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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

2016 October Mid-Month Announcements

In This Edition


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'm excited to announce that the residents of the District 9 Roundtable have scheduled its second meeting for Wednesday, October 19th.  The D9 Roundtable is a citizen-run group that began meeting to discuss and improve quality of life issues in District 9 and the City of San Jose.  My office is proud to support the collaboration and efforts of the Roundtable group in whichever way it can, and I strongly encourage all residents to attend the upcoming meeting to stay informed and share feedback on issues affecting our community.  The details for the meeting are as follows:

D9 Roundtable October Meeting

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 PM

Camden Community Center MPR

3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

The office of the City Manager will provide a presentation on the formation, structure, and strategies of successful and emerging neighborhood associations.  Your participation in the D9 Roundtable is an opportunity to collaborate, communicate and be the eyes and ears of the District. I thank the D9 Roundtable for its efforts and will look to its members for input on city policy.

Should you have any questions regarding the upcoming meeting or are interested in getting involved, please reach out to Charlie Wasser, who is spearheading the meeting, via email at  As always, if you would like to share your comments or concerns with me and my staff, you can contact my office at 408-535-4909 or

I hope to see you on October 19th.


Donald Rocha, District 9 Councilmember

News & Announcements
Halloween Safety Tips: American Red Cross

Millions of us will be taking to the sidewalks this Halloween in our finest costumes. While you might already know some basic Halloween safety tips – like carrying a flashlight to stay visible and light your path – here are some key tips to remember this year, whether you’re a trick-or-treater or just a treater.

For the Kids:

  • Use only flame-resistant costumes.
  • Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags.
  • Have everyone wear light-colored clothing to be seen.
  • Instead of masks which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, use face paint instead.
  • Plan the Trick-or-Treat route – make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on.
  • Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs

For the Candy Givers:

  • Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
  • Restrain your pets.

Stop Junk Mail San Jose

Over 100 billion pieces of unsolicited mail are stuffed into U.S. mailboxes each year. Not only is junk mail considered by many to be simply annoying, it is also extremely wasteful. Most of the 100 billion pieces of paper are thrown away, contributing greatly to this country’s waste levels.

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, you may find your mailbox full of unwanted catalogs and solicitations. Reducing unwanted mail is an easy way to unclutter your life and stop waste at the source. Stopping junk mail is easy. Residents can sign up for Stop Junk Mail San Jose, a free service provided by Catalog Choice, to eliminate junk mail. Visit to sign up today to stop unwanted mail!

Stop Junk Mail San Jose is a project of the San Jose Green Vision Resource Team – a partnership between the City of San Jose and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The 2017 Tech Challenge: Rock the Ravine

This signature program of The Tech invites teams of students in Grades 4-12 to use the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem: to design and build a device to help explorers cross an ice field with multiple ravines. Participants spend months collaborating and becoming deeply engaged in the challenge while documenting their progress and designs. The program culminates in a thrilling two-day showcase in April when teams put their solutions to the test in front of judges.


  • Saturday, April 29, 2016 • Morning: Grades 4-5 • Afternoon: Grade 6
  • Sunday, April 30, 2016 • Morning: Grades 9-12 • Afternoon: Grades 7-8

Register now at and learn more at

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a tragic experience that affects many. This past August, 41% of all aggravated assaults in the San Jose Police Department's Southern Division could be attributed to domestic violence. Domestic Violence is one of the best kept secrets afflicting our community. This month, let’s all renew our dedication to peace in our homes and neighborhoods. Please know there is help for survivors of domestic violence. If you or someone you know need support, please check out and share the resources below:

24 Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Lines

  • Asian Women's Home - (408) 975-2739
  • Community Solutions South County - (408) 683-4118
  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence - (408) 279-2962
  • Support Network for Battered Women - (800) 572-2782

For a complete list of domestic and family violence resources within Santa Clara County, please visit

Camden Community Center Fall Brochure

Camden Community Center is 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 like holiday happenings. 

The Fall 2016 Brochure is now available online. Click the following links for more information.

County Supervisors Preserve Cambrian Park Plaza Carousel

The Cambrian Park Carousel sign is now a Santa Clara County historic landmark. On August 30, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Ken Yeager's motion declaring that the entire structure, including the whimsical carousel, the sign and the base, meets the criteria to be designated a historic landmark.

The historic designation provides an important layer of protection for this sign. The 50-year-old carousel has become the unofficial town center of the Cambrian park neighborhood and a beloved symbol of the Cambrian community.

Water Fluoridation Notice

SJWC will begin delivering fluoridated water to customers starting December 5, 2016, as a result of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s efforts to fluoridate its water supply.  The District will fluoridate the water supply at its Santa Teresa Water Treatment Plant initially and follow at its other facilities in the future.  This phased approach will mean that certain customers may receive water with added fluoride while others will receive water with no added or only low levels of naturally-occurring fluoride.

More information on this effort can be found online. Customer inquiries regarding the public health aspects of water fluoridation will be handled by the California Department of Public Health via a toll-free number (1-844-435-8420)

Free Large-Item Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

The large item collection program now offers two free collection appointments per household per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items. For more information, please visit

Did you know that Illegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment?  When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment. Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900.

Upcoming Events
2016 Crime and Gang Prevention Summit

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
San Jose City College Main Gym, 2100 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

The 8th Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit, sponsored by the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force, promotes and encourages partnerships among residents, the City of San Jose, and local community-based organizations to build a safer and more vibrant city.

The summit will feature informational workshops, a community resource fair, children’s activities*, and a free lunch for participants. Workshop topics include:

  • The Compadres Network
  • Faith Response Team
  • Gang Awareness 101
  • Gender Responsive Model
  • The Overfelt Project
  • Police/ Community Relations

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP online by Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Space is limited, so please sign up early. If you have any questions, please call the Mayor's office at 408-535-4832.

Cambrian Branch Library Fall Book Sale

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cambrian Branch Library Community Room, 1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Friends of Cambrian Branch Library will host its semi-annual book and media sale on Saturday, October 15th.  The well-ordered array of gently used books range from classics to cookbooks, fiction to non-fiction, how to's and text books, plus children's books galore.  Prices range from $0.50 to $1.00; CDs and DVDs are $2.00.

Special note: For members only, there will be a pre-sale opportunity on Friday, October 14, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. All proceeds from the sales benefit the Library's programs and book purchases.

Community Choice Aggregation Program Informational Meetings

The City of San José is exploring a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, or San José Clean Energy: a local program that buys and generates renewable energy for San José businesses and residents.

The following informational meetings have been scheduled:

  • Monday, October 17, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Santa Teresa Library, 290 International Circle, San Jose, CA 95119
  • Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Berryessa Library, 3355 Noble Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132
  • Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at Bascom Library, 1000 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

For more information about San José Clean Energy, visit

Informational Hearing: Underemployment Among Hourly Part-Time Employees

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
San Jose City College, Technology Building (Room T-415), 600 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

Join the California Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace for an informational hearing on underemployment among hourly part-time employees.  The hearing is in collaboration with Silicon Valley Rising, the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy, the San Jose Community College District, and San Jose City Councilmember Donald Rocha.  Topics will include: underemployment and scheduling, part-time work and the Silicon Valley economy, and impacts on female employees and families.

For more information, please email or call (916) 319-2080.  Parking will be available in lots S, A, and E.  This hearing is free and open to the public.

1946 and 2016: A Turning Point

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Empire Seven Studios, 525 N 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Come enjoy a night of contemporary and traditional entertainment, art, and food in celebration of Filipino American History Month. This event will also feature a worthwhile discussion lead by scholar and activist Dr. Estella Habal on key events and legislation which have transformed the lives of Filipino Americans in 1946 and today.

October 18th, 2016 marks the 429th anniversary of the arrival Filipinos in the United States in 1587. Learn more at:

San Jose Annual Action Plan Community Meetings

Please join the City of San José Housing Department for a series of community meetings to help develop the City's Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan, which will identify projects and services funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program, and Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) program.

Participate in one of our community meetings to brainstorm and explore potential opportunities for projects and services specifically aimed at addressing these four goals.

While much of the funding is currently committed to ongoing activities, the City is specifically looking for feedback on potential investments in senior services and community development projects, as well as ensuring the current projects are meeting the goals of the program. 

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Biblioteca Latinoamericana, 921 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95110
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Edenvale Library, 101 Branham Lane East, San Jose, CA 95111
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose, CA 95111

Please contact Arlene Silverio at or (408) 793-5520 to request assistance.

Zombie Run

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 9:00 AM
Kelly Park, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Dream Team Events and Sigma Nu have summoned the Zombies, along with living, to participate in the 2016 Zombie Run at Kelley Park to help raise funds for San Jose Parks Foundation. Signups and details for this 5K Run the With Zombies are available through T-shits and medals for all participants along with trophies for Zombie costume and top finishing runners. Plus, there will be a Zombie makeup artist to help you create your role.  Register Now for the Zombie Run.

Happy Hollow Howl-O-Ween Family Sleepover

Saturday, October 29, 6:00 PM - 10:00 AM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112

Be Happy Hollow's overnight guest for a howling good time and enjoy the thrill of the zoo after dark! Children must attend with an adult who is also registered (ages 5+).

Register online, or download a PDF of Happy Hollow's winter & spring classes.

Community Day: El Dia de Los Muertos

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Celebrate El Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at this festive family event with live performances, cultural demonstrations, and artmaking experiences for all ages. Dress up like a calaca (skeleton performer) and participate in a costume contest. Marja van der Loo, curatorial associate, will give a Spanish-language tour of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Decorate calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls) and explore other traditional activities during this day-long celebration.  To skip the line, register and print your tickets in advance.

Veterans Appreciation Breakfast

Thursday, November 11, 2016, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
304 North 6th Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The Opening Doors 2020 One-Stop Center is hosting a free breakfast for Veterans, active military, and their families on November 11th. 

RSVP is required at (408) 401-1090. Special thanks to AACSA and Midtown Family Services for supporting this project.  For more information, visit

Shoes 4 the City Shoe Drive

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 12:00 P - 2:00 PM
Leigh High School, 5210 Leigh Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join community members to collect gently used, closed toed shoes for San Jose families in need.  Meet local heroes - San Jose Police Officers and San Jose Firefighters - who along with San Jose Police Department’s Crime Prevention will provide safety tips and information to the parents and children.  Meet and interact with School Safety Dogs from Wonder Woofs, a local agency working in collaboration with schools, families, and businesses to help keep the community safe.  Free snacks and soft drinks will be provided. Pay It Forward! For more information, visit

Register for Holiday Races
SVLG Holiday Races

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Turkey Trot
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - Santa Run

Make this holiday season a healthy one by signing up for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and the Santa Run on December 18th.  Save up to $10 by purchasing the Turkey Trot and Santa Run bundle. Register online.

The Santa Run Silicon Valley benefits Christmas in the Park, Downtown Ice and Reading Partners and the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot benefits five great charities.

Important Resources

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Outreach (408) 510-7600
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-7770
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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