On July 21st, the NAIOP Silicon Valley Board of Directors invited San Jose Mayoral candidates to meet the board during their July meeting. The candidates were invited to provide written responses to a standard set of questions for the Board to review in advance of their meeting.  Questions related specifically to candidates’ perspectives on commercial development and business issues.


           Cindy Chavez                                                           Matt Mahan

Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Councilmember Matt Mahan attended the Board meetings separately, at pre-determined times to allow for a conversation rather than a debate. This format creates a dialogue that is not forced, rehearsed or competitive.  Since NAIOP SV does not endorse candidates nor does it contribute to candidates, the purpose of the meeting was to learn and convey NAIOP SV members concerns and priorities. During the dialogue, board members asked about important matters such as homelessness, crime and permitting process.

We thank Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Councilmember Matt Mahan for attending the event and prioritizing NAIOP. To learn more about each candidate’s vision, accomplishments, and priorities, please visit their websites:

Elected officials have been invited to the Annual BBQ on September 7th. This is a great opportunity for members to meet with elected officials and candidates. If the members want more exposure or time with the San Jose Mayoral candidates, please let Edesa Bitbadal know of your ideas by emailing her at [email protected]

Questions posed to the Mayoral Candidates for the City of San Jose include:

  • Your thoughts on community benefits on projects in SJ?
  • Thoughts on raising taxes when there is a budget shortfall. If support of it, what kind?
  • Thoughts on Planning Building and Economic Development role?
  • Which city’s best practices in the development process would you emulate and bring to the City of San Jose?
  • How would you streamline the permitting process that would have an impact in expediting the process and yet abide by health and safety codes?
  • Congratulations on being the top two vote getter. What is your plan to win in the general election? If you win, would you still work with those who do not agree with you on issues?

Want to learn more about NAIOP SV’s Public Policy Platform? Please contact Edesa Bitbadal.