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Only in San José

By Only in San José
Welcome to the Only in San José podcast, aimed at demystifying and democratizing the process of civic participation in local government--ground zero of systemic change. Join me Ellina Yin, on this civic walkabout as we speak with with local San José residents, and experts, as we break down the policies, budgets, and nuances that are shaping the future of our city.

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🗳️ San José's June 7, 2022 Primary Measure B Explained
On this episode we have Guest Host Adrian Gonzales, who currently serves as the Director of Regional Implementation at All Home, a nonprofit organization that advances regional solutions to disrupt the cycle of poverty and homelessness across the nine Bay Area counties. He previously served at Destination: Home where he managed the County of Santa Clara's Emergency Rental Assistance Program, a homelessness prevention program created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to his focus on housing and homelessness policy, Adrian also served as a local government management consultant who conducted efficiency studies and performance audits for over 50 government agencies over the course of a decade, including campaign finance and election programs. Our guest interview is Neil Park-McClinktick of Silicon Valley Rising (SVR), which is a coordinated campaign driven by a powerful  coalition of labor, faith leaders, community-based organizations and  workers. SVR is in support of Measure B a ballot measure proposal to amend the San Jose City Charter to (1) move  the mayoral election from the gubernatorial election cycle to the  presidential election cycle beginning in 2024 and (2) to limit the  person elected to the Office of Mayor in 2022 to a Two-year term with  the option to run for the Office of Mayor and serve as such for two  additional successive four-year terms. City of San José Measure B Resources Yes on Measure B Resources No on Measure B Resources
June 01, 2022
🤖 AI Ethics and Technology Explained with Masheika Allgood
In this episode, as the City of San José considers expanding their Smart City and Innovation and Technology Advisory Board to include San Jose Residents, we go on a little Sci-Fi adventure with Masheika Allgood an AI Ethicist and the Founder of AllAI Consulting, LLC, a platform for providing AI education across various backgrounds. AllAI Consulting, LLC (pronounced "ally”), helps non-techies understand Artificial Intelligence, allowing business leaders and lawyers to actively participate in decision-making around the use of AI systems in their companies, and to adequately advise their clients and shareholders. Additionally Masheika is a member of the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet, addressing the broader social ills that are currently impacting their African American Community. Resources: San José's Smart City Advisory Board San José's Innovation & Technology Advisory Board San José's Digital Privacy Policy San José's Digital Privacy Public Comment Form FREE AI Courses by AllAI Consulting, LLC. Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet April 11th Council Study Session Info  Final Charter Review Commission Report
April 09, 2022
🗳️ Ranked Choice Voting Explained with Jake Tonkel
In this episode we speak with Jake Tonkel about Charter Recommendation 5: Ranked Choice Voting, what is it, how it works, what are the fiscal impacts and more.  Resources: Learn more about Ranked Choice Voting April 11th Council Study Session Info Final Charter Review Commission Report
April 09, 2022
🏛️ Forms of Government with Professor Kimberly Nelson
In this episode, we will cover Recommendation 1 from the Charter Review Commission that examined two major Forms of Government Council-Mayor and Mayor Council, with Professor Kimberly Nelson, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government. The episode contains audio from the March 22, 2021 Charter Review Commission's Study Session from the public record. Final Charter Review Commission Report Full March 22, 2021 Charter Review Study Session Video April 11 City Council Study Session Agenda and Meeting Details
April 08, 2022
🔴 SJ Constitutional Convention Update
This episode is a quick recap of the work from the Charter Review Commission (episode 6), parts of this episode is audio taken from the Public City Council Meeting on January 11, 2022. As we round off our season, we will be following the final steps of the San José constitutional convention and finishing our coverage on boards and commissions. Intro song by mias. City Council Jan. 11th Meeting (Charter discussions begin around 1:15) Memorandum from the City Attorney's Office
February 23, 2022
🎙️ Youth Commission's PSA to Adults (esp. Millennials) living in San José
On this episode we have Guest Host(s): Elena Hollemon, OSJ Intern and Danielle Boulé Hennessy, 1999 San José Youth Commissioner joining our interview with San José Youth Commissioners Nicole Hoang, Gordon Chen, and Amelia Uytingco as we tackle some tough questions facing us all today but thankfully with the hopeful enthusiasm of the youth!  Resource Links: 📜 San Jose Youth Bill of Rights 🎉 Check out the San Jose Youth Commission 📰 Current San Jose Boards & Commission Vacancies 👨🏻‍⚖️ Full CSPAN Facebook Hearing: Frances Haugen before Senate Commerce Committee *Co-Executive Producer Credit: Elena Hollemon
October 22, 2021
📜 City Constitutional Commission
Welcome to one of our favorite commissions, the Charter Review Commission aka City Charter Constitutional Commission for funsies. On this episode we will cover one of the foundational legal documents that governs our city just after California and the U.S. Constitution. This episode includes audio clips from the Charter Review Commission public meetings under Public Domain. Resource Links: (1) Sign Up for the Only in San José Newsletter  (2) SJ Charter Review Commission  (3) SJ Charter Review Commission Past Meetings  (4) Detroit Charter Commission  (5) Shelby v Holden  (6) Letter v Spirit of Law  (7) At-Will Employment
June 05, 2021
🖍️ Redistricting Commission
In this episode we will be covering the San José Redistricting Commission which happens every 10 years following the US Census. Our guest for this episode is Deputy City Attorney for City of San José and SJSU alum Mark Vanni. Join us as we break down the work of the Redistricting Commission for 2021. Disclaimer: Our interview with Mark was recorded back in November 2020.  Redistricting Commission (next meeting is June 17th, every 3rd Thursday)  All Redistricting Commission Meetings  California State Redistricting Commission  Application for 2021 Advisory Redistricting Commission
May 25, 2021
📚 What is a City Manager Explained with Kim Walesh
The City of San José's 2021 Charter Review Commission (CRC) is studying the City Charter to understand whether our City’s governance structure is appropriately suited to meet the complex needs of a contemporary community. Such as, examining the relationship between the mayor, council, and the city manager's office. Our guest on this episode to help shed light on the details of this position and the Office of the City Manager as a whole is former Deputy City Manager for the City of San José, Kim Walesh. 2020-2021/2021-2022 City Budget Calendar Auditor’s Service Effort & Accomplishments Report City of San José Budget Documents 2021/2022 Five Year Forecast All Recorded City Budget Meetings
April 11, 2021
⚖️ Ethics Commission Explained with Adrian Gonzales
Join Only in San Jose as we attempt to Un-Confusing Campaign Finance & Political Practices with SJ resident Adrian Gonzales, a professional consultant in local government processes and current Chair of the Board of Fair Campaign and Political Practices (formerly Ethics Commission). Together we will breakdown the upcoming Nov 2020 Ballot Measure, nuances in campaigning for office, the mechanisms the public have to participate, and the political practices that are shaping our city’s future. Resources Links: Board of Fair Campaign & Political Practices (Apply!): Campaign Reports: California Fair Political Practices Commission (CFPPC): City Charter (refer to Section 607 Code): Municipal Code (refer to Title 12): Special City Council Meeting: Register to Vote: Keeping up with Only in San Jose: Website: Newsletter: Become a Member: Volunteer:
July 21, 2020
🏗️ Planning Commission Part II Explained with Mariel Caballero
In this episode, “The Planning Commission Part II” we will be joined by the newly reappointed and current Chair of the Planning Commission Mariel Caballero and picking up where we left off in episode 2. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the nuts and bolts of this particular commission. If you are interested in learning more please check out the following links: San Jose Planning Commission Contacts: Planning Commission Meetings: General 2040 Plan: Volunteer with us: Subscribe to our newsletter: Become a member: P.S. - I’m still working on some background noise for phone call interviews, please bare with me! Thank you!!
July 14, 2020
👷🏾‍♂️ Planning Commission Part I
The Planning Commission Part 1: What they do, their impacts and influences, some historical context, and where they are at now. If you are interested in learning more we invite you to check out the following links that served as sources for this episode: San Jose Planning Commission: Alum Rock Urban Village Advocates: SJSU CommUniverCity: SJ Spotlight Article: Seneca Village: Capital City by Samuel Stein: Become an OSJ Member:
July 01, 2020
✨ What are Commissions?
A brief introduction into the Boards Commissions, and Committees (BCC) of San José. What they are, why they are important, when and where to apply if interested. To learn more about Only in San José (OSJ) visit us at Episode Feedback Survey: Resources for applying to a commission: Find my Council Member Newsletter: Volunteer for Only in San José:
June 10, 2020
🎬 Only in San José Trailer
Welcome to Only in San José, a community podcast aimed at demystifying and democratizing the process of civic participation in local government--ground zero of systemic change. Join me Ellina Yin, in conversation with a first of its kind people/employee owned podcast cooperative in San José. Meaning, it is owned by you, the people and we answer only to the people in San José. To learn more by visit 
June 08, 2020