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Residents at Community Work Day

"Friends, this will be our story: a story of a community uniting, to tackle our challenges, and to celebrate our successes, together. This will be our Tale of One City. I invite each of you to join me in writing the next chapter of our story. Together, we can ignite a movement and lift our city. Together, we can inspire the next generation to join our collective work. Together, We Are San Jose."
-Mayor Sam Liccardo

BeautifySJ ServeSJ Participatory Budgeting 

litter pick up volunteers BeautifySJ
            Trash, graffiti, and illegal dumping affect how we feel about our city. The aesthetic neglect tells visitors that they shouldn’t invest in San Jose, and more importantly, that we shouldn’t invest ourselves in our city. Through Mayor Liccardo’s BeautifySJ initiative, we will engage residents to help keep San Jose clean, expand partnerships for beautification efforts, and empower neighborhoods to take back their public spaces. Since its launch in 2017, the program has been served by nearly 30,000 volunteers, helped remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash, and build a community of neighbors inspired to fight our city's blight, together.  

            To learn more, please contact: Paul Pereira



In launching #ServeSJ during his 2017 State of the City Address, Mayor Liccardo asked residents to imagine how we could transform our city with a renewed culture of service. For example, in partnership with and several local organizations, San José’s Gen2Gen campaign will serve as a conduit for adults 50 years and older to unleash their spirit of service, empower their creativity and leverage their professional expertise in support of local youth. In addition, Mayor Liccardo is working closely with a wide cadre of partners in an attempt to create hundreds of additional service year opportunities for local youth in San José.

To learn more, please contact: Khanh Russo

Service Year

PB meeting with District 3 residents Participatory Budgeting
                       Participatory budgeting has become a proven means of democratizing civic governance in hundreds of cities globally, enabling residents to directly decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. In 2015, Mayor Liccardo was joined by Councilmember Peralez in launching a pilot participatory budgeting program, which engaged hundreds of residents in Downtown neighborhoods to collectively create, discuss, and vote upon on $100,000 of real community improvement projects, which are now in the process of being implemented. Due to the success of the initial pilot, the process has since expanded to three Council Districts. Learn more at 

To learn more, please contact: Lee Wilcox