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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 January Mid Month Announcements 2014


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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) 794-1900 (recording)

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

District 9 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





January Mid Month 2014




San José City Hall, City offices to close for MLK, Jr. holiday

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 21. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.

Library Schedule: All City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 21.

Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holidays. Community Center information is available at or in the Citywide Activity Guide.

Garbage and Recycling pickup will occur as normal on Monday, January 20.

Garbage Bills or New Accounts: If you have billing questions or need to transfer or begin a new garbage service account, call the City's Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500 when the offices reopen on Tuesday, January 21. A drop box, located at the 6th Street and Santa Clara Street entrance of City Hall, is available for bill payment deposits during the closure.

If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500.

Get involved in San Jose's budget process by playing the "Budget Games" online!

Thousands of local San José residents will now be able to participate in a new online version of the city’s annual “budget game” in collaboration with its pro bono partner, Conteneo.

The online budget games will allow even more residents to get involved and experience what it's like to make tough choices in balancing San Jose's budget, similar to what the City Council does every year. The free, hour-long online budget sessions will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-25, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The online budget games coincide with an extensive community-based budgeting process that includes the City's annual neighborhood budget prioritization workshop on Saturday, Jan. 18, a formal public opinion survey, neighborhood meetings throughout San Jose, and multiple public hearings by the City Council over the next several months.

Since 2011, San José has used a specially designed version of Conteneo’s “Buy a Feature” game to engage neighborhood leaders during a half-day event at City Hall regarding priorities for spending, tradeoffs, and budget cuts for the City’s annual $2.9 billion budget. This innovative community engagement tool has provided an effective channel to obtain feedback for the difficult financial choices facing the city each year.

Street repair, fire and police department staffing and response times, funding for community centers, public library hours, as well as potential bond or tax measures that could increase resources needed for critical services, are among the topics that residents can rank using the collaborative budget games during the neighborhood priority-setting workshop.

Read the news release.

Register for the online Budget Games.

make the call

Nominations for Youth Volunteer and Service Learning Project 

The Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact (PARTI) Program wants to recognize youth, ages 5-25 and student organizations, who reside in Santa Clara County that are making a difference in Santa Clara County, during our Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) recognition event.

Finalist will be announced on January 18, 2014 during the 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Stop the Violence Rally in San Jose. All participants will be invited to attend the Santa Clara County Recognition “Youth in Action” Day on Friday, April 11, 2014.

To find out how you can get involved or volunteer at the 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Stop the Violence Rally, please call (408) 561-4664 or email

Countdown to the San José’s Foam Food Container Ordinance – Are you ready?

The first phase of the City of San José’s Foam Food Container Ordinance takes effect on January 1, 2014. This phase only affects multi-state restaurant chains, with all other restaurants affected on January 1, 2015.

Multi-state restaurant chains will be unable to provide expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam™, food ware beginning January 1, 2014. They may provide any alternative product of their choice. With just a few weeks left before the ordinance takes effect, we encourage restaurants to take the following actions to be in compliance with the new ordinance: 

 1.Use up your current supply of foam food ware.

2.Read the full ordinance at

3.Learn about the unique packaging and financial hardship exemptions at

 If you have questions, please contact the Green To Go team; we’re here to help! Email:  Phone: 408-975-2586 Visit for updates on alternative packaging pricing, frequently asked questions, restaurant tips, and other resources.

 The Museums of Los Gatos 2014 Santa Clara County-wide High School Art Exhibition

Applications are now open for Santa Clara High School students, deadline is February 14

In this third annual county-wide competition, The Museums of Los Gatos asks young artists to contemplate the idea that art is a conversation and to visually communicate their answers Art is a Conversation. Please visit their web site for all the details. The Museums of Los Gatos  

 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




 2014 Neighborhood Associations and Youth Commission Priority Setting Session

Date: Saturday January 18

Registration is underway. There will be two phases of community participation this year-the meeting of community leaders and youth commissioners on the 18th and an on-line component the following weekend to gather wider resident input.  

For more information about the budget and the budget process, visit the City Manager’s Budget Office website at

Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to a very special event:

  The 2014 State of the City Address

Date: Thursday, February 20

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

(Doors Open at 6:00; Program Starts at 6:30)

Location: McEnery San Jose Convention Center

150 W. San Carlos Street San Jose, CA 95113

Seating is limited. Register by Sunday, February 16 to attend.

To RSVP or for more event information, please visit:

There is no charge for this year’s event.

34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon

A community event since 1980, the annual Martin Luther King Luncheon has been an important part of the celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday. The MLK Luncheon unites a combination of community and trade organizations, corporations, philanthropists, and students for a one-of-a-kind affair. Hosted by the African American Community Service Agency, the proceeds raised from the Martin Luther King Luncheon go towards programs that serve youth such as the AACSA Leadership Academy, Summer Day Camp, the Toys for Tots Holiday Program and Afterschool Literacy Program.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $40 for youth under 17 and students with valid ID with current 2013-2014 sticker. 

Date: Monday, January 20

Time: Noon

Location: San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, 1740 N. First Street, San Jose
More Information: Visit

 Tickets for the 2014 Freedom Train are on sale NOW!

Come join us as we listen to civil rights stories told by the United States Marshals’ and sing along with our talented gospel vocalists!

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014

Time: The Freedom Train will depart San Jose at 10:00 a.m. and run nonstop to San Francisco arriving at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Location: San Jose Diridon Station, 65 Cahill Street, San Jose, CA  95110

Cost: $15.00 – General, $10.00 – Seniors 65 and older, persons with disabilities, children 0-18 years of age, and students. (Proof of ID required.)

Please visit our website at to find out how to purchase your tickets TODAY! Because so many families are suffering through difficult financial hardships and in honoring Dr. King’s mission to serve others, we are partnering with Sacred Heart Community Service Agency, and Loved Twice, to collect canned food items and new/gently used infant wear sizes 0-12 months. Please support these families in need by bringing your donations of canned food or clothing Monday, January 20, 2014, from 8:00am-10:00am ONLY, to 65 Cahill Street, San Jose, CA 95110 For more information please contact our President at, or call 408-861-5323.

 f you would like to use your Freedom Train ticket/s the weekend of January 17-19, 2014, to get a discounted hotel room, or discounts on restaurants, theaters, etc. please email our President at 

CCPY (Community Partners for Youth) 9th graders overcome High Ropes challenges that parallel those in their everyday lives!

Welcome Home Event celebrating hard-earned accomplishments of our youth as they get off two buses, returning from a 4 day venture into the wilderness for high ropes course and self-exploration in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Date: Monday, January 20

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: W.C. Overfelt High School, Room F-5 1835 Cunningham Avenue San Jose  

 Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is hosting a Public Open House Meeting

Learn about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

The State of California is taking action to safeguard our water supplies from the Delta with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The BDCP is the largest water infrastructure project in the country. Its proposed two 35-mile, seismically secure tunnels will provide safe and secure water to 25 million Californians and habitat restoration of 145,000 acres over 50 years.

The BDCP and its associated environmental studies are now available for a 120-day review period from December 13, 2013 through April 14, 2014.BDCP is hosting a public open house meeting in San Jose.

Date: Wednesday, January 22 

Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Location: San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113 

For more information or to submit a comment, please visit the BDCP website (


Community Meetings to Provide Input on San Jose's 2014-2022 Housing Element

Every several years, cities are required to plan for future housing needs through the State Housing Element process. We would greatly appreciate and value your input to help shape San Jose's plan for the 2014-2022 period by sharing what you feel are the most important housing needs and issues in the city. As San Jose continues to grow, as demographics of our population continue to evolve, and as the economy continues to improve - perhaps unevenly - what housing needs should the City address? More housing for seniors? A variety of housing to support the local economy and workers of different incomes? Other concerns and/or opportunities?

We encourage you to participate and share your thoughts at one of the upcoming public workshops to help shape the future of San Jose. Each of the meetings will cover the same material. All are welcome - please feel free to invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone else you feel may be interested. Spanish and Vietnamese translation services will be available as needed. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

January 22, 2014

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Roosevelt Community Center

901 E. Santa Clara Street

San Jose, CA 95116

January 28, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

San Jose City Hall

Wing Rooms 118-119

200 E. Santa Clara Street

San Jose, CA 95113

January 29, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Southside Community Center 5585 Cottle Road

San Jose, CA 95123

February 6, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Mayfair Community Center

2039 Kammerer Avenue

San Jose, CA 95116

February 10, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Willow Glen Community Center

2175 Lincoln Avenue

San Jose, CA 95125

February 20, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Berryessa Community Center

3050 Berryessa Road

San Jose, CA 95132

February 25, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Calabazas Branch Library 1230 S. Blaney Avenue

San Jose, CA 95129

 To stay up-to-date on the Housing Element process, sign up for future announcements and notifications or visit the city's website. Should you have any questions, please contact Michael Bills with the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, or Wayne Chen with the Housing Department. (408) 535-3860

FREE Mentoring Outreach Meet up & Celebration

Make a difference in your community and connect one-on-one with a child or young adult. The South Bay Mentoring Coalition is presenting a free Mentoring Outreach Meet Up and Celebration. Find out more about how to be a mentor or which organization is right for you! At least 11 organizations that offer mentoring opportunities will be represented at the event, which will be hosted by the Office of Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese in partnership with Notre Dame High School of San Jose. The keynote speaker is Will Lopez of Homeboy Industries. Please join us and pass this invitation on to your friends or whomever you think may be interested in becoming a mentor. For more information, contact Tiffany Lee at 408-299-5030 or

Date: Saturday, January 25
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
(Doors open at 8:45AM; Light refreshments provided)

Location: County Government Center, 70 West Hedding, San Jose

*Free Parking is available in the County employee "C" parking lot on Hedding and First Streets


Register via:

  Super Guadalupe River Run

Date: Sunday, February 2

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday in San Jose with the Super Guadalupe River Run! Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, with sponsorship from San Jose Water Company.

Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles, run a 3.1 mile buttonhook, or tackle the kids’ 1K quarterback sneak, you'll earn your guacamole on the Guadalupe. Huddle up with family, friends, training partners, or co-workers and cross the goal line to score guilt-free indulgence during the game.

The run starts at 438 Coleman Ave in downtown San Jose. For more information, visit . Proceeds benefit Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s education and stewardship efforts.

Girls Leadership Initiative Event

Co-sponsored by Councilmember Rocha: workshop space available for 4th and 5th grade girls and parents! Sign up now!

Girls Leadership training

Sixth Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit

 On behalf of the City of San Jose, we would like to invite you to attend the Sixth Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit sponsored by the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force. The purpose of this summit is to promote and encourage 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, and a free lunch for participants. Workshop topics include: Gang 102 and a Way Out, Faith Initiative, SJPD Community Safety Strategies, and Parent Engagement and Resources.
All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP online by Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Space is limited, so please sign up early. If you have any questions, please call the Mayor's office at (408) 535-4800.
Register Now!

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8

Time: 8:30am-2:00pm

Location: Mt. Pleasant High School Theater 1750 S. White Rd. San Jose, CA 95127 

Lam Research "Heart & Soles 5K"

This timed "fun run" is designed for everyone. Get a little exercise and help us to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause. Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K” supports “Salad Bars for Santa Clara County Schools,” an initiative of state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s “Team California for Healthy Kids Initiative.” Over the next three years, the "Heart & Soles 5K" wants to raise funds to place 100 salad bars in Santa Clara County K-8 schools. There will be a 5k Run/Walk for participants ages 8 and up and a Kids Fun Run for participants ages 2-7. Registration costs $38 and $12, respectively.

More Information: Register at

Date: Saturday, February 8  

Time: 9:00am

Location: Hellyer County Park, 985 Hellyer Avenue, San Jose

Committee for Green Foothills Stegner Bench Hike

Celebrate the birthday of CGF founder, Wallace Stegner, on a scenic hike at the Long Ridge Open Space Preserve through Oak woodlands, grasslands, and redwood- Douglas fir forests to visit the stone bench dedicated to Stegner. The hike is 4.6 miles round trip and takes approximately 1 1/2 hours each way. Please note: There is no water or restrooms on site

  • Light refreshments will be available at Stegner’s bench, but please bring water and any snacks you may wish to enjoy during the event

  • Let us know if you have any physical limitations or allergies that we should be aware of. If you would like to join us, but feel that you will be unable to hike, we can make arrangements for those who would like a ride out to the bench for the presentation portion of the event

  • Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on this portion of the Long Ridge Open Space Preserve

Space is Limited! To RSVP please contact Elizabeth Sarmiento at: or 650-968-7243 ext. 340 

Date: Sunday, February 16

Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm

Location: Long Ridge Open Space Preserve






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