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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

July 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 month of July brings lots of opportunities to celebrate Summer in San Jose. As a reminder, the City has closed out its fiscal year, and Council does not meet again until August. Below is a list of events and announcements perfect for the whole family, and many of them completely free.

Rose, White & Blue Parade: Tuesday, July 4, 10:00 AM, from the San Jose/ Rose Garden neighborhood to The Alameda. Now in its 10th year, the Rose, White & Blue Parade is a beloved annual event and is the longest running parade in The Alameda’s rich history. After the parade, enjoy an old-fashioned picnic with live music and dancing, arts and crafts booths, food and drinks, and an antique and classic car show at the Rose, White & Blue Festival. This event is free and open to the public.  More details.

Rotary Club Centennial Fireworks Celebration: Tuesday, July 4 at Downtown San Jose, Discovery Meadow, Symphony Summer Pops at 5:30 PM; Fireworks at 9:30 PM. Enjoy free, fun, family-friendly professional fireworks at Discovery Meadow. More details.

Please remember that all fireworks are illegal within city limits.  This ban includes all types of fireworks, including large bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and even sparklers that are usually reserved for younger children. Officers will be proactively patrolling neighborhoods to enforce all laws against the use of fireworks, including locations that in the past have been focal points of large-scale fireworks. Report illegal fireworks online.

4th Annual Family Fun Festival & Firework Show at Almaden Lake Park: Tuesday, July 4, 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM or until fireworks are over.  This patriotic, fun-filled, family-friendly event (no alcohol is served or allowed) is a great way to spend July 4th celebrating—the United States of America—and recognizing our Veterans and active duty Soldiers. More details.

Summer in St. James Park: St. James Park has many activities planned throughout the summer. Grab a bite for lunch and dinner, step outside the office for some sunshine and fresh air, play a game of ping pong or practice yoga in the park. Park activation and improvements are funded in part by the Knight Foundation and PRNS. Calendar of Events.

Cambrian Kiwanis Free Summer Movie Series: Fridays, July 14 - August 18 at Camden Community Center lawn. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy family films, like Trolls, The Good Dinosaur, Big Hero 6, Storks, Sing, and Moana. Activities start at 6pm and movies start when dark. Food trucks will be available at the showings, but are subject to change. This event is free and open to the public.

Camden Community Center Pool Hours: Monday, June 19 - Tuesday, August 15, Monday-Saturday: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM.  You can also sign up for swimming lessons happening through the City’s summer aquatics program.  Sign up for Lessons.

PRNS Summer Programs & Camps: Join in on the summer fun through the many camps offered by the City of San Jose.  Browse all Camps.

Camps Teens with Disabilities: Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21 at Camden Community Center. Teens Together is an inclusive camp for teens with and without disabilities. This camp will provide a safe and structured opportunity to be a teen, with fieldtrips, games, crafts and much more. Registration.

Music in the Park: July 20, August 3, and August 25, 5:15 PM at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Enjoy food trucks, craft beer, fun and games for the whole family. And discover up and coming local acts. Purchase tickets.

Viva Parks: Select Tuesdays and Thursdays at parks city-wide, now until August 31. Viva Parks is another free park activation series, focused on health and wellness resources, physical activities, and community engagement. Weekly activities vary from park to park, but may include: Zumba and fitness boot camps, zorb races and climbing wall, hay wagon (Emma Prusch ), free roller skating (Roosevelt), healthy food demos, bounce houses, cultural arts performances, pop-up soccer, skate competitions, community resources, physical fitness. Calendar of Events.

Plug into Nature: San José has one of the nation's largest urban trail networks, with over 56 miles developed and open to the public. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space also offers a wide variety of free docent-led activities throughout the preserves, including trails throughout the forests at Purisima Creek Redwoods, El Corte Madera Creek, Picchetti Ranch and more. Browse Trail Network. Browse Midpen Activities.

Summer at San Jose Public Library: Now through July 31. SJPL challenges everyone to spend time reading, learning, exploring, and energizing this summer. Play games, earn great prizes, explore library services and attend one of the many events.  Sign up for the Challenge.

Save the Date! Celebrate Cambrian is Sunday, August 27, 2017: We are less than 2 months away from the 12th Annual District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival!  We are looking forward to some summer fun, with live music, local food, a resource fair, jump houses, games and much more. For more information, email  

*Please note that San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. All City offices will reopen on Wednesday, July 5. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure and will continue to provide service.

I hope you'll take advantage of these fun summer events.  As always, please get in touch with my office with any city-related concerns by emailing I wish everyone a wonderful summer and a safe 4th of July.


Donald Rocha
Councilmember, City of San Jose

News & Announcements
Celebrate Cambrian is Sunday, August 27!

Sunday, August 27, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

The 12th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival is a free, family festival open to the public, hosted by Councilmember Rocha! To host a resource table or find out more information, call 408-535-4977 or email

Register for National Night Out

National Night Out, held on August 1, is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San José Police Department.

Neighborhoods can now register to host their own NNO events online at until July 21.  NNO events are an opportunity to heighten crime and drug awareness, support local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhoods and police/community spirit, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Fireworks Enforcement Reminder from SJPD

The San Jose Police Department would like to remind the public that the use of any fireworks within the city limits is illegal. Officers will be proactively patrolling neighborhoods to enforce all laws against the use of fireworks, including locations that in the past have been focal points of large-scale fireworks.

In April 2016, the City Council approved higher fines for the sale, use, possession, or storage of fireworks. To report the use of illegal fireworks in San José, please complete the online form. Your report is important and helpful, but does not necessarily initiate the dispatch of enforcement personnel.

Rose, White & Blue Parade Street Closures

The following streets closures will occur on July 4th due to the Rose, White & Blue Parade:

  1. Dana Avenue between Hester Avenue and Naglee Avenue – from 7:00 AM until 12:00 PM
  2. Hester Avenue between Olive Avenue and Dana Avenue – from 7:00 AM until 12:00 PM
  3. Dana Avenue between Brooklyn Avenue and Hedding Street – from 9:30 AM until 12:00 PM
  4. University Avenue between Garden Drive and Myrtle Street – from 9:30 AM until 12:00 PM
  5. The Alameda between Julian Street and Hedding Street – from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
  6. Shasta Avenue between The Alameda and Sequoia Avenue – from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Downtown 4th of July Street Closures

The following will be closed for the Rotary Fireworks show on July 4th from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM:

  1. Almaden Blvd (both directions) between Santa Clara and Reed
  2. San Fernando (both directions)  between Delmas Ave and Market
  3. Park Ave (both directions)  between Delmas Ave and Market
  4. San Carlos (both directions) between Delmas Ave and Market
  5. Balbach St (both directions) between Almaden Ave and Almaden Blvd
  6. Woz Way (both directions) between Almaden Blvd and Park Ave

The following off ramps will be closed from 6:00PM to 11:00PM:

  1. 87 (Northbound) - Off ramp closure at Woz Way/Auzerais St
  2. 87 (Southbound) - Off ramp closed to left movement at Park Ave

For more information about this event, please visit

Pavement Maintenance Street Closures

The City of San José will begin its pavement maintenance work within District 9 on July 1 and will be working over the next few months to complete the project.  Due to the construction, please expect delays and possible road closures to occur at various times throughout the timelines listed below. 

Listed below is the schedule for Kooser Road and Curtner Avenue, and our plan is to send the construction schedules once they are confirmed with the contractor.  Besides Curtner Avenue and Kooser Road, Los Gatos-Almaden Road, Narvaez Avenue, Union Avenue, and Ross Avenue, are within Council District 9, and scheduled for pavement maintenance.

  1. Kooser Road between Blossom Hill Road to Camden Avenue – 07/01/2017 to 08/01/2017
  2. Curtner Avenue between Booksin Avenue to Darian Court  – 07/18/2017 to 08/18/2017

7 days prior to construction, the contractor will place message signs informing motorists of the future project and to expect delays. The contractor will provide residents, businesses, and schools two written notifications. The first notification will be mailed at least 7 days prior to the start of work. The second notification will be hand delivered by the contractor 48 hours before constructions. Tow-away permits will be posted along the corridors. Graham contractors, Inc. will coordinate this operation with the City of San Jose parking compliance. During construction, the contractor will maintain proper traffic control allowing traffic to move in at least one lane in either direction.

The other work items include striping and green bike lanes and will be completed after the sealing work is complete. If you have any questions, contact Graham Contractors, Inc. at (408) 293-9516 or City of San José contact, Emil Collado at (408) 794-1961.

Call to Artists: Pre-Qualified Artist Roster for Public Art Mural Projects

The City of San Jose Public Art Program (SJPA) is creating a Roster of Pre-Qualified Artists. The purpose of the Roster is to streamline the artist selection process for a range of upcoming mural projects. Artists who are chosen for inclusion in the Roster will be eligible to be considered for future public art mural projects in San Jose. Inclusion in the final Roster will be for a period of three years.

One of the projects that was approved in the 2016-2017 Capital Improvement Program was a replacement of a 20 year old mural at Paul Moore Park with a new mural. To apply, visit Submissions must be received as a complete application in CaFÉ™ no later than 11:59 PM.MDT on Monday, July 31, 2017

San Jose Public Library Needs Volunteers

San Jose Public Library is currently recruiting for volunteers:

PAR Adult Literacy Tutors: Help adult learners improve their reading. For more information, visit

Summer Volunteers: Register and assist in summer programs at the library.  For more information, visit

Volunteer with Our City Forest

Would you like to be a force for real, positive change in your community? Would you like to see your efforts grow to benefit generations to come? Join Our City Forest’s AmeriCorps team. Help make Silicon Valley a greener, healthier place to live, work, and play. Service members earn a living stipend while serving and receive an education award upon completion of the term. Learn more and apply online:

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.  Participation can include removing litter (work frequency varies with location), planting and establishing trees or wildflowers, removing graffiti and controlling vegetation.  The following locations have not yet been adopted. To volunteer or adopt a highway, call 1-866-ADOPT-A-HWY:

  • 87 South/West Bound between mile markers 6 to 4
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 10 to 12
  • 85 South/West Bound between mile markers 8 to 6
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 5.9 to 6.4
  • 85 South/West Bound between mile markers 6.4 to 5.9
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 4 to 6
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 2 to 4

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 (single-family homes, most townhomes and mobile homes) can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.

Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Homes with garbage cart service in downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • Homes with garbage cart service in west San José, 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
Dine Downtown San Jose

Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July 16, Dinner begins at 5:30 PM

Some of downtown San Jose's best restaurants will celebrate Dine Downtown Restaurant Week with prix fixe meals, discounts, and chefs’ specials from July 7-16. Participating restaurants include: The Farmers’ Union, The Grill on the Alley, Il Fornaio, La Pastaia, Nomikai Social Food + Drinkery and Olla Cocina.

Dine Downtown is produced by the non-profit San Jose Downtown Association. For reservations and offer specifics, visit

Walk with a Coyote Ranger

Friday, July 7, August 4, and Saturday, September 9, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Just west of 1407 Mabury Road - Meet at Mabury Road Flea Market Parking Lot

Take a tour on the Coyote Creek waterway and see local wildlife up-close and personal with the Kelley Park rangers. The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS), Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, and the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority are proud to support these events. For more information, please contact Park Ranger Roger Abe at 408-277-5254.

Burglary Prevention Summer Workshop

Wednesday, July 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Bascom Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1000 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

The San José Police Department Crime Prevention Unit & Santa Clara County District Attorney Community Prosecution Unit will present a summer workshop so you can learn: how to discourage, deter, and prevent residential crimes such as burglaries & auto theft, burglary trends in San José, the judicial process, and information on how to host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting. Please call 408-277-4133 for additional information.

Camden Summer Movie Series

Fridays: July 14 - August 18 (Activities start at 6pm and movie starts when dark)
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy family films.  Movies are subject to change.  Food trucks will be available at the showings. For more information, call 408-559-8553.

Christmas in July Fundraiser

Saturday, July 15, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 9112

Christmas in July features live music, dinner, a silent auction as well as a few fun activities, like the new Zip-Line Adventure.   This is a fun evening that helps raise important funds needed for Christmas in the Park, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, visit

San Jose Police Department Career Day

Saturday, July 22, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
San Jose Police Southside Substation, 6087 Great Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95119

Explore career opportunities at SJPD.  Learn how to prepare for agility testing, including the Physical Agility test.  Understand the police background check process. Speak with police officers, 911 dispatchers, community service officers and records/police data specialists about the opportunities available in these career fields.  Speak with officers from specialized units, such as Crime Scene Unit, K9's, Family Violence Unit, and others. Register online or contact the Recruiting Unit at with questions.

Los Gatos Creek Cleanup

Thursdays: August 24, September 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Meet at Campbell Park, between Campbell & Gilman Avenue

A creek runs through our neighborhoods. Help take care of this precious resource.  Join Senator Beall and your neighbors, enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and give back to the environment. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear and clothing. Trash bags, trash sticks & gloves will be provided. For more information or to rsvp, call 408-558-1295 or visit

Senior Safari Walkabout

Thursdays: August 24, September 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again! Exclusively for ages 50 and over. Free admission and parking.

Fiesta with a Purpose

Saturday, August 26, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Scottish Rite Temple, 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA 95125

Join more than 400 business, public safety and community leaders and show your support for police officers & families at the 10th Annual Shop With A Cop Anniversary Fundraiser, "Fiesta with a Purpose." The event showcases dancing and music, a live and silent auction and raffle, and premium tequila and mezcal tastings. For more information, visit or call 669-226-2663. All proceeds benefit SWACSV Youth Programs.

Cambrian Rocks! Benefit Concert

Saturday, September 16
Location & Time TBD

Save the date for Cambrian Rocks!, a benefit concert for Cambrian School District music programs.  For more information, please contact Cambrian Rocks! Producer Suzanne St. John-Crane at


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
Brianne Urban Policy Aide


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