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District 9 October Mid-Month Announcements

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

P: (408) 535-4909
F: (408) 292-6471

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District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide

Dear Neighbor,

Halloween is upon us, and while it's a fun holiday for kids, it can be a worrisome one for parents. For a fun and safe Halloween, please remember these tips:

Adults: Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on. Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children. Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately. In San Jose, call 911 or 408-277-8911 from a cell phone. Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children. 

Motorists: Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited children darting out into traffic, whose vision may be obscured by masks.

Trick-or-Treaters: Be observant of others and the traffic around you. Look in all directions before crossing the street and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run across the street. Use sidewalks, not the street, for walking. Carry flashlights and/or add reflective tape to costumes.  Chilrdren should use the buddy system or be accompanied by adults.

For more safety tips, please visit the San Jose Police Department at or call the Crime Prevention Unit at 408-277-4133.

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!

Don Rocha

News & Announcements
Fall 2015 Boards & Commissions Recruitment

Recruitment Closing Date: October 30, 2015

Boards and Commissions are important in that they enable citizens to participate in San Jose's government processes. Their activities help shape and influence public policy, because they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the City Council to consider. Applications are now being accepted to fill a number of vacancies on the following Boards & Commissions:

  • Appeals Hearing Board - Two (2) Member Seats (Term Ending December 2019)
  • Civil Service Commission - Two (2) Member Seats (Term Ending November 2019)
  • Downtown Parking Board - One (1) Downtown Parking Representative (Term Ending June 2016)
  • Historic Landmarks Commission - One (1) Member Seat (Term Ending June 2018)
  • Senior Citizens Commission - Citywide Seat (Term Ending June 2017)

View a complete list of Board & Commission Vacancies. For questions, call (408) 535-1260 or email

Suspect Arraigned on Counts of Animal Cruelty

A 24-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday, October 13th in an animal cruelty case. The suspect, Robert Farmer, was arraigned on three felony counts of animal cruelty, a felony count of attempted animal cruelty, and a misdemeanor count of batter. The supect's bail was set at $75,000, which is above the scheduled amount.

The San Jose Police Department caught the suspect after finding him asleep in his car in the Cambrian area on October 8thAnyone with information about the case can call the SJPD Assaults Unit at (408) 277-4161 or

Recycle in a Big Way!

Do you have old items you've been meaning to get rid of, but won't fit in your garbage or recycling cart? Then you may want to take advantage of the Large Item Collection Pilot Program. As a San Jose resident and single-family home, you may schedule one large item collection at no extra cost through June 30, 2016. With large item collections, you may leave up to three items at the curb which will be picked up by your recycling collection company. Large items include mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires and more. Call and schedule a pick-up date with your recycle collection company:

  • For downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800.
  • For west San José, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400.

For more information, Frequently Asked Questions, and a list of eligible items, visit  

Fire Safety & Prevention Tips

Did you know that in a home fire, you may have just two minutes to get out safely? That’s why preventive measures like checking your smoke alarms and emergency plans are so critical to keeping you and your family safe. In just one year, 26 people are alive today thanks to a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the American Red Cross to save lives and reduce injuries from home fire. Join in and learn more about how to be fire safe today by reviewing simple safety tips and share them with your family and friends. 

Calendar of Events
5K for 5K Fun Run/Walk

5K for 5KSaturday, October 17, 2015, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Cottonwood Lake Entrance, 985 Hellyer Avenue, San Jose, CA 95111

Celebrate Filipino American History Month by helping fundraise for typhoon relief in the Philippines! The Disaster Support Network for the Philippines, formerly known as South Bay Taskforce Haiyan, invites you to join run/walk 5K for $5K! All proceeds will go toward grassroots efforts to support those affected by natural disasters in the Philippines and to help sponsor the curriculum provided by the Citizen's Disaster Response Center for our upcoming mission trip. To register, visit

Open Space Authority Fall Activities

OSA Fall ActivitiesTimes and Locations Vary

  • Binoculars Star Gazing - Saturday, October 17, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Dawn Photo Shoot - Sunday, October 18, 2015, 6:45 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Creepy Critters  Aren't So Creepy- Sunday, October 18, 2015, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Healthy Parks, Healthy People - Sunday, October 25, 2015, 10:30 AM

For a complete list of events and registration information, please call (408) 244-7476 or visit

Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center Community Open House

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:30 PM - 3:00 PM

4190 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134

How are we meeting the demand for water in the 21st century?  Here's your chance to find out!  Tour Silicon Valley's state of the art advanced water purification center.  Learn how wastewater is purified to produce water that is safe enough to meet California's strict water quality standards.  The open house is a free, family friendly public event.   Guided tours of the purification center will run approximately every half hour.  To sign up, please register online by October 19th at For more information, email

College Day: Family & Community Conference

College DaySaturday, October 24, 2015, 7:45 AM - 1:45 PM

San Jose State University Student Ballroom

Twelfth graders and families are invited to get information on college preparation, financial aid, scholarships, careers, and the CSU and UC application process. This is a multilingual conference where workshops are presented in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Please register online.  SJSU is also looking for 100 volunteers to help with registration, lunch distribution, and bus pick-up and drop off. Sign up to volunteer online! For more information, visit

3rd Annual Zombie Run

Zombie RunSaturday, October 24, 2015 (Packet Pick-up 6:00 AM, Race Start Time 9:00 AM)

743 Phelan Ave San Jose , CA 95112

San Jose has summoned Zombies, and the living, to participate in a 5K run event to help Dream Team Events in raising funds for the San Jose Parks Foundation! You can Run it! Walk it! Or Crawl it! There will be a Zombie Costume contest, fitness & health vendors, some music, picture taking, a Thriller Zombie Dance, Zombie Make-up artist teams on site and more. So bring your brains and have some fun running with the Zombies in San Jose at History Park. Learn more at

Breath of Life Halloween Costume 5K

Breath of Life WalkSaturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

West Valley College, Saratoga, CA 95070

The annual Breath of Life Walk is a chance for local community members to get together and show their support in the fight against lung disease. Each year, the walk attracts people directly affected by lung disease as well as family, friends and others who wish to build healthier communities. The event features a 5K walk with food, music, prizes, a costume contest, and tons of family fun. For more information, visit

Tucked in @ The Tech Sleepover

Sleepover at the TechSaturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25, 2015

201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Bring the whole family to the coolest slumber party in town. Pack up your sleeping bags, pajamas and toothbrushes, and join the fun of our first-ever Robots and Robes sleepover. This unique evening includes: hands on STEM activities, interactive exhibits, a private screening of National Geographic's "Robots," and more. Arrive in your pajamas and you'll be entered into a raffle! Buy tickets online.

Applied Materials 2015 Turkey Trot

Turkey TrotThursday, November 26, 2015 (Race Times Vary)

Race Start: Santa Clara Street & Market Street, Festival Site: Guadalupe River Park

Register now for early bird pricing for the Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot" on Thanksgiving Day.  Continue your healthy holiday tradition or start a new one with friends and family! 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 for early-bird pricing.


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


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