This pandemic will pass, but our epidemic of homelessness will persist. Our greatest opportunity to reduce homelessness depends on our ability to heed the lessons of this pandemic and to sustain its urgency.

More housing would help, yet the Bay Area presents daunting obstacles for builders. The cost to build…


Op-Ed by Mayor Sam Liccardo, Mayor London Breed, and Mayor Libby Schaaf

As the Bay Area recuperates from the COVID-19 pandemic and enters into the ever-expanding wildfire season, planning for the future of our public infrastructure will play a critical role in the strength of our recovery and ability to…


After the passing of this pandemic, 160,000 Californians will remain mired in another epidemic: homelessness. As encampments become an increasingly ubiquitous feature of our urban landscape, Californians of all ideologies consistently identify homelessness as the state’s most pressing problem. …


I just voted to hike electricity rates in San José. Many other mayors and public officials sitting on boards of municipal and community-choice utilities — serving tens of millions of Californians — have done the same in recent weeks.

You should be mad as hell about it — especially because…


For more information, visit Solutions San José.

The Board of Directors for the Santa Clara Valley Water District (“Valley Water”) will vote on May 11th to increase wholesale drinking water rates by 9.6% …


Much has been made of the “Silicon Valley Exodus.” The conventional wisdom holds that the discovery of feasible remote work arrangements during this pandemic has employers — and their employees — fleeing the Bay Area for more affordable destinations. …


San José has many urgent and critical priorities in this moment: a pandemic, a deep recession, and an affordable housing crisis, among others. They deserve our undivided attention. They also require the strength and focus of an undivided community.

For the third time in three decades, debate over the Thomas…


Political sanction did not deter the president from abusing his power again, nor should we believe it would deter anyone else. A criminal conviction will.

The second impeachment of President Donald Trump has concluded, not with a bang, but a whimper. …


“What do we do now?” -Bill McKay, “The Candidate”

The smoke has cleared: the Electoral College has certified the result, the highest courts have refused to intervene, and even many leading Republicans have accepted the inevitable. …

Sam Liccardo

Mayor of San José, California

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