Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in January 2015, becoming one of the youngest mayors in San Jose’s modern history. Since that time, he’s set San Jose on the path to a safer, stronger and more affordable future.
Early in his term, Sam forged a historic pension reform settlement that will save taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades, making it possible to add more than 200 officers back to the force in the past 18 months. Under Sam's leadership, the City is building thousands of affordable homes, and pursuing innovative homeless housing solutions – like microhousing and motel conversions – to confront Silicon Valley’s growing housing crisis. Furthermore, he’s focused on bridging the opportunity gap for San Jose youth by launching after-school programs in 16 low-income neighborhoods, a jobs program for 2,000 at-risk teens, and the San Jose Promise program to make college affordable for hundreds of local students. San Jose has also seen large expansions of tech employers, from corporate titans like Amazon, Apple and Google to fast-growing innovators such as Silver Spring Networks, Splunk and SuperMicro.
Most recently, Sam has spearheaded a campaign to beautify San Jose with free residential junk pickup service, expanded weekly neighborhood cleanups, a new smartphone app to report graffiti and blight, and boosting cleaning of Caltrans-maintained freeways.