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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

February 2017 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 –

As Vice Chair of the Citizen Corps Council, member of the Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council, and member of the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority, I know that there is no such thing as being “too prepared” when it comes to concerns around keeping my family and community safe.

I am excited to share that I'm co-hosting a town hall meeting on emergency preparedness, in partnership with County Supervisor Ken Yeager, San Jose Councilmember Chappie Jones, San Jose Fire Department, San Jose Police Department, and the City of San Jose Office of Emergency Services (OES). Please feel free to join us for an opportunity to hear City and County representatives discuss the importance of emergency preparedness and their roles in emergency response.

The details for the Emergency Preparedness Town Hall are as follows:

Saturday, February 4, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cypress Community Center

403 Cypress Avenue, San Jose, CA 95117

OES Staff will provide a presentation and discuss phases of emergency management and how to become involved in Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Representatives from the San Jose Fire Department will discuss their leadership role in emergency response, and San Jose Police Department will share how they deploy resources and plan for other large scale emergency events. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a San Jose Prepared! training, assess your household’s risk to hazards, create a communication plan for your families, and meet your emergency responders.

I invite you to share this with your friends and neighbors so we can all be better informed and prepared. Having a contingency plan and understanding the different scopes of our public safety and government agencies may not prevent a disaster from happening, but it can prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

A good way to stay informed is to make sure you’re signed up for AlertSCC, a free, easy, confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email or landline. Alert SCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in the event of emergency situations such as flooding, wildfires, public safety incidents including crimes that affect your neighborhood, and post-disaster information about shelters, transportation or supplies. Sign up online – it only takes a minute.

Have you also wondered, how prepared is District 9? If you have a minute, please help us find out by filling out this short confidential survey. We look forward to having the results for our town hall meeting.

Should you have any questions or wish to find out more information on the upcoming town hall, please contact my office at 408-535-4909.

Thank you for staying informed and engaged in our community. I hope to see you there.


Donald Rocha

News & Announcements
Public Meeting: Samaritan Medical Center Traffic Improvements

Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cambrian Branch Library, 1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

As part of a recent land use approval for expansion of the Samaritan Medical Center, the City of San Jose has required that approximately $1.2 million be set aside for transportation improvements in the western portion of District 9. Potential improvements could include pedestrian safety enhancements, bike infrastructure improvements, enhanced traffic management devices, signal upgrades, or other transportation improvements. The improvements can be located within an area that’s roughly bounded by Bascom Ave. to the west, Dry Creek Road to the north, approximately midway between Ross Ave. and Meridian Ave. to the east, and Blossom Hill Road to the south (see map below for a precise outline of the boundaries.)

The City is holding a community meeting to take community suggestions and input on how this money should be spent. Anyone who lives within the area described in the below map or who has an interest in transportation improvements in that area are welcome to attend and share their opinion.

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

Storm Preparedness

Santa Clara Valley Water District encourages residents to take precautions and practice flood safety measures to protect family and property. 

Have a Plan. Flooding can happen, so make sure you have an emergency kit with supplies, necessary medications and important documents for your home and your car; know your flood risk and learn a route to higher ground; have a family communication plan and emergency contacts. For more information visit:

Stay Informed. Monitor creek levels and rainfall at Tune in to your local radio or television stations for any issued flood watches.  Report fallen trees in creeks or other creek blockages to the water district's watershed hotline (408) 630-2378 and report local street flooding at

Get free sandbags.  For a list of locations and placement techniques visit

Presidents' Week at Camden Community Center

Camden Community Center has a camp for you this Presidents' Week break (February 21 - 24):

  • Archery—Beginning: 9-16yrs, $100/$104
  • Archery— Intermediate: 9-16yrs, $100/$104
  • Camp Dance: 3-12yrs, $105/$109
  • Camp San Jose: 5-11yrs, $159/$163
  • Hoopstarz Skills Camp: 8-14yrs, $306/$310
  • Hoopstarz Skills Camp: 8-14yrs, $182/$186
  • Robotics Camp—Beginner: 9-13yrs, $140/$144

Please visit for full course descriptions, or stop by the community center and pick up a winter brochure!  *Scholarships are available to those who qualify. For more details, please visit

SpeedUp San Jose

SpeedUp San Jose is a tool that residents can use to measure their internet speed. Residents will only have to answer a couple of questions then take a speed test. This will provide the City with invaluable data on which neighborhoods are getting high quality service and which are not.  

Help us SpeedUp San Jose by taking the speed test today at

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:

Our City Forest AmeriCorps Program

Local environmental non-profit, Our City Forest, is recruiting now for service-oriented people to join their award winning AmeriCorps team. Positions begin in mid-March and are full-time with a 6-month commitment. Visit to learn more about the program, positions, and how to apply.

Our City Forest (OCF) also has weekly volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. Like plants? Like people? Visit to see upcoming events and how to sign up.

Interested in becoming a dedicated volunteer? OCF is hosting a new Tree Amigo course for those who want to commit to greening their community. The class is part online, part in-person and begins February 11. Learn more and apply at

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.

Free Citizen Workshops

Every 1st Wednesday of the month, 3:15 PM - 6:00 PM at Alum Rock Library

Every 1st Thursday of the month, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Mitchell Park Library

March 8, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Cupertino Library

These workshops are designed to determine if you are eligible to become an American citizen, help you complete and file your citizenship application (N-400) and submit USCIS fee and language waivers, if applicable. Service is first come, first serve. To register, call (408) 277-0255 ext. 17, 18 or 21 or email

Upcoming Events
PG&E Neighborhood Open House: Community Pipeline Safety Initiative

Thursday, February 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Booksin Elementary School, 1590 Dry Creek Road, San Jose, CA 95125

Please join PG&E at an upcoming open house to learn more about its pipeline safety programs and planned safety work in our community.

After an in-depth review, PG&E has identified some trees and other items in the Willow Glen neighborhood (along Curtner, beginning near presentation and continuing east) that need to be replaced away from the pipe for safety reasons. PG&E has been working closely with the City of San Jose, Santa Clara County and local residents to develop a path forward that balances the need for public safety while preserving the character and beauty of the community.  For more information, residents can attend the open house or contact Lauren Urhausen at (408) 318-2649 or

Los Lagos Golf Course:  A Community Conversation initiative

Thursday, February 2, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95132

Saturday, March 11, 9:30 AM -11:30 AM
Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose, CA 95132

This project focuses on community engagement to discuss the future of Los Lagos Golf Course - one of three municipal golf courses in the City of San Jose. Visit for general information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Project Manager, Abraham Chacko at or 408-793-5523.

State of the City Address

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Gunderson High School Gymnasium, 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose, CA 95136

Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to the 2017 State of the City Celebration. In addition to the Mayor's speech, the event will honor outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees. 

Please register online. You must bring a copy of your registration confirmation to gain attendance to the event.  A resource fair will begin promptly after the State of the City Celebration program at 11:30 AM.

VTA Community Meetings

Last summer, VTA conducted the first phase of its public engagement efforts around the draft Transit Service Plan. During the next 6 weeks, VTA is hosting a second series of community meetings.

Monday, February 13, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Branch Library, 3090 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95127 

Thursday, February 16, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Southside Community and Senior Center, 5585 Cottle Road San Jose, CA 95123

For more information about the draft of the plan, you can go here:

10th Annual Senior Winter Walk & Resource Fair

Friday, February 24, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Westfield Oakridge Mall, Macy's Court, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Join Councilmembers Donald Rocha, Johnny Khamis and Sergio Jimenez for a morning of health and wellness at the annual senior winter walk at Oakridge mall.  Free continental breakfast will be served; registration will take place on site. The event is sponsored by the City of San Jose, Westfield Oakridge, Kaiser Permanente, Star One Credit Union, and Alameda Family Services. For more information, call (408) 535-4910 or email

Free Public Workshop: California Building Code Changes
California Building Code Changes

Friday, February 24, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Westfield San Jose City Hall Wing Rooms, 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Property owners, trade professionals and anyone who is interested can learn about the recent significant changes to the building codes at this free public workshop. The State of California updates the building codes every three years, and the revised 2016 codes have now replaced the 2013 codes. Please see the workshop flyer for details and session topics. RSVP to or call 408-535-7722. Validated parking is provided.

12th Annual Santa Clara County Veterans Resource Fair - Registration Open

Saturday, April 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Fiesta Hall, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111

The San Jose Vet Center Resource Fair Advisory Council is pleased to announce the upcoming 12th Annual Veterans Resource Fair. Over the years, the Veterans Resource Fair has served thousands of veterans and their families and brought attention and support to the San Jose Vet Center in downtown San Jose providing information, counseling and supportive services. 

The resource fair will offer veteran benefits counseling, employment opportunities, medical and housing needs, community agency support services, and education benefits. To be considered as a possible service provider to participate in this event, please apply online at Deadline to apply is March 17, 2017. For questions, contact by the application deadline of March 17.

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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