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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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District 9 June 2014 Mid Month Announcements


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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.


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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) 794-1903

Sewer and Signal Lights

(408) 794-1900

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
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June Mid Month Announcements 2014



Dear Neighbor,

At the City Council meeting last Tuesday, the Council passed a medical marijuana regulatory program. 
I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on that action.

City staff recommended a regulatory program to the Council, which can be found in this memo.  I’m pleased to say that many of the recommendations I made in my December 2013 memo on this subject made it into the staff recommendation.  Most importantly, my recommendation to substantially increase setbacks from sensitive uses like parks and schools to 1,000 ft. made it into the staff recommendation.

The Council also made some adjustments and additions to the staff recommendation in the process of approving the final regulatory program.  I proposed a number of changes in a memo that I released in early May, several of which were incorporated by the Council into the final approval.  I was especially pleased that the Council adopted Recommendation #1 in my May memo, which prohibited collectives in the Commercial General zoning district. Commercial General was the only remaining commercial zone in which collectives would have been allowed in the staff recommendation.  My concern with allowing them in that district was that I know that many parents take their kids shopping with them, and that it might be a problem to continually be walking by collectives located in commercial storefronts.  I was glad that the Council agreed not to allow them in Commercial General.

I was disappointed in two aspects of the program that the Council approved.  First, the Council reduced the required separation between collectives from my recommendation of 1000 ft. to just 50 ft.  Given that one of the major concerns I’ve heard about collectives is the clustering of multiple establishments in one location, I didn’t think this change was a good idea.  Second, I thought that the Council was too restrictive in keeping collectives out of certain industrial areas.  My observation has been that collectives are much more appropriate to industrial zones than to commercial and residential zones, and that it makes sense to locate them there.  The Council did allow collectives to locate on some industrial parcels, but instituted broad exclusions from the North San Jose and Edenvale industrial areas.  I did not object to excluding collectives from some industrial areas where their impact might have been most felt, and recommended some exclusion zones that I thought were reasonable in Recommendation #2 (a) and (b) of my May memo, but the Council decided to approve exclusions that were somewhat broader.  I think it would have made more sense to keep the 1000 ft. requirement between collectives to limit clustering, but allow collectives to locate on a broader range of industrial parcels.

Despite my disappointment with that particular aspect of the approval, I am grateful that the Council incorporated so many of my recommendations and that we have made so much progress on this issue.  I am hopeful that we will be able to continue to move collectives out of residential and commercial areas and onto sites where they are better suited.  If you have any thoughts for me on this matter or any other, please feel free to contact my office at (408) 535-4909 or by email at



Donald Rocha

July 4th Holiday Safety

Rules & Laws Regarding Fireworks
Read about laws regarding the use of fireworks in San José

Nationally, there are twice the number of fires and thousands of injuries, particularly for children ages 5 - 14. Gather with family and friends, and enjoy one of the many professionally performed fireworks shows available locally.

Sale and use of Fireworks: The City of San Jose Municipal Code 17.12.940
Except where otherwise expressly provided in this Code, it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks. (Including Sparklers and Safe and Sane Fireworks)

San Jose Fire Department Companies will be fully staffed and patrolling local neighborhoods for any illegal fireworks activity, with additional units operating from 10:00am - 10:00pm. The San José Fire Department reminds the public that fireworks are extremely dangerous as well as illegal in the City of San José and the greater Santa Clara County.

Please see the San Jose Fire Department Fireworks Public Safety Announcement on YouTube fireworks.

San José 4th of July Events

San Jose Municipal Stadium post game fireworks (408) 297-1435
Location: 588 East Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA.

Rose, White, and Blue Parade
Enjoy a family holiday filled with History, Patriotism and Roses! Live music, arts & crafts booths, antique cars and a picnic on the Alameda. Friday, July 4, 2014. Parade starts 10am at the Lincoln High School parking lot at 555 Dana Avenue. Festival located at The Alameda between Hanchett and Hester Ave. (408) 436-8581.

July 4th Fun Festival & Fireworks This special event at Almaden Lake Park from 2:00pm-10:00pm will include community and vendor booths, live music, kids’ games, a parade, food trucks, and a fireworks display. This is a City Council-sponsored event.

The Downtown Rotary Club The 20-minute firework display is planned for Discovery Meadow beginning at 9:30 pm. Plans are for fireworks only. There will be no food/beverage vendors or merchandise booths. No alcohol will be permitted. Event sponsors include the City of San José through the Office of Cultural Affairs TOT-funded Special Event Incentive Fund.

 Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department

 The PRNS community centers are bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone. There is a variety of classes for all ages, sports programs, fitness classes, and special events. View the listing of community centers below.

Download and Print: The current registration form - Fill out and take this form to your desired community center. Click here to view a complete listing of all community centers.

For registration assistance call 408-793-5565 or email

Community Center Volunteer Opportunities
Follow the link to learn more about volunteering opportunities at San Jose community centers

Family Camp at Yosemite: Online Registration for 2014 Summer Season

Returning for another year of family memories, Family Camp at Yosemite is proud to announce the launch of a new online registration system for the 2014 summer season. Get a jumpstart with the online reservation system by creating your Camper Profile today. Visit, create your Camper Profile, and get your family and friends ready for Online Reservations opening on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Setting up your profile only takes a few minutes, so get started today! Please contact the Family Camp Office at (408) 794-6208 if you have questions or need additional information.

 Happy Hollow Summer Zoo Camp 2014 

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp!
Each unique camp topic provides interactive learning experiences, hands-on science-based activities, zoo tours, and the opportunity to meet live animals up close! Camps available for ages 4-13.

For details, registration, and pricing please visit the Happy Hollow website.

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 Open Space Authority Event - Summer Solstice Rancho Ramble

Come enjoy a 4.5-mile hike up the Mayfair Ranch Trail for sweeping views of the rolling hillsides of Rancho Cañada del Oro. This trail moves up into the hilltops and then swings back around to a cool, wooded area that runs along a creek and ends with a mile-long cool-down walk, down an old ranch road to our parking lot. Please bring water and a snack and don't forget your sunscreen and hat. No registration required.

Date: Saturday, June 21

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location:  Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

San Jose Museum of Art DIY Art: Summer Sundays 

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014

Time: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Location: 110 S. Market St., San Jose, CA  95113 

Free with Museum admission
Cool off from the summer sun and bring the whole family! Each Summer Sunday includes a gallery talk by a different guest expert as well as a DIY Art activity. Make a pinhole camera and take some photographs. At 2 PM, learn more about photography with Brian Taylor, art and art history professor, San Jose State University, as he talks about the photographs currently on view in the galleries.

All ages are welcome. An additional suggested donation of $5 helps cover the cost of materials. 

FREE Outdoor Movies

Sponsored by: San Jose Downtown Association and Starlight Cinemas

Starlight Cinemas free outdoor movies schedule:

June 22 – “Back to the Future 2,” St. James Park (after World Cup soccer viewing)

July 16 – “Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade,” St. James Park

July 23 – “Ghostbusters,” San Pedro Square Market

July 30 – “Pee Wee's Big Adventure,” St. James Park

Aug. 6 – “Pretty in Pink,” San Pedro Square Market

Aug. 13 – “Gremlins,” St. James Park

Aug. 20 – “Airplane!” San Pedro Square Market

All events in downtown San Jose. Starlight Cinemas begin with pre-screening fun and games an hour before dusk. Movies begin at dusk. Free to the general public.

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Starlight Cinemas is a production of the San Jose Downtown Association.

STOP IT! (Identity Theft) Symposium

An exciting new symposium that addresses both prevention and recovery from identity theft – one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States! Register at:

Your identity is your most valuable asset. Are you doing all that you can to protect it?

STOP IT! Symposium – EMPOWER yourself with education, information, and resources.

Date: Saturday, June 21

Time: 8:00am to 12:30 pm

Location: Branham High School  1570 Branham Lane San Jose

Co sponsored by the San Jose Police Department and Councilmembers Ash Kalra, Donald Rocha & Johnny Khamis

Corporate Sponsor: McAfee

For questions please contact Vanessa Compean at

Free Child Car Seat Safety Clinic

Sponsored by: Senator Jim Beall, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, the CHP, and the Stanford Children's Hospital

Make sure your child's car seat is properly installed with a free safety inspection by trained professionals. Learn about car seat safety laws and other important tips to protect your children in vehicles.

Date: Saturday, June 21

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: Kohl's Parking Lot 2323 McKee Road San Jose, CA 95116

For more information or to RSVP CLICK HERE

Appointments are necessary. To make an appointment please call (408) 467-5400. For more information please contact Senator Beall's district office at (408) 558-1295

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley -Volunteer Recruitment Event

Learn how you can advocate for a Foster Child in Dependency Court

Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Santa Clara Child Advocates of SV County is a truly gratifying and impactful volunteer experience. Children who have a CASA receive more services (medical, dental, academic etc.) and are less likely to re- enter the system than those who do not have a CASA. 

Potential volunteers will have the chance to hear directly from an advocate about the advocate experience and connect with others that share an interest in becoming a mentor to a foster child. Our advocates are very influential in court and in approximately four out of five cases all or almost all CASA recommendations are accepted by the judge.

For more information about Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, visit

Date: Wednesday, June 25

Time: 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm Presentation

Location: The Sobrato Center, 1400 Parkmoor Ave. San Jose, CA

RSVP at or (408) 573-5611

Attention Business Owners and Cab Drivers!
FREE Safety and Crime Prevention Seminar

You are invited to a FREE Safety and Crime Prevention Seminar sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52, hosted by the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce!

Date: Wednesday, June 25

Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, 101 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Space is limited so pre-register is required!  No charge to participate!

Go to:  Business Crime Prevention Seminar to register TODAY! (You do not have to be a member to attend!)
Questions? Please feel free to contact our President Kathleen Flynn at or call (408) 861-5323.

Senior Safari Walkabout

The Senior Safari Walkabout provides the chance to feel like a kid again by providing the wonders of the natural world all around you. As guests enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds around them they are also given the opportunity for a meet and greet with the animals. Healthy breakfast options are available. Exclusively for ages 50 and over.

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Location: Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose

More information: (408) 794-6400 or

City of San Jose's Foam Food Ware Ordinance 

On September 10, 2013, the City of San José adopted a new ordinance to phase out expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly known as Styrofoam™, food ware at all restaurants in San José. The ordinance has taken effect at multi-state restaurant chains on January 1, 2014, and will be required at all other restaurants, including mobile and street vendors, on January 1, 2015.

Attend the June 30th Food Ware Open House (Food Ware Open House) to learn about the Foam Food Container Ordinance (Foam Food Container Ordinance), and how it affects your business. You will also learn about foam free replacement containers and costs.
Date: Monday, June 30

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: San José City Hall Wing Rooms 119-120  200 East Santa Clara Street
If you have any questions, contact the Green To Go team:
Email:  Phone: (408) 975-2586  Web: Foam food container ordinance

31st Annual National Night Out

Tuesday, August  5, 2014

Registration is open on the website and will close on July 25. This year, the Police Department, the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department, and the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health are collaborating to assist National Night Out coordinators to properly register and plan their event. 

An informational session will be held at the Leininger Center at 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, on June 17 from 6:00pm -7:00pm. It is open to all coordinators and attendance is especially encouraged for community leaders who are considering hosting a National Night Out event for the first time.  The training is also a good opportunity for coordinators to network and share ideas.

 National Night out


Sunday, August 24, 2014

District 9 Community Festival

Celebrate Cambrian






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