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District 9 2018 May Newsletter

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District 9 May Newsletter

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Councilmember Don 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,

This year the City will begin conducting maintenance on neighborhood streets for the first time since 2012. The City stopped maintaining neighborhood streets in 2012 so that it could focus scarce maintenance dollars on arterial streets that carry the most traffic. Since that time, the Council has taken steps to secure new funding sources for street maintenance. Those efforts are paying off, and the City is now able to maintain neighborhood streets again.

This is good news, but there's also some bad news: there's currently no plan to maintain the worst neighborhood streets.  Staff in the City’s Department of Transportation are recommending that the City prioritize maintenance of streets in fair condition, which need relatively inexpensive preventative maintenance, over streets

in poor condition, which need expensive reconstruction. This recommendation may sound counterintuitive but there’s a reason behind it: performing preventative maintenance on streets that aren’t yet in bad shape can avoid significant costs in the future, while rehabilitating streets in poor condition is very expensive and doesn’t provide the same cost savings. If we’re looking for a strategy that avoids the most future costs, maintaining fair streets and letting poor streets continue to degrade does make some sense

I can appreciate this perspective, but I have a different opinion. There are residents in District 9 and around the City who have seen their streets crumble over the past decade and who have waited patiently for the City to repair them. If we make those residents wait even longer as the City repairs streets that are in better condition, I think there’s a real issue of equity.   Simply put, the City should put money towards repairing the worst streets.

I made that argument when the Council considered the Mayor’s March Budget Message, and proposed setting aside money in the next budget year for maintenance of streets in poor condition. The Council did not support that proposal, but I recently made a second attempt. The Mayor has proposed that the City consider placing a bond measure on the ballot in November of 2018 to fund needed maintenance of City facilities. When that proposal came to Council, I suggested asking staff to analyze the possibility of devoting some of the bond money to maintaining the worst streets. The Council supported this proposal, and directed staff to evaluate including street maintenance money in the bond.

No final decision has been made yet on the bond. City staff is in the process of developing a bond proposal that will return to the Council in May. As the Council finalizes the bond proposal and considers whether to put it on the ballot, I will continue to argue for funding maintenance of streets that are in the worst condition. Residents have waited long enough for the City to solve this problem; it’s time that we commit to a solution.

As always, if you have any questions on this or any other issue, feel free to get in touch with my office at or at (408) 535-4972.


News & Announcements
Neighborhood Commission District 9 Caucus

Are you part of a neighborhood group or organization in San Jose's District 9? Come to Camden Community Center on May 1 and be part of the process to select our next set of Neighborhood Commissioners who will be representing and helping District 9 residents as liasons to the Council Office for the next four years!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

7:00 PM 

Camden Community Center

3369 Union Ave

San José, CA 95124

Fire Chief Recruitment Notice

The City of San Jose is currently recruiting for the next Fire Chief. We recognize the importance of the community as a key stakeholder for this position and would like for our residents to give input into the process.   

The City will be holding a Community Meeting:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

Mayfair Community Center

2039 Kammerer Avenue

San José, CA 95116

In addition, we are providing residents the opportunity to engage online if they are unable to attend or would prefer to submit feedback in writing, please feel free to complete the online survey in any of the following languages: English - Español -  Tieng Viet

District 9 Community Budget Meeting

The time for the community engagement phase of San Jose's annual budget process is approaching. You are invited to attend and voice your opinion on how we could best manage our City funds.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Pearl Branch Library

4270 Pearl Avenue

San José, CA 95136

For more information about this meeting and the City's budget process, please visit our website or call Sabrina Parra-Garcia at (408) 535-8171

Adopt-a-Rose for Mother's Day

Give your mother something unique, personal, and truly meaningful this Mother’s Day. Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s Adopt-a-Rose program includes a personalized plaque in the rose garden and a very attractive gift package containing:

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy will package these items for you, along with a card announcing the rose adoption, in a beautiful box. This special gift package is available for $60 (or just $50 with NO package) and includes the plaque with a personal message for mom installed next to her rose for a full year.  Rose adoptions are partially tax deductible and help support the upkeep of San Jose’s Heritage Rose Garden, the largest collection of rose varieties in the western hemisphere.

Orders received by May 1 will have the plaque installed in the Heritage Rose Garden in time for a Mother’s Day visit to Guadalupe Gardens so she can see “her” rose!

To order a rose package, visit the Conservancy’s website or Call (408) 298-7657 with questions. Gift packages will be available for pick-up Monday through Friday at the Visitor and Education Center (438 Coleman Avenue)

Bulding Permits and Home Safety Open House

Bring your project plans or ideas and get answers to your questions plus money-saving tips from our building experts. This event includes special presentations:

6:30 p.m. – Accessory Dwelling Units: What You Need to Know to Build One

7:15 p.m. – How to Reduce Potential Earthquake Damage to Your Home

Children are welcome and validated parking is available. For details, see event flyer or visit the department website.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

City Hall Rotunda

200 E Santa Clara St.

San José, CA 95113

Make Music San Jose 2018

This June, join the worldwide celebration of music by participating in San Jose's second annual Make Music Day. Make Music San Jose is a free, outdoor day of music held on the Summer solstice with performances taking place from sunrise to sunset.

Make Music San Jose is open to anyone who wants to take part. People get together in their neighborhoods and create musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion. Venues can be anywhere and performers can be anyone.

Interested in participating? Visit the program website for more information.

Event date: June 21

Deadline to register your event: May 21

May The Fourth be with You at the Downtown Farmers' Market (New Season Begins May 4th)

The  Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market opens for its 26th season on May 4 along San Pedro St. between Santa Clara and St. John.

The Farmers’ Market offers fresh-picked fruits and vegetables directly from California growers, gifts, goodies and garb from local artists, cut flowers and gourmet foods.  The market features from 25-40 vendors curated by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA).  

Enjoy live music, demonstrations, recipes and other special events throughout the season. On Opening Day, activities include live music by Amigos Music, games and prize wheel giveaways by Mix 106.5 FM, and a participatory art project by Local Color.

Every Friday - Admission is free

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

San Pedro Square Sign on Santa Clara St

2-44 N San Pedro St

San Jose, CA 95113

Partners In Reading Adult Learner Orientation

Partners in Reading offers FREE one-to-one tutoring, small group instruction, computer lessons, classes, workshops, family programs and more! Come to their adult learner orientation this month to improve basic reading and writing skills.

Contact Partners in Reading to register today!

(408) 808-2361

Website - Email

New Learner Orientation
Monday, May 21, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MLK Library
150 E San Fernando St
San José, CA 95112
New Tutor Training
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 19, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
MLK Library
150 E San Fernando St
San José, CA 95112

Exchange Program in Okayama for San Jose Students

The city of Okayama is organizing and hosting the International Summer Homestay in Okayama, July 24-30.  Up to seven San Jose middle and high school students have been invited to participate.  The students will be responsible for their transportation costs to travel to Japan but there are no other costs.  San Jose Okayama Sister Cities will coordinate the program for San Jose students and provide a chaperon accompanying the students to and from Okayama.

San Jose students will be joined by 45 students participating from cities in Bulgaria, China, Korea, Taiwan and Guam.  Students will stay in homes of host families that have been selected by the city of Okayama.  The host families will have some English-language skills.

The program will include three-days of joint activities with students from Bulgaria, China, Korea, Taiwan and Guam.  The City of Okayama will provide transportation and meals for the students and any costs associated with group activities.  San Jose students will also spend two days on the weekend with their host families to further enhance their international experience in Japan.Interested parents can email Kathy Sakamoto to request an application to participate in the exchange program in Okayama. 

Need Food in District 9? FISH Food Pantry Has You Covered

Unfortunately, hunger is ubiquitous in Silicon Valley. Even in seemingly affluent neighborhoods, families struggle to afford the rent AND life necessities like food. Thankfully, Second Harvest Food Back and the folks at South Valley FISH Food Pantry are doing their part to help neighbors in need of some relief.

Every Thursday - Last Saturday of the month

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Thursdays)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Saturday) 

St. Timothy's Lutheran Church Campus

5151 Carter Ave

San José, CA 95118

FISH Food Pantry also provides groceries to low-income individuals and families located in the following zip codes: 95013, 95110, 95111, 95118, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95124, 95125.

If you are in need of help and want to call in to set up an appointment, please call (408) 669-4949.

Flooding, Earthquakes, Wildfires - Prepare for the Unexpected

Personal emergency planning is the strongest defense we have against natural disasters.

We encourage all Santa Clara County residents to sign up now for AlertSCC and ReadySCC. These free preparedness tools will help protect you and your loved ones. Disasters may not give a warning - but we can plan ahead!

Are You Ready for the Magnificent 7 Parks Challenge?

With 28 regional parks encompassing 52,000 acres, Santa Clara County Parks are full of hidden hiking gems. Start 2018 by getting out of your routine and try a new trail (or seven!). Seven magnificent hiking adventures, all nearby, have been handpicked to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. And to entice you to hike the Magnificent 7, a commemorative t-shirt awaits those who complete the #PixInParks challenge! Learn more on the County Parks website.

Graduating Seniors - VEP Community Service Scholarships available

VEP has scholarships for one student each at Gunderson and Andrew Hill High Schools. This scholarship is specifically to encourage and reward students for outstanding "community volunteer" activity.

The deadline to apply is fast approaching, so if interested, email VEP Board Member Ginger Cardona or call (408) 227-0222.

San Jose Arena Authority Receiving Applications

The San Jose Arena Authority is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for two vacancies on the Arena Authority Board of Directors. The 19-member San Jose Arena Authority Board of Directors convenes monthly to identify and address issues relating to the management and operation of SAP Center, Solar4America Ice, and San Jose Municipal Stadium.

If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on the Arena Authority Board of Directors, please have them email a resume along with two professional references (Contact information only) here or mail them to the below address:

Chris Morrisey - San Jose Arena Authority Executive Director

P.O. Box 90207, San Jose, CA, 95109

*Application deadline is June 30. For more info, email or call (408) 977-4783.

CPUC Public Participation Hearing (PPH) on San Jose Water Company General Rate Case

An Administrative Law Judge has ruled that a public participation hearing (PPH) be scheduled to provide an opportunity for customers of San Jose Water Company (SJWC) to communicate directly with the Commission, SJWC, and others regarding the SJWC Application. PPHs are official Commission proceedings at which members of the public can make comments on a utility’s Application for rate changes. An Administrative Law Judge presides over the hearing and the comments are recorded by a court reporter. The transcript from the PPH is part of the record of the proceeding.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

6:30 PM 

San Jose City Hall Council Chambers

200 E Santa Clara St

San José, CA 95113

Bike to Work Day Bay Area 2018 - May 10

On Thursday May 10, 2018 tens of thousands of regular and first-time Bay Area residents will bike to work for the 24th Annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month. More than 90 Energizer Stations in Santa Clara County and 40 in San Mateo County will give people on bikes a chance to stop and get a snack, a tote bag, goodies, and encouragement.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - All Day 

For more infromation, please visit the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Website.

The Department of Transportation is partnering with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose State, and others to host an Energizer Station with a short program and the Movers and Shakers Ride which will take place along San Fernando Street and the Guadalupe River Trail to VTA’s North 1st Street Offices. The program will start at 7:15am, and the Movers and Shakers Ride will leave the Library at roughly 7:45am

Movers and Shakers Ride

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7:15 AM (Ride Starts at 7:45 AM)

MLK Library Entrance (4th and San Fernando)

Help the National Association of Letter Carriers STAMP OUT HUNGER!

This year marks the 26th anniversaty of one of America's great days of giving - the NALC 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive. On Saturday, May 12, letter carriers across the country collect from our customer's non-perishable food donations. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in need, and there are many in San Jose and in the country who need our help.

If you'd like to participate in this year's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12 and your letter carrier will do the rest.


If you are a homeowner over the age of 65 OR a homeowner that receives Social Security disability benefits, you may qualify for an exemption from the $85 Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) parcel tax. This parcel tax was renewed in 2013 by Measure E. The tax funds are used to restore and maintain current school programs, reduce class sizes, enhance campus safety, and recruit and retain qualified teachers.

As of 2017, you only need to fill out the form once and you will be exempt every year until this parcel tax sunsets in 2023.

Steps to obtain the form and request exemption from this parcel tax:

1. Determine if you are in the CUHSD boundaries

2. Download, print and fill out the PDF form

4. Provide copies of the requested supplemental documents

5. Mail it to: CUHSD - Parcel Tax: 3235 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

iCreatv 2018 Summer Media Camp

Unleash the digital storyteller in your creative 13 to 18-year-old at iCreaTV Summer Media Camp!

There are two sessions to choose from:

1. Documentary film production 

2. Feature film production.

Register by June 1. Space is limited. To learn more and register, please visit our website.

SJCity FIT Fitness Programs

Do you like working out? are interested in instructor-led classes? Spin, Stretch, Yoga, and Zumba our a few of the classes offered through the PRNS SJCITY FIT program. Classes are offered at Almaden, Bascom and Camden Community Center. Drop-in and pick classes based on your needs. Monthly, or yearly memberships are available for purchase. For more information, please call Camden Community Center at 408-559-8553, or visit any of the locations listed.

Aging Services Collaborative - 'Caregivers Count!' Conference

The Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County invites you to the 8th Annual 'Caregivers Count!' Conference tailored specifically for family or informal caregivers who are caring for older adults or individuals with disabilities. Topics include self-care and compassion fatigue, hospital discharge planning and advocacy, as well as a caregiver panel and access to County resources. Cost is $15.00; limited scholarships are available. For more information and online registration, visit the event site.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Campbell Community Center - Orchard City Banquet Hall

1 West Campbell Avenue

Campbell, CA 95008

Summer Jobs with Parks and Recreation

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is looking for qualified candidates to fill Lifeguarding, Recreation Leader, and Family Camp Counselor positions, which facilitate meaningful and fun summer programs for participants of all ages across San José. Visit our Careers website and select Open-Competitive Recruitments, to apply for these available positions.

SJPD District 9 Public Safety Town Hall

The San Jose Police Department and the Office of Councilmember Don Rocha would like to invite you to a Public Safety Town Hall for residents of District 9 who have questions about crime in our neighborhoods as well as the state of the Police Department and the plans for its continued advancement. Feel free to pass the word on to neighbors.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Camden Community Center

3369 Union Ave

San José, CA 95124

Submit Nominations for the 2018 Cornerstone of the Arts Awards

Do you know a leader or organization that has

impacted San Jose's cultural life?

The San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and the Arts Commission are pleased to announce the 2018 nomination process for celebrating exemplary leaders. The annual Cornerstone of the Arts Awards honors those who have had a significant impact on San Jose's art and cultural landscape. 

For more information and to learn how you can submit a nomination, please visit the Office of Cultural Affairs website, or contact Arts Program Coordinator Tina Iv at 408-793-4348 or by email.

Submit your nomination by May 11, 2018!

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose is proud to present My San Jose, a state-of-the-art mobile tool that allows you to quickly and easily report common service requests such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, streetlight outages, and illegal dumping. You can also report through the web portal at the app today.

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... Most residential burglaries occur during daylight hours?  How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are easy targets?  What to do if you see a suspicious person on your street? That crime rates in Neighborhood Watch communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?

SJPD is anxious to help residents implement Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhoods. For more information or to set up a meeting, call 408-277-4133.

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County. Call to schedule your pickup:

- Downtown, north, east, and south San Jose:

Call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800

- West San Jose:

Call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company. Visit for more information.

Other Upcoming Events

   City of San Jose Joins SJWC GRC as Party

In a significant step to ensure water rates are reasonable, the City of San Jose has filed a motion to become a party to the proceedings of the San Jose Water Company (SJWC) General Rate Case (GRC). On January 4, the SJWC filed a GRC seeking an order from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to increase rates charged for water service by $34,288,100 or 9.76% in 2019, by $14,231,800 or 3.70% in 2020, and by $20,581,700 or 5.17 % in 2021. These increases are in addition to a steady stream of previous rate increases that SJWC has requested over the last few years.

San Jose Water Company serves approximately 80% of the water customers within the City of San Jose, and the City of San Jose is itself one of San Jose Water company’s largest customers. As the application filed by the San Jose City Attorney’s Office states, "The City has an interest in ensuring that the general rate increases are fairly supported and do not pose an undue burden on the City or its residents. The City joins in the Office of Ratepayer Advocates’ anticipated issues."

In representation of many concerned rate payers in San Jose and surrounding municipalities, San Jose Councilmembers Don Rocha and Johnny Khamis have led an effort to get the City of San Jose involved in current attempts by the SJWC to further increase rates for residents already facing significant increases to the tune of 73% since 2014. The City of San Jose saw a 62% service rate increase from 2012 to 2017.

By making this unusual move (Cities seldom weigh in on GRCs), San Jose is sending a message to the SJWC and the CPUC and will now be allowed to make arguments in the case. In the coming weeks, the parties involved will participate in the ongoing Prehearing Conference (PHC), starting the argumentative and testimonial phase of the process.

Great American Litter Pickup A Huge Success!

Just wanted to say thank you for once again supporting parks through the Great American Litter Pick-Up! Houge, Branham, Butcher and Erikson are looking quite spiffy! 222 neighbors came out in force and put their energy and muscle into improving their D9 parks!

Houge Park has 25 yards of beautiful new decorative chip that truly enhances the look and feel of the park. The volunteers added it to the planter boxes and around the split rail fences, giving the park that ambiance of pristine perfection! The overgrown green growth was coming through the fence line on the Jacksol side, so that was trimmed and raked. The park sign area was hand-weeded and chipped, which will hopefully make the community proud of their park! Picnic tables were painted, as well as trash cans. The entire park looks awesome!

Butcher Park received many of the same updates! Weeds were removed, suckers cleared and tree wells defined. The bushes were trimmed and the picnic tables cleaned and painted. While they are small projects in themselves, they make a world of difference! 

Branham Park now has 3 new trees that we can watch grow--knowing they will provide shade for neighbors within a few years! The volleyball court looks great, as does the entire park! The students that have adopted the park are eager to add some native plants and we have Pat Pizzo, one of our best Adopt-A-Park volunteers, working with them to add some more interest and color to the park!

Last but not least, the Erickson volunteers did it again! They not only added all that sand to the sandbox (thank you for providing that!) but they also worked it to get 40 yards of decorative wood chip into the park, to adorn the area next to the new mural. After many years of patience, Erickson Park looks great!

It was a pleasure to work with neighbors across the District! It's your attention to detail, great communication and your flexibility with change that makes working with you so wonderful! You have created a great tradition with GALP! See you next year!

Mollie Tobias - City of San Jose Program Manager with PRNS


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Concerns (408) 975-1440
Homeless Helpline (408) 510-7600
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
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide
Carol Stephenson Policy Aide
Shivani Basnet Policy Aide


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