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2016 March Mid-Month Announcements

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Councilmember Donald Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St. 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909  F: (408) 292-6471

Dear Neighbor,

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Thursday, March 31 in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. All City offices will reopen on Friday, April 1. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns about issues affecting our community, please feel free to contact my office at (408) 535-4909 or


News & Announcements
Register for the Great American Litter Pick-Up!

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Butcher Park, Paul Moore Park, Lone Hill Park

Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at the District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up!  Join neighbors and the D9 team to clean up litter and beautify our parks and neighborhoods.  All volunteers are invited to a celebration lunch after the event.  Students can earn community service hours by volunteering. This event will be held rain or shine. 


Spring 2016 Boards & Commissions Recruitment
Spring Boards & Commissions Recruitment

Applications are now being accepted until April 21, 2016.

Boards and Commissions are critical to San Jose's government processes.  Their activities help shape and influence public policy, and lend a more diverse viewpoint for the City Council to consider.

View the full list of Board & Commission vacancies:

Apply online:

Report: Healthy Food Access in San Jose

San Jose is at the center of a region experiencing rapid growth and development. While this growth has brought opportunity and inevitable change to our City, some things remain stubbornly unchanged. Food insecurity--not just the lack of food, but the lack of enough healthy food to live an active, healthy life--continues to affect the health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

The Health Trust recently released Food for Everyone, a report that focuses on homeless individuals and families and low-income seniors in San Jose, outlining where the gaps in healthy food access are and how to make food assistance more equitable in this City. Access to healthy food is an urgent issue that our City and County, nonprofit and community leaders need to address, together.

2016 APALI College Internship Program

The Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute is accepting applications for seven Intern Mentor positions to organize and lead other students in the Youth Leadership Academy at De Anza College this summer.  

APALI's Youth Leadership Academy is a college level class exploring Asian American experience, community, civic engagement, and leadership.   Offered annually since 1999, generations of active alumni in the APALI network have benefitted from YLA's transformative experience.


  • Be a college student or at least entering college.
  • Be able to be a small-team facilitator, lead ice-breakers, workshop activities, discussions, team project, and take on various program management roles.
  • Be NOT enrolled in another class during the Youth Leadership Academy.
  • Be peer mentor and learner simultaneously, and strong in emotional maturity, time management, leadership skills, working with other staff.

For more information or to register online, visit

We and Our Neighbors: Operation Cards

Want to give back to our service men and women? Join We and Our Neighbors in making blank, handmade, greeting cards as an ongoing community service project.  These cards bring are sent to our military heroes so that they may write in them and send them home to their loved ones. This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM at the We and Our Neighbors Clubhouse, located at 15480 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.

Over 28,000 cards have been sent to date through South Bay Blue Star Mom's organization.  Cards are included in care packages at various times throughout the year.  Everyone is welcome! To learn more, email

Trades Orientation Program

Working Partnerships USA is recruiting Santa Clara County residents age 18 and up who are seeking full-time work or a career change, like to work with their hands, are willing to study and learn, and have a strong interest in learning how to enter a working construction apprenticeship leading to a rewarding career.

No prior construction experience is needed – just a high school diploma or GED, drivers’ license, basic math skills and ability to do physical work.  If you know a woman who might just be ready for a new career, please pass this on. For more information or to apply, please visit

Register for San Jose Family Camp

San Jose’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground. 

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. Reserve your tent today for the 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

Midpen Regional Open Space Photo Contest

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District invites all visitors to enter its 7th Annual Digital Photo Contest, running now through March 31, 2016.  Midpen is seeking compelling digital images of nature, capturing the diversity of open spaces.  Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes or people interacting with nature, however, they must be taken in one of the open space preserves open to the public.  Enter online at

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

Residents living in single-family homes can receive one free large-item pickup.  Additional pickups are only $27. For more information, 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
Public Input Meeting: Changes to San Jose's Medical Marijuana Program

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:30 PM
San Jose City Hall Wing Rooms  118-120, 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The City of San Jose is looking for public input on changes to the medical marijuana program. Discussion topics will include San Jose dispensaries transacting business with other cultivators and manufacturers throughout California, elimination of the 50 foot buffer currently required to be kept between San Jose dispensaries' cultivation and manufacturing sites, and more. 

For more information, contact Michelle McGurk in the Office of the City Manager at or (408) 535-8254. 

Seniors' Agenda: Wake Up to Aging

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Bascom Community Center, 1000 Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

By 2030, Santa Clara County will have one of the highest percentages of senior population in the nation.  This fact highlights a reality that we are under-prepared to manage the existing and impending needs of seniors. 

Thus, presenting a unique opportunity to be part of the evolution of services and join the conversation that will influence the systems that will support healthy aging in the county.  Join a discussion around key challenges and explore community and system level solutions that could impact the future of senior services and prepare Santa Clara and California to better meet the needs of seniors and those who care for them.  Register online or RSVP by calling (408) 931-0440.

Camden Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 19, 2016, Times Vary
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

  • 1.5-2 years (parent participation) - 9:45 AM
  • 3-5 years (children walk on their own) - 10:15 AM
  • 6-8 years - 10:45 AM
  • 9-10 years - 11:15 AM

Welcome the Spring season with a morning full of fun activities and creating family memories.  There will be an egg hunt for each age group, a special prize for those who find the golden egg, and holiday themed arts and crafts and face painting.  Activity Fee: $6.00 pre-registration; $8.00 day of the event.  Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the hunt to pick up wrist band required for entry.  No adults are permitted to participate in the egg hunt.  Register online or call (408) 559-8553.

Our City Forest Spring Events

As buds are forming and flowers are blooming, Our City Forest (OCF), a leading Silicon Valley environmental non-profit, is offering many outdoor educational activities. All are welcome to attend these free community events, held Saturday mornings during Our City Forest Community Nursery hours at 1000 Spring Street, San Jose, CA 95110.

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Urban Eco System: Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Saturday, March 26, 2016 (Time TBD) - Rain Barrel Workshop
  • Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza & Earth Day

Stay tuned to for updated information as spring blooms on. RSVP to events or direct questions to

Investing in Nature in your Neighborhood

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Gunderson High School, Room D1, 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose, CA 95136

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is launching a new program to support open space projects in our local communities.  Please join OSA to provide input on the development of the new Urban Open Space program.

OSA wants to hear your ideas about trails, open space, community gardens, and nature parks.  What's needed in your community and how can this new program help?  How would you and your family like to spend time outdoors in your neighborhood?  For more information or to find other community meetings, please visit

Public Informational Meetings: Affordable Housing Impact Fee & Inclusionary Housing
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Monday, April 11, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Monday, June 13, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Housing Department has scheduled an additional series of eight meetings, from February through June, to provide up-to-date information on the Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program (with specific information on how developers might apply for the "pipeline exemption" for projects already in process), and Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting Karen Goodman at 408-975-4416, or by email at

Public Meetings: General Plan 4-Year Review
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6:30 PM

Monthly meetings are planned through April to discuss progress on implementation of the City's Envision 2040 General Plan and to consider whether mid-course adjustments are needed.  The meetings will be held at City Hall in Wing Rooms 118-120, beginning at 6:30 PM.  For details, visit

2016 Spring Neighborhood Mixer

Saturday, March 26, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campbell Community Center, Orchard City Banquet Hall
1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County invites you to a free spring neighborhood mixer, hosted by the Civic Improvement Commission in partnership with the City of Campbell.  Enjoy an opportunity to network with neighborhood leaders and mixer attendees or request to reserve a resource fair table. For more information, please contact Grace Red at (408) 230-8725 or email

Citizenship Day 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
San Jose City College, 2100 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

You are invited to Citizenship Day for free citizenship application assistance.  You must reside in the US as a permanent resident for 5 years or 3 years if married to a US citizen, live in the US for half of the five year (or 3 year) period, and be at least 18 years old. Assistance is offered in multiple languages, please visit for more information.  Apply for citizenship now to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election!

Silicon Valley Walk for Water

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Timothy's Lutheran Church 
5100 Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join Silicon Valley Discipleship for the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Walk for Water in support of Water Mission!  In its inaugural year, over 500 people participated in the Walk through Cambrian Park and raised $186,000 to provide safe water to 6 communities around the world.  This year, Walk for Water hopes to raise over $250,000 for the cause.  Register online or contact Ruth Hardin for more information. 

City-Wide Youth Track Meet

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Check-in 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM, Start 8:15 AM
Mt. Pleasant High School Track & Field, 1750 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95127

The PAAF City Wide Youth Track & Field Meet is held each year in San Jose. Hundreds of children compete with hopes of qualifying for the State and National Meets. Each child is able to participate free of charge because of PAAF’s sponsorship. PAAF is proud to be the sole sponsor of this great event. This event is free and open to all children born between 2002 and 2008. 

Track events include 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay.  Field events include standing long jump, softball throw, and turbo javelin.  For more information, contact Jason Pierce at  Register online at or by calling (408) 277-4133.


City of San José Important Phone Numbers 

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Anti-Graffiti 24-Hour 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 Prevention Hotline (408) 293-4264
Homeless Outreach (408) 510-7600
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)
Park Volunteer Unit (408) 535-3588
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Sewer and Signal Lights (408) 794-1900

Contact the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide


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