Day: July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020

A Current Review of the San Jose Mayor

profile photo of mayor at conference

The San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is now backing a proposal to move away from the city’s recent city manager-council form of government. For many years, political leaders already debated if San Jose will benefit from giving further authority to its incumbent mayor and in return, abandon the latest council-manager form of government.

In the proposal by Mayor Sam Liccardo, a hybrid of strong mayor system was employed by the greatest number of the major metropolitan cities in the United States. Among the country’s 10 most populated cities, only Phoenix, Dallas as well as San Jose implements the council-manager form of government.

The latest proposal will push the mayoral election to 2024 wherein labor wants. This means Mayor Liccardo gets an additional of 2 years in the office, or a decade’s total since he was sitting as mayor since 2014. Even more important, it can also provide the mayor more power to direct, appoint, and fire the city manager.

This provision neither goes into effect until July 1, 2023, 18 months before Sam Liccardo terms out, nor can it be applied to the city clerk, city attorney, independent police auditor, or city auditor. In this proposal, both the mayor and the city manager will have the power to fire over dozens of department heads. The city council can also overturn any firing through a 2/3 vote.

The mayor has been frustrated for his inability to implement and initiate action on problems in times of crisis, like the recent coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Liccardo stated that the public expects the mayor to have the authority to act. The recent system doesn’t allow that. It is about a fake accountability.

The mayor will still be a voting member of the council. However, unlike the strongest major forms of government, he doesn’t have the … Continue Reading