Nearly 300 Residents Gather for First in a Series of Community-Led Town Hall on San Jose Google Mega-Campus

Yesterday evening, nearly 300 residents gathered for the first in a series of community-led town halls on the potential impacts across the City, as well as the opportunities, of Google’s proposed San Jose Mega-Campus. Residents shared their vision for addressing issues of affordable housing, access to quality jobs and education and other community needs within the project.

The City of San Jose has begun negotiations with Google and, despite vocal concerns from the community, has yet to offer residents across the City the opportunity to share their vision for the project. Yesterday, neighbors joined to say the community needs a seat at the table to ensure its needs are addressed within the project as San Jose negotiates the sale of some its most valuable public lands to Google.

The town hall consisted of a “learn-in”, breakout sessions in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, and a larger discussion on the community’s overall vision for the project. The residents were joined by Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco. The community vision for the project that develops through the series of town halls will be shared with the Mayor, City Council and Google representatives.

Silicon Valley Rising partners that are making these town halls possible include South Bay Labor Council, Working Partnerships USA, SEIU-USWW, SOMOS Mayfair, Law Foundation, Housing Network, LUNA, UNITE HERE Local 19, TEAMSTERS, UA Local 393, and Silicon Valley DeBug.

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