San Jose Mayor Talks About Bike Crash, TSA Workers And Protecting City's Drinking Water

KCBS Radio Interviews Mayor Sam Liccardo

KCBS Radio Morning News
January 22, 2019 - 1:56 pm

Still on the mend, but back on the job, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo returned to City Hall last week after being struck by a SUV while on a New Year’s Day bike ride.

Liccardo told KCBS Radio that the side window of the vehicle shattered on impact, and that his helmet likely saved his life.

“I know the helmet didn’t do very well, but at least, I’m told my head did,” Liccardo said. 

The crash did more damage to Liccardo than his bicycle, he said. 

"Apparently I sacrificed my body for the bike," said Liccardo. "And trust me, the bike is not worth that much." 

In a wide-ranging interview with KCBS Radio Anchors Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor on Tuesday, Liccardo spoke about how the city can step up to help unpaid TSA workers at San Jose International Airport while the shutdown continues.

“We’ll be taking this to the council for a final vote on Thursday,” he said. “The good news is, I don’t think the city will do the lending.”

Instead, San Jose-based Tech Credit Union will offer lending services to the unpaid workers, while the city provide the funding to help workers’ pay their bills. And with no end in sight to the government shutdown, already the longest in U.S. history, Liccardo promised more measures to ease the pain in the coming days.

“We all hope it will be days, not weeks or months,” he said of a resolution to the shutdown. Liccardo said the city is concerned about tenants who receive assistance like Section 8 vouchers that help them pay rent.

Liccardo wants to make sure that landlords receive those subsidies, although he noted that tenants are protected from eviction if the payments don’t come through. He also expressed concern that the ongoing shutdown will impact airports like San Jose International Airport, as reports are already coming in around the country that a shortage of TSA workers is causing early closures and long delays.

As for last year’s successful Measure T, in which voters approved  $650 million to land conservation in the Coyote Valley, Liccardo said the Council is studying how to move forward. The valley drinking water as well as an harbor for endangered wildlife and hundreds of species of birds, and Liccardo expressed hope that the Council will vote to protect the valley for future generations.

"We've got a great opportunity to provide protection for our drinking water, for fire protection, for flood protection," said LIccardo. "There's a lot of benefits in natural infrastructure like this and obviously it's an important gift we can provide our children."