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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
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District 9 July 2014 Newsletter


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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

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
(408) 277-8911

Police Non-Emergency
(408) 277-8900

(408) 794-1903

Sewer and Signal Lights

(408) 794-1900

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

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588


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

District 9 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





July Newsletter 2014



Dear Neighbor,

I hope that you are enjoying our long summer days. City Hall has been fairly busy over the past few months with budget deliberations and adoption, which we touched on last month. Here are some updates on a few neighborhood concerns that my office has been working on.


As many of you know, on January 18, 2014 the Flames Coffee Shop on Hillsdale Avenue was destroyed by a four-alarm fire.  Thankfully no one was injured. The debris from the fire has been a target for graffiti. The property owner must make decisions about new development on the site and then apply for the appropriate permits to move forward with demolition. The City maintains standards that property owners must comply with, which prohibit property to fall into a blighted state. The Flames property is blighted, and the City will soon be issuing a compliance order, requiring the owners to begin cleanup of garbage and graffiti while they make decisions pertaining to demolition.  I will continue to work closely with City staff and provide the owners with any support that may be needed to help progress the situation.  My office will also continue to respond to any questions and keep you informed of any changes in the status of the site as new information becomes available. 


In late July of last year, many residents from the Kooser neighborhood reached out to my office to address some of their concerns with the Dent Ave. pedestrian bridge. Thereafter, we organized a community meeting hosted at Carden Academy with both local and state representatives from law enforcement, public works, transportation, and a handful of elected officials including Supervisor Dave Cortese, Assemblymember Paul Fong, and State Senator Jim Beall. After hearing all of their concerns we were determined to find ways to improve the pedestrian bridge.

In late October, we presented our maintenance plans at a follow-up community meeting at Branham High School. Since that meeting, I am happy to report that our Anti-Litter and Graffiti Abatement Unit as well as California Highway Patrol cleaned up tagging and trash along the bridge and soundwalls, our Department of Transportation increased lighting and filled potholes, and Caltrans replaced all four corners of fencing in the bridge entryway. Currently, I am working with City staff to determine the next steps for beautifying and activating the empty parcel of land. Thank you to the residents in the Kooser neighborhood for gathering around this issue. 
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If you have any thoughts for me on this matter or any other, please feel free to contact my office at (408) 535-4909 or by email at



Donald Rocha

San José City Hall, City Offices to Close for Independence Day Holiday 

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. All City offices will reopen on Monday, July 7.

The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.
Library Schedule: All City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Saturday, July 5.
Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holidays. Community Center information is available at or in the Citywide Activity Guide.
Garbage and Recycling pickup will occur as normal on Friday, July 4.
Garbage Bills or New Accounts: If you have billing questions or need to transfer or begin a new garbage service account, call the City's Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500 when the offices reopen on Monday, July 7. A drop box, located at the 6th Street and Santa Clara Street entrance of City Hall, is available for bill payment deposits during the closure.

If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500. 

San José 4th of July Events


The 4th of July is this Friday. What are your plans to enjoy the holiday? If you have not made any plans you may want to consider attending one of the professional fireworks displays in San Jose. There will be 3 separate public fireworks shows in the City of San Jose.


San Jose Municipal Stadium post game fireworks (408) 297-1435
Location: 588 East Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA.


Almaden Lake Park Fun Festival at 15652 Almaden Expressway from 2:00pm-10:00pm; fireworks at 9:15pm This special event will include community and vendor booths, live music, kids’ games, a parade, food trucks, and a fireworks display. This is a City Council-sponsored event.


Downtown Discovery Meadow Park at 180 Woz Way, San Jose fireworks at 9:30 pm. Plans are for fireworks only. There will be no food/beverage vendors or merchandise booths. No alcohol will be permitted. Event sponsors include the City of San José through the Office of Cultural Affairs TOT-funded Special Event Incentive Fund.


Rose, White, and Blue Parade
Enjoy a family holiday filled with History, Patriotism and Roses! Live music, arts & crafts booths, antique cars and a picnic on the Alameda. Friday, July 4, 2014. Parade starts 10am at the Lincoln High School parking lot at 555 Dana Avenue. Festival located at The Alameda between Hanchett and Hester Ave. (408) 436-8581. 


July 4th Holiday Safety

Do not forget, fireworks are illegal in the City of San Jose and the greater Santa Clara County. :

Rules & Laws Regarding Fireworks in San José

Nationally, there are twice the number of fires and thousands of injuries, particularly for children ages 5 - 14. Gather with family and friends, and enjoy one of the many professionally performed fireworks shows available locally.

Sale and use of Fireworks: The San Jose Police Department, in coordination with the San Jose Fire Department, would like to remind everyone that any individual who possesses, stores, sells, or uses any materials deemed to be fireworks, is in violation of the law and subject to arrest. Violation of these laws can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and possible jail time according to California Fire Code (CFC 7802.3) and the San Jose Municipal Code (SJMC 17.12.730). 

San Jose Fire Department Companies will be fully staffed and patrolling local neighborhoods for any illegal fireworks activity, with additional units operating from 10:00am - 10:00pm. The San José Fire Department reminds the public that fireworks are extremely dangerous as well as illegal in the City of San José and the greater Santa Clara County.

Please see the San Jose Fire Department Fireworks Public Safety Announcement on YouTube fireworks.

Enjoy, be safe, and Happy 4thof July! 

Job Openings for School Crossing Guards in our District

School Crossing Guards work part-time during the normal school year. Duties include providing for the safe passage of elementary and junior high school children across heavily traveled streets. There is substantial variation between positions in terms of the number of work hours per week. Positions may involve substituting at different locations or a regular location assignment. Generally, these assignments are approximately 10 hours per week, 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. School Crossing Guards are required to work outdoors regardless of weather conditions. Uniforms are required to be worn by all Crossing Guards

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Offers Educational Grants 

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation offers ed in several categories to qualified Hispanic/Latino high school rising seniors. Recipients are eligible to receive an educational grant ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Students are also eligible to be selected as a national recipient and receive a laptop computer and an all expense paid trip to attend the National Youth Awards ceremony! If you would like a PDF file of the poster to print out please email me at  Visit the Hispanic Heritage Foundation website for more info. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2014.

Apply for the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy

Are you, or anyone you know, looking to create positive change in our community? TheHealthy Communities Leadership Academy (HCLA) is a 9-month advocacy training program for 35 emerging and existing leaders in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito counties who want to make the region a more environmentally-sustainable and socially-just place.

Committee for Green Foothills is proud to be key organizer and sponsor of this year’s HCLA, along with the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Sustainable San Mateo County, and Greenbelt Alliance.

Participants will learn from experiences leaders of change on a variety of topics such as:what makes a great leader, campaign planning, effective storytelling,  bringing People together for a purpose, commenting on an environmental report, tips for interacting with decision makers, and more. You can read more information and apply here. 

Deadline to apply is: July 15, 2014.
Questions? Contact Megan Medeiros - or (650) 968-7243 x360

FREE Activities in the Great Outdoors

Open Space Authority of Santa Clara county has many family friendly outdoor activities. Please visit their website or call (408) 224-7476.

 Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department

The PRNS community centers are bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone. There is a variety of classes for all ages, sports programs, fitness classes, and special events. View the listing of community centers below.

Download and Print: The current registration form - Fill out and take this form to your desired community center. Click here to view a complete listing of all community centers.

For registration assistance call 408-793-5565 or email

Community Center Volunteer Opportunities
Follow the link to learn more about volunteering opportunities at San Jose community centers

Family Camp at Yosemite: Online Registration for 2014 Summer Season

Returning for another year of family memories, Family Camp at Yosemite is proud to announce the launch of a new online registration system for the 2014 summer season. Get a jumpstart with the online reservation system by creating your Camper Profile today. Visit, create your Camper Profile, and get your family and friends ready for Online Reservations opening on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Setting up your profile only takes a few minutes, so get started today! Please contact the Family Camp Office at (408) 794-6208 if you have questions or need additional information.

 Happy Hollow Summer Zoo Camp 2014 

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp!
Each unique camp topic provides interactive learning experiences, hands-on science-based activities, zoo tours, and the opportunity to meet live animals up close! Camps available for ages 4-13.

For details, registration, and pricing please visit the Happy Hollow website.

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Summer Evening Picnic, Hike & Birding Event

Date: Saturday, July 12

Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve - 550 Palm Ave, San Jose

View Event Details at DiscoverCoyoteValley.orgThis event is free of charge and open to all.
For more information email: or contact Teri @ (408) 224-7476

San Jose Museum of Art Summer Class

Date: Sunday, July 20

Time: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Free with Museum admission
Cool off from the summer sun and bring the whole family! Each Summer Sunday includes a gallery talk from a different guest expert as well as a DIY Art activity. Create a work of art inspired by the work of artist Jasper Johns, included in the exhibition Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection. At 2 PM , learn more about pop art with Jason Adkins, adjunct faculty member at Gavilan College, Gilroy, California, as he leads a gallery talk.

All ages welcome. An additional suggested donation of $5 helps cover the cost of materials.

click here to order tickets 

Breathe California Events

Bike 4 Breath:

Date: Saturday, July 12

Location: Coyote Point Park in San Mateo 1701 Coyote Point Dr. san Mateo, CA  94401

Asthma Camp (Camp Superstuff):
Join Breathe California for their annual asthma camp designed for asthmatic children ages 6 to 12, Camp Superstuff utilizes trained staff and volunteers to teach participants important techniques critical to managing one’s asthma.
Date: Monday, July 28- Friday, Aug. 1
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave. San Jose

 FREE Outdoor Movies

Sponsored by: San Jose Downtown Association and Starlight Cinemas

Starlight Cinemas free outdoor movies schedule:

July 16 – “Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade,” St. James Park

July 23 – “Ghostbusters,” San Pedro Square Market

July 30 – “Pee Wee's Big Adventure,” St. James Park

Aug. 6 – “Pretty in Pink,” San Pedro Square Market

Aug. 13 – “Gremlins,” St. James Park

Aug. 20 – “Airplane!” San Pedro Square Market

All events in downtown San Jose. Starlight Cinemas begin with pre-screening fun and games an hour before dusk. Movies begin at dusk. Free to the general public.

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Starlight Cinemas is a production of the San Jose Downtown Association.

 31st Annual National Night Out

Tuesday, August  5, 2014

Registration is open on the website and will close on July 25. This year, the Police Department, the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department, and the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health are collaborating to assist National Night Out coordinators to properly register and plan their event. 

 National Night out


Sunday, August 24, 2014

District 9 Community Festival

Celebrate Cambrian






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