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

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

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Councilmember Rocha's In-District Office Hours

Pearl Branch Library
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambrian Branch Library Wenesday, Sept. 23, 2015 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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. 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 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. For more information including community events and resources, please visit


2015 - 2017
Clean Up Dates


The City of San José provides dumpster service to its neigborhoods once every three years.  Click on the map to find your next Neighborhood Clean Up date. 

Unwanted & Expired Medication Disposal

Find a local medication collection location near you


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:

(408) 277-4133


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(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 Services
(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

(408) 794-1900

Streetlight Repair
(408) 794-1903 (
7 am - 4 pm) (408) 277-8956 (After Hours)

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900


Contact Councilmember
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
Chief of Staff

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Andrea Hyde
Policy Aide

Jacklyn Joanino
Policy Aide




February 2015 Newsletter




Dear Neighbor,

I like to pause at the beginning of each year to think about what City issues we need to work on over the coming months. I’d like to share with you my initial list of top priorities. This isn’t an exhaustive list of everything I’m going to work on, but it does identify critical issues that I think may have the most impact. Much of my thinking about what the City should prioritize comes out of the concerns and feedback I hear from residents, so if there’s something you think I’m missing or if you feel differently about one of the issues I talk about, please let me know.

Here is my list:

Road Paving – One of the concerns I hear most frequently from residents is the very poor condition of pavement on Foxworthy. Fortunately, we were able to secure funding in this year’s budget to perform maintenance on Foxworthy (I will keep you updated when we learn exactly when the work will be done). You can find a full list of the City's maintenance projects in the 2015 Pavement Maintenance Program. Despite this progress, there are many other streets in bad shape and our pavement maintenance program is still chronically underfunded. I will continue to advocate for putting money towards this purpose in the budget process as well as identifying new sources of funding. The worse our streets get, the more expensive it is to fix them, so any money we put towards maintenance is a good investment.
Police Officer Retention – As I have for the last few years, I continue to hear concerns from residents about public safety. There are many different types of concerns: some residents would like to see more officers conducting speed enforcement, some are concerned about residential burglaries, some want to get drug dealers out of their neighborhoods. San Jose has a fine Police Department with many committed officers, but they struggle to respond to resident concerns because our police force is shrinking. We have money to hire officers, but officers are leaving the City faster than we can replace them. You can find the latest police staffing projections in the written report on Police Department operations and performance. In March 2014, I issued a proposal to address this problem, but so far no action has been taken. In 2015 I will continue to urge my colleagues on the City Council to move urgently on this matter.
Homelessness – Homeless encampments have sadly become a common sight in San Jose. Encampments are a serious quality of life concern for residents who live near them, and they’re also a moral concern: to see the elderly, the mentally ill, or simply those who have been priced out of the housing market living along creeks and freeways is tragic. The City has devoted millions of dollars to cleaning up encampments, but over and over again we’ve had the experience of dismantling an encampment only to have it spring up again a short time later. One permanent solution is to make housing available and get people off the streets. The Council made progress on this issue last November by adopting a Housing Impact Fee—a fee on new housing development that can be used to construct affordable housing (you can read my memorandum on the issue). There is much more to be done to solve the problem, however, and I will continue to work on the issue in 2015.
Marijuana Regulation – In 2014 the Council passed a regulatory program for marijuana collectives. Given the sheer number of collectives operating in San Jose, the City is still in the process of shutting down operators who are not in compliance with the new rules. In 2015 I think the Council needs to ensure that this program is implemented successfully.
Budget for Neighborhood Services – The City’s budget has stabilized over the past few years, but the level of services we provide to residents is still below where they should be. In particular, I believe our libraries and community centers should be open to our residents for more hours during the week, and that we should invest in neighborhood traffic calming. I have advocated for these priorities in past budget cycles and will continue to do so in 2015.

I hope this overview has been helpful. Again, if there’s anything you think I’m missing, or if there’s any other issue you’d like to bring to my attention, please feel free to contact my office at (408) 535-4909 or


Don Rocha

Senior Commission

Applications are now being accepted to fill the following vacancies on the Senior Commssion:

District 3 Seat for an Unexpired Term Ending June 30, 2017

District 9 Seat for an Unexpired Term Ending June 30, 2017

The Senior Citizens Commission studies, reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations to the City Council on any matters affecting seniors in the City of San Jose, including health, education, employment, housing transportation and recreation. Members should have knowledge in the field of aging and have available time due to the number of meetings, subcommittees, and research needed for full participation. Commissioners may spend as much as 10-20 hours a month fulfilling their assigned duties and preparing for and attending meetings.

Applications may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, located at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, Wing Building, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA 95113, or you may apply online at: Applications are due no later than Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

For questions regarding the application process, please call the Office of the City Clerk at (408) 535-1260 or e-mail at


With the prolonged string of Winter Spare the Air Alerts being called in the Bay Area, the American Lung Association in California is urging the public to avoid wood burning and to consider cleaner burning alternatives.

Tips for residents to breathe easier this winter:

  • Enjoy the glow without the smoke –natural gas, propane and electric devices are all cleaner alternatives.
  • Convert a wood-burning fireplace or stove to use natural gas or propane to eliminate exposure to the dangerous fumes wood burning generates. Wood burning emits harmful particles that contribute to dangerous air pollution.
  • Directly vent heating devices outside the home to reduce exposure to carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and other emissions produced by these energy sources.
  • When the Bay Area Air Quality Management District calls a Winter Spare the Air Alert, wood burning is not allowed in the nine-county Bay Area through the end of February. For more information, please visit or call 1-877-4NO-BURN (877-466-2876).

The Buy Nothing Project allows people to give, receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a network of hyper-local gift economies. This group allows communities to conserve their carbon footprint and promote real connections between real-life neighbors.

Join Buy Nothing Cambrian 95124 on Facebook:

To join Buy Nothing Cambrian, you must live within the boundaries of the 95124 zip-code.  Don't live in 95124? Visit the Find a Group page.  Want to join the network and there is no group near you? Visit the Start a Group page.  To learn more, visit

Message from the Santa Clara County Water District: Flood & Drought Season

The intense storm system that slammed our region in mid-December is a good reminder to be prepared for flooding every winter—even in the middle of a severe drought. Flooding can strike quickly with little or no warning. To prepare yourself and your family, have a family emergency plan and emergency kit for your home and car, designate a family meeting spot in case of a disaster, and avoid driving in flooded areas.

Despite this reminder that flooding can occur in winter, the drought persists. The state’s first snow survey revealed that the water content is just one third of normal, and the state’s largest reservoirs such as Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville, where we receive through the Delta 55 percent of our water, are only two thirds of average for this time of year. Given these conditions, our call for 20 percent water use reductions continue into 2015.  Rain or shine, please continue to conserve water.

For questions or concerns, please contact  Linda Lezotte, Director and District 4 Representative of the Santa Clara County Water District, at (408) 265-2600. 

 View Videos on Healthy Living at CreaTV

Established in 2014, Health Trust TV is a 12-episode series about healthy living in Silicon Valley created to inform viewers about local health initiatives and provide an abundance of resources to help them live healthier lives.  Health Trust TV airs every Wednesday at 7 pm and Friday at 8:30 am on Silicon Valley Channel 30.  New episodes air the first Wednesday of every month.

Watch CreaTV episodes via live-stream at, or catch episodes "on demand" at 

Our City Forest offers the Tree Amigo Volunteer Training Course, a 20-hour program designed to educate and empower individuals to become successful advocates of the Urban Forest and to utilize Our City Forest as a vehicle for regular and active service in the San Jose Community.

Tree Amigos are required to create and fulfill a Service Agreement of attending 10 events within a year's time.  Areas of service include: coaching volunteers in planting and maintaining trees, helping run the community tree nursery, teaching elementary school classes, conducting grassroots outreach, and more.  For more information, please visit or call (408) 998-7337.

Register here: Tree Amigo 2015 Registration Form

 San Jose Arena Authority Board of Directors Application Notice

The San Jose Arena Authority is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for four (4) upcoming vacancies on the Arena Authority Board of Directors.  The Arena Authority Board convenes monthly to identify and address issues relating to the management and operation of SAP Center  at San Jose, Sharks Ice at San Jose, and San Jose Municipal Stadium. The Arena Authority Board is seeking candidates with knowledge in contract management, accounting, and experience with community-based nonprofit organizations. This is an engaged, hands-on organization looking to fill four volunteer Board positions that will be vacated on Juy 1, 2015. 

Candidates interested in serving on the Arena Authority Board of Directors should submit a resume along with three personal references to or mail information to Chris Morrisey, Executive Director, San Jose Arena Authority, P.O. Box 90207, San Jose, CA 95109.  The submittal deadline is March 31, 2015.  For questions or more information, please contact Chris Morrisey directly at (408) 977-4783 or




File No. and Project Name/Description:  PDC14-042 – Branham Lane Planned Development Rezoning. Planned Development Rezoning from the A Agricultural to A(PD) Planned Development Zoning District to allow up to 24 multi-family townhouse units on a 1.34 gross acre site.  Location:  955 Branham Lane (APN 459-08-088).

The City has performed environmental review on the project.  Environmental review examines the nature and extent of any adverse effects on the environment that could occur if a project is approved and implemented.  Based on the review, the City has prepared a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for this project.  An MND is a statement by the City that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment if protective measures (mitigation measures) are included in the project.

The public is welcome to review and comment on the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration. The comment period begins Wednesday, January 21, 2015, and ends Tuesday, February 10, 2015. 

The draft Mitigated Negative Declaration, initial study, and reference documents are available online at: documents are also available for review from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at the City of San Jose Department of Planning, Building & Code Enforcement, located at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street and at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Main Library (150 E. San Fernando St).  For additional information, please contact David Keyon at (408) 535-7898, or by e-mail at


San Jose Family Camp at Yosemite

Online reservations for the summer season of San Jose Family Camp at Yosemite are available at residents of Santa Clara County pay the same fees.  You don't have to be a resident of San Jose to attend.  Family Camp is a hidden treasure located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park that provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just relax. During the summer season, the camp provides three meals a day to campers, along with supervised recreational activities.
To obtain more information about Family Camp, please visit or contact Jena Sorrells at (408) 794-6524. 
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Register for the Second Annual Lam Research Heart & Soles 5K on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Hellyer County Park. This timed "fun run" is designed for everyone, and proceeds go toward funding salad bars in Santa Clara County schools.  For more information or to register, please visit

Community Meeting: Update on Almaden Expressway

The City of San Jose and County of Santa Clara are hosting a special community meeting to provide a planning update on Almaden Expressway.  Community members and expressway users from San Jose, neighboring cities, and the unincorporated areas are invited.  The meeting will take place on February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Almaden Community Center, 6445 Camden Avenue San Jose, CA 95120 .

For more information, please visit  To provide comments on the Expressway Plan 2040, please contact the Santa Clara County Expressway Plan 2040 Study -Roads and Airports Department  at (408) 573-2417 or  

Breathe California is proud to host its Ash Kickers Quit Smoking classes to help local residents kick the habit. Classes are scheduled January 20 - February 17, Tuesday evenings from 6 pm - 7:30 pm at the Breathe California Office, 1459 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126. For more information on these or other upcoming classes, visit or contact Janet Ghanem at (408) 998-5865 or

Take a Mardi Gras trip through the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood in San Jose on Sunday, February 22, 2015! This easy 5k benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Cost to register is $40.00; cost increases to $45.00 after February 17, 2015.  Registration includes: race entry, chip-timed race with online results, commemorative running shirt, race bag, post-race refreshments and vendor fair, and finisher medal for all participants.  

Register here:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please email or call 408-535-4909 for more information. 

Mayor's 2015 State of the City Address

Saturday, March 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

Independence High School, 1776 Educational Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95133

The Mayor's State of the City Address will outline key initiatives, budget priorities, and opportunities for residents to get engaged to make San Jose a safer, smarter city.  The event is free and open to the public and will include a resource fair with information about city services and city employment.







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