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District 9
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
Fax (408) 292-6471

District 9 December Mid Month Announcements 2013


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Community Activities and Registration 


Healthy Eating on a Budget

Eat Healthy

MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. To learn more about building a healthy place, visit

Visit Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Website

Camden Community Center's Kirk Cafe

for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


Clean-Up Map


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. Please contact our office for locations. (408) 535-4909.


Visit the SJPD website for Crime Prevention Tips

 To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood association or group meeting, contact the

 San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit at: (408) 277-4133. 


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-8900

Anti-Graffiti 24 Hotline (866) 249-0543

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 (recording)

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

District 9 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





December Mid Month 2013




 Green Your Holidays with Twelve Tips San José Provides Ways to "Recycle Right"

With the increase of family gatherings, special events, and gift-giving during the holiday season, many people also experience an increase in something not as festive — garbage. In fact, the amount of garbage generated by a typical American household increases by as much as 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

To help reverse that trend, the City of San José’s Environmental Services Department is encouraging residents to turn their holidays truly green by following the following tips.

Recycle Right

1. Put all clean, non-foil bows, gift wrap, and holiday cards into the recycling bin.

2. Remove excess food from recyclable metal cans. Be sure to scrape them or give them a rinse from a pan of existing dishwater.

3. At parties, set out labeled recycling bins so guests can place recyclable beverage containers and paper waste where they belong.

4. Take dead batteries to your local hardware store for free recycling.

Proper Disposal

5. If the holiday excesses cause your garbage cart to overflow, place an extra garbage sticker on a 32- gallon garbage bag and place it next to your cart. Extra garbage stickers can be purchased at all libraries, SaveMart, Lucky, and Safeway stores in San José, or at the Customer Service Center on the first floor of San José City Hall.

6. Always place food, food-soiled paper items, and diapers in the garbage cart. These items ruin the quality of recyclables, meaning material that was once recyclable is now contaminated and must be sent to a landfill. Additionally, bacteria-laden food and diapers present hazards for recycling workers who do hand-sorting.

7. Always pour cooking oil or grease “from the pan to the can.” Place cooled fats, oil, and grease in a can, cover it, and put the can in the garbage – this helps you avoid costly clogged pipes and sewer overflows.

8. Make a free appointment at to take household hazardous waste to a drop-off location.

Reduce & Reuse

9. For parties and large feasts, today’s inexpensive yet decorative reusable plates and utensils are a great way to save resources and are easy to clean, often being dishwasher-safe. Food-soiled paper plates and cups are not recyclable and wind up in the landfill.

10. Give the gift of an experience. Treat your loved ones to a fun experience, such as tickets to a show, entrance to a museum, or enrollment in a cooking class or art workshop.

11. Instead of buying new rolls of chemical-laden wrap, go with what you already have at home, such as old newspapers topped with a colorful ribbon or bow.

12. Make reusable fabric shopping bags from old, interesting fabrics.

To view lists of all recyclable, non-recyclable or hazardous materials visit the website at:

Teen Video Contest

Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN), is pleased to announce its second annual Impaired Driving Prevention Video Contest. TSCN is looking for young people in Santa Clara County 13-18 years to create 30-60 second videos that would discourage their peers form driving impaired or getting into a car with an impaired driver.

Videos will be accepted in two categories – Individual or School/Youth Group. Grand prize winner in the Individual category will be awarded an iPad; the runner up will be awarded six tickets to a San Jose Sharks game. One winner will be selected from School/Youth Group category. The group will win a 3-hour Disc Jockey package from Amos Productions that includes a DJ, 3 hours of music, and light show.

The contest ends January 3, 2014. Attached are the flyer, complete rules, and entry form. To see last year’s winner visit Questions about the contest can be sent to

Nominations for Youth Volunteer and Service Learning Project 

 The Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact (PARTI) Program wants to recognize youth, ages 5-25 and student organizations, who reside in Santa Clara County that are making a difference in Santa Clara County, during our Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) recognition event.

Finalist will be announced on January 18, 2014 during the 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Stop the Violence Rally in San Jose. All participants will be invited to attend the Santa Clara County Recognition “Youth in Action” Day on Friday, April 11, 2014.

To find out how you can get involved or volunteer at the 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Stop the Violence Rally, please call (408) 561-4664 or email

The Museums of Los Gatos 2014 Santa Clara County-wide High School Art Exhibition

Applications are now open for Santa Clara High School students, deadline is February 14, 2014

In this third annual county-wide competition, The Museums of Los Gatos asks young artists to contemplate the idea that art is a conversation and to visually communicate their answers Art is a Conversation. Please visit their web site for all the details. The Museums of Los Gatos  

Get Festive with PRNS’ Holiday Happenings

With the smell of spices in the air, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) wants to celebrate their annual Holiday Happenings campaign with you! They have been busy planning some festive and affordable holiday activities for people of all ages, so visit their Holiday Happenings page for a full listing of holiday-themed activities PRNS is offering between December 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014. Activities include Breakfast with Santa, Holiday-Themed Camps, Dinner and Dances, Special Events and much, much more! Create a memory that will last a lifetime and celebrate with PRNS. For more information, please contact the PRNS HelpLine at (408) 793-5565. 

PRNS Winter Leisure Class Registration

‘Tis the Season! The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Winter Leisure Class Registration begins Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. Take a minute to see what your community centers are offering this season and find your favorite out of the hundreds of options. Visit and view their Community Center Brochures today! For more information, please contact the PRNS HelpLine at (408) 793-5565.

Family Camp at Yosemite: Online Registration for 2014 Summer Season

Returning for another year of family memories, Family Camp at Yosemite is proud to announce the launch of a new online registration system for the 2014 summer season. Get a jumpstart with the online reservation system by creating your Camper Profile today. Visit, create your Camper Profile, and get your family and friends ready for Online Reservations opening on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Setting up your profile only takes a few minutes, so get started today! Please contact the Family Camp Office at (408) 794-6208 if you have questions or need additional




 Fantasy of Lights

Fantasy of Lights is a 1.5 mile drive-through holiday lights and display entertainment extravaganza for the whole family. Now, in its 15th season, Fantasy of Lights continues to be the premier holiday lights spectacular in Northern California. The mostly animated larger-than-life displays, the special sounds of holiday music piped through your own car radio and the sights and sounds of an erupting Volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, Santa Shooting Hoops, a pen of playful penguins, blazing cannons, Tunnels of lights, and a 90 ft winking, twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout the ride.

Date: Nightly through December 31

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
Location: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos
More Information: Call (408) 355-2201 or visit for pricing information 

 San Jose Gun Buy Back Program

The San José Police Department's Gun Buy Back Program provides residents an opportunity to voluntarily turn in firearms in exchange for money or gift cards, while engaging the community towards a goal of reducing gun violence and improving safety within the City of San José.

DATE:  Saturday, December 14th

TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church located at 2020 E. San Antonio

$100 value for Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns    

$200 value for Assault Weapons

This program is being done as a partnership between the City of San José Council Office District 5, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the San Jose Police Department and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Guns collected will be checked for lost or stolen status, and if applicable, will be returned to their legal owners. All other firearms will be prepared for destruction.

Funding for this important event are raised from public and private donors. The funds are secured in a San Jose Police Foundation (501c3) account.

The TiVo "Santa Run Silicon Valley"

You better watch out, You better not cry,

You better not pout, I'm telling you why,

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Register for the Second Annual TiVo "Santa Run Silicon Valley" to earn some extra brownie points with St. Nick this year!

Bring the whole family for an evening of fun!

Date: Sunday, December 15

Time: 3:00 p.m.

The course will lead you to a finish under the lights at Christmas in the Park. What better way to spend a winter evening?! Register today at

Christmas Bird Watch

Date: Sunday, December 15

Time: 8 :00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Alum Rock Park (meet at the innermost parking lot)

Come and be part of the Audubon Society’s nationwide bird count. Thebird count involves a bunch of friendly bird enthusiasts who go in search of birds. When we see or hear them, we make a note and at the end of the day we tally them all up to see how many of each kind we found. You don’t have to be a bird expert to do this. You just need to be energetic and want to help. You will need to be able to hike about 4 miles, up and down hills. We will count in a remote area, never before counted. Bring lunch, water and a sense of adventure. Parking inside Alum Rock Park costs $6 per car. To reserve a spot, please call (408) 224-7476.

Informational Hearing

“More than a Pothole: California’s Growing Road Repair Deficit” Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation 

Join Senator Beall for an informational hearing of the California State Senate Budget Sub Committee 2 on Transportation Monday, Dec. 16, 10:30am-1pm at the Bascom Community Center, 1000 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose. Transportation experts will testify about the state of California roads and funding. We hope to see you there.

Date: Monday, December 16

Time: 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Bascom Community Center, Multipurpose Room 1000 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose

To RSVP visit Senator Beall's RSVP page or call (408) 558-1295  


Date: Saturday, December 21

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Location: Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join us for a family friendly evening out under the stars. If you don’t have a telescope, don’t worry. We have plenty to share and they come with amazing and friendly astronomer docents who would love nothing more than to share the wonders of the night sky with you and your family. Dress warmly; bring water to drink and a snack and your sense of wonder. This program starts after dark, so meet in the main parking lot and as you come in, please use your parking lights only to help us preserve our night vision.

From Highway 101 or Highway 85. Turn west onto Bailey Avenue. At the intersection with McKean Road turn left. Where McKean Road becomes Uvas Road turn right onto Casa Loma Road. Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve is at the end of the public access portion of the road.


Date: Saturday, December 28

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join us for the first ever horseback nature program! Meet Docent Carolyn in the equestrian lot at 9:45 a.m. to start the ride at 10 am. She will ride with you along the trails of Rancho and regale you with interesting information about the nature, culture and history of the area. Sorry, we do not have horses, so you will need to bring your own. There is no charge for parking; and feel free to use the overflow lot just up the road, as needed.

From Highway 101 or Highway 85. Turn west onto Bailey Avenue. At the intersection with McKean Road turn left. Where McKean Road becomes Uvas Road turn right onto Casa Loma Road. Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve is at the end of the public access portion of the road.

  Downtown Ice!

Open Daily Nov. 15, 2013 - Jan. 12, 2014

Location: Market Street, across from Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the scene. Additional info can be found online at: 

Tickets for the 2014 Freedom Train are on sale NOW!

Come join us as we listen to civil rights stories told by the United States Marshals’ and sing along with our talented gospel vocalists!

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014

Time: The Freedom Train will depart San Jose at 10:00 a.m. and run nonstop to San Francisco arriving at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Location: San Jose Diridon Station, 65 Cahill Street, San Jose, CA  95110

Cost: $15.00 – General, $10.00 – Seniors 65 and older, persons with disabilities, children 0-18 years of age, and students. (Proof of ID required.)

Please visit our website at to find out how to purchase your tickets TODAY! Because so many families are suffering through difficult financial hardships and in honoring Dr. King’s mission to serve others, we are partnering with Sacred Heart Community Service Agency, and Loved Twice, to collect canned food items and new/gently used infant wear sizes 0-12 months.
Please support these families in need by bringing your donations of canned food or clothing Monday, January 20, 2014, from 8:00am-10:00am ONLY, to 65 Cahill Street, San Jose, CA 95110
For more information please contact our President at, or call 408-861-5323.






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