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San Jose officials on the cusp of taking final action to annex a 103-acre neighborhood between Highway 17 and Bascom Avenue left the door open Tuesday to working out a deal with neighboring Campbell that would satisfy residents who would prefer to be in that city.
The council voted unanimously to approve the annexation of the area known as Cambrian 36 just north of Camden Avenue, as tentatively approved in October, but to delay its implementation for six months while considering a new offer from Campbell -- submitted last week -- to discuss a deal.
San Jose officials have sought to annex the unincorporated county neighborhood, noting that it is in the city's sphere of influence and has been planned since 1976.
It is almost surrounded by San Jose, and annexation would streamline provision of municipal services to the area. It also would bring $234,000 to $316,000 more revenue into San Jose.
Under Tuesday's action proposed by Vice Mayor Judy Chirco, any deal with Campbell, which likely would involve some exchange of residential and commercial lands, would have to be "revenue neutral" to San Jose.
Residents urged the council not to finalize annexation and to consider Campbell's offer. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed acknowledged residents' frustration with the process, which he noted is mandated by the state.