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Councilwoman Rose Herrera uses Nextdoor to post her first message to her district’s residents.

Osvaldo Castillo
El Observador
Feeling safe in one’s neighborhood is something everyone desires, but that feeling can sometimes be very difficult to obtain. This is because most people do not know the person living next door to them. Many times neighbors do not know each other because they simply do not have, nor take, the time to do so.
Nextdoor, a free private social network, is on a mission to bring back a sense of community to the neighborhood by providing a free service that helps keep neighborhoods together.
On August 7th, San Jose Councilwoman Rose Herrera (District 8) announced that her district will be using Nextdoor’s service so that her district’s residents can better communicate with each other. “This is an exciting new tool that will be beneficial for all,” Herrera said. “And it is free so no tax dollars will be paying for it.”
Nextdoor allows its users to create pages for upcoming events and news on issues such as crime and health. “This tool will allow its users to get connected in real time,” Herrera said. “The tool will evolve as more and more people start using it.”
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is also excited about the services that Nextdoor will provide for San Jose’s neighborhoods. “There’s nothing better for our neighborhoods than for our residents to get to know each other and to work together.” Reed said.
San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore said he believes the tool will help his department fight crime throughout the city. “We are short of police officers at the moment and this tool will help us fight with the help of San Jose’s residents.
Nextdoor is based in San Francisco and hundreds of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home. According to their website, people are using Nextdoor to:
• Find a new home for an outgrown bike
• Track down a trustworthy babysitter
• Quickly get the word out about a break-in
• Find out who does the best paint job in town
• Organize a garage sale
• Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
“San Jose has made a strong effort to make this work and the city sees the importance of using modern technology in order to keep it’s residents connected and safer,” said Nirav Tolia, Chief Executive Officer of Nextdoor. “Thousands of people are using Nextdoor and soon many more will be using it.”


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