San José Paves New Path to 5G With the Wireless Industry

“[W]e can get to good deals for both sides without circumventing local authority,” according to Shireen Santosham, the city’s chief innovation officer.

5 U.S. Cities Named Finalists for Engaged Cities Award

These localities have done “significant work with citizens to tackle a public problem, clear evidence of impact, and potential to apply the strategy to other problems and geographies.”

Miss Our ‘City in Beta’ Tech Roadshow Event in San Jose?

If so, be sure to register and watch the digital edition on April 11.

Enthusiastically Embracing a Job Never Finished

Ahead of Route Fifty’s “City in Beta” event, San Jose Deputy City Manager Kip Harkness outlines how the city is working to become “as innovative as the Silicon Valley population we serve.”

This City Is Making Climate Action Affordable for Low-Income Residents

“You don’t need to drive a Tesla to benefit from the green dividend,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo.

San José Mayor Quits FCC Broadband Group Citing ‘Predetermined, Industry-Favoring Outcome’

Liccardo’s resignation reflected critic’s frustration over the committee focus on industry concerns with state and local government.

A Tech-Enabled Effort to Fight Census Undercounting in San José

There’s a Jan. 15 deadline for localities to update their residential address lists for the U.S. Census Bureau.

Local California Officials Applaud Governor’s Veto of Small Cell Wireless Permitting Bill

Efforts to bring a uniform permitting process to the Golden State will go back to the drawing board.

Inequality in the Bay Area Makes Preparing for Climate Change Impacts Harder

But a design challenge focused on resiliency currently underway hopes to change that.

San José Innovation Challenge Leads to Graffiti-Cleaning Drone

The next round of the contest will look at how the city can improve the way it orders evacuations ahead of serious flooding.

Collaborating to Close Silicon Valley’s ‘Homework Gap’

A new partnership in San José plans to distribute free mobile hotspots to 1 million low-income students over five years.

San José Looks to Integrate Autonomous Vehicles Into Its Transportation Strategy

Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement will likely speed up the push to embrace self-driving cars in the sustainability-minded and tech-oriented California city.

Federal Money for Caltrain Electrification Project Could Be Doomed

“There’s no funding. And, so, that’s a problem,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told a U.S.Senate Committee on Wednesday.

Tuesday: Don’t Miss the Rebroadcast of Route Fifty’s Seattle Roadshow Event

The mayors of Anchorage, Grand Rapids and San José join us to discuss equity and resiliency and land use challenges in their cities.

Figuring Out a Strategy to Retrofit Suburbia in San José

North San José—and the rest of Silicon Valley—is full of office parks sitting in seas of parking lots, creating a tough environment to improve planning approaches.

Taking City Sustainability to the Next Level

“[T]here’s no question we can’t rely on Washington, D.C., to lead if we are going to make any progress toward our climate goals,” San José Mayor Sam Liccardo said.

The Long Journey to ‘Shovel Ready’ for Silicon Valley’s Train of the Future

On major infrastructure investments, “state and local leaders face strong incentives towards inaction,” the managing director of the Stanford Global Projects Center writes in a guest article.

Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With San José Mayor Sam Liccardo

Liccardo’s city is a “platform” for partnerships that drive smart city innovation.

Will a New Push to Bring Automated Speed Enforcement to California Succeed?

Previous attempts to allow the use of speed cameras in the Golden State have failed. But advocates, including leaders in San Francisco and San José, are hoping to change that.