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What’s Happening in California’s Oldest City?

Yard Sale Update: Thanks to everyone who contributed to the yard sale and to our great volunteers for making this such a successful event! Your support is greatly appreciated.

Save the Dancing Pig update:   Many thanks to those of you who contributed to and participated in our successful event!

You can still help by donating to the Save the Pig fund. Donations may be made at our website:

Select "Save the Dancing Pig" on the dropdown menu. Any amount will help! Thanks again for your support and together we will have the pig dancing again!
View the KGO-TV report (aired Nov. 16, 2017) on our campaign to Save the Pig: Click here

PastForward Preservation Conference

PastForward poster

Save the date for PastForward 2018, November 13-16

The National Trust for Historic Preservation PastForward Preservation Conference comes to San Francisco! From its golden bridges to its painted ladies, San Francisco conjures up distinctive images of landmarks, architecture, and bohemian culture. At the PastForward conference, iconic San Francisco will be featured -- see a progressive city that is tackling climate change and urban density while maintaining its cultural landscape and intangible heritage issues that will resonate with preservation practitioners across the country.

Click here for more information:

Wolfe & Higgins - Citywide Architectural Home Tour

Wolfe and Higgins Tour 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended the Wolfe & Higgins Home Tour. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to the chair of the tour, Krista Van Laan and her committee. We also thank the army of volunteers for their hard work. The tour would not have been the success it was without the extraordinary team work of everyone involved.

Click HERE to view a list of sponsors. Many thanks to all of you!

PAC*SJ's huge summer Rummage and Salvage Sale (July 27 - 29, 2017)

Thanks to everyone who shopped and volunteered at the Garage Sale!

First screening of the documentary NEON in the Bay Area (May 21, 2017)

Thanks to everyone who attended! If you would like to order a San Jose Signs Project Guide please send a check to:

    PAC-SJ, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Alternatively, you can make a donation on the website:
Please be sure to include your name and mailing address. The total with shipping & handling is $13.

Successful PAC*SJ Rummage Sale (March 3rd and 4th, 2017)

Thanks to all of our volunteers and shoppers for making the PAC*SJ Rummage Sale a successful event!

"It's About Time" San Jose Clock Tower Project

PACSJ board member and tireless Clock Tower spokesman was recently interviewed about the subject on Channel KMVT, community TV. View John's interview here.

The movement to restore the Clock Tower of the San Jose Museum of Art to its original height is picking up steam.  The clock and the tower of former San Jose Post Office building were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.  The restoration, begun in 1908, intended to rebuild the original tower was cut short - A new clock was installed in a shorter tower but the full restoration of the tower's height was not completed.  Check out why the clock and the tower are so special to the history of San Jose, and what you can do to get involved.

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For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.   PAC-SJ is now an Amazon Associate.  PAC-SJ automatically earns a referral fee of 0.5% (or higher) on all products, including those sold by third-party merchants. 

Here’s how it works:Click this Amazon link. Select your items and complete your purchases as you normally would.

Thanks for your support!

Help save the Century Theater Domes! Sign the Online Petition!!

You may know that the Century Theatres on Winchester are at risk of being demolished as the City explores possibilities to redevelop the site.

Along with our friends at the Retro Dome/Guggenheim Entertainment, we have launched an online petition asking our City leaders to preserve one or all of the Domes and direct the new developer to incorporate the Dome(s) into any proposed development.

Sign the petition now:  Watch for more information as the campaign to Save the Domes moves forward.

Do you want to learn about what development is planned for your Council District?

You can sign up for email notifications on the city web site:

"The City of San Jose is committed to providing the information and opportunities to encourage residents and other interested parties to follow development activity in their community and to actively participate in the land use development process. To this end the City offers an email subscription service where by you can be informed of recently submitted development applications in your community. if you sign up for this service, you will receive an email informing you that the Planning Division has received a development or permit application located within a given geographic area that you select. This service provides notification on most planning permits. If you would like to be noticed via email, choose subscribe and it will take you to the registration process."

Smokey says "You too can prevent Historic Structure Fires!"

OK, Smokey didn't say that.  But PACSJ may need a fire prevention mascot of its own soon.  Help prevent the loss of even more historic structures to fire and vandalism by helping the City enforce its Vacant Building Ordinance.  File an online complaint on the City's website. 

Start here:

On the left side under "Online Services" click on "Submit an Online Blight Complaint." From there fill out the appropriate information. If enough people file complaints maybe the City will pay attention and work harder to protect these historic resources.

San Jose Public Library Foundation presents SCAN JOSE - Grab your smartphone to learn about the history of San Jose!

Explore historical downtown San Jose  - One smartphone = 3 walking tours! SJPL has created three walking tours of downtown San Jose that you can take using your smartphone and your feet! Go to to see images from the California Room Collection while standing at the locations that the photographs were taken. Think of it as a time machine in the palm of your hand!

There are three tours to choose from:
A Walk Around the Plaza - takes you on a loop around Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Tragedies and Calamities - a no holds barred look at some of the tragic events in San Jose history
Old Santa Clara Street - highlights some of the great architecture that has sprung up and come down over the years.

PAC-SJ is looking for a few qualified applicants to be considered for openings on our Board. Help us pursue our mission of preserving the architectural heritage of San Jose and help educate homeowners, developers, and decision-makers about the importance of historic preservation