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December Mid-Month Announcements

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Councilmember Donald Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St., 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909  F: (408) 292-6471

District 9 Website

Dear Neighbor,

As another year comes to an end, my staff and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your family this holiday season.   It's been an honor to represent you on the City Council for the last five years, and I look forward to continuing my service to the District 9 community in 2016.

Should you need to reach me or my staff this month, please note that City Hall and other City offices will be closed starting Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year.


Don Rocha

News & Announcements
San Jose City Hall Holiday Closure
December 24, 2015 - January 2, 2015

San Jose City Hall and other City offices will be closed starting Thursday, December 24, 2015 and will reopen Monday, January 4, 2016.  The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Holiday Collection Schedule Changes

Curbside Garbage and Recycling

Collection occurs on all holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.  If your garbage and recycling collection or street sweeping day falls on or after one of these days, your collection and sweep day will be one day later during that week.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Curbside collection of holiday trees is on your collection day beginning December 26, 2015 through January 29, 2016.  Remove stands, tinsel, and decorations.  Cut into 5-foot pieces. Set out by 6:00 AM.

For more information, visit

17th Annual Fantasy of Lights Drive-Through

Now in its 17th season, Fantasy of Lights continues to be the premier holiday lights spectacular in Northern California.  Fantasy of Lights is a 1.5 mile drive-through for the whole family. 

New this year! Entry with pre-paid tickets is required.  Choose a date and time for your convenience, and don't be turned away at the gate.  Ticket is valid for one (1) vehicle for specified date and time ONLY.  Fantasy of Lights runs rain or shine, no refunds or exchanges unless the event is cancelled by Santa Clara County Parks. Fantasy of Lights is located at 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032Purchase tickets online now.

District 9 Litter Clean Up: Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to the community? Do you know of any litter hot spots in your neighborhood? The D9 office invites you to participate in our next litter-clean up! 

The District 9 team can provide litter sticks, supplies, and staff support; you provide the location and volunteers.  To learn more, please call 408-535-4975!

Sacred Heart Community Service Needs Winter Items

Sacred Heart Community Service of San Jose is in need of donated items this holiday season.  Sacred Heart is especially in need of seasonal items such as new, unwrapped toys and books for kids ages 0-18, gently used warm clothing, coats, sleeping bags, and blankets.

For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, please visit  Sacred Heart Community Service is located at 1381 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 and can be reached at (408) 278-2160.

Flood Preparedness Tips & Sandbags

As we enter the wet weather season, residents need to monitor water levels in creeks and storm drains near their homes.  Major flood protection projects have been completed in Santa Clara County since 1982, but urban flooding can still occur along other portions of the rivers and creeks.

Heavy winter rains can cause flooding in minutes. The heaviest rains and flooding are most likely to occur between December and March, so now’s the time to begin preparing.  The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers a Wet Weather Checklist to help you and your family prepare in advance of potential flooding.

Sand Bag Information: Filled sand bags are available late November through April.  At certain times, sties may be stocked with sand and empty bags.  Sites are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Residents should bring their shovels, and consider bringing assistance to load bags. San Jose locations are listed below: 

  • City Main Yard, 1404 Mabury Road (self-fill, sand and empty bags provided)
  • City Central Service Yard, 1661 Senter Road at Phelan Avenue
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, 5905 Winfield Boulevard, between Blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue (bag pickup street access only)

For questions, please visit

MidPen Regional Open Space Photo Contest
MidPen Open Space Photo Contest

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District invites all visitors to enter its 7th Annual Digital Photo Contest, running now through March 31, 2016.  MidPen is seeking compelling digital images of nature, capturing the diversity of our open spaces. Your images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, or people interacting with nature; however, they must be taken in one of our open space preserves open to the public.

You may enter up to three images in the following categories: Wildlife, Plant Life, Landscapes, People, Mobile device photography. One category per image.  Please review the full photo contest rules and legal conditions before applying.  Enter now!

PRNS Winter Leisure Class Registration

'Tis the Season!  The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Winter Leisure Class Registration is open.  Take a minute to see what classes, camps, programs and activities your local community center is offering this season.  Find your favorite out of the hundreds of options; there is something for everyone!

Pick up a Winter 2016 Camden Community Center brochure in person or view it online.  For questions or additional information, please call the Camden Community Center at (408) 559-8553.

Holiday Safety Tips

Shopping Tips: When shopping, park your car in a well-lit area.  Place packages or bags in the trunk of your car and lock it. If you have no trunk, be certain they are out of sight. Parked cars should have all windows tightly closed and all doors locked. Never leave packages or bags unattended in a store or at a register. Purses should be carried under the arm and wallets in an inside coat pocket

Online Shopping Tips: Shop using secure websites, and use credit cards instead of debit cards.  Choose safe delivery options, including delivery appointments, delivery to trusted neighbors, local stores, or drop off locations such as Amazon Lockers or UPS stores.

Home Safety: Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if you will only be gone for a few minutes. Don't put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows.  Don't leave gift boxes out during garbage days. When going on trips or just out for the evening, use automatic timers to turn indoor lights off and on to make it appear you are at home.  For more prevention tips and resources, visit

Cambrian Park Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot
Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot

Shop the Cambrian Park Kiwanis Club Christmas Tree lot at Leigh High School!

Hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Friday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Closed Wednesday
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

2nd Mondays at CreaTV

CreaTV San Jose invites the public to drop-in on the second Monday of each month from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM to tour CreaTV's public television studios, have opportunities to talk to its crew and volunteers, watch a practice TV show being shot, and more! CreaTV is located at 255 W. Julian Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95110.  Parking is next to the building in spaces marked "Visitor."  For more information, please call (408) 295-8815 or visit

Neighborhood Clean-Up Events

Neighborhood Clean-Up events (NCUs) provide San Jose residents a way to dispose of unwanted items.  NCUs are held rain or shine in different neighborhoods throughout the year and occur every three years per neighborhood. 

The City's Code Enforcement Division mails households a postcard which residents must bring to the NCU for entry.  Residents can only attend the NCU in their designated neighborhood.  Residents can look for their postcard in the mail or visit and use the Collection Day Look-Up tool to see when their next neighborhood NCU is scheduled. 

Holiday Rent-A-Tree

Go green with a zero waste live tree! Rent a living Christmas tree this holiday season to help make your neighborhoods greener and enter for a chance to win $250 in CasaQ ornaments!  Rent an 18'' to 8' tree for 30 days (prices vary).  All purchases are tax deductible, and benefit the non-profit organization Our City Forest dedicated to connecting community and cultivating growth and protection of our urban ecosystem.

Outdoor Classes for Homeschool Students

Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy this fall for environmental science classes designed specifically for homeschool students! GRPC leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place. This month is the November Fight the Drought Series.

Drop-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred as space is limited. For more information, visit or call (408) 298-7657.

Free Dental Screenings for Children

Healthier Kids Foundation's Dental First program is conducting free (donor funded) dental screenings for children Monday through Friday at your school, preschool, or day care center.  Healthier Kids Foundation will provide a licensed dentist and all children will receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.  Staff will help parents with any follow-up as needed.  Children age 6 months to 18 years old are eligible.

This program is a first come, first serve basis.  Make sure to schedule your screening today by contacting Sunny Ochoa at (408) 564-5114 x206 or

Stop Junk Mail San Jose

Over 100 billion pieces of unsolicited mail are stuffed into U.S. mailboxes each year. Not only is junk mail simply annoying, it is also extremely wasteful. Most of the 100 billion pieces of paper are thrown away, contributing greatly to this country’s waste levels.

During the holidays, you may find your mailbox full of unwanted catalogs and solicitations. Reducing unwanted mail is an easy way to unclutter your life and stop waste at the source. Residents can sign up for Stop Junk Mail San Jose, a free service provided by Catalog Choice, to eliminate junk mail. Sign up today to stop unwanted mail!

Stop Junk Mail San Jose is a project of the San Jose Green Vision Resource Team – a partnership between the City of San Jose and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Upcoming Events

Public Meetings for the General Plan 4-Year Review

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6:30 PM

Monthly meetings are planned through April to discuss progress on implementation of the City's Envision 2040 General Plan and to consider whether mid-course adjustments are needed.  The meetings will be held at City Hall in Wing Rooms 118-120, beginning at 6:30 PM.  For more details, visit

Pre-Kwanzaa Educational Celebration and Demonstration
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 7:30 PM
Dr. Martin Luther King Library, Cultural Heritage Center, San Jose, CA 95112
Kwanzaa is celebrated between December 26th and January 1st of every year.  Kwanzaa is the gathering of family, friends, and community and showing respect for elders and ancestors.  On December 17th, witness the largest (known) KINARA in the world, including a live candle lighting demonstration and Libation ceremony.  For more information, please contact Al Farley at or (408) 499-6002 or David Piper at or (408) 826-4265.

Open Space Authority Upcoming Events
  • December 19 - Bring Your Own Horse Ride
  • December 20 - Audubon Society Holiday Bird Count
  • December 27 - Audubon Society Holiday Bird Count

Drop-ins are welcome unless registration is required. Rain may cancel. Call ahead in case of rain.  For event locations and more information, please call (408) 224-7476 or visit

Christmas in the Park
Christmas in the Park San Jose
Open now through January 1, 2016
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Downtown San Jose

Christmas in the Park, a family-oriented tradition with lights, trees and exhibits, marks its 37th year of being open in the heart of Downtown San Jose during the holiday season.  Admission is free.  For more information, please visit

Ash Kickers Quit Smoking Program
Program Dates: January 12, 2016 - February 9, 2016
1469 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126
This year, take the first step toward living healthier and breathing easier - quit smoking! Breathe California is proud to host its Ash Kickers Quit-Smoking Classes to help local residents kick the habit. Led by a trained facilitator, the class offers smokers the resources and strategies to quit and stay quit. The sessions also provide a comfortable group atmosphere that facilitates a natural support network for each participant. All classes are held at Breathe California in Los Gatos.  Cost is $70 ($50 ages 65+), sliding scale. Please call (408) 998-5865 to register.

2016 Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk & Senior Resource Fair
Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Westfield Oakridge Macy's Court, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123
Save the date for the 2016 W.O.W.W. Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk & Resource Fair for Seniors! This event is hosted by Councilmembers Johnny Khamis, Donald Rocha, and Ash Kalra.  Resource fair booth and volunteer opportunities are available.  Pre-registration information is forthcoming - please stay tuned!

City of San Jose Career Fair
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Please save the date for an upcoming career fair hosted by the City of San Jose!  The City is recruiting for a wide range of positions, including: sworn (police and fire), professional, trades, managerial, and administrative. These specific positions will depend on available openings at the time in February.  Applicants will have the opportunity to meet with HR staff and hiring managers from many City departments. 

2016 District 9 Great American Litter-Pick Up
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Various Locations throughout District 9, Rain or Shine
Mark your calendars for the 2016 District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up!  Join neighbors and the District 9 Team to clean up litter and beautify our parks and neighborhoods, rain or shine! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.  Students can receive community service hours by volunteering at this event.  Please save the date!


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

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


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