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Speak Up for SJAA Priorities! Attend the Study Session or Send an Email

February 15, 2024
Policy
SJAA Team
As avid readers of our newsletter know, the San José City Council is holding a study session on Arts, Destination Marketing, and Destination Events tomorrow, February 16, beginning at 9:00am. In advance of this special meeting more than a year in the making, SJAA’s Core Team has been educating the Mayor, Councilmembers, and their staffs about...

That’s a wrap for the City budget! Hits and misses for the creative community.

June 16, 2023
Policy
The City budget process for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 more or less wrapped up on June 13, when the Council approved the Mayor’s June Budget Message — with a few modifications. While the debate mostly centered around housing issues, there were some big wins for the creative community, as well as a few disappointments. Here’s a quick breakdown for arts advocates.

Final City Budget Hearing Monday, June 12, 2023, 6:00pm

June 12, 2023
Policy
The Mayor has released his June Budget Message, and the time has come for final City Council deliberations on how the City will spend its money in the year ahead. But first, they want to hear from you. So we're asking you to READ UP, SPEAK UP, and SHOW UP for the creative industry.

City Budget Advocacy 2023 - Phase 2 Council Study Session: May 10

May 10, 2023
Policy
The next phase in the city budget process is underway, and it’s time for us to show up and speak up for the arts!

Let's get advocating! Watch our Community Briefing and TAKE ACTION!

March 20, 2023
Policy
With six brand new City Councilmembers and a fresh face in the Mayor’s chair, it’s time for us to come together and refocus our advocacy as they begin to set a path forward. We can’t wait to get started with you!

Last chance to raise your voice on the city budget!

June 9, 2021
Policy
Peter Allen, Ron P. Muriera
The City Manager’s latest draft budget for FY2021-2022 earmarks $2 million in American Rescue Plan funds to support arts and cultural programs that have been devastated COVID-19. And now, the Mayor has proposed using additional one-time relief funds to backfill shortfalls in the Transient Occupancy Tax (aka TOT or Hotel Tax). While we thank the...

Community Budget Meetings Make your voice heard for the arts!

May 13, 2021
Investment, Policy
SJAA Team
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, San José Arts Advocates believes that a significant investment in our creative ecosystem will help rebuild our local economy and reactivate our city for residents, workers, and visitors. The City of San José budget process is an opportunity for advocates to speak up and let city leaders...

Mayor’s March Budget Message Released Where's the arts?

March 15, 2021
Policy
SJAA Team
The SJAA Core Team has reviewed the Mayor’s budget message for items that would have a direct impact on the creative community.

An Open Letter to Mayor Liccardo SJAA response to the censorship of the Holding the Moment exhibit

February 20, 2021
Community, Op-Ed, Policy
SJAA Team
SJAA believes in a public process for the installation and deinstallation of any and all public art projects. Sign our letter to Mayor Liccardo calling on the City to conduct a thorough public review of the series of events that led to the early deinstallation of the Holding the Moment exhibit.

Envisioning Diridon Station Read the report from our workshop with CatalyzeSV

January 4, 2021
Community, Policy
Peter Allen
As a key component of our mission, San José Arts Advocates are committed to collaborating with other community-based organizations to create a more inclusive, engaged, and empowered San José. That’s why on November 21, 2020, thanks to support from the City of San José, we partnered with CatalyzeSV, San José Jazz, and genARTS Silicon Valley...