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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 May Newsletter



Councilmember Donald Rocha



Councilmember Rocha's
In-District Office Hours

Cambrian Branch Library Wednesday, Sept. 23, 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 neighborhoods 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, 18th Floor 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



May Newsletter





Dear Neighbor,

We had a great turnout this weekend at the District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up! Neighbors, students, families, and representatives from the LDS Church, the YMCA, and our local neighborhood associations came out in full force. Our rock-star volunteers tackled park beautification projects at Butcher, Lone Hill, Terrell, and Erikson.

Park benches, picnic tables, and trash cans were scrubbed and painted, trash was picked up throughout the parks, weeds were pulled from tree basins and fence lines, fibar was poured into the playground, sand was sifted and replenished, gutters were cleared, and sidewalks were swept. In addition, the Little Branham Neighborhood Association did some major clean-up along the Hwy 85 sound wall.

Our combined efforts led to the collection of over 240 bags of trash and debris. Much was accomplished in just three hours!

I visited each site, and was amazed by the community spirit and support. It was exciting to see neighbors meet each other and work together to better our City.

Special thanks to my staff and PRNS for organizing and facilitating this event. But most importantly, I’d like to thank each and every volunteer who came out and made this a success. It's that very sense of community that allowed us to make such an impact.

If you missed out on these park clean-ups and are looking for more opportunities to get involved in District 9, please contact my office. There is always much to be done in our community and each person can make a real difference.


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San José Sets 30 Percent Water Conservation Target to Address Severe Drought

San José City Council triggered a 30 percent emergency water declaration to comply with the State Water Resource Control Board mandate for water conservation throughout California. The City’s action also calls for further water conservation to help address the effects of the past four years of severe drought. The new rules take effect immediately through March 31, 2016.

San José’s water restrictions only apply to potable (drinking) water, not gray water (used water from baths, sinks), or recycled water. View the full list of San José water use rules now in effect at Report water waste to the Santa Clara Valley Water District by calling 408-630-2000 or emailing

Dine Out for Life on April 30th!

The Health Trust is sponsoring a citywide celebration and benefit for HIV and AIDS services on April 30th.  Invite your staff, family, and friends to Dine Out for Life at one of two dozen participating restaurants.  These restaurants have agreed to donate a portion of their total proceeds on that day to The Health Trust's HIV and AIDS services. For more information or to donate, please visit

Independent Police Auditor Community Feedback Meetings

The City will soon recruit a new Independent Police Auditor and is hosting community meetings to collect input on ideal candidate qualities. Feedback from these meetings will help guide the candidate selection process. See the meeting schedule.

CSO Recruitment

The Police Department is seeking to fill 22 civilian Community Service Officer positions.  Under close supervision by a sworn officer or supervisor, CSOs will assist the Bureau of Field Operations in non-hazardous police functions by working in information centers and community policing centers, conducting investigations, and performing non-enforcement related work.

Visit for the job announcement and complete job description.  For questions, please contact Sgt. Andrew Harsany at (408) 537-9785.

Bike to Work Day

I hope you will consider joining me and hundreds of other Silicon Valley commuters in biking to work on May 14, 2015!  Bike to Work Day (BTWD) makes it easy and fun to try bike commuting. In fact, BTWD has put more people on the road to bicycle commuting than any other event in the Bay Area. And if you’re a seasoned commuter, it’s a great way to celebrate your commitment to biking.

That’s not all. Bike commuting makes a big impact on the environment. It helps improve air quality across Bay Area communities and reduces automobile traffic congestion.  Register, join the Team Bike Challenge, or nominate your favorite bike commuter as the Bike Commuter of the Year!

 SJPD Youth Academy

The San Jose Police Department is hosting its first "Youth Leadership Academy" this summer. The application deadline is May 15, 2015. The program begins Saturday, June 13, 2015. The meetings will last from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, take place Saturdays for 7 weeks, and will be held at various police facilities.

This program was created to provide San Jose teens, ages 14-18, the skills necessary to prepare them to become leaders within our community. San Jose police personnel will provide leadership and life skills to our youth - our future leaders. Teens will learn valuable lessons working with the community and criminal justice system. This is a fantastic opportunity to network, demonstrate a sense of community service, and build self-confidence. Download the application.

Family Camp

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 relax. It's an experience the whole family will enjoy, so reserve your tent today!  For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

Happy Hollow Summer Camp 

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp!Each topic provides interactive learning experiences, hands-on activities, zoo tours, and the opportunity to meet live animals up close! Happy Hollow Members receive a discount on camp with their membership number and coupon code SUMMER. Register online 

San José Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Participating in Summer Food Service Program

Over the summer months, all eligible children will have free meals available, thanks to the City of San José’s participation in the Summer Food Service Program. Several community centers - Roosevelt, Mayfair, Seven Trees, and Bascom - will offer lunch and afternoon snacks at no cost to participating kids. This summer will mark the 5th year that the San José Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services has been an SFSP sponsor.

To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program. For more information, please email


A Message from Our City Forest: Trees & the Drought

The best time to plant a tree is NOW! Because of their extreme value, the City supports the planting of drought-tolerant trees year-round.  Did you know...

  • Trees in cities provide valuable and extensive environmental, health and economic benefits.
  • Our urban forest needs new trees to replenish it - especially during a drought.
  • Mature trees also need an occasional deep watering with this extended drought in order to resist pests and continue benefiting our health and the environment. Give yours a little boost if they look sad!
  • Newly planted trees don't need much water to become established - about 3 toilet flushes weekly!

For more tree information and help, visit

ComedySportz Summer Camp

Calling all high school students! Learn acting and improvisational techniques from professional ComedySportz players while making friends from across the Bay Area. Choose from two sessions:

  • Session A: June 22-26, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM daily
  • Session B: July 13-17, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM daily

Score the $300 early bird rate for all registrations prior to May 15, 2015.  To book now, email


Our City Forest is recruiting for a full-time AmeriCorps Urban Forestry Specialist Position. Our City Forest AmeriCorps members will build capacity in the community by engaging volunteers and residents in cultivating plants and young trees at the nursery, planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods, schools and parks, and educating residents on environmental issues. Visit to apply.

Saramento Bus Trip

Calendar of Events

International Jane's Walk Festival

Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3, 2015

Jane’s Walk honors the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents at a time when scale models and grand visions of the future removed designers from the experience of the city by foot. The walks help knit people together into strong and resourceful communities, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership.

Take a closer look at each walk on our Jane’s Walk San José homepage: Everyone can attend a Jane’s Walk and all tours are free of charge.

Spring Fun Fair & Rummage Sale

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Discovery Charter School 2, 762 Sunset Glen Drive, San Jose, CA 95123

Families can enjoy delicious food, live music, a photo booth, silent auction, garden nursery and crafts sale, rummage sale, and a Red Cross Community Blood Drive.  Purchase of a $20 wristband will also give access to lots of fun including student-drive carnival games, an inflatable slide, bungee run, and a 4H petting zoo. To learn more, visit

Our City Forest's Community Nursery: Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, May 9 - Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza; Composting and Worm Bin Demo; "Life of an Urban Tree" Nursery Tour; Urban Forestry 101: Planting & Tree Care Demo

RSVP, donate, or share this information with a friend.  All events are free, however, donations allow Our City Forest to continue educational workshops year-round. Please visit the OCF calendar of events, or email Renae at for more information.

"Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Participate in America's great day of giving and help "Stamp Out Hunger." Leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 9th and a letter carrier will pick it up. For more information, contact Ernie Arranaga, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 193, at

District 9 Community Budget Meeting

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pearl Avenue Library, 4270 Pearl Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136

Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss priorities and budget-related topics with members of the San José City Council and staff.  For more information about the meeting or the City’s budget process, please call Ernest Guzman at (408) 535-8171 or visit the City’s website at

Shop with a Cop Foundation Fundraiser

"Salsa Sunday Brunch Buffet"

Sunday, May 17, 2015, Live Auction and Raffle 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Loft Bar & Bistro, 90 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The Salsa Sunday Brunch benefits the Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree and the Readers are Leaders Reading Campaign.  Featuring San Jose's Latin band Cafecito. A special presentation and donation will be made to Officer Michael Johnson's Judo studio so that a child may attend classes in his memory.  Tickets are $25 by May 1st, and $30 after. Register online.

8th Annual Bowling for Badges Tournament

Thursday, May 21, 2015

(Registration 5 PM, Buffet 5:45 PM, Games Begin 6:15 PM)

5420 Thornwood Drive, San Jose, CA 95123

The 2015 Bowling for Badges is a night of fun, food and prizes! This event is not only designed to raise funds to purchase the much needed safety equipment for the San Jose Police Department & K9 unit, but is also a time for the community to network and engage officers in an evening of friendly competition.  Please join in the excitement and show your support for SJPD!  Register online.






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