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San Jose City Hall is located at 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113; phone: 408-535-3400.

Captain James A. Hamilton House, ca. 1882, 2295 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA, National Register

Photo: Captain James A. Hamilton House, ca. 1882, 2295 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Photographed by User:Elan5 (own work), 2012, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed August, 2013.

San Jose has an established history of leadership and innovation. The City was founded on November 29, 1777, making it the first town or "pueblo" (non-military settlement) in what was at that time the Spanish colony of Nueva California. It is the oldest civilian settlement in California and retains many remnants of its evolution. San Jose was also the State's first capitol and host of the first two sessions of the California State Legislature, serving in that role in 1850 and 1851. A cultural pioneer, San Jose elected the nation's first Asian mayor of a large metropolitan city, as well as the first female mayor. [Envision San Jose 2040, www.sanjoseca.gov, accessed January, 2012.]

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