Raul Peralez

Councilmember Raul Peralez Airport Liaison

Councilmember/ Airport Liaison

As a lifelong resident of San José, a graduate of downtown’s very own San José State University, and as a former San José Police Officer, I can wholeheartedly say that I am an advocate and champion for our city through and through.

In my first years of office, I intend to make good on the promises that earned me this role. Since day one, I have been working to rebuild the strained relationships between our city leaders, our public employees, and our community. I am not only optimistic, but committed to resolving our differences, ending frivolous court battles, and restoring the public services that we all deserve. The most pressing battle that lay ahead is with restoring our police department and improving public safety. 

My other areas of priority will be to focus on the economic vitality of downtown and to address the housing and homelessness crisis we are currently facing. We have seen tremendous growth in our downtown, but I believe that moving forward, we need smart growth and we need to be thinking many years ahead. In respect to the positive growth we have seen thus far due to an improving economy and market, we have simultaneously seen how that can negatively affect housing costs. Let us not forget that it was only recently that we were known for having one of the largest homeless encampments in the country and we still need to address the aftermath of that dynamic. I will be working hard to address both of these important topics and to ensure that San José is a place where everyone can afford to live and where smart urban growth continues to make us attractive as a destination for business and residents alike.