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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 November Mid Month Announcements




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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 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 (recording)

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





November 2013



Dear Neighbor,

This month I want to talk about an important decision that will be coming before the City Council at our next meeting on Tuesday, November 5th. At that meeting, the Council will potentially make a decision on the location for a new softball complex. This complex is the last project in the Measure P Parks Bond, which was approved by San Jose voters thirteen years ago in 2000. Most of the other projects funded by the bond, such as new community centers and the renovation of Happy Hollow, have already been completed, but there is still enough bond money left—potentially up to $17 million—to build a truly excellent softball complex for the benefit of San Jose residents. 

The choice in front of the Council on next Tuesday is where to build this complex. Choosing a site is probably the most important decision we will make on this project because it will determine how many softball fields we will be able to put in one place. In order to host softball tournaments, we would need a complex with at minimum four, but ideally six to eight fields. I believe the Council should prioritize building a complex big enough to host tournaments, both because it would be a wonderful citywide amenity for our residents, and because it could generate considerable fee revenue that could pay for the operation and maintenance of the facility, eliminating the need to subsidize operations with scarce tax revenue.  As the Council has made past decisions on this project, I have worked to ensure we will build a high-quality complex that will keep faith with the vision for the parks bond endorsed by the voters.

At this juncture, I believe the best potential site for a tournament complex is the County Fairgrounds, which could potentially accommodate up to eight fields. It has the added benefit of being centrally located, and thus easily accessible from many parts of the city. The challenge with this site has always been that it is owned by the County of Santa Clara, and the County’s timeline and intentions for developing it have long been uncertain. The good news is that just this week, two County supervisors wrote a letter to the City Council indicating their willingness to pursue a softball complex at the Fairgrounds. If we want a truly excellent facility that has the potential to be financially self-sufficient and will benefit all of San Jose, I believe we should explore the Fairgrounds site.

This issue will be heard during the Council’s evening session on November 5th, which begins at 7:00 pm. As always, the public is welcome to attend and address the Council. You can also contact my office to share your opinion before the meeting by email at or by phone at (408) 535-4909.


 CM Sig

Donald Rocha



Daylight Savings Time 

Remember to set you clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 3rd. With the shorter daylight hours you may notice some streetlight outages while driving around San Jose. If so, please contact the Department of Transportation at (408) 794-1900 (recording) or email: They will need the street light pole number, address and cross street.


Board and Commission

Partners in reading 

 Vote for Silicon Valley’s Airport as the Best U.S. Airport for Public Art

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is one of 20 U.S. airports nominated by USA TODAY for the best public art in airports. Join us in giving SJC’s public art program the recognition it deserves by voting for SJC today and every day on USA Today's webiste through November 11, 2013. SJC’s public artworks which reflect the spirit of Silicon Valley’s role as a global center of technology and innovation can be viewed at

For More Information

Please contact the Public Art Program in the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, 4th Floor, San Jose CA, 95113. Phone: (408) 793-4344. Fax: (408) 971-2597, or go to the San Jose Public Art website for information on the Airport Art Program.

SJC art

Healthier Kids

 Free Parenting Class for Parents and Caregivers on the Division of Responsibility for Feeding Young Children

(Free Child Care Provided)

5 Keys is a two-hour, one-time class designed for parents and caregivers who have young children ages 0-5. Through the class, Healthier Kids Foundation provides parents and caregivers with the effective skills and strategies to instill good eating habits in their young children that will last a lifetime. The class focuses on best feeding practices that enable parents and caregivers to learn how to implement them at home with their children. Parents learn the main keys to raising a healthy and happy eater. The workshop also presents tips on reducing stress during meal time - a common issue in the battle over food. In addition, Healthier Kids Foundation's 5 Keys class addresses specific feeding challenges that some families may face, such as picky eaters, maintaining consistency in time and setting of dinner meal, and more.

The free classes are presented in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Currently, we offer the class throughout the year at various locations throughout Santa Clara County.

For more information on 5 Keys or to register for a class, please contact Mayra Koenig at 855.344.6347 or

Please visit our website for flyers and referral forms in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese by visiting:  Healthier Kids Foundation/ 5 Keys 

 SJ Between the Lines

Councilmember Khamis has partnered with Almaden Cares and DGDG Capitol Subaru to present SJ Between the Lines, a safe driving video contest open to ALL high school students living or attending school in San Jose. We are asking students to create a 1-3 minute video on the importance of safe and responsible driving. The winning video will receive a grand prize of $5000! 

Rules video YouTube link:

For more information, visit contact Rayshelle Brant at (408) 535-4910 or

 junk mail

 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.




Fundraiser-Casino Night  

Casino Night RSVP form 

 City of San José Hosts Open House to Help Restaurants Prepare for New Foam Food Container Ban

South Bay restaurant operators invited to learn about alternatives to foam food containers

Event: San José is helping South Bay restaurant operators prepare for the new Foam Food Container Ordinance, which bans expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, commonly known as Styrofoam™, food ware containers. The ordinance takes effect at multi-state restaurant chains on January 1, 2014, and at all other restaurants, including mobile and street vendors, on January 1, 2015.

This Food Ware Open House will provide information about alternative food containers and support to restaurant operators transitioning from EPS to alternatives. South Bay restaurant operators are invited to come and meet with food ware vendors and receive samples of alternative food containers.

For more information about the new ordinance, and a list of product alternatives and pricing, please visit  

Date:  Monday, November 4

  Time:  2:30 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.  

Location:  Roosevelt Community Center 901 East Santa Clara Street, San José, 95116  

San José Environmental Services staff and food ware vendors will demonstrate a range of alternatives to EPS containers. To obtain more information:  Phone: (408) 975-2586  Email:   

Run Like A Hero

Join the heroes of the Sheriff's Office and Valley Medical Center at the Guadalupe Trail for their first annual family-friendly 5k run/walk and kids’ fun run. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite hero/super hero or simply come out to support the heroes in their lives. Each adult entry comes with a free kids’ fun run (for children ages 2-7) registration. Proceeds from this event will support the Pediatrics Department at Valley Medical Center. Register at

Date: Saturday, November 9

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, 155 W. Hedding St., San Jose

More Information: Contact Laura Kazanovicz at (408) 282-2687 or


park clean up 

Mayor's Gang Task Force Meetings  

Mayor's gang task force mtgs.

Veterans Day Parade 

Get ready to skate!

Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice

Open Daily Nov. 15, 2013 - Jan. 12, 2014

Grand Opening Ceremony with Kristi Yamaguchi -Including live Hawaiian music and hula dancers; preceding the City Community Tree Lighting across the street.

Date: Friday, Nov. 29

Time: 5:15 p.m.

Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the scene.

Location: Market Street, across from Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Additional info can be found online at: 

 Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot benefits local charities that help local families. Start Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot. Before the big games, the big meal, the parades, and the pies, why not get in a little exercise and a lot of fun while benefiting local charities? It’s an event the whole family will enjoy, and it’s a great way to kick off Thanksgiving Day. There will be a series of competitive and elite races as well as a 5K Walk/Run, a 10K Walk/Run, a 10K Wheelchair Race, and a Kids’ Fun Run. 

Date: Thursday, November 28

Time: 6:30 a.m.

Location: Santa Clara and Market Streets, San Jose

More Information: Visit 

Breakfast with Santa







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