Tim Ryan

SJ Council Approves Massive Google Expansion Plan

Protests Disrupt Meeting

KCBS Radio Morning News
December 05, 2018 - 6:28 am

SAN JOSE (KCBS Radio) -- A plan to bring thousands of new jobs to the downtown area was unanimously approved by the City Council early Wednesday morning, after a lengthy and contentious meeting.

While details of the project remain incomplete, the basics are these: Google will pay $110 million to buy public land from San Jose and build a campus near the Diridin transit station that will eventually employ about 20,000 people.

The vote to proceed with the project came after protesters disrupted the City Council meeting, at one point forcing officials to close the Council chambers.

Police used bolt cutters to remove chains used by some protesters to fasten themselves to seats.

Opponents of Google's plans said the project would exacerbate existing housing shortages. 

But San Jose officials said the project would bring jobs to a city that Deputy City Manager Kim Walesh said "is still technically a bedroom community." She said San Jose provides .81 jobs for every employed resident, a ratio she said is the lowest of any major US city.