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District 9 Mid-March Newsletter


Mid-March Newsletter

In This Edition

  • Message from the Councilmember
  • News and Announcements
  • Resources

Contact Info

Councilmember Pam Foley
San Jose City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St. 18th Floor,
San Jose, CA 95113

District 9 Website
P: (408) 535-4909

District 9 Team
Shirley Feliciano Executive Assistant
Scott Hughes Chief of Staff
Michael Lomio Senior Policy Aide
Adesuwa Obaziamomwan Policy Aide


   My San Jose


Dear Neighbor,


We've sprung into a new season and have a great deal of updates, including the release of Mayor Liccardo’s March Budget Message. Some of the priorities outlined in the Mayor's message include:


  • Restoring Core City Services such as restoring library hours, adding Fire Dept. hires, rehousing the homeless, gang prevention and combating blight
  • Restoring Our Streets and Infrastructure
  • Responsible Spending and Cost Saving Strategies
  • Discerning Our Residents Priorities


In addition to the City Council’s consideration of the budget, you and members of your community can engage in the process. Please check below to learn more about the online budget balancing tool, which lets residents provide budget feedback to me and my City Council colleagues. District 9 will also be hosting a Participatory Budget Hearing soon! This will be an opportunity for you to tell our office where we should focus our budget.


Our office wants to keep you up to date on some of the votes I have taken this month as a councilmember! This March I voted to support giving our city staff at least six weeks of paid family leave as part of the Family Friendly City Initiative. Expanding paid leave to our city staff to provide time for bonding after the birth, adoption or foster placement of children will make San José more inviting to families.


Additionally, two of my nominations for the budget proposal were “green-lighted.” These nominations included reducing or abolishing parking minimums for development projects near transit stations and making the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) easier for homeowners.


Each of my votes and proposals aspires to make San Jose more livable and vibrant for all residents.

  • Streamlining the development of ADU’s will provide both housing and income opportunities for San Jose Residents.
  • Reducing parking minimums for new developments provides San José with the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions in accordance with our City’s long term goals.


While there is still much work to be done at City Hall, our office is off to a great start!


Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office and watch for details on our upcoming Public Safety Meeting and Participatory Budget Hearing.



Councilmember Pam Foley

News & Announcements


Please save the date for another year of the Great American Litter Pickup! A national event in its 25th year unites communities to come together and collectively bring change in attitude and culture to our communities by inspiring an attitude of pride in keeping our communities clean and beautiful.


Register to volunteer at: District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up

2019 San Jose Budget Proposal

Budget Season is here! The City of San José will start its budget process for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal year. City Council approval provides the City Manager with direction to prepare proposals for the Council's budget deliberations in May. Our office will be doing outreach for community budget hearings as soon as we have dates and locations. As of now you can participate in an interactive online budget balancing exercise and provide your input on the upcoming budget. We would like to get your input no later than April 26th. Please visit:


We look forward to hearing from you!

2019 Pavement Maintenance Update

Safer roads are on the way! $23.8 million in funds were collected in FY 2017-2018 and are now available to use. Combining these funds with the FY 2018-2019 allocation of $19 million, San Jose’s Department of Transportation plans to deliver two-years of planned street maintenance on the local and neighborhood streets, totaling approximately 196 miles, in the 2019 construction season. This work will be performed in addition to the major street maintenance plan that City Council approved in December 2018.


You can view the list of all streets planned for paving here:Pavement Maintenance Memo


You can view an interactive map of current pavement projects here:Pavement Project Interactive Map


The planned streets in our District are:


Happy Hollow Discount Days

Best Friends Free (BFF) Days
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo members are invited to bring a friend for free. This offer is only valid for members of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. (Does not apply to members of reciprocal facilities.)

Details: BFF Days take place on the second Wednesday of the month from April to October, 2019.

Half-Price Days
Enjoy a day full of fun for half the price at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Admission includes rides, entertainment, animal meet-and-greets, fun and more! 

Details: Every third Tuesday through December, 2019. Discounted parking at $6 per vehicle. 

Senior Safari 
It’s the return of Senior Safari! Adults age 50+ are invited to take over the park and zoo — no kids allowed! — for a spectacular morning of animal encounters, activities, and tours. 

Details: Free admission, free parking. 9 to 10 a.m. Senior Safari takes place on the fourth Thursday of the month from May to October. 


Make Music San Jose

Make Music San José is a free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice with performances and music-making events happening citywide from sunrise to sunset.


How to get involved

  • Save the date: Friday, June 21, 2019. 
  • Drop-in at one of the participatory Play-Along music making events happening on June 21, or
  • Set up your own event. 

Spring Book Sale

Saturday, April 27th from 10am until 3pm, Friends of the Cambrian Branch Library, located at 1780 Hillsdale Avenue (between Ross and Meridian Avenues) will host the SPRING BOOK SALE. 


This is a great opportunity to browse and buy from a vast array of fiction, non-fiction, children's books priced from 50 cents to a $1.00.  CDs and DVDs sell for $2.00 each.  Treasures may be found on our specially priced gift books tables!


A $5.00 a bag sale will be held from 2pm to 3pm. (Please note: Media and Special Selections are not included in the bag sale.)


Friends of the Cambrian Library MEMBERS-ONLY PRE-SALE will be held from 5pm to 6pm on Friday, April 26th.


A $10.00 yearly membership may be renewed or purchased at this time!


One hundred percent of the proceeds from our semi-annual book sales and from the BOOKNOOK, located inside the library, benefit this branch's programs, books and media purchases.


Dear Neighborhood Leaders,


The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is in the midst of updating its master plan, now known as ActivateSJ and formerly titled Greenprint. The updated plan will help guide PRNS over the next 20 years. It will provide a vision for the Department to lead the way with world-class sustainable parks and facilities, ensuring we maintain and preserve existing public assets while moving forward to anticipate a growing, diverse population.


We would like to invite City Council District 9 neighborhood groups to a quick and efficient meeting at Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. to reacquaint community members with ActivateSJ while also seeking feedback on the Department’s proposed guiding principles. In addition to this meeting, we will release a citywide online, multi-lingual survey seeking more feedback from the greater community.


Our presentation will provide a background about ActivateSJ and conclude with a small group discussion to gather feedback about our proposed guiding principles. The entire presentation including the feedback session should only take 30-45 minutes. 


Please contact Carolina Camarena ( to confirm your group’s participation at this meeting. 

Internship Opportunities

The office of San José Councilmember Pam Foley is seeking summer interns who would like to gain valuable public sector work experience. These internships provide young professionals with the opportunity to involve themselves in local government. Interns will be immersed in public policy, political communications, and constituent services. Qualities sought in applicants include: A passion for public service, strong writing skills, reliability, attention to detail, initiative, and proficiency in typing. 

For more information or to apply, please email your resume to Michael Lomio at


San Jose Clean Energy Bills

Do you have questions about your electricity bill and new @SJCleanEnergy charges? Attend a bill clinic at a community center or library near you! You’ll also learn how to calculate your savings -- San Jose Clean Energy’s rates are 1% lower than PG&E’s.


I had a ton of fun attending events this past week!


  1. Cambrian Fun Run
  2. My Egg Drop Challenge team and I at the San José Rotary's Enterprise Leadership Conference.
  3. Speaking at the Winter Showcase hosted by Price Middle School, Branham High School and Leigh High School.  
  4. Branham Hills Little League debut.


City of San José Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Anti-Graffiti 24-Hour Hotline (866) 249-0543
Animal Care & Services (408) 794-7297
City Hall Customer Service (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Family & Domestic Violence Center (408) 277-3700
Gang Prevention Hotline (408) 293-4264
Homeless Outreach (408) 510-7600
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)
Park Volunteer Unit (408) 535-3588
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Sewer and Signal Lights (408) 794-1900

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