San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo hasn’t washed his car since April 3, 2013 — the day he drove the Chevy Volt off the dealership lot.

It’s the thing he said he hasn’t accomplished since being elected mayor in 2014. And on Thursday night, under the bright stage lights at the California Theatre, he delivered his final State of the City address, using the dirtied vehicle as a metaphor for not only his, but San Jose’s “penchant” for taking the “long view.”

The car, Liccardo said, would become a “not-so-shining model of water conservation” as the state has suffered through yet another drought. It’s an antidote for a made-up disease he calls “temporal myopia” — “a short-term thinking that undermines our long-term quality of life” that he said has us burning through fossil fuels and underinvesting in public education, among other things.

“Throughout our history, San Jose has thrived by overcoming temporal myopia, by fixing our focus on the future,” Liccardo said. “Saving for the future. Investing for the future. That’s the ethos of generations of immigrants that have shaped San Jose’s character: sacrificing in the present, even in the toughest of times, for a better future for our children.”

In his speech, the mayor highlighted “key dimensions” of the city’s future while lauding the accomplishments of his eight year tenure.

Despite the 11 percent jump in homelessness that the city saw throughout the pandemic, Liccardo said he believes they’re “finally seeing some hopeful signs” in housing the unsheltered homeless population.

Since the start of the pandemic, the city has doubled down on constructing prefabricated communities that often cost less and are quicker to build than apartments. Liccardo said the three projects the city has built have taken 686 residents off the street. Nearly 80% of them remaining housed today.

The city is in the process of erecting hundreds …read more

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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