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District 9 2018 June Newsletter

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District 9 June Newsletter

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Councilmember Don 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,

As we step into the month of June, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the City’s budget process as we approach adoption of the City’s 2018-2019 budget. The City Manager’s proposed budget was released in May. It includes a variety of proposals to expand and improve service. The City’s budget process allows every Councilmember to propose additions to amendments to the proposed budget. The Mayor considers all of the proposals from Councilmembers and then releases a June budget message which recommends which of the proposals should be adopted. The Mayor’s Budget Message is expected to be released on June 1st and the Council is expected to vote on the Budget Message at its June 12th meeting.

I’d like to give you a brief overview of some of the proposals that were included in the Manager’s proposed budget as well as provide a summary of some of the proposals I have made to amend the budget.

Proposed Budget Highlights

The City budget is composed of $1.3 billion in General Fund expenditures, $1.8 billion in special fund expenditures, and $993 million in capital funds. The General Fund is composed of tax revenue and funds basic services like police, fire protection, and parks, while special funds are usually composed of fee revenue—sewer fees or airport fees, for example—and are legally restricted to specific uses. Here are some highlights from the proposed budget:

  • Street Maintenance Funding: Street maintenance funding in the 2018-19 budget is set at $89.2 million. This amount is a substantial increase form the low levels of funding we were experiencing several years ago. It will allow us to begin conducting maintenance of neighborhood streets.
  • Vehicle Abatement: The budget proposes allocating an additional $552,500 to respond to citizen complaints about vehicles that are abandoned or left parked on the street for too long. The City needs to increase its service capacity to ensure that it will respond to residents ‘concerns in a timely fashion.
  • Smart Irrigation Controllers: The budget proposes investing in new technology to control irrigation systems in City parks. These smart irrigation controllers would adjust water usage in real time based on weather conditions. It’s estimated that the new controllers will save the City $174,000 per year.

My Proposals The full list of budget proposals from the City Council can be found on the City website. Here are some highlight from the proposals that I have submitted:

  • Decrease to the Permit Appeal Fee: Currently the City’s fee to appeal a decision on a planning permit is set at $500. I’ve made a proposal to reduce the fee to $200 so that it’s easier for residents to access the City’s appeal process.
  • Funding to Monitor Water Rate Proposals: Over the last few years, escalating water rates have placed a burden on homeowners as well as on the City’s budget. Decisions on water rates are made by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). I’ve proposed adding a half position to the City budget to track CPUC rate activity.
  • Senior Food Assistance: During last year’s budget process, I proposed funding a meals on wheels senior food assistance program for seniors in District 9 who have trouble accessing food safety net providers. This year I have proposed continuing and expanding that program.
  • Our City Forest: Our City Forest provides tree planting services to the City and our residents that are critical to achieving our environmental, urban planning, and neighborhood quality of life goals. I have submitted a budget request to help Our City Forest continue their good work and bring value to our city.
  • Eliminating Fines for Children’s Library Materials: Presently 33% of youth cardholders, or 35,000 youth, owe Library fines. By eliminating fines on youth materials, the Library would provide access to materials and resources that support the Education and Digital Literacy Initiative. I have submitted a budget request to increase the City’s contribution to San Jose Public Library by $234,000.

As I mention above, the Mayor’s Budget Message will be released on June 1st. It will lay out the proposals that the Mayor believes the Council should approve. The Council will take a final vote on the Budget Message at the June 12th Council Meeting.

I appreciate the community for keeping me informed and apprised of issues of importance year-round as it helps drive my decisions as a Councilmember. Should you have questions or feedback regarding the budget process, you can reach out to my office at 408-535-4909 or Thank you for your continued engagement.


News & Announcements
Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 21. Police will show zero tolerance for seat belt violations, day and night.

By San Jose Police Department, Media Relations Unit

SJPD will deploy additional officers during the two-week campaign on special traffic patrols specifically to stop and ticket both drivers and passengers for failing to use the vehicles safety belt restraints.

Click Here to view the Media Release at SJPD.ORG.

San Jose Police Department site link:

San Jose Giants July 4 Tickets On Sale Now!

Individual tickets for the San Jose Giants Fourth of July game at Municipal Stadium are on sale NOW! The Independence Day ballgame begins at 6:30 PM and concludes with the best fireworks show in the South Bay.

Tickets are available for purchase:

online at

over the phone at 408.297.1435

or in person at the Municipal Stadium Box Office, located at 588 E. Alma Ave., San Jose, CA 95112.

7th Annual Island Reggae Festival
Island Reggae Festival is back at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this year! Catch Fiji, Katchafire, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Sons of Zion, and more awesome artists. You don't want to miss out !

Saturday - July 14, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Venue: All Grounds
344 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95111 United States

Open Space Authority's 25th Anniversary Year! Explore the Diablo Foothills

Come explore Diablo Foothills Open Space Preserve, located in the south county. Protected in January 2007 this 819-acre preserve has a half-acre pond and several creeks that are part of the primary watershed for the Pajaro River, which flows toward Monterey Bay. The preserve also offers habitat for California red-legged frogs and California tiger salamanders, and features Coast live oak and annual grasslands. This is an undeveloped, but recently restored area with rolling hills, oaks, and ponds. There is a gradual incline and you will be hiking about 4 miles round trip to see the views. We will be sending directions to our registered attendees as we get closer to the date of the hike.

Sunday, June 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Diablo Foothills Open Space Preserve

Make Music San Jose 2018

This June, join the worldwide celebration of music by participating in San Jose's second annual Make Music Day. Make Music San Jose is a free, outdoor day of music held on the Summer solstice with performances taking place from sunrise to sunset.

Make Music San Jose is open to anyone who wants to take part. People get together in their neighborhoods and create musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion. Venues can be anywhere and performers can be anyone.

Interested in participating? Visit the program website for more information.

Event date: June 21

Deadline to register your event: May 21

Bascom Corridor Complete Streets Study: Take the Online Survey Now

If you did not have a chance to attend the meetings or if you have additional comments, you can take the online survey. We are using all comments we received during and after the April meetings and results of this survey to update and revise the design concepts.

Deadline to participate is June 1, 2018. 

Celebrate Maker Culture at SJMA
Silicon Valley leads the world in innovation, creativity, and technology, and is the home of the Maker movement. Celebrate this inventive spirit at SJMA’s Maker Day. Learn by doing and reimagine new uses for objects and materials. Experience the creative process with hands-on activities for all ages and Maker- inspired creative demonstrations. Order online and print your tickets in advance to skip the line at the door.

Sat, Jun 2, 11 AM–5 PM FREE admission all day!

Exchange Program in Okayama for San Jose Students

The city of Okayama is organizing and hosting the International Summer Homestay in Okayama, July 24-30.  Up to seven San Jose middle and high school students have been invited to participate.  The students will be responsible for their transportation costs to travel to Japan but there are no other costs.  San Jose Okayama Sister Cities will coordinate the program for San Jose students and provide a chaperon accompanying the students to and from Okayama.

San Jose students will be joined by 45 students participating from cities in Bulgaria, China, Korea, Taiwan and Guam.  Students will stay in homes of host families that have been selected by the city of Okayama.  The host families will have some English-language skills.

The program will include three-days of joint activities with students from Bulgaria, China, Korea, Taiwan and Guam.  The City of Okayama will provide transportation and meals for the students and any costs associated with group activities.  San Jose students will also spend two days on the weekend with their host families to further enhance their international experience in Japan.Interested parents can email Kathy Sakamoto to request an application to participate in the exchange program in Okayama. 

Our City Forest Presents: Re-Oaking Silicon Valley


Enjoy a workshop, then browse through our impressive selection of drought-tolerant and native trees, shrubs, and grasses - all appropriate for San José’s climate.


For further workshop details, email


For species availability, visit

Need Food in District 9? FISH Food Pantry Has You Covered

Unfortunately, hunger is ubiquitous in Silicon Valley. Even in seemingly affluent neighborhoods, families struggle to afford the rent AND life necessities like food. Thankfully, Second Harvest Food Back and the folks at South Valley FISH Food Pantry are doing their part to help neighbors in need of some relief.

Every Thursday - Last Saturday of the month

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Thursdays)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Saturday) 

St. Timothy's Lutheran Church Campus

5151 Carter Ave

San José, CA 95118

FISH Food Pantry also provides groceries to low-income individuals and families located in the following zip codes: 95013, 95110, 95111, 95118, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95124, 95125.

If you are in need of help and want to call in to set up an appointment, please call (408) 669-4949.

Flooding, Earthquakes, Wildfires - Prepare for the Unexpected

Personal emergency planning is the strongest defense we have against natural disasters.

We encourage all Santa Clara County residents to sign up now for AlertSCC and ReadySCC. These free preparedness tools will help protect you and your loved ones. Disasters may not give a warning - but we can plan ahead!

Are You Ready for the Magnificent 7 Parks Challenge?

With 28 regional parks encompassing 52,000 acres, Santa Clara County Parks are full of hidden hiking gems. Start 2018 by getting out of your routine and try a new trail (or seven!). Seven magnificent hiking adventures, all nearby, have been handpicked to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. And to entice you to hike the Magnificent 7, a commemorative t-shirt awaits those who complete the #PixInParks challenge! Learn more on the County Parks website.

Santa Clara County Fair IS COMING!

More information will be released in the next month. Stay tuned for big news.

As always, the County Fair will have carnival rides, fun foods, entertainment, interactive activities for kids, exhibits, livestock animals, competitions, community performances and more!

August 2 - 5, 2018

Times TBD

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

344 Tully Rd

San José, CA 95111

Graduating Seniors - VEP Community Service Scholarships available

VEP has scholarships for one student each at Gunderson and Andrew Hill High Schools. This scholarship is specifically to encourage and reward students for outstanding "community volunteer" activity.

The deadline to apply is fast approaching, so if interested, email VEP Board Member Ginger Cardona or call (408) 227-0222.

San Jose Arena Authority Receiving Applications

The San Jose Arena Authority is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for two vacancies 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, Solar4America Ice, and San Jose Municipal Stadium.

If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on the Arena Authority Board of Directors, please have them email a resume along with two professional references (Contact information only) here or mail them to the below address:

Chris Morrisey - San Jose Arena Authority Executive Director

P.O. Box 90207, San Jose, CA, 95109

*Application deadline is June 30. For more info, email or call (408) 977-4783.

Senior Safari Walkabout 2018

Visitors ages 50 and up are invited to take over San Jose’s iconic Happy Hollow Park & Zoo! Get fresh air and exercise as you enjoy:

  • Free admission and parking
  • Early entry to the park
  • Animal meet-and-greets
  • A 10,000-step challenge
  • Fun activities and giveaways
  • Healthy breakfasts available for purchase

For more information, call (408) 794-6400 or visit Happy Hollow's event page.

Thursdays, May 24 - June 28 - July 26 - August 23 - Sept 27 - Oct 25, 2018

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

1300 Senter Rd 

San José, CA 95112


If you are a homeowner over the age of 65 OR a homeowner that receives Social Security disability benefits, you may qualify for an exemption from the $85 Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) parcel tax. This parcel tax was renewed in 2013 by Measure E. The tax funds are used to restore and maintain current school programs, reduce class sizes, enhance campus safety, and recruit and retain qualified teachers.

As of 2017, you only need to fill out the form once and you will be exempt every year until this parcel tax sunsets in 2023.

Steps to obtain the form and request exemption from this parcel tax:

1. Determine if you are in the CUHSD boundaries

2. Download, print and fill out the PDF form

4. Provide copies of the requested supplemental documents

5. Mail it to: CUHSD - Parcel Tax: 3235 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

iCreatv 2018 Summer Media Camp

Unleash the digital storyteller in your creative 13 to 18-year-old at iCreaTV Summer Media Camp!

There are two sessions to choose from:

1. Documentary film production 

2. Feature film production.

Register by June 1. Space is limited. To learn more and register, please visit our website.

SJCity FIT Fitness Programs

Do you like working out? are interested in instructor-led classes? Spin, Stretch, Yoga, and Zumba our a few of the classes offered through the PRNS SJCITY FIT program. Classes are offered at Almaden, Bascom and Camden Community Center. Drop-in and pick classes based on your needs. Monthly, or yearly memberships are available for purchase. For more information, please call Camden Community Center at 408-559-8553, or visit any of the locations listed.

Summer Jobs with Parks and Recreation

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is looking for qualified candidates to fill Lifeguarding, Recreation Leader, and Family Camp Counselor positions, which facilitate meaningful and fun summer programs for participants of all ages across San José. Visit our Careers website and select Open-Competitive Recruitments, to apply for these available positions.

Election Volunteers Needed

Earn money and participate in the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election by serving as an election volunteer for the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters!

On Election Day, June 5, volunteers will be part of the action helping ROV staff process ballots and voting materials as they return from the polling places. Volunteers check in materials as they arrive, sort and deliver ballots and supplies, and assist in the vital process of ensuring that every vote received is counted.

Positions are filled on a first come, first served basis. For application and more information please visit the Board of Supervisors' site.

Shakespeare Camp Registration is Filling Up & Summer Shows are Coming Soon!

Shakespeare Camp for Youth & Teens

June 18 - June 29, 2018

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

History Park San Jose at Kelley Park

1650 Senter Rd

San Jose, CA, 95112

Registration for this Summer's Shakespeare Camp for Youth & Teens is OPEN, and spots are filling up fast. Don't miss out on this summertime fun!


Campers learn about improv, acting, scenic design, and more, and this year they will perform in an abridged version of Henry VRegistration deadline is June 1st.

As You Like It

June 8 - June 24, 2018


7:00 PM

Willow Street Park

1320 Willow St

San Jose, CA, 95125

While ALL of our productions are FREE for youth 17 & under, our Willow Street production is free for EVERYONE each season. This year we present our classic (and classy) take on Shakespeare's As You Like It. Step into a pop-up book of fairytale romance as you journey into the forest of Arden in this family-friendly comedy.

Did we mention it's FREE? Mark your calendars and come to the park in June!

Safety Precautions for Hikers at Alum Rock Park and San Jose Trails

With summer around the corner, hikers looking for nature and fitness regularly visit the 740-acre Alum Rock park. The heat also brings out rattlesnakes and ticks. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Park Rangers would like to share safety tips with visitors venturing through San José’s parks and trails. Please click the link for more information.

Safety Precautions

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose 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... 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

San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule free junk pickup appointments.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County. Call to schedule your pickup:

- Downtown, north, east, and south San Jose:

Call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800

- West San Jose:

Call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company. Visit for more information.

Save the Date! Celebrate Cambrian 2018

Councilmember Don Rocha is proud to host the 13th Annual District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival on Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Camden Community Center.  Entry to the festival is free for everyone.

The Celebrate Cambrian Festival is a family-oriented event sponsored by Councilmember Rocha’s office with support from Camden Community Center, other City departments, local organizations and businesses and community volunteers. The event features local food vendors, live entertainment, a resource fair, children’s activities and jump houses. For more information, please contact Carol Stephenson at 408-535-4977.

August 26, 2018
Venue: Camden Community Center
3365 Union Avenue, San Jose 95124

Other Upcoming Events


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Concerns (408) 975-1440
Homeless Helpline (408) 510-7600
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
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide
Carol Stephenson Policy Aide
Shivani Basnet Policy Aide


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