About Participatory Budgeting

Real Money. Your City. Your Vote.

In 2001, the City of San Jose and Calpine entered a cooperation agreement related to the construction of the Metcalf Energy Center. In the agreement, Calpine would construct two air monitoring stations, on to the north and the other to the south of MEC, and monitored by Bay Areas Quality Management District (BAAQMD). These air monitoring stations have not been built, as BAAQMD currently measures emissions of MEC onsite and do not see the scientific benefits of the additional stations, among other factors.

A public meeting was held to obtain community feedback, and it was decided that instead of the monitoring stations, Calpine will make a $1 million payment to the city which will be earmarked for community projects.

Neighborhood Improvement Area

During the community meeting residents decided that the money should be used to improve the neighborhood around the Metcalf Energy Center: to the south of Bernal Rd, north of Bailey Ave, east of the Santa Teresa foothills, and west of highway 101.

How does it work?

There are three phases:

  1. Idea collection between May 16th and July 1st, residents shared suggestions on how the city can best use the money to improve your neighborhood. Just visit our idea portal and view the many suggestions proposed by your neighbors!
  2. Proposal creation after the end of the first phase, concrete proposals will be created based on the ideas placed on the map.
  3. Voting will taken place soon. You get to vote, either online or in person, for the ideas you like most.