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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

June 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 
Website: http://sanjoseca.gov
Email: District9@sanjoseca.gov

Dear Neighbor,

In my May Newsletter, I asked you to share your thoughts on the City’s budget and how you would prioritize the City’s dollars through an online survey. I want to thank everyone who took the time to provide input on the priorities important to them.

When asked what projects or programs would benefit District 9, an overwhelming number of responses noted that better roads, traffic calming, and pedestrian safety are among top priority for those who completed the survey. Other priorities that frequently showed up in the survey results included the need for increased police and fire response and more affordable housing, to name a few. The majority of respondents also noted that they would like to more informed of the City budget and have not participated in a community budget meeting. (Click to see some of the survey results).

As we enter the month June, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you recent actions and final steps of the budget process as we approach official adoption of the City’s 2017-2018 budget. After the City Manager’s Proposed Budget was released last month, each Councilmember had the ability to request specific budget proposals to be included in the budget. The Mayor then considered which ones to include in his June Budget Message. On June 13, the Council will consider whether to approve, deny or amend the Mayor’s Budget Message. Final adoption of the entire budget and the fees and charges will take place on June 20.

Each budget season, I make recommendations in response to the feedback I receive from residents throughout the year, and issues that receive much concern from the community. Many of my recommendations also align closely to the feedback I received in the survey. Here is an overview of some of my proposals for the 2017-2018 Budget:

Traffic Calming & Safety - Foxworthy Avenue is a heavily travelled east-west corridor, given its relatively small size of two lanes, and is used by thousands of motorists each day. We were excited to have Foxworthy party of our 2016 Pavement Maintenance Program, and since the much needed maintenance of Foxworthy Avenue, there have been several accidents due to the excessive speed of vehicles near the Kirk Community Center and at least one vehicle hit a house. I submitted a request to fund two electronic speed signs in the area with the intent of creating a traffic calming effect. Improving road safety is a priority for my office as well as the City, and I have tried to focus on it in some of my proposals.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements - My office receives many concerns about pedestrian safety, especially around schools.   In particular, there are several parcels on Los Gatos-Almaden Road from Leigh Avenue to Carm Avenue which have been an area of concern and currently do not provide a sidewalk/safe route to a crosswalk. I submitted a budget request back in 2015 and again this year for the installation of a sidewalk on Los Gatos Almaden Road that would guarantee all streets intersecting into Leigh High School would have safe access to a crosswalk.

Support for Community Programs and Organizations – The diverse programs and non-profit organizations throughout our City greatly enhance the quality of life all of us. This budget cycle, I requested funding to support our San Jose Youth Commission, which creates leadership opportunities and fosters greater civic involvement of youth in our government, as well as and funding for a Recreation Program Specialist dedicated to senior programming and health services for seniors. I also requested funding for Our City Forest, which contributes greatly our City’s urban canopy by planting over 1,000 trees per year and educating the public about tree stewardship, as well as funding for the San Jose Sports Authority, which provides important recreational and economic opportunities for residents and businesses.

You can view a complete list of my budget recommendations online, and you will find them listed as BD 30 through BD 40. You can also access an archive of past recommendations that I submitted by visiting the City Manager’s Budget Office website.

As we near the end of the budget decision making process, please be aware of a few upcoming dates:

  • 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 Approval of Proposed Capital/Operating Budgets (Council) and Proposed Fees & Charges (Council)

Again, I encourage you to take a look at the Mayor’s June Budget Message to see which propoals he chose to include in the City’s budget. I also invite the public to share any last feedback at the final public hearing scheduled for June 12, which will take place in the Council Chambers.

I appreciate the community for keeping me informed and apprised of issues of importance year-round as it helps drive my decisions as Councilmember. Should you have questions or feedback regarding the budget process, you can reach out to my office at 408-535-4909 or district9@sanjoseca.gov. Thank you for your continued engagement.

Sincerely,

Donald Rocha

City Councilmember, District 9

News & Announcements
Register Now for National Night Out

National Night Out, held on August 1, is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San José Police Department.

Neighborhoods can now register to host their own NNO events online at www.sjpd.org until July 21.  NNO events are an opportunity to heighten crime and drug awareness, support local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhoods and police/community spirit, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.


Public Notice: Temporary Closure of Paul Moore Basketball Courts

Due to temporary resurfacing of the basketball courts at Paul Moore Park, the courts will be closed with a temporary chain link fence during June 9-July 8.  The temporary construction will not impact any sports play just informative awareness.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Citywide Sports Facility Office at 408-794-6527.


Public Notice: Street Sealing Project

On May 2, 2017 City Council approved the construction contract 8381 – 2017 Street Sealing Project to Graham Contractors, Inc.:

Los Gatos Almaden Rd between Leigh Ave to Harwood Rd Construction will start on 06/25/2017 and end on 07/24/2017

7 days prior to construction the Contractor will place message signs informing motorists of the future project and to expect delays. The contractor will provide residents, business, and schools two written notifications. The first notification will be mailed at least 7 days prior to the start of work. The second notification will be hand delivered by the contractor 48 hours before constructions. For questions or more information, call 408-794-1961.


10th Annual San Jose Youth Conference

The San José Youth Commission is proud to present its 10th annual Citywide Youth Conference, “Intersections," on Friday, June 9, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at San Jose City Hall.

This conference will inform and educate youth by presenting the overall message that teens should embrace the differences they bring to the City of San Jose and accept the perspectives of others. This conference will touch on themes such as acceptance of oneself and of others, opportunity, equality, diversity, and life-changing ideas. Register online at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns/youthcommission.


Save $175 on July Block Party Permit

San Jose supports your neighborly fun!  Save $175 on your July 1-4 block party permit.  For the first 50 applicants, the City of San Jose is waiving the $175 permit fee for block parties scheduled July 1-4, 2017. Apply by June 18 at www.sjpd.org/StreetClosureForm or call 408-277-4452.

 


June is Immigrant Heritage Month!

Immigrant Heritage Month has given people across the United States an opportunity to explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. This belief fueled the wildly successful 2016 launch of the ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign, which encourages all Americans to celebrate the monumental contributions that immigrants have made—and continue to make every day. For more information about Immigrant Heritage Month activities nationwide, visit Welcome.us


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 creatvsj.org 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

Would you like to be a force for real, positive change in your community? Would you like to see your efforts grow to benefit generations to come? Join Our City Forest’s AmeriCorps team. Help make Silicon Valley a greener, healthier place to live, work, and play. Service members earn a living stipend while serving and receive an education award upon completion of the term. Learn more and apply online: ourcityforest.org/americorps.

Volunteer opportunities are also available. Visit ourcityforest.org/calendar.


Family Camp Now Accepting Reservations

Family Camp at Yosemite is now accepting reservations at http://familycampreservations.com/.

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 familycamp@sanjoseca.gov.


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: http://www.dot.ca.gov/maintenance/adopt-a-highway/index.html.


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 www.sjenvironment.org/lookup

Visit www.sjenvironment.org/junkpickup for more information. Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500.


Upcoming Events
Walk the Coyote Creek with a Ranger

Friday, June 9, July 7, August 4, and Saturday, September 9, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Just west of 1407 Mabury Road - Meet at Mabury Road Flea Market Parking Lot

Take a tour on the Coyote Creek waterway and see local wildlife up-close and personal with the Kelley Park rangers. The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS), Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, and the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority are proud to support these events. For more information, please contact Park Ranger Roger Abe at 408-277-5254.


Coyote Creek Clean-Ups

Saturday, June 10, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Just west of 1407 Mabury Road - Meet at Mabury Road Flea Market Parking Lot  Register Online

Saturday, June 24, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Just west of 1407 Mabury Road - Meet at Mabury Road Flea Market Parking Lot  Register Online

Join the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition for two upcoming trash clean-ups along Coyote Creek. 


Bascom Avenue Complete Streets Study & Community Forum

Wednesday, June 14, 6:00 PM
Bascom Community Center, 1000 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

Thursday, June 15, 6:00 PM
Farnham Elementary School, 15711 Woodard Road, San Jose, CA 95124

You are invited to provide input that will help guide the future development of the Bascom Avenue streetscape. Planning staff from VTA, the Cities of San Jose and Campbell and the County of Santa Clara will all provide assistance as local residents, tenants and business owners are asked to develop a future vision of how Bascom Avenue can best serve pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and others while also preserving local neighborhood aesthetics.  If you can’t attend one of the forums, please take the on-line survey at bascomsurvey.vta.org.


Quarterly Litter Enforcement & Clean-Up Day

Wednesday, June 14, Time & Locations TBD

You are invited to partner with Caltrans District 4 Maintenance Crews, to focus efforts throughout the nine Bay Area counties to remove litter, graffiti and blight on and along our highways. For further questions or to RSVP, please contact Debra Nelson (Branch Chief) at 510-286-6002 or Christopher Chance (Legislative Liaison) at 510-286-4480.


Juneteenth in the Park Festival

June 17 & 18, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Join the African American Community Service Agency at its 37th annual event, and enjoy music, performances, food and community resources. Visit http://www.bayareajuneteenth.org/ for more information.


Senior Safari Walkabout

Select Thursdays: 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.


World Refugee Day

Friday, June 23, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM8, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Campbell Community Center Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

The 25th Annual World Refugee Day Celebration acknowledges the value and contributions of Refugees and Immigrants in our community. There will be presentations, country displays, cultural entertainment, children's activities, and food from around the world.  For more information, please call (408) 357-7452


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.


Save the Date! Celebrate Cambrian Festival 2017

Sunday, August 27, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

A free, family festival and open to the public, hosted by Councilmember Rocha! To host a resource table or find out more information, call 408-535-4977 or email Brianne.Urban@sanjoseca.gov.


Cambrian Rocks! Benefit Concert

Saturday, September 16
Location & Time TBD

Save the date for Cambrian Rocks!, a benefit concert for Cambrian School District music programs.  For more information, please contact Cambrian Rocks! Producer Suzanne St. John-Crane at singbluz@me.com


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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