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2017 November Newsletter

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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,

I am excited to share with you a special project I have been working on. I have always been passionate about improving quality of life in our community and enhancing urban green spaces in our neighborhoods. For these reasons and many more, I am creating and funding a Free Street Tree Pilot Program to encourage the planting of new street trees and offer residents an opportunity to help enhance the beauty and livability of our neighborhoods at no cost to them.

Street trees outside our homes play a much greater role than we may think. Not only do trees enhance the beauty and livability of our neighborhoods, but they can help cool down asphalt and sidewalks, reduce pollution, provide habitats for wildlife, and even increase property values. 

My vision for this completely voluntary program is to create an opportunity for residents to help increase the number of trees in our neighborhoods and experience their many benefits. Thus, District 9 residents who would like to request a free street tree to be planted outside their home in the parking strip can apply for one through my office.

If you would like to request a free street tree, please complete the Free Street Tree Request Form. Requests are being accepted now until November 8th. The first 25 residents whose sites meet the basic criteria for planting will be granted.  I am proud to partner with Our City Forest, our community nursery, on this project. Should your site be approved, Our City Forest will assist in issuing the necessary street tree permits, and the delivery and planting process. My office will fund the trees, materials, volunteer time, and all other associated costs for residents. The target date for delivery & planting is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd, when excellent soil conditions exist due to the rainy season.

>> Free Street Tree Request Form <<

Deadline to Submit Request: November 8th or until requests are filled

**Requests are a first-come, first-served basis, and due to funding restrictions, the first 25 residents whose sites meet the basic criteria for planting will be granted.

**This pilot program is limited to District 9 residents and residential park strips/ sidewalks only.

I hope you’ll join me in this fun and exciting community effort! If you have any questions about this pilot program, or would prefer to submit your request over the phone rather than through the online form, please contact Andrea Hyde in my office at 408-535-4975 or


Don Rocha
Councilmember, District 9

News & Announcements
Cambrian Schools 5K Run

Due to fluctuating conditions, and in an abundance of caution around the air quality from North Bay wildfires, the 2nd Annual Cambrian Schools 5K Run was rescheduled to Sunday, November 5.  Registration remains open online until the new race date. For those who were unable to attend the original date, we hope you'll join us on the 5th! Questions can be directed, and more information can be found at

Public Participation Hearing on Water Rates

On Tuesday, October 24, the San Jose City Council advocated on behalf of residents and voted to send a letter on behalf of the City to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in support of the Office of Ratepayer Advocates proposed rates for San Jose Water Company. Additionally, it voted to support state and federal efforts to promote water affordability with a goal of access to safe, clean and reliable water for all residents. 

On November 6 at 7:30 PM in the San Jose City Council Chambers, the CPUC will host a Public Participation Hearing (PPH) to obtain comments and feedback from the community.  Members of the public who wish to comment at a PPH may address issues related to the quality and reliability of their water company’s services, basic local service rates, and other issues of concern. This is an important opportunity for the public to provide feedback and influence water rates for the next three years. More information can be found online.

Annual Resident Survey

The City Auditor has worked with the National Research Center to administer an annual resident survey to gauge resident opinions about their community and services provided by the City.  If you would like to participate in shaping the future of the City, please share your feedback by taking the annual Resident Survey by November 3rd. 

Annual Resident Survey:

Nominate an Upstander in Your Community

Project Cornerstone's 2018 Asset Champions Breakfast will honor the individuals and organizations in our community that are building a Silicon Valley where all youth can thrive. The public can nominate an UPstander in the following categories:  Adult Role Model, Caring School Climate, Community Values Youth, Positive Cultural Identity, Positive Peer Influence. Nominations can be submitted through Monday, November 6, 2017.  For more information, visit

Clean Energy Community Advisory Commission (CECAC) Vacancies 

In May 2017, City Council approved proceeding with the establishment of a San José Community Choice Energy, referred to as San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE). The City of San Jose is now recruiting for the new Clean Energy Community Advisory Commission (CECAC), which will provide essential advice to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and the Director about all aspects of SJCE start-up and operations.  If are interested in serving on this commission, please apply onlineApplications are being accepted until Friday, November 10 at 11:59 PM.  For more information, visit

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!

Host a Neighborhood 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?

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

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.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County

Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Homes with garbage cart service in downtown, north, east, and south San Jose, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • Homes with garbage cart service in west San Jose, 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.

Upcoming Events
SoFA Farmer's Market

Sundays, now through December 31, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Parking lot across from California Theatre, 300 block of South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The SoFA Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday, and features at least 16 vendors, with farm fresh certified organic produce, flowers, hummus and more.  The market also features a pop-up 1500 square foot park with turf, games, live music, arts & crafts, and musical instruments for the kids.

Our City Forest Annual Fall Plant Sale Bonanza

Saturday, November 4, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
OCF Community Nursery, 1000 Spring Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Join Our City Forest for the 5th Annual Fall Plant Sale, a day of educational workshops, live local music, arts and crafts, and 30% off all shade and fruit trees. Help support our local nonprofit and increase the City's urban canopy.

Our City Forest offers numerous volunteer opportunities to learn more about the urban forest and become an environmental steward within your community. For more information, visit

Plug into Nature with Midpen

Every month, Midpen offers a wide variety of free docent-led activities and community events throughout the preserves. Click through the events below, or visit for a complete list of activities and events. Some events require reservation.

Generation to Generation Event

Wednesday November 8, 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM 
San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Learn how adults 50+ can offer their wisdom and expertise to help uplift San Jose youth. Engage in meaningful intergenerational activities. Free lunch, free parking, and door prizes! RSVP at For questions, contact Dima Khoury, or (408) 315-3470.

SR85 Community Meeting

Thursday, November 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123

The public is invited to provide input at a community meeting on the State Route 85 Transit Guideway Study, which is an analysis of various transit options for HWY 85 (bus transit, light rail, and other technologies).  This will be the first of two rounds of public input. VTA is specifically seeking feedback on the public’s vision for the corridor and the types of solutions and strategies they would like VTA to pursue.  For more information, please contact the District 2 Council office at 408-535-4902.

Forum on Loneliness & Social Isolation: A Need for Community

Thursday, November 9, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Santa Clara County-Social Services Agency Auditorium, 333 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110

The Seniors' Agenda and Institute on Aging present a discussion for seniors on loneliness and social isolation.  Explore ways to recognize loneliness and social isolation in older people with Patrick Arbore, EdD, Founder of the Friendship Line and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services.  Free parking is available in parking structure, floors 2-5).  Visit for more information and to RSVP.

Free Veterans Appreciation Breakfast

Saturday, November 11, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Opening Doors 2020, 304 N 6th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Veterans, active military, and their families are invited to a free Veterans Appreciation Breakfast, sponsored by and Opening Doors 2020.  Then watch the Veterans Day Parade at Santa Clara and Market. RSVP at

Applied Materials Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 23, 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Start Line at Santa Clara and First Street

Register now for the 13th Annual Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot!" Join this Bay Area holiday tradition with friends and family on Thursday, November 23 in Downtown San Jose. Your registration supports five valuable local charities that focus on families in need. This run/walk features 5K and 10K distances, along with a Kids Fun Run and a festive costume contest. Sign up today at!


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


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