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Only in San José

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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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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 5, 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?
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
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
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 1, 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 8, 2020