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Coyote Creek Flood Update

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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha


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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,

The recent flooding has left devastating impacts on thousands of San Jose residents and their communities. Last week’s heavy rainfall caused the Anderson Reservoir to spill over into Coyote Creek, causing severe flooding and emergency evacuations of homes and businesses

The most severe flooding occurred in the low-lying areas of San Jose along Coyote Creek.  Water levels have since receded and the reservoir is no longer over-flowing, but hundreds of households are still out of their homes and now face extreme financial hardship.

It has been estimated that $50 million in damages to private property and $23 million in damages to public property have resulted from the flood.

Now in the wake of the storm, the City’s priority is to help the victims affected and focus on recovery and reentry for those neighborhoods. A large majority of flooded properties have now been cleared for reentry and cleanups are underway. The local assistance center at Shirikawa Community Center and the 24-hour overnight shelter at Seven Trees Community Center remain open to offer its resources to residents.  

Photo courtesy of the Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo

I would like to thank the firefighters, police officers, and first responders for their efforts during this challenging time. I could not be more impressed with their commitment to the public's safety and well-being.  I also want to thank the thousands of volunteers working alongside flood victims and city crews for their tremendous efforts. Our entire community has been overwhelmingly supportive of the flood victims and continue to offer their assistance in many ways to help residents get back on their feet.

I also want to acknowledge Mayor Liccardo along with Councilmembers Peralez and Nguyen, the two Councilmembers whose districts were most significantly impacted. Each of them have stepped up during this time of great need and have volunteered many hours at the flood site to offer their help. As a Councilmember of a district that was not impacted by the flood, I am impressed by and grateful for their leadership as they address the aftermath taking place at the heart of their districts.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has also been an important partner in this flood relief effort by collecting donations for its San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund, which go toward immediate and long-term relief and recovery assistance to flood victims in San Jose. Up until yesterday, just under $1 million had been donated to the fund. However, thanks to an incredibly generous donation of $5 million from CEO Chairman of RAAS, Kieu Hoang, donations have risen to just over $6 million!

Press conference covering $5 million donation from Mr. Kieu Hoang

The American Red Cross, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Sacred Heart Community Service and The Salvation Army are just a few of the organizations that will distribute some of these resources and funds. I hope you will join this effort to help those most in need.

Public Hearing

On Tuesday, the City Council ratified the proclamation of the existence of a local emergency, and voted to waive or defer inspection fees for cleanup and repair efforts for property owners and businesses. Since the flood, there has also been lots of discussion around our warning system to the community in the event of a local emergency or natural disaster. The Council also voted to hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 9 from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Council Chambers to discuss information relating to storm preparation, warnings to residents, flood prevention and response, and updates from the City and Santa Clara Valley Water District. The public is invited to attend this open meeting.

How You Can Help

Volunteer to help with cleanup efforts:

Donate to the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation:

Donate clothing and goods to Salvation Army

359 4th Street, San Jose, CA 95112, Phone: (408) 282-1165

Additional Flood Relief Resources

The City and its partners have a long list of resources available to the community, including information on property reentry, vehicle damage and towing, transportation, temporary storage, property assessment, road closures, and more. More information can be found at

My thoughts are with the residents and their families who were affected by the flood. In many cases, they lost everything they had and must now rebuild their homes and businesses. If you know someone who needs help accessing these resources, please share this information with them. My staff and I are also available to help direct residents to the appropriate services or deparatments.

As always, feel free to contact me and my staff at 408-535-4909 with any city-related issues or concerns.


Donald Rocha

News & Announcements
Board & Commission Vacancies

Applications are now being accepted to fill a variety of City of San Jose Board & Commission vacancies.  The deadline to apply is April 3, and a full list of vacancies can be found here:

Boards and commissions were established to advise the Mayor and Council and provide important and ongoing input into policies that affect our city. They also enable citizens to participate in San Jose's government processes at a deeper level and provide an opportunity for the many neighborhoods within San Jose to be heard.  Serving on a board or commission is an extremely fulfilling opportunity to learn about what goes into our city’s policy-making process and to give back to our civic process.  Apply online or obtain more information at

Survey Results: Emergency Preparedness

Before our Emergency Preparedness Townhall on February 4, we decided to do a poll on our readers' emergency preparedness. Less than 50% of those who responded to our survey felt that their families were prepared for a sudden emergency. 

No one can fully expect when a sudden emergency, whether it be a personal one, or a natural disaster, will happen. However, an ounce of preparation can help tremendously. Take time this weekend to prepare a “Go Bag,” write down important phone numbers and contacts (not just in your phone), and select a meeting place for you and your family in the case that you might not be able to access your home. You can find more tips at

Sign up to receive text emergency alerts at AlertSCC.

View more of our survey results here:

Volunteers Needed at Kelley Park & Japanese Friendship Garden

Kelley Park and the Japanese Friendship Garden have been damaged by recent flooding from the adjacent Coyote Creek. Volunteers are needed to help with the clean up effort this week - Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5, beginning at 9:00 AM each day.

Please sign up at online by visiting

AmeriCorps VISTA Recruitment

The City of San José Office of Immigrant Affairs is hiring 2 AmeriCorps VISTAs for year-long, full-time positions, starting in May/June 2017.  There are 2 different positions:

Welcome San José Civic Engagement and Awareness VISTA

Welcome San José Civic Engagement and Citizenship VISTA

The application process is open now and the program is especially looking for young leaders who understand the immigrant community, Spanish and/or Vietnamese language skills, and an interest in/passionate about making our City more welcoming to the immigrant community. 

The goal of the new ‘Welcoming Community Corps” VISTA program through Public Allies and Welcoming America is to support immigrant inclusion at the municipal level and to provide leadership opportunities to diverse new leaders, including DREAMers.  The deadline to apply is April 15, 2017. For more information, visit

San Jose Giants Looking for Host Families

In six weeks, approximately 25 San Francisco Giants minor leaguers will move to San Jose for the spring and summer to play for our team, the San Jose Giants. The Giants are offering families the opportunity to host players while they hone their baseball skills during the 140-game regular season. The Host Family Program remains a critical part of the players' success both on and off the field.  Uniting players with local families helps establish solid foundations upon which the young men can grow from.

If you are interested in being a host family or for more information, contact Linda Pereira at (408) 380-4519 or fill out our form online at

Family Camp Now Accepting Reservations

Family Camp at Yosemite is now accepting reservations at

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. 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 2017 camping season. For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

Become a Child Advocate

Are you looking for meaningful volunteer work with a child or teen? Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is recruiting volunteers to serve as friends, mentors and advocates for foster children in Santa Clara County, and hosts monthly Volunteer Informational sessions where you can learn how you make a difference to a child foster care system.  As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, you will undergo training and be empowered by the courts to provide critical emotional and educational support to a foster child and ensure that child's voice is heard in the dependency court system.  Learn more at

2017-2018 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury Annual Recruitment

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2017-18 Civil Grand Jury.  The Court is seeking applicants of all backgrounds who have lived in the county for at least one year, are US citizens, are 18 years of age or older, and are willing to make the commitment of a one-year term, which will begin on June 22, 2017.

Those who are called to serve on the Grand Jury voluntarily enter this service with interest and curiosity in learning more about the administration and operation of the government in the county in which they live, in order to function as an investigatory body.  Individuals interested in applying may contact Tamara L. Davis, Deputy Manager of Jury Services, directly at 408-882-2721, or visit

Join the Adopt-A-Highway Program

The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California's State Highway System.

The Adopt-A-Highway program, which began in 1989, has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time. More than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside.  Participation can include removing litter (work frequency varies with location), planting and establishing trees or wildflowers, removing graffiti and controlling vegetation.  To learn more, please visit:

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

Do you have junk, such as old mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, or tires, cluttering up your home or garage? San José residents in homes with garbage cart service (single-family homes, most townhomes and mobile homes) can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.

Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Homes with garbage cart service in downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • Homes with garbage cart service in west San José, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400
  • Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company at
  • Residents in apartments and most condominiums should contact their property manager or GreenTeam directly at (408) 282-4400 to arrange for free junk pickup

Visit for more information, frequently asked questions, and a list of eligible items.  Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500.

Upcoming Events
March Events at Open Space Authority

Tai Chi in the Park
Saturday, March 4, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Wildflower Walks
Wednesdays, March 15 & 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve

Starry Nights
Saturday, March 18, 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Lichen these Wildflowers
Tuesday, March 21, 10:00 AM -1:00 PM
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

For a complete list of events, visit or call 408-224-7476.

Brass Concert benefiting San Jose Flood Victims Relief

Saturday, March 5, 5:00 PM 
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3151 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Residents are invited to attend a Brass Concert/Hymn Sing, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross to helpe those who have been affected by the flood.  For more information, email

7th Annual Caregivers Count Conference

Saturday, May 6, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Campbell Community Center, Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

The Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County invites you to the 7th Annual Caregivers Count Conference - tailored specifically for family or informal caregivers who are caring for older adults. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from informative speakers as well as visit resource tables to learn about supportive service in the County. Cost is $15.00; limited scholarships are available. For more information and online registration, visit Registration must be received by April 21, 2017.

Important Resources

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-3500
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
Brianne Urban Policy Aide


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