Why I'm Running

Our community is a special place, and it faces serious challenges. A chronic housing shortage is pricing out middle-class families. The homelessness population continues to grow despite efforts to alleviate the problem. And our first responders and public safety agencies are having a tougher time protecting us against growing crime.

I'm running for San Jose City Council because I have a better vision for San Jose's future. As a long-time resident of San Jose and with 10 years experience on the Evergreen Elementary School District Board and organizing our local neighborhoods, I know first-hand the problems our community faces, and I'm ready to roll my sleeves up and get things done. I look forward to taking the lead in supporting solutions for affordable housing, homelessness, public safety, and traffic and transportation.

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Support from the Business Community

On Thursday October 24, 2019, The Silicon Valley Organization (The SVO) Political Action Committee (PAC) (FPPC #820668) endorsed Jim Zito for San José City Council District 8 in the March 3, 2020 primary election.

November 15, 2019: The Business San Jose Chamber PAC is proud to endorse the candidacy of San Jose City Council candidate Jim Zito for District 8.

Public Safety

The most important responsibility of government is to protect its citizens, and every resident of San Jose deserves to feel safe in their homes and in the community. Crime is on the rise -- violent crime, property crime, and drug crime. I am a proud support of our local police and I will work to ensure first responders have all the resources they need to protect us. I will also work to enhance public safety effectiveness through the strengthening of neighborhood associations and the utilization of innovative new technology.

Education

Quality education is the key to opportunity and achieving the American Dream. I have and will work to ensure every child in San Jose can go to a great public school that prepares them for a path to success. I have ten years experience as an EESD Board Trustee where I have seen first-hand the effect education can have on children both in and outside of school. I will work hard for students and families to get them the high-quality public education they deserve by properly investing in our schools and requiring accountability at all levels.

Homelessness

The homelessness crisis in the Bay Area at large and in San Jose itself is tragic and getting progressively worse. Let me be blunt: it is inhumane to allow our fellow citizens to live and sleep on the streets, and it is our obligation to help them get back on their feet. That means making sure we have enough emergency beds for everyone. It means making sure we have more affordable housing. And it also means making sure we help people get the mental health or substance abuse treatment many of them need. It also means making sure we ensure public safety – for both residents and the homeless – and public health.

Jobs, Economy, & Taxes

As as a former biotech executive, I understand the struggles that entrepreneurs and businesses face. We need to create an environment where the city council and government is a catalyst for innovation and jobs, and provide help to small businesses that are the lifeblood of our economy. I don’t think we need higher taxes – particularly those regressive taxes which make it more and more difficult for the average person or family to just get by.

Streets & Traffic

Aggravated with the constant gridlock? Me too. San Jose families deserve better streets and a public transit system that relieves congestion so that every member of our community can safely and efficiently get to and from work and school. I am committed to filling the potholes and making our streets are smooth again. I will be the pothole’s worst enemy. We also need to work with local and state transportation agencies to improve public transit options and make sure projects are completed on budget and on time.