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A coalition of community organizations, including the Friends of Five Wounds Trail, BART Village Transit Advocates, and various downtown neighborhood associations came together on May 9th, 2016 for a candidate forum centered on the California Assembly District 27th race. The forum allowed residents to get a better understanding of the candidates’ positions on a wide array of neighborhood and city issues, and residents were encouraged to ask questions pertaining to their particular areas of concern. Political Science students were divided into groups – logistics, outreach, implementation – and each performed specific tasks pertaining to their function. Residents asked about 25 questions, touching on different themes: Five Wounds Trail, BART Station, East Santa Clara Urban Village, County Health Clinic, Bus Rapid Transit, homelessness, prostitution, illegal gambling, and highway trash.The forum proved to be a resounding success for the community, and CommUniverCity received positive feedback from the over 100 attendees!

By the Numbers | 2015-16

22 SJSU students engaged

103 residents engaged

220 hours of service

$5,075 value

Project Impact

By attending the Forum, residents are more knowledgeable about what each candidate offers and are prepared to make a well informed decision at voting time.

Residents took a role in the political process and were able to receive in-person responses from candidates to subjects ranging from neighborhood trails and health centers to freeway trash and prostitution.

Students increased their awareness of political and social issues and strengthened their commitment to working for social change.

Community Voices

“This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions about issues that affect our immediate communities.” 

–Forum participant

“I came here to learn what an Assembly Member does.” 

–Forum participant