Google is negotiating with the City of San Jose to build a 20,000 employee mega-campus in downtown San Jose.
This project could exacerbate Silicon Valley's housing crisis and create more poverty-wage service jobs — or it could produce widespread opportunity and housing for working families.
Let's make sure our families thrive as Google grows.
Across the Bay Area, we’ve seen the tech-driven influx of high-wage jobs drive rents and home prices sky high. That forces working families – and increasingly even programmers and engineers – to cram together in small apartments, commute for hours from the Central Valley, or sleep in cars, RVs or on the street.
San Jose is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, yet today people of color, young families and women-headed households are all being uprooted by extreme rent increases. Unless we take action, Google’s growth risks pushing out the diverse communities that make San Jose great.
While the City and Google have negotiated behind closed doors, we've held three community town hall meetings and surveyed nearly 1,000 San Jose residents about their hopes and concerns for this project.
In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing the results of these surveys and town halls, and our community's expectations if Google wants to come to our city. We're calling on Google to negotiate a comprehensive Community Benefits Agreement to ensure the public resources we're being asked to invest in this project serve the public good.