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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

December 2016 Newsletter

In This Edition


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 Neighbor,

The dust has finally settled since the General Election last month with results leaving significant impacts on policies affecting us across all levels of government.  Here in San Jose and the greater Santa Clara County, voters passed several measures this year that were tremendously important.  I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a few local measures and what their outcomes mean for our community.

Measure A – Affordable Housing Bond

Measure A, the affordable housing bond, passed with over 2/3 vote. The passage of Measure A will fund the development of permanent affordable housing for the County’s most vulnerable populations, including homeless, veterans, disabled, seniors, foster youth and others.

The spending plan of the bond will allocate $700 million for Extremely Low-Income housing (below 30 percent of area median income), including Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing, $100 million for Very Low Income housing (31 to 50 percent of the area median income), up to $100 million for housing assistance for Moderate Income households, and up to $50 million for Moderate Income residents who are first-time homebuyers. There will be a citizen oversight committee for the bond.  I offer my appreciation to the voters, the measure’s advocates, and Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese for their tremendous leadership on this issue.

Measure B – VTA Sales Tax

Over 71 % of voters approved a ½ cent sales tax for 30 years to fund transportation infrastructure projects, while also creating a public oversight committee to annually call for an audit and issue a report on expenditures.  The tax, which was drafted under the leadership of the VTA Board of Directors, will fund projects that will help improve the transportation system in Santa Clara County, such as highway interchanges, the BART extension, bicycle and pedestrian program, Caltrain corridor improvements, and improvements to the SR 85 corridor.  For many of these projects, the local funding provided by the tax can be leveraged to help obtain additional funds through regional, state and federal sources.

Measure E - Opportunity to Work

Measure E, the “opportunity to work” initiative, passed with support from over 60% of voters.  This new law requires businesses with 36 or more employees to first offer full-time work to existing part-time workers before hiring new employees, including subcontractors or staff from temporary staffing agencies. This measure marks the first time an initiative requiring employers to offer extra hours to their current employees has been on the ballot in the country. 

As a City, we’ve set a national example by raising the minimum wage for our working families, but we know that this is not enough to cover the cost of living here in Silicon Valley.  According to Silicon Valley Rising, 33% of workers in part-time jobs in San Jose would like full-time work. Many of these workers then mash multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet. The passage of Measure E means that part-time workers, who are disproportionately women and people of color, will be given the opportunity for full-time work where they are already employed.

Measure F – Pension Modification

In 2012, San Jose voters approved Measure B, the pension reform ballot measure that cut retirement benefits for new and existing employees.  As the City began to implement that measure, various problems began to arise.  Most significantly, the City has had a great deal of trouble recruiting and retaining employees over the past few years, especially in our Police Department.  In an attempt to solve some of these problems, the Council placed Measure F on the November ballot.  Measure F modified some of the major reforms made by Measure B in an attempt to make San Jose a competitive employer.  In particular, it adjusted Tier 2 pension benefit levels to be competitive with other Bay Area agencies and reverted the definition of disability to the one used before Measure B was enacted.  It is my hope that these changes will allow the City to rebuild our work force and support our public safety officers with important disability benefits while still delivering essential services to our City. 

Measure G – Business Tax Modernization

Measure G, a tax to modernize San Jose’s business tax, won with over 2/3 vote. The passage of the measure will update and restructure a tax that hasn’t been updated in three decades. Measure G offers a fairer tax formula for large and small businesses by raising the cap for larger businesses with more employees. This will enhance a permanent funding source to support vital city services that was extremely low. I thank Professor Scott Meyers Lipton for initiating the conversation and showing leadership on this effort. I also appreciate the collaboration of our City leaders to create tax structure that makes sense for our business community.

Should you wish to share your thoughts on these or other issues affecting you, you can contact my office at or 408-535-4909.

My team and I wish you a wonderful holiday season.

Donald Rocha
Councilmember, District 9

News & Announcements
Holiday Recycling Changes

Your curbside collection services are ready to help with the holiday cleanup.  During Thanksgiving week, if your usual garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection, or street sweeping day falls on Thursday or Friday (November 24 or 25), your collection and sweep day will be one day later during that week.  This year, there are no collection schedule changes the week of Christmas or New Year’s.

Curbside collection of holiday trees is on your collection day beginning December 26, 2016 through January 27, 2017. Remove stands, tinsel, and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces. Set out on the curb near your carts by 6:00 AM.

Use Extra Garbage Stickers, available at City Hall, libraries, Lucky, and Safeway stores in San José. Place extra garbage in a 32-gallon plastic garbage bag labeled with an Extra Garbage Sticker on the curb near the garbage cart on your collection day.

Questions?  Go to to view, print, or order a copy of the Recycling Guide, available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  Contact your recycling, garbage, or yard trimmings collection company to report missed collections, replace damaged carts, service issues or to change your cart size. Go to to find your collection company and day, street sweeping, and neighborhood cleanup day.

PRNS Citywide Class & Program Registration and Holiday Events

Exciting holiday events are taking place in your neighborhood! Celebrate the holidays at Camden Community Center with your family and friends. Activities have been planned for all ages throughout the month of December, including Holiday Craftapalooza, Creative Holiday Boutique Ages 50+, and Breakfast with Santa.

Don't forget that class and program registration begins December 3, 2016.  Learn more about the special offer on citywide fitness memberships ($139 annual pass to all PRNS fitness centers throughout San Jose). To learn more, visit

National Heritage Area Community Meetings

The County of Santa Clara is pursuing a designation of National Heritage Area. Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Dave Cortese and the National Heritage Area Task Force is inviting residents to attend upcoming meetings to learn how to be involved in this process.

  • December 1, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 95037
  • December 5, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Campbell City Hall, 70 North First Street, Campbell, CA 95008
  • December 14, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Morgan Hill City Hall, 171 West Edmundson Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

For more information, visit, call Supervisor Dave Cortese’s Office at 408-299-5030 or email

Join the Adopt-A-Highway Program

The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California's State Highway System. Groups have the option to participate as volunteers or to hire a maintenance service provider to perform the work on their behalf.

The Adopt-A-Highway program, which began in 1989, has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time. More than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside.  Participation can include one or more of the following activities:

  • Removing litter (work frequency varies with location)
  • Planting and establishing trees or wildflowers
  • Removing graffiti
  • Controlling vegetation

To learn more, please visit:

SJPD Now Hiring for Crossing Guards

The San Jose Police Department School Safety & Education Unit is hiring for school crossing guards.  $21.39 Hourly (Part-Time/Unbenefited).

Minimum qualifications include ability to work 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon every school day during school start and end times, possession of a valid State of California driver's license, access to a motor vehicle, and other qualifications. To learn more, contact the School Safety & Education Unit at (408) 277-4553.

Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought people from all over the Bay Area together during the holidays. The event is open every day, including Christmas, from 9:00 AM to midnight now through January 1, 2017.

Christmas in the Park is a non-profit organization that is supported through fundraising efforts and is free to the public.

Downtown Ice Open Nov. 18 - Jan. 16

Hawaiian Airlines, Kristi Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation partner with the San Jose Downtown Association to produce Downtown Ice, November 18 through January 16 at the Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA.

General Hours: 

  • Monday-Thursday: 5 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 8 PM - Midnight
  • Saturday: Noon - Midnight
  • Sunday: Noon - 9 PM  
  • Special hours apply during winter break and the holidays

Admission is $15 for children 10-under and $17 for skaters 11-older. Those who bring their own skates will be admitted for $10. Discounts and details are at

Free Large-Item Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

The large item collection program now offers two free collection appointments per household per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items.  For more information, please visit

Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900. 

Partners in Reading Program

Join Partners In Reading to improve your reading and writing skills, or volunteer as a tutor to help an adult build basic reading, writing and technology skills.

New Learner Orientation: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

New Tutor Orientation: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Joyce Ellington Branch Library

For more information, please contact Partners in Reading at (408) 808-2361 or

Upcoming Events
2016 NCAA Women's College Cup

Friday, December 2 & Sunday, December 4, 2016, 8:00 PM
Avaya Stadium, 1123 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Don’t miss your chance to come out and cheer on the best student-athletes in NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer as they compete for the national championship at Avaya Stadium in San Jose – December 2 & 4. Get your tickets now at or for group tickets call 408-556-7700.

SJPD presents Coffee with a Cop

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM  
Blvd Coffee of Almaden, 2055 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120

Blvd Coffee of Almaden will be hosting Coffee with a Cop on December 3rd. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and meet the women and men of the San Jose Police Department who protect and serve you every day.  If you have questions about this event or are interested in hosting a Coffee with a Cop event in your area, contact Sgt. Rebecca Marquez at (408) 277-5271 or

SJPD Gun Buy Back

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6087 Great Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95138

The San José Police Department has returned with its Gun Buy Back program. This event is designed to reduce the number of unwanted firearms and reduce gun violence within the City of San José.

Residents will have the opportunity to voluntarily turn in firearms in exchange for gift cards anonymously. Those who turn in a gun will receive a gift card; $100 will be given for handguns, rifles and shotguns and $200 for assault weapons.

Transport UNLOADED weapons in the trunk of your car. No walk -ups. No ammunition. Funds are limited. We reserve the right to limit funds to an individual, regardless of the number of weapons surrendered. Weapons must be functional. For more information, please call Mindy Nguyen at (408) 535-4902. This program is a partnership among San José City Council Office District 2, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, San Jose Police Department, Office of Santa Clara County District 1, and Office of California State Assembly District 29.

Caltrain Holiday Train

Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2016
Various Caltrain Stations

The Caltrain Holiday Train travels from San Francisco to San Jose with select 20 minute station stops where Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the gang will get off their glittering train to greet children and families. Caltrain and Silicon Valley Community Foundation partner with the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots on this event. You can bring a new unwrapped toy or book to donate to children in need at any of the scheduled stops.

Update to Public Meetings for Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Alviso Library Community Room, 5050 2st Street, San Jose, CA 95002

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Two meetings are scheduled in January on the mobilehome park closure ordinance.  Please note that the December 5th meeting is canceled.  For questions about the proposed mobilehome park closure ordinance, please contact Jenny Nusbaum, Supervising Planner, Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, at 408-535-7872, or by email at

San Jose Family Camp Fire Up & Friendraiser

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 5:99 PM - 9:00 PM  
Leninger Community Center, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Join San Jose Family Camp at a Friendraiser to enjoy priority registration for the 2017 season, camp games, silent auction, arts & crafts, music, smores, food and more.  This is a fundraising event benefiting San Jose Family Camp.  Tickets are $10 for adults 13+ and $8 for kids 4-12 years old.  Register now at

Important Resources

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-7770
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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