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District 9 January 2016 Newsletter

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Happy New Year

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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,

Happy New Year from Councilmember Donald Rocha and the District 9 Team!

Please note that San Jose City Hall and other City departments are currently closed and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016.  The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the holiday closure. 

Should you require assistance from the District 9 office, you may send an email to or leave a message at (408) 535-4909.

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year ahead.

News & Announcements
D9 Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to give back to our community? Do you know of any litter hotspots in your neighborhood? The D9 office invites you to participate in our next litter clean-up!  The District 9 team can provide litter sticks, supplies, and staff support.  Residents can provide the location and volunteers.  To learn more, please call (408) 535-4975.

Donate Winter Items

Sacred Heart Community Service is in need of donated items this holiday season.  Sacred Heart is accepting seasonal items such as new unwrapped toys and books for children ages 0-18, gently used warm clothing, coats, sleeping bags, and blankets.  For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit  Sacred Heart Community Service is located at 1381 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 and can be reached at (408) 278-2160.

Flood Preparedness Tips & Sandbags

Sand bags are available late November through April.  At certain times, sites may be stocked with sand and empty bags.  Sites are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Residents should bring their own shovels, and consider bringing assistance to load bags.  San Jose locations are listed below:

  • City Main Yard, 1404 Mabury Road (self-fill, sand and empty bags provided)
  • City Central Service Yard, 1661 Senter Road at Phelan Avenue
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, 5905 Winfield Boulevard, between blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue (bag pickup street access only)

For questions, please visit

Midpen Regional Open Space Photo Contest

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District invites all visitors to enter its 7th Annual Digital Photo Contest, running now through March 31, 2016.  Midpen is seeking compelling digital images of nature, capturing the diversity of open spaces.  Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes or people interacting with nature, however, they must be taken in one of the open space preserves open to the public.

Please review the full photo contest rules and legal conditions before applying. Enter online.

PRNS Winter Leisure Class Registration

'Tis the Season! The Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Winter Leisure Class Registration is open.  Take a minute to see what classes, camps, programs and activities your local community center is offering this season. 

Pick up a Winter 2016 Camden Community Center brochure in person or view it online.  For questions or additional information, please call the Camden Community Center at (308) 559-8553.

Neighborhood Clean-Up Events

Neighborhood Clean-Up events (NCUs) provide San Jose residents a way to dispose unwanted items.  NCUs are held rain or shine in different neighborhoods throughout the year and occur every three years per neighborhood. 

The City's Code Enforcement Division mails households a postcard which residents must bring to the NCU for entry.  Residents can only attend the NCU in their designated neighborhood.  Residents can look for their postcard in the mail or visit and use the Collection Day Look-Up tool to see when their next NCU is scheduled.

Upcoming Events
Public Meetings: General Plan 4-Year Review
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6:30 PM

Monthly meetings are planned through April to discuss progress on implementation of the City's Envision 2040 General Plan and to consider whether mid-course adjustments are needed.  The meetings will be held at City Hall in Wing Rooms 118-120, beginning at 6:30 PM.  For details, visit

Ash Kickers Quit Smoking Program

Program Dates: January 12, 2016 - February 9, 2016

1469 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126

This year, take the first steps toward living healthier and breathing easier - quit smoking!  Breathe California is proud to host its Ash Kickers Quit-Smoking Classes to help local residents kick the habit.  Sessions provide a comfortable group atmosphere that facilitates a natural support network for each participant.  All classes are held at Breathe California in Los Gatos.  Cost is $70 ($50 ages 65+), sliding scale.  Please call (408) 998-5865 to register.

Westfield Oakridge Senior Walk & Resource Fair

Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:30 AM - 10: 30 AM

Westfield Oakridge Macy's Court, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Save the date for the 2016 W.O.W.W. Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk & Resource Fair for Seniors!  This event is hosted by Councilmembers Johnny Khamis, Donald Rocha and Ash Kalra.  Resource fair booth and volunteer opportunities are available.  Pleased stay tuned for more information!

City of San Jose Resource Fair

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Save the date for an upcoming career fair hosted by the City of San Jose.  The City is recruiting for a wide range of positions, including sworn (police and fire), professional, trades, managerial, and administrative.  Applicants will have the opportunity to meet with HR staff and hiring managers from many City departments.

2016 D9 Great American Litter Pick-Up

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Various locations throughout District 9, rain or shine

Celebrate Earth Day and mark your calendars for the 2016 District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up! Join neighbors and the District 9 team to clean up litter and beautify our parks and neighborhoods.  Lunch will be served for all volunteers.  Students can earn community service hours by volunteering at this event.  Please save the date!


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
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide


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