San Jose Inside, an independent local news publication, released its first Power Poll survey results today, demonstrating that our Smart Growth San Jose plan has far more community support than Opportunity Housing (also known as the Four-plex Plan).

SJ Inside’s new Power Poll is a panel survey of nearly one…


Family members, neighbors, and mental health advocates gathered together in May 2021 to advocate for the adoption Laura’s Law in Santa Clara County, which was finally adopted on May 25th after years of debate.

[Newsletter readers: my full interview with Brian Stettin is continued below.]

Dear Neighbor,

We won’t be able to solve homelessness in our community until we — and specifically, our County and State governments — adopt stronger policies providing and, when necessary, requiring supportive services for mental illness and addiction. …


Rendering of an intersection in the planned San Carlos Street urban village

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There is a proposal coming soon to the San Jose City Council called…


Dear Neighbor,

I hope this message finds you well. In recent weeks I’ve been focused on hiring my future office staff, who will serve the more than 100,000 residents of District 10. I’m thrilled to announce our incoming team today.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in building…


View of the rolling hills and native oaks of Coyote Ridge, managed by the Open Space Authority.

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Dear Neighbor,

If there’s a public resource that I’ve most appreciated amidst the pandemic — and most missed as recent wildfires kept us indoors — it’s the open space we’re blessed with in and around San José.

Walking through Quicksilver, Calero and other local parks…


As the City’s unfunded pension and health liabilities increase, current operating budgets must be diverted to meet these obligations. Source: City of San José Federated City Employees’ Retirement System, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, 2018–2019

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Dear Neighbor,

My last post took a high-level look at how our tax dollars are collected and spent across various levels of government. I appreciate the positive feedback and follow up questions. …


Dear Neighbor,

Before diving in, I want to recognize Elise Buellesbach, rising senior at Presentation High School, who interned with me this summer (virtually, via Zoom!). Elise did a fantastic job helping me research recent topics we’ve covered and she contributed significantly to this particular post. You can connect with…


The Town of Los Gatos quickly and proactively created additional outdoor, pedestrian-safe space for socially-distanced dining and shopping.

Our family has started venturing out of the house this summer for weekend hikes and takeout from local restaurants (masks on and sanitizer in hand, of course). On these weekend forays, I’ve been impressed by the transformation that has taken place in downtown Los Gatos, just a 15-minute drive from…


Credit: Bianca Bagnarelli

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Dear Neighbor,

In response to George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing protests for racial justice, I set out to examine how some of our key local systems — law enforcement, housing and education — influence individual opportunity and…


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Dear Neighbor,

Happy 4th of July Weekend! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy the long holiday weekend while staying safe and healthy.

Lately, we’ve had plenty of reason to worry about the state of our nation…

Matt Mahan

Councilmember, San Jose District 10. Formerly Brigade CEO & Co-founder Brigade, SVLG and Joint Venture Silicon Valley Boards, and SJ Clean Energy Commission

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