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November 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

District 9 Website

Dear Neighbor,

The holidays are upon us, and the City of San Jose's Department of Environmental Services would like to offer some important reminders about managing your garbage and recycling this holiday season.

1. Keep Garbage Out of the Recycling:  Make sure you properly recycle or dispose of holiday materials.  Place food scraps and food-contaminated paper products such as paper plates and pizza boxes in your garbage cart.  Refer to the What to Recycle Reference Sheet for a list of recyclable items.

2. Keep Recyclables Clean: Empty and scrape food containers, and flatten cartons or boxes before placing them in your cart  Conserve water! There is no need to rinse with water before recycling.

3. Too Much Holiday Trash?: Use extra garbage stickers, available at City Hall, San Jose libraries, Save Mart, Lucky and Safeway stores. Place your extra garbage in a 32-gallon plastic garbage bag labeled with a garbage sticker on your curb. It will be picked up with the rest of your garbage on your scheduled collection day. Refer to the Curbside Set Out Instructions for more information.

4. Recycle in a Big Way: As a San Jose resident in a single family home, you can schedule one large item collection (for up to 3 items) at no additional cost. Schedule a pick up day and learn which items are eligible by visiting If you are in downtown, north, east and south San Jose, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800.  If you are in West San Jose, call Green Team of San Jose at (408) 282-4400. 

5. Collection Schedule Changes: If your usual garbage and recycling collection or street sweeping day falls on or after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day, then your collection and street sweep will be one day later that week.

6. Holiday Tree Recycling: Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your collection day from December 26, 2015 through January 29, 2016. Remove stands, tinsel, and decorations. Cut  trees into 5-foot pieces and set out by 6:00 AM.

As always, should you have any city-related questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact my District 9 staff at (408) 535-4909 or

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving,

Don Rocha

News & Announcements
San Jose Appoints Jacky Morales-Ferrand as Director of Housing

Congratulations to Jacky Morales-Ferrand on her recent appointment as Director of Housing by City Manager Norberto Duenas. The San Jose City Council ratified her appointment on November 3, 2015. Morales-Ferrand has served as interim director since January following the retirement of former Housing Director Leslye Corsiglia.

Morales-Ferrand has served as assistant director of the Housing Department since 2007 where she oversaw the planning and operations of programs with a combined annual budget of $62 million, a portfolio of $800 million of loans and grants, and a staff of 62 employees.

Prior to coming to San Jose, she served as director of housing and neighborhood development for the City of Denver. She also served as director of housing initiatives for a public-private partnership that redeveloped the site of the former Denver airport, and as homeownership program manager for the City of Boulder, Colorado.

Morales-Ferrand received her bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her masters of public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Crime Prevention Tip: Warm-Up Car Thefts

Car thieves may be on the prowl for your car during these cold weather months. They know that people sometimes warm up their cars while they stay warm inside. But cars left running, whether they are locked or not, are quick and easy targets for thieves.

Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even for just a minute. Always keep doors and windows locked, don't leave any valuables in the car and never leave your title (also known as pink slip) in the car. If the car is stolen and the thief has your title, it is much easier to "dispose" of it. It can also make you a victim of identity theft.  Learn more about what you can do to prevent auto theft.

Electrical Box Art on Jacob & Meridian Ave.
Holiday Happenings with PRNS

Special thanks to artists Karen Adamski and neighbors for their beautiful artwork on the electrical box located at Jacob & Meridian Avenues. Check out the video that highlights the painting of the electrical box from start to finish.

To learn more about the program that organizes and funds these boxes in San Jose, please visit Art Box Project SJ's Facebook page.

Update on Branham Park Improvements
Branham Park Update

The long awaited improvements to Branham Park will unfortunately be completed later than expected.  The contractor that was awarded the project based on the lowest responsible bid is unable to perform the work according to the contract. 

The City’s Department of Public Works is working with an insurance company to now get this project under construction and finished by Summer 2016.  The work will include replacing the existing play lot including new play equipment, surfacing and shade covers, replacing the existing walking circuit with a new porous concrete walkway, planting vines along the chain-link fencing, two new security lights by the existing pavilion and irrigation repairs.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Dave Mitchell, Project Manager in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, at 408-793-5528 or

Holiday Rent-A-Tree

Go green with a zero waste live tree! Rent a living Christmas tree this holiday season to help make you neighborhoods greener and enter for a chance to win $250 in CasaQ ornaments!  Rent an 18'' to 8' tree for 30 days (prices vary).  All purchases are tax deductible, and benefit the non-profit organization Our City Forest dedicated to connecting community and cultivating growth and protection of our urban ecosystem.

Winter Class Registration Open Now

Registration is now open for November and December leisure classes at Camden Community Center!  Discover, learn and play along the way with after school activities, sports, music classes, and more. For more information, call (408) 559-8553 or visit

Super Bowl Opening Night Tickets On Sale Now
Super Bowl Opening Night

Fans have the opportunity to see the Super Bowl teams in public for the first time at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade on Monday, February 1, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose.  Don't miss your chance to see players and coaches of the Super Bowl teams address fans and thousands of media members for the first time after the teams arrive in the Bay Area.  A limited number of tickets for Super Bowl Opening Night are still available on

Girls Who Code
Girls who Code

Are you interested in learning how to code? Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 Girls Who Code session.  Girls Who Code is a national non-profit, which teaches girls in 7th - 12th grade the basics of coding.  This free program will be held at the Evergreen Branch Library, located at 2635 Aborn Road.  Interested girls or their guardians can register in-person or by calling (408) 808-3060.  Space is limited to 30 participants and girls must provide their own laptops.

Outdoor Classes for Homeschool Students
Homeschool ClassesGuadalupe Visitor & Education Center
438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy this fall for environmental science classes designed specifically for homeschool students! GRPC leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place. This month is the November Fight the Drought Series.

Drop-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred as space is limited. For more information, visit or call (408) 298-7657.

Free Dental Screenings for Children

Healthier Kids Foundation's Dental First program is conducting free (donor funded) dental screenings for children Monday through Friday at your school, preschool, or day care center.  Healthier Kids Foundation will provide a licensed dentist and all children will receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.  Staff will help parents with any follow-up as needed.  Children age 6 months to 18 years old are eligible.

This program is a first come, first serve basis.  Make sure to schedule your screening today by contacting Sunny Ochoa at (408) 564-5114 x206 or

Holiday Tips for Caregivers

The holiday season brings together family and friends over holiday meals and parties. All these extra activities bring with them more stress, distractions, and demands for our time. When these commitments impact the caregiver's responsibilities, they also overwhelmingly impact their loved ones.  Download your copy of the Caregiver's Tips for the Holidays for free at http// Caregivers can also find helpful information, advice, and articles at

Cambrian Cub Scout Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

The Cambrian Cub Scout Pack is holding a holiday wreath fundraiser. Proceeds go toward the local Pack's badges, pins and activities for the year. The cost is $25 for a 22'' wreath or a 15 ft. garland. The items will be available for pick-up locally or delivered locally in the Doerr Park area between from November 22nd to December 2nd. To place an order or for more information, please call or text Daniel Elek at (408) 813-1164.

Upcoming Events
A Beautiful Woman in Venice, Author Book Talk
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
We and Our Neighbors Clubhouse, 15480 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join author Kathleen Gonzalez as she redefines beauty in this engaging talk about the history of women in Venice from her latest book, A Beautiful Woman in Venice. From writers to painters, courtesans to composers, boat racers to glass makers, Venetian women overcame obstacles to achieve greatness. Gonzalez brings these women to life as she tells their stories. This is a free event! Please contact Vickie Johnson at (408) 482-1077 or to RSVP or obtain more information. Parking is available across the street at the Union Elementary School District office parking lot. Sweet treats will be served. Books for purchase and signing will be available.

Open Space Authority November Events
  • November 21, 2015 - Birds of Prey
  • November 28, 2015 - Hike Your Pie Off

Visit for a complete list of events, times, and locations. Some events require registration. For more information, call (408) 224-7476.

SJ Stage Company presents: The 39 Steps
November 25 - December 5, 2015
490 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python and you have a high-speed, hilarious spoof of the silver-screen classic in what the New York Times says is “Theatre at its finest!"  The 39 Steps is packed with more than 100 zany characters, planes, trains, handcuffs, missing fingers and good old-fashioned romance to its death-defying finale. Played by an incredibly talented cast of four, this riotous, madcap farce is the perfect holiday treat for the entire family. From movie by Alfred Hitchcock, directed by Ken Kelleher. Buy tickets online.  For more information, visit

Applied Materials 2015 Turkey Trot
Turkey TrotThursday, November 26, 2015 (Race Times Vary)
Race Start: Santa Clara Street & Market
Festival Site: Guadalupe River Park

Register now for the Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot" on Thanksgiving Day.  This year, proceeds will go to five deserving beneficiaries. The Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, is now in its 11th year and the total amount given to charity has exceeded $5 million. Choose from several events including the 5K and 10K runs and walks, and the kid's fun run. Elite runners, joggers, and walkers will enjoy the downtown San Jose course, which is flat, fast, and flows through downtown neighborhoods and business areas. Register online.

Workers' Rights Forum
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Lady of Refuge, 2165 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122 

Join Senator Jim Beall and California Labor Commissioner Julie Stu for an important community dialogue about new state laws that strengthen workers' rights and crack down on employers who cheat workers out of their wages. Understand how the new laws impact workers and what to do if your rights have been violated.  Learn about the most commonly reported violations.  Legal experts will provide free legal advice and answer questions immediately following the formal presentations. Co-hosted by SEIU, Alexander Community Law Center and Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition.  RSVP or call (408) 558-1295 for more information.

Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with SantaSaturday, December 5, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Camden Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

The City of San Jose, Camden Community Center, and Cambrian Park Kiwanis present Breakfast with Santa.  Start off your holiday season with a breakfast catered by HH Catering, holiday crafts, and a visit with Santa:

Course #382.2.0700 - $10 per guest ages 16 months + up

Course #382.2.0701 - Free for children under 16 months

You must pre-register for this event. No walk-up registration will be accepted. For more information, call (408) 559-8553 or visit

Women in Law Enforcement
Women in Law EnforcementSaturday, December 5, 2015, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6087 Great Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95119

Explore career opportunities within the San Jose Police Department at an informational seminar:

  • Meet women behind the badge
  • Learn how to prepare for testing
  • Understand a police background check

The San Jose Police Department is hiring police officers, 911 dispatchers and call takers, and records/police data specialists.

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM. Register online at To obtain more information, please email

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop
Wreath WorkshopSaturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM or 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor Center
438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! Master Gardeners, led by Mili Wright, will show you how to look through local gardens and parks to find items that can be incorporated into wreaths. After your lesson, you'll be able to create your own personal wreath for your home. All basic materials will be provided. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.  For more information, visit or call (408) 298-7657.


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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