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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 Mid Month Announcements September


  District 9 News  


Click on the Link below to sign up for city-wide classes

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.


Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life!

Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. The cornerstone of our work is the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

For more information including community events and resources,  please visit


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

Crime Prevention 
(408) 277-4133

Family & Domestic Violence Center
(408) 277-3700

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
911, (408) 277-8911 (cell phone)

Police Non-Emergency
311, (408) 277-8900 (cell phone)

 Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588

(408) 794-1900

Streetlight Repair
(408) 794-1903 7:00am - 4:00pm
(408) 277-8956 after hours

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900


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





September 2014 Mid Month Announcements





 September is National Preparedness Month which serves as a reminder that everyone needs to be ready for disasters and emergencies

“Take the steps necessary to make preparedness a part of your everyday life,” said Colleen Mulholand Harrison, Acting Director of Emergency Services. “Prepare for the hazards that are most likely to occur where you live and work. For San José, hazards include earthquakes and wildfires. Make a family disaster plan which includes an evacuation and emergency communication plan. Be sure to practice your plan.”

Here are a few practical steps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about how you can stay informed and ready for events beyond your control:

  1. Stay informed. Monitor news reports for emergency information. Remember that there may be no electricity during a disaster so a hand-crank radio is recommended. Register your cell phone, landline, or email address to receive local emergency notification system alerts by voice call, email or text at The City of San José website ( and Twitter (@SanJoseInfo) pages also provide updates during emergencies.
  2. Build a disaster supply kit. Your kit should include enough non-perishable food, one gallon of water per day per person, prescription medication and other supplies such as flashlights, batteries and a first-aid kit. Keep a list of your family’s disaster supply kit items in the new FEMA app
  3. Make a plan that extends from home to vehicle, workplace and other locations. Remember to have supplies at all locations, and keep vehicle fuel tanks at least half full.
  4. Prepare yourself by following other important tips at
  5. Get involved – Prepare your community for emergencies: For more information on National Preparedness Month and getting others involved, go to: and follow #NatlPrep.

For more tips and information, visit the Office of Emergency Services website.


The City of San José is Seeking Members of the Public to Serve on the Boards of Administration for its Retirement Plans

Candidates can apply now for open seats on the Boards of Administration

The City of San José is seeking highly-qualified individuals to serve on the Boards of Administration for the Federated City Employees’ Retirement System and the Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan. The following vacancies exist on the Retirement Plan Boards of Administration:

Federated City Employees’ Retirement System – Two vacancies

Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan – Three vacancies

Applicants must live within 50 miles of San José City Hall and meet the requirements for professional experience.

Interested individuals may find may find the Online Application, Brochure and Qualifications through the website for the City Clerk’s office at Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, September 3 – Friday, October 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applications may also be obtained by visiting the City Clerk’s Office at 200 East Santa Clara Street, Wing Building, 2nd Floor, San José, CA 95113.

Vacancies will be filled by interview with the City Council in open session scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. 


Volunteer Board/Commision Openings

Housing and Community Development Commission  for District 9

Application deadline: 5:00pm Friday, September 26, 2014

Commission Seat Vacancies

Printed Applications are available from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113 or you may apply online through the City’s Web site at:

If you would like additional information about a particular Commission, Board or Committee, please log onto Boards & Commissions, visit or call the City Clerk's Office (408) 535-1260.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley  

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs)to work one on one with foster children, providing critical emotional and educational support, ensuring that each child’s needs are met and their voice heard while navigating the court dependency system.

Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Santa Clara 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 reenter the system than those who do not have a CASA. 

For more information about Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, visit:

Water District Continues Conservation Incentive Programs

If you have been thinking of participating in one of our programs, call our water conservation hotline at (408) 630-2554 or visit our website ( ) right away to determine if you are eligible and to get started.

All of our water conservation programs are helping to address the current drought, but they are also reducing long-term water use, which will help alleviate future drought conditions as well. As part of our long-term water supply management plan, the water district is working hard save 98,500 acre-feet of water per year by 2030, which is projected to account for about 20 percent of the county’s total water supply needs.

Please do what you can to reduce your water use even further. As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, landscapes need less water, so don’t forget to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

We appreciate all of the businesses and residents who have let their lawns suffer this summer, proudly proclaiming that “Brown is the New Green.” You can get a free lawn sign, while supplies last, by signing up on the website listed below.

Please remember to use water wisely.

  Questions: Contact  Linda LeZotte, Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District (408) 265.2600.

 Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department


Make the most of Fall with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and register for a leisure class at your favorite community center. PRNS offers over 800 hundred classes and programs, such as early childhood recreation, dance, music, health and fitness, gymnastics, and theater.

The new and improved San Jose Recreation Preschool will be offered at the Camden Community Center (3369 Union Avenue, 95124) and the Kirk Center (1601 Foxworthy Ave, 95118) The Kinderprep program is for children ages 4-5 and will prepare them for kindergarten through  age-appropriate activities, learning concepts, socialization skills and fun.? The program will be offered at three different times:

The new and improved San Jose Recreation Preschool will be offered at the Camden Community Center (3369 Union Avenue, 95124) and the Kirk Center (1601 Foxworthy Ave, 95118) The Kinderprep program is for children ages 4-5 and will prepare them for kindergarten through  age-appropriate activities, learning concepts, socialization skills and fun. The program will be offered at three different time. For more information and to register go to: Activity Search Page 

Please call Patricia Hall at (408) 794-6670 with any questions.

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 


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FREE Concert in the Park-2014 Awareness Day & PEACE Rally

Saturday, September 20  10 am - 6 pm

Amanda Network 

National Pollution Prevention Week - Safe Medicine &

Mercury Thermometer Drop Off

The City of San José’s Environmental Services Department will host pharmaceutical collection events at four sites including San José’s City Hall Rotunda during National Pollution Prevention Week, September 13 through 20, 2014.  In addition to collecting unwanted or expired medicines and old mercury thermometers at the events, staff will provide information about safe medicine disposal and other ways to prevent water pollution.

In 2015, Santa Clara County residents will have access to 50 more permanent take-back sites. To find a take-back location, go to

Safe medicine and old mercury thermometers disposal events:

  • Tuesday, September 16, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

  • Wednesday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. , San José City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara St., San José

  • Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Kaiser San José Farmers' Market, Camino Verde & Santa Teresa Blvd., San José

Safe medicine disposal only (no thermometers will be collected):

For more information, contact Casey Fitzgerald, Environmental Services Program Manager, at 408-793-5378. 

Community Meeting for Proposed Signage for the Eathquakes Stadium

The City of San Jose Planning Division would like to invite you to a community meeting about a development permit for the proposed signage for the Earthquakes stadium and an amendment to the City of San Jose Title 23 (Sign Ordinance).  Planning staff will be facilitating the meeting, providing you an opportunity to learn about the proposals and get answers to your questions.  

 The community meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday September 18, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the Rose Garden Branch Library, Community Room, 1580 Naglee Avenue. (Library parking garage closes at 6 pm, please park on the street)?.

A copy of the community meeting notice is available at this link 

Proposal: The proposed signs for the Earthquakes stadium require City Council approval of the below described proposed amendments to the City’s Sign Ordinance.

A) Modifications to the Sign Ordinance would allow additional/larger signs, including programmable electronic displays and video, at large outdoor stadiums that have a seating capacity for at least 16,000 or more people, as defined by the Ordinance.

    1) Flexibility in signage regulations for:  

    • Free-standing programmable electronic signs;  
    • Animated signs (video); 
    • Attached signs on stadium structure;  
    • Banner signs; and  
    • Signage on a scoreboard that is visible to the public including a programmable  electronic component.

    2) Allow sign regulations that are consistent with applicable Federal and State laws including, but not limited to sponsored advertising (Outdoor Advertising Act)

B) Other modifications including non-substantive, ministerial, technical or typographical changes.

For additional information, please visit the Planning Division's Sign Code web page at 

Please let us know by emailing me if you are interested in participating in this upcoming community meeting.

Thank you,

Dipa Chundur

Planner, Ordinance Team   PBCE, Planning Division, City of San Jose


 Stand Up For San José Youth Programming

Tickets on Sale for 10th Annual Comedy for Kids Fundraiser, Headlined by Paul Rodriguez

Don’t miss out on a night full of laughter with witty and entertaining stand-up comedic performances, all to help support San José youth. The 10 th Annual Comedy for Kids Fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, September 19, benefits Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services programs, Fit Camp and Digital Arts.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014

Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Location: SAP Center  525 W. Santa Clara St.

Cost: Tickets cost $25-$75 Visit Ticketmaster to buy tickets

"Comedy for Kids Fundraiser is back! Our comedy show for adults features Paul Rodriguez from hit movies Born in East LA, Ali and the Original Latin Kings of Comedy. Join us, Friday, September 19, at the SAP Center for our 10th annual fundraiser.  Also, we are pleased to announce that our honoree that evening is South Bay native Damian Trujillo, NBC Bay Area news reporter, host and producer of “Comunidad Del Valle.”  For those interested in meeting the comedians, let me know because we are issuing a limited number of special wristbands at $25 each to join them in VIP lounge after the show.   You should know that only the $50 floor tickets entitle you to visit the silent auction tables and enjoy taking fun photos/videos in the PhotoBomb booth. 

General is seating is just $25 and VIP floor tickets are $50.  This event is produced by the Youth Connections Foundation (please visit our website  Our goal is to raise money and awareness for programs that support youth recreation, arts, culture and education through FIT and Digital Arts camps and many other scholarships.  Our focus is middle school and senior high school youth in under-served communities in San Jose -- especially around the Alum Rock, Mayfair, Washington, Seven Trees and Roosevelt Centers.

You can either get tickets on Ticketmaster or contact me directly (email or phone) if you wish to avoid the $14 service charges because we have an ample supply of tickets available.

Dennis Haggerty (408) 926- 5331

Pearl Avenue Library Group is having a Book sale

Date: Saturday, September 20

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: Pearl Avenue Branch Library 4270 Pearl Avenue San Jose, CA 95136

Contact: (Wilma Hashii)

Other: $5 Bag Sale from 3-5 pm

Includes: Books for all ages, CDs, DVDs, Magazines, Cassette tapes, Vinyl records, materials in other languages.

Open Space Authority Activities

Registration is required for events as noted. Drop-ins are welcome at all other events. Rain may cancel. Some hikes are several hours long. Please bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. For more information or directions, call Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476.

Autumn Meander
Sunday, September 21 | 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
Enjoy an early fall walk over the Mayfair Ranch trail. This 4.5 mile loop trail passes through several habitats. A hike for people who like to stop and enjoy nature along the way. Kids welcome. Sorry, no pets.

Coyote Valley Family Harvest Feast
Saturday, September 27 | 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
Feast on plenty of delicious, affordable, healthy foods and enjoy lively entertainment by bluesman Willie G, singer-songwriter Andy Z, Indian and Folklorico dancers; guided hikes, kids games, live animals and storytelling; and more! Register at

 Bark in the Park

Bark in the ParkTM is a fundraising event hosted by the Naglee Park neighborhood's Campus Community Association. All proceeds benefit the CCA and local Pet Chairities.

Bring Your Dog and their Best Friend.    

Come spend a fun-filled day of canine capers and doggy delights at Bark in the ParkTM. A day the whole family can spend together, whether your family is you and your dog or maybe lots of two- and four-legged friends!    

There will be lots of activities for everyone to enjoy including contests, performances, demonstrations, live music, kids activities, rescue organizations and specialty vendors. Please come and join in the festivities!

You can also learn a lot about dog care, dog service, how dogs help others and how you can help other dogs.    

Date:  Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 10 AM to 5 PM

Location:  William Street Park - San Jose, California

A $5 donation per registered dog is requested.      

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Humane Society Silicon Valley and San Jose Animal Care Center, "To promote respect for all animal life in our community through direct care and education."

Remember: All pets must be on a leash. Pick up after your dog. Most importantly, respect private property. Be careful about letting your dog sniff other dogs; let them get adjusted to each other first. And then they can PLAY!      

Parking: Attendees may park in the Naglee Park neighborhood, but please don't block the driveways. There will be a drop-off location at the park and directions to nearby parking areas while they last. You are encouraged to car pool or utilize public transportation when practical.

Community Fun Fair 

Nick Vujicic is an international motivational speaker born without limbs; he enjoys sharing how to overcome obstacles in life. Nick has been seen on 20/20 & Oprah and is a bestselling author of “Life without Limits”.

He will also be doing a Youth Rally on Friday, Sept 19 at 7:30pm at Cathedral of Faith 2315 Canoas Garden Ave. San Jose/

If you are interested in hosting a school assembly please contact Beverly Jamie at 408-267-4691 or email He will also challenge and inspire students with his message against anti-bullying, an issue that affects our schools and community.



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