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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 August 2014 Newsletter


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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.


Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life!

Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. The cornerstone of our work is the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

For more information including community events and resources,  please visit


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) 794-1903

Sewer and Signal Lights

(408) 794-1900

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





August 2014 Newsletter



Dear Neighbor,

It's hard to believe that summer is already drawing to a close. With back to school just right around the corner and the scramble to spend those last moments on vacation with family, I hope that there was some opportunity for a bit of rest and relaxation for you and your family. 

After adopting a balanced budget in the second half of June, the Council was on recess for the month of July and will have our first meeting of the 2014-15 fiscal year on Tuesday, August 5th. At that meeting we will discuss the very important topic of revenue generation and whether to place a revenue measure on the ballot in November. Over the last ten years the City has made substantial cuts to programming and services, closing close to $1 billion dollars in budget deficits. Having made those hard choices and after making changes to our pension structure, I believe that the path forward for San Jose is to ask the voters to decide whether they are interested in supporting an additional sales tax measure. There are a few different proposals on the mechanics of a new tax and how to spend those dollars. The Council will decide whether to place this on the November ballot on Tuesday afternoon.

In more exciting news, my office has been working diligently on the final details of our annual Celebrate Cambrian community festival. This FREE family fun event will be held that the Camden Community Center from 11am - 4pm on Sunday, August 24th. Swing by for great performances, live music, food vendors from our community, fun kids activities and inflatables, a resource fair and free t-shirts for the first 1,000 guests. We hope you'll join us for some good fun! 

If you have any thoughts for me on this matter or any other, please feel free to contact my office at (408) 535-4909 or by email at



Donald Rocha


Brown is the new green ad 

In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is launching a new summer advertising campaign. Brown is the New Green encourages residents to reduce their outdoor watering and let their lawns go a little brown this summer. Focusing on how to care for and maintain lawns during this extreme drought, the campaign highlights how a lawn can survive while saving a huge amount of water.

Join the Movement: Brown is the new Green! If you’re a resident of Santa Clara County, you can get a FREE “Brown is the New Green” lawn sign and/or a water-collection bucket* while supplies last! One per household. Please visit or by phone at 408-630-2000.

More information on water-saving tips and rebates is available at:

 Santa Clara County’s Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact (PARTI) Selected to Receive Youth Leadership Grant from The Starbucks Foundation 

The mission of the PARTI Program is to promote education around healthy lifestyles and healthy
decision making. The P.A.R.T.I. Program is widely known as a dedicated, non-profit organization with the primary mission of enhancing critical thinking skills in today’s youth.

PARTI Program was selected as a recipient of a Youth Leadership Grant from The Starbucks Foundation for its High Impact Program. Every day, PARTI work to change the lives of youth who suffer from depression, violent lifestyles, unhealthy relationships and unstable families. The outcomes of these youth who do not reach their full potential are: joining gangs, failing grades, unhealthy eating, and suicide. The organization believes leadership and service should be the common expectation and experience of all young people. We connect youth with leadership classes and volunteers opportunities that focus on increased school attendance; increased self-esteem/ confidence; and increased connections to caring adults throughout the school year and during a summer program.

The Starbucks Foundation has recently refined its focus from The Starbucks Foundation Youth Action Grants and will be supporting organizations through the Youth Leadership Grants.

The Starbucks Foundation believes in developing young people to become extraordinary leaders, by
investing in the leadership skills required for the changing global economy.

At this time there are more than 1.2 billion 15 to 24 year olds, the largest global cohort of young people
in history. Unfortunately, a growing number of these young people are disengaged and unemployed, often referred to as NEET (not engaged in employment, education, or training).

The Starbucks Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that equip young people ages 15 to 24 years old in the three following areas:

  • Business Savvy: Having the ability to leverage opportunities with integrity and innovation; to make good decisions and achieve results.
  • Social Conscience: Valuing the impact an individual and enterprise can have on the community.
  • Collaborative Communication: Engaging others in an inclusive manner across teams, functions and cultures; ability to leverage new and creative ways of communication.

“We are thankful and look forward to impacting the lives of youth throughout California with the support of The Starbucks Foundation, the partners (employees) of Starbucks, and the youth and mentors of the PARTI Program.”

Since 2008, Starbucks has awarded more than $8 million in Youth Grants to a multitude of non-profit organizations that have engaged more than 120,000 young people in community activities. Additional details about Starbucks community initiatives are available at

Through PARTI’s wide network of volunteers, adult professionals and partnerships, they
bring more Santa Clara County youth closer to their career aspirations. The organization provides academic enrichment, technology training and performing and creative performing arts programs to help participants develop core job skills.Core programs include mentorship, leadership, civic engagement, and recreation. Through these programs, PARTI  is able to meet the mission that was established and continue to serve over 200 youth annually.
Please visit their website,, to get a greater insight into our program.

The 2014 Elizabeth Anabo BRICC Awards

Nominations must be Received by 5:00 PM on August 29, 2014

Building Resourceful Inspirational Creative Community
This fall, Silicon Valley Community Foundation will recognize creative, resourceful and inspirational neighborhood groups in Santa Clara County with the Elizabeth Anabo Building Resourceful Inspirational Creative Community Awards. Since 2001, the Elizabeth Anabo BRICC Awards commemorate the late Elizabeth Anabo, former senior program officer at Community Foundation Silicon Valley, one of our parent foundations. Elizabeth was extremely dedicated to and passionate about neighborhood groups and made tremendous contributions to them over the four years she worked at the community foundation.  
BRICC awards of $1,000 are given to one or two neighborhood groups in Santa Clara County that have made outstanding contributions to their community. The two categories for the award are seasoned groups and new/emerging groups. Previous BRICC Award recipients may apply two years or more after receiving the award.  Neighborhood groups may nominate themselves. A review panel composed of community representatives will select this year’s BRICC award honorees. The awards will be presented as part of the 2014 Neighborhood Development Conference on September 21 at San José State University.    

The review panel will use the following criteria to select award recipients. Group efforts will be recognized rather than individual efforts.  Nominees should demonstrate the ability to:

Mobilize broad citizen participation
Address significant issues in their community
Make creative use of available resources
Provide opportunities for neighbors to take greater control of and responsibility for what goes on in their neighborhood
Inspire neighbors and others to take action

Nomination Process:
To nominate your neighborhood association, please complete the Nomination Form. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the address listed below please send or email only one form per group. Email submission is preferred. Send nomination form as a Word document attachment. Within two weeks of the nomination deadline, eligible nominees will be contacted by the review committee.
Please email forms to:
Silicon Valley Community Foundation – BRICC Nomination
Casey Salm

  Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department


The PRNS community centers are bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone. There is a variety of classes for all ages, sports programs, fitness classes, and special events. View the listing of community centers below.

The new and improved San Jose Recreation Preschool will be offered at the Camden Community Center (3369 Union Avenue, 95124) and the Kirk Center (1601 Foxworthy Ave, 95118) The Kinderprep program is for children ages 4-5 and will prepare them for kindergarten through  age-appropriate activities, learning concepts, socialization skills and fun.? The program will be offered at three different times:

The new and improved San Jose Recreation Preschool will be offered at the Camden Community Center (3369 Union Avenue, 95124) and the Kirk Center (1601 Foxworthy Ave, 95118) The Kinderprep program is for children ages 4-5 and will prepare them for kindergarten through  age-appropriate activities, learning concepts, socialization skills and fun.? The program will be offered at three different time. For more information and to register go to: Activity Search Page 

Please call Patricia Hall at (408) 794-6670 with any questions.

Download and Print: The current registration form - Fill out and take this form to your desired community center. Click here to view a complete listing of all community centers.

For registration assistance call 408-793-5565 or email

Community Center Volunteer Opportunities
Follow the link to learn more about volunteering opportunities at San Jose community centers 


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31st Annual National Night Out

Tuesday, August  5, 2014

This year, the Police Department, the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department, and the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health are collaborating to assist National Night Out coordinators to properly register and plan their event. 

National Night out 

Celebrate Spirit of '45

The United States Congress in 2010 declared the second Sunday in August a national "Spirit of '45 Day" to honor veterans of all wars.

1940s Dance Party

Dance under the lights at History Park to the tunes of the big band era, featuring The Swing Solution. FREE dance lessons by Dance Boulevard. Period Attair encouraged. Admission $10.00.

Date: Friday, Aug. 8

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location: History Park 635 Phelan Ave. San Jose

Living History Day

Live 40’s Big Band music, swing dancing, fashion show, 40’s hair & make-up, Victory Parade, civilian & military vintage vehicles, hands-on exhibits, WWII Tent City, kids activities, food and MUCH MORE! Admission $5.00, City Parking $6.00 Kids under 2 yrs, Active Military & WWII Veterans FREE

Date: Saturday, Aug. 9

Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Location: History Park 635 Phelan Ave. San  Jose

The Keep The Spirit of '45 Alive organization ( began in San Jose in 2007, started by Warren Hegg ( (408) 857-5252 who also started The Digital Clubhouse (, a project to record the experiences of WWII veterans for posterity.

We are proud to have our very own District 9, 90-year-old WWII veteran, Ray Nordah, who will be playing Taps at the ceremony, as well as playing with The Swing Solution big band for the event.

Come on out and join in the celebration!

More info: (408) 918-1042

San José Offers Preschool Open Houses on August 13 

Parents interested in giving their kids a head start in early education are invited to attend a citywide preschool open house.

Date: Wednesday, August 13

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is holding open house events at each of the following twelve community centers. During the open houses, activities for children will be available so that parents can explore the facilities, meet staff, and ask questions.

• Almaden Community Center            • Mayfair Community Center
• Bascom Community Center             • Millbrook Community Center
• Berryessa Community Center          • Roosevelt Community Center
• Camden Community Center             • Seven Trees Community Center
• Evergreen Community Center          • Southside Community Center
• Hank Lopez Community Center       • Willow Glen Community Center

Locations of the community centers can be found at

Parents have several enrollment options to select for their children. Kids can attend  preschool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for $234 per month, or Tuesdays and Thursdays for $194 per month. PRNS offers an affordable monthly payment plan, and scholarships are available that can reduce costs for eligible participants. Classes are held in the mornings from 9:00am - 12:00pm.
Preschool children must be fully toilet trained by the first day of the program, which begins Monday, August 25. Registration opens on Saturday, July 26. To learn more, visit

Open Space Authority Activities

Registration is required for events as noted. Drop-ins are welcome at all other events. Rain may cancel. Some hikes are several hours long. Please bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. No pets, please. For more information or directions, call Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476.

Friday, August 1 | 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Ulistac Natural Area, 4901 Lick Mill Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054
The first Friday of each month through October, join a friendly Open Space Docent at the Ulistac Natural Area for a peaceful walk through the butterfly garden and the bird-filled woods of Ulistac. Children and pets on leash are
welcome. No registration required. Rain cancels.


Saturday, August 2 | 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Alum Rock Park (meet at the Youth Science Institute), 16260 Penitencia Creek Rd., San Jose, CA 95127
Explore the history and mystery of Alum Rock Park on a gentle walk through this historic mineral springs area. Please bring $6 for parking. Sorry, no pets. No registration required.



Tuesday, August 5 | 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Japanese Friendship Garden, Senter Rd & E. Alma Ave, San Jose
Enjoy an enchanting evening in the Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park in San Jose and celebrate National Night Out—an annual crime prevention event that is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and cosponsored locally by the San Jose Police Department. Docents from the Open Space Authority and the City of San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation& Neighborhood Services will lead you on a small tour of the Koi Garden, a living symbol of the “Sister City” relationship between San Jose and Okayama, Japan.


Friday, August 15 | 8:45 to 10:45 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve 
Grab your binoculars and join us for an evening of stargazing! Our docent astronomers and folks from the San Jose Astronomical Association will show you how to use binoculars (instead of a telescope) to see asterisms, nebulae, planets and more. Please bring 10x50mm binoculars or larger, a comfortable chair, red lens flashlight, and warm clothes. Directions from Hwy 101: Take the Bailey Ave. exit west, turn left onto McKean Rd., right onto Casa Loma Rd. The parking area is at the end of the paved road on your left.


Saturday, August 16 | 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve 
Join us for an evening under the stars! No telescope? No worries. We have plenty of friendly docent astronomers who would love to share theirs with you. Bring the whole family and marvel at our magnificent evening sky. Families and children are welcome. No registration required. Directions from Hwy 101: Take
the Bailey Ave. exit west, turn left onto McKean Rd., right onto Casa Loma Rd. The parking area is at the end of the paved road on your left.


Sunday, August 17 | 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
Go in search of the elusive, endangered Western Pond Turtle on this 4-5 mile docent-led hike into the back country at Rancho Cañada del Oro. This is a 5-hour hike, so be sure to bring water and a lunch or snacks. Reservation is required; call 408-224-7476 to reserve your spot now. Directions will be provided upon registration.


Saturday, August 23 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ed Levin County Park, Milpitas
Join docents from the Open Space Authority and Santa Clara County Parks for a family-friendly nature-themed Whodunnit? activity at Minnis Ranch inside Ed Levin County Park. Guests will take a shuttle to the historic ranch complex, where they will be given clues to help solve a ranch mystery. All ages welcome. Registration is required. For reservations, call 408-262-6980.


Saturday, August 23 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
Celebrate the end of summer with the Open Space Authority as we open a brand new trailhead and free public parking area for Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, with family activities, guided hikes, and the best views in Santa Clara Valley! For details and registration, visit

 FREE Outdoor Movies

Sponsored by: San Jose Downtown Association and Starlight Cinemas

Starlight Cinemas free outdoor movies schedule:

Aug. 6 – “Pretty in Pink,” San Pedro Square Market

Aug. 13 – “Gremlins,” St. James Park

Aug. 20 – “Airplane!” San Pedro Square Market

All events in downtown San Jose. Starlight Cinemas begin with pre-screening fun and games an hour before dusk. Movies begin at dusk. Free to the general public.

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Starlight Cinemas is a production of the San Jose Downtown Association.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

District 9 Community Festival-A FREE Community Event!

Celebrate Cambrian Festival






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