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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 October Newsletter




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Healthy Eating on a Budget

Eat Healthy

MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. 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 Community Center's Kirk Cafe

for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


Clean-Up Map


The City of San José provides dumpster service on neighborhood cleanup days once every three years for neighborhoods across the City. Click on the map above to view your next clean-up day. Please contact our office for locations. (408) 535-4909.


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 at: (408) 277-4133. 


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-8900

Anti-Graffiti 24 Hotline (866) 249-0543

Animal Care & Services
(408) 794-7297

City Hall Customer Service
(408) 535-3500

Code Enforcement
(408) 535-7770

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
(408) 277-8911

Police Non-Emergency
(408) 277-8900

(408) 794-1900 (7am-4pm)
(408) 277-8956

Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588


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
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





October 2013



Dear Neighbor,

I’d like to give you an update on some issues that either have come before our City Council Committees or will be coming soon. Each year, as the community celebrates the Fourth of July, with traditional fireworks displays, my office receives an abundance of calls and complaints from our residents regarding their concern with the display of illegal fireworks in our community. Time and time again, I heard your concerns of the inability for public safety enforcement, safety concerns for our homes and schools, and the nuisance to our quality of life. Despite the fact that the use of fireworks is currently illegal, especially the large commercial grade fireworks, their use continues to take place in our community.

Last week, the Rules and Open Government Committee approved a proposal I, along with Councilmembers Campos and Khamis issued, asking City staff to reevaluate our current Fireworks Policy and report back to one of the Council Committees with policy findings. The first step in this process is to reevaluate the effectiveness of the current fireworks policy and the Police and Fire Departments protocols when responding to calls about firework use. The next step will be to compare our effectiveness in deterring illegal fireworks with other cities that have the similar ordinances against firework use and cities that have the California’s “Safe and Sane Fireworks” ordinance. The idea of resuming the City-sponsored fireworks show is also being explored. The last step is to engage our Neighborhood Commission on this item and bring forward findings and recommendations to the full City Council. It is my hope that we can find a more effective way to deter firework use or to refocus our efforts based on staff’s findings.

Additionally, I continue to share your concerns about how and where medicinal marijuana collectives locate, and their proximity to sensitive locations like schools, community centers, libraries and our homes. I have issued a referral on medicinal marijuana that will be discussed at today's Rules and Open Government Committee. I have been and will continue to advocate on the necessity to regulate the number of dispensaries in San Jose. The policy that the Council previously adopted to regulate how and where collectives operated was unable to be adopted because of a signature-gathering initiative mounted by opponents to our policy. Ready to begin the conversation again, the Council voted to have the Medical Marijuana Collective as one of the Top Ten Ordinances and Policy Initiative Priorities at the September 10, 2013 City Council Meeting. As this process develops, I will continue to keep you informed and hope that you will share your perspective with me and my colleagues on the City Council. Any ordinance that the Council develops is sure to be opposed by some faction of the community, and a strong neighborhood voice will be critical in finding a path forward for San Jose.

I strongly believe that it is this Council’s responsibility to address this problem now. I will be asking staff to present the scope of work they intend to pursue this fall on the medical marijuana issue. The Rules and Open Government Committee meetings take place at City Hall in Wing Rooms 118-120 and starts at 2:00pm.

If you have thoughts on this or any other topic, feel free to contact my office at or by phone at 535-4909.



 CM Sig

Donald Rocha


Reduced Library Hours for Monday, Oct. 7

On Monday, October 7, 2013, all library staff will attend a library in-service training from
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. San Jose Public Library branches will open at 1:00 PM and King Library
will open as usual at 8:00 AM.

For questions please contact Jill Bourne, Library Director, at (408) 808-2150.  

Changes to Garbage Billing 

Last month, the City Council voted to shift away from bi-monthly billing for residential garbage and recycling services for single family homes, adding the amount onto the bi-annual property tax bill instead. Understandably, there is some confusion over the new model which will take effect in May/June of 2015.  To help constituents with questions about the property tax billing for garbage and recycling services, Environmental Services staff created “New Garbage & Recycling Billing Model FAQs” and posted them online.  Starting from the City’s home page, click on Environment, then Recycling & Garbage, then Residents.  The FAQs are under Resources on the left side of the screen:

Staff has an e-mail box that is monitored daily for resident’s questions and feedback, feel free to provide this to any resident that may call: 

Apply To Serve on City Boards and Commissions 

Applications are still being accepted for vacancies on several San José Boards and Commissions.

The deadline to submit an application has been extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. 

Vacancies are available on the Appeals Hearing Board, Council Appointment Advisory Commission, Housing and Community Development Commission, Human Services Commission, and the Neighborhoods Commission. For the Neighborhoods Commission, vacancies are available in District 1, District 4, District 5, and District 10.

You must live in the City of San José and have a commitment to being active in the community. Appointed commissioners will serve two to four year terms.

View the flyers for more details: Board and Commission Vacancies and Neighborhoods Commission Vacancies.

For questions or to request a paper application, please call the City Clerk's Office at (408) 535-1260 or email Boards and Commissions at About Boards and Commissions

Affordable Care Act

Millions of Californians will soon be able to enroll for coverage through the Covered California™ health insurance marketplace. Open enrollment begins in October 2013 and continues through March 2014. Starting in January 2014, most Californians over age 18 will be required to have public or private health insurance or pay a financial penalty.

One of the first steps for individual consumers to prepare for enrollment is to get familiar with the health insurance plans Covered California offers. You can learn more about coverage in Santa ClaraCounty by viewing this presentation here:

Still confused about the Affordable Care Act? This video from the Kaiser Family Health Foundation gives a fairly comprehensive overview of how the ACA will work: For specific answers to your questions or to purchase coverage, visit or call (800) 300-1506

To help the community, Senator Jim Beall is hosting two health forums in  October. The forums will provide important tips on how to find an affordable health plan that fits the community's needs and how to avoid mistakes that could cost hundreds of dollars in health care and prescription costs.  

FREE Medicare and Health Forum

DATE: Saturday, October 5

TIME: 9:00AM-12:00PM

LOCATION: Campbell Community Center, Orchard City Banquet Hall 1 West Campbell Ave.

RSVP at or call (408) 558-1295.


If you missed the Campbell forum, stop by Mayfair Community Center on October 19, 2013. While you are there get a free flu shot, blood pressure reading, glucose screening, and more at the forum's Community Health Fair.

FREE Health Fair and Forum

DATE: Saturday, October 19

TIME: Forum 9:00AM-12:00PM Health Fair from 10:00AM-2:00PM

LOCATION: Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave. San Jose

Co-hosted by Sourcewise (previously Council on Aging Silicon Valley) & SEIU Local 521 Vietnamese and Spanish translation available for those who call ahead.

RSVP at or call (408) 558-1295.   

Halloween Safety Tips 

Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Concerns about children's safety--whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of booty--can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. But not to worry! To make Halloween a treat, follow these safety tips.

Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on. Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children. Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately. In San Jose call  9-1-1. Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.

If your children are Trick-or-Treating, make sure that they walk in a group or with a buddy and are accompanied by an adult with a flashlight. Placing strips of reflective tape on the backs of costumes and shoes will also help children be noticed in the dark. Watch out for uneven sidewalks, especially if your child is wearing a mask.

Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.

Remind your members to leave their lights on and follow the tips outlined above. Consider distributing a fun image of a pumpkin or witch or other Halloween icon for neighbors to print out and place in their window, noting that they are participating in safe Trick-or-Treating!

Please visit the City of San Jose Police Department's Website for more safety tips.

District Wide and California Student Speaker Contest

District wide and Calif Student Speaker Contest for any high school student who is interested in public speaking. Our Lions District has a Student Speaker Contest each year for high school students. The topic this 2013-14 year is "Community Service--What Does It Mean and Why Does it Matter?" The speech must be between 5 and 10 minutes long and the winners can go on to win $4,500 from our District and then the winner goes on to the Calif contest where they can win a $10,000 scholarship.

Contact Karen Fillmore at for more information or you can go to for more detailed information and the rule book from last years contest. 

Build A Playground in Your Community!  

KaBOOM! is excited to announce that we will be partnering with a corporate sponsor to build a playground in San Jose in Fall 2013! KaBOOM! is currently accepting applications from community groups, non-profit organizations, schools, and civic associations who are interested in building playgrounds in their communities.

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has built over 2,200 playgrounds using our signature Community Build Model that rallies local communities to build playgrounds in a single day and strengthen their communities while doing so. Visit their website to learn more about our Community Partner Program.


Benefits of becoming a KaBOOM! Community Partner:


- Receive a new playground that is custom designed by your community for your community. Visit KaBOOM'S photo gallery to view some past KaBOOM! playground projects!

- Engage community members by working towards a common goal: a safe place to play for their children.

- Participate in an 8-10 week playground planning process led by a skilled KaBOOM! project manager that will help provide access to new fundraising tools, engage residents and neighbors, build lasting relationships, and develop media relations and insight that can be used to enhance the success of future community projects.

- Establish ongoing relationships with KaBOOM! and other communities who have rallied together to build playgrounds across the country through our alumni program and a playground sponsor who is invested in positively impacting your community.


Want to learn more? Wondering whether your organization is eligible for this opportunity? Questions about how you can apply? Contact Keara Cormier-Hill at

202-464-6428 or to learn more!


Camden fall classes

PRNS community centers have a wide variety of programs, activities and special events for everyone. From classes, sports programs, fitness classes, therapeutic programs and special events, there is something for individuals of all ages. The Camden Community Center is conveniently located just off Highways 85 and 17/880 near the intersection of Camden and Union Avenue.
For more information on the fall offerings at Camden, please visit the following link:

Camden Community Center Fall Brochure.


  CreaTV San Jose is accepting entries for The 2013 CreaTiVe Awards. Videomakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz are invited to submit videos for competition in one or more of 10 categories.   NEW FOR 2013! NO MORE DVDS New entry form allows you to enter into multiple categories, make one payment and upload your video for judging, all at the same time, at

Call for Entries Deadline: November 1, 2013   Entry Fee: $30 per entry, per category

Winners receive the Adobe Creative Suite Professional Edition, valued at $1,800!   Winners announced on January 18, 2014 at The CreaTiVe Awards Gala at the California Theatre in San Jose. Special guests include Community Media Champion Awardee, Ed Asner and Rudy Parris from “The Voice.”   Questions? Contact Pam Kelly at (408) 295-8815 ext. 307 or

Bullying Symposium  

Firefighter Recruitment 




Manufacturing week 



      Disability Awareness Day    



Comedy for Kids


food allergy walk 

  Supervisor Dave Cortese presents the Fourth Annual

Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival

Date: Sunday, October 13th

Time: 10 AM to 3 PM

Location: Alviso Marina County Park 1995 Hope St. Alviso, CA

Held in partnership with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, Day on the Bay is a celebration that brings people together to enjoy activities, rich in diversity and talent, and abundant in ethnic expression. More than that, Day on the Bay is also an informational fair where the local community can meet non-profit, government, and community-based organizations to learn about their services.

FREE BBQ will be provided to the community and FREE pumpkins for the kids (while supplies last) and FREE kayak rides.There will also be community groups providing ethnic food booths, arts and crafts and live entertainment on two stages, as well as face painting, fire trucks, kayak trips in the Alviso Slough, girl and boy scout troops, and much more.

For information on the 2013 Day on the Bay festival or for vendor, sponsor, or volunteer opportunities, please contact our office at (408) 299-5030.

Opportunities for participation:

Booths: Free for Governmental Agencies and nonprofits; $100 donation for businesses.

Entertainment: Opportunities are available for youth groups, dance groups, school bands and garage bands to perform on the two stages.

Volunteers: Need volunteer hours? Join us for crowd control, parking enforcement, food prep and much more.

Sponsorships: Sponsorship packages are available. Please visit to register or contact our office at (408) 299-5030.







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