San Jose Neighborhood Briefs for the week of January eighth – The Mercury Information

Forum for visual arts

Several San Jose offices, including the Arts Commission and the Mayor’s Office, are hosting a community forum later this month for residents to contribute to the city’s public visual art. The forum, held on Friday, January 29th at 5 p.m. via Zoom, will cover certain public exhibits – like the controversial Thomas Fallon statue – as well as a discussion on freedom of expression. Visit to add the event to your calendar.

Park amnesty over

San Jose’s park amnesty program, which ended parking ticket fees before March 19 as part of the city’s COVID-19 relief efforts, has officially ended. Residents should pay for all parking tickets in full to avoid new fees. To pay for parking tickets online, visit

WIRE retirement party

WIRE for Women, a non-partisan South Bay group that aims to get more women into elected and appointed positions, is hosting a virtual event on January 9th to celebrate women who are stepping down from their positions in office. The Zoom event will run from 10 am to 11 am and will feature a group of women including a board member of San Mateo Community College, a member of the Burlingame City Council and a board member of the Palo Alto School. To sign up, visit

Neighborhood notes

WILLOW GLEN >> Primrose School hosted a fundraiser and personal protective equipment (PPE) fundraiser last month that raised more than $ 6,000 for local organizations that provide medical care and vaccines to South Bay residents. The trip replaced the school’s annual grocery drive, where children collect money by doing chores and then use that money to buy groceries. That year, the school set up a makeshift “PPE shop” where children could spend their money on things like masks and hand sanitizer. The school also accepted donations during the trip.

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