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

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

District 9 March Mid-Month Announcements





Councilmember Don Rocha's 
In-District Office Hours

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

Cambrian Branch Library
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 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 

 Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Program

For lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information, visit the Camden Cafe website


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


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

Dispose of unwanted or expired medication: find a medication collection location


Prevent Crime with these  Security & Self Defense 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 St, 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



March Mid-Month Announcements 




Spring 2015 Board & Commission Vacancies

Calling all District 9 residents!  We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated applicants to serve on a number of San Jose commissions.  This is an exciting opportunity for residents looking to contribute to the public process and make a positive imact on our community!  Applications are now being accepted for the following commissions: 

Youth Commission - Term ending May 31, 2017

The Youth Commission studies problems, activities and concerns of youth relating to municipal policies, programs or projects of the City of San Jose, and makes recommendations to the City Council and to the Recreation, Parks and Community services Department on these issues. The Youth Commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 pm in City Hall Council Chambers.

Parks and Recreation Commission- Term ending June 30, 2017

Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission advise the City Council on the City's system of existing and/or proposed parks, playgrounds, recreation centers and facilities, and recreation programs including community sports, plays, celebrations and other recreation activities. The Parks and Recreation commission meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm at City Hall, Rooms W118-119.

 Airport Commission- Term ending June 30, 2017

Applicants must live in San Jose and have an interest or background in Airport issues. Members of the Airport Commission serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council and to the Director of Aviation on issues relating to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The Airport Commission meets on the second Monday of one calendar month each quarter at 6:00 pm at 1701 Airport Blvd, Suite B1130.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  You may obtain an application from the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, Wing Building, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA 95113, or apply online.  For questions regarding the application process, please call (408) 535-1260 or email  For a full list of San Jose board and commission vacancies, please visit

iCreaTV Summer 2015 Summer Video Camp

SESSION 1: TV Studio Production (June 22 - July 2, 9 AM - 1 PM) Middle school and high school students will learn how to produce a TV show in a professional studio environment, with three high-definition cameras and switcher, lighting and audio board, and instructions in techincal directing, floor managing and hosting.

SESSION 2: Field Production (July 6 - July 17, 9 AM - 1 PM) Middle school and high school students will learn the basics of how to make a short video in the field on professional high-definition cameras, including storytelling, scriptwriting, camera operation, audio lighting and digital editing.

Cost: Early bird registration (two weeks prior) - $345; Late registration paid on first day of session - $395; $50 family discount if more than one registration

For more information or to register, contact Jocelyn Bringas at (408) 295-8815 ext. 301 or email Ask about eligibility for limited, available scholarships. CreaTV San Jose is located at 255 W. Julian Street, Suite 100, San Jose CA 95110.

San Jose Restricted Watering Hours Change with Daylight Savings Time

Despite a few impressive rain storms this winter, California's multi-year drought is still far from over, and the need to save water remains critically important. As of Sunday, March 8, 2015, watering is allowed only before 8 AM and after 8 PM. Outdoor water use is the easiest place to reduce and accounts for roughtly half of the average residential water bill.  To meet the state's voluntary water conservation target of a 20% reduction, San Jose water regulations remain in effect and apply to everyone in San Jose, regardless of which water utility is providing service. View the full list of ater use rules now in effect at Report water waste to the Santa Clara Valley Water District at or online to

GALP 2015

PRNS Accepting 2015 Citywide Scholarships Applications

Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services is currently accepting 2015 Citywide Scholarship applications for the upcoming 2015 leisure class season.  The department offers hundreds of classes and programs like sports, dance, music, health and fitness, gymnastics, theater and many more.  Scholarship applications and submission directions can be picked up at any PRNS community center or can be found online at  For more information, please contact the PRNS customer service helpline at (408)793-5565.   

Leaders Save Lives

The American Red Cross offers its Leaders Save Lives Program, a scholarship opportunity for high school and college students to gain meaningful leadership and community service experience through serving as a blood drive coordinator.  Students interested in serving as a Leaders Save Lives blood drive coordinator must complete the registration form.  Please refer to the rules and regulations page for more information. This program also offers an opportunity for high school students to achieve volunteer hours and meet the summer blood donation requirement for the High School Leadership Program.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work one-on-one with foster children, providing critical emotional and educational support, ensuring that each child’s needs are met and their voice heard while navigating the court dependency system.

Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Santa Clara County is a truly gratifying and impactful volunteer experience. Children who have a CASA receive more services (medical, dental, academic etc.) and are less likely to reenter the system than those who do not have a CASA.  For more information about Child Advocates of Silicon Valley or how to become a CASA, visit

 Working Partnerships USA - Trades Orientation Program

Are you ready to launch your new career in the building and construction trades?  The Trades Orientation Program is a 120-hour class that will put you on the pathway to apprenticeship and a rewarding career in the high demand construction trades.  No experience neccesary, just a high school diploma or GED, reliable transportation, and willingness to learn, work hard and get your hands dirty.

Participants will learn about the wide variety of construction trades careers available such as Carpenter, Electrician, HVACR Tech, Roofer, Pipefitter, Plasterer, Sheet Metal, and more, and learn what it takes to successfully apply for the trade of your choice.

Applications for the May 2015 class will be accepted beginning March 30th.  In order to apply, you must first register for and attend a mandatory information session. Women, youth, and US veterans are highly encourage to apply.  Particpants must be at least 18 years old and reside in Santa Clara County (if you live elsewhere, click here for a list of similar programs in other Bay Area counties).  For more information and class schedules, visit the Working Partnerships USA website for more information.

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence: In-Kind Donations Needed

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is in search of donations for women and children who have been victims of violence.  Next Door Solutions is accepting the following types of new donations: blankets, twin bedding, bath towels and wash cloths, clothing, jackets and gloves, lotion and body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and warm throws.

Donation Drop Off: Monday-Thursday 9 am - 8 pm, Friday 9 am- 5 pm at 234 E. Gish Road, Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95112.  If you wish to make a donation or have questions, please contact Donna Knowlton at (408)  501-7558 or

Health Trust TV

Health Trust TV's newest episode is dedicated entirely to seniors!  Episode 10 features an interview with Dr. Tamar Semerjian, director of SVHAP, and Lory Andersen, former director of Healthy Aging at THT; advice on menopause and loneliness from Dr. Varner; a rich-in-calcium recipe from Chef Matt Mermod from Catered Too!; exercise routines for seniors led by fitness expert, Ryan Hughes.  You can catch this episode and others at or at the CreaTV Channel 30 landing page at

 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


Calendar of Events   

San Jose Salary Setting Commission Community Meetings 

The San Jose Salary Setting Commission invites comments during public meetings from public officials and members of the public.  These meetings will be held:

  • Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 PM - San Jose City Hall, Wing Building Committee Room W120
  • Saturday, March 21, 10:00 AM - Almaden Winery Community Center, 5730 Chambertin Drive
  • Satruday, March 21, 1:00 PM - Beryessa Branch Library Community Room, 3355 Noble Avenue

If you are unable to attend these community meetings, you are invited to provide feedback as part of the online Community Survey.  For more information on this or other meetings, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (408) 535-1260 or

Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, March 21, 7:00 PM - Jupiter's Moons at Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve.  Spend an evening under the stars and check out Jupiter's moons and other amazing beauties.  To preserve night vision, please turn off your headlights as you drive into the parking lot.
  • Sunday, March 29, 7:00 PM - Photograph Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve at Sunset!  Stay past closing to get some great photos of the sunset and skyline.  Please arrive at 7:00 PM or earlier to avoid spoiling shots with headlights.  

Registration is required for some events.  Rain may cancel, so please call ahead. For more information, please call (408) 224-7476 or visit

5th Annual Casino Night: Branham High School Sports & Music Boosters

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Elk's Lodge, 444 West Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Tickets are $50.00.  Guests can enjoy live music, silent auction, gaming tables, dancing, dinner and no host bar. This is a 21+ event.  For questions or to purchase tickets, please contact Peggy Austin at or Julia Wilbanks at

Junior League of San Jose presents the 24th Anniversary Rummage Sale

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

(Community Health & Services Fair, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm)

Santa Clara County Fair Grounds, Expo Hall, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA

Admission is free.  The sale will feature 45,000 square feet of quality bargains at low prices.  Vendors will be selling items such as baby supplies, bicycles, sporting goods, hardware, electronics, office supplies, garden tools, toys, kitchen supplies, art, furniture, bookds, clothing, entertainment, linens, computers, appliances, jewelry, and more.   In additon, a free community health and services fair will take place from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, featuring over 30 health care community service agencies that focus on empowering the community to improve its health and wellness.  For more information, please call (408) 264-3058 or visit Proceeds support the Junior League of San Jose's Community Program, which helps young children ages 0-8 enter elementary school ready to learn and thrive.

2015 Camden Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 28, 2015 (1.5-2 yrs - 9:45 am / 3-5 yrs - 10:15 am / 6-8 yrs - 10:45 am / 9-10 yrs - 11:15 am)

Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Activity Fee: $6.00 pre-registration (before March 27, 2015), $8.00 day of event.  Welcome the Spring season with a morning full of fun activities and creating family memories.  There will be an egg hunt for each age group, a special prize for those who find the GOLDEN EGG, and an opportunity for children to create holiday-themed arts and crafts and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. To register or obtain more information, call (408) 559-8553 or online at

Ash Kickers Quit Smoking Program

Classes are March 18 - April 15, 2015, Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Good Samaritan Hospital, Radiation Oncology, 15400 National Avenue, Ste. 100, Los Gatos, CA 95032

This year, take the first step towards living healthier and breathing easier - quit smoking!  Breathe California is proud to host its Ash Kickers Quit Smoking Classes to help Good Samaritan Hospital employees kick the habit.  Let by a trained facilitator, the class offers smokers the resources and strategies to quit.  The sessions also provide a comfortable group atmosphere that facilitates a natural support network for each participant.  For more information on these or other upcoming classes in Santa Clara County, visit or contact Janet Ghanem at (408) 998-5865 or

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Garden Party

Tuesday, April 2, 2015, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Cheetah Conservation Fun at an informal setting with Dr. Laurie Marker.  Garden-inspired hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served.  Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at  Event parking is located in the Senter Road lot.

Our City Forest's Community Nursery: Upcoming Workshops & Events

  • Saturday, March 21 - Nursery Tour, "Life of an Urban Tree"
  • Saturday, March 28 - Straw Bale Garden Workshop
  • Saturday, April 4 - Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop (Limited Space - RSVP Only)
  • Saturday, April 25 - Earth Appreciation Day ; Native Plant Gardening Workshop
  • Tuesday, May 5 & Saturday, May 9 - Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza; music, arts & crafts, and workshops

All events are free, however, donations allow Our City Forest to continue these educational workshops year-round. For more information, visit the calendar of events, or email Renae at

Housing Trust Silicon Valley's 15th Annual Investor Briefing

Friday, April 17, 2015, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Cocktail hour at 10:30 AM)

Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

The luncheon will feature a keynote by State Treasurer John Chiang and acknowledgement of the public and private partners who have invested in programs to increase affordable housing options in our region.  San Jose was one of the first communities to make a financial commitment to this goal.  Housing Trust Silicon Valley is an independent non-profit organization that works to increase the supply of affordable housing, assist first-time homebuyers, prevent homelessness and stabilize neighborhoods.  More information about Housing Trust Silicon Valley's event and other programs is available at  For tickets or to RSVP, please email






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