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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

May 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,

Over the next month and a half, the Mayor, Council, and City staff will work together to shape and adopt the City’s 2017-2018 budget. In March, the Mayor released his March message, which provided initial guidance to City staff on what the City’s priorities should be as they develop the proposed budget. In the next several weeks, the City will work to gather community input vital to the budget process. Councilmembers can also submit their recommendations to the Mayor for certain priorities to be included in the final budget.

For me, budget season is a critical opportunity to request funding for important projects or programs that enhance the safety of our community and increase quality of life for our residents. Often times, the requests are around public safety, traffic calming, pedestrian safety improvements, or organizations that support youth and do good work for the community.

Last year, I requested funding for crossing guards at a school in District 9, traffic calming investments like radar speed monitors and enhanced crosswalks, and more tools and resources to support our Parks Department and Volunteer Management Unit, to name a few. You can browse my budget recommendations from last year and previous years online. For FY 2016-2017, view BD#s 46-58; for FY 2015-2016, BD#s 58-77.

Community engagement has always been an important part of this process, and helps shape my decisions when it comes to advocating for what residents need. While I hear from residents throughout the year about a wide variety of city-related issues and concerns, I want to take this opportunity to hear your thoughts on how the City should prioritize its resources for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. I have compiled a brief survey that only takes a moment to complete, and I would greatly appreciate hearing what’s most important to you. Please share with your friends and neighbors, so we can gather as much input as possible. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with me.

Click below to complete the survey:

2017-2018 Budget Priorities Survey

Additionally, there are many opportunities to share your thoughts on the City’s budget from now until its final adoption on June 20, including two public hearings on May 16 and June 12, and four Community Budget Meetings. The timeline below outlines some key dates:

  • May 1 – Proposed Capital Budget Released
  • May 5 – Proposed Operating Budget and Proposed Fees and Charges Report Released
  • May 8, 17, 18, 22Community Budget Meetings
  • May 10–15 – Council Study Sessions
  • May 16 – Initial Public Hearing
  • May 24 – Budget Document Proposals due to Mayor’s Office
  • June 2 – Mayor’s June Budget Message Released
  • June 12 – Final Public Hearing
  • June 13 – Final Review/Approval of Mayor’s June Budget Message (Council); Final Approval of Proposed Capital/Operating Budgets and Proposed Fees & Charges (Council)
  • June 20 – Final Review/Approval of Mayor’s June Budget Message (Council); Final Approval of Proposed Capital/Operating Budgets and Proposed Fees & Charges (Council)

I hope you will participate, in whatever way you feel comfortable, in communicating your thoughts on how the City’s dollars should be invested. I thank everyone who has remained involved and engaged year-round, and those who have already shared their input during this important process.

Please reach out to my office with any questions or to learn more about the City of San Jose budget. The City Manager’s Budget Office website is also a great place to start.

I look forward to hearing from you.


News & Announcements
Your Guide to Community Service Opportunities

The Compass Collective Field Guide is now available online, and is designed to be a “starter kit” for individuals who crave deeper engagement in our community but are not quite sure how to begin. There are more than 400 nonprofits represented — all doing amazing work to make our community great.

View volunteer opportunities now:

Field Guide to Community Service 2.0

iCreaTV Summer Media Camp

Announcing iCreaTV Summer Media Camp for 12-18 year olds! Students learn digital media storytelling from the experts in three sessions including: Talk Show Production (June 19—23), Documentary Production (June 26—30) and Feature Film Production (July 10—21).

For more details, including course descriptions and fees, how to register and to apply for a scholarship, visit and click on the home page link. Take one session, or all three. Space is limited, so act now! Content from all sessions will air on Classrooms Channel 28 on Comcast.

Volunteer with Our City Forest

Leave a Green Footprint in your Community and volunteer with Our City Forest!  Weekly opportunities can be found at

Volunteers are needed to plant trees, care & water plants, help with nursery tasks, and more!

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

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 in the foster care system.  Upcoming Info Sessions will be held May 10, June 7, and July 12.  Learn more at

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

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

Affordable Housing Week: May 12-19

Affordable Housing Week (AHW) is a week-long celebration of affordable housing and effort to bring our diverse community together to raise awareness, educate, engage, activate, and unite around affordable housing issues. How can you get involved? View SV@Home's calendar of events, which include workshops, tours, presentations, and mixers. For more information, cal 408-780-8411.

Upcoming Events
Summit on Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Friday, May 5, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The 6th Annual Summit on Entreprenurship and Innovation brings together Silicon Valley Business and city leaders, assistance organizations, and entrepreneurship to encourage business growth in Silicon Valley. Register today for this FREE event and discover new tools and perspectives to allow your company to grow.

Berryessa Library Book Sale

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Berryessa Branch Library 3355 Noble Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132

Help support the Berryessa Branch Library at its book sale.  Great bargains can be found on gently used books, CDs, DVDs, movies and more. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Berryessa Branch Library.

2017-2018 Community Budget Meetings

Monday, May 8, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Teresa Branch Library Community Room

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berryessa Community Center Multipurpose Room

Thursday, May 18, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Bascom Community Center Multipurpose Room

Monday, May 22, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Eastridge Community Room

The City of San Jose will hold a series of community budget meetings where the public is invited to learn more about the City's budget process and share input on budget priorities for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  For more information about the meetings, please call Lisa Tulee at (408) 535-8119 or visit the City’s website at

Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition Cleanups

Coyote Creek Cleanup
Saturday, May 13, 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM, 1530 Berryessa Road Area between Berryessa and Mabury, San Jose, CA 95133

National River Cleanup Day
Saturday, May 20, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM, 880 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

City-Wide Track Meet

Saturday, May 13, 7:00 AM Check-In; 8:15 AM Track Meet
Mt. Pleasant High School Track & Field, 1750 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95127

The Police Amateur Athletic Foundation is proud to host its free annual track meet for students 4th through 8th who reside in San Jose.  The meet is open to boys and girls born between 2003-2009.  Register online after March 3, 2017 at or San José Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Website  For more information, please contact Jason Pierce, Track Meet Director by e-mail at or call at (408) 277-4133.

Senior Safari Walkabout

Select Thursdays: May 25, June 22, 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.

Sacramento Bus Trip for Education

Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join Santa Clara County Board President Dave Cortese on a FREE bus trip to our State's Capitol.  Meet with State Officials & Legislators, learn about their priorities, and discuss current K-12 & Higher Education issues. Share your ideas and concerns. For more information or to register, please visit or contact Mario B. Lopez at

Camden Summer Movie Series

Fridays, July 14 - August 18 (Activities start at 6pm and movie starts when dark)
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy family films.  Movies are subject to change.  Food trucks will be available at the showings. For more information, call 408-559-8553.


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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