I took my semi-regular turn on the Ronn Owens show on KGO yesterday, and along with the usual talk of the Sharks, BART, and various other San Jose issues, the suitability of the San Jose motto reared its dubious head.
What is the San Jose motto you are probably asking yourselves? Well, here it is: San Jose - the Capital of Silicon Valley. My fingerprints are on this one, since it dates from my time as Mayor.
One caller questioned its appropriateness and asked whether it described our City properly. My answer is “yes”, “yes”, a thousand times “yes”. Tying our City to the greatest entrepreneurial center in the history of the world is a good thing, perhaps a great one. This technological miracle was not born in our City, but we certainly nurtured it as well as possible, culminating with the opening of The Tech Museum of Innovation in the Downtown.
All over the world people look to this Valley as a center of hope and opportunity. It seems that yearning for excellence and the title fits perfectly with what I believe the promise of San Jose is – it does not overreach or wax too eloquent, but simply and clearly links us to a rocket ship renown the world over.
There may be other titles, but it is tough to encapsulate everything a city was, is, and wants to be…This seems to be the best.