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District 9 October 2018 Newsletter: Housing Update

In This Edition


Councilmember Don 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,

As Summer sunsets and the year winds down to a close, Council meeting agendas are bringing along important policy matters that greatly impact our everyday lives. 

It is no secret we're in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis which has impacted all of us in significant ways. Whether you are a business or homeowner dealing with an invasive encampment, or a person living in said encampment, your quality of life concerns are valid and urgent. 

Homelessness and housing unaffordability in San Jose should be promptly addressed through bold policy and appropriate action. 

To this end, it is important that you be informed and engaged on matters of housing and homelessness as they are discussed

and decided upon by City Council. Today, I want to tell you about crucial housing policy decisions made this September and more coming up in October.

Early in September, housing advocates informed me of a looming decision which would be made by the Board of Supervisors on the future of the Old City Hall Annex building and parcel. Conversations indicated this building, which has gone unused since 2004 and is in very poor conditions, would be demolished and temporarily replaced with a parking lot to be used by County employees. To oppose this course of action, a coalition of housing advocates and developers including Jim Salata and John Sobrato contended the building should not be demolished and should instead be repurposed as an overnight shelter for homeless residents. I agree that in our current condition we do not need new parking lots where we could instead have housing whether permanent or temporary. That said, I quickly offered a memo recommending the City should get to work as soon as possible to start the necessary environmental reviews and rezoning processes which would allow housing on this parcel.

Just last week, the Board of Supervisors voted to demolish the building with intent to build over 150 units of permanent supportive housing leveraging Measure A dollars. I again penned a memo to my colleagues recommending we direct City staff to start deliberate conversations with County staff so as to make sure all parties involved are on the same page. This would reduce any chance for miscommunication and save us time in our process to reach our affordable housing development goals.

Also in September, a group of residents frustrated by government innaction on the matter of homelessness decided to be the soluton by starting Hope Village, an organized encampment with tall tents, showers, toilets and common areas. Since 2015, I have been an advocate for the establishment of sanctioned encampments in San Jose as a fast solution to a growing problem and a better (though never ideal) alternative to the encampments we now have in our parks, creeks, streets, and highways. Seeing an opportunity in the form of Hope Village, I submitted a memo to my colleagues recommending we once again have a discussion on the feasibility of establishing sanctioned encampments to be located in San Jose's more industrial areas.

Following early struggles in identifying a permanent site for Hope Village, the City of San Jose showed a collaborative spirit in leasing the County of Santa Clara a parcel just south of San Jose Mineta Airport at one dollar a month for a period of six months. Hope Village is now serving as a pilot for what could become another way to mitigate the effects of homelessness in our region and City.

Lastly, September brought back the opportunity to establish a Commercial Linkage Fee to fund the development of affordable housing in San Jose. This fee is paid by companies developing new office or commercial space and is calculated based on the square footage of said development. In June, the Cilvil Grand Jury of Santa Clara County published a report titled 'Afordable Housing Crisis: Density is Our Destiny" which included a commercial linkage fee in its list of recommendations to address the housing crisis in the County. 

Residents have met their end of the bargain by passing Measure A in 2016 to fund the development of affordable housing in Santa Clara County. This year, the City of San Jose is asking voters to provide $450 million in funds for affordable housing through Measure V. Indeed, all of us should be stepping up to help with the development of affordable housing, but corporations and businesses which may impact our community through job development should also help build the housing that can prevent the levels of displacement we have seen rise through the years. In October, the City Council will be making a decision on commissioning a nexus study to assess the impact a commercial linkage fee would have on our local economy, it is my hope we finally move forward on this important policy decision.  

As my time in City Council comes to an end, I am heartened to see many of my colleagues picking up the mantle in pushing for bolder action to address our housing crisis. Homelessness and displacement are at critical levels in San Jose and all possible solutions to these must be examined with seriousness.

As always, please reach out to my office should you have any questions, concerns or ideas on this or any other on city related issues at 408-535-4909.


News & Announcements
Light Up City Hall: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On behalf of Vice-Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, I would like to invite the residents of District 9 to join us as we light up City Hall in purple to commemorate Domestic Violence Awarness Month. This event is hosted by the City of San Jose in partnership with Next Door Solutions, Kaiser Permanente, YWCA, the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Advisory Commission, the Alessandra Founfation, and other non-profit providers.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

6:30 PM - 8 PM

San Jose City Hall Rotunda

Annual Resident Survey

The Office of the City Auditor is once again working with the National Research Center to survery residents for their opinions about their community and the services provided by the City. Last year, roughly 1,900 residents reponded to the survey. This year we are hoping to reach even more residents.

Please take this survey and let us know your thoughts on the state of San Jose.

COMING UP: San Jose Earthquakes Cambrian Neighborhood Night - October 6

Join the San Jose Earthquakes as we celebrate the Cambrian community in San Jose with Neighborhood Nights. The Neighborhood Nights at Avaya Stadium are designed to recognize and benefit some of the most vibrant communities in the Bay Area.

Residents of San Jose Council District 9 will receive discounted tickets for the match, a Quakes T-shirt unique to their community, an opportunity to partake in pregame on-field experiences.

Visit the event website for more information and to purchase tickets.

October 6th, 2018

7:15 PM

San Jose Earthquakes VS New York Redbulls

Avaya Stadium

1123 Coleman Ave

San José, CA 95110


The San José Police Department Crime Prevention Unit and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Community Prosecution Unit are presenting several workshops throughout the City of San José on robbery prevention.

 Topics covered include:

  • How to discourage, deter and prevent crimes such as robberies and car-jackings
  • Robbery trends in San José
  • Judicial process
  • Information on how to host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Please call (408) 277-4133 for additional information.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

6:30 PM - 8 PM

Edenvale Library

101 Branhan Lane East

San Jose, CA 95111

Get Your CityDance On: Last of the Year!

It's time to put on your dancing shoes for the third year of San José's very own "open air" dance series. CityDance San José is a free series that engages residents as active participants and provides an opportunity to learn dance steps and cultural traditions representative of San Jose's diversity. The 2018 line-up continues to feature popular dance genres such as Salsa, Disco, Bollywood, Merengue, and Bachata with an expansion for new dance experiences featuring Electro Swing, KPOP and Vogue. We invite you to show up in themed costumes and strike a pose at the photo booth experience available during several of the evening productions. See the series' Facebook page for more information.

The fun happens every Thursday evening through October 4th. Starting at 6 p.m. there are lessons on the dance floor by professional instructors teaching dance steps for that night's dance theme, followed by live themed music at 7:00 p.m. with an open dance floor and additional instruction. Concessions are available on site starting at 5:30 p.m. along with comfy chairs and bistro tables for those who simply want to enjoy an evening of good music and entertainment. Join in for all eight evenings or pick and choose experiences of your personal preference and spend an evening under the stars in Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park.

October 4th, 2018 - Vogue

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Plaza de Cesar Chavez Stage

Measure Q Expenditure Oversight Committee Vacancy

Do you love nature and numbers? Do you believe open space lands are essential to community health and wellbeing? If so, the Measure Q Expenditure Oversight Committee might be the perfect volunteer role for you!

This seven-member committee provides public oversight for all funds collected and allocated by Measure Q. Each member contributes unique talents including an understanding of budgets and audit reports.

Annually, the committee meets up to four times to review: 1) the plan expenditures; 2) the annual audit and report prepared by an independent auditor; and 3) submits an annual oversight report.

Please visit the site for more information and the application.

Information on Measure Q: In November 2014, Measure Q was overwhelmingly passed by voters generating approximately $7.9 million per year for open space protection in the Santa Clara Valley. Passage of this measure allows the Open Space Authority to connect more people with nature by opening more parks and trails, and offering more opportunities to protect our scenic landscapes and their precious natural resources for present and future generations.

Camden Neighbor Nights - Every Second Friday

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at Camden Community Center. San Jose Neighbor Nights will offer free activities including music, movies, crafts, dances, sports, and more.

In October, Camden Community Center will give children the opportunity to explore all kinds of different trucks from Firetrucks and Ambulances to UPS Trucks and Garbage Trucks! Children will be able to Climb aboard, honk horns and take pictures!

October 12th, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Camden Community Center

3365 Union Avenue

San José, CA 95124

For more information, please visit

NOW HIRING: School Crossing Guards

Do you know anybody who could use some extra income? A retired family member who might be interested in getting out of the house a couple times a day? Anybody with the flexibility to be available a couple hours a day? Let them know there are crossing guard positions open at Foxworthy and Leigh in the Cambrian area.

**$22.89 hourly pay **1 hour in the morning & 1 hour in the afternoon every school day = $900+ a month extra income! Please contact the San Jose school safety and education unit at 408-277-4553 for any questions or to apply.  

R.O.C.K After School - Now at Fammatre Elementary School

It is back to school time!

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is proud to announce the start of another school year with a new school joining the after-school program, R.O.C.K. With the addition of Fammatre Elementary School, in the Cambrian Union School District, PRNS will be providing the R.O.C.K. program at 22 schools across six school districts. R.O.C.K. offers a safe, healthy, fun and structured afterschool environment including homework assistance and recreation opportunities for over 1,000 students.

For more information, contact Neil Rufino, PRNS Deputy Director, at 408-535-3508. To join the registration waiting list, visit the PRNS Fammatre Elementary registration page.

9th Annual Crime & Gang Prevention Summit - October 6

You are invited to attend a summit sponsored by Mayor Liccardo and the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. This event will bring together representatives from the City of San José, non-profit organizations, and local neighborhoods to build and expand partnerships that would help make San José a safer place to live, work and raise a family. 

The Crime and Gang Prevention summit gives attendees the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops, engaging discussions and a community resource fair.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Crime & Gang Prevention Summit website.  

October 6th, 2018

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

San Jose City College Main Gym

2100 Moorpark Ave

San José, CA 95126

Need Food in District 9? FISH Food Pantry Has You Covered

Unfortunately, hunger is ubiquitous in Silicon Valley. Even in seemingly affluent neighborhoods, families struggle to afford the rent AND life necessities like food. Thankfully, Second Harvest Food Back and the folks at South Valley FISH Food Pantry are doing their part to help neighbors in need of some relief.

Every Thursday - Last Saturday of the month

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Thursdays)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Saturday) 

St. Timothy's Lutheran Church Campus

5151 Carter Ave

San José, CA 95118

FISH Food Pantry also provides groceries to low-income individuals and families located in the following zip codes: 95013, 95110, 95111, 95118, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95124, 95125.

If you are in need of help and want to call in to set up an appointment, please call (408) 669-4949.

FREE Classes Available at City College!

San Jose City College, a great community resource in a beautiful midtown San Jose campus, is offering 28 Non-Credit Classes for the Fall Semester, 22 ESL classes and 6 Bridge to Medical Careers; the classes are FREE.  

Please find all free and available Fall Courses on the SJCC Website. To register, email Ana Rosa Camacho or call 408-918-5140.

Free Tutoring from OnClass!

Onclass is a student-run nonprofit serving the Bay Area by providing students with free in-person education, online tutoring, coding classes and multiple other resources. We have worked with elementary, middle, and high schools by providing them with complementary afterschool education services to support kids who have a hard time keeping up or who simply need academic help.

So far, we have worked with Sartorette Elementary, Collins Elementary, Berryessa Library, Cambrian Library, Tully Library, Central Park Library and have future partnerships planned with Cupertino Elementary, Fammatre Elementary and Edenvale Library. If you want to try us out please check out our website or email us.

Flooding, Earthquakes, Wildfires - Prepare for the Unexpected

Personal emergency planning is the strongest defense we have against natural disasters.

We encourage all Santa Clara County residents to sign up now for AlertSCC and ReadySCC. These free preparedness tools will help protect you and your loved ones. Disasters may not give a warning - but we can plan ahead!

Are You Ready for the Magnificent 7 Parks Challenge?

With 28 regional parks encompassing 52,000 acres, Santa Clara County Parks are full of hidden hiking gems. Start 2018 by getting out of your routine and try a new trail (or seven!). Seven magnificent hiking adventures, all nearby, have been handpicked to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. And to entice you to hike the Magnificent 7, a commemorative t-shirt awaits those who complete the #PixInParks challenge! Learn more on the County Parks website.


Join Councilmember Sylvia Arenas for a fun 'Day in the Park' event at District 8's Lake Cunningham Regional Park. There will be food trucks, rock climbing, BBQing, zip lining, a beer garden, AND MORE!

Please call the District 8 Council office at (408) 535-4908 for more information on this event.

October 13th, 2018

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lake Cunningham Regional Park

2305 S. White Road,

San Jose, CA 95148

It's Easier to Build a Granny Unit (ADU) in San Jose

San José has eased the rules for building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), also called a granny unit or secondary unit. Lots as small as 3,000 square feet with a single-family home qualify.

You can obtain a no-fee evaluation of your property and project idea from a City planner.  Simply make an appointment by calling 408-535-3555 and bring the ADU-Secondary Unit Review Worksheet to the Permit Center at City Hall (validated parking available).

San Jose Arena Authority Receiving Applications

The San Jose Arena Authority is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for two vacancies on the Arena Authority Board of Directors. The 19-member San Jose Arena Authority Board of Directors convenes monthly to identify and address issues relating to the management and operation of SAP Center, Solar4America Ice, and San Jose Municipal Stadium.

If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on the Arena Authority Board of Directors, please have them email a resume along with two professional references (Contact information only) here or mail them to the below address:

Shelly Wang - San Jose Arena Authority Administrative Manager

P.O. Box 90207, San Jose, CA, 95109

*Application deadline is October 31. For more info, email Ms. Wang or call (408) 977-4783.

Let's Look at Art with San Jose Museum Of Art!

The San Jose Museum of Art's 'Let's Look at Art' program  offers free K-12 art presentations to any school in Santa Clara County. We serve approximately 35,000 students per year, and are quickly approaching our millionth student served; we have also received several grants that allow free field trips to Title I schools.

For more specific information about this SJMA program and to request a presentation, please visit our website and feel free to share this information with anyone you might feel could benefit from this program.

WOOOOOOOOZZZZZZZ Bobblehead - For Butcher Park!


Steve's generosity and love for Butcher Dog Park knows no bounds. Because of this love, there is now a limited edition, unique Steve Wozniak Bobblehead available for purchase. All of the proceeds from Woz Bobblehead sales go to the renovation Butcher Dog Park a reality.

These amazing bobbleheads are on sale online and at Butcher Dog Park for $100 each.

Get yours while they last.


If you are a homeowner over the age of 65 OR a homeowner that receives Social Security disability benefits, you may qualify for an exemption from the $85 Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) parcel tax. This parcel tax was renewed in 2013 by Measure E. The tax funds are used to restore and maintain current school programs, reduce class sizes, enhance campus safety, and recruit and retain qualified teachers.

As of 2017, you only need to fill out the form once and you will be exempt every year until this parcel tax sunsets in 2023.

Steps to obtain the form and request exemption from this parcel tax:

1. Determine if you are in the CUHSD boundaries

2. Download, print and fill out the PDF form

4. Provide copies of the requested supplemental documents

5. Mail it to: CUHSD - Parcel Tax: 3235 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124


 Monster Bash is Sartorette Home & School Club's biggest fall fundraiser which was previously known as the Harvest Festival. This event includes carnival games, crafts, bounce houses, face/hair painting, a haunted house, a photo booth and a raffle/silent auction. About 30% of Sartorette HSC children come from low income families so a greatly reduced price on tickets/attractions for this event is available upon request.  

Any donation towards our school & programming is greatly appreciated! Many of our funds in the last year have gone to vital services (i.e. library motor skills, etc), as well as activities and programming which enhance our children's' learning opportunities (i.e. field trips, Art Vista, Maker Space, etc).

If you have any further questions regarding our typical costs for Monster Bash and our projections for revenue, please email Alison Dyer Sikola

October 27th, 2018

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

3850 Woodford Drive, 

San José, CA 95124

Safety Precautions for Hikers at Alum Rock Park and San Jose Trails

With summer around the corner, hikers looking for nature and fitness regularly visit the 740-acre Alum Rock park. The heat also brings out rattlesnakes and ticks. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Park Rangers would like to share safety tips with visitors venturing through San José’s parks and trails. Please click the link for more information.

Safety Precautions

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose is proud to present My San Jose, a state-of-the-art mobile tool that allows you to quickly and easily report common service requests such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, streetlight outages, and illegal dumping. You can also report through the web portal at the app today.

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... Most residential burglaries occur during daylight hours?  How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are easy targets?  What to do if you see a suspicious person on your street? That crime rates in Neighborhood Watch communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?

SJPD is anxious to help residents implement Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhoods. For more information or to set up a meeting, call 408-277-4133.

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule free junk pickup appointments.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County. Call to schedule your pickup:

- Downtown, north, east, and south San Jose:

Call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800

- West San Jose:

Call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company. Visit for more information.

News, Resources and Upcoming Events

- Construction is advancing along the Caltrain corridor for Caltrain Electrification. To accommodate the brand new electric trains, construction crews will begin work in the four San Francisco tunnels starting in October. In order to facilitate work in the tunnels, trains will not serve the San Francisco or 22nd Street stations on weekends from October 6, 2018 to late spring 2019. Caltrain service will stop at Bayshore Station and free bus service will transport passengers to the 22nd and San Francisco stations.

- California's voter registration deadline is Monday, October 22Please register online or call the State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345 - VOTE for more information.


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Concerns (408) 975-1440
Homeless Helpline (408) 510-7600
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
Scott Hughes Chief of Staff
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide
Carol Stephenson Policy Aide
Ruby Lagunes Policy Aide


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