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Save the Date for the First Annual Cambrian Fun Run!

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July 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

Dear Neighbor,

I am excited to announce that the First Annual Cambrian Schools Fun Run will take place Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM! 

The Cambrian Schools Fun Run is an official City-sponsored event, co-hosted by myself and the Cambrian School District, and was created to bring the community together, celebrate the power of wellness and an active lifestyle, and support our public schools – with a little healthy competition and big dose of fun.

Participants will run or walk from the new Steindorf STEAM K-8 School, which will have opened its doors for the very first time just days before, to Price Middle School and back again for a total distance of 5 kilometers.

Prizes will be awarded for the best times in both the Adult and Youth age groups, but the spirit of the day is relaxed – attendees are free to run, walk, skip, or dance the course, or even make a pit stop in the lovely Doerr Park. Strollers are welcome and the route is wheelchair accessible.

After completing the route, participants will find a community wellness fair waiting for them back at the finish line. This is an excellent chance to connect with community health resources, find a new after-school activity for the kids, and enjoy a variety of games and entertainment.

All residents are welcome whether or not you have a child attending a Cambrian school, or live in the neighborhood.  Registration is $30 for general admission, $20 for youth for 14 and under, and $10 for children 4 and under. You can register online at, and learn more about the event on the official website or Facebook page.

I hope you will join me for this fun, inaugural event!  Should you have any questions regarding the Cambrian Schools Fun Run, or any City-related issue or concern, please reach out to my office at or (408) 535-4909.


News & Announcements

Our City Forest Fall Recruitment for AmeriCorps Service Members

Our City Forest (OCF), Silicon Valley’s environmental non-profit leader, is recruiting now for full-time AmeriCorps service members for this fall.  AmeriCorps service members can earn money for school while serving and beautifying our community.  Service members can also receive environmental service job experience, a living stipend and education award. This is an 11-month full time position and starts on September 6th. 

Apply online at Email or call the AmeriCorps Program Manager, Bryan Hammond at or 408-998-7337 x 127.

Free Microchip & Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Anyone who has ever lost a pet knows how helpless it feels not to be able to locate their animal. Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to prevent this from happening. Santa Clara County Animal Care and Control and VIP Pet Care are proud to sponsor a FREE registered microchip and FREE rabies vaccination clinic on Sunday, July 17 at the County Animal Shelter, located at 12370 Murphy Avenue, San Martin. For more information about this event, call VIP Pet Care at (800) 427-7973.

Summer Reading Challenge: June 1st - July 31st
Summer Reading Program

San José Public Library challenges everyone to spend time reading, learning, exploring, and energizing this summer. Play games, earn great prizes, explore library services, and attend one of the many events held at libraries across the city. The Summer Reading Challenge is not only fun but it's also beneficial for children.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge online or visit your local library. For more information, visit

National Night Out is August 2nd!

Registration is now open for this year's National Night Out at  Your neighborhood is invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday evening, August 2, 2016. Deadline for registration is July 21, 2016.

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San Jose Police Department. National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 5 PM to 9 PM on August 2, 2016, residents in neighborhoods throughout San Jose and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend an evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQs to large block parties. For more information, visit

PRNS Summer Registration Now Open

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is committed to building healthy communities through people, parks and programs and to being a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces.

PRNS Summer Registration is now open, and the Summer 2016 Brochure is available online. For questions or more information, please visit

Electric Vehicle Owners Can Now Get a Charging Station Permit Online

Getting a building permit for the installation of a residential electric vehicle (EV) charging station in San José is now more convenient and less costly through the city’s online permit service at

The online service offers a $40 discount on permit costs and can be accessed from any computer or mobile phone. Customers can also obtain the permit in person at the Permit Center at San José City Hall. No appointment is required.

Applications for permits for installing EV charging stations are on the rise, reflecting the increasing popularity of plug-in electric vehicles. According to the California New Car Dealers Association, more than 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles are registered in California and the Bay Area has the highest concentration of these vehicles in the state. For more information, visit

Community Service Officer Recruitment

The San Jose Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Community Service Officer. This program is very important in our effort to provide quality customer service to the citizens of San Jose.  Under close supervision by a sworn officer or supervisor, this position will assist the Bureau of Field Operations in non-hazardous police functions, including but not limited to, assisting at one of the information centers or community policing centers, conducting investigations and performing non-enforcement related work. 

Interested members of the community can apply online until June 17th.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Summer Camp

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp!  Spots are still available for the 2016 Summer Camp Session.  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

Cambrian Kiwanis Summer Movie Series: Opening Night July 15th

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy family films after dark.  The Cambrian Kiwanis and Camden Community Center are proud to kick off the Summer Movie Series on July 15th!  Families and children can enjoy a jumpy slide, crafts, and food from the Waffle Amore food truck.

The movie schedule for the series is as follows (may be 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.

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
GRPC Still Life Painting Class

Wednesday, July 20 & 27, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Inspired by Guadalupe River Park Historic Orchard, Art Specialist Heather Engle will teach participants how to paint by controlling water and pigment levels to explore variations in color and light. Other topics covered include primary colors, secondary colors, and watercolor mixing techniques.

  • Week 1: Introduction (learn the basics & how to translate a photo into your own art)
  • Week 2: Local  and in season fruit still life

Participants please bring watercolor paper, a painting surface (easel, clipboard, or sturdy piece of cardboard), water container, and masking tape. For more information, visit or call 408-298-7657.

CPUC Public Hearings on PG&E's Request to Raise Rates

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM
San Jose Scottish Rite Center, Room 3, 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA 95125

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold Public Participation Hearings to hear directly from members of the public about Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) request to increase rates. PG&E is requesting CPUC authority to increase revenue $333 million in 2017, followed by an additional increase of $469 million in 2018 and, in 2019, an additional increase of $368 million. The cumulative total increase for the 2017-2019 period would be $2.305 billion as compared to the 2016 revenue amount of $7.9 billion.

For those unable to attend a Public Participation Hearing in person, written comments on any proceeding may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to For more information and a complete list of meetings, visit

State Senator Jim Beall's Summer Events

State Senator Jim Beall, 15th Senate District, invites you to the following 2016 summer events:

  • Fire & Water Workshop - Tuesday, July 27, 2016, 7:00PM - 9:00 PM: Hear about fire safety and drought precautions. RSVP.
  • Community Coffee - Friday, July 29, 2016, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Stop by to discuss your ideas, questions & concerns about state issues. RSVP.
  • Creek Cleanup - Saturday, August 13, 2016, 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM: Join your neighbors in cleaning up our creek! RSVP.
  • Car Seat Safety Check - Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Get a free child's car seat safety inspection by trained professionals and learn about car seat laws. Please call 408-558-1295 for location.

Senior Safari Walkabout 2016

Select Thursdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: 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 

Outreach Meetings on the Affordable Housing Impact Fee & Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

The City of San José has demonstrated commitment to ensure that affordable housing is available to moderate, low, and very-low income households by adopting an Affordable Housing Impact Fee (AHIF) Resolution, and Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO).

The Housing Department is conducting outreach meetings to provide stakeholders with the most current and relevant information on these programs, including: background on AHIF and IHO; requirements of each program; alternatives to satisfying the IHO requirements; how to apply and qualify for any exemptions; and information on the application process.  Meetings will be held at San Jose City Hall, Wing Room 118, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

There is limited space.  Please RSVP by contacting Karen Goodman by email at or by calling (408) 975-4416. 


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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