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San Jose, CA 95113

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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

2017 August Newsletter

In This Edition


Councilmember Donald 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,

With our Celebrate Cambrian Festival less than two weeks away, my staff and I are excited to see you at our favorite event of the year. Get ready for live music and entertainment, local food, bounce houses, games, crafts, a photo booth, 40+ resource booths, and a day the entire family can enjoy.

Feel free to stop by the District 9 booth to say hello to the team, and snag a free Celebrate Cambrian t-shirt if you are one of the first 1,000 attendees, along with some other free goodies. Special thanks to the Camden Community Center staff and our sponsors who make this event possible each year.  We hope you'll join us to finish out summer with a bang!


News & Announcements
Back-to-School Safety Tips

Summer vacation is coming to an end, and students and families will be jumping back into their routines. As traffic increases to-and-from school, it is especially important for all of us sharing the road that we remember to slow down and pay extra attention. Whether you’re a walking, biking, or driving, your behavior plays a huge role in keeping everyone on our streets safe. Please remember to take extra caution before and after school hours. While they may seem like common sense, a few safety precautions go a long way toward keeping our children safe:

  • Slow down and obey the speed limits.
  • Come to a complete stop, and checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks.
  • Eliminate distractions like using your cell phone or eating while driving.
  • Watch for bicycles.  If your child rides a bicycle, require that he or she wear a helmet.
  • Share the road with pedestrians, bicycles, motor vehicles, and school buses.
  • Understand that there is increased traffic during peak hours. Allow for more travel time to get to and from work or school.  More resources at

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San José 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!

SJUSD Independent Oversight Committee

San José Unified is now accepting applications to serve on volunteer independent oversight committees for the Measure Y parcel tax and Measure H bond funds.

Members of both committees are asked to serve two-year terms ending in June 2019. Applicants must live or work in San José Unified, have a child currently enrolled in the district, or represent a local taxpayer organization, business association, or neighborhood group. Applications are available at and you have any questions, please email the Public Information Office at or call (408) 535-6444.

San Jose Arena Authority Board Vacancy

The San Jose Arena Authority is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for one current vacancy 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 at San Jose (home of the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Barracuda); Solar4America Ice at San Jose (San Jose Sharks and Barracuda training facilities and public ice rinks); and San Jose Municipal Stadium (home of the San Jose Giants). 

To apply, please submit a resume along with two professional references to, or email

Host a Neighorhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... That 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?

The San Jose Police Department 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.

Summer Fun with PRNS

Discover thousands of activities for an endless summer with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services:

Gymnastics, picnics, swim lessons, horseback, moonlight walks, tennis, hiking, camping, basketball, skateboarding, biking, volunteering, cooking, Viva Calle SJ, National Night Out, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, and so much more... Learn more at

San Jose Public Library Needs Volunteers

San Jose Public Library is currently recruiting for volunteers:

PAR Adult Literacy Tutors: Help adult learners improve their reading. For more information, visit

Summer Volunteers: Register and assist in summer programs at the library.  For more information, visit

Join the Adopt-A-Highway Program

The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California's State Highway System.  Participation can include removing litter (work frequency varies with location), planting and establishing trees or wildflowers, removing graffiti and controlling vegetation.  The following locations have not yet been adopted. To volunteer or adopt a highway, call 1-866-ADOPT-A-HWY:

  • 87 South/West Bound between mile markers 6 to 4
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 10 to 12
  • 85 South/West Bound between mile markers 8 to 6
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 5.9 to 6.4
  • 85 South/West Bound between mile markers 6.4 to 5.9
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 4 to 6
  • 85 North/East Bound between mile markers 2 to 4

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

Do you have junk, such as old mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, or tires, cluttering up your home or garage? San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.

Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Homes with garbage cart service in downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • Homes with garbage cart service in west San José, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400
  • Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company

Visit for more information. Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500.

Apply for NLC Silicon Valley Leadership Institute

The New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley invites you to nominate or apply to its 2018 Leadership Institute.  Applications for the 2018 Leadership Institute are due on Sunday, October 1, 2017. 

The New Leaders Council (NLC) is the leading training program for progressive Millennials. NLC equips its leaders with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start-ups, and networks of thought leaders. Individuals interested in applying to the 2018 NLC Leadership Institute may complete the online application here. If you would like to nominate someone you may do so here. For questions, email

Upcoming Events
Camden Free Summer Movie Series

Friday, August 18, Activities start at 6:00 PM; Movie starts when dark
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

The Cambrian Park Kiwanis presents its final night of its Summer Movie Series at Camden Community Center.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the film "Moana."  Food trucks will be available at the showings. For more information, call 408-559-8553.

Free Outdoor Movies in St. James Park

Starlight Cinemas presents four family classics at St. James Park shown each Saturday in August.

  • Saturday, August 19: Nacho Libre
  • Saturday, August 26: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Movies are shown at dusk. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring a sweater or sweatshirt and blankets or chair to sit on.  St. James Park is located at N 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95112.  For more information about the movies visit

Senator Beall's Annual Creek Cleanup

Saturday, August 19, 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Meet at Campbell Park, E Campbell Avenue & Gilman Avenue

A creek runs through our neighborhoods.  Please help us take care of this precious resource. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Join your neighbors, enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and give back to the environment.  Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear and clothing. Trash bags, trash sticks & gloves will be provided. For more information, call 408-558-1295 or RSVP online.

CityDance San José

Thursdays, August 24 - October 12, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Downtown San Jose

 Dancers of all abilities are invited to enjoy a complete evening downtown of socializing, music and dancing to a variety of music genres.  Each Thursday will feature a different dance genre:

  • August 24: Salsa
  • August 31: Country Two-Step
  • September 7: Hip Hop
  • September 14: Bollywood
  • September 21: Disco
  • September 28: East Coast Swing
  • October 5: Merengue and Bachata
  • October 12: Zydeco

The events begin each week as food trucks, beer garden and dance floor open at 5:30 PM. Lessons from professional instructors teaching dance steps for that night’s theme are at 6:00 PM and live music gets underway at 7:00 PM for open dancing.

Senior Safari Walkabout

Thursdays: August 24, September 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, 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! Exclusively for ages 50 and over. Free admission and parking.

Fiesta with a Purpose

Saturday, August 26, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Scottish Rite Temple, 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA 95125

Join more than 400 business, public safety and community leaders and show your support for police officers & families at the 10th Annual Shop With A Cop Anniversary Fundraiser, "Fiesta with a Purpose." The event showcases dancing and music, a live and silent auction and raffle, and premium tequila and mezcal tastings. For more information, visit or call 669-226-2663. All proceeds benefit SWACSV Youth Programs.

Midpen August Events

Every month, Midpen offers a wide variety of FREE docent-led activities throughout the preserves. Click through to find out more!

*Requires reservations, sign-up online. See all Docent-led Activities.

2017 Neighborhood Development Training Conference

Saturday, September 9, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose, CA 95111

Join the United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County for an annual, dynamic training conference that works to strenghten the voices and skills of neighborhood residents.  The NDTC features quality workshops taught by practitioner-instructors who have experience in improving local communities. Browse 20+ community resource booths and participate in various workshops.  No registration required; free and open to the public. For more information, email or visit

Kristi Yamaguchi's Golden Moment

Sunday, September 3, 3:30 PM
SAP Center, 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Join Kristi Yamaguchi and a start studded line-up including Olympic hopefuls, Karen Chen, Maia and Alex Shibutani, Mirai Nagasu, San Jose’s own Polina Edmunds and Vincent Zhou, along with skating icons, Katia Gordeeva, Yuka Sato and Jeremy Abbott, just to name a few.  Golden Moment is a celebration with a heart, as every ticket sold will benefit early childhood literacy through Krisit's Always Dream Foundation.  For tickets, visit  Use promo code golden for a special discount.

Cambrian Rocks! Benefit Concert

Saturday, September 16, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cambrian Little League Fields, Ross & Foxworthy, San Jose, CA 95124

Cambrian Rocks! is a benefit concert for Cambrian School District music programs. Tickets are $25; Kids 13 & under are free. Buy tickets at the gate or at For more information, please contact Cambrian Rocks! Producer Suzanne St. John-Crane at

Therapeutic Family Camp

Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24
Mission Springs Conference Center, 1050 Lockhart Gulch Road, Scotts Valley CA 95066

Kingdom Family Resources, a nonprofit community based Mental Health service located in District 9, is hosting a therapeutic family camp.  Workshops will address family communication, trauma, parent-child relationships, and more.  Guest speakers will include Dr. Linda Lara and Elizabeth J. Stewart. To register, visit or call 408-800-7821 for more information.

Cambrian Schools 5K Fun Run

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7:00 AM same day registration; 8:00 AM welcome; 8:15 AM start time
Cambrian Little League Fields, 3001 Ross Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join Cambrian School District and Councilmember Donald Rocha for the 2nd Annual Cambrian Schools 5K Run to celebrate the community, promote wellness, and support the Cambrian School District.  This event is appropriate for all members of the community ages 1 to 101, whether or not you attend or have a child in a Cambrian SD school.  Registration is now open!  There are still opportunities to sponsor or volunteer for this event. For questions, please call 408-377-2103 or visit


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
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
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide
Brianne Urban Policy Aide


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