San Jose City Council approves sale of city land to Google
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose City Council has unanimously approved the sale of more than $100 million in city-owned land to the tech giant Google.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the Wednesday morning vote came after 10 hours of debate, protests and arrests.
Mayor Sam Liccardo called the sale an important first step toward injecting new life into a downtown that has struggled to thrive.
Google plans to develop a 50-acre area west of Highway 87 into offices, homes, shops, restaurants and parks.
Critics say the project will send already high home prices soaring and push more vulnerable people out of the city.
Police arrested eight protesters who disrupted the Tuesday night meeting and chained themselves to chairs in the council chambers.