Local 21 Members Honored as Pride of San José

Several Local 21 Members in our AEA, AMSP and CAMP chapters were recently named Pride of San José honorees.

The Pride of San José represent the highest level of public service and commitment to the City of San José and its residents. Honorees are chosen by City Manager David Sykes from nominations submitted by Department Directors and other Council Appointees. Sykes selected the following five teams for the 2017 Pride of San José awards based on the Employee Values of Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration.

My San José Project Amazing Customer Experience Team: 
The Project ACE team – short for Amazing Customer Experience – exemplified innovation and collaboration by improving City customer service through the development of the My San Jose App. The app now allows the City to make select services accessible to more than 1 million residents.   Local 21 Team Members:  Paolo Cervantes, Swati Ganesh, Shikha Gupta, Olympia Williams.

San José Clean Energy Working Group Team
Across California and over the last several years, a new way of delivering energy has emerged through community choice programs. Community choice means that residents and businesses can help decrease greenhouse gas emissions by electing to have energy generation come from renewable sources.  Led by the City’s Environmental Services Department and due to the hard work and tremendous collaboration of several City departments and offices, San José created a Department of Community Energy to operate the new San José Clean Energy community choice program. The new program will give San José residents and businesses a choice of electricity providers, and will result in lower electrical generation rates.  Local 21 Team Members: Julie Benabente and Andrew Hitchcock.

Streamlined Restaurant Program Team: 
Following a pilot effort in 2016, the City’s Building Division officially implemented its Streamlined Restaurant Program early last year. The program helps qualified, small business restaurants and cafes get their City and County permits in a smooth fashion so they can begin serving food to our community as soon as possible. Bilingual staff are available on-site to help customers who may need assistance in Spanish and Vietnamese.  The program has reduced plan review time for restaurant projects from four to six months down to approximately one month or less.  Local 21 Team Members: Maysoon Dahi, Warren Krause, and Andrew Wozencroft.

Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San José Bond Refunding Financing Team: 
The City’s Finance Department, with help from many other departments, led this initiative to refinance more than $1 billion worth of bonds for the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency.  After more than a year of work, the Agency successfully sold $1.68 billion of refunding bonds, making it not only the largest bond sale in the City’s history, but also the largest tax allocation bond sale in California’s history. The bond sale resulted in debt service savings of $40 million a year, which benefits the City and other taxing entities.   Local 21 Team Members: Ronald Cruz and Arlene Lew.