovators such as Okta, Splunk, SuperMicro, and WeWork, andenabling expansions of industry leaders like Adobe, Broadcom, Western Digital, and Zoom;
- concurrently lift the minimum wage among a half-dozen Silicon Valley cities, to $15 per hour by 2019;
- rebuild the San Jose Police Department, adding more than 200 officers in 20 months, while implementing data and technology—ranging from body-worn cameras to data analytics—to improve policing;
- make San José the nation's largest city to implement its own "Community Choice Energy" program, offering residents and businesses the option to power their homes and facilities with renewable energy sources, at cost-competitive rates starting in 2019;
- make San José a climate leader by adopting one of the first Paris Agreement-aligned sustainability in the country, with bold climate goals that will transform San José into a more inclusive, and equitable city;
- spark Downtown's revitalization, using fee reductions and accelerated permit approvals to fill empty storefronts with restaurants and amenities, expand co-working space, build thousands of high-rise apartments, invigorate public spaces, and lure key tech employers;
- create a “San Jose College Promise” with San Jose City, Evergreen, and West Valley Colleges to eliminate the cost of tuition, fees, and books for 1,600 low-income students;
- pass three voter-approved ballot measures that will bring Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Jose in 2019, expand light rail in East San Jose, and recast Downtown’s Diridon Station into the region’s “Grand Central Station”;launch “#BeautifySJ,” to enable residents to reclaim their city from blight, using such new programs as free junk pickup service, a MySanJose smartphone app to report blight, neighborhood beautification grants, and enhanced response to dumping and abandoned cars;
- protect open space and undeveloped hillside from sprawling development, with the help of an environmental coalition that was outspent on its ballot measure by $6 million;
- craft San Jose’s “Smart City Vision,” forging partnerships with the tech community to leverage technology and data to improve safety and services, with the ambition of making San José the most innovative city in America.
In 2018, Sam was re-elected to a second term, with 76% of the vote.
Sam serves on a number of boards, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Valley Transit Authority (twice as Chairperson), and serves as co-chair for Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum-Silicon and is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Sam and his wife, Jessica, live in the Northside neighborhood, north of Downtown, within blocks of Jessica’s childhood home, where Sam’s father also grew up, and where Sam’s grandparents operated a neighborhood grocery store. Sam descended from Sicilian and Irish immigrants, as well as from the first Mexican settlers in the Bay Area.
Since Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in 2015, San Jose has thrived. In his very first year, Sam settled intense battles over pension reform with 11 unions, saving taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades and enabling the restoration of San Jose’s police force. Since then, he has led the most successful period of economic growth in the City’s history, announcing major expansions from employers like Adobe, Apple, Broadcom, Google. Sam has also implemented innovative approaches to reduce homelessness—such as converting motels, expanding work-first programs, and building “tiny home” villages—while working with community partners to house more than 1,000 homeless veterans.
Furthermore, Sam has helped broaden prosperity in San Jose by launching after-school programs in less affluent neighborhoods, providing jobs for 2,000 at-risk teens, teaming with community colleges to eliminate tuition for low-income students, and lifting the minimum wage across the region. Sam has also co-led successful measures to bring BART and other transit improvements to San Jose, and protect our hillsides and open spaces from sprawling development.
In 2018, San Jose residents overwhelmingly re-elected Sam, with 76% of the vote.