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2017 October Newsletter

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 hope you are enjoying the fall season. In this newsletter, I have included several announcements and upcoming events, such as a housing town hall, a community meeting on HWY 85, and a series of storm preparedness resource fairs.  Please also note below the new date for the Cambrian Run, which is now Sunday, November 5th.

If you have any city-related issues or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to my office at 408-535-4909 or

Wishing you a Happy October and a safe Halloween.


Don Rocha
Councilmember, District 9

News & Announcements
2nd Annual Cambrian Schools 5K Run Postponed to November 5th

Due to fluctuating conditions, and in an abundance of caution around the air quality from North Bay wildfires, the 2nd Annual Cambrian Schools 5K Run was rescheduled to Sunday, November 5.  Registration remains open online until the new race date. For those who were unable to attend the original date, we hope you'll join us on the 5th! Questions can be directed, and more information can be found at

Applied Materials Turkey Trot

Register now for the 13th Annual Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot!" Join this Bay Area holiday tradition with friends and family on Thursday, November 23 in Downtown San Jose. Your registration supports five valuable local charities that focus on families in need. This run/walk features 5K and 10K distances, along with a Kids Fun Run and a festive costume contest. Sign up today at!

Clean Energy Community Advisory Commission (CECAC) Vacancies 

In May 2017, City Council approved proceeding with the establishment of a San José Community Choice Energy, referred to as San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE). The City of San Jose is now recruiting for the new Clean Energy Community Advisory Commission (CECAC), which will provide essential advice to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and the Director about all aspects of SJCE start-up and operations.  If are interested in serving on this commission, please apply onlineApplications are being accepted until Friday, November 10 at 11:59 PM.  For more information, visit

Teen Driver Safety Week: What Your Teen Driver Needs to Know

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. To shed light on this epidemic and reduce the number of lives lost, the San Jose Police Department wants to draw public attention to National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15-21.  Teen Driver Safety Week can parents focus attention on setting rules for their teen driver before allowing them to get behind the wheel.  For tips and programs for teen drivers and their families, visit

Dispose of Unused/Expired Prescription Drugs

On Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM the San Jose Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and otc drugs.  

Bring your pills for disposal to Camden Community Center, or any of the other participating sites.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For locations and more information, visit

Our City Forest

Our City Forest offers numerous volunteer opportunities to learn more about the urban forest and become an environmental steward within your community.  Please check out the calendar for a full list of programs.

Nursery Workdays are also an excellent way to learn more about our urban ecosystem while contributing to the growth and well-being of our native shrubs and trees.  Workdays are offered every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9am-12pm. Please email to register.

First Time Homebuyer Program

In one of the toughest markets for first time homebuyers in years, local realtors are partnering with the Housing Trust Silicon Valley to provide grants that will help first time homebuyers with closing costs.  The Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, Santa Clara County Realtors Foundation, and C.A.R. Housing Affordability Fund are all working with Housing Trust Silicon Valley to make this possible.

For complete eligibility and program details, visit

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San José is proud to present My San Jose, a state-of-the-art mobile tool that allows you to quickly and easily report common service requests such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, streetlight outages, and illegal dumping. You can also report through the web portal at the app today!

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... That most residential burglaries occur during daylight hours?  How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are easy targets?  What to do if you see a suspicious person on your street? That crime rates in Neighborhood Watch communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?

SJPD is anxious to help residents implement Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhoods. For more information or to set up a meeting, call 408-277-4133.

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 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 Jose, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • Homes with garbage cart service in west San Jose, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400
  • Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company

Visit for more information. Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500.

Upcoming Events
SoFA Farmer's Market

Sundays, now through December 31, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Parking lot across from California Theatre, 300 block of South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The SoFA Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday, and features at least 16 vendors, with farm fresh certified organic produce, flowers, hummus and more.  The market also features a pop-up 1500 square foot park with turf, games, live music, arts & crafts, and musical instruments for the kids.

Winter Storm Resource Fairs

Hosted by the City of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, three Winter Storm Resource Fairs this month will provide residents and businesses with the opportunity to learn about the agencies’ Joint Emergency Action Plan that is under development for severe storms and flooding, and to obtain resources on how to prepare for the possibility of flooding.

  • October 18, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park Community Room
  • October 19, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Franklin McKinley School District Office Board Room
  • October 28, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 2nd Floor Community Room

Plug into Nature with Midpen

Every month, Midpen offers a wide variety of FREE docent-led activities throughout the preserves. Click through the events below, or visit for a complete list of activities and events.

Exposure Charity Fashion Show

Thursday, October 19, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM 
Corinthian Grand Ballroom, 196 N 3rd St, San Jose, CA 95112

Bullying is never okay. Show your support for the ANTI-bullying efforts of the PARTI Program at a charity fashion show featuring VIP designers, celebrity guests, performers, networking, and more. For tickets or more information, visit

Third Thursday: Mosaic Silicon Valley

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Join San Jose Museum of Art and Mosaic Silicon Valley for an evening of music, movement, and spoken word. “Lost and Found: Forging a Future from Fragments” will feature a site-specific theatrical performance created by Giulio Cesare Perrone (artistic director of Inferno Theatre) and an empowering presentation from Fong Tran, spoken word poet and social justice activist. Tickets are $5 after 5:00 PM (free to members).  Order tickets online.

Work2Future Job Fair

Friday, October 20, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
San Jose City College, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95128

Join Work2Future in partnership with San Jose City College for a fall job fair. This event is open to the public and will be located at San Jose City College's main gym.  Over 55 employers and over 1,000 positions are available, with employers interviewing and providing same day job offers. Employers from manufacturing, hospitality, retail and non-profit sectors will provide information on services and training opportunities. To register for this free event, visit For more information, call 408-794-1132. 

Happy Hollow Halloween Events

Hall-o-ween Family Sleepover
Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, October 29, 6:00 PM - 10:00 AM, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Happy Hollow invites you to be its overnight guest for a howling good time and enjoy the thrill of the zoo after dark. During your adventure, learn the truth about “scary” animals through Halloween-themed activities, games, live animal encounters, and night tours. Your adventure includes a late-night snack and breakfast the next morning. Bring your own tent and sleeping gear to tent camp in the Crooked House Meadow or sleep indoors in the Learning Lodge Classroom. Register online.

Flashlight Safari - Nocturnal Senses
Friday, October 27, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

ever wondered what happens at the zoo after dark? Grab your flashlight and join us on an adventure through the zoo to learn about the nocturnal habits of the animals, and even meet live nocturnal animals up close!  Register online.

Housing Town Hall

Saturday, October 28, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM 
Orchard City Banquet Hall, Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

Join State Senator Jim Beall at a pancake breakfast where he will explain in depth how new state laws can cool the affordable housing crisis.  Housing experts will be present to answer questions.  Unable to attend? The town hall opening and presentation will be streamed live on Facebook beginning at 8:45 AM. For more information or to RSVP, call 408-558-1295.

Coyote Creek Cleanup

Saturday, October 28, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM 
Intersection of Notting Hill Drive and Chessington Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

Trick or Treat! Join Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition for a spooktacular trash cleanup along Coyote Creek! Join members of your community to pick up trash along the creek, and learn about native plants and animals.  Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and bring a friend.

SR85 Community Meeting

Thursday, November 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123

The public is invited to provide input at a community meeting on the State Route 85 Transit Guideway Study, which is an analysis of various transit options for HWY 85 (bus transit, light rail, and other technologies).  This will be the first of two rounds of public input. VTA is specifically seeking feedback on the public’s vision for the corridor and the types of solutions and strategies they would like VTA to pursue.  For more information, please contact the District 2 Council office at 408-535-4902.

Forum on Loneliness & Social Isolation: A Need for Community

Thursday, November 9, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Santa Clara County-Social Services Agency Auditorium, 333 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110

The Seniors' Agenda and Institute on Aging present a discussion for seniors on loneliness and social isolation.  Explore ways to recognize loneliness and social isolation in older people with Patrick Arbore, EdD, Founder of the Friendship Line and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services.  Free parking is available in parking structure, floors 2-5).  Visit for more information and to RSVP.


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


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