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District 9 September Newsletter & Celebrate Cambrian Feedback Survey

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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

2016 September Newsletter

In This Edition


Councilmember Donald Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St. 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909  F: (408) 292-6471

Dear Neighbor,

August was an exciting month for the Cambrian community with two back-to-back weekends of family fun. Thank you to all who attended and volunteered at the Cambrian Schools 5K Fun Run and the District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival.  It was wonderful to see neighbors and families join together over the last two weekends.

The first ever Cambrian Schools Fun Run took place on August 23rd and was an incredible success.  Over 800 runners and dozens of volunteers showed up to support our Cambrian schools and participate in a day of health and wellness. Thank you to the Cambrian School District for initiating and coordinating this fantastic event for students and families.

Last weekend was the 11th Annual District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival.  I'm proud to have hosted this event for the last six years. Hundreds of festival-goers joined us throughout the day enjoying arts and crafts, jump houses, local eats and live band. This year's resource fair was the largest one yet, with close to 50 community organizations and agencies sharing information and services with residents.  I'd also like to thank Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Mayor Sam Liccardo and other elected officials, education leaders, and public safety officers who took the time to attend and kick-off the celebration at the main stage.

Each year, the Celebrate Cambrian Festival relies heavily on the contributions of our sponsors, the coordination of our City Departments including PRNS and Public Works, and major support of the Camden Community Center and its incredible staff.  On behalf of myself and my District 9 Team, thank you to everyone who made this possible. 

If you attended the Celebrate Cambrian Festival on Sunday, August 28th, we would love to hear your feedback about your experience through the survey link below.  The survey should only take a minute of your time and your response will help us prepare for next year's Celebrate Cambrian Festival.  Thank you in advance for participating!

2016 Celebrate Cambrian Community Feedback Survey:

If you missed either event, be sure to check out the photos below!  To learn how you can get involved next year, please reach out to my office. And as always, feel free to contact us with any city-related concerns at 408-535-4909 or


1st Annual Cambrian Schools Fun Run

August 23, 2016

11th Annual District 9 Celebrate Cambrian

August 28, 2016

News & Announcements
Back to School Safety Tips

Neighborhoods around San Jose have already begun that timeless annual ritual: the first day of school. It is a time when parents, teachers, and school administrators embrace new beginnings and new challenges. 

The beginning of the school year is also a time when children are at increased risk of transportation-related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes because there are much more children on the road.  Shorter days also make it difficult to see young pedestrians and bicyclists.  As many schools start rolling into the school year, the City of San Jose would like to remind everyone to improve your Street Smarts.  These School Safety Tips can help make San Jose and this school year a safer and happier place for the whole community.  For more information, visit

CityDance San José

Every Thursday evening starting on September 1, through October 20, 2016, meet at Plaza de Cesar Chavez for an evening of socializing, music and dancing. 

With live bands and professional dance instructor to teach the fine points of the evening's dance style, you can tune your skills, learn something new, or just show off. A beer garden and food trucks make the evening complete. CityDance San José is free and open to the public!  Dance floor opens at 5:30 PM; Dance instruction begins at 6:00 PM; Band/DJ plays two hours of dance music at 7:00 PM.


  • Sept 1:  Salsa with Eddie Valdez/ Los Boleros
  • Sept 8:  Country Two-Step with Michelle Crozier/ Country Cougars
  • Sept 15:  Hustle with Mark Scolieri/ Alfie and XS
  • Sept 22:  East Coast Swing with Lesley McIntosh/ The Cruisetones
  • Sept 29:  Bollywood with Joti Singh/ DJ Puran Singh
  • Oct 6:  Argentine Tango with Conor McClure/ Tangonero Trio
  • Oct 13:  Fox Trot with Hans Schmidt/ The Serenaders
  • Oct 20:  Rumba/Merengue with Michelle Crozier/ The Alison Sharino Band

Our City Forest Now Hiring
Our City Forest

Our City Forest is now hiring for enthusiastic and service-oriented team members looking to:

  • Serve the communities of Silicon Valley for a year
  • Full-time commitment: 40 hours per week (Tues. - Sat., shifts may vary)
  • 11-month term begins September 13
  • Receive a $15,000 living stipend and $5,775 education award (awarded upon completion of term).

Our City Forest AmeriCorps members build capacity in the community by engaging volunteers and residents in cultivating plants and young trees at the community nursery, planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods, schools and parks, and fighting the drought through water conservation efforts. AmeriCorps members educate the community on Our City Forest’s best practices and help train environmental stewards.  Questions? Contact Bryan at 408-997-7337 x 127 or

Arts & Cultural Exchange Grant Program

The Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that Round 2 of the Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant program is now open.

San Jose-based artists and arts organizations are eligible to apply for grants through this program in the amount of $2,500 - $5,000 to support international cultural exchange activities in San Jose or abroad. Eligibility is not limited to any particular country, but priority will be given to exchanges that advance the relationship between the City of San Jose and its Sister Cities, as well as international cities connected to San Jose via direct flights.

Applications are due on October 7, 2016 for projects taking place in calendar year 2017. Application instructions and guidelines can be found on the Office of Cultural Affairs website under Grants Programs, Arts and Cultural Exchange Grants

PRNS Summer Registration Now Open

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is committed to building healthy communities through people, parks and programs and to being a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces.

PRNS Summer Registration is now open, and the Summer 2016 Brochure is available online. For questions or more information, 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 for Frequently Asked Questions in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Did you know that Illegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment?  When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment. 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.

Upcoming Events
Open Space Authority September Events

Saturday, September 10, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Get outside and celebrate the season with your family and friends. Enjoy the bountiful harvest of our local Santa Clara Valley farms and get tips for growing and preparing delicious foods. Want to start growing fruits and vegetables at home? Or introduce your kids to healthy foods? Get advice from expert local chefs, growers, and entrepreneurs.  Register online for this free event.

This family-friendly festival will include:

  • Free admission, free parking on-site and free shuttle bus service from San Jose
  • Tips on home gardening, farming & craft food
  • Cooking demonstrations led by expert local chefs
  • Food trucks featuring Santa Clara Valley-grown ingredients
  • Music & entertainment from around the world and kid-friendly activities
  • Guided hikes through the scenic Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Coyote Valley features some of the last remaining farmland in Santa Clara County and vital habitat for endangered plants and animals

Public Meeting on Alternative Electric Utility Exploration in San José

Monday, September 12, 2016, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
San Jose City Hall Council Chambers, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose CA 95113

San Jose is exploring a Community Choice Aggregate (CCA) program, San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE)  CCA llows local governments to pool (or aggrgate) their electricity load to purchase and/or develop renewable power on behalf o ftheir residents and businesses.  Come to an informational meeting to learn more. Parking is available underground, entrance on 6th Street (parking validation is provided). For live video streaming, visit

Outreach Meetings on the Affordable Housing Impact Fee & Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

The City of San José has demonstrated commitment to ensure that affordable housing is available to moderate, low, and very-low income households by adopting an Affordable Housing Impact Fee (AHIF) Resolution, and Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO).

The Housing Department is conducting outreach meetings to provide stakeholders with the most current and relevant information on these programs, including: background on AHIF and IHO; requirements of each program; alternatives to satisfying the IHO requirements; how to apply and qualify for any exemptions; and information on the application process.  Meetings will be held at San Jose City Hall, Wing Room 118, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

There is limited space.  Please RSVP by contacting Karen Goodman by email at or by calling (408) 975-4416. 

Free Shredding Event

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Target Parking Lot, 5630 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Please join the San Jose Police Department and Target to help prevent identity theft.  Bring old paperwork, documents and bill statements to shred.  Shredding is FREE, but donations are appreciated and benefit PAAF City Wide Track Meet and Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.  Please have all paperwork free of clips, binding and in disposable containers. Five box maximum.  For more information, visit

Senior Safari Walkabout 2016

Select Thursdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: August 25, September 22, and October 22
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Join the early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to 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! Animal Meet & Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase. For more information, please call (408) 794-6400 or visit 

Silicon Valley Neighborhood Development Mini-Training Conference

Saturday, September 24, 2016. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

You are invited to participate in a neighborhood development training hosted by United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County and sponsored by Councilmember Donald Rocha.  Join other neighborhood leaders for an opportunity to network and learn about essential leadership tools.  The event will also showcase a resources fair and refreshments will be served.  This event is CAP Grant Cycle 30 eligible for 2016.  BRICC cash awards will be presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  For more information, please call (408) 823-8201 and

Car Seat Safety Check Event

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

State Senator Jim Beall, 15th Senate District, invites you to a free child's car seat safety inspection by trained professionals and learn about car seat laws. This event is part of his 2016 Summer Event series. Please call 408-558-1295 for more information and location.

15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Thursday, October 6, 2016, Check-in 10:00 AM, Lunch 11:00 AM, Start Time 12:00 PM
Cinnabar Hills Golf Course, 23608 McKean Road, San Jose, CA 95141

You're invited to the 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by South Valley Family YMCA. Registration Fees are: $175 Individual, $700 Foursome, $1,000 Hole Sponsor, $5,000 - $9,999 Premier Sponsor, and $10,000 Tournament Sponsor. Event includes green fees and cat, BBQ lunch, commemorative event material, beverages on the course, range balls, player bags and dinner reception.  

For more information, contact Rick Valdez, Executive Director, at or visit

Register for Holiday Races
SVLG Holiday Races

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Turkey Trot
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - Santa Run

Make this holiday season a healthy one by signing up for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and the Santa Run on December 18th.  Save up to $10 by purchasing the Turkey Trot and Santa Run bundle. Register online.

The Santa Run Silicon Valley benefits Christmas in the Park, Downtown Ice and Reading Partners and the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot benefits five great charities.


City of San José Important Phone Numbers 

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (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 Outreach (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
Potholes (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 the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide


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