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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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

District 9 December Newsletter



Holiday Garbage & Recycling Collection Schedule Reminder

garbage truck

This year, both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Tuesday, which means that collection for Tuesday through Friday will be delayed by one day during those weeks. If your usual collection day is Tuesday, it will move to Wednesday, and so forth for the rest of that week.


Recycle Your Holiday Tree at Curbside


Between Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 and Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 you can set your holiday tree out at your curb for free recycling.
Natural and flocked trees are accepted. Be sure to remove the stand, tinsel, and decorations. The tree will not be collected with these items on it as they are not recyclable. If your tree is taller than five feet, cut it into shorter pieces and place them in a pile.


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.


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 535-7770

(408) 277-2758

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 Staff

Kimberly Oliver
Executive Asst/Scheduler

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Marisa Melo
Policy Aide

Brady Ruebusch
Policy Aide











Dear Neighbor,

In my October newsletter, I wrote about a proposal I had made to the City Council to make better use of Council study sessions.  Study sessions are a special type of council meeting where instead of making decisions on a long list of different issues, the Council takes a few hours to learn about just one issue—to “study” it, as the name implies—without having to make a decision one way or the other at the end of the meeting.  When the Council is faced with a difficult or complex issue, taking the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of it is often essential to good decision-making; study sessions provide just such an opportunity.

Since the beginning of October, the Council has had the opportunity to hold two study sessions; I’d like to give you an update on what was discussed.  The two meetings were on closely related issues: the first on October 29 was about homeless encampments, and the second on November 13 was about affordable housing.  Homeless encampments are a serious concern, both because the people living in them are often in unsafe or unhealthy conditions and because they can cause problems for residents who live nearby.  Solving the problem is difficult because even if an encampment is cleaned up, it will often reappear almost immediately.  During the study session, the Council, City staff and homeless service providers discussed various ways of addressing the issue.  One of the things I took away from this discussion was the importance of outreach to the people who live in encampments.  It’s often the case that even if help is available, homeless individuals decide, for various reasons, not to accept it.  Convincing someone to accept help is often a long process that involves a homeless outreach worker building trust with the individual over an extended period.  It may be difficult, but convincing people to accept help is the best way to prevent encampments from reoccurring once they’ve been cleaned up.

There are many causes of homelessness, but a lack of affordable housing is a major contributing factor.  At the Council’s study session on affordable housing, however, we learned that affordable housing isn’t just a concern for homeless advocates, but also for the business community.  If housing prices are too high, industries based in the area can have a hard time attracting skilled workers who have a choice of where to locate.  Affordable housing is not only important for solving problems like homelessness, but also for making our region a desirable and competitive place to create jobs.  At the end of the study session, the Council asked City staff to return with a range of options for promoting affordable housing.

Both homeless encampments and affordable housing are difficult issues, but I think they are the kind of issues the City should be tackling, in order to preserve the quality of life in our city and the competitiveness of our economy.  I welcome any thoughts you may have on these or any other issues.  Feel free to contact my office by email at or call (408) 535-4909.



Donald Rocha






Coach Rocha

This past Sunday the Willow Glen National Junior Basketball League kicked-off their season and Councilmember Rocha had a wonderful time coaching his daughter and son at Presentation High School for their first game. He would like to thank the volunteer board and parents who all work hard to help make these leagues available and accessible in our community, these positive activities for our children and youth are critical to healthy neighborhoods.



San Jose Selected to Host the Amgen Tour of California!

San Jose is the only city selected to participate in all eight editions of the Amgen Tour.  Mark your Calendars for Friday, May 17, 2013 when the Individual Time Trial will take place in San Jose!

In celebration of the Host Cities announcement, the newly designed 2013 race Leader Jersey, produced by the new, official Amgen Tour of California jersey supplier Champion System, is now available for purchase online at

For further information on the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, and to view the 2013 Amgen Tour of California map, visit


 Come Learn and Play Youth Rugby!

Rugby is played across the world and will be a part of 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Come learn a new sport while getting exercise and making great friends.
No experience is necessary.

Any student living in Santa Clara County can play with SCYR.
Youth ages 6-14
Teams for U8, U10, U12, and Middle School

Sundays, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, at Butcher Park in San Jose
Thursdays, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Columbus Park

For more information, please visit:




Girls for a Change

Now Recruiting 40 Coaches for Spring 2013!

Girls For A Change (GFC) empowers young women in middle school and high school to create social change in their communities. We are seeking women volunteers to guide girls through the process of identifying an issue in their community and then designing a project that creates change around that issue.

Each year we reach out to community members like you to support the girls as they create social change. Our biggest need is to fill the volunteer role of our Girl Action Team Coaches. Coaching with GFC means working with girls for 14 meetings, showing them they are important and powerful, and how to create change. The commitment is approximately 20 hours per month and includes one and a half hour meeting with the girls each week. Spring session is mid January to May. We offer Coach training, staff support and coach manual to help guide you with your service. We provide the support you need to work effectively with girls in communities throughout the Silicon Valley.

We are looking for powerful volunteers with a learners' attitude who believe in girls and the power they have to change the world!

Time line for being a Coach:
1. Complete a GFC Coach application and interview
2. R
eceive orientation packet and be fingerprinted
3. Attend a mandatory Coach orientation (January 19, 9a-5p and January 20, 9a-1p) 
4. January-May - Meet once per week with your Girl Action Team (fulfill 14 meetings)
5. June - Completion and Celebration with your Girl Action Team!

For an application and more information such as qualifications and benefits please click here

If you have questions or are interested in coaching with Girls For A Change, please contact Tanya Beat, SV Program Director, at 408-515-8147 or



Know an organization, teacher, PTA/PTO/HSC or school with an idea or program to change the lives of kids through the arts in Santa Clara County? Yapper Girl will be awarding two $500 grants before the end of the year through the simplest possible process:
  • One paragraph to describe how the funds will be used for arts education
  • If awarded, provide a written or video story sharing how the funds made a difference through the arts
Any arts discipline, including music, dance, drama and visual arts, is eligible (nonprofit/501(c)(3) status not required). 
Info and application link are at The arts are the creative link between children and knowledge in school.



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Nominate Your Silicon Valley First

CreaTV San José encourages you to nominate your “Silicon Valley First.”
First Fest is an online festival celebrating all of the innovations and discoveries of Silicon Valley.  Check out this year’s nominations and make your own! 
Winners will be announced at the 2012 CreaTiVe Awards on January 5, 2012 at the California Theatre.  Submit your nominations here.


Nextdoor Holiday Food Drive

As this year's holiday season begins, the importance of community is top of mind for the folks at Nextdoor.  Nextdoor was created to bring back a sense of community to neighborhoods, and San Jose has quickly become one of the most connected cities on Nextdoor, with over 13,000 Nextdoor members across 260 neighborhoods.

There are still many San Jose residents who don't have the resources to provide for their own families this holiday season, or even enjoy a simple holiday meal. In an effort to support the San Jose community, Nextdoor would like to help residents take care of thousands of such neighbors in need.

Through December 20th, Nextdoor will be donating a holiday meal to Second Harvest every time members in San Jose invite a friend or neighbor to join Nextdoor. The goal is to give 10,000 meals out in time for the holidays. Here is how you can make sure the friends and neighbors you invite count towards the goal:

  1. Share Nextdoor with friends neighbors by email, facebook or twitter by using the links on our invitation tool
  2. Nextdoor will automatically keep track of how many invitations are sent by San Jose Nextdoor Members, and send you weekly updates on progress.
  3. On December 20th, Nextdoor will tally all of the invitations, and make a meal donation for every invitation sent to Second Harvest Food Bank to be distributed to hungry residents in San Jose and Santa Clara County.

For more information visit 


Green Energy Match

Save Money. Save Energy. Shop Local.

Join Green Energy Match (GEM), a City-sponsored program that helps you save energy! Our FREE, online software provides personalized energy-saving recommendations and shows how your usage compares to similar homes! 

* Join Your Neighbors — hundreds of San José residents are already participating

* Save on PG&E Bills — most participants are saving over $200/year from simple changes

*Receive 50% Off Coupons — get BIG discounts at local stores and restaurants for signing up and saving energy

Sign up at 

Text Energy to 68398 to receive weekly energy-saving tips, and enter GEM’s weekly contests for your chance to win additional rewards. (Para Español, text ENERGIA to 68398)

This program is sponsored by the City of San José, Silicon Valley Energy Watch, WattzOn and Acterra.



Town Hall Meeting- Water Rate-Setting Information


Thursday, December 6, 7:00pm

San Jose City Hall- Council Chambers
200 East Santa Clara Street

On January 3, 2012 the San Jose Water Company proposed a 44 percent rate increase to be phased in over three years. This proposed increase is now before the California Public Utilities Commission for review.

The League of Women Voters of San Jose and Santa Clara along with the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club and Councilmember Donald Rocha are co-sponsoring a Town Hall meeting where you will hear groups discussing the proposed increase.

The agenda for this informative meeting will include:

-  A presentation explaining the rate increase the San Jose Water Company’s long range plans and proposed infrastructure upgrades.

-  A summary of the California Public Utility Commission review of the proposed rate increase by Richard Rauschmeir, Division of Rate Payer Advocates, CPUC

-  Cynthia Jean Truelove, Director, Water Energy Research Initiative, Stanford University who will comment on water conservation initiatives and best practices in relation to the proposed rate increase

-  Public comment


Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible!


DISTRICT 9 Night at Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice!


 Tuesday, December 11, 5:00 pm - 9:00pm

Councilmember Donald Rocha invites you to District 9 Skate Night at Downtown Ice!
Ice skate under the stars – and palm trees – in the heart of downtown San Jose’s holiday activities.  Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation are back for their third year as partners at this great San Jose holiday and family tradition. 

The stunning ice rink will attract more than 40,000 skaters and thousands more spectators from Nov. 16-Jan. 13.  Once again, you and your family and friends can share in the aloha spirit of title sponsor Hawaiian Airlines – be sure to wear your flower-print shirt when you skate!

To enjoy this special event just print out the coupon at and bring it to the rink.
Buy one adult admission and get one free admission!
The deal includes skate rental.  (Not valid with any other discounts or promotions.  Proof of District 9 zip code required at time of purchase).



Friday, December 14, 5:00 - 9:00pm

The San Jose Giants will join Downtown San Jose’s Christmas in the Park on Friday, December 14. Along with members of the organization, former San Jose Giants players will be on hand to help spread holiday cheer.  Attendees who stop by the San Jose Giants booth will be able to take a swing at the San Jose Giants t-ball inflatable, enter to win prizes and take pictures with Gigante.  Don't miss out!


Starry Night

Stirring Waters Ministries, Inc and the City of San Jose’s department of Parks and Recreation partner together to bring you this year's "Special Needs Winter Ball".

The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit Therapeutic Services for the City of San Jose.

Currently, Stirring Waters is looking for Special Needs groups, programs and organizations to submit their Kings and Queens for the Ball.

To donate, volunteer, and for general information contact Otila Torres (408) 648-9097 or


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