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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

2016 October Newsletter

In This Edition


Councilmember Donald Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St., 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: (408) 535-4909
Fax: (408) 292-6471 

Dear Neighbor,

Happy October!  The General Election is just over a month away, which means voters will face a long list of candidates, initiatives and measures on the November ballot. I’d like to highlight a few key, local measures that, if passed, will have significant impacts on the City of San Jose, our services, and our infrastructure.

Measure A – Affordable Housing Bond

In June, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to place a bond measure on the November ballot that, if approved, would generate funds to build housing for our most vulnerable residents – primarily the homeless, and low- and moderate-income residents, such as seniors, veterans, low income families, foster youth, first time-homebuyers, disabled residents and those suffering mental health illnesses.

The spending plan would allocate $700 million for extremely low-income housing (below 30 percent median income), including permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing; $100 million for very low income housing (31 to 50 percent median income); up to $100 million for housing assistance for Moderate Income households; and up to $50 million for moderate income residents who are first-time homebuyers. If approved, this would cost homeowners about $12.50 per $100,000 in assessed property value per year for 30 years. The ballot initiative also includes an independent citizen oversight committee and routine audits to review the proper expenditure of these funds. This measure requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

Measure F – Pension Modification

In 2012, San Jose voters approved Measure B, the pension reform ballot measure that cut retirement benefits for new and existing employees. After four years of litigation and a mass exodus of city employees, including many of our police officers, the City Council voted in August of this year to place a new ballot measure, Measure F, on the November ballot. If approved, Measure F would amend Article XV-A, Retirement, San José Charter to provide an alternative path to pension reform, rescinding some of the major cutbacks that Measure B put in place four years ago.

Measure F would make the following changes to the City retirement plan and retiree healthcare plans: retirement benefits would be improved to levels similar to other Bay Area agencies as well as providing that the costs of the benefit are shared 50/50 between City and employees in specified increments; the defined benefit retiree healthcare plan that established levels of healthcare benefits would be closed to new members; Tier 1 employees who return after leaving the City would be Tier 1 employees; the pre-Measure B definition of disability would be reinstated; both City and employees would be required to make the full annual required plan contributions calculated by the Retirement Board; and voter approval would be required for any future enhancements to defined retirement benefits. 

Measure F is intended to strengthen the City’s financial ability to ensure the City can provide reasonable and sustainable post-employment benefits while delivering essential city services. This measure requires a majority vote to pass.

Measure B – VTA Sales Tax

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted to place a county wide sales tax measure on the November ballot that, if approved, would enhance transit, highways, expressways and active transportation (bicycles, pedestrians and complete streets).

The 30-year half-cent sales tax would repair streets and fix potholes, finish BART extension to downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, especially near schools. It would also increase Caltrain capacity, relieve traffic on all 10 expressways and key highway interchanges, and enhance transit for seniors, students, low-income residents and those with disabilities.

The Measure B sales tax is expected to generate between $6 billion and $6.5 billion dollars in 2017, and if passed, tax collections could begin as early as April 2017. This measure requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

Voter Resources

Of course, there are many initiatives that need your attention come Election Day and there are a number of resources that can help inform residents about the impacts of each one. I encourage you to visit the links below to obtain more information so that you are prepared to cast your vote.  

City of San Jose – General Election Information

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters – List of Local Ballot Measures

California Secretary of State – Election and Voter Information

Ultimately, the outcome of these measures will have direct impacts on our quality of life, neighborhoods, and city. Thank you in advance for your civic engagement in this election and for your continued feedback throughout the years.  Should you have any questions or comments regarding these or other city-related topics, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office at 408-535-4909 or


Donald Rocha

Councilmember, District 9

News & Announcements
San Jose City Hall to Close in Observance of Columbus Day

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, October 10 in observance of Columbus. All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, October 11. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

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 collection will resume as normal.  If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a tragic experience that affects many. This past August, 41% of all aggravated assaults in the San Jose Police Department's Southern Division could be attributed to domestic violence. Domestic Violence is one of the best kept secrets afflicting our community. This month, let’s all renew our dedication to peace in our homes and neighborhoods. Please know there is help for survivors of domestic violence. If you or someone you know need support, please check out and share the resources below:

24 Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Lines

  • Asian Women's Home - (408) 975-2739
  • Community Solutions South County - (408) 683-4118
  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence - (408) 279-2962
  • Support Network for Battered Women - (800) 572-2782

For a complete list of domestic and family violence resources within Santa Clara County, please visit

Camden Community Center Fall Brochure

Camden Community Center is bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone.  There is a variety of classes for all ages, sports programs, fitness classes, and special events like holiday happenings. 

The Fall 2016 Brochure is now available online. Click the following links for more information.

San Jose Minimum Wage Increases January 1st

Minimum wage employees who work in San José will receive a 10 cents per hour raise starting January 1, 2017. Under the initiative approved by San José voters in 2012, the minimum wage will increase from $10.30 to $10.40 per hour.

To prevent inflation from eroding the value of the minimum wage, the initiative ordinance requires increases to take effect each year based on the Consumer Price Index (Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, U.S. City Average for All Items.) Over the last 12 months (August 2015 to August 2016), the CPI increased .7 percent. If the CPI remains the same or decreases, the minimum wage in San José would remain the same.

Information about the San José minimum wage law, including wage posters, frequently asked questions, and how to file a complaint, can be found at View the full press release.

County Supervisors Preserve Cambrian Park Plaza Carousel

The Cambrian Park Carousel is now a Santa Clara County historic landmark. On August 30, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved my motion declaring that the entire structure, including the whimsical carousel, the sign and the base, meets the criteria to be designated a historic landmark.

The future of the entire Cambrian Park Plaza shopping center is in flux and the historic designation provides an important layer of protection. The 50-year-old carousel has become the unofficial town center of the Cambrian park neighborhood. It is also one of the few remaining examples of Roadside Vernacular architecture in the San Jose area.

CityDance San José

Every Thursday evening starting on September 1, through October 20, 2016, meet at Plaza de Cesar Chavez for an evening of socializing, music and dancing. 

With live bands and professional dance instructor to teach the fine points of the evening's dance style, you can tune your skills, learn something new, or just show off. A beer garden and food trucks make the evening complete. CityDance San José is free and open to the public!  Dance floor opens at 5:30 PM; Dance instruction begins at 6:00 PM; Band/DJ plays two hours of dance music at 7:00 PM.


  • Oct 6:  Argentine Tango with Conor McClure/ Tangonero Trio
  • Oct 13:  Fox Trot with Hans Schmidt/ The Serenaders
  • Oct 20:  Rumba/Merengue with Michelle Crozier/ The Alison Sharino Band

Water Fluoridation Notice

SJWC will begin delivering fluoridated water to customers starting December 5, 2016, as a result of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s efforts to fluoridate its water supply.  The District will fluoridate the water supply at its Santa Teresa Water Treatment Plant initially and follow at its other facilities in the future.  This phased approach will mean that certain customers may receive water with added fluoride while others will receive water with no added or only low levels of naturally-occurring fluoride.

More information on this effort can be found online. Customer inquiries regarding the public health aspects of water fluoridation will be handled by the California Department of Public Health via a toll-free number (1-844-435-8420)

Our City Forest Now Hiring
Our City Forest

Our City Forest is now hiring for enthusiastic and service-oriented team members looking to:

  • Serve the communities of Silicon Valley for a year
  • Full-time commitment: 40 hours per week (Tuesday - Saturday, shifts may vary)
  • 11-month term begins September 13
  • Receive a $15,000 living stipend and $5,775 education award (awarded upon completion of term).

Our City Forest AmeriCorps members build capacity in the community by engaging volunteers and residents in cultivating plants and young trees at the community nursery, planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods, schools and parks, and fighting the drought through water conservation efforts. AmeriCorps members educate the community on Our City Forest’s best practices and help train environmental stewards.  Questions? Contact Bryan at 408-997-7337 x 127 or

Arts & Cultural Exchange Grant Program

The Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that Round 2 of the Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant program is now open.

San Jose-based artists and arts organizations are eligible to apply for grants through this program in the amount of $2,500 - $5,000 to support international cultural exchange activities in San Jose or abroad. Eligibility is not limited to any particular country, but priority will be given to exchanges that advance the relationship between the City of San Jose and its Sister Cities, as well as international cities connected to San Jose via direct flights.

Applications are due on October 7, 2016 for projects taking place in calendar year 2017. Application instructions and guidelines can be found on the Office of Cultural Affairs website under Grants Programs, Arts and Cultural Exchange Grants

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

The large item collection program now offers two free collection appointments per household per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items. For more information please 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
Fall Events at OSA

Enjoy the fall season outside with Open Space Authority.  All activities are free to attend.  Please check the website for up to the moment event announcements or changes to event schedules, and please register when required.

Visit for a complete list of events or call (408) 224-7476 for more information.

15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Thursday, October 6, 2016, Check-in 10:00 AM, Lunch 11:00 AM, Start Time 12:00 PM
Cinnabar Hills Golf Course, 23608 McKean Road, San Jose, CA 95141

You're invited to the 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by South Valley Family YMCA. Registration Fees are: $175 Individual, $700 Foursome, $1,000 Hole Sponsor, $5,000 - $9,999 Premier Sponsor, and $10,000 Tournament Sponsor. Event includes green fees and cat, BBQ lunch, commemorative event material, beverages on the course, range balls, player bags and dinner reception.  

For more information, contact Rick Valdez, Executive Director, at or visit

National Manufacturing Day Resource Fair

Friday October 7, 2016, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Work2Future's San Jose Job Center, 1601 Foxworthy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95118

In support of National Manufacturing Day, work2future will host a manufacturing workforce and training resource event meant to inspire and connect the current and next generation of manufacturers and job seekers in areas of advanced manufacturing such as engineering, automation, robotics, welding, laser technology, and machining.  On hand will be a panel of manufacturing employers and training providers to showcase skill-enhancement training, career pathways, industry trends, and employers currently recruiting for open job opportunities.   

work2future is actively enrolling clients that are interested in pursuing careers in the advanced manufacturing sector, providing them no-cost services including job-readiness workshops, skill-based training, occupational assessments, and connections to employers who are hiring.

To register for this free event, visit:

Work2Future Job Fair

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 2:30 PM - 5 PM
Oakridge Mall, Macy's Court, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95118

Join Councilmembers Johnny Khamis, Donald Rocha and Tam Nguyen, as well as work2future, for a hiring event at Westfield Oakridge Mall.  This event is open to the public, with various employers attending, including: Macy's, Target, FedEx, Sprint, AT&T, Registrar of Voters, Sears, and more.

For more information, please call (408) 794-1105.

Day on the Bay

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Alviso Marina County Park, 1195 Hope Street, Alviso, CA 95002

Mark your calendars for this multicultural festival celebrating our community's diversity and promoting health amongst Santa Clara County residents.  Special to this year's event is "Bike to the Bay," a community bike ride along the Guadalupe River Trail from downtown to Day on the Bay. The Day also features fun activities for all ages, free food, free pumpkins for kids, music, entertainment, free kayak rides, a resource fair and much more.

Interested vendors, performer, and volunteers can sign up nowFor more information contact me, Vanessa Turner at (408) 299-5030 or or visit Day on the Bay website.

2016 Crime and Gang Prevention Summit

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
San Jose City College Main Gym, 2100 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

The 8th Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit, sponsored by the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force, promotes and encourages partnerships among residents, the City of San Jose, and local community-based organizations to build a safer and more vibrant city.

The summit will feature informational workshops, a community resource fair, children’s activities*, and a free lunch for participants. Workshop topics include:

  • The Compadres Network
  • Faith Response Team
  • Gang Awareness 101
  • Gender Responsive Model
  • The Overfelt Project
  • Police/ Community Relations

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP online by Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Space is limited, so please sign up early. If you have any questions, please call the Mayor's office at 408-535-4832.

Cambrian Branch Library Fall Book Sale

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cambrian Branch Library Community Room, 1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Friends of Cambrian Branch Library will host its semi-annual book and media sale on Saturday, October 15th.  The well-ordered array of gently used books range from classics to cookbooks, fiction to non-fiction, how tos and text books, plus children's books galore.  Prices range from $0.50 to $1.00; CDs and DVDs are $2.00.

Special note: For members only, there will be a pre-sale opportunity on Friday, October 14, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. All proceeds from the sales benefit the Library's programs and book purchases.

Community Choice Aggregation Program Informational Meetings

The City of San José is exploring a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, or San José Clean Energy: a local program that buys and generates renewable energy for San José businesses and residents.

The following informational meetings have been scheduled:

  • Monday, October 17, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Santa Teresa Library, 290 International Circle, San Jose, CA 95119
  • Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Berryessa Library, 3355 Noble Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132
  • Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at Bascom Library, 1000 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

For more information about San José Clean Energy, visit

1946 and 2016: A Turning Point

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Empire Seven Studios, 525 N 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Come enjoy a night of contemporary and traditional entertainment, art, and food in celebration of Filipino American History Month. This event will also feature a worthwhile discussion lead by scholar and activist Dr. Estella Habal on key events and legislation which have transformed the lives of Filipino Americans in 1946 and today.

October 18th, 2016 marks the 429th anniversary of the arrival Filipinos in the United States in 1587. Learn more at:

Shoes 4 the City

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12:00 P - 2:00 PM
Leigh High School, 5210 Leigh Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join community members to collect donated shoes for San Jose families in need.  Meet local heroes - San Jose Police Officers and San Jose Firefighters - who along with San Jose Police Department’s Crime Prevention will provide safety tips and information to the parents and children.  Meet and interact with School Safety Dogs from Wonder Woofs, a local agency working in collaboration with schools, families, and businesses to help keep the community safe.  Free snacks and soft drinks will be provided. Pay It Forward! For more information, visit

Happy Hollow Howl-O-Ween Family Sleepover

Saturday, October 29, 6:00 PM - 10:00 AM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112

Be Happy Hollow's overnight guest for a howling good time and enjoy the thrill of the zoo after dark! Children must attend with an adult who is also registered (ages 5+).

Register online, or download a PDF of Happy Hollow's winter & spring classes.

Community Day: El Dia de Los Muertos

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Celebrate El Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at this festive family event with live performances, cultural demonstrations, and artmaking experiences for all ages. Dress up like a calaca (skeleton performer) and participate in a costume contest. Marja van der Loo, curatorial associate, will give a Spanish-language tour of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Decorate calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls) and explore other traditional activities during this day-long celebration.  To skip the line, register and print your tickets in advance.

Veterans Appreciation Breakfast

Thursday, November 11, 2016, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
304 North 6th Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The Opening Doors 2020 One-Stop Center is hosting a free breakfast for Veterans, active military, and their families on November 11th. 

RSVP is required at (408) 401-1090. Special thanks to AACSA and Midtown Family Services for supporting this project.  For more information, visit

Register for Holiday Races
SVLG Holiday Races

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Turkey Trot
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - Santa Run

Make this holiday season a healthy one by signing up for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and the Santa Run on December 18th.  Save up to $10 by purchasing the Turkey Trot and Santa Run bundle. Register online.

The Santa Run Silicon Valley benefits Christmas in the Park, Downtown Ice and Reading Partners and the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot benefits five great charities.

Important Resources

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Outreach (408) 510-7600
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-7770
Librarian (408) 808-3080
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)
Permits (408) 535-3555
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Traffic 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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