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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

Dear Neighbor,

My staff and I are looking forward to the District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up, next Saturday, April 23, 8:30am to 11:30am!

Invite your friends, family and neighbors and join us as we clean up Butcher Park, Lone Hill Park, and Paul Moore Park.  Our fingers are crossed for dry weather, but this event will be held rain or shine.  We'll be working on park projects such as weeding, landscaping, litter clean-up, painting, and refilling fibar. This event is a wonderful way for all of us to get involved and give back to our community.

There is still time to register, and you can do so at

As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please contact my office at (408) 535-4909 or by email at

I hope to see you next weekend.


News & Announcements
"Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose" Documentary Now Available

CreaTV San Jose is pleased to announce that the documentary “Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose” is now available to view and download for free at

Since its premiere in January of 2015, the intention has been to make this first-of-its kind film available to the widest audience possible including for use in the classroom. The film covers 200 years of the history of one of the most important cities in California; from the establishment of the first Spanish town, to the first state capital, to the center of the Valley of Hearts delight and into the modern era of being the urban Capital of Silicon Valley.  The hope is that community-based screenings will spark dialogue, not only about our shared history, but also about our future growth as a multicultural community.

Spring 2016 Boards & Commissions Recruitment
Spring Boards & Commissions Recruitment

Applications are now being accepted until April 21, 2016.

Boards and Commissions are critical to San Jose's government processes.  Their activities help shape and influence public policy, and lend a more diverse viewpoint for the City Council to consider.

View the full list of Board & Commission vacancies:

Apply online:

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Summer Camp

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp!  Each topic provides interactive learning experiences, hands-on activities, zoo tours, and the opportunity to meet live animals up close!  Happy Hollow Members receive a discount on camp with their membership number and coupon code SUMMER.

  • Non-Members: $255 half day/$355 full day
  • Members: $229.50 half day/$329.50 full day
  • Boxed Lunches: $40 per week (full day campers only)
  • Additional T-Shirts: $15 per shirt (one shirt is included with camp registration)

Scholarships are available for eligible families.  For more information, please call 408-794-6420 or visit

Camden Summer Movie Series

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy family films after dark.  The Cambrian Kiwanis and Camden Community Center are proud to present the Camden Summer Movie Series every Friday, beginning July 15 through August 19. Movies are subject to change.

  • July 15 - Kung Fu Panda 3
  • July 22 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • July 29 - Epic
  • August 5 - The Book of Life
  • August 12 - Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • August 19 - The Peanuts Movie

The Camden Community Center is located at 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.

Report: Healthy Food Access in San Jose

San Jose is at the center of a region experiencing rapid growth and development. While this growth has brought opportunity and inevitable change to our City, some things remain stubbornly unchanged. Food insecurity--not just the lack of food, but the lack of enough healthy food to live an active, healthy life--continues to affect the health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

The Health Trust recently released Food for Everyone, a report that focuses on homeless individuals and families and low-income seniors in San Jose, outlining where the gaps in healthy food access are and how to make food assistance more equitable in this City. Access to healthy food is an urgent issue that our City and County, nonprofit and community leaders need to address, together.

Register for San Jose Family Camp

San Jose’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground. 

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. Reserve your tent today for the 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

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

Residents living in single-family homes can receive one free large-item pickup.  One pick-up is good for up to three large items.  Additional pickups are only $27. For more information, visit

Did you know that Illegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment?  When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment. 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.

Upcoming Events
Silicon Valley Walk for Water

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Timothy's Lutheran Church 
5100 Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join Silicon Valley Discipleship for the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Walk for Water in support of Water Mission!  In its inaugural year, over 500 people participated in the Walk through Cambrian Park and raised $186,000 to provide safe water to 6 communities around the world.  This year, Walk for Water hopes to raise over $250,000 for the cause.  Register online or contact Ruth Hardin for more information. 

Cambrian Library Book Sale

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cambrian Branch Library Community Room, 1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

No need to worry about paying overdue book fines when you purchase your books that the Cambrian Library Book Sale.  A well-ordered array of gently used books and media will be for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $1.00 for books, $2.00 for CDs and $3.00 for DVDs.  In addition, there will be specially priced premium books and media.  A 1/2 off sale will be held from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM with the exception of specially priced items.

A members-only pre-sale will be held on Friday, April 29th from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  Memberships (only $10.00 for the year) may be purchased at the door on Friday.  Book sales support library programs and book purchases for the library.  Questions? Call (408) 266-7040.

City-Wide Youth Track Meet

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Check-in 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM, Start 8:15 AM
Mt. Pleasant High School Track & Field, 1750 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95127

The PAAF City Wide Youth Track & Field Meet is held each year in San Jose. Hundreds of children compete with hopes of qualifying for the State and National Meets. Each child is able to participate free of charge because of PAAF’s sponsorship. PAAF is proud to be the sole sponsor of this great event. This event is free and open to all children born between 2002 and 2008. 

Track events include 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay.  Field events include standing long jump, softball throw, and turbo javelin.  For more information, contact Jason Pierce at  Register online at or by calling (408) 277-4133.

39th Annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival

Saturday, May 7, 2016, May 9, 2016, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Penitencia Creek Park, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95132

The original Berryessa Art & Wine Festival is back, presented by the Berryessa Business Association and supporting the Berryessa Union School District.  Admission is free, and the event will showcase artists, wine, beer, food trucks, and entertainment.  For more information, visit or contact Frank Cancila at (408) 821-1291.

Envision Silicon Valley VTA Public Meetings

Monday, May 9, 2016, 7:00 PM
San Jose City Hall Wing Rooms 118-120, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The public is invited to learn about progress being made toward developing a possible transportation sales tax measure for the November 2016 ballot and to provide input. Find out how Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has been engaging with stakeholders and the public to identify and prioritize mobility programs and projects.

Envision Silicon Valley is a process in which VTA is engaging community leaders and residents in discussions to identify current and future mobility needs, solutions and funding priorities. For a list of more meetings, please visit

District 9 Community Budget Meeting

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cambrian Branch Library, 1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

The City of San Jose is holding a series of community meetings in each council district to discuss the 2016-2017 Budget.  Residents are encouraged to attend and discuss priorities and budget-related topics with members of the San Jose City Council and staff.

For questions or more information, please contact the Mayor's Budget Office by calling (408) 535-8144.

Public Informational Meetings: Affordable Housing Impact Fee & Inclusionary Housing
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Monday, June 13, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Housing Department has scheduled a series of meetings to provide up-to-date information on the Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program (with specific information on how developers might apply for the "pipeline exemption" for projects already in process), and Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting Karen Goodman at 408-975-4416, or by email at

"Building Our Future": 2016 Youth Conference

Friday, May 20, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 
San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Each year, in an effort to empower youth across San José, The San Jose Youth Commission hosts a citywide Youth Conference. Now in its ninth year, the 2016 Youth Conference, entitled "Building Our Future" aims to inform, inspire and empower youth to take action and build a bright and successful future.

On Friday, May 20, 2016, Conference attendees will experience an engaging and interactive atmosphere where they will hear stories from the past, be informed and aware about the current reality and unlock the possibilities of tomorrow’s future.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network and interact with elected officials and local leaders from our own community. Space is limited to the first 300 teens, so register today

For more information, please contact San José Youth Commission Staff, Betty Ramirez, at (408) 793-5559 or email at

Leigh Longhorn Stampede 5K

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 9:00 AM
Leigh High School, 5210 Leigh Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Let’s Build a Stronger Community --- together!  The 4th Annual Longhorn Stampede 5K benefits all extra curricular programs at Leigh High School. Help keep those teenagers busy! This family friendly course is US Track & Field Certified and meanders around the neighborhood of Leigh.

For more information and to register at

Shop with a Cop Badges & Books for Kids Brunch Fundraiser

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Capers Eat & Drink, 1710 W Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

Eat at Capers on May 22 and 30% of food and beverage sales will benefit the Readers are Leaders Reading Campaign & the Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree for underserved youth. Tickets are $30 before May 22, and $35 at the door. 

To pay online via safe & secure PayPal, visit, or mail check payable to SWACSV, PO Box 8003, San Jose, CA 95155-8003. Tickets will be held at will-call. There is limited seating! A silent and live auction will be held.

Building Permits & Home Safety

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113 

Please join the City of San Jose for an open house to learn about permits and inspections for single-family remodeling, additions and new home design.  For more information, please visit

Permits and inspections help assure safe construction practices and compliance with building laws; help protect your loved ones and your remodeling investment by getting permits and inspections for your projects!

Senior Safari Walkabouts 2016

Select Thursdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, and October 22
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Join the early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again! Animal Meet & Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase. For more information, please call (408) 794-6400 or visit 

Silicon Valley F.O.A.M. Festival

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
San Jose Penitencia Creek Park, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95132

The Silicon Valley FOAM Festival of Arts & Musique is sponsored and produced by Opening Doors 2020.  Attendees can visit 150 exhibitors, including hands-on science activities, animals, and more.  This event connects families to Silicon Valley community resources and creates excitement around science, technology, engineering and math. Parking is free, and admission is $2 ($1 with an online coupon).  For more information and discounted admission, visit

Music in the Park Series Opener

Friday, June 24, 2016, 5:30 PM
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Downtown San Jose, CA 95113

Multi-Grammy Award-winners Los Lobos will headline the Music in the Park 2016 series opener June 24 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

The Mexican-American roots-rock group from East Los Angeles has been recording since the late 1970s. Their crossover hit, La Bamba, from the 1987 film reached phenomenal worldwide popularity. Their current tour supports their latest album release, Gates of Gold.  The show begins just after work at 5:30 p.m. with South Bay guitarist Maxx Cabelllo, Jr.

Tickets are now available at  Advanced tickets are $10 per adult and free for 12-under when accompanied by an adult. At the door, admission will cost $15 per adult.  Music in the Park is presented by Metro Newspapers and produced by the San Jose Downtown Association. The events are supported by the City of San Jose.


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
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide


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