San Jose to decide on Google's proposed office complex

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose will decide Tuesday whether or not to enter negotiations with Google to build a massive development in the downtown area between Diridon Station and the SAP Center.

But, there is growing concern in the community that the tech giant may cause more harm than good.

Protesters held up signs to send a message that they are San Jose, and they don't want to be ignored.

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"How many people are they going to kick out of San Jose so they can build their company? I mean, it's only fair we have a voice inside of that and we get a seat at the table," San Jose resident Maria Guadalupe Guerrero said.

She's talking about Google.

The tech giant wants to build a mega campus up to eight million square feet in size near mass transit. It has already started buying up parcels near Diridon station and wants to negotiate with San Jose to buy city owned land in the same area.

"There is a substantial risk that instead the Google project will leave us worse off than we are now. There is substantial risk that it will exacerbate income inequality," Ben Field with the South Bay labor Council said.

Labor leaders and community activists gathered in front of city hall to voice their concerns. Twenty thousand jobs will be created if Google comes. Activists want the city to negotiate terms that benefit the community. For example, they want Google to work with organized labor and locals to be offered jobs. Affordable housing is also at the top of their list.

"Google is not going to arrive in the next 6 months. This is a build out. There's going to be a lot of time for us to think about how to do this carefully and to work collaboratively with the community," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said.

The group hand delivered a letter to city council members Monday outlining their requests. So far the mayor says it's too early to jump into specifics, but he and several members have already recommended the city should obtain fair market value for any land it sells to Google, and should not subsidize the development with any taxpayer dollars.

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