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District 9
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
Fax (408) 292-6471

District 9 April Newsletter




Click on Links below to sign up for city-wide classes including the Aquatics Brochure

Community Activities and Registration 


Healthy Eating on a Budget

Eat Healthy

MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. To learn more about building a healthy place, visit

Visit Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Website

Camden Community Center's Kirk Cafe

for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


Clean-Up Map


The City of San José provides dumpster service on neighborhood cleanup days once every three years for neighborhoods across the City. Click on the map above to view your next clean-up day. Please contact our office for locations. (408) 535-4909.


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-8900

Anti-Graffiti 24 Hotline (866) 249-0543

Animal Care & Services
(408) 794-7297

City Hall Customer Service
(408) 535-3500

Code Enforcement
(408) 535-7770

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
(408) 277-8911

Police Non-Emergency
(408) 277-8900

(408) 794-1900 (7am-4pm)
(408) 277-8956

Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588


Donald Rocha

San José City Hall District 9 200 E Santa Clara Street, Floor 18
San José, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909
F: (408) 292-6471

District 9 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Marisa Melo
Policy Aide

Brady Ruebusch
Policy Aide







 Dear Neighbor,

This month I’d like to give you an update on recent developments in the City’s budget process.  The new budget year will start July 1st, 2013; over the next few months, the City Council will make decisions as to what the City’s budget priorities should be.  These decisions are important because they determine what services the City will provide to the public. 

During the month of March, the Mayor released his March Budget Message, a document that, when approved by the full Council, communicates the City Council’s budget priorities to the City Manager so that she can implement them as she develops the proposed budget.  You can read the Budget Message by clicking here.  There are a few important takeaways from the Mayor’s Message this year.  First, he notes that although the City’s service levels are below where they should be, we are no longer plagued by the massive deficits we experienced a few years ago.  This fiscal stability gives us an opportunity to start building back our service levels.  Second, he makes it clear that public safety should be the City’s top budget priority.  I agree with him on that point; there are many other important services the City provides besides public safety, such as libraries and parks, but based on the many residents who have shared their public safety concerns with me—especially surrounding the issue of residential burglaries—I do think it should be the top priority.

I am generally supportive of the Mayor’s direction—I think he takes a balanced approach.  I have also issued my own memo recommending some minor additional direction (found here.)  At this point in the process I’m not asking for funding commitments; I’m requesting that City staff bring forward information that will help the Council to make good decisions.  One of the topics on which I’d like more information is the Mayor’s proposal to open the South San Jose Police Substation.  I think the Mayor is headed in the right direction—opening the Substation is a commitment of additional resources to public safety—but I would like to see some additional analysis to ensure we’re spending the money where it will generate highest returns to the public.  I also ask that staff provide information on how many people are participating in the City’s Senior Nutrition Program, which is intended to help seniors get enough to eat, be active and stay socially engaged.  The Council has saved this program when it was in danger of being cut in past cycles, but its service model was changed substantially in order to cut costs.  Monitoring participation is important because it will help us determine whether the new program model is succeeding, or whether we need to make adjustments through the budget process. 

There are a few other issues not in my memo that I’m also looking forward to hearing more about as the budget process proceeds.  I frequently hear concern from residents about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries.  Over the last few years, the City Council has repeatedly failed to deal with this issue for a number of reasons.  I haven’t given up trying to work on the problem, however, and hopefully there will be an opportunity to make progress through this budget process.  Last fall, I proposed that we ask City staff to report back to Council on enforcement options that are currently available to us without passing new regulations.  Staff will inform the Council through the budget process as to what resources they need to pursue such enforcement.  I’m looking forward to hearing what our options are.

The final budget is approved by Council in June, so there are several more months ahead of us before final decisions are made.  I will keep you informed as the process moves forward and let you know about opportunities for public participation.  If you have feedback or questions about this or any other issue, please feel free to get in touch with my office by email at or by phone at (408) 535-4972.



Donald Rocha



Senior Walk and Resource Fair

 Sr. Walk



San José City Hall, City offices to close for César Chávez holiday

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, April 1 in observance of César Chávez Day. All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 2. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.

Library Schedule:All City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, April 2. Please note: On Friday, April 12, 2013, all library staff will attend a library in-service training from 9:00AM to 1:00PM San Jose Public Library branches will open at 1:00PM King Library will open as usual at 8:00 a.m.

Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holidays. Community Center information is available at or in the Citywide Activity Guide.

Garbage and Recycling pickup will occur as normal on Monday, April 1.

Garbage Bills or New Accounts: If you have billing questions or need to transfer or begin a new garbage service account, call the City's Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500 when the offices reopen on Tuesday, April 2. A drop box located at the 6th Street and Santa Clara Street entrance of City Hall, is available for bill payment deposits during the closure.

If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500. 


Crime Prevention Tips-Auto Theft

The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE POLICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!

In the United States, a vehicle is stolen every 21 seconds.

Stolen cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles cost victims time and money — and increase everyone's insurance premiums. They're also used to commit other crimes.

Don't be a victim of this serious crime.

For additional crime prevention tips (click here) or to arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood association or group meeting contact the San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit at: (408) 277-4133.


Family Camp

Enjoy the Simple Life at Family Camp at Yosemite this summer! 

Early registration set for Saturday, April 6, 2013

The traditional sign-ups will take place at Leininger Center, located at 1300 Senter Road, between 7:00AM-2:00PM, giving families the opportunity to plan a summer vacation they won’t soon forget.

Providing a stress-free family camping experience, campers can enjoy three meals a day and daily activities for all ages. Family Camp’s convenient location to the west entrance to Yosemite National Park also provides an ideal out-of-camp excursion.

 Participating in Family Camp’s Early Registration on April 6 requires a special code provided by Family Camp staff. To find out how you can get the code, please visit or call the camp office at (408) 794-6208 by April 1 for complete early registration details and additional information on the 2013 summer season.


San Jose Museum Of Art - Spring Art Camp 

SJMA now offers its innovative youth camps during select school breaks. Campers participate in art projects that balance visual inquiry and technical instruction with inspiration and self-expression. Students grow creatively and strengthen their artistic capabilities while developing team skills and perception. Children ages 6–11 will explore the Museum’s galleries and learn drawing, painting, and sculpting techniques. All materials are included.

Camp Sessions

Monday, April 8–Friday April 12, 2013 (9:30AM–4:30PM) lunch NOT included.

The week-long camp culminates in a student exhibition Saturday, April 13, 11AM – 4PM


Online registration only (click here). Museum members at the Dual/Family level, or above, at the time of camp will receive a $50 discount. Take advantage of this benefit, join/renew/gift a Membership.

Camp Fees

Museum Members: $275  Non-members: $325

Questions regarding the program? Please contact us at (408) 291-5393  


Home Buyers Assistance Workshop

Councilmember Rocha and Supervisor Dave Cortese would like to invite you to join them at a Homebuyers Assistance Workshop!

This event will feature opportunities that are available to low and moderate income homeowners from the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County to assist in purchasing a home.

They have four homebuyer assistance loan programs to help first-time homebuyers purchase a home.

For more information on this event email Ann at ann.grabowski@sanjoseca.govor to register, please call (408) 299-5030 or e-mail

Homebuyer Assistance Workshop with The Housing Trust

Wednesday,  April 10th, 2013
7:00PM to 9:00PM
Camden Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
3369 Union Avenue
San José, CA 95124


FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking nominations for participants in the Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

The Youth Preparedness Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national council; to complete a youth preparedness project of their choosing; to learn about youth disaster preparedness from the leadership at FEMA and other national organizations dedicated to youth preparedness; to voice their opinions, experiences, and share innovative ideas and solutions; and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit where the council meets with emergency management leadership to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters.

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17, who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, is encouraged to apply or be nominated to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. An individual may apply on his/her own behalf, or can be nominated by an adult familiar with his/her youth preparedness activities.


All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 E.D.T. on April 19, 2013 in order to be eligible.

Council members will be selected based on vacancies and announced in May 2013. Once selected, members serve on the Council for one year, with the option to extend for an additional year, based on a formal request by FEMA.


For more information about the Youth Preparedness Council and FEMA’s work on youth preparedness, and to access the application materials, please visit

If you have any further questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at  


Year Up program 

Spring is here, which means Year Up will begin the enrollment process for the September 2013 class! Prospective students can gain knowledge of the Year Up program at a Group Information Session (GIS), which will be held every Wednesday, at 2PM, beginning on Wednesday, April 3at 2PM.

Year Up Student 

Relay for Life of Cambrian

 Cambrian Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that helps our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

To date, the Relay for Life of Cambrian has celebrated four Relays and raised over $1 million.

This years Relay for Life of Cambrian will be from 6:00PM on Friday, April 26 to 6:00PM on Saturday, April 27 at Union Middle School.

Councilmember Rocha encourages you to get involved with this amazing event by either participating or donating. To see what this event is all about and find a way to get involved, please visit:




Partners in Reading 


Food Allergy Awareness Event 



Sr. Walk April 5 


Spring Fling Dance


Children's Faire 


Great American Litter Pick Up

Saturday, April 20
Starts at 8:00AM
Camden Community Center, Classroom 6
3369 Union Ave
San Jose, CA 95124

Please save the date and remember to join the Council District 9 Office for the Great American Litter Pick Up. It's a great way to get out and meet your neighbors or fulfill community service requirements. Lunch is FREE for volunteers.

Call (408)277-3208 for more information.

Thank you to the Elks Lodge #522 (located on Alma Ave.) for leading monthly highway clean-ups along Highways 85 and 87. After over twelve years of service it has been estimated that the Elks volunteers have helped to remove over 2.5 tons of garbage and litter from our roadways.

Their next clean up is Saturday, April 20 (The day of the Great American Litter Pick Up)!

To volunteer with the Elks Lodge, please email: Carlo Pedron at


Thank you to the Erikson Neighborhood Association for repairing the trail fence between Chynoweth Ave and Cilker Park. Thirteen neighborhood volunteers along with staff from Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services repaired 100% of the fence rails and posts. They also fixed blight, and improved safety near the steep banks of the percolation ponds.

Some neighborhood associations use the Great American Litter Pick-Up as a time to tidy their own neighborhoods. If you are interested in having a neighborhood clean-up event, we would love to assist you! Please contact our office at 408-535-4909 so that we can connect your with the event-provided tools and resources, and so that we can list your neighborhood’s involvement in our next Erickson Neighborhood Association e-newsletter!


11th Annual YWCA Silicon Valley

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® 

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 4:00PM

Where: Plaza de Cesar Chavez downtown, San Jose

Walk a Mile is a light-hearted event to raise awareness regarding sexual assault in our community as well as funds that assist in supporting the

YWCA Silicon Valley Rape Crisis Center.

Community leaders, businessmen, students and residents will wlak approximately one mile in women's high heels through Downtown San Jose.Register Now!

Contact : YWCA Silicon Valley Walk a Mile (408) 295-4011 x220  or email

 Thank you to this year's Walk a Mile honorary co-chairs!

Jeff Rose, District Attorney, County of Santa Clara

Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San Jose,

Larry Esquivel, Acting Police Chief, City of San Jose,

William McDonald, Fire Chief, City of San Jose

Pete Decena, Police Chief, San Jose State University 


Active Adult Health & Wellness Fair 

The Department of Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services would like to invite you to join them in an exciting event on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – the City of San José’s Active Adult Health & Wellness Fair, “Unleash the Power of Age”. This event will be held at the San José History Park and will feature some of the following activities: senior fitness activities, a one mile fun walk around the park, a free lunch for the first 500 people registered, door prizes, and many community agencies representing a variety of health and wellness services or programs throughout San José.

Pre-registration is required, and the registration form can be received by calling Molly Medeiros at (408) 535-3579 or visiting Camden Community Center.  



Health Fair May 15 





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