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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

2017 August 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 –

As you may know, the San Jose Housing Department held a community meeting on July 11th at Pearl Library to share its proposal to place emergency bridge housing on a city-owned parcel across from Thousand Oaks Park in District 9, among several other proposed sites throughout the City.  Emergency bridge housing is a type of temporary housing intended to serve what are known as “transitionally homeless” people. The transitionally homeless are people who are either at risk of homelessness or who have been homeless a short period of time, and who could benefit from temporary housing while they got back on their feet. There was a very large turnout to the meeting that the Housing Department held on this project; over 300 residents showed up and shared significant concern that the location was not appropriate for this type of housing project. 

Residents raised issues such as possible noise, safety, environment, and traffic impacts, as well as proximity to homes, schools, parks, and libraries.  As a result of this meeting and other meetings held in other neighborhoods, Housing staff determined the need for additional criteria to consider when vetting potential sites, including criteria regarding setbacks from adjacent residential uses, schools, neighborhood parks, and creeks. Based on this new criteria, the Housing Department concluded that the Thousand Oaks site is not suitable for a housing project and will not recommended that housing be placed on the Thousand Oaks site.  To date, only four locations of the initial list of 99 potential city-owned sites identified by staff in April remain as sites that could potentially host a bridge housing community.  You can read the July 28th info memo should you wish to read more about the new criteria.

The City has put a priority on addressing the issue of homelessness in recent years, but implementing solutions can be very challenging. Homeless encampments give rise to serious public safety and quality of life problems, both for the people who live in the encampments and surrounding neighbors. At the same time, constructing additional housing to either prevent homelessness or house the homeless can also raise concerns. In particular, finding an acceptable site for homeless housing can be difficult.

That said, I am committed to continuing to work on this issue and make progress on reducing the homeless population in San Jose. If there’s a problem in our community that’s especially difficult, like this one, it just means we need to be even more committed to finding a solution. The next step on the City’s bridge housing effort will be for Housing Department staff to return to Council at the end of August to discuss the overall progress of the project, confirm the new site selection criteria and proposed outreach plan moving forward, and provide updates on several other interim housing initiatives they are working on.  A Bridge Housing Communities Work Plan Update is scheduled to come before the Neighborhood Services & Education Committee meeting on September 14th.

I want to conclude by thanking those who took the time to share their feedback on this issue, whether it was at the meeting, or by reaching out to my office or the Housing Department.  Participation and activism from the community is extremely important.  Whether it is this issue or any other that the City works on, I belive that resident feedback always helps the City make better public policy and serve our residents. I’m very grateful for all those who took time to contact me on this issue.

Should you have questions or additional feedback you’d like to share with me, please feel free to reach out to my office at or 408-535-4909.  More resources on this topic can be found on the City’s website.


Councilmember Donald Rocha

News & Announcements
Celebrate Cambrian is Sunday, August 27!

You're invited to the 12th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival on August 27 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Camden Community Center (3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124).

Join the community for family fun, local food, bounce houses, children's games, a dessert truck, live music and entertainment, a resource fair, and much more. This event is FREE and open to the public!  For questions, call 408-535-4977or visit

The MySanJose App is Here!

Want to get that pothole or street light fixed? Did you spot graffiti or illegal dumping that needs cleaning up? Perhaps you're wondering about how to report an abandoned vehicle ... or have a different City program to ask about. 

With the new My San Jose app or online form, it's now quick and easy to file and track a City service request or to reach one of our customer representatives. When you submit a City service request through My San Jose, the request will reach the relevant City service team who will accept, review, and resolve your request as appropriate -- and let you know the outcome.  For more information, visit

SJUSD Independent Oversight Committee

San José Unified is now accepting applications to serve on volunteer independent oversight committees for the Measure Y parcel tax and Measure H bond funds.

Members of both committees are asked to serve two-year terms ending in June 2019. Applicants must live or work in San José Unified, have a child currently enrolled in the district, or represent a local taxpayer organization, business association, or neighborhood group. Applications are available at and you have any questions, please email the Public Information Office at or call (408) 535-6444.

San Jose Arena Authority Board Vacancy

The San Jose Arena Authority is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for one current vacancy on the Arena Authority Board of Directors. The 19-member San Jose Arena Authority Board of Directors convenes monthly to identify and address issues relating to the management and operation of SAP Center at San Jose (home of the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Barracuda); Solar4America Ice at San Jose (San Jose Sharks and Barracuda training facilities and public ice rinks); and San Jose Municipal Stadium (home of the San Jose Giants). 

This is an engaged, hands-on organization looking to fill one volunteer Board position due to a resignation related to a job relocation.  To apply, please submit a resume along with two professional references to, or email

Help Redesign the City's Website

In the coming months, the City of San José will be completely overhauling the city website,  The City has prepared an online survey to gather feedback from the community.  Please take a few moments to complete a brief survey.

Summer Fun with PRNS

Discover thousands of activities for an endless summer with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services:

Gymnastics, picnics, swim lessons, horseback, moonlight walks, tennis, hiking, camping, basketball, skateboarding, biking, volunteering, cooking, Viva Calle SJ, National Night Out, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, and so much more... Learn more at

San Jose Public Library Needs Volunteers

San Jose Public Library is currently recruiting for volunteers:

PAR Adult Literacy Tutors: Help adult learners improve their reading. For more information, visit

Summer Volunteers: Register and assist in summer programs at the library.  For more information, 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.  Participation can include removing litter (work frequency varies with location), planting and establishing trees or wildflowers, removing graffiti and controlling vegetation.  The following locations have not yet been adopted. To volunteer or adopt a highway, call 1-866-ADOPT-A-HWY:

  • 87 South/West Bound between mile markers 6 to 4
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 10 to 12
  • 85 South/West Bound between mile markers 8 to 6
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 5.9 to 6.4
  • 85 South/West Bound between mile markers 6.4 to 5.9
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 4 to 6
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 2 to 4

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

Visit for more information. Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500.

Apply for NLC Silicon Valley Leadership Institute

The New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley invites you to nominate or apply to its 2018 Leadership Institute.  Applications for the 2018 Leadership Institute are due on Sunday, October 1, 2017. 

The New Leaders Council (NLC) is the leading training program for progressive Millennials. NLC equips its leaders with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start-ups, and networks of thought leaders. NLC Leaders take their activism back into their communities and workplaces to impact progressive change.  Individuals interested in applying to the 2018 NLC Leadership Institute may complete the online application here. If you would like to nominate someone you may do so here. For questions, email

Upcoming Events
Camden Free Summer Movie Series

The Cambrian Park Kiwanis presents its annual Summer Movie Series at Camden Community Center on select Fridays.

  • Friday, August 4: Storks
  • Friday, August 11: Sing
  • Friday, August 18: Moana

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy family films.  Movies are subject to change.  Food trucks will be available at the showings. Activities start at 6pm and movie starts when dark. Camden Community Center is located at 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124. For more information, call 408-559-8553.

Free Outdoor Movies in St. James Park

Starlight Cinemas presents four family classics at St. James Park shown each Saturday in August.

  • Saturday, August 5: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Saturday, August 12: Disney-Pixar’s Cars
  • Saturday, August 19: Nacho Libre
  • Saturday, August 26: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Movies are shown at dusk. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring a sweater or sweatshirt and blankets or chair to sit on.  St. James Park is located at N 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95112.  For more information about the movies visit

Support Italian American Heritage Foundation at Giorgio's Italian Restaurant

Tuesday, August 8, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Giorgio's Italian Restaurant, 1445 Foxworthy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95118

Support IAHF and its scholarship and teaching programs at Giorgio's Italian Restaurant by eating dinner on August 8 and bring the event voucher with you.  15% of your dine-in or take-out order will be given to IAHF programs. You must bring a copy of the voucher with you for IAHF to benefit.

Midpen August Events

Every month, Midpen offers a wide variety of FREE docent-led activities throughout the preserves. Click through to find out more!

*Requires reservations, sign-up online. See all Docent-led Activities.

Coyote Creek Cleanups

Saturday, August 12, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Notting Hill Drive, San Jose, CA 95131; RSVP Online

Saturday, August 19, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Trail head for Coyote Creek Trail, 481 Murphy Ranch Road, Milpitas, CA 95035; RSVP Online

Help keep Coyote Creek beautiful by volunteering at two upcoming creek cleanups! Join members of your community for a trash cleanup along Coyote Creek. For more information, email Holly Rodriguez.

Senator Beall's Annual Creek Cleanup

Saturday, August 19, 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Meet at Campbell Park, E Campbell Avenue & Gilman Avenue

A creek runs through our neighborhoods.  Please help us take care of this precious resource. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Join your neighbors, enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and give back to the environment.  Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear and clothing. Trash bags, trash sticks & gloves will be provided. For more information, call 408-558-1295 or RSVP online.

Senior Safari Walkabout

Thursdays: August 24, September 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again! Exclusively for ages 50 and over. Free admission and parking.

Fiesta with a Purpose

Saturday, August 26, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Scottish Rite Temple, 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA 95125

Join more than 400 business, public safety and community leaders and show your support for police officers & families at the 10th Annual Shop With A Cop Anniversary Fundraiser, "Fiesta with a Purpose." The event showcases dancing and music, a live and silent auction and raffle, and premium tequila and mezcal tastings. For more information, visit or call 669-226-2663. All proceeds benefit SWACSV Youth Programs.

Cambrian Rocks! Benefit Concert

Saturday, September 16, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cambrian Little League Fields, Ross & Foxworthy, San Jose, CA 95124

Save the date for Cambrian Rocks!, a benefit concert for Cambrian School District music programs.  Tickets are $25; Kids 13 & under are free. Buy tickets at the gate or at For more information, please contact Cambrian Rocks! Producer Suzanne St. John-Crane at

Therapeutic Family Camp

Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24
Mission Springs Conference Center, 1050 Lockhart Gulch Road, Scotts Valley CA 95066

Kingdom Family Resources, a nonprofit community based Mental Health service located in District 9, is hosting a therapeutic family camp.  Workshops will address family communication, trauma, parent-child relationships, and more.  Guest speakers will include Dr. Linda Lara and Elizabeth J. Stewart. To register, visit or call 408-800-7821 for more information.


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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