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District 9 2018 May Mid-Month Newsletter

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District 9 May Mid-Month 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,

In March I wrote about concerns I'd heard from District 9 residents about rising crime in our neighborhoods. In particular, I’ve heard a bit about property crimes such as car thefts.  Since then, my office has organized a community meeting to discuss public safety which will be attended by our Chief of Police, Eddie Garcia.  I will be in attendance as well.

This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn about the City’s efforts to rebuild our police force and keep our neighborhoods safe, as well as ask any questions you may have for me or the Chief.  San Jose has struggled in years past to attract police recruits and fill vacant positions within our Department, but after significant efforts in 2016 and 2017 to improve the City’s competitiveness as an employer, we seem to have turned the corner and the number of

officers on the streets is beginning to rise.  We will be happy to discuss these efforts in more detail at the meeting.

For myself and on behalf of Chief Garcia, we hope to see you at Camden Community Center next week for this important conversation. Please see details below:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Camden Community Center

3369 Union Ave

San José, CA 95124

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
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

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

Casanova's Venice: Book Talk with the Author

Discover Venice through the life of Casanova with author Kathleen Ann Gonzalez as she shares highlights from her book, Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps. Kathleen illuminates history with her speaking style and knowledge of Venice. This guide is for lovers, scholars, and adventures. Italian sodas and snacks are included. Treat yourself to a getaway without leaving town.

Please RSVP to attend this free event.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM 

San Jose Clubhouse

15480 Union Avenue

San José, CA 95124

Hear Her Song: A Musical Celebration of Extraordinary Women

Created to celebrate stories of remarkable women leaders, Hear Her Song brings together an extraordinary array of musical artists, offering powerful insights into women's leadership worldwide.


Through collaboration with partner organizations Vital Voices and Women Like Us Foundation, 20 distinguished women are honored for their achievements and courageous life choices, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, Sister Marilyn Lacey, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Each of the honorees' insights and stories form the foundation for the creation of the new songs, featuring lyrics by TCP's Poet-in-Residence Jacqueline Suskin and music by an all-female cast of today's leading composers and songwriters. The project is led by Kurt Crowley, also current music director of Broadway's Hamilton, and participating composers include Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Emily Estefan, Emily Hall, Molly Joyce, Tania León, and Georgia Stitt.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

7:00 PM

Hammer Theater

101 Paseo De San Antonio

San José, CA 95113


For tickets, please visit the Hammer Theater's website. Visit The Canales Project site for more information about the program.  

Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Support early childhood literacy and attend this event hosted in partnership with the Happy Hollow Foundation and the Kristi Yamaguchi Always Dream Foundation. Enjoy special celebrity book readings, interactive animal meet and greets, and fun for the whole family.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

1300 Senter Rd 

San José, CA 95112

This event is free with the price of admission. For more information, please visit Happy Hollow's Facebook event page.

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

Be a Hero and Clean Our Waterways on National River Cleanup Day

Join more than 1,000 volunteers to clean local creeks and rivers on National River Cleanup Day. Choose to volunteer at one of 40 sites throughout Santa Clara County or 15 sites in San José. San Jose's Environmental Services Department (ESD) is an event sponsor of this event in collaboration with the Creek Connections Action Group.

Visit the Creek Connections Action Group's website to view the list of sites and register. In 2017, more than 1,200 volunteers removed upward of 36,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from local waterways. For more information, contact Napp Fukuda, Deputy Director of Watershed Protection Division, at 408-793-5353.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

40 Sites in Santa Clara County - 15 Sites in San Jose

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 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.

Santa Clara County Fair IS COMING!

More information will be released in the next month. Stay tuned for big news.

As always, the County Fair will have carnival rides, fun foods, entertainment, interactive activities for kids, exhibits, livestock animals, competitions, community performances and more!

August 2 - 5, 2018

Times TBD

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

344 Tully Rd

San José, CA 95111

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.

Senior Safari Walkabout 2018

Visitors ages 50 and up are invited to take over San Jose’s iconic Happy Hollow Park & Zoo! Get fresh air and exercise as you enjoy:

  • Free admission and parking
  • Early entry to the park
  • Animal meet-and-greets
  • A 10,000-step challenge
  • Fun activities and giveaways
  • Healthy breakfasts available for purchase

For more information, call (408) 794-6400 or visit Happy Hollow's event page.

Thursdays, May 24 - June 28 - July 26 - August 23 - Sept 27 - Oct 25, 2018

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

1300 Senter Rd 

San José, CA 95112

Stress & Your Gut: A Wellness Event

How can stress be undermining your weight, energy, and gut health? Rebecca Hazelton, a Licensed Nutritionist, will speak on how you can stop stressing to enjoy unstoppable health.

Rebecca is also a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, a Certified HeartMath Stress Resillience Coach and an author. She shows people struggling with health symptoms how to regain their health so they can feel great and love life again.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Check In at 6 PM)

San Jose Clubhouse

15480 Union Avenue

San José, CA 95124

RSVP is recommended as seating is limited. This is a free event.

County Women's Task Force Openings

Are you or someone you know passionate about improving outcomes for vulnerable women and girls in the County? If so, please consider applying for the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Task Force. 

The Task Force members will provide recommendations by reviewing data and developing recommendations to improve the lives of women and girls in our community.  The Task Force is seeking members of the community with the following areas of expertise: Economic development and security; Gender-based violence; Education and leadership; Health care issues; Housing; and Criminal justice. 

Learn more and apply before June 1.


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.

Election Volunteers Needed

Earn money and participate in the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election by serving as an election volunteer for the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters!

On Election Day, June 5, volunteers will be part of the action helping ROV staff process ballots and voting materials as they return from the polling places. Volunteers check in materials as they arrive, sort and deliver ballots and supplies, and assist in the vital process of ensuring that every vote received is counted.

Positions are filled on a first come, first served basis. For application and more information please visit the Board of Supervisors' site.

Shakespeare Camp Registration is Filling Up & Summer Shows are Coming Soon!

Shakespeare Camp for Youth & Teens

June 18 - June 29, 2018

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

History Park San Jose at Kelley Park

1650 Senter Rd

San Jose, CA, 95112

Registration for this Summer's Shakespeare Camp for Youth & Teens is OPEN, and spots are filling up fast. Don't miss out on this summertime fun!


Campers learn about improv, acting, scenic design, and more, and this year they will perform in an abridged version of Henry VRegistration deadline is June 1st.

As You Like It

June 8 - June 24, 2018


7:00 PM

Willow Street Park

1320 Willow St

San Jose, CA, 95125

While ALL of our productions are FREE for youth 17 & under, our Willow Street production is free for EVERYONE each season. This year we present our classic (and classy) take on Shakespeare's As You Like It. Step into a pop-up book of fairytale romance as you journey into the forest of Arden in this family-friendly comedy.

Did we mention it's FREE? Mark your calendars and come to the park in June!

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 free junk pickup appointments.  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

   Volunteers Raise $80,000 for Neighborhood Park in District 9 

Marsey Kahn and Jennifer Roberts met with San Jose Parks Foundation Executive Director James Reber on November 1, 2017 and shared an idea they had. The historic oak grove that fills Thousand Oaks Park and encompasses adjacent homes, as well as a natural area across from the park, needs to be protected for the future.

Their idea of creating a conservancy for these majestic trees would go a long way to providing permanent protection. The discussion led to a few more meetings, some research, and an energetic plan to move quickly to begin the process of creating a stewardship vehicle.

The plan is to empower the neighborhood and create a path in the undeveloped natural area, funding it through donations from park neighbors and supporters. This will secure the area, generate more interest and lead to the creation of a formal conservancy. 

The City of San Jose's parks have not fully recovered from the massive budget cuts of several years ago and citizens have often moved to take positive actions themselves. San Jose Parks Foundation provides the infrastructure for ordinary citizens to do this, empowering nearly two dozen groups. Thousand Oaks Park has become the most prolific of all of these partnerships, setting a new standard for empowerment success.

The initial response has been stellar. A flyer went out into the Thousand Oaks neighborhood and within 10 days, over $35,000 of the $50,000 goal was raised. As of May 15, these volunteers have raised over $80,000 for this project. Congratulations to Marsey Kahn and Jennifer Roberts and to the many Thousand Oaks residents who have stepped up to improve the park and build a brighter future. 

James Reber, Executive Director - San Jose Parks Foundation



New End of Watch Police Memorial Will Honor San Jose's Fallen Officers
Your Contributions Can Help Make It Happen

Thirteen officers have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of San José since 1924, two of them within the past three years. These tragic deaths have brought grief to their families, fellow officers and the community at large. There will now be a beautiful memorial in tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The End of Watch Memorial will be located near the public entrance of the City of San José's Police Administration Building and will be an inviting destination for remembrance and reflection. Artist Gordon Huether's design for the memorial is in the form of a seven-pointed police badge, with a black band angled across it. This symbol is a powerful expression used by San José Police Officers to mourn the loss of an officer. Made of specialized dichroic glass which has captivating, translucent properties causing it to change colors when viewed at different angles, the badge will also capture and reflect light and colors, and cast richly-hued light patterns on nearby surfaces. The dichroic glass badge will be encased in a stainless steel frame etched with filigree patterns to further reference its character as a badge. Each fallen officer will be recognized on an individual metal plaque installed around the base of the memorial.

A concrete plaza in front of the memorial will include a linear inset of blue glass to reference "the thin blue line," a classic symbol of the role of law enforcement as the protectors of order and safety in the community. The surrounding area, conceptualized by the artist as a "meditation garden," will include benches and landscaping to enhance the memorial and the experience of those who visit it. Lighting will enhance the presence of the memorial at night.

For more information about San José's End of Watch Police Memorial, Visit the San Jose Police Foundation's Website or call the San José Public Art Program at (408) 793-4339 or email them.

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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