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San Jose
—  City  —
Images, from top, left to right: Downtown San Jose, San Jose Museum of Art, De Anza Hotel, Plaza de César Chávez.


Nickname(s): S.J.
Motto: Capital of Silicon Valley
Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California
San Jose is located in the USA
San Jose
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°20′7″N 121°53′31″W / 37.33528°N 121.89194°W / 37.33528; -121.89194Coordinates: 37°20′7″N 121°53′31″W / 37.33528°N 121.89194°W / 37.33528; -121.89194
Country United States United States
State California California
County Santa Clara County
Pueblo founded November 29, 1777
Incorporated March 27, 1850
 - Type Charter city, Mayor-council
 - Mayor Chuck Reed
 - Vice Mayor Judy Chirco
 - City Manager Debra Figone
 - Senate
 - Assembly
Area [1]
 - City 461.5 km2 (178.2 sq mi)
 - Land 452.9 km2 (174.9 sq mi)
 - Water 8.6 km2 (3.3 sq mi)
 - Urban 716.53 km2 (447.83 sq mi)
 - Metro 6,979.4 km2 (2,694.7 sq mi)
Elevation [2] 26 m (85 ft)
Population (April 30, 2009)[3]
 - City 1,006,892 (10th)
 Density 2,223.21/km2 (5,758.1/sq mi)
 Urban 1,819,198 (MSA 7/1/08)
 Metro 7,354,555 (CSA 7/1/08)
 - Demonym San Josean
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95101-95103, 95106, 95108-95139, 95141, 95142, 95148, 95150-95161, 95164, 95170-95173, 95190-95194, 95196
Area code(s) 408
FIPS code 06-68000
GNIS feature ID 1654952
Aerial view of San Jose. The intersection of I-280 and Guadalupe Parkway is shown at bottom. View is to the south.

San Jose (pronounced /ˌsænhoʊˈzeɪ/) (meaning St. Joseph in Spanish) or San José is the third-largest city in California and the tenth-largest in the United States. As the county seat of Santa Clara County, it is located in the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region commonly referred to as Silicon Valley. Once a small farming city, San Jose became a magnet for suburban newcomers in new housing developments between the 1950s to the present, and is now the most populous city in the United States north of Los Angeles and west of Chicago. Its estimated population as of 2009 is 1,006,892. [3] The greater metropolitan area contains approximately 7.4 million residents.[4] It is one of the primary cities of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the largest in terms of population, land area, and industrial development.

San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first town in the Spanish colony of Nueva California, which later became Alta California.[5] The city served as a farming community to support Spanish military installations at San Francisco and Monterey. When California gained statehood in 1850, San Jose served as its first capital.[6] After more than 150 years as an agricultural center, San Jose experienced increased demand for housing from soldiers and other veterans returning from World War II, as well as aggressive expansion during the 1950s and 1960s by annexing more land area. By the 1990s, San Jose's location within the booming local technology industry earned the city its nickname Capital of Silicon Valley.



Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by several groups of Ohlone Native Americans[7] The first lasting European presence began with a series of Franciscan missions established from 1769 by Father Junípero Serra.[8] On orders from Antonio María de Bucareli y Ursúa, Spanish Viceroy of New Spain, San Jose was founded by Lieutenant José Joaquín Moraga as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe (in honor of Saint Joseph) on November 29, 1777, to establish a farming community. The town was the first civil settlement in Alta California.[9]

In 1797, the pueblo was moved from its original location, near the present-day intersection of Guadalupe Parkway and Taylor Street, to a location in what is now Downtown San Jose. San Jose came under Mexican rule in 1825 after Mexico broke with the Spanish crown. It then became part of the United States, after it capitulated without bloodshed in 1846 and California was annexed.[7] Soon afterwards, on March 27, 1850, San Jose became the second incorporated city in the state (after Sacramento), with Josiah Belden its first mayor. The town was the state's first capital, as well as host of the first and second sessions (1850-1851) of the California Legislature. Today the Circle of Palms Plaza in downtown is the historical marker for the first state capital.

Though not impacted as severely as San Francisco, San Jose suffered damage from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Over 100 people died at the Agnews Asylum (later Agnews State Hospital) after its walls and roof collapsed,[10] and the San Jose High School's three-story stone-and-brick building was also destroyed. During World War II many Japanese were sent to internment camps[citation needed] including famously, future mayor Norman Mineta and, following the Los Angeles zoot suit riots, anti-Mexican violence took place in the summer of 1943.[citation needed]

As World War II started, the city's economy shifted from agriculture (the Del Monte cannery was the largest employer) to industrial manufacturing with the contracting of the Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) by the United States War Department to build 1000 Landing Vehicle Tracked.[11] After World War II, FMC (later United Defense, and currently BAE Systems) continued as a defense contractor, with the San Jose facilities designing and manufacturing military platforms such as the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and various subsystems of the M1 Abrams.[12] IBM established its West Coast headquarters in San Jose in 1943 and opened a downtown research and development facility in 1952. Both would prove to be harbingers for the economy of San Jose, as Reynold Johnson and his team would later invent RAMAC, as well as the Hard disk drive, and the technological side of San Jose's economy grew.[13]

Downtown San Jose looking over the Tech Museum toward Mount Hamilton; hills in the background show their winter green color.

During the 1950s and 1960s, city manager Dutch Hamann led the city in a major growth campaign. The city annexed adjacent areas, such as Alviso and Cambrian Park, providing large areas for suburbs. An anti-growth reaction to the effects of rapid development emerged in the 1970s championed by mayors Norman Mineta and Janet Gray Hayes. Despite establishing an urban growth boundary, development fees, and incorporations of Campbell and Cupertino, development was not slowed, but rather directed into already incorporated areas.[11] San Jose's position in Silicon Valley triggered more economic and population growth, which led to the highest housing costs increase in the nation, 936% between 1976 and 2001.[14] Efforts to increase density continued into 1990s when an update of the 1974 urban plan kept the urban growth boundaries intact and voters rejected a ballot measure to ease development restrictions in the foothills. Sixty percent of the housing built in San Jose since 1980 and over three-quarters of the housing built since 2000 have been multifamily structures, reflecting a political propensity toward Smart Growth planning principles.[15]


On April 3, 1979, the San Jose City Council adopted San José as the spelling of the city name on the city seal, official stationery, office titles and department names. Also, by city council convention, the spelling of San José is used when the name is stated in both uppercase and lowercase letters, but not when the name is stated only in uppercase letters. The name is still more commonly spelled without the diacritical mark as San Jose. The official name of the city remains City of San Jose with no diacritical mark, according to the City Charter.[16]


As of the census of 2000, there were 894,943 people, 276,598 households, and 203,576 families residing in the city.[17]

San Jose at night, looking southwest across the Santa Clara Valley toward the coastal range, shows the density of the population.
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 3,500
1860 4,579 30.8%
1870 9,089 98.5%
1880 12,567 38.3%
1890 18,060 43.7%
1900 21,500 19.0%
1910 28,946 34.6%
1920 39,642 37.0%
1930 57,651 45.4%
1940 68,457 18.7%
1950 95,280 39.2%
1960 204,196 114.3%
1970 459,913 125.2%
1980 629,442 36.9%
1990 782,248 24.3%
2000 894,943 14.4%
Est. 2009 1,006,892 12.5%

The population density was 5,117.9 people per square mile (1,976.1/km²). There were 281,841 housing units at an average density of 1,611.8 per square mile (622.3/km²). Of the 276,598 households, 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.62.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 103.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was the highest in the US for any city with more than a quarter million residents with $76,963 annually. The median income for a family was $86,822.[19] Males had a median income of $49,347 versus $36,936 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,697. About 6.0% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2005-2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 49.3% of San Jose's population; of which 31.7% were non-Hispanic whites. Blacks or African Americans made up 3.2% of San Jose's population; of which 3.1% were non-Hispanic blacks. American Indians made up 0.5% of San Jose's population; of which 0.3% were non-Hispanic. Asian Americans made up 30.7% of San Jose's population; of which 30.5% were non-Hispanic. Pacific Islander Americans made up 0.4% of San Jose's population. Individuals from some other race made up 12.6% of San Jose's population; of which 0.4% were non-Hispanic. Individuals from two or more races made up 3.2% of San Jose's population; of which 2.2% were non-Hispanic. In addition, Hispanics and Latinos made up 31.5% of San Jose's population.[20][21]

According to the United States Census Bureau, San Jose's population on July 1, 2008 was 948,279, third in the state behind Los Angeles and San Diego, and tenth in the country. The estimate indicated a growth of 1.66 percent from the previous year.[22][23] The California Department of Finance estimated the 2009 population at 1,006,892 residents as of January 1. [24]

San Jose and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area is home to many Christian congregations including large, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches,[25] Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses alongside centers of Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist and Sikh faiths among numerous other religious communities.

A high percentage of foreign-born residents (39.0% of the population) live in the city. These include many high-tech workers from East and South Asia, as well as poorer immigrants from Latin America. The people from these countries have settled in the city and across the Santa Clara Valley during the last three decades. Many Central American, Southeast Asian and Eastern European immigrants have lived in San Jose since the late 1970s and early 1980s[citation needed]. A large, multi-generational Hispanic barrio is in the Alum Rock district. San Jose has the largest Vietnamese population of any city in the world outside of Vietnam.[26]


Looking west over northern San Jose (downtown is at far left) and other parts of Silicon Valley. See an up-to-the-minute view of San Jose from the Mount Hamilton web camera.

San Jose is located at 37°20′07″N 121°53′31″W / 37.335278°N 121.891944°W / 37.335278; -121.891944.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 178.2 square miles (461.5 km²),[27] of which 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²; 1.86%) is water.

San Jose lies near the San Andreas Fault, a major source of earthquake activity in California. The most serious earthquake, in 1906, damaged many buildings in San Jose as described earlier. Earlier significant quakes rocked the city in 1839, 1851, 1858, 1864, 1865, 1868, and 1891.[citation needed] The Daly City Earthquake of 1957 caused some damage. The Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 also did some damage to parts of the city. The other faults near San Jose are the Monte Vista Fault, South Hayward Fault, Northern Calaveras Fault, and Central Calaveras Fault.

The Guadalupe River runs from the Santa Cruz Mountains (which separate the South Bay from the Pacific Coast) flowing north through San Jose, ending in the San Francisco Bay at Alviso. Along the southern part of the river is the neighborhood of Almaden Valley, originally named for the mercury mines which produced mercury needed for gold extraction from quartz during the California Gold Rush as well as mercury fulminate blasting caps and detonators for the U.S. military from 1870 to 1945.[citation needed]

The lowest point in San Jose is 13 feet (4 m) below sea level at the San Francisco Bay in Alviso;[28] the highest is 4,372 feet (1,333 m) at Copernicus Peak, Mount Hamilton, which is technically outside the city limit. Due to the proximity to Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton, San Jose has taken several steps to reduce light pollution, including replacing all street lamps and outdoor lighting in private developments with low pressure sodium lamps.[29] To recognize the city's efforts, the asteroid 6216 San Jose was named after the city.[30]

It is located in a prime place, being close to the ocean, not too far from the snow of Lake Tahoe, and not too far from the San Francisco Bay. It may be Surrounded by mountains, but it is at the center of everything and by no means contained by the mountaineous terrain.


San Jose city streets are commonly lined with palm trees.
Palm trees on Almaden Boulevard.

San Jose, like most of the Bay Area, has a Mediterranean climate.[31] Unlike San Francisco, which is exposed to the ocean or Bay, San Jose lies inland, protected on three sides by mountains. This shelters the city from rain and makes it more of a semiarid, near-desert area, with a mean annual rainfall of 14.4 inches (366 mm), compared to some other parts of the Bay Area, which can get up to four times that amount. It also avoids San Francisco's omnipresent fog most of the year.[32]

January's average high is 62°F and average low is 43°F. July's average high is 84°F and average low is 57°F [33]. The highest temperature ever recorded in San Jose was 112°F on July 19-23, 2006; the lowest was 20°F (-8.3°C) in December, 1990. Temperature fluctuations between night and day can vary as little as 10°F to 15°F (6.1°C to 8.3°C). High temperatures are almost always without high humidity.

With the light rainfall, San Jose and its suburbs experience over 300 days a year of full or significant sunshine. Rain occurs primarily in the months from October through April or May, with hardly any rainfall from June through September. During the winter and spring, hillsides and fields turn green with grasses and vegetation, although deciduous trees are few. With the coming of the annual hot summer dry period, the vegetation dies and dries, giving the hills a golden cover, which also provides fuel for frequent grass fires.

Lush and green eastern foothills overlooking East San Jose in February 2010.
The same hills are golden yellow in summers, as taken in June 2009.

Measurable precipitation falls in downtown San Jose on an average of 50 days a year, many times only for part of the day. Annual precipitation has ranged from 6.12 inches (155 mm) in 1953 to 32.57 inches (827 mm) in 1983. The most precipitation in one month was 10.23 inches (260 mm) in February 1998. The maximum 24-hour rainfall was 3.60 inches (91 mm) on January 30, 1968. Although the summer is normally quite dry in San Jose, a very heavy thunderstorm on August 21, 1968, brought 1.92 inch of rain, causing some localized flooding.[34]

The snow level drops as low as 2,000 ft (610 m) above sea level, or lower, occasionally each winter, coating nearby Mount Hamilton, and less frequently the Santa Cruz Mountains, with snow that normally lasts a few days. This sometimes snarls traffic traveling on State Route 17 towards Santa Cruz. Snow occasionally falls in San Jose, but until recently, the most recent snow to remain on the ground was on February 5, 1976, when many residents around the city saw as much as 3 inches (7.6 cm) on car and roof tops. The official observation station measured only 0.5-inch (13 mm) of snow. However, in March 2006, a smaller amount, up to one inch (2.5 cm) of snow fell in downtown San Jose as well as other areas around the city at elevations of only 90 feet (27 m) to 200 feet (61 m) above sea level.

Like most of the Bay Area, San Jose is made up of dozens of microclimates. Downtown San Jose experiences the lightest rainfall in the city, while South San Jose, only 10 miles (16 km) distant, experiences more rainfall and slightly more extreme temperatures.

Climate data for San Jose, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 83
Average high °F (°C) 62
Average low °F (°C) 43
Record low °F (°C) 24
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.2
Source: Western Disaster Center[35] 6 March 2010



Overhead panorama of and from inside downtown San Jose.
A view of Downtown San Jose as seen from East Foothills

The city is divided into many neighborhoods, many of which were incorporated places or communities that were annexed by the city. There are also several independent cities around San Jose, but they are popularly grouped with the city of San Jose, either due to being completely engulfed as enclaves by San Jose, or lying within its immediate vicinity. Generally, the city is divided into the following areas: Downtown San Jose, Central, West San Jose, North San Jose, East San Jose, and South San Jose.

Some well-known communities within San Jose include Downtown San Jose, Japantown, Rose Garden, Sunol-Midtown, Willow Glen, Naglee Park, central, Burbank, Cambrian Park, West San Jose, Winchester to the west, Alviso, Berryessa to the north, Evergreen, Alum Rock, East Foothills, King and Story, Little Portugal to the east, Almaden Valley, Blossom Valley, Coyote Valley, Santa Teresa, Silver Creek Valley, Edenvale, Seven Trees to the south.


Important landmarks in San Jose include Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, History Park at Kelley Park, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, Plaza de César Chávez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Mexican Heritage Plaza, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Lick Observatory, Hayes Mansion, HP Pavilion at San Jose, De Anza Hotel, San Jose Improv, San Jose Municipal Stadium, Spartan Stadium, Japantown San Jose, Winchester Mystery House, Raging Waters, Circle of Palms Plaza, King and Story, San Jose City Hall, San Jose Flea Market, and The Tech Museum of Innovation.


Adobe Systems headquarters in downtown San Jose

The large concentration of high-technology engineering, computer, and microprocessor companies around San Jose has led the area to be known as Silicon Valley. As the largest city in the valley, San Jose has billed itself "the capital of Silicon Valley." Area schools such as the University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Cruz, San José State University, San Francisco State University, California State University, East Bay, Santa Clara University, and Stanford University pump thousands of engineering and computer science graduates into the local economy every year.

High economic growth during the tech bubble caused employment, housing prices, and traffic congestion to peak in the late 1990s. As the economy slowed in the early 2000s, employment and traffic congestion diminished somewhat. In the mid-2000s, traffic along major highways again began to worsen as the economy improved. San Jose had 405,000 jobs within its city limits in 2006, and an unemployment rate of 4.6%. In 2000, San Jose residents had the highest median household income of any city in the United States with a population over 300,000, and currently has the highest median income of any U.S. city with over 280,000 people.

San Jose lists 25 companies with 1,000 employees or more, including the headquarters of Adobe Systems, BEA Systems, Cisco, SunPower and eBay, as well as major facilities for Flextronics, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Hitachi and Lockheed Martin. Sizable government employers include the city government, Santa Clara County, and San José State University.[36] Acer's United States division has its offices in San Jose.[37]

The cost of living in San Jose and the surrounding areas is among the highest in California and the nation.[38] Housing costs are the primary reason for the high cost of living, although the costs in all areas tracked by ACCRA are above the national average. Despite the high cost of living in San Jose, households in city limits have the highest disposable income of any city in the U.S. with over 500,000 residents.[39][40]

San Jose residents produce more U.S. patents than any other city.[41] Thirty-five percent of all venture capital funds in the U.S. are invested in San Jose and Silicon Valley companies.[41]

Law and government


The new San Jose City Hall opened in 2005.

San Jose is a charter city under California law, giving it the power to enact local ordinances that may conflict with state law, within the limits provided by the charter.[42] The city has a mayor council government with a city manager nominated by the mayor and elected by the city council.

The San José City Council is made up of ten council members elected by districts, and a mayor elected by the entire city. During city council meetings, the mayor presides, and all eleven members can vote on any issue. The mayor has no veto powers. Council members and the mayor are elected to four-year terms; the even-numbered district council members beginning in 1994; the mayor and the odd-numbered district council members beginning in 1996. Council members and the mayor are limited to two successive terms in office, although a council member that has reached the term limit can be elected mayor, and vice versa. The council elects a vice-mayor from the members of the council at the second meeting of the year following a council election. This council member acts as mayor during the temporary absence of the mayor, but does not succeed to the mayor's office upon a vacancy.[43]

The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the city, and must present an annual budget for approval by the city council. When the office is vacant, the Mayor proposes a candidate for City Manager, subject to council approval. The council appoints the Manager for an indefinite term, and may at any time remove the manager, or the electorate may remove the manager through a recall election. Other city officers appointed by the council are the City Attorney, City Auditor, City Clerk, and Independent Police Auditor.[43]

Like all California cities except San Francisco, both the levels and the boundaries of what the city government controls are determined by the local county Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).[44] The goal of a LAFCO is to try to avoid uncontrolled urban sprawl. The Santa Clara County LAFCO has set boundaries of San Jose's "Sphere of Influence" (indicated by the blue line in the map near the top of the page) as a superset of the actual city limits (the yellow area in the map), plus parts of the surrounding unincorporated county land, where San Jose can, for example, prevent development of fringe areas to concentrate city growth closer to the city's core. The LAFCO also defines a subset of the Sphere as an 'Urban Service Area' (indicated by the red line in the map), effectively limiting development to areas where urban infrastructure (sewers, electrical service, etc.) already exists.

San Jose is the county seat of Santa Clara County.[45] Accordingly, many county government facilities are located in the city, including the office of the County Executive, the Board of Supervisors, the District Attorney's Office, eight courthouses of the Superior Court, the Sheriff's Office, and the County Clerk.[46]

State and federal

In the state legislature San Jose is located in the 10th, 11th, 13th, and 15th Senate Districts, represented by Democrats Ellen Corbett, Joe Simitian, and Elaine Alquist, and Republican Abel Maldonado respectively, and in the 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th, and 28th Assembly Districts, represented by Democrats Alberto Torrico, Ira Ruskin, Paul Fong, Joe Coto, Jim Beall, Bill Monning, and Anna M. Caballero respectively. Federally, San Jose is located in California's 14th, 15th, and 16th congressional districts, which have Cook PVIs of D +18, D +14, and D +16 respectively[47] and are represented by Democrats Anna Eshoo, Mike Honda, and Zoe Lofgren respectively.

Several state and federal agencies maintain offices in San Jose. The city is the location of the Sixth District of the California Courts of Appeal.[48] It is also home to one of three courthouses of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; The other two being in Oakland and San Francisco.[49]


During the 1990s and 2000s, the crime rate fell,[50] but not as quickly as crime rates in most American cities during that time period. Recently, however, crime rates have risen. Despite the rising crime, it is still ranked as one of the safest cities in the entire country with a population over 500,000 people and at one point was ranked the "safest big city" in the United States.[51][52][53] The designation is based on crime statistics reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in six categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and auto theft. Current mayor Chuck Reed is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[54] an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.

Sister cities

The Office of Economic Development coordinates the San Jose Sister City Program which is part of Sister Cities International. As of 2008, there are seven sister cities:[55]

Arts and architecture

The De Anza Hotel, a classic Art Deco building in the central business district opened in 1931.

Because the downtown area is in the flight path to nearby Mineta San Jose International Airport (also evidenced in the above panoramic), there is a height limit for buildings in the downtown area, which is under the final approach corridor to the airport. The height limit is dictated by local ordinances, driven by the distance from the runway and a slope defined by Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Core downtown buildings are limited to approximately 300 feet (91 m) but can get taller farther from the airport.[56] There has been broad criticism over the past few decades of the city's architecture.[57] Citizens have complained that San Jose is lacking in aesthetically pleasing architectural styles. Blame for this lack of architectural "beauty" can be assigned to the re-development of the downtown area from the 1950s onward, in which whole blocks of historic commercial and residential structures were demolished.[58] Exceptions to this include the Downtown Historic District, the De Anza Hotel, and the Hotel Sainte Claire, both of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places for their architectural and historical significance.

Municipal building projects have experimented more with architectural styles than have most private enterprises.[59] The Children's Discovery Museum, Tech Museum of Innovation, and the San Jose Repertory Theater building have experimented with bold colors and unusual exteriors. The new City Hall, designed by Richard Meier & Partners opened in 2005 and is a notable addition to the growing collection of municipal building projects.[60]

Public art is an evolving attraction in the city. The city was one of the first to adopt a public art ordinance at 2% of capital improvement building project budgets,[61] and the results of this commitment are beginning to have an impact on the visual landscape of the city. There are a considerable number of public art projects throughout the downtown area, and a growing collection in the newer civic locations in neighborhoods including libraries, parks, and fire stations. Of particular note, the Mineta Airport expansion is incorporating a program of Art & Technology into its development.

Within the early efforts at public art, there are notable controversies. Two examples include the statue of Quetzalcoatl (the plumed serpent) in downtown which was controversial in its planning because some religious groups felt that it was pagan, and controversial in its implementation because many felt that the final statue by Robert Graham did not closely resemble a winged serpent, and was more noted for its expense than its aesthetics. This has resulted in a common joke among locals, who insist it closely resembles a pile of feces.

The statue of Thomas Fallon also met strong resistance from those who felt that people like him were largely responsible for the decimation of early native populations and Chicano/Latino activists protested he captured San Jose by violent force in the Mexican-American war (1846) as well "repressed" historic documents of Fallon ordered the expulsion of most of the city's Californio (early Spanish or Mexican) residents. In October 1991 after protests in part of Columbus Day and Dia de la Raza celebrations, the Fallon statue plan was scrapped and the statue was stored in a warehouse in Oakland for more than a decade. The statue was returned to public display in 2002, albeit in a less conspicuous location: Pellier Park, a small triangular patched formed by the merge of West Julian and West St. James streets.[62]

In 2001, the city sponsored SharkByte, an exhibit of decorated sharks, based on the mascot of the hockey team, the San Jose Sharks, and modeled after Chicago's display of decorated cows.[63] Large models of sharks were decorated in a variety of clever, colorful, or creative ways by local artists and were then displayed for months at dozens of locations around the city. Many displays were removed early because of vandalism. After the exhibition, the sharks were auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity. The sharks can still be found in their new owners' homes and businesses.

In 2006, Adobe Systems commissioned an art installation titled San Jose Semaphore by Ben Rubin, which is located at the top of its headquarters building. Semaphore is composed of four LED discs which "rotate" to transmit a message. The content of the San Jose Semaphore’s message remained a mystery until it was deciphered in August 2007.[64] The visual art installation is supplemented with an audio track, transmitted from the building on a low-power AM station. The audio track provides clues to decode the message being transmitted.

The city is home to many performing arts companies, including Opera San José, Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Children's Musical Theater of San Jose (recognized as the largest and most talented youth theatre company in the nation), the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the now-defunct American Musical Theatre of San Jose. San Jose also is home to the San Jose Museum of Art,[65] one of the nation's premiere Modern Art museums. In addition, the annual Cinequest Film Festival in downtown has grown to over 60,000 attendees per year, becoming an important festival for independent films.

The HP Pavilion at San Jose is one of the most active venues for events in the world. According to Billboard Magazine and Pollstar, the arena sold the most tickets to non-sporting events of any venue in the United States, and third in the world after the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England, and the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for the period from January 1 – September 30, 2004. Including sporting events, the HP Pavilion averages 184 events a year, or roughly one event for every two days, which is significantly higher than the average for NHL arenas.


Club Sport Founded League Venue
San Jose Sharks Hockey 1991 National Hockey League: Western Conference HP Pavilion at San Jose
San Jose Earthquakes Soccer 1995 Major League Soccer: Western Conference Buck Shaw Stadium
San Jose Giants Baseball 1988 California League San Jose Municipal Stadium
Mixed Martial Arts 2006 Strikeforce HP Pavilion at San Jose

The only two "Big Five" teams to play in San Jose are the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the San Jose Earthquakes of the Major League Soccer (MLS). The Sharks began play as an expansion team in 1991. As of the 2007–08 NHL season, the Sharks have become extremely popular in San Jose and are one of the top draws in the NHL, selling out nearly all of their home games. However, the team still has yet to win the Stanley Cup. The closest it ever came was in 2004 when it lost in the Western Conference Final to the Calgary Flames. The Sharks play home games at the HP Pavilion at San Jose (also referred to as the Shark Tank or the Tank) and are a member of the NHL's Pacific Division in the Western Conference. The Sharks have won the Pacific Division four times, most recently in 2008-2009. They have intense rivalries with the Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, and Dallas Stars, as well as geographic rivalries with the Los Angeles Kings and the previously mentioned Ducks.

San Jose has had previous attempts to draw teams from Major League Baseball, the NFL and the NBA by offering stadium deals or attracting relocating sports teams. In 1991 the San Francisco Giants baseball team nearly closed the deal to play in San Jose.[citation needed] In November 2007, MLB's Oakland Athletics (A's) submitted plans to the neighboring city of Fremont in Alameda County for a 32,000 seat stadium with a planned opening for the 2011 season. Since the mid-1990s, numerous attempts to move the team to San Jose or Santa Clara never materialized due to territorial restrictions that places San Jose into neighboring National League's San Francisco Giants territory. Nevertheless, the proposed Cisco Field (naming rights were purchased in 2006 by San Jose-based networking company Cisco Systems) was to be five to eight miles (8 to 13 kilometers) north of San Jose's city limits via Interstate 880. This was possible because the A's own territorial rights for Alameda County, which borders much of San Jose to the north. Since the team would have been located closer to San Jose than its current home in Oakland if the plan went through, speculation on a name change to more closely identify with San Jose and its more affluent population and businesses was rife according to the San Jose Mercury-News. In February 2009, local opposition from Fremont businesses and residents in the area forced the A's to terminate the project. Oakland A's lead owner Lew Wolff announced plans a few days to pursue a new stadium in San Jose. In May 2009, the San Jose city council (mindful of the community opposition that killed the Fremont stadium proposal) voted to approve a set of principles to guide attempts to pursue the Oakland Athletics. The proposed site of the new stadium would be near Diridon Train Station and HP Pavilion just west of downtown San Jose.[66] The San Francisco Giants still own territorial rights to San Jose so this issue will also need resolving for the A's to relocate to San Jose.

San Jose has been home to the Earthquakes in the North American Soccer League (1974–1984), Western Soccer Alliance (1985–1988) and Major League Soccer (1996–2005; 2008– ). The players of the San Jose Earthquakes moved to Houston, Texas after the 2005 season to become the Houston Dynamo. In July 2007, it was announced that San Jose Earthquakes would rejoin MLS for the 2008 season in the Western Conference. Now back in the league, the team is officially a continuation of the one that went on hiatus in 2005 and has kept its 1996-2005 records and accomplishments, including its MLS Cup wins in 2001 and 2003 and its MLS Supporters' Shield win in 2005.

The Major League Lacrosse team, the San Francisco Dragons, play at Spartan Stadium. Though after moving from San Francisco's Kezar Stadium in 2008, the team decided to remain being called the San Francisco Dragons so to represent the Bay Area as a whole. They share the stadium with the San José State Spartans, who play football there.

In 1997, due to the renovation of the Oakland Arena, the Golden State Warriors basketball team played their entire season home games at the San Jose Arena.[67] Neighboring Santa Clara recently announced (2006) a New 49ers Stadium deal. The stadium would be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers football team. As of 2009, the 49ers are still in negotiations with the city and the new proposal will soon put on the ballot for a public vote. The new stadium is now set to open in 2014. The team will keep it's current name. San Jose may also soon house the practice facilities for the Oakland Raiders.

Previously, San Jose was home to the San Jose Bees (1962-1976; 1983-1987) of the minor league baseball California League, the San Jose Missions (1977-1981) of the minor league baseball Pacific Coast League (from 1977-1978) and the California League (from 1979-1981), the San Jose Rhinos of Roller Hockey International (1994–1997;1999), the San Jose Grizzlies (1993–1995) of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, the San Jose Golddiggers (1987–1989) of Major League Volleyball (women's), the San Jose Jammers (1989–1991) of the Continental Basketball Association, the San Jose Lasers of the American Basketball League, the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (while Oakland Arena was being renovated, 1996–1997), the San Jose CyberRays of the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2002), the San Jose Frogs of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (2006-2008) and the San Jose Ballers of the International Basketball League, now the Tri City Ballers.

In addition to professional teams, San Jose hosts several national sporting events. The SAP Open (formerly the Sybase Open) is an annual men's tennis tournament held at the HP Pavilion. San Jose was the host of ArenaBowl XVI on August 18, 2002 in which the San Jose SaberCats defeated the Arizona Rattlers, 52-14. San Jose State University's Spartan Stadium has hosted numerous FIFA events including the 1999 Women's World Cup. San Jose hosted the United States Figure Skating Championships in 1996. San Jose native Rudy Galindo won the men's singles competition that year. San Jose is slated to host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships again in 2012. The San Jose Grand Prix, first held in July 2005, brought Champ Car racing to a temporary road course on downtown streets. Downtown San Jose hosted the finish for daily stages of the Amgen Tour of California in February 2006, 2007, and 2008, and hosted the individual time trial in 2006. The city also was one of five host cities for the Dew Action Sports Tour in both 2005 and 2006.

Located in downtown San Jose, San José State University fields a total of 16 NCAA Division I men's and women's athletics teams. The SJSU football team is one of only 120 collegiate football teams nationwide to compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formally known as Division I-A). The San José State Spartans compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Pac-10 Women's Basketball Championship is held at the HP Pavilion at San Jose as well as either the men's or women's West Regional tournament during the NCAA's March Madness.

From the successes with Lloyd (Bud) Winter's NCAA Champion Track team at San Jose State, the San Jose area became a hotbed for training elite athletes. San Jose State was home to 1968 medalists Lee Evans, Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Ronnie Ray Smith as well as the first 18 foot Pole Vaulter Christos Papanikolaou. Before Title IX, the San Jose Cindergals was one of the first elite women's track teams, spawning the success of multi-Olympians Francie Larrieu and Cindy Poor. Bruce Jenner trained 8 hours a day at San Jose City College preparing for his 1976 Gold medal. San Jose City College Track Coach Bert Bonanno created the "Bruce Jenner Invitational" which became an annual, televised stop on the elite United States Track and Field circuit (equivalent with the Prefontaine Classic.[68] San Jose City College also hosted the (then TAC) National Championships in 1984. Benny Brown, Millard Hampton, John Powell, Brian Oldfield, Ed Burke, Andre Phillips and Ato Bolden all can trace their training roots to San Jose. Many of those names are now in the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2004, the San Jose Sports Authority hosted the U.S. Olympic team trials for judo, taekwondo, trampolining and rhythmic gymnastics at the San José State Event Center. In August 2004, the Authority hosted the USA All-Star 7-Aside Rugby Championships at Watson Bowl, east of Downtown. San Jose is also home to the St Joseph's Hurling Club. In 2008, around 90 percent of the members of the United States Olympic team were processed at San José State University prior to traveling to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[69] The 2009 Junior Olympics for trampoline will also be held here.


Public transportation

VTA Rapid Bus Route 522
A FedEx plane approaches the Mineta San José International Airport.
View of a major freeway interchange for I-280 connecting with SR87 in downtown.

Rail service to and within San Jose is provided by Amtrak (the Sacramento-San Jose Capitol Corridor and the Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight), Caltrain (commuter rail service between San Francisco and Gilroy), ACE (commuter rail service to Pleasanton and Stockton), and a local light-rail system connecting downtown to Mountain View, Milpitas, Campbell, and Almaden Valley, operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Historic streetcars from History Park operate on the light rail lines in downtown during holidays. Long-term plans call for BART to be expanded into the San Jose area via the East Bay. Diridon Station (formerly Cahill Depot, 65 Cahill Street) is the meeting point of all regional commuter rail service in the area. It was built in 1935 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, and was refurbished in 1994.

VTA also operates many bus routes in San Jose and the surrounding communities, as well as offering paratransit services to local residents. Additionally, the Highway 17 Express bus line connects central San Jose with Santa Cruz.

Air transportation

San Jose is served by Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (IATA: SJCICAO: KSJCFAA LID: SJC), two miles (3 km) northwest of downtown, and by Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County (ICAO: KRHVFAA LID: RHV) a general aviation airport airport located in the eastern part of San Jose. San Jose residents also use San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFOICAO: KSFOFAA LID: SFO), a major international hub located 35 miles (56 km) to the northwest, and Oakland International Airport (IATA: OAKICAO: KOAKFAA LID: OAK), another major international airport located 35 miles (56 km) to the north. The airport is also near the intersections of three major freeways, U.S. Route 101, Interstate 880, and State Route 87.

Freeways and highways

The San Jose area has a freeway system, including three Interstate freewaysI-280, I-880, and I-680—in addition to several state and one US Highway, US 101, SR 85, SR 87, SR 17, and SR 237. It is, however, the largest city in the country not served by a primary, "two-digit" interstate. Additionally, San Jose contains many expressways of the Santa Clara County Expressway System, including the Almaden Expressway, Capitol Expressway, San Tomas Expressway, and Lawrence Expressway.

Several regional transportation projects have been undertaken in recent years to deal with congestion on San Jose freeways. This includes expansion of State Route 87 including more lanes near the downtown San Jose area. The interchange for I-280 connecting with I-680 and US 101, a rush-hour spot where the three freeways meet has been known to have high-density traffic similar to Los Angeles County interchanges.

Major highways


San Jose Water Works at West Santa Clara St.

Potable water is provided primarily by the private-sector San Jose Water Company, with some by the Great Oaks Water Company, and ten percent by the public-sector San Jose Municipal Water System. Great Oaks provides exclusively well water[citation needed], while the other two provide water from multiple sources[citation needed], including well water, and surface water from the Los Gatos Creek watershed, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Garbage, wastewater treatment, and recycling services are overseen by the city of San Jose's Environmental Services Department. San Jose recycles 64% of its waste, an has an exceptionally high percentage that is attributed to the recycling program's accepting an unusually long list of recyclable items without requiring that materials be sorted. [70] Among the items accepted are all types of plastic, aerosol cans and paint cans, foam packing materials, aluminum furniture, small metal appliances, pots and pans, and clean fabrics.

Wastewater treatment happens at the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant, which treats and cleans the wastewater to more than 1,500,000 people that live and work in the 300 square mile (780 km²) area encompassing San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno.[70]

About ten percent of the treated wastewater is sold for irrigation ("water recycling") in San Jose[citation needed], Santa Clara, and Milpitas, through local water providers San Jose Municipal Water System, City of Milpitas Municipal Services, City of Santa Clara Water & Sewer Utility, Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Jose Water Company, and Great Oaks Water Company.

Natural gas and electricity are provided by PG&E. Telephone service is provided primarily by AT&T. Cable television is provided by Comcast.


San Jose State University's Tower Hall and lawn. SJSU's Campus Village residence complex appears in background.

Colleges and universities

San Jose is home to several colleges and universities. The largest is San José State University, which was founded by the California legislature in 1862 as the California State Normal School, and is the founding campus of the California State University (CSU) system. Located in downtown San Jose since 1870, the university enrolls approximately 30,000 students in over 130 different bachelor's and master's degree programs. The school enjoys a good academic reputation, especially in the fields of engineering, business, art and design, and journalism, and consistently ranks among the top public universities in the western region of the United States.[71] San José State is one of only three Bay Area schools that fields a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Division I college football team; Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley are the other two.

National Hispanic University, with an enrollment of 600, offers associate and bachelor's degrees and teaching credentials to its students, focusing on Hispanic students.

Lincoln Law School of San Jose offers law degrees, catering to working professionals.

The San Jose campus of Golden Gate University offers business bachelor and MBA degrees.

San Jose's community colleges, San José City College and Evergreen Valley College, offer associate degrees, general education units to transfer to CSU and UC schools, and adult and continuing education programs. The West campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic is also located in San Jose.

The University of California, Santa Cruz operates Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton.

Additionally, San Jose residents attend several other area universities, including Santa Clara University, Stanford University in Palo Alto, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in Mountain View and the University of California, Berkeley. San Jose and South Bay residents also comprise large proportions of the student bodies at major California public universities, including UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and UC San Diego.

Primary and secondary education

Most San Jose students go to schools in the San José Unified School District.[citation needed] Prior to 1954, California law required cities and school districts to have the same boundaries. When San Jose began expanding, rural school districts became one of the major opponents, as their territory and tax base was taken by the city. The city's legislators pushed a bill through the California Legislature, removing that requirement, and ending much of the opposition. The result is a patchwork of local school districts in the areas annexed after 1954.[11] Public education in the city is provided by four high school districts, fourteen elementary districts, and four unified school districts (which provide both elementary and high schools).

In addition to the main San José Unified School District, the unified school districts are Milpitas Unified School District, Morgan Hill Unified School District, and Santa Clara Unified School District.

The following districts use the "feeder" system:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

Private schools in San Jose are primarily run by religious groups. The Catholic Diocese of San Jose has the second largest student population in the Santa Clara County, behind only SJUSD; the diocese and its parishes operate several schools in the city, including six high schools: Archbishop Mitty High School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Notre Dame High School, Saint Francis High School, St. Lawrence High School, and Presentation High School.[72] There are two Baptist high schools, Liberty Baptist School and White Road Baptist Academy. [2] Valley Christian High School is a Protestant high school in the North Valley neighborhood. There is also the nonsectarian K-12 Harker School.

San Jose library system

The San José Public Library System is unique in that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library combines the collections of the city's system with the San José State University main library. The building of the library in 2003 was the largest single library construction project west of the Mississippi. It has more than 1.6 million items. The building has eight floors that result in more than 475,000 square feet (44,100 m2) of space with a capacity for 2 million volumes.[73]

The city has 21 neighborhood branches (17 of them open and not currently undergoing renovation or reconstruction) including the Biblioteca Latinoamericana which specializes in Spanish language works.[74] The East San José Carnegie Branch Library, a Carnegie library opened in 1908, is the last Carnegie library in Santa Clara County still operating as a public library and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As the result of a bond measure passed in November 2000, a number of brand new or completely reconstructed branches have been completed and opened. The four branches currently undergoing construction are the Calabazas Branch, the Educational Park Branch, the Seventrees Branch, and the Bascom Branch and Community Center. The yet-to-be-named brand new Southeast Branch is also planned, bringing the bond library project to its completion.[75]

The San Jose system (along with the University system) were jointly named as "Library of the Year" by the Library Journal in 2004.[76]


View of Circle of Palms Plaza
Front of the San Jose Museum of Art, the remaining facade of San Jose's first post office.
The Market in Downtown San Jose as seen with uplit Palm Trees.
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum at Rosicrucian Park.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Church of the Five Wounds on East Santa Clara St.

Parks, gardens, and other outdoor recreational sites


San Jose's trail network offers over 53 miles (90 km) of recreational and commute trails throughout the City.[77] The major trails in the network include:

This large urban trail network, recognized by Prevention Magazine as the nation's largest, is linked to trails in surrounding jurisdictions and many rural trails in surrounding open space and foothills. Additional information is available at the City of San José trail network website.

Museums, libraries, and other cultural collections

Sports and event venues

Other structures


NBC 11's KNTV is licensed to San Jose. San Jose is served by local media as well as that of the Greater Bay Area and national media. Media outlets based in San Jose include the San Jose Mercury News and various smaller newspapers and magazines, five television stations, six AM radio stations, and sixteen FM radio stations.

In April 1909, Charles David Herrold, an electronics instructor in San Jose, constructed a radio station to broadcast the human voice. The station "San Jose Calling" (call letters FN, later FQW), was the world's first radio station with scheduled programming targeted at a general audience. The station became the first to broadcast music in 1910. Herrold's wife Sybil became the first female "disk jockey" in 1912. The station changed hands a number of times before eventually becoming today's KCBS in San Francisco.[78] Therefore KCBS technically is the oldest radio station in the United States, and celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2009 with much fanfare.

Cultural references to San Jose

  • Do You Know the Way to San Jose, lyrics, Hal David – music, Burt Bacharach; Grammy-winning 1968 hit single (Pop #10, R&B #23) for Dionne Warwick, Scepter Records 12216; more than 100 other recordings.
  • Michaela Roessner. Vanishing Point. Tor, New York, 1993. ISBN 0-312-85213-4. Post-apocalyptic novel, largely set in San Jose; many South Bay survivors have gathered to live in the Winchester Mystery House and the nearby Century Theatres dome.
  • British studio quartet The First Class had a 1974 Billboard #4 hit "Beach Baby", containing the lyric "We couldn't wait for graduation day, we took the car and drove to San Jose. That's where you told me that you'd wear my ring, I guess you don't remember anything."
  • Some key scenes for the Bollywood film, "My Name Is Khan" were filmed at the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose and in and around San Jose. The main lead, Shahrukh Khan, visited San Jose on July 3, 2009 while filming.

See also

Notes and references

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  8. ^ "Junípero Serra". California History Online. California Historical Society. 2000. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
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  10. ^ "Agnews Insane Asylum". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
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  13. ^ Winslow, Ward (editor); The Making of Silicon Valley: a One Hundred Year Renaissance; 1995; ISBN 0-9649217-0-7
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  15. ^ "Building Permit History, 1980-2006". City of San Jose. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  16. ^ City of San Jose City Charter
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  18. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 54.
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  21. ^ "San Jose city, California - ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates: 2005-2007". US Census Bureau. 2007-01. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
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  30. ^ "UCSC, Lick Observatory designate asteroid for the city of San Jose". University of California, Santa Cruz. May 25, 1998. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
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  33. ^ "San Jose Month Weather". AccuWeather. 
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  35. ^ "San Jose Record temperatures". Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
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  44. ^ Local Agency Formation Commission
  45. ^ "Charter of the County of Santa Clara, Article 101". Santa Clara County. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  46. ^ "County of Santa Clara Contacts". Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
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  51. ^ Males, Mike. Scapegoat Generation
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  53. ^ City Crime rankings by Population group
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  63. ^ Chicago cows on parade exhibit
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  65. ^ San Jose Museum of Art
  66. ^ "San Jose council accepts principles for A's stadium talks.". San Jose Mercury-News. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  67. ^ "Golden State Warriors History". Golden State Warriors. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  68. ^ "Youtube of Jenner Invitational". Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  69. ^ Bruce Newman (2008-07-24). "Unseen Heros: Olympians in 'lockdown' at SJSU on way to Beijing". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  70. ^ a b "Flat Rate Reality San Jose Area Info". 
  71. ^ "Best Colleges 2010". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  72. ^ "Schools". Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  73. ^ SJ Library MLK Fast Facts page (Mentions joint university/city status, collection size and size of construction project.)
  74. ^ Locations page at SJ Library site(See BL article for its references.)
  75. ^ Bond Projects for Branch Libraries page at the SJ Library site
  76. ^ San Jose 2003-2004 Annual Report "In 2004, San José Public Library and San José State University Library were jointly named Library of the Year by the Library Journal."
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  • The Weather Channel data for San Jose
  • Peck, Willys I., "When Ma Bell Spoke With a Human Voice," Saratoga Stereopticon: A Magic Lantern of Memory, (Cupertino, California: California History Center and Foundation, 1998, pp. 41–42.
  • Map: Mobile Communications: Reaching the World by Mobile Telephone Service, (San Francisco: Pacific Telephone Co., 1983.)
  • Undated San Jose Mercury News article describing exchange names possibly written by Patricia Loomis or Clyde Arbuckle.

Further reading

  • Beilharz, Edwin A.; and DeMers Jr., Donald O.; San Jose: California's First City; 1980, ISBN 0-932986-13-7
  • The California Room, the San Jose Library's collection of research materials on the history of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley.

External links

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An aerial view of downtown San Jose
An aerial view of downtown San Jose

Often known as "The Capital of Silicon Valley," San Jose [1] is the largest city in the Bay Area, 3rd largest in California, and the 10th largest city in the United States. It was named the 4th safest big city in the US for 2008-2009.


True to its location in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is home to the headquarters of many "tech" companies such as Cisco Systems, eBay, and Adobe Systems, just to name a few.

There are so many different neighborhoods in the large geographic area of San Jose that, depending on where you are, you might not know if you're still in the same city. Like most Bay Area towns and cities, San Jose is an expensive place to live (many basic houses easily top $1M in price). Some of the hip areas to live these days are in San Jose's downtown area, for those who prefer urban living, or Santana Row for a mixed living, shopping and dining community. You can find vintage California charm in the neighborhoods of Willow Glen and Rose Garden. The woodsy area of Almaden Valley is known for its excellent schools, and Silver Creek is known for its subdivisions of sprawling "McMansions."

Get in

People who ask, "Do you know the way to San Jose?" (in reference to the 1968 hit song recorded by Dionne Warwick) will be glared at.

By plane

San Jose is home to one of the Bay Area's three international airports, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC) [2]. There are direct flights from many US destinations and it's located about 2 miles from the downtown area.

The two other options are San Francisco International Airport (SFO), located 35 miles northwest of San Jose off US Route 101 on the peninsula, or Oakland International Airport (OAK), which is 35 miles north off I-880 in the East Bay.

By train

San Jose has three commuter rail lines:

  • Amtrak California's Capitol Corridor [4] line runs through the East Bay and then inland to Sacramento and Auburn. Amtrak's Coast Starlight [5] line runs daily from Seattle, through the Bay Area and down the coast to Los Angeles.
  • The Altamont Commuter Express [6] runs from Stockton, Livermore, and Pleasanton into San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley in the morning and then returns in the late afternoon and evening.

All rail lines stop at Diridon Station, San Jose's central train station. It is located downtown, at 65 Cahill Street, just across Santa Clara Street from the H.P. Pavilion [7].

Capitol and Tamien stations serve the southern part of the city.

  • Greyhound [8] has a bus station downtown at Almaden Avenue and Post Street.

By car

San Jose is connected to San Francisco by two major freeways, US-101 and Interstate 280. From Los Angeles, take I-5 North to CA-152 West to US-101 North. From the East Bay, use either I-880 or I-680 South.

Get around

Things are spread out in San Jose, so a car is the most convenient mode of transportation. However, the local transportation agency, VTA [9], does offer serviceable transit around town. The frequency and hours of buses vary depending on the route and your location, so it's best to check a schedule beforehand. The Light Rail system (primarily the Mountain View-Winchester route and the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa route) provides quick service to, from and around downtown; a single fare, $1.75 for 2009, is good for 2 hours.

It's a trolley, it's a train... it's Light Rail!
It's a trolley, it's a train... it's Light Rail!

A VTA day pass lets you use buses and Light Rail lines all day and costs $5 as of 2009. VTA Route #10 [10] serves as a free shuttle between the airport, Caltrain - Santa Clara Station, and Light Rail - Metro/Airport Station.

The website [11] is a wonderful resource for trip planning, whether by car or public transit (or a combination of both). Its Trip Planner spans all Bay Area transit systems. On the go, you can call VTA Customer Service at +1 408 321-2300 and listen to bus schedules on their automated system.

Many roads in San Jose have designated bike lanes and/or wide shoulders. A map of the city's bikeways is available on VTA's website [12]. This, along with typically favorable local weather, makes biking a viable means of transportation within the city. Bus lines, Light Rail and Caltrain all accommodate bikes, making mixed-mode travel a simple affair.


Downtown San Jose is a mix of offices, shopping, hotels, numerous restaurants as well as a convention center and the SoFA (South of First Area) nightclub district. Check out the San Pedro Square Farmer's Market on Fridays for local and organic produce, or visit San Jose State University campus and City Hall. The main library [13] is a prestigious, award-winning, joint-use library combining resources of the city and San Jose State University. Get outdoors and take advantage of San Jose's invariably sunny weather on the Guadalupe River Trail or in one of the many city parks. You'll always find a wealth of cultural events at theaters, art galleries, and museums.

  • The Tech Museum (Museum of Science and Technology), 201 South Market St, +1 408 294-TECH (8234), [14]. A great interactive experience for all ages and backgrounds. The Tech Museum allows visitors to see how technology affects their daily lives. Permanent exhibits focus on the internet, the human body, and exploration. You'll also find an IMAX Theater, a cafe, and a retail store featuring merchandise unique to the Silicon Valley. $8 (museum and IMAX).  edit
Check out contemporary West Coast artists at the San Jose Museum of Art
Check out contemporary West Coast artists at the San Jose Museum of Art
  • San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market St, +1 408 271-6840, [15]. Tu-Su 11AM - 5PM. Recognized for its contemporary collection of modern art, which highlights movements on the West Coast as well as national and international pieces. The museum started as a small civic art gallery in 1969 and has grown in step with its city. $8 general admission, $5 seniors/students.  edit
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 South First St, +1 408 971-0323, [16]. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. The first museum in the US to focus on quilts and textiles, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles has an outstanding collection on a rotating display. Exhibitions change quarterly at this exciting and modern museum. $6 general admission, $5 seniors/students with ID (free for everyone on the first Friday of the month).  edit
  • Winchester Mystery House, 525 South Winchester Blvd, +1 408 247-2101, [17]. Tours daily 9AM-7PM. Check their website for a current schedule.. The legend is that Sarah Winchester, Winchester Rifle heiress, was afraid of being cursed by the ghosts of those who had been killed by Winchester guns. She thought that as long as construction continued, the ghosts would be kept at bay. Construction did continue (for 38 years!), resulting in a fantastic house full of mazes, stairs that go nowhere and other odd architecture. Beware: visitors have reported seeing paranormal objects in the house, and the only way you can confirm their claims is to see them yourself! Mansion Tour: $26, Behind-The-Scenes Tour: $23, Grand Estate Tour (combined) $31 (discounted rates for seniors and children).  edit
  • Santana Row, 368 Santana Row, +1 408 551-4611, [18]. A "European-style" village of shops, restaurants, and high-priced condos, with hotels and great nightlife. There's a year-round farmer's market on Sundays, and during the summer bands play free outdoor music every weekend.  edit
  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium, 1664 Park Ave, +1 408 947-3636 (), [19]. M-F 9AM-5PM, S-Su 11AM-6PM. This museum of Ancient Egypt features exhibits funded by the Rosicrucian Order, who have secured artifacts from archaeologists working in the area since the 1920s. Take a tour through a detailed replica of an Egyptian tomb and browse their collection of authentic mummies and artifacts. $9 general admission, $7 seniors/students, $5 children 5-10, free for children under 5.  edit
  • Japantown, Between Jackson and Taylor on 1st-5th Streets ((VTA Light Rail Station Japantown/Ayer)), [20]. The neighborhood surrounding Fifth and Jackson streets (a mile from Downtown) has some good restaurants, retail shops, and cultural facilities. Festivals are held several times a year, and there is a year-round farmer's market on Sundays.  edit
  • Willow Glen, Lincoln Avenue between Willow St and Minnesota St, [21]. This charming shopping district was once the center of a town separate from San Jose. You'll find a variety of small shops and restaurants, as well as a farmer's market and a handful of community festivals and events throughout the year.  edit
  • San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, Naglee Ave between Dana Ave and Garden Dr, +1 408 277-2757, [22]. 8AM to half hour past sunset. San José's 5 1/2–acre Municipal Rose Garden, once a prune orchard, draws thousands of visitors each year. The Garden is exclusively devoted to shrubs of the rose family and features over 4,000 rose shrubs with 189 varieties represented. Hybrid–teas comprise 75 percent of the plantings. free. (37°19′55.8″N,121°55′41.3″W) edit
  • Heritage Rose Garden, Spring St and Taylor St, [23]. half an hour before dawn to half an hour after dusk. This garden, initially planted by volunteers in 1995, has a collection of almost 4,000 plants of more than 3,000 rose varieties. free.  edit


San Jose has two major professional sports teams, some fantastic amusement parks and a variety of theater and comedy venues to entertain you throughout the year. The city also hosts a colorful array of festivals and conventions and offers plenty of shopping options.

You're on their ice when the San Jose sharkhead is lowered from the ceiling of the arena, affectionately known as "The Shark Tank."
You're on their ice when the San Jose sharkhead is lowered from the ceiling of the arena, affectionately known as "The Shark Tank."
  • San Jose Sharks, [24]. The HP Pavilion hosts this National Hockey League team, which has enjoyed relatively good success since their inception in 1991. Watch one of the more famous traditions as the team enters the rink out of a 17-foot high shark head.  edit
  • San Jose Earthquakes, [25]. After almost losing their soccer team to Houston, the Earthquakes have resumed play after being on "hiatus" for the 2006-07 seasons of Major League Soccer. The "Quakes" currently play at Santa Clara University's Buck Shaw Stadium, as well as in Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum for larger games. A new stadium is planned for 2011.  edit
  • FC Gold Pride, [26]. One of the seven teams that launched Women's Professional Soccer in 2009, Gold Pride played its first season at Buck Shaw Stadium, but is moving to Pioneer Stadium on the Cal State East Bay campus in Hayward for 2010. It has not been announced whether the team will share the Earthquakes' planned stadium.  edit
  • Paramount's Great America, 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, +1 408 988-1776, [27]. June-August. With roller coasters, thrill rides, children's attractions, the Boomerang Bay water park, and Vegas-style live shows, this huge theme park is fun for the whole family. $25-50.  edit
  • Raging Waters, 2333 S White Rd, +1 408 238-9900, [28]. June-August daily, May and September weekends only. A favorite local spot to cool off in the summer, this water park features slides, rides and a 350,000 gallon wave pool. $23-32.  edit
  • Golfland, 976 Blossom Hill Rd, +1 408 225-1533, [29]. M-F 10AM-midnight, Sa 9AM–midnight, Su 10AM-10PM. Classic miniature golf course, plus water slides (in the summer) and a great arcade. $8-25.  edit
  • Improv Comedy Club, 62 S. Second St, +1 408 280-7475, [30]. A downtown venue showcasing well-known comedy acts, they have a full restaurant and bar. The club is also great for group outings for 10-400 people.  edit
  • ComedySportz San Jose, 288 S. 2nd Street (at the Camera 3 Cinemas), +1 408 985-LAFF (5233), [31]. F 9PM, 11PM; Sa 7PM, 9PM. Named "Best Local Theatre" by the Metro's "Best of the Silicon Valley", ComedySportz is an interactive improv comedy show where two teams of "act-letes" compete in various comedic games, with the audience as the judge. $10-15.  edit
  • San Jose Repertory Theater, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, +1 408 367-7255, [32]. Comedies and dramas with a creative flair; the Rep puts on six main-stage classic and contemporary plays a season.  edit
  • Opera San Jose, 2149 Paragon Drive (California Theatre), +1 408 437-4450, [33]. Sep-May. San Jose's resident opera company performs on a restored 1920s vaudeville stage and features some of the most accomplished young voices in the country. $50-100.  edit
  • Children's Musical Theater San Jose, 271 S Market Street (Montgomery Theater), +1 408 288-5437, [34]. This children's theater puts on productions the whole family can enjoy, from 'Peter Pan' to The Who's 'Tommy'. $15-25.  edit
  • Teatro Visión, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, Suite 265, +1 408 272-9926, [35]. Known for putting on high-quality Chicano/Latino plays in San Jose for over 25 years, Teatro Visión celebrates community, culture, and the vision of a better world.  edit
  • Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, 255 Almaden Blvd (Center for the Performing Arts), +1 408 288-2800, [36]. Oct-May. Formerly the San Jose Cleveland Ballet, this highly skilled and innovative company includes dancers from all over the world. Each season, they perform an extensive repertoire of classical and contemporary works. $25-85.  edit
  • Cinequest, +1 408 295-QUEST, [37]. One week every March. A film festival emphasizing digital production, with screenings and guest speakers at venues throughout San Jose. Named one of the Top 10 Film Festivals in the world by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide.  edit
  • San Jose Jazz Festival, [38]. every August. A weekend of jazz as well as blues, salsa, and big bands, playing on a dozen mostly outdoor stages. Billed as the world's largest free jazz festival. free.  edit
  • San Jose Metro Fountain Blues Festival, [39]. Every May. San Carlos Plaza at San Jose State University $5.  edit This day-long concert will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2010. Around 8,000 blues enthusiasts show up yearly for an impressive lineup of blues musicians. It all happens in the open air on the university campus downtown.
  • Music in the Park, Plaza de César Chávez (downtown), [40]. Thursdays, June-August. . Free concerts weekly throughout the summer, sponsored by the San Jose Downtown Association. Music in the Park has many food, drink and crafts vendors free.  edit
  • Starlight Cinemas, San Pedro Square/ Historic District/ SoFA District. Most Wednesdays, June-August, dusk. free.  editOutdoor movie screenings all summer long, held in a different neighborhood each week. Bring some lawn chairs and a picnic, or check out the nearby cafes and eateries. Films range from true Hollywood classics to newer hits. Once a month, Post Street Summertime Blues [41] joins Starlight Cinemas with a live blues performances before the show.
  • Downtown Ice, between the Fairmont Hotel and the San Jose Museum of Art, [42]. November - January. It doesn't get more California than an outdoor ice skating rink surrounded by a circle of palm trees. The admission price includes rental skates and ice time. $15 general admission, $13 children 12 and under.  edit
  • 5 de Mayo (Cinco de Mayo). First Sunday of May. The Sunday right before or after May 5th is the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Bay Area. A parade takes place downtown early in the morning, followed by music and cultural events held in Guadalupe Park and the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in the afternoon.  edit
  • Further Confusion, [43]. January. One of the world's largest conventions for fans of furry (anthropomorphic animals or creatures) art, writing, comics, and costuming. If you like walking around in a dog costume, this 4-day event is for you. $40.  edit
  • Consonance, [44]. March. A mid-sized convention devoted to fans of filk, a subgenre of folk music inspired by science fiction and fantasy themes. $40-50.  edit
  • BayCon, [45]. May. A long-running regional science fiction convention. $50.  edit
  • Fanime, [46]. May. The largest anime convention in Northern California. $30-35 one day, $60 full weekend..  edit
  • California Extreme, [47]. July or August. An all-you-can-play exhibition of classic pinball machines and arcade games. All games are free with for attendees, so you can leave your quarters at home! $30-35 one day, $60 full weekend..  edit
  • SiliCon, [48]. October. A small science fiction convention with a media track.  edit
  • Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd, +1 408 248-4451, [49]. One of the largest shopping malls in Northern California, Valley Fair has over 250 stores and several restaurants.  edit
  • Santana Row, 368 Santana Row (off of Stevens Creek), +1 408 551-4611, [50]. Across from Valley Fair is a "European-style" village of high-end and specialty shops, restaurants, and high-priced condos. There is also a giant chess board where you can battle using pawns that are half your size.  edit
  • Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Rd, +1 408 578-2912, [51]. All the Westfield mall basics for those that are addicted to malls. Since its renovation, seems to largely be a clone of Valley Fair  edit
  • Berryessa Flea Market, 1590 Berryessa Rd, +1 800 BIG-FLEA, [52]. A huge outdoor flea market including California's largest farmer's market. Everything from furniture and stereos to haircut salons and massages can be found here, if you look hard enough. Spanish is the lingua franca, but you can get by using English.  edit
  • Moon Zooom, 1630 W San Carlos St, 408 287-5876, [53]. Stashed inside a converted home, this is San Jose's one-stop shop for your vintage clothing and costume desires. Explore racks and racks of retro styles from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.  edit
  • Fry's Electronics, 550 E. Brokaw Rd, +1 877 688-7678, [54]. Offering the best selection in town for consumer electronics and gadgetry, this particular Fry's branch is unique for its Mayan-themed architecture and decor. It's one of several Fry's stores in the bay area, but the San Jose branch is the original and the largest.  edit
  • Arcadia - Modern American Steakhouse, 100 West San Carlos St., 408-278-4555, [55]. ARCADIA Restaurant is the creation of internationally acclaimed Chef Michael Mina and is a true dining experience that is not to be missed. Stylish surroundings encourage Meetings and Conversations that have a pleasant spark of electricity as sumptuous flavors and aromas abound. The 130-seat ARCADIA modern American Steak House offers Guests extensive menus with innovative twists on classic American Dishes. The Sommelier at ARCADIA Restaurant uncorks bottles of Wine from California, Europe and beyond to enhance your meal and the Dining experience. For private Dining, Wedding Receptions or Dinner Meetings of up to 40 people, choose the Private Dining Room at ARCADIA Restaurant. New Private Dining Room: Arcadia Modern American Steakhouse introduces the "Wine Room". This is our new private dining room that will accommodate up to 10 people. It is decorated with an array of exquisite fine wines from around the world. While you are sipping fine wines you will also enjoy the fabulous cuisine inspired by Michael Mina.  edit
  • Original Joe's, 301 S 1st St, +1 408 292-7030, [56]. 11AM-1AM daily. A San Jose classic, in business for over 50 years. Hearty American and Italian food and 70s diner decor. Always, always busy and one of the few places open late in the downtown core. Be prepared to wait for a table and leave with a full belly. $20-40.  edit
  • Il Fornaio, 302 S Market St, +1 408 271-3366, [57]. M-Th 7AM-10PM, F 7AM- 11PM, Sa 8AM- 11PM, Su 8AM- 10PM. Located at the Sainte Claire Hotel (on the same block as Original Joe's), Il Fornaio offers a true Italian experience, often importing chefs from different parts of Italy and featuring special dishes from their region. Part of a California chain, they also have a bakery, which offers specialty coffees, unique baked goods, and authentic Italian artisan breads. $15-$30.  edit
  • Aqui Cal-Mex Grill, 1145 Lincoln Ave, +1 408 995-0381, [58]. M-Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM- 9:30PM, Sa 10AM- 9:30PM, Su 10AM- 9PM. This place serves Mexican food as if it passed through a fun-house mirror. One of the first places to use gourmet burrito wraps. Inside the wraps you'll find fish and fillings from anywhere on the Pacific Rim: salmon, yellow-fin tuna, or plantains. Satisfying, fresh and creative. $7-10.  edit
  • Taqueria Corona, 601 N 4th St, +1 408 925-9336. This bright taqueria in Japantown is a traditional, leisurely, sit-down Mexican restaurant. Choose from seafood plates, chimichangas, al pastor and more. Their tortillas are homemade, and there's a nice selection of domestic and Mexican beers. $10-20.  edit
  • La Victoria Taqueria, 140 E San Carlos (and 2 other locations), +1 408 298-5335, [59]. 7AM-3AM daily. La Victoria stays open late to cater to the local late-night revelers, who love their classic taqueria fare. Their claim to fame is their Orange Sauce, but don't bother asking for the recipe: they'll never tell. $5-10.  edit
  • Henry's Hi-Life, 301 West St. John St, +1 408 295-5414, [60]. Lunch: Tu-F 11:30AM-2PM. Dinner: M-Th 5PM-9PM, F-Sa 4PM-9:30PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Special hours during NFL and NHL seasons.. A brick BBQ and steakhouse popular with local guys on their way to or from a Sharks game. Located close to the Shark Tank as well as the Guadalupe River, the restaurant has survived floods of both hockey fans and water. $15-30.  edit
  • Amato's Restaurant, 1162 Saratoga Ave (in Maple Leaf Plaza), +1 408 246-4007, [61]. M-F 11AM-10PM, Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM. This tiny shop in West San Jose specializes in cheese steaks and hoagies. With 35 sandwiches on the menu and sizes from 7 to 24 inches, there's something for everyone. $6-$30.  edit
  • Gordon Biersch Restaurant Brewery, 33 E San Fernando St, +1 408 294-6785, [62]. Su-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th 11:30AM-midnight, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM. A lively downtown restaurant serving Californa fusion cuisine. Try a freshly-brewed beer and dine at a courtyard table in the (usually excellent) San Jose evening weather. Gordon Biersch is just a quick walk away from the Century 12 theaters. $15-30.  edit
  • Sonoma Chicken Coop, 31 N Market St (and 2 other San Jose area locations), +1 408 287-4098, [63]. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. Rotisserie chicken and California fusion cuisine in a casual atmosphere. As an added bonus, they brew their own beer and have a nicely sized covered patio area. $10-20.  edit
  • Poor House Bistro, 91 S Autumn St, +1 408 29-BLUES, [64]. M-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 10AM-8PM (brunch 10AM-2PM). San Jose's "New Orleans Joint". The Poor House is close to the Shark Tank and serves a variety of New Orleans-style food including gumbo, red beans & rice, jambalaya and po' boys. They have live music on Fridays and Saturdays and a regular Jazz Brunch on Sundays. $10-15.  edit
  • In-N-Out Burger, 1 800 786-1000, [65]. This famous burger chain has "Quality You Can Taste" and is highly regarded by fast food-loving locals. They've expanded throughout the state since their 1940s inception in Southern California, but it's still a quintessential California burger experience. The "secret menu" lists items that aren't advertised but are available at every location. If you don't know what to ask for, someone else in line will probably be happy to share their secret recommendations. $5-10.  edit
5611 Santa Teresa Blvd. (opposite the Oakridge Mall).
2950 E. Capitol Expressway (across from the East Ridge Shopping Center).
  • Bill's Cafe, 1115 Willow St (and 2 other San Jose locations), +1 408 294-1125, [66]. 7AM-3PM daily. The perfect place for a weekend (or weekday) brunch, Bill's is known to get pretty packed, and for good reason. They offer an overwhelming selection of breakfast crowdpleasers like omelettes, Belgian waffles and a dozen different styles of eggs Benedict. For lunch, they serve homemade soups, meal-size salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. There's also a full bar, low-carb menu options and outdoor patio seating. $10-30.  edit
  • Hawg's Seafood Bar, 150 South 2nd St, +1 408 287-9955, [67]. M-Th 4PM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su noon-9PM. Voted the best seafood restaurant in the South Bay by Metro Silicon Valley readers in 2005, Hawg's is a great place to go before catching a play at the San Jose Repertory Theater, which is right next door. $15-30.  edit
  • Scott's Seafood Grill and Bar, 185 Park Ave, +1 408 971-1700, [68]. Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-5PM, Dinner: M-Sa 5PM, Su 4:30PM. A classic selection of seafood, as well as pasta and steaks from the grill and a full bar. Dress is business casual during the day, and a little dressier at night. Scott's is on the 6th floor and has a fantastic view of downtown and Silicon Valley. Reservations are recommended. $20-40.  edit
Try some sushi in San Jose's Japantown.
Try some sushi in San Jose's Japantown.
  • Okayama Restaurant, 565-A N 6th St, +1 408 289-9508, [69]. T-Th Lunch 11AM-2PM, Dinner 5PM-8:30PM. F-Sa Lunch 11AM-2PM, Dinner 5PM-9PM. Su Dinner 5PM-8:30PM. One of the older restaurants in Japantown, Okayama is still run by the original family and is known for their signature salad dressing adapted from the original family recipe. Over the years the restaurant has added new twists to their menu to make things modern and original. Their pyramid lunch specials offer a lot of food for little cash. $10-30.  edit
  • Restaurant Kazoo, 250 Jackson St, +1 408 288-9611, [70]. M-Th Lunch 11:30AM-2PM, Dinner 5PM-9:30PM, F Lunch 11:30AM-2PM, Dinner 5PM-10PM. Sa Lunch noon-2PM, Dinner 5PM-9:30PM. Su Lunch noon-2PM, Dinner 4PM-9PM. This Japantown restaurant has friendly service and a large selection of fresh sushi. Try sitting at their sushi boat bar, which can be a lot of fun and remove some of the mystery of ordering sushi for the uninitiated. The menu ranges from traditional to very Californian. $10-30.  edit
  • Gombei, 193 Jackson St, +1 408 279-4311. M-Sa Lunch 11:30AM-2:30PM, Dinner 5PM-9:30PM. A homestyle Japanese restaurant in Japantown. The udon and teishoku lunches are very popular, so try to schedule your lunch a little early or late to beat the crowd. $10-30.  edit
  • Kyoto Palace, 1875 S Bascom Ave # 2500, Campbell (in the Pruneyard Shopping Center), +1 408 377-6456, [71]. M-F Lunch 11:30AM-2PM, Dinner 5PM-10PM. Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 11:30AM-9PM. This restaurant offers an exciting Teppan experience, where master chefs skillfully prepare meat, seafood and vegetables right at your table (which is also a six-foot-long grill). Great for families. They also offer sushi, and there is karaoke on Wednesday nights. $15-30.  edit
  • Good Karma Vegan House, 37 S. First St (between Post & Santa Clara, downtown), +1 408 294-2694, [72]. M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su noon-7PM. Even the local carnivores find something to love at this hipster vegan deli. The food is filling and flavorful, and the owners are friendly, mellow guys who donate what little wall space they have to local artists. They have a weekly bingo night, beer on tap and free internet access. They even offer vegan turkeys made-to-order during the holidays. Their menu is revolving, so there's always something new to try. $5-10.  edit
  • Dandelion Vegetarian Cafe, 322 E Santa Clara St, (408) 288-6788, [73]. Vietnamese, Japanese and Malaysian-inspired dishes, with a good selection of vegan items. They also serve an assortment of teas and drinks with tapioca pearls. You'll get a satisfying vegetarian meal for less than the price of a matinee movie ticket. $5-10.  edit
  • Royal Taj India, 1350 Camden Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 ((between South Bascom Ave and HWY 17)), (408)559-6801. Daily, 11:30AM- 2:30PM and 5:30PM- 10:00PM. Located about 2 feet from a freeway on-ramp, this isn't a place where people just wander past and decide to stop in. Locals have been purposefully feasting here for decades, enjoying a warm atmosphere, friendly staff and generous portions of authentic Indian cuisine. Many vegetarian dishes are available. Royal Taj also offers a lunch buffet, outdoor seating and takeout. $15-$30.  edit
  • Krung Thai, [74]. In spite of the building's nondescript exterior, it's some of the most loved Thai food in the area. If you tell them to make it spicy (or even medium spicy), be prepared to eat some VERY spicy food. The newer New Krung Thai Restaurant is managed by the same family, has the same menu, and is less than a mile away. $10-30.  edit
The Original Krung Thai, 640 S Winchester Blvd, +1 408 260-8224, [75].
New Krung Thai Restaurant, 580 N Winchester Blvd, +1 408 248-3435, [76].
  • Zeni, 1320 Saratoga Ave (at Payne), +1 408 615-8282, [77]. T-Th 11:30AM-10PM F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10PM. An Ethiopian restaurant that knows how to show off the complex flavors of the cuisine. Meals are served Ethiopian style, on injera bread. A full Ethiopian coffee ceremony is available, but they ask that you request it an hour in advance. Many options for vegetarians, as well as a full bar. $10-20.  edit
  • Hunan Taste, 998 N 4th St, +1 408 295-1186, [78]. M-Sa 11AM-8:30PM. An offshoot of Henry Chung's original Hunan Restaurant on Kearny Street in San Francisco (the one with eight tables and a counter space which was once hailed by New Yorker magazine as "The Best Chinese Restaurant in the World"). A quintessential hole-in-the-wall, but the service could not be nicer, as is the hot, garlicky cuisine, if you're so inclined. Beer and wine are available. $10-20.  edit
  • King Eggroll, 1221 Story Rd, +1 408 999-0798, [79]. 7AM-8PM daily. Often dubbed "The Asian McDonalds", King Eggroll offers a variety of fast-food style Asian dishes, dim sum, sandwiches and combination plates. As the name would imply, though, most come here for their famous egg rolls! $5-10.  edit
  • Falafel's Drive-in, 2301 Steven's Creek Blvd, +1 408 294-7886, [80]. A family-run local favorite, there is always a line at the drive-in. They offer authentic Middle Eastern cuisine including falafel, hummos and gyros as well as hamburgers, fries and homemade milkshakes. $5-10.  edit


Nightlife in the Downtown area is a mix of lounges, clubs, and bars which, according to locals, have either greatly improved the scene or marked the beginning of its decline. Santana Row has a number of upscale clubs and bars and has been the new hotspot since 2005.

  • Goosetown Lounge, 1172 Lincoln Ave, +1 408 292-4835, [81]. 9PM-2AM daily. Willow Glen's neighborhood bar and cocktail lounge; if you're into a late night pops and enthusiastic renditions of 'YMCA', this karaoke hotspot may be for you. $5-10.  edit
  • Agenda Lounge, 399 S First St, +1 408 287-3991, [82]. W-Sa 5:30PM-2AM, Su 9PM-2AM. A three-level club with pounding house music on Fridays and Saturdays. Hip-shakers come for the salsa dancing on Wednesdays. $10-20.  edit
  • The Lobby Lounge, 170 S Market St. (in the Fairmont), +1 408 998-1900, [83]. Noon-midnight daily. An upscale piano bar inside the Fairmont Hotel, with an impressive wine list, over 500 different cocktails and martinis, and an array of single malt scotches. They offer weekly wine tastings, live jazz and piano nightly, and free dance lessons on Fridays. $10-20.  edit
Think outside the olive! Choose from oodles of creative martinis at the Fairmont's Lobby Lounge.
Think outside the olive! Choose from oodles of creative martinis at the Fairmont's Lobby Lounge.
  • Smoke Tiki Lounge, 152 Post St, +1 408 292-4266, [84]. M-Sa 11AM-2AM. Tropical tiki cocktails in a casual lounge atmosphere. Caters to a younger, college-age crowd. There's a full barbecue menu as well as DJs and live music. $5-10.  edit
  • Mission Ale House, 97 E Santa Clara St, +1 408 292-4058, [85]. M-Sa 11AM-2AM. A downtown dive bar with a young crowd, a huge selection of beers on tap, and a patio that's been voted the city's best. They have live bands on Fridays and a weekly open mic. $5-10.  edit
  • The Vault, 81 W Santa Clara St, +1 408 298-1112, [86]. Th-Sa 9PM-2AM. This hot spot for dancing and drinking is inside a renovated 1920s bank building, mixing historical architecture with a very contemporary club scene. Bottle service, pounding music, and usually a $20 cover on weekends. $10-30.  edit
  • San Jose Bar & Grill, 85 S 2nd St, +1 408 286-2397, [87]. M-F 4PM-2AM, Sa 1PM-2AM, Su 5PM-2AM. Since one Happy Hour just isn't enough, the Grill offers all kinds of specials on wings, burgers and drinks throughout the week. It's a good place to watch sports, especially Sundays during football season. Weekly karaoke and DJs on weekend nights. $5-10.  edit
  • VooDoo Lounge, 14 S 2nd St, +1 408 286-8636, [88]. M-F 5:30PM-2AM, Sa-Su 6PM-2AM. This dance club also hosts live local bands as well as bigger name acts. There's often a cover charge. $5-50.  edit
  • Toon's, 52 E Santa Clara St, +1 408 292-7464, [89]. 8PM-2AM daily. Calls itself a piano bar, but isn't. DJs on most nights and live local music on others. Possibly the first place you've been that has both a pool table and a dress code. Cash only. $5-10.  edit
  • The Caravan Lounge, 98 S Almaden Ave, +1 408-995-6220, [90]. 6AM-2AM daily. A dive bar of a dying breed, the Caravan is neighbor to (and was once a tenant of) a Greyhound bus station. When there isn't live music or a DJ, there's a good jukebox. There's always cheap beer, and there's NEVER a cover. Cash only. $5-10.  edit
  • Hookah Nites, 371 S First St, +1 408 286-0800, [91]. Su-W 6PM-1AM, Th 6PM-1:30PM, F-Sa 6PM-2AM. Coffees, teas, snacks and hookahs. The sweet smells of tobacco and fruit smokes float into the street as patrons enjoy hookahs at sidewalk tables each evening.  edit
  • JJ's Blues, 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd, +1 408 243-6641, [92]. M-Sa 5:30PM-2AM, Su 4PM-2AM. One of the most popular places in the Bay Area to hear live blues music, and one of the few San Jose clubs with live music every night of the week. JJ's has been around for two decades and hosts jam nights, unsigned acts and big names. There's a vintage Steinway that's up for grabs during intermissions, so you too can get the blues. $5-10.  edit
  • Splash, 65 Post St, +1 408 993-0861, [93]. Th-Sa 9PM-2AM. San Jose's downtown gay video bar, nightclub and lounge is friendly to people of all persuasions. $5-10.  edit
  • Tanq, 301 S. Market Street, 408-280-1300, [94]. 11:30AM-Midnight. Downtown San Jose's newest hip bar with a great aquatic theme,located on the corner of Market and San Carlos. Great drink menu (try their signature "Kiss the Fish")and to die for small plate menu. Must trys are the Ahi Tuna Poppers and the Angus Beef Slider. Tanq is also open for lunch and has some really great dishes, the Skirt Steak Salad is a favorite.  edit
  • Clarion Hotel - San Jose (Hotel near San Jose Airport), 1355 North Fourth Street, 888-453-5340, [95]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 11:00 AM. Located one mile east of San Jose International Airport, the resort-style Clarion Hotel San Jose Airport features a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, business and meeting amenities, specials and packages, plus proximity to museums, golf courses and theme parks. $87 - $107 USD per night.  edit
  • Red Roof Inn, 1440 N. 1st Street, San Jose, California 95112, 408-453-7750, [96]. Enjoy ideal hotel location near the San Jose Airport, the Santa Clara and San Jose Convention Centers, and the HP Pavilion. This hotel provides its guests with valuable accommodation and outstanding 24-hour service in San Jose, California.  edit
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, 282 Almaden Blvd, +1 408 998-0400, [97]. Ultra-modern decor, event facilities, and a fitness center are available at this hip, pet-friendly spot in downtown San Jose  edit
  • The Fairmont San Jose, 170 South Market Street, +1 408 998-1900, Toll-free +1 800 527-4727, [98]. This luxury hotel near the McEnery Convention Center offers a day spa, fine dining, a fitness center and a rooftop pool.  edit
  • Hilton San Jose, 300 Almaden Blvd, +1 408 947-4450, [99]. With its adjoined conference center, this non-smoking hotel is very convenient for convention attendees. It's also located on the Light Rail route, making it a great option for visitors without cars. Pool and jacuzzi, high-speed internet and fitness room. Smaller pets allowed.  edit
  • Hotel De Anza, 233 W Santa Clara St, +1 408 286-1000, Toll-free +1 800 843-3700, [100]. A restored historic hotel set in the midst of all the exciting dining and entertainment of the downtown area.  edit
  • Motel 6 San Jose South, 2560 Fontaine Rd, +1 408 270-3131 (fax: +1 408 270-6235), [101]. Kids stay free, pets are allowed, and you'll be minutes away from the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. There's an outdoor pool, and WiFi is available for a small fee.  edit
  • Residence Inn San Jose South, 6111 San Ignacio Avenue, +1 408 226-7676 (fax: +1 408 226-9916), [102]. This smoke-free hotel has studios as well as spacious extended-stay suites. Outdoor pool, fitness center, free high-speed internet and breakfast.  edit
  • San Jose Doubletree, 2050 Gateway Place, +1 408 453-4000, [103]. A popular location for meetings and conventions, the Doubletree is less than half a mile from the San Jose airport. Pool and spa, 24-hour fitness center, and plenty of dining options.  edit
  • San Jose Marriott, 301 South Market St, +1 408 280-1300, Toll-free +1 800 314-0928, [104]. Another popular choice among convention and business conference attendees. The San Jose Marriott is attached to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The Marriott is a AAA Four-Diamond hotel in the heart of Downtown San Jose that offers facilities and technology for meetings and presentations, as well as high-speed internet, a pool, a fitness center and a smoke-free environment.  edit
  • Sleep Inn Silicon Valley, 2390 Harris Way, +1 408 434-9330, [105]. Ideal for business travelers, Sleep Inn rooms feature free high-speed internet, a large desk workspace and ergonomic office chairs. Fitness center, free continental breakfast, microwaves and refrigerators in every room. Three miles from the airport and very close to the Paramount's Great America amusement park.  edit
  • TownePlace Suites San Jose Cupertino, 440 Saratoga Ave, +1 408 984-5903 (fax: +1 408 984-5904), [106]. Very close to the Winchester Mystery House and the shopping and entertainment mecca of Santana Row, this non-smoking hotel has an outdoor pool, jacuzzi and barbecue area for its guests to enjoy. Free wired and wireless internet access.  edit
  • Howard Johnson Express San Jose (near the San Jose Airport), 1215 S First St, +1 800 509-7666, [107]. This Howard Johnson puts you in perfect proximity to everything that San Jose and the Bay Area has to offer. Free high-speed and wireless internet, newspapers, breakfast, fax and copy services.  edit
  • Pruneyard Plaza Hotel, 1995 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, +1 800 559-4344, [108]. A Tuscan-style retreat in charming downtown Campbell, just a few minutes' drive from downtown San Jose. This smoke-free hotel offers a pool and jacuzzi, a fitness center and a 24-hour business center. Free WiFi, continental breakfast, newspaper delivery and parking.  edit
  • Vagabond Inn, 1488 N First St, +1 800 522-1555, [109]. A discount hotel minutes from the airport. 24-hour Denny's restaurant on-site. Pool and spa, free WiFi and continental breakfast. Pet-friendly rooms available.  edit
  • San Jose Vacation Rentals, +1 408 269-2339, Toll-Free +1 800 813-3510, [110]. San Jose Vacation Rentals offers fully-furnished executive homes in Willow Glen and other San Jose locations. Extended stays are preferred. Pet friendly homes, high-speed internet, enhanced cable and enclosed backyards are available.  edit

Get out


Just east of the city lies Alum Rock Park [111], a canyon through which Penitencia Creek flows, which is lined by sulfurous mineral springs and several small waterfalls. Above the park stands Mount Hamilton, one of the highest peaks in the Bay Area at 4,213 feet. The telescopes of Lick Observatory [112], operated by the University of California, crown the summit and are open to the public during daytime hours.

Other places to see in San Jose's backyard are the Scenic Drive in Saratoga Hills, the quaint and classy town of Los Gatos, and Mission Santa Clara at Santa Clara University [113]. Palo Alto and Stanford University [114] are about half an hour's drive to the north. About 45 minutes northeast, you can visit Fremont's Mission San Jose and the Ardenwood Historic Farm [115].

Less than an hour away over the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, the small coastal city of Santa Cruz is a nice day trip out San Jose. Spend the day enjoying the beaches and Boardwalk, or make it the first stop on a longer coastal drive. From Santa Cruz, you can take Route 1 (also known as the Pacific Coast Highway) south to Capitola, Monterey, and the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.


By car: San Jose is about an hour from San Francisco and Oakland, but the trip is much longer during rush hour on US-101 and Interstate 880. Take Interstate 280 to San Francisco for a scenic alternative, and consider a detour westward on Highway 92 to Half Moon Bay and the coastal Highway 1, which leads north to San Francisco and south to Santa Cruz. For Santa Cruz, take Highway 17 south from San Jose through the mountains. For an hour-and-a-half ride to Monterey, either go to Santa Cruz and take Highway 1 south or take US-101 through Gilroy to Highway 156, which connects to Highway 1.

The major San Jose stop for train (and many regional bus) connections is Diridon Station, located downtown at 65 Cahill Street (near Santa Clara Street and the H.P. Pavilion).

By train: Commuter rail line Caltrain [116] runs to San Francisco. Amtrak's Capitol Corridor [117] line runs to Oakland and Sacramento. The rush-hour commuter line Altamont Commuter Express [118] runs to Stockton (Central Valley-bound trips only in late afternoon, with return trips only in morning). A trip to San Francisco on Caltrain or to Oakland on the Capitol Corridor takes about an hour and a half. Caltrain also provides the Baby Bullet, an hour-long run with very limited stops to San Francisco, during commute hours. An alternative mode to both Oakland and San Francisco is the Valley Transportation Authority [119] bus express lines 180 [120] and 181 [121] to Fremont. From there, riders can connect to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) [122], which serves Oakland, San Francisco, and several other San Francisco Bay Area destinations.

By bus: Amtrak California [123] runs a bus with stops in Gilroy, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. Santa Cruz Metro [124] provides a bus line (Highway 17 Express [125]) to and from Santa Cruz. Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) runs bus lines (Routes 180 [126] and 181 [127]) to Fremont and its BART station. These services leave from Diridon Station, although VTA Routes 180, 181 and the Highway 17 Express also serve Downtown San Jose directly. Greyhound [128] runs from San Jose to several destinations. The Greyhound station is at Almaden Avenue and Post Street (70 S Almaden Avenue, not to be confused with Almaden Boulevard one block parallel).

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

SAN' 'JOSE, a city and the county-seat of Santa Clara county, California, U.S.A., situated in the coast ranges, about 46 m.

S.E. of San Francisco and 8 m. S.E. of the southern end of San Francisco Bay, in thej,heart,,of the beautiful Santa Clara Valley. Pop. (1890) 18,060; (1900) 21,500, of whom 4577 were foreignborn; (1910 census) 28,946; land area (1906), about 6 sq. m. It is served by the Southern Pacific railway, which has car shops and terminal yards here. The city lies mainly on a gently rising plateau (altitude, 90 to', 25 ft.) between the Coyote and Guadalupe rivers. It is a popular health resort.

Besides St James and City Hall parks in the city, San Jose has Alum Rock Canyon Park, a tract of woo acres, with sixteen mineral springs, in Penitencia Canyon, 7 m. east. This park is connected by electric railway with the city. San Jose is the seat of the University of the Pacific (Methodist Episcopal), which was founded at Santa Clara in 1851, removed to its present site just outside the city in 1871, and had 358 students in all departments in 1909-1910; of the College of Notre Dame (1851; Roman Catholic), and of a State Normal School. Among charitable institutions are a Home of Benevolence (1878) for orphans and abandoned children, the Notre Dame Institute (for orphans) under the Sisters of Notre Dame, and the O'Connor Sanatorium. The Lick Observatory, opened in 1888 on the top of Mount Hamilton (4209 ft.) with a legacy of $700,000 left by James Lick (1796-1876) of San Francisco, is 26 m. distant by road, and the New Almaden quicksilver mine (the greatest producer in California and long among the greatest in the world) is about 14 m. south. The Santa Clara Valley has many vegetable and flower-seed farms; it is one of the most fertile of the fruit regions of California, prunes, grapes, peaches and apricots being produced in especial abundance. More than half the prune crop of California comes from Santa Clara county. In 1905 the total value of the factory product of San Jose was $6,388,445 (94.1% more than in 1900); nearly onehalf ($3,039,803) was the value of canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, $619,532 of planing-mill products, and $518,728 of malt liquors - much barley is grown in the Santa Clara Valley.

San Jose de Guadalupe (after 1836 for a time "de Alvarado" in honour of Governor J. B. Alvarado) was founded in November 1 777, and was the first Spanish pueblo of California. The mission of Santa Clara was founded in the vicinity in January 1777, and the mission of San Jose, about 12 m. north-east, in 1797. Near the original site of the former, in the town of Santa Clara (pop. 1900, 3650), a suburb of San Jose, now stands Santa Clara College (Jesuit; founded 1851, chartered 1855). Throughout the Spanish-Mexican period San Jose was a place of considerable importance. In 1840 its population was about 750. In the last years of Mexican dominion it was the most prominent of the northern settlements in which the Hispano-Californian element predominated over the new American element. The town was occupied by the forces of the United States in July 1846; and a skirmish with the natives occurred in its vicinity in January 1847. San Jose was the first capital of the state of California (1849-1851), and in 1850 was chartered as a city.

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