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District 9
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

Eat Healthy

MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. To learn more about building a healthy place, visit

Visit Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Website

Camden Community Center's Kirk Cafe

for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life!

Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. The cornerstone of our work is the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

For more information including community events and resources,  please visit


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. Please contact our office for locations. (408) 535-4909


Visit the SJPD website for Crime Prevention Tips

 To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood association or group meeting, contact the

 San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit at:

(408) 277-4133


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-8900

Anti-Graffiti  24 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 Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
911, (408) 277-8911 (cell phone)

Police Non-Emergency
311, (408) 277-8900 (cell phone)

 Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588

(408) 794-1900

Streetlight Repair
(408) 794-1903 7:00am - 4:00pm
(408) 277-8956 after hours

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900


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

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District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide





January 2015 Newsletter




Dear Neighbor,

Happy New Year! January marks the start of my second term as your City Councilmember. It has been an honor to represent you at City Hall these past four years, and I look forward to continuing my service for a better San José. This month also brings about significant change as the City of San José welcomes newly-elected Mayor Sam Liccardo, and Councilmembers Chappie Jones, Raul Peralez, Magdalena Carrasco, and Tam Nguyen. I wish them success in their new roles and look forward to working with them to serve our City.

I will now serve as Chair of the Neighborhood Services & Education Committee, Vice Chair of the Citizen Corps Council, and Liaison to the Neighborhoods Commission and Youth Commission.  I will also serve as Member of the Transportation & Environment Committee, Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project, Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council, San José Sports Authority, and Schools City Collaborative.

Additionally, I welcome two new staff members to the District 9 team, Jacklyn Joanino and Andrea Hyde. Each is excited to bring her unique perspectives and skills to our office, and they are also looking forward to continuing the tradition of public service to the residents of District 9 and the City of San Jose.

As we ring in the New Year, my top priority is to protect the services and programs that are most important to you, by promoting safe neighborhoods and quality public services for the community.

Should you have any city-related issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with my office by email at, or by phone at (408) 535-4909.

Wishing you a belated Happy Holidays and a joyful New Year.


Don Rocha 

  VALLEY POLITICS Episode 1 Premiere on CreaTV

Councilmember Donald Rocha will be featured this week!

Tune in to the greatly expected new political show produced by CreaTV of San Jose, VALLEY POLITICS. The lead host is San Jose State Professor Emeritus Terri Christensen. The the first episode will include :

Guests Jude Barry and Bob Brownstein discussing key factors in the mayor race plus challenges for our new mayor.

Highlights on District 9 with Councilmember Donald Rocha.

A visit to ex-mayor of San Jose, Susan Hammer.

Watch the premiere this Wednesday, January 7 at 8:00 p.m. on Silicon Valley Channel 30 or via live-stream at

 Visit online for updates and more! 

 View Videos on Healthy Living at CreaTV

We are ready to air Episode 8 of our great Health Trust TV series. This episode is dedicated to "Happy Babies.

A studio interview with policy director of FIRST 5, Avo Makdessian and Executive Director of the Children Discovery Museum, Marilee Jennings.

Later Chef Alexandro Garcia shows us simple and nutritious dishes for babies and toddlers.

Our demo artist Elena, demonstrates how to do "tummy time" with babies. Doctor Varner talks about breesfeeding, and our fitness expert shows great routines for new moms.

You can watch the premiere this Wednesday 7 at 7:00 p.m. on Silicon Valley Channel 30 or via live-stream at

You can also watch the whole episode or segment by segment at

 You can also catch the episodes on next day "on demand" also at


San José Mattress Recycling Program Creates Jobs, Recycles Materials, and Changes Lives

Unwanted mattresses are not only a great source of material for new products, but a new program to expand mattress recycling between GreenWaste Recovery, Goodwill of Silicon Valley and the City of San José also means more jobs for individuals who face difficulties finding employment.

GreenWaste Recovery, which recycles mattresses and other materials, will now direct the approximate 500 mattresses that are collected monthly in San José to Goodwill of Silicon Valley’s San José facility. Goodwill provides a local jobs program that deconstructs unwanted mattresses. Those hired for this work include the chronically unemployed and homeless veterans. Goodwill’s program also provides services such as housing assistance.

At the Goodwill facility, the mattresses are deconstructed by hand. The fabric is bailed and sold to carpet manufacturers. The wood is then sold to mattress re-conditioners for use in new mattresses or other products while the metal springs are sent to metal recycling facilities.

San José residents can recycle mattresses through the large item curbside pickup program. To schedule a large item pickup for a fee of $26.65, residents can call their San José recycling hauler. More information can be found at


VTA is announcing a partnership with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to help us better connect with our neighbors about transportation and mobility. VTA is the first public transit agency in the country to join Nextdoor, and will also bring to the network information about overall countywide mobility planning, highways, bicycling, walking, and local roads.

Already, many of the cities and public safety agencies in Santa Clara County have joined Nextdoor and many residents have found the network a valuable way to connect with their neighbors. Currently, 823 neighborhoods in Santa Clara County are active on Nextdoor, with more than 100,000 engaged residents who are interested in being involved in their community.

“The Nextdoor network will be a valuable new public outreach and engagement tool for VTA. We’re excited about the opportunity to be more targeted with our messages, reaching the specific neighbors we need to reach,” said Bernice Alaniz, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs. “It will help VTA expand the ways we can share information, listen to the community, and promote opportunities to participate in decision-making.”

What is Nextdoor?

Nextdoor was designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood.

That means that VTA won’t see anything that’s posted except for the comments or questions you write on our own posts to your neighborhood.

We encourage you to join your neighborhood on Nextdoor to start asking questions, sharing advice and recommendations, or getting to know your neighbors. If your neighborhood isn’t already on Nextdoor, you can create a site, become a lead for your neighborhood, and share this article with your neighbors to invite them to join!

VTA plans to use Nextdoor to share information and gather public input about a variety of mobility and transportation topics that are relevant to your neighborhood, including the following:

  • Local meetings or open houses to learn about projects and plans
  • Local lane and or road closures and suggested detours related to VTA construction projects
  • VTA project activities that will involve noise or other impacts in your neighborhood
  • Opportunities to participate in decision-making
  • Bicycle and pedestrian projects in your area
  • Articles from VTA’s Headways blog
  • Transit service
  • Public safety

 Please join VTA and your neighbors today at

Senior Commission Vacancy

Ethics Commission

Planning Commission Recruitment through 1/30/15

The City Clerk’s Office is recruiting for one (1) position on the San José Planning Commission to fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2016.  Applicants to this Commission must have been both citizens of the United States and residents of the City of San José for one year preceding appointment, and additionally must be registered voters in the City of San José at the time of appointment.

The Planning Commission advises and makes recommendations to the City Council on all matters relating to the future physical development of the City with respect to land use and development zoning and subdivision regulations, and the City’s Capital Improvement Programs.

San Jose Family Camp

Online reservations for San Jose Family Camp at Yosemite summer season is open at 

All residents of Santa Clara County pay the same fees; you don't have to be a resident of San Jose.

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. It's a great experience the whole family will enjoy, so join us this summer and reserve your tent today!

Family Camp is a hidden treasure that's located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park It is just east of Groveland, California. The 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.

During the summer season, the camp provides three meals a day to campers, along with supervised recreational activities. Groups are welcome to rent out the camp during the pre- and post-seasons.

Your office can confirm this information or obtain more information about Camp and reservations by contacting Jena Sorrells at (408) 794-6524.  


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 ALL ABOARD!  THE LAST Freedom Train is Monday, January 19, 2015

The cost is $10.00 per person.

The FIRST person to purchase 30 Freedom Train Tickets will receive a 49ers Limited Edition #53 Navarro Bowman football. This item is valued at $50.00. This item cannot be purchased at any store. Only 500 were created.

The FIRST person who purchases 20 Freedom Train tickets will receive a 49ers baseball cap valued at $40.00!

You may purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets:!

Please go to our website at, and click on the Freedom Train tab for more information.

Don’t forget to look at the discounts the City of San Jose is offering to Freedom Train ticket holders only!

We are both honored and pleased to have the incredible Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers from the United Nations, San Jose Council Member Ash Kalra, Pastor Danny Sanchez, and Pastor Jeff Guarascio as guest speakers on the Freedom Train!

We are also excited to have vocalists Angela Borricua, singers Janet Childs, Ronnie Grigsby, and Ayleen Augustine! (From the Center of Living with Dying)

We are thrilled that for the first time ever, we will have two train cars dedicated to youth activities!

Due to lack of community interest/support/participation, and a lack of sponsorship, it is with a great deal of sadness that after 30 plus years, we are announcing that the Monday, January 19, 2015 Freedom Train started by the beloved Coretta Scott King, will take its last run from San Jose to San Francisco.

We thank you for joining us in riding the LAST Freedom Train in memory of Dr. King.

Please feel free to contact our President at, if you have any questions!



Bring Your Own Horse

Saturday January 10 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please arrive between 10:00-10:30 a.m. to saddle up

Rancho Can~ada Del Oro Open Space Preserve

Bring your own horse and join Docent Carolyn for a guided ride along the Mayfair Trail. The ride heads up the hill at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a meandering ride and beautiful views. Carolyn will share her love of nature with you and your equine buddies. Bring a light lunch and water.

Introduction to Bird Watching

Saturday, January 17   9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Coyote Ridge – A Nature Pre-Season Walk

Sunday, January 18  9:00 am to 2:00pm

Join Docent Rick and wind your way up the hillside, stopping to see endangered plants and critters. You’ll climb a steep hillside to the top and enjoy sweeping views and birds of prey. Hiking boots and poles are highly recommended for this off-trail experience. Sorry, no one under 14 please. Bring a hat that you can tie down against the wind. Details and registration at (Needs an eventbrite with directions there – 30 guests). Register HERE.

 Starry Nights in Open Space

Rancho Can~ada del Oro Open Space Preserve

January 24  7:00pm to 9:00pm

Do you want to know more about the constellations and stars? Come and view the night sky with our friendly astronomy docents. No need to bring your own telescope, they have plenty! Our knowledgeable astronomer docents are just waiting to share their knowledge with you. This is a family-friendly event.

call: (408) 224-7476



Jungle Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds.

Recognized as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, CBS’s The Talk, and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Happy Hollow connects people to nature through play by using your Zoo’s creative environment and it’s connections with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to lead initiatives and inspire a new generation. Happy Hollow has raised over $120,000 for Gorilla protection in Virunga National Park in the last eight years. Together, we can have a huge collective impact on protecting wildlife.

Purchase tickets here: Happy Hollow with Jack Hanna

All proceeds benefit Happy Hollow Foundation’s efforts in wildlife conservation.Happy Hollow Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Charitable contributions are tax deductible under IRS guidelines.

For more information on the Montgomery Theater, downtown parking and restaurants click here.

For questions about the Jack Hanna event, please call Vanessa Rogier, Conservation Manager, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo  (408) 794-6404.

Mentoring Outreach Meet Up and Celebration

You can learn about becoming a mentor at the annual Mentoring Outreach Meet Up and Celebration from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose.  Representatives from a dozen organizations can tell you about making a difference in your community by connecting one-on-one with a child, teenager or young adult. The guest speaker will be Quron Reaves of Boldly Me.

The free event is presented by the South Bay Mentoring Coalition and sponsored by the office of Supervisor Dave Cortese and Supervisor Cindy Chavez. Register at

The Super Guadalupe Run benefits the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 in San Jose with the Super Guadalupe River Run!

Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles, run a 3.1 mile buttonhook, or tackle the kids' 1K quarterback sneak, you'll earn your guacamole on the Guadalupe. Proceeds benefit Guadalupe River Park Conservancy








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