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District 9
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
Fax (408) 292-6471

District 9 May 2014 Mid Month Announcements


  District 9 News  


Click on the Link below to sign up for city-wide classes

Community Activities and Registration 


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.


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





May Mid Month Announcements 2014




Community Alerts

Absentee Ballots

The recommended postage for returning a ballot by mail is $0.70. If a voter does not apply enough postage, the post office is still supposed to deliver the ballot; however, some mail has been returned to sender. The Registrar of Voters has an agreement with the post office to pay the missing postage. For any questions about voting by mail, call the Registrar of Voters toll-free at 1-866-430-VOTE (8683).

Here is the official information from the Registrar of Voters on postage and drop off locations.

Wildfire Awareness

San José Fire Department Wildfire Awareness-focusing on preparedness to reduce community’s risk for wildfires

This year’s drought conditions will likely put the state of California at risk for one of the most severe fire seasons in recent memory. This year, over 1,100 fires have been reported across California since January 1, burning 2,541 acres. Fire activity is well above the year-to-date average of 500 wildfires, burning 1,325 acres. Over the past week, 68 new wildfires were reported statewide.

The San José Fire Department (SJFD) has a few tips for preparing your family, protecting your home and your community.

  1. Rake and remove pine needles and dry leaves within 30’ distance around the home.
  2. Relocate wood piles at least 30’ away from structures.
  3. Sweep porches and decks clearing them of leaves and pine needles. Rake under decks, porches, sheds and play structures and dispose of debris.
  4. Mow grass to a height of four inches or less.
  5. Develop and practice a home evacuation plan –
  6. Create a Family Communication Plan -
  7. Build or update a 72-hour emergency supplies kit –
  8. A more comprehensive list can be found at Wildfire Community Preparedness

With the ever increasing number of homes in wildfire-urban interface areas, the need for fire prevention and planning is a must. Through on going comprehensive training and public education, the SJFD strives to minimize fire loss to property and eliminate life loss due to wildfires.

District 9 Community Meetings

Budget Meeting

Every year, the City Council approves a budget that determines what level of service the City will provide to the public. Budget decisions can affect all of the services the City provides, hearing input from residents is very important. The City holds a budget meeting in every council district in order to help residents learn about the budget and provide feedback.

Please join Mayor Reed and Councilmember Rocha for our annual District 9 Community Budget Meeting.

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Camden Community Center 3369 Union Ave. San Jose, CA 95124

Community Center Reuse Program Meeting

Councilmember Donald Rocha and the City of San Jose invite you to attend a community input meeting to discuss the Reuse Program. Public Participation is encouraged.

Date: Wednesday, May, 21

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Kirk Community Center 1601 Foxworthy Ave.

In Office Hours

This is a wonderful opportunity for residents of District 9 to meet with Councilmember Donald Rocha face to face to discuss your concerns or ask questions. Remember, no appointment is necessary!

Date: Wednesday, May, 28

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Cambrian Library 1780 Hillsdale Ave.

 Neighborhood Caucus for the San Jose Neighborhood Commission

Date: Monday, June 9

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cambrian Library (community room) 1780 Hillsdale Ave.

The following is a list of candidates for the District 9 Neighborhood Commission seats:

Timothy Nolley

Terry Martin

Martin Junker

Ty Haggerty

John Coleman

Dan Keller

Dan Seoane

Mitchell Matlow

Jerry Lane

Lawrence Hilerman

Aletta Godden

James Cantore

Please refer all questions to: Ernest Guzman (408) 535-8171

Thank You for Volunteering

District 9’s Great American Litter Pick Up was a huge success!

With over 60 volunteers we were able to fill 167 (35 gallon) garbage bags for a with a weight measurement of 5,845 gallons of litter. Thank you to all of the wonderful District 9 volunteers. We appreciate your commitment to the community. If you would like to volunteer regularly, please contact Mollie Tobias at

  San Jose Police Department School Safety and Education Unit

NOW HIRING - School Crossing Guards

$17.03/hour (Part-Time/Unbenefited)

Able to work a split-shift: 1 hour in the morning & 1 hour in the afternoon (2 hours per day)

Able to pass a Police background check

Possess a valid California drivers license & access to a vehicle on a daily basis

Please contact the School Safety & Education Unit at (408) 277-4553 if you have any questions and/or to pick up an application 

  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association-MLK Scholarship Application 2014

Scholarships available for Graduating high school seniors or Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Grad Students in college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Applications are available at 

Applications must be received on or before June 15, 2014

Students will be notified of selection beginning July 30, 2014

Please mail your completed application and all supporting documents to:

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley, Inc.

P.O. Box 4738 San Jose, CA 95150-4738

Please contact Mr. Jose Salcido at (408) 409-0754 with any questions.

 Year Up Silicon Valley

Registration is now open for September 2014 Class

For FREE, Year Up offers:

  • 24 College Credits and an IT Certificate from Foothill College

  • An educational stipend of $600 per month for the first five months and $1,000 per month for the last six months

  • A 6 month Internship at companies such as Facebook, eBay, LinkedIn, Google, EA Sports, Juniper Networks, Retail Next, etc.

  • Graduates earn about $20 per hour and have an 85% employment rate or enrolled in higher education four months after graduation

If you know of any young adults 18 – 24 who are interested in this terrific opportunity please have them complete the following:

  1. Complete an online interest form

  2. Attend a Group Information Session which are held on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and Friday’s from 9:00am– 11:00am. GIS’s will start on Tuesday April 15th. Students can sign up for a GIS via this link.

  3. Attached to this email is a copy of the Application Part 2, Part 1 will be completed online after the GIS

  4. Priority Deadline: June 27th at 12 PM; Final Deadline to apply: July 31st at 12 PM  

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. 



Kids in Common Workshops

Helping Youth Develop a Growth Mindset

Participants will learn about teenage brain development and how to support teens through this stage of their lives. They will also learn the mportance of having a Growth Mindset and how to apply this knowledge to their work. Presenter: Caitlin Bitcon, YMCA of Silicon Valley.

Date: Friday, May 16

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: Sobrato Community Conference Center, Cupertino B 1400 Parkmoor Ave. San Jose

Map the Education System in the Valley

ALF's (American Leadership Forum) Education Innovation Network is conducting a systems analysis of the Valley's K-12 education system to identify key enablers and inhibitors of successful reform within Silicon Valley and help determine the most powerful levers for transformation.

Please join members of the community at one of our Systems Analysis Sessions to provide your input on how the current education system is working in Silicon Valley.

Education Systems Analysis Session Dates:

Tuesday, May 27, 9:00am- 3:00pm

Wednesday, May 28, 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, May 29, 8:00am- 2:00pm

For more information or to RSVP, contact ALF at (408) 554-2000 or email Steve Neese


Healthier Kids Foundation's 4th Annual Symposium on the Status of Children's Health

This year's Symposium will focus on accessing preventive health services in an effort to create healthier children at an earlier age. For more information about Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County:

Date: Thursday, May 29

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Location: Cadence  Design Systems  2665 Seely Ave, Building 10, San Jose, CA 95134

 Common Core Education Standards: The Crucial Role of Nonprofits

The promise of common core is a world-class education for all students to them acquire the skill they need to fulfill the jobs of tomorrow. Presenter: Gina Dalma and Margot Rawlins, Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Free workshops! Resgister by going to

Date: Monday, June 2

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: Sobrato Community Conference Center, Cupertino B 1400 Parkmoor Ave. San Jose

Read an opinion piece from Dana Bunnett, Director of Kids in Common about childhood hunger in the Mercury News. You can click here to read it and if you are interested in meeting with others to discuss how you can impact child hunger please contact or call (650) 705-6569.

National River Cleanup Day

Volunteers are needed to help clean Santa Clara County waterways. Please visit for the site listing. Click here for the cleanup site map. Please join the effort to keep our creeks and lakes clean, healthy and beautiful.

Date: Saturday, May 17

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

For more information, call (408) 630-2739

Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

You're invited to join the Always Dream Foundation and Happy Hollow Foundation as they host the 2nd annual Kristi Yamaguchi Reading Adventures event at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo this Saturday, May 17th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will be joined by athletes and authors reading their favorite stories. This year’s line up includes: - Author Dave Keane (Sloppy Joe and Daddy Adventure Day) - Bob Barner (Bugs, Bugs, Bugs and several other children's books) - San Francisco 49er, Will Tukuafu Guests can also enjoy literacy-themed project stations, puppet shows, Conservation Ambassadors animal show, animal meet & greets and a special appearance by Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul “with Genevieve!”. 

Date: Saturday, May 17

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The event is included with regular admission to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and is presented by the Safeway Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online  

San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

REC DAY - FREE Family Event

Date: Saturday, May 17

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Guadalupe River Park Garden at the Children's Discovery Meadow

Arts and Crafts, games, face painting, music

Learn about Summer Programs

For more information: Contact your local Community Center

2014 Active Adult Health and Wellness Fair

This event highlights the resources that are available to active adults (ages 50+) and their families in our community. It will be held at the San José History Park and will feature some of the following activities: senior fitness activities, a one mile fun walk around the park, door prizes, a free lunch, and many community agencies representing a variety of health and wellness services or programs throughout San José.

Any questions regarding the event can be directed to Angelina Pascual at (408) 535-5659

 Open Space Authority Events

The Secret Life of Western Pond Turtles

Go in search of the elusive, endangered Western Pond Turtle on this 4-5 mile docent-led hike into the back country at Rancho Cañada del Oro. Reservation is required; call 408-224-7476 to reserve your spot now. Directions will be provided upon registration

Date:Saturday, May 17

Time:10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

 Starry Nights

Looking for something different to do with the family on a Saturday night? Join our friendly docent astronomers, the San Jose Astronomical Association and other stargazers for an evening under the stars. No telescope? No problem! Our docents are happy to share theirs. Families and children welcome. No registration required. Click here for directions

Date: Saturday, May 17

Time: 9:00pm - 10:30pm

Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

 Evening Hike at Rancho Cañada del Oro

Join us for a very rare and special guided evening hike at Rancho Cañada del Oro. Due to the nature of this hike, participation is restricted to adults 18 and over, and registration is required. Click here for details.

Date: Sunday, May 31

Time: 6:30pm- 10:30pm

Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

For more information on these events call (408) 224-7476 or

Discover Coyote Valley-Special Activities

Special activities include:

  • hikes in two nature preserves not usually open to the public,
  • a tour of a sod grass farm, and
  • a citizen science activity.

Visitors may also explore farm stands and recreation areas that are regularly open for business.

Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

For more information,

2014 Active Adult Health and Wellness Fair

This event highlights the resources that are available to active adults (ages 50+) and their families in our community. It will be held at the San José History Park and will feature some of the following activities: senior fitness activities, a one mile fun walk around the park, door prizes, a free lunch, and many community agencies representing a variety of health and wellness services or programs throughout San José.

Any questions regarding the event can be directed to Angelina Pascual at (408) 535-5659

wellness fair  

  San Jose: Senior Safari Walkabout

The Senior Safari Walkabout provides the chance to feel like a kid again by providing the wonders of the natural world all around you. As guests enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds around them they are also given the opportunity for a meet and greet with the animals. Healthy breakfast options are available. Exclusively for ages 50 and over.

Date: Thursday, May 22 and June 26, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Location: Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose

More information: (408) 794-6400 or  

Senior Ride


  Valley Palms Health Fair

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley Fundraiser/Mixer

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley is a 501©3 nonprofit organization staffed by a volunteer administrative Board. We have one goal – to honor the life, legend and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service to others. Our mission is to improve the lives of people in our community, and to educate the public on vital issues like public safety, crime/gang prevention, as well as, Human and Civil Rights.

To continue our mission for our activities such as hosting the annual Freedom Train, holding free community educational forums; our scholarship program; honoring members of the community for their selfless service to others at our annual Movers of Mountains and Scholarship Awards event; our burial fund for families who lost a loved one to homicide; our youth art/essay writing contest at MACSA; we are hosting a fundraiser/mixer to ensure that we can continue to provide these programs to benefit our community.

Date: Saturday May 31

Time: Registration: 2:00pm–2:30pm Event 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Flames Eatery & Bar, Banquet room, 408-971-1960, 88 South Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112.
Cost: $50 per person.
Parking: There is a parking garage next to the Flames. Please bring your parking ticket – the Flames will validate parking.
Light hors devours will be served, along with a no-host bar. Tax deductible donations will be requested at the event.
You may purchase your tickets online from Brown Paper Tickets under MLK Fundraiser,, or by sending a check made out to the MLK Association and mail to: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association P.O. Box 4738, San Jose, Ca. 95150. Advance purchase is required as there will be no ticket sales at the door.
The deadline for ticket sales online and via postal mail is Saturday, May 24, 2014.
If you cannot attend but would like to donate please send checks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association P.O. Box 4738, San Jose, Ca. 95150, or donate online at: Brown Paper Tickets under MLK Fundraiser, Please note: All donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you there!

Kathleen Flynn, President of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley

Save the Date!

STOP IT! (Identity Theft) Symposium

An exciting new symposium that addresses both prevention and recovery from identity theft – one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States!

Your identity is your most valuable asset. Are you doing all that you can to protect it?

STOP IT! Symposium – EMPOWER yourself with education, information, and resources.

Date: Saturday, June 21

Time: 8:00am to 12:30 pm

Location: Branham High School  1570 Branham Lane San Jose

Co sponsored by the San Jose Police Department and Councilmembers Ash Kalra, Donald Rocha & Johnny Khamis

Corporate Sponsor: McAfee

*Registration will open June 1, 2014. More details to come.

For questions please contact Vanessa Compean at


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