Councilmember Ash Kalra earned his seat on the San José City Council in the November 4, 2008 election. He represents Council District 2, which is located in the Southern region of San José. District 2 has approximately 100,000 residents, and San José as a whole has a population of nearly 1 million, making it the 10th largest city in the nation. He has been a resident of San José for more than 38 years and is proud to be the first Oak Grove High School graduate on the San José City Council. Kalra was re-elected to a second term in June 2012.
Councilmember Kalra serves as the Chair of the City of San José’s Transportation and Environment Committee. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan Liaison Group and the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley Board. Councilmember Kalra has formerly chaired the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board. Councilmember Kalra has also formerly participated on the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers (CalTrain) Board and the Santa Clara County Cities Association Legislative Action Committee, and the Sister Cities International Board of Directors.
Councilmember Kalra earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from Georgetown University. Ash is a Professor at Lincoln Law School of San José, and he previously was an instructor at San José State University. For 11 years, Kalra worked as an attorney for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office representing indigent clients in Drug Treatment Court prior to being elected. He is the first Indian-American to be elected to the San José City Council. In recent years, Councilmember Kalra has received numerous awards and recognitions including the San José Silicon Valley NAACP Legislator of the Year Award, the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC) Straight Ally Award, Human Agenda's Human Rights Award and the California League of Conservation Voters Legislator of the Year Award.
The City of San José is committed to open and honest government and strives to consistently meet the community’s expectations by providing excellent service, in a positive and timely manner, and in the full view of the public. City’s Code of Ethics, Council Policy 0-15
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