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2017 November Mid-Month Announcements

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Councilmember Donald Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St., 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: (408) 535-4909
Fax: (408) 292-6471 

Dear Resident,

Last month I launched a Free Street Tree Pilot Program, the first of its kind in our district. Residents were invited to submit requests for a free tree to be planted in front of their home. This project, funded completely through my office, aims to increase the beauty of our neighborhoods by providing 25 free trees to District 9 residents who request one, but don’t already have one. My vision was to facilitate and fund the permitting and planting process from start to finish, and make it as easy as possible for residents to opt in to this completely voluntary effort.

I am thrilled that the project received tremendous interest from the community. Within the first day of accepting requests, we had reached the maximum number of requests we could fund at the time.

Our City Forest has been a fantastic community partner throughout the process, and our project has been moving along nicely. After the initial set of requests were collected and sites were assessed, there were several sites that either fell outside district boundaries, or did not meet the basic shovel-ready site criteria. Therefore, I am accepting a small number of additional free street tree requests from now until this Friday at 12:00 PM.

If you were interested in obtaining a free tree but missed the first opportunity to do so, now is your chance to apply. My office will fund the trees, materials, volunteer time, and all other associated costs for residents. Our City Forest arborists will assist with the permitting and planting process, and will help you choose the right tree for the right place.

* This program is limited to City of San Jose District 9 residents and residential park strips/sidewalks only.

* This program is for shovel-ready sites, and does not include funding for the removal of existing trees. To remove a tree, you must go through a separate process through the City of San Jose.

* Requests are on a first-come, first-served basis; however, priority will be given to residents who do not currently have a tree in their park strip.

* To qualify, the site must be ready for a volunteer planting by Saturday, December 2nd.

APPLY HERE: Free Street Tree Request Form

Deadline to apply is Friday, November 17 at 12:00 PM

I anticipate these final slots will fill up quickly, so apply soon. Should your site be selected, you will be notified of next steps. For questions, please contact Andrea in my office at 408-535-4975.

Thank you for your continued support and engagement!


Don Rocha
Councilmember, District 9

News & Announcements
Public Safety Town Hall – December 9th

Meet your emergency responders and get the latest home safety and crime prevention tips this holiday season at a Public Safety Town Hall on Saturday, December 9 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM at the Camden Community Center.  The meeting is hosted by Councilmembers Don Rocha and Johnny Khamis.  Representatives from the San Jose Police Department, Crime Prevention Unit, and Office of Emergency Management will give presentations.  To RSVP or obtain more information, contact Andrea at 408-535-4975 or Jose at 408-535-4979.

Bill's Backyard Now Open

On October 29, a brand new way to experience nature opened in the heart of downtown San Jose. The Children's Discovery Museum launched Bill's Backyard: Bridge to Nature, a half acre outdoor play space that gives kids the chance to explore the outdoors by climbing, building, digging, and getting their hands dirty in a safe and authentic way.  Research shows that outdoor play in nature fosters curiosity, creativity, and problem solving skills. To plan your visit to the Children's Discovery Museum, visit

Volunteer with Our City Forest

It's always green season at Our City Forest.  Bring your friends and family to one of their community events or sign up for volunteer opportunities.  View the full calendar and sign up at  The OCF nursery also hosts a large variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses available for the community, including California natives, drought tolerant, and disease resistant species.  For questions, please stop by or contact them!

Housing & Community Development Commission Vacancy

The City of San Jose is recruiting for the Housing and Community Development - Mobilehome Resident Representative Seat.  The Commission advises the Director of Housing, the Mayor, and the City Council on housing and community development matters, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. HCDC meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month.  For information on the vacancy or to apply, visit  The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 19 at 11:59 p.m.

Free Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is providing FREE, expert help in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Vietnamese to get you covered! Contact Yajaira, Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator, at (408) 975-2730 x 304 or to schedule a free, in-person visit or for more information.  Here are a few fast facts about getting covered:

Remember: you must sign up for Covered California before January 31!  It really is the law. If you don't get covered, you could face a penalty on your taxes next year of $695 or more.

Don't miss your chance to get covered and tell your friends why they should, too! 

Downtown Ice Opens November 17

Downtown Ice will host thousands of families from all over the Bay Area for a traditional and unforgettable skating experience November 17 through January 15 at the Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St.  The rink will also be an attraction for the thousands of families and fans coming to downtown San Jose December 29 through January 7 for the U.S. Figuring Skating National Championships, where selections for the U.S. Olympic team will be made.  For hours, pricing, and specials, visit

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose is proud to present My San Jose, a state-of-the-art mobile tool that allows you to quickly and easily report common service requests such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, streetlight outages, and illegal dumping. You can also report through the web portal at the app today.

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... That most residential burglaries occur during daylight hours?  How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are easy targets?  What to do if you see a suspicious person on your street? That crime rates in Neighborhood Watch communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?

SJPD is anxious to help residents implement Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhoods. For more information or to set up a meeting, call 408-277-4133.

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

Do you have junk, such as old mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, or tires, cluttering up your home or garage? San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County

Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Homes with garbage cart service in downtown, north, east, and south San Jose, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • Homes with garbage cart service in west San Jose, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400
  • Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company

Visit for more information. Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500.

Upcoming Events
SoFA Farmer's Market

Sundays, now through December 31, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Parking lot across from California Theatre, 300 block of South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The SoFA Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday, and features at least 16 vendors, with farm fresh certified organic produce, flowers, hummus and more.  The market also features a pop-up 1500 square foot park with turf, games, live music, arts & crafts, and musical instruments for the kids.

Tobacco & Social Justice Town Hall

Thursday, November 16, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
County of Santa Clara Civic Center (Cafeteria - located in lower level) 70 W Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Join the Tobacco Free Coalition of Santa Clara County, Breathe California of the Bay Area, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, and the Loop at a town hall meeting on tobacco and social justice.  Presentations will include historical perspective of the predatory marketing practices of menthol products in African American communities, restricting the sale of menthol and other flavored tobacco products, and more. RSVP at 408-793-2749.

Plug into Nature with Midpen

Every month, Midpen offers a wide variety of free docent-led activities and community events throughout the preserves. Click through the events below, or visit for a complete list of activities and events. Some events require reservation.

Coyote Creek Cleanup

Saturday, November 18, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
1505 Schallenberger Road, San Jose, CA 95131

Join Friends of Coyote Creek Watershed for a trash cleanup along the creek. Please wear long pants, close toed shoes, and being a friend or family member to join.  Register now.

Applied Materials Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 23, 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Start Line at Santa Clara and First Street

Register now for the 13th Annual Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot!" Join this Bay Area holiday tradition with friends and family on Thursday, November 23 in Downtown San Jose. Your registration supports five valuable local charities that focus on families in need. This run/walk features 5K and 10K distances, along with a Kids Fun Run and a festive costume contest. Sign up today at!

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 16, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Start off your holiday season with a holiday breakfast catered by HH catering, some holiday crafts, and of course a visit with Santa!  Children can also drop off their letters to Santa in the Camden mailbox and staff will be sure to personally deliver them.  Cost is $11 per guest 16 months and up, and free for children under 16 months.  For more information, please call 408-559-8553.


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-3500
Librarian (408) 808-3080
Police Emergency 911 (408) 277-8911 (cell phone)
Police Non-Emergency 311 (408) 277-8900 (cell phone)
Park & Trail Concerns (408) 793-5510 (voicemail only)
Permits (408) 535-3555
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Traffic Lights (408) 794-1900

Contact the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide


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