San Jose City Council District 4
Date: November 13, 2019
Location: Piedmont Hills High School – Theater Center (1377 Piedmont Rd, San Jose, CA 95132)
Co-Sponsored: SV@Home’s Action Fund, Tech Equity Collaborative, CA YIMBY, Silicon Valley Council of Non Profits,
Voters throughout the Bay Area have consistently ranked the cost of housing as a top concern. Over 8 in 10 believe the cost of housing is an extremely serious problem in what some have called a “crisis.”
In Silicon Valley, one would need an hourly wage of $54 for a two-bedroom apartment yet the mean hourly wage is about $38. Consequently, more and more residents find themselves priced out of the neighborhoods they have come to call home.
Simultaneously, the Bay Area has experienced a significant jobs-to-housing imbalance. Since 2010, the Bay Area has added 722,000 jobs but constructed only about 106,000 housing units. This subsequently has meant residents are traveling outside of the Bay Area for work contributing to traffic congestion.
In order to address the housing affordability crisis in Silicon Valley, and across the Bay Area, bold leadership is required. As such, SV@Home’s Action Fund in partnership with Tech Equity Collaborative, CA YIMBY, and Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits will host a series of nonpartisan candidate forums featuring candidates for San Jose City Council, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and California State Senate and Assembly districts.
The intent is to provide the space and opportunity to inform voters about the challenges confronting the Production, Preservation and Protection of housing affordability locally, regionally, and across the state. It will also be an opportunity for candidates for city council, Board of Supervisors and state Senate and Assembly to share their vision and goals for making a Silicon Valley a home for all – and for voters to make a candidate choice before casting their vote.