JOSE (KPIX) – In San Jose protesters disrupted the mayor’s State of
the City Address, chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear, Google is
not welcome here.”
a tactic not seen very often.
were fired up and the protests were loud and disruptive by design.
our mayor!” they yelled.
are fearing that they won’t be able to live in San Jose,” said Serve
the People San Jose member Liz Gonzalez.
a grassroots group opposed to Google’s plans to build a mega-campus
have to be in their face because we’re fighting to stay in the city
that we grew up with that we love where our family and friends are,”
group interrupted Mayor Sam Liccardo’s address four times…
the people!” they yelled.
just don’t think shouting at each other is the right way to have a
dialogue,” says City Councilwoman Deb Davis.
Davis worries their message about the woeful lack of affordable
housing will be overshadowed by their in-your-face methods.
have a public process set up. It will be public,” she says. “There
will be plenty of time for everyone’s voices to be heard.”
Jose has suffered from the worst jobs to housing imbalance of any
Liccardo says the city’s housing crisis pre-dates Google. He’s
unveiled an ambitious plan to build 25,000 new homes, 10,000 of them
affordable, in the next five years. He believes the public needs to
temper its expectations of the tech giant.
Housing Network President Sandy Perry disagrees.
is not responsible for San Jose’s problems? That’s ridiculous,” she
says. “They’re a part of this community. They have to be responsible
for the social problems in this community.”
my conversations with Google executives, they want to be a part of
our community,” says Davis.
in this community there is a growing and increasingly vocal
opposition to their presence.
the Google campus is about a decade away from breaking ground. The
city recently set a sale price for several city-owned properties for