City Council to Vote on BART Station Name
Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in San José, the city council will be voting on whether it wants to name the future BART subway station behind Five Wounds Church “28th Street/Little Portugal”.
If you too think that this is an important recognition of the Portuguese community’s history and contributions in East San José for more than 100 years, please attend the City Council Meeting. If approved, “28th Street/Little Portugal” will be known throughout the BART system for as long as BART exists.
Right now, this item is part of the Council’s Consent Calendar, which means that it is grouped together with a lot of other items. The Council votes on and approves all items on the Consent Calendar with a single vote, UNLESS a councilmember requests to remove an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion and a separate vote on that item only OR if a member of the public submits a request to speak on an item.
So it’s not a done deal that “28th Street/Little Portugal” will be approved by the City Council on Tuesday. If it does pass, though, the VTA and BART Boards of Directors must approve it, but we have been working with VTA and they will approve it if the City Council approves it. Likewise, BART should approve it if VTA approves it.
So it all hinges on what happens on Tuesday at 1:30 in the Council Chambers at San José City Hall. Will you join us? Parking validation is available for parking under City Hall accessible from Sixth Street. Bring your ticket with you for validation in the machine located in the back of the Council Chambers.