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Happy New Year | January 2017 Newsletter

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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

January 2017 Newsletter

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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,

January signals a time of transition and significant change here at City Hall. I welcome the newly-elected Councilmembers Sergio Jimenez (District 2), Lan Diep (District 4), Dev Davis (District 6) and Sylvia Arenas (District 8), and look forward to working effectively and collaboratively to serve our entire City and tackle its most pressing issues. As a senior Councilmember, I wish them each success in their new roles.

As of this month, I’ve been newly appointed by the Mayor to serve as a member of the Public Safety, Finance & Strategy Support Committee and Community & Economic Development Committee, San Jose Arena Authority, and Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Commission.  I also now serve as an alternate member to the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Implementation Board.

I will continue my service as Chair of the Neighborhood Services & Education Committee, Liaison to the Neighborhoods Commission and Youth Commission, Vice Chair of the Citizen Corps Council, and members to the Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council, Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project, and San Jose Sports Authority.  I want to thank the Mayor for the opportunity to serve on each of these committees.

Looking ahead, the safety of our neighborhoods and the protection of our most important public services and programs remain my priority. My staff and I are always ready and willing to assist you with any City-related issue. You can get in touch with us any time by emailing or by calling 408-535-4909.

It’s been an honor to represent you on the City Council for the past 6 years. I’ll continue to work hard on our City’s current issues and look forward to taking on the new challenges ahead.


Donald Rocha

Councilmember, District 9

News & Announcements
Emergency Preparedness Town Hall

Saturday, February 4, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cypress Community Center, 403 Cypress Avenue, San Jose, CA 95117

Join Councilmembers Donald Rocha & Chappie Jones and Supervisor Ken Yeager for an Emergency Preparedness Town Hall.  Assess your household's risk to hazards, create a communication plan for your family and meet your first responders.  For more information, contact Jacklyn Joanino at (408) 535-4974. This event is free and open to the public.

State of the City Address

Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to the 2017 State of the City Celebration. In addition to the Mayor's speech, the event will honor outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees.  The State of the City will be held on February 11 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Gunderson High School Gym. 

Please register online. You must bring a copy of your registration confirmation to gain attendance to the event.  A resource fair will begin promptly after the State of the City Celebration program at 11:30 AM.

Young Placemakers Pilot Program

Applications for the PRNS new Young Placemakers pilot project are now being accepted by the City of San Jose.  The Young Placemakers project is a new City of San Jose program aimed at both empowering youth to identify neglected spaces in San Jose and starting a new grassroots "placemaking" activation. 

Participants will learn about placemaking through a ten-week course where they gain professional skills such as marketing, event production, and budget management.  Youth will identify spaces that could benefit from public life activation; develop design and event concepts; find and highlight local youth talent; and carry out the concept to completion.  Applications are now online at

Storm Preparedness

Santa Clara Valley Water District encourages residents to take precautions and practice flood safety measures to protect family and property. 

Have a Plan. Flooding can happen, so make sure you have an emergency kit with supplies, necessary medications and important documents for your home and your car; know your flood risk and learn a route to higher ground; have a family communication plan and emergency contacts. For more information visit:

Stay Informed. Monitor creek levels and rainfall at Tune in to your local radio or television stations for any issued flood watches.  Report fallen trees in creeks or other creek blockages to the water district's watershed hotline (408) 630-2378 and report local street flooding at

Get free sandbags.  For a list of locations and placement techniques 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.

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 one or more of the following activities:

  • Removing litter (work frequency varies with location)
  • Planting and establishing trees or wildflowers
  • Removing graffiti
  • Controlling vegetation

To learn more, please visit:

Free Large-Item Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

The large item collection program now offers two free collection appointments per household per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items.  For more information, please visit

Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900. 

Free Citizen Workshops

Every 1st Wednesday of the month, 3:15 PM - 6:00 PM at Alum Rock Library

Every 1st Thursday of the month, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Mitchell Park Library

March 8, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cupertino Library

These workshops are designed to determine if you are eligible to become an American citizen, help you complete and file your citizenship application (N-400) and submit USCIS fee and language waivers, if applicable. Service is first come, first serve. To register, call (408) 277-0255 ext. 17, 18 or 21 or email

Upcoming Events
January Events at OSA

Akoma Arts and Drum Class, Monday, January 16, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Road, San Jose, CA 95136

Japanese Friendship Garden Walk, Wednesdays, January 18, 25, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Kelley Park's Japanese Friendship Garden, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112

Starry Nights, Saturday, January 21, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Rd, Morgan Hill CA 95037

For a complete list of events, visit or call (408) 224-7476.

Public Meetings: Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance

The public is invited to attend meetings on the mobilehome park closure ordinance.  For questions about the proposed ordinance, please contact Jenny Nusbaum, Supervising Planner, Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, at (408) 535-7872 or

Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Thursday, January 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, San Jose City Hall Council Chambers, 2500 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Monday, January 30, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Seven Trees Community Center Multi-Purpose Room, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose, CA 95111

37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon

Monday, January 16, 12:00 PM Program
Holiday Inn, 1350 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The African American Community Service Agency and Joyner Payne Youth Service Agency present the 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon: "Where Do We Go from Here?" with Keynote speaker Dereca Blackmon.  General admission is $65 pre-sale and $75 after January 8.  Student/youth admission is $40 pre-sale and $45 after January 8. 

Visit or call (408) 292-3157 for more information.

CSFC Women's Issues Hearing

January 17, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Board Chambers of the Santa Clara County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese invite you to a Special Committee Meeting on Women's Issues convened by the Children, Seniors and Families Committee. The hearing is to provide a forum for County leadership, local elected and appointed officials, service providers and the community at large to provide testimony on emergent women’s issues in light of the 2016 Presidential election and to determine the next steps for developing communication and services plan for Santa Clara County.

Guest parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Garage located across the street from the Hall of Justice at 200 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110.  For more information, call (408) 299-5020.

Journey of Tao

Friday, January 20, 12:00 PM
San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The City of San Jose, Councilmember Tam Nguyen and the Office of Cultural Affairs presents a year end celebration of Vietnamese American Arts.  The exhibition and ribbon cutting will begin at 12:00 PM.  The reception will begin at 5:00 PM. Attendees can enjoy art, music, and food. For more information and to RSVP, email

Community Trust in Policing Forum

Saturday, January 21, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM   
Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116

Join community members and the San José Office of the Independent Police Auditor to kick-off an 18-month project to strengthen relations between communities of color and law enforcement in our city. Share your thoughts about the challenges and propose solutions to keep building a stronger and safer San José.

This free event will include a welcome by 49ers CEO Jed York and the Mayor of San José, Sam Liccardo. The Independent Police Auditor, Walter Katz, Chief Edgardo Garcia, and Community Advocates, will present in panels. Community members will have the opportunity to raise concerns and propose solutions in facilitated breakout sessions.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM. The event begins at 9:00 AM. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided to all attendees. For more information, or to register, visit

Beautify Your Branch: SJPL Service Day

Take part in the first-ever SJPL Service Day in honor of the MLK National Day of Service.  Volunteer away your fines at a rate of $20 per hour, help the library maintain a clean and welcoming environment, and share your experience at #RightToLibrary, #SJPL, and #MLKDay.

This event is happening at ALL San José Public Library locations.  Register & choose from the following time slots:

Saturday, January 21 (two sessions)

  • Session 1: 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Session 2: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.  Must be able to complete the full duration of the volunteer activities. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  For more information, visit

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Monday, January 23, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   
We and Our Neighbors Clubhouse, 15480 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join We and Our Neighbors for a monthly speaker series names after the WAON Founder, Jane Cilker.  Each month celebrates an era highlighting the progress and contributions of women in the past 125 years in the United States.

January: Women's Clubs & Suffrage Movement

In a time when women's rights were limited, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, founded in 1890, held grassroots efforts to make sure the woman's voice was heard.  Through this newfound sisterhood, the women were empowered to take on causes such as child labor, food safety regulations, and women's right to vote, and helped to establish 75% of libraries in the US. The GFWC took a leadership role in opposing assimilation policies, supporting the return of Native-American lands, and promoting more religious and economic independence.  RSVP online.

San Jose Family Camp Fire Up & Friendraiser

Saturday, January 28, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
Leninger Community Center, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Join San Jose Family Camp at a Friendraiser to enjoy priority registration for the 2017 season, camp games, silent auction, arts & crafts, music, s'mores, food and more.  This is a fundraising event benefiting San Jose Family Camp.  Tickets are $10 for adults 13+ and $8 for kids 4-12 years old.  Register now at

VTA Community Meetings

Last summer, VTA conducted the first phase of its public engagement efforts around the draft Transit Service Plan. During the next 6 weeks, VTA is hosting a second series of community meetings.

Monday, February 13, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Branch Library, 3090 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95127 

Thursday, February 16, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Southside Community and Senior Center, 5585 Cottle Road San Jose, CA 95123

For more information about the draft of the plan, you can go here:

Important Resources

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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