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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
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District 9 February Newsletter



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The City of San José provides dumpster service on neighborhood cleanup days once every three years for neighborhoods across the City. Click on the map above to view your next clean-up day.


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 535-7770

(408) 277-2758

Animal Care & Services
(408) 794-7297

City Hall Customer Service
(408) 535-3500

Code Enforcement
(408) 535-7770

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
(408) 277-8911

Police Non-Emergency
(408) 277-8900

(408) 794-1900 (7am-4pm)
(408) 277-8956

Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588


Donald Rocha

San José City Hall District 9 200 E Santa Clara Street, Floor 18
San José, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909
F: (408) 292-6471

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Dear Neighbor,

This month I have two topic areas I’d like to talk about: my new appointments for the year and an upcoming City Council discussion on study session topics.

New Appointments

Heading into my third year on the City Council, I’m excited to be taking on some new appointments. The most significant is probably my appointment to the Valley Transportation Agency (VTA) Board of Directors.

VTA is our county’s regional transportation agency; it performs a range of functions, including operating transit systems, constructing transportation projects and disbursing transportation funding to local jurisdictions. I’ve been appointed as one of five San Jose representatives on the VTA board and am excited for this opportunity to help maintain and improve our regional transportation system.

I’ve also taken on a number of other new appointments, including a place on the San Jose Sports Authority Board, a seat on the City’s Airport Competitiveness Ad Hoc Committee and the position of Vice Chair of the City’s Neighborhood Services and Education Committee. I look forward to the opportunity that these positions present of continuing to improve quality of life in our city and generally doing good work on behalf of the public.


VTA Swearing In

 Councilmember Donald Rocha Swearing In at VTA Board Meeting


Study Sessions

I mentioned in a newsletter late last year that I had made a proposal that the City Council have a discussion about topics for upcoming study sessions.

A study session is like a council meeting, but whereas most council meetings have a long list of items that the Council needs to take action on, a study session is devoted to learning about and discussing just one topic. I think study sessions are valuable because they give the Council an opportunity to have a more in-depth, strategic discussion about how it wants to address important issues or tackle problems.

I’m pleased to report that the Rules Committee, a committee of the City Council that sets council agendas, has taken my suggestion. They’ve set a discussion of potential study session topics for the February 11 Council meetings. Myself and a number of my fellow councilmembers have made suggestions as to which topics we should pursue—a full list of proposals can be found here: 

I’ve recommended that we consider study sessions on the issues of public health, parks and recreation programs and the City’s partnership with arts nonprofits. 

I think some of the suggestions from other councilmembers also have merit, and am looking forward to the discussion on the 11th.

I welcome any thoughts you may have on these or any other issues.  Feel free to contact my office by email at or call (408) 535-4909.



Donald Rocha





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The 2013 State of the City Address


San Jose State of the City


Thursday, February 7, 2013, doors open at 6:00pm

San Jose Civic Auditorium 135 W. San Carlos Street San Jose, CA 95113

Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to the 2013 State of the City Address. In addition to the Mayor's annual speech, the event will honor outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees.

The event is open to the public and FREE for all guests. Please register in advanace to reserve your seat. Pre-event registration will close on Sunday, February 3, 2013. All attendees must sign up individually and provide a unique e-mail address.

For more information or to register for the event, please click here.



Meet and Greet





Partners in Reading Program (PAR)

Partners in Reading

The mission of Partners in Reading is to enrich the lives of adults through reading, writing, technology, life skills, critical thinking, as well as English language learning; equipping them to achieve their goals and participate more fully and with a greater confidence in all areas of their lives.

They provide free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults whose reading or writing skills are below the ninth grade level. To qualify as a learner, an adult needs to speak and understand English at a conversational level. Tutoring is provided by trained volunteers at a San Jose Public Library system branch. Tutors and learners are required to make a six-month commitment to meet three hours per week.

A New Learner Orientation for Partners in Reading
Wednesday, February 6 at 6:00pm

For more information, please click here for PAR's website, email, or call 408-808-2361.


Girls for a change 

Now Recruiting 40 Coaches for Spring 2013!


Girls For A Change (GFC) empowers young women in middle school and high school to create social change in their communities. We are seeking women volunteers to guide girls through the process of identifying an issue in their community and then designing a project that creates change around that issue.

Each year we reach out to community members like you to support the girls as they create social change. Our biggest need is to fill the volunteer role of our Girl Action Team Coaches. Coaching with GFC means working with girls for 14 meetings, showing them they are important and powerful, and how to create change.

The commitment is approximately 20 hours per month and includes one and a half hour meeting with the girls each week. Spring session is mid January to May.

We offer Coach training, staff support and coach manual to help guide you with your service. We provide the support you need to work effectively with girls in communities throughout the Silicon Valley. 

We are looking for powerful volunteers with a learners' attitude who believe in girls and the power they have to change the world! Time line for being a Coach: 1. Complete a GFC Coach application and interview 2. Receive orientation packet and be fingerprinted 3. Attend a mandatory Coach orientation (January 19, 9am-5pm and January 20, 9am-1pm) 4. January-May - Meet once per week with your Girl Action Team (fulfill 14 meetings) 5. June - Completion and Celebration with your Girl Action Team! For an application and more information such as qualifications and benefits please click here

If you have questions or are interested in coaching with Girls For A Change, please contact Tanya Beat, SV Program Director, at 408-515-8147 or



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San Jose’s Luna Park Arts Foundation Awards $4,500 to Local Arts Education Programs

The Luna Park Arts Foundation is pleased to announce its annual arts education grant program has awarded

 $4,500 to three local schools. Arts programs atSan JoseHigh School,BurnettMiddle Schooland Carolyn

ClarkElementary Schooleach received $1,500, enhancing arts education for nearly 700 students in the coming year.


Each September, the Luna Park Arts Foundation produces the Luna Park Chalk Art Festival to raise funds

for its grants and scholarship program. Schools and youth organizations participating in the festival are

eligible to apply for an arts education grant.

The 2013 festival is scheduled for September 21

in San Jose’s Backesto Park.

For more information and online applications, or to donate, visit .




PRNS Parks and Trails

Adopt a San Jose Park or Take Advantage of one of San Jose's Trails  

The Adopt-A-Park program protects and enhances San Jose's neighborhood parks and open spaces by ongoing volunteer support and special events. The program also educates San Jose residents about the importance of park and open spaces.

You can adopt an entire park, trail, or just a particular area in a park including:

  • Courts
  • Flower Beds
  • Playgrounds
  • Trails
  • Sports Fields

 In order to volunteer, please click here to visit the Adopt-A-Park webpage where you and print and fill out the "Adoption Proposal and Agreement" and "Volunteer Service Agreement" forms.


San Jose has one of the nation's largest urban trail networks, with over 50 miles developed and open to the public. The network of trail systems offers a wide variety of experiences. Core trails like the Guadalupe River, Coyote Creek, and Highway 87 Bikeway extend a long distance and provide access to nature and open space for recreation. Trails like the Silver Creek Valley system offer challenging inclines and valley-wide views.

 The City's Greenprint, General Plan, Bike Plan, and Green Vision all support further development; with a goal for a 100-mile paved trail network by 2022. This mileage is to be developed upon 35 defined trail systems. Extending existing trails, closing gaps, and interconnecting trails are a key objective for development so that travel can occur entirely within an off-street environment.

 For more information, please visit the Trail Network website or click here for an informational booklet



Relay for Life of Cambrian

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that helps our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

To date, the Relay for Life of Cambrian has celebrated 4 Relays and raised over $1M. This year's Relay for Life of Cambrian will be from 6:00pm on April 26 to 6:00pm on April 27 at Union Middle School.

Councilmember Rocha encourages you get involved with this amazing event by either participating or donating. To see what this event is all about and find a way for you to get invovled, please visit:







Crime and Gang Prevention Summit

Saturday, February 2


You are invited to attend the Fifth Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit sponsored

by the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force.

The summit will feature hands-on workshops, a community resource fair, and a FREE lunch for participants.

Workshop topics include: Gang 102 and a Way Out, Re-EntryResourceCenter, and Neighborhood Safety  

and Crime Prevention. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP online by Tuesday, January 29, 2013. If you have any questions, please call the Mayor's Office at

(408) 535-4800 (M-F, 9 am to 5 pm).

Walk ins Welcome!

Date:  February 2

Time:  8:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Center for Employment Training 701 Vine Street San Jose,CA  95110


Contact:  (408) 535-4800

Please RSVP Online



 Open your heart







Now is the time to become an American citizen. The NEW AMERICANS CAMPAIGN and its partners (ILRC, IRC, CATHOLIC CHARITIES, ILBA, CET/ICP, SIREN and ALA) will be hosting a FREE Citizenship

Workshop in Santa Clara County.

DATE:   THURSDAY, February 28, 2013         

 TIME:     3:00PM

LOCATION:    Social Services of Santa Clara County  1879 Senter Road, San Jose

FREE eligibility and legal screening, application Assistance and Fee Waiver Request for participants.


For more information: (408) 453-3003


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February 17, 2013

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