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The Future of Cambrian Park Plaza

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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

December Mid-Month Announcements

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,

As many of you may already know, Weingarten Realty is the new owner of the Cambrian Park Plaza Shopping Center in District 9.  The 17-acre plaza, which was purchased last year, serves over 180,000 people from across San Jose, Los Gatos and Campbell.  After months of study following consultation with community and city stakeholders, Weingarten filed a preliminary review application with the City's Planning Department asking for feedback on its plan to redevelop the site.

Weingarten has established a website to provide information about the ongoing planning process, preliminary review application, and redevelopment plan.  The Weingarten Team is looking to obtain the community's feedback to help inform next steps of the planning process through an online survey, and has asked me to share the survey with you in my newsletter.

If you live in the Cambrian Park Plaza area or you visit or shop at the center, then please take a moment to fill out Weingarten's survey, and if possible, share this with your neighbors.  This is an important opportunity for you to share your honest input about which aspects of this future space are most important to you and what concerns you may have about the redevelopment.

Online Survey:

Weingarten's Website:

There has been a lot of interest in the future of this shopping center since Weingarten became its new owner.  Just recently in September, the Plaza's carousel sign was deemed an official historic landmark after the community came out to support this action under the leadership of County Supervisor Ken Yeager.  I thank the community for its continued engagement and feedback on the future of Cambrian Park Plaza thus far and invite you to stay connected and informed throughout the process.

I will continue to keep you apprised of any updates on the project as they are made available to me.  You should also feel welcomed to share your direct feedback with Weingarten via email at

As always, you can reach my office at (408) 535-4909 or  However, please note that City of San Jose offices will be closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2.  As we wrap up the year here at City Hall, my staff and I wish you a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year. 

With warm regards,

Donald Rocha
Councilmember, District 9

News & Announcements
San Jose Police Department Community Survey

The San Jose Police Department has hired the Matrix Consulting Group to conduct a study of the Department's staffing and deployment model in order to provide an analysis of our needs.  The study is expected to be completed in February of 2017.  The Department recognizes the value of community input in this process and is asking community members to complete a short survey as part of the study.

Please take the time to complete the survey, which is completely anonymous:

If you have any questions, please contact Ian Brady at the Matrix Consulting Group, (650) 575-5129 or via email at

Holiday Recycling Changes

This year, there are no collection schedule changes the week of Christmas or New Year’s. Curbside collection of holiday trees is on your collection day beginning December 26, 2016 through January 27, 2017. Remove stands, tinsel, and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces. Set out on the curb near your carts by 6:00 AM.

Use Extra Garbage Stickers, available at City Hall, libraries, Lucky, and Safeway stores in San José. Place extra garbage in a 32-gallon plastic garbage bag labeled with an Extra Garbage Sticker on the curb near the garbage cart on your collection day.  Questions? Go to

San Andreas Regional Center Toy Drive

The San Andreas Regional Center is collecting unwrapped toys for low-income families who have children with special needs.  Unwrapped toys can be left at one of the following San Andreas offices:

  • Campbell Office: 300 Orchard City Drive, Suite 170
  • Gilroy Office: 7855 Wren Avenue, Suite A
  • Salinas Office: 344 Salinas Street, Suite 207
  • Watsonville Office: 1110 Main Street, Suite 8

If you have questions about what to donate or how you can help, please call (408) 341-3809 or email

'Tis the Season! PRNS Winter Registration

Registration is now open. Take a minute to see what classes, camps and activities your local community centers and parks are offering this season and find your favorite out of the hundreds of options. Visit and view the community center brochures today. For more information, please contact the PRNS Customer Service Help Line at (408) 793-5565 or Camden Community Center at (408) 559-8553.

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.

The Adopt-A-Highway program, which began in 1989, has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time. More than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside.  Participation can include one or more of the following activities:

  • Removing litter (work frequency varies with location)
  • Planting and establishing trees or wildflowers
  • Removing graffiti
  • Controlling vegetation

To learn more, please visit:

Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought people from all over the Bay Area together during the holidays. The event is open every day, including Christmas, from 9:00 AM to midnight now through January 1, 2017.

Christmas in the Park is a non-profit organization that is supported through fundraising efforts and is free to the public.

Downtown Ice

Hawaiian Airlines, Kristi Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation partner with the San Jose Downtown Association to produce Downtown Ice, November 18 through January 16 at the Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA.

General Hours: 

  • Monday-Thursday: 5 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 8 PM - Midnight
  • Saturday: Noon - Midnight
  • Sunday: Noon - 9 PM  
  • Special hours apply during winter break and the holidays

Admission is $15 for children 10-under and $17 for skaters 11-older. Those who bring their own skates will be admitted for $10. Discounts and details are at

Free Large-Item Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

The large item collection program now offers two free collection appointments per household per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items.  For more information, please visit

Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900. 

Partners in Reading Program

Join Partners In Reading to improve your reading and writing skills, or volunteer as a tutor to help an adult build basic reading, writing and technology skills.

New Learner Orientation: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

New Tutor Orientation: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Joyce Ellington Branch Library

For more information, please contact Partners in Reading at (408) 808-2361 or

Upcoming Events
Enjoy the Holidays Outdoors

Light Painting Photography - Saturday, December 17, 2016, 9:00 PM, Alum Rock Park

Starry Nights - Saturday, December 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Beginner's Bird & Plant Walk - Sunday, December 18, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Lake Cunningham Park

For more information and a complete list of events, visit

Protect our Community: Action & Planning Day

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

I am proud to sponsor this event, hosted by non-profit leaders and community members.  Attendees will break into 3 working groups to focus on how to stop hate crimes and protect immigrants, Dreamers, health care, and constitutional rights. Space is limited, so please register online.

Update to Public Meetings for Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Alviso Library Community Room, 5050 2st Street, San Jose, CA 95002

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123

The public is invited to attend meetings on the mobilehome park closure ordinance.  For questions about the proposed ordinance, please contact Jenny Nusbaum, Supervising Planner, Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, at (408) 535-7872 or

San Jose Family Camp Fire Up & Friendraiser

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 5:99 PM - 9:00 PM  
Leninger Community Center, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Join San Jose Family Camp at a Friendraiser to enjoy priority registration for the 2017 season, camp games, silent auction, arts & crafts, music, smores, food and more.  This is a fundraising event benefiting San Jose Family Camp.  Tickets are $10 for adults 13+ and $8 for kids 4-12 years old.  Register now at

Important Resources

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-7770
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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