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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

February Mid-Month Announcements

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,

I’m pleased to share some exciting opportunities for leadership and civic engagement in our government. Currently, there are several City of San Jose Boards and Commissions vacancies to be filled.

I’ve always stressed how important boards and commissions are to our community and to my role as an elected representative. I believe that citizens, not just elected officials and public employees, are responsible for good government and effective decision-making. Boards and commissions were established to advise the Mayor and Council and provide important and ongoing input into policies that affect our city.  They also enable citizens to participate in San Jose's government processes at a deeper level and provide an opportunity for the many neighborhoods within San Jose to be heard.

Serving on a board or commission can be an extremely fulfilling opportunity to learn about what goes into our city’s policy-making process and to give back to the civic process we are all a part of.  I thank those who have volunteered their time to serve our city in this way.

Applications are now being accepted to fill the following vacancies:

Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending June 30, 2020
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending December 31, 2018
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending December 31, 2020
One (1) Downtown Parking Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2020
One (1) Downtown Resident Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
One (1) Downtown Events Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
One (1) San Jose State University Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending June 30, 2018
Two (2) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending June 30, 2019
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending December 31, 2020
Four (4) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2019
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
District 1 Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2018
Three (3) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2019
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
District 6 Seat with a Term Ending May 31, 2018
District 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and Citywide Seats with a Term Ending May 31, 2019

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 3, 2017 by 11:59 PM, and applications can be submitted online at To learn more, you can also email

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office for assistance with any city-related issue. You can contact me and my staff by calling 408-535-4909 or emailing


Donald Rocha

News & Announcements
Kirk Park Beautification Day - February 25

Join the District 9 team and fellow neighbors to help beautify Kirk Park (1601 Foxworthy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95118) on Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Participate by volunteering on projects such as litter clean-up, painting, landscaping, and other activities. Get to know your neighbors and give back to the community!  Registration begins at 8:45 AM.  Students can earn community service hours by volunteering at this event. For more information, contact the D9 office at 408-535-4909.


Family Camp Now Accepting Reservations

Family Camp at Yosemite is now accepting reservations at

Located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park just east of Groveland, California, Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. 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. Reserve your tent today for the 2017 camping season. For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

Presidents' Week at Camden Community Center

Camden Community Center has a camp for you this Presidents' Week break (February 21 - 24):

  • Archery—Beginning: 9-16yrs, $100/$104
  • Archery— Intermediate: 9-16yrs, $100/$104
  • Camp Dance: 3-12yrs, $105/$109
  • Camp San Jose: 5-11yrs, $159/$163
  • Hoopstarz Skills Camp: 8-14yrs, $306/$310
  • Hoopstarz Skills Camp: 8-14yrs, $182/$186
  • Robotics Camp—Beginner: 9-13yrs, $140/$144

Please visit for full course descriptions, or stop by the community center and pick up a winter brochure!  *Scholarships are available to those who qualify. For more details, please visit

Become a Child Advocate

Are you looking for meaningful volunteer work with a child or teen? Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is recruiting volunteers to serve as friends, mentors and advocates for foster children in Santa Clara County, and hosts monthly Volunteer Informational sessions where you can learn how you make a difference to a child foster care system.  As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, you will undergo training and be empowered by the courts to provide critical emotional and educational support to a foster child and ensure that child's voice is heard in the dependency court system.  Learn more at

2017-2018 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury Annual Recruitment

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2017-18 Civil Grand Jury.  The Court is seeking applicants of all backgrounds who have lived in the county for at least one year, are US citizens, are 18 years of age or older, and are willing to make the commitment of a one-year term, which will begin on June 22, 2017.

Those who are called to serve on the Grand Jury voluntarily enter this service with interest and curiosity in learning more about the administration and operation of the government in the county in which they live, in order to function as an investigatory body.  Individuals interested in applying may contact Tamara L. Davis, Deputy Manager of Jury Services, directly at 408-882-2721, or visit

Join the Adopt-A-Highway Program

The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California's State Highway System.

The Adopt-A-Highway program, which began in 1989, has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time. More than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside.  Participation can include removing litter (work frequency varies with location), planting and establishing trees or wildflowers, removing graffiti and controlling vegetation.  To learn more, please visit:

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

Do you have junk, such as old mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, or tires, cluttering up your home or garage? San José residents in homes with garbage cart service (single-family homes, most townhomes and mobile homes) can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.

Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Homes with garbage cart service in downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • Homes with garbage cart service in west San José, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400
  • Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company at
  • Residents in apartments and most condominiums should contact their property manager or GreenTeam directly at (408) 282-4400 to arrange for free junk pickup

Visit for more information, frequently asked questions, and a list of eligible items.  Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500.

Upcoming Events
VTA Community Meetings

Last summer, VTA conducted the first phase of its public engagement efforts around the draft Transit Service Plan and is hosting an additional upcoming meeting to discuss proposed service changes:

Thursday, February 16, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Southside Community and Senior Center, 5585 Cottle Road San Jose, CA 95123

For more information about the draft of the plan, you can visit

Dream Big: Girls Day @ The Tech

Monday, February 20 (View schedule of activities)
The Tech, 201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Bring the whole family to Dream Big: Girls Day @ The Tech, an event devoted to providing girls with opportunity, inspiration and fun with STEM learning. The event offers special hands-on activities designed to empower girls along with their siblings and parents. Explore coding while designing an animated picture book, harness the power of wind, learn the basics of soldering and more.

10th Annual Senior Winter Walk & Resource Fair

Friday, February 24, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Westfield Oakridge Mall, Macy's Court, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Join Councilmembers Donald Rocha, Johnny Khamis and Sergio Jimenez for a morning of health and wellness at the annual senior winter walk at Oakridge mall.  Free continental breakfast will be served; registration will take place on site. The event is sponsored by the City of San Jose, Westfield Oakridge, Kaiser Permanente, Star One Credit Union, and Alameda Family Services.

Volunteers are still needed!  For more information, call (408) 535-4910 or email

Free Public Workshop: California Building Code Changes
California Building Code Changes

Friday, February 24, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Westfield San Jose City Hall Wing Rooms, 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Property owners, trade professionals and anyone who is interested can learn about the recent significant changes to the building codes at this free public workshop. The State of California updates the building codes every three years, and the revised 2016 codes have now replaced the 2013 codes. Please see the workshop flyer for details and session topics. RSVP to or call 408-535-7722. Validated parking is provided.

12th Annual Santa Clara County Veterans Resource Fair - Registration Open

Saturday, April 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Fiesta Hall, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111

The San Jose Vet Center Resource Fair Advisory Council is pleased to announce the upcoming 12th Annual Veterans Resource Fair. Over the years, the Veterans Resource Fair has served thousands of veterans and their families and brought attention and support to the San Jose Vet Center in downtown San Jose providing information, counseling and supportive services. 

The resource fair will offer veteran benefits counseling, employment opportunities, medical and housing needs, community agency support services, and education benefits. To be considered as a possible service provider to participate in this event, please apply online at Deadline to apply is March 17, 2017. For questions, contact by the application deadline of March 17.

7th Annual Caregivers Count Conference

Saturday, May 6, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Campbell Community Center, Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

The Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County invites you to the 7th Annual Caregivers Count Conference - tailored specifically for family or informal caregivers who are caring for older adults. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from informative speakers as well as visit resource tables to learn about supportive service in the County. Cost is $15.00; limited scholarships are available. For more information and online registration, visit Registration must be received by April 21, 2017.

Important Resources

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-3500
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
Brianne Urban Policy Aide


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