Plan aims to revitalize East San Jose small businesses

Small businesses in East San Jose struggled more than most during the pandemic, but a new plan aims to invest in the community and support local merchants.

Representatives of San Jose Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco’s office and small business leaders announced the East Side Rescue Plan Friday outside Infante Wireless, a family-owned smartphone business along Alum Rock Avenue. Carrasco did not attend due to an illness, representatives said.

The plan is a partnership between Carrasco’s office and the Alum Rock-Santa Clara Street Business Association.

“We’re excited about the prospect of delivering an economic development plan that will produce a vibrant, prosperous, culturally-rich corridor that everyone can enjoy,” said Omar Torres, Carrasco’s deputy chief of staff. “Investing in the east side is investing in all of San Jose… To leave us behind is to not recognize what we have done for the whole region.”

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