Dear Mr. Doyle:
Several weeks ago, it was reported that the old City Hall property site will be turned over to the Santa Clara County Government as part of a negotiated debt settlement between the San Jose Redevelopment Agency and the Santa Clara County Government.
In 1996, San Jose voters approved a ballot measure that allowed for the construction of a new downtown City Hall. The language of 1996 Measure I read as follows:
“Without imposing additional taxes or taking money from other city programs, shall Ordinance No. 14224.1 be amended to permit the relocation and consolidation of civic offices in the downtown so long as the costs are paid by using the proceeds from the sale or lease of the old civic complex and other land, savings from elimination of leased office space, and consolidation of city facilities and services?”
Would you please provide the citizens of San Jose with an explanation as to how this property exchange satisfies the legal requirements of Measure I? Doesn’t the $10 million valuation (assigned to the old city hall site) belong to the City of San Jose?
Shouldn’t the $10 million go to the City’s General Fund to be used to pay down the bonds issued to finance the construction of the new city hall?