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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
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District 9 April 2014 Newsletter


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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) 794-1903

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
F: (408) 292-6471

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District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





April Newsletter 2014



Dear Neighbor,

I’d like to give you an update on two significant policy issues.  Let’s start with the issue of fireworks regulation.  For the last few years, I’ve heard lots of resident concern about use of illegal fireworks on July 4th.  In response to these concerns, I joined with Councilmembers Khamis and Campos last September to submit a request that City staff perform a review of our fireworks regulations, to try to find a way to get a handle on the problem.

Their review returned to the Rules Committee this week, found here.  Their main recommendation is that the City explore using officially sponsored fireworks shows to draw people away from using illegal fireworks in the neighborhoods.  For next July 4th, the City has already begun building partnerships to revive the Downtown fireworks show that ended a few years ago due to budget cuts.  Both the San Jose Rotary Club and the County of Santa Clara have agreed to contribute funding for it. I’m not convinced that an official show is going to solve the illegal fireworks problem, but I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Second, I’d like to give you an update on the City’s implementation of the Measure B pension reform measure, approved by voters in June 2012.  Many provisions of the measure—such as the 2nd Tier pension benefits for new employees and revised disability rules—have already been implemented.  At about the same time that these measures went into effect, the City began experiencing serious difficulty recruiting and retaining employees.  You may have read in the paper about problems with retaining police officers.  Even though we have 1109 budgeted officer positions, we only have 906 full duty officers out on the streets, and that number is project to fall to 800 by 2016.  Even if we can fund positions in the budget, we have a great deal of trouble finding employees who want to work in San Jose.  Just this week, it was revealed that we’ve only been able to fill 29 of the 60 available slots in an upcoming police academy.

Even those of us on the Council who supported Measure B are coming to realize that some of its provisions may be contributing to our recruitment and retention problems.  In his yearly budget message, the Mayor specifically identified the need to find some way of dealing with the standard for disability retirements that was adopted as part of Measure B, given that it seems to be part of the reason we’re having trouble hiring police officers.  Officers are concerned that if they’re injured in the line of duty, they may not receive a disability retirement under the new standard.  Given the alarming staffing projections, I believe we should adjust the disability standard, but also think that there are other adjustments worth considering (I’ve released a proposal with more details, found here)  The Council will be discussing this issue at its April 8th meeting.

If you have feedback or questions about this ot any other issue, please feel free to get in touch with my office by email at or by phone at (408) 535-4909.



Donald Rocha

Housing Scholarship 

Expressway Plan 2040 Survey

You may send your thoughts about the potential projects on the County Expressway System. Please visit the online survey here.

Despite recent rains, drought is far from over

Please read the following letter below from Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member, Linda Lozotte, regarding the drought situation facing our region.

I recently spoke to the Campbell Chamber of Commerce about the severe drought and the how the Santa Clara Valley Water District is dealing with this situation.  I wanted to share that information with you.   In late February, as a member of the Board of the Water District, my colleagues and I passed a resolution calling upon retail water agencies, the county and local cities to implement mandatory measures to reach a water use reduction target equal to 20 percent of 2013 water use.

Despite a few recent storms, our water supply conditions still look bleak. Locally, our reservoirs are only at about half of their normal capacity for this time of year. We called for mandatory conservation due to significant changes between late January and late February.  One, a reduction of the amount of water imported from the Sierra Nevada watersheds through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to our county. On Jan. 31, the state Department of Water Resources reduced our allocation from 5 percent of the district’s contract amount to zero. This impacts the district’s ability to transfer water that has been stored underground near Bakersfield to supplement our Santa Clara Valley aquifer. 

Two, on Feb. 21, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that the water district’s agricultural allocation would be zero, and our allocation for use by homes and businesses would be reduced to 50 percent of historic use. These reductions will require the District to implement aggressive water management techniques.

A priority of the district is continued delivery of safe, clean water from its drinking water treatment plants to retail water agencies, the county and local cities. Imported water typically provides more than 85 percent of the supply for the water district’s three drinking water treatment plants. In dry and critically dry years, when local water is limited, up to 99 percent of treated drinking water is from imported water sources.  With less fresh water flowing through the Delta, the district is working with retail water agencies to maintain our normally high drinking water quality.

Because of the lack of local and imported water, nearly all of our groundwater replenishment operations have been cut back to conserve supplies for use this summer. This means most of our groundwater recharge ponds around the county are beginning to dry or are already dry, despite recent rainfall.

We’ve also begun storing imported water in Anderson Reservoir to help ensure that there is sufficient water to supply treatment plants through the year.   Residents and businesses can expect over the coming weeks, for their local water provider or municipality to begin implementing measures to reach the 20 percent target. The water district, as a wholesale provider, relies on retailer water agencies, local municipalities and the county to enact and implement local ordinances and water use reduction measures.

The Board has also established an Ad Hoc Water Conservation Committee to discuss the implementation of actions to achieve the district’s water use reduction targets.

We all know that water use efficiency is always the right thing to do.  In this drought, immediate conservation will help ensure that our community has enough water to meet essential needs.

The water district has developed a one-stop website for information about water supply conditions, conservation programs, water saving tips and drought alerts. Just go to and find out what you can do to save today and tomorrow.

We thank you for your efforts.

As always, I am available for questions or comments as your District 4 representative for the City of Campbell, portions of Willow Glen and the Cambrian, North Almaden and Blossom Hill neighborhoods of San Jose. Linda LeZotte, Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District (408)265.2600.

 The Office of the Independent Police Auditor is recruiting new members for our youth advisory group – the Teen Leadership Council

teen leadership council

work 2 future

 Traffic Safety Tips

Have you ever had a close call while in a car or crossing the street? Most of us have, and that’s why the City of San José created the STREET SMARTS Traffic Safety Education Program to address driver, pedestrian and bicyclist behavior.

Founded in 2002, the nationally-recognized STREET SMARTS program has been working with schools, neighborhoods, seniors and other communities to improve safety on our streets. Every year, tens of thousands of kids learn how to be safer pedestrians and cyclists, while thousands of adults are making smarter choices on our roads.

Do you want to get smarter about traffic safety? Explore their site and discover all the programs and resources available for increasing your STREET SMARTS.

The behavior of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians play a huge role in keeping our streets safer. Follow these tips (click here to view flyer) to help ensure your safety and the safety of others.

For more information, visit


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 like holiday happenings. 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. 




 Recycle Your Old Lawn Mower

Older gasoline lawn mowers can have a significant impact on air quality. To reduce air pollution, the Air District is providing a rebate towards the purchase of a new, cordless, zero-emission electric lawn mower after turning in your operable gasoline lawn mower for recycling. The Air District invites you to participate in the program and to share this information with other Bay Area residents that may be interested in participating in this program.

Three lawn mower exchange events will being held from 8am– 2pm on the following dates:
• March 22, in Novato at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus
April 5, in Saratoga at the West Valley College
April 26, in Oakland at the Oakland International Airport

The program will provide incentives for up to 2,400 lawn mower exchanges. Bay Area residents will be able to trade-in their old gas mower and select from two Black & Decker cordless battery electric lawn mowers at a discounted price. Both electric lawn mowers have a 30-day manufacturer satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty. The two lawn mowers that will be available for purchase at the discounted price are:
• Black & Decker (CM 1836) 18-Inch Cordless for $110 (normally up to $350)
• Black & Decker (CM 1936) 19-Inch Cordless for $190 (normally up to $400)

Advance registration is required and you must be a Bay Area resident in order to participate. Bay Area residents may register online at or by calling the Black & Decker hotline at (844) 262-3495, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 5:00am to 2:00pm. Each participant can select an appointment time and mower model.

Exchanging mowers is easy and convenient and takes about 20 minute. Upon arrival at the exchange event, workers will check you in, take your old gas mower, provide you with the mower you selected when you registered, after which you will pay for the mower. The old gasoline mowers will be scrapped and recycled by a licensed dismantler in accordance with all environmental regulations.

The program is funded through a grant from the California Air Resources Board’s Air Quality Improvement Program, and through the Air District's Mobile Source Incentive Fund. The Air District is providing $145 per lawnmower exchanged towards the purchase of the electric mower.
If you have any questions about the program please contact: Joe Steinberger, (415) 749-5018,<>.

 Camden Egg Hunt

Book Sale at Pearl Ave. Library

Friends of the Pearl Avenue Library will be having a book sale.

The Friends of Libraries are volunteers that support, advocate and raise funds for their local library. Proceeds from the book sale help fund programs at the library throughout the year.

Clearance Sale, 3pm- 5pm, Fill-A-Bag for $5

Date: Saturday, April 5

Time: 10am-5pm

Location: Pearl Ave. Branch Library at 4270 Pearl Ave. San Jose

Senior Nutrition Program - Focus Group for Seniors

Make your voice heard as menu preferences are updated for your region of the City. An opportunity to meet with staff from Bateman Senior Meals and Santa Clara County to help design the menu for coming months and discuss ideas you may have regarding the improvement of the Senior Nutrition Program. Open to participants of Camden, Cypress, Southside, and Willow Glen Community Centers.

Date: Monday, April 7

Time: 11:00am-Noon

Location: Southside Community Center 5885 Cottle Road San Jose, CA  95123

VTA is Hosting Two Open Houses to Provide Updates on Current Transportation Projects in North Santa Clara County

  • Light Rail Efficiency Project/Mountain View Double Tracking Project

  • SR 85 and U.S. 101 Express Lanes

  • Bus Rapid Transit on El Camino Real

  • Bus and Light Rail Service in North County

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: AM Session: 8:30am -10:30am / PM Session: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Mountain View City Hall Council Chambers 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

For more information: or call (408) 321-7575, TTY only (408) 321-2330

9th Annual West Valley Senior Walk

Councilmembers Constant and Oliverio will be hosting the West Valley Senior Walk on Friday, April 11th inside the Westfield Valley Fair Mall. Registration and free breakfast start at 8:00 a.m. and will be followed by a Walk and Resource Fair from 8:45am - 10:00am. This event has become the largest senior health and wellness walk in the area - a much anticipated event for local seniors and service providers. Last year’s event attracted over 450 participants with more than 65 resource tables with information and services geared towards seniors. You do not need to RSVP in advance to participate - just bring your walking shoes and meet us on Friday, April 11th for a fun morning! For additional information, please contact Chelsey Seagraves at or by calling (408) 535-4901.

PARTI (Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact) Global Youth Day Recognition "Youth Action Day" Event

Recognizing youth and student organizations in elementary, middle, high school, college and businesses, ages 5-25, that are making a difference in Santa Clara County. Global GYSD is a campaign of Youth Service America (YSA), an international leader in the youth service movement.

Date: Friday, April 11

Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Location: Mariani's 2500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA

Contact: (408) 561-4664

 Youth Commission

Open Space Authority Event: Starry Nights 

Date: Saturday, April 19

Time: 9:00pm-10:30pm

Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join the friendly docent astronomers, the San Jose Astronomical Association, and other stargazers for an evening under the stars. Families and Children are welcome. Visit their website at for more information.


clean air awards


Relay For Life of Cambrian

Overnight community fundraising walk benefiting the American Cancer Society. Family-friendly environment with food, games and activities. To register and for more information, please visit the Relay for Life of Cambrian website or contact: Jennifer Highland, at

Date: Friday, April 25 -Saturday, April 26

Time: 6:00pm (opening ceremony)

Location: Ida Price Middle School 2650 New Jersey Ave. San Jose

2014 Earth Day Great American Litter Pick-Up

Date: Saturday, April 26

Time: 8:30am-11:30am

It’s that time of year again! Time to put on your gloves and grab your litter pick-up sticks, because the Great American Litter Pick Up is here once again! On Saturday, April 26th, from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, my office will be organizing litter pick-up and beautification projects all around District 9! This is a wonderful opportunity to get out and help beautify your neighborhood while getting to know your neighbors. This is also a great opportunity for students looking for community service hours!
Below you will find the five staging areas around the District, with the details of the sorts of projects we will be working on:

Site Number 1: Butcher Park
Site Number 2: DeAnza Park

Site Number 3: Erikson Park
Site Number 4: Terrell Park

Site Number 5: Thousand Oaks Park

In order to make this event a success, we need your help! This entire event depends on volunteers from our community. Coffee and lunch will be provided for all who help out, and volunteer service hours will be given to students who need them. If you have any questions, or you would like to join the team, please contact our office and let them know the staging site at which you wish to volunteer. Scott can be reached at or by calling (408) 535-4909. We hope to see you on April 26th!

12th Annual Sacramento Bus Trip for Education

Sponsored by Supervisor Dave Cortese

If you are concerned about the future of our education system, Supervisor Dave Cortese invites you to join in this fight for better education funding by attending the annual FREE bus trip to Sacramento on April 30, 2014 from 6:00am to 6:00pm. Departing and return to Eastridge Shopping Center. We will travel to Sacramento to visit with our elected representatives and urge them to preserve vital funding so that our children can receive a quality education. This trip is FREE and lunch will be provided. This year’s trip will be cosponsored once again by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Please fill out the form to register for a FREE seat on the bus to Sacramento.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lara McCabe at 408-299-5030 or

 Girls leadership conference



Community Budget Meeting

Date: May 19, 2014

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Camden Community Center 3369 Union Ave. San Jose, CA 95124

Councilmember Donald Rocha invites you to attend the community budget meeting to learn more about the recommendations in the proposed City budget.

More details to come!







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