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San Jose Considers New Tax to Pay for Affordable Housing

Should San Jose impose a new construction tax to pay for affordable housing? (Photo via city of San Jose)

Business groups worry that San Jose could scare away developers if it imposes a fee on new home construction to pay for more affordable housing, an effort to recoup a fraction of the money lost when the state closed all redevelopment agencies. The City Council, which was supposed to talk about the inclusionary housing fee in December, decided to table the discussion until the new year.

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Council to Discuss Developer Incentives at First Meeting of New Fiscal Year

San Jose Councilman Sam Liccardo speaks at the groundbreaking for 1 South Market, along with Mayor Chuck Reed, left, and San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce VP Jim Reed (no relation).

Since slashing construction fees for high-rise development in downtown, two towers have broken ground, including the $135 million 23-story project at One South Market. Hoping to spur more nearby development, the City Council on Tuesday will consider whether to vote in a similar half-off discount for buildings of any size as long as they create jobs. Other items on the agenda for the first council meeting of the 2013-114 fiscal year include another look at building restriction height around the airport, a potential study of the city’s sewer system and an update on the city’s graffiti abatement contract.

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Will Durst Kills at San Jose Stage Company Benefit Performance

The San Jose Stage Company, located on South First Street and Williams, held a special benefit performance in late June to celebrate two anniversaries. The company hopes to build a new theater in its current location.

It was Will Durst’s kind of crowd, as most of the audience could read—or knew someone who could. It was a special addition of the annual event where local politicians poke fun at themselves and each other: Monday Night Live. Held at the San Jose Athletic Center late last month, and on a Friday night instead of the standard Monday, the San Jose Stage Company also celebrated 30 years of local theater. It was a night to remember.

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