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District 9 2018 February Mid-Month Newsletter

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February 2018 Mid-Month Newsletter

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Councilmember Don 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’d like to let you know about a useful garbage pick-up service that my office has recently received questions about.  If you have an ongoing disability that makes you unable to move your garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings carts to the curb for collection, our Disabled On-Premise Service can help collect your garbage cart from your property. Please find instructions for enrollment here.

I’d also like to offer a reminder that San Jose's Junk Pickup program offers free appointments for residents who want large items (Such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators and more) picked up at their homes. Please click here for more details.  I’ve talked about this service before but I like to mention it whenever I can because it’s really convenient if you have large items to get rid of.

If you’d like to contact my office, please feel free to reach out to me at (408) 535-4909 or by email at


News & Announcements
District 9 Neighborhoods Commission Vacancies

Represent District 9 in San Jose's Neighborhoods Commission! There will be two District 9 seat openings for the term starting in July 2018. Representatives MUST live in the District for which they are applying to qualify. For additional information, please contact Sabrina Parra-Garcia, Commission Secretary at

Apply online here. Deadline for application is Sunday, March 4 at 11:59 PM 


On Saturday, February 17 at 9 AM, The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) is partnering with Google and Next Gen to provide kids (Ages 9 to 14) the opportunity to:

  • Sign up for Google CS
  • Design Black History Month themed Google Logos
  • Learn to code with arts influence based on the significance of Black History Month

Lunch will be provided and registration is limited to 30 Participants!

Please click here for more information and to register your child.

Volunteer at AHUMC's Warming Center for Homeless Women

Almaden Hills United Methodist Church is hosting a warming center for homeless women and is looking for volunteers to help. You don't need to be a member of the church or any church at all.  The shelter will run through April 7 and is open from 7 AM to 7 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There are various ways for each volunteer to support this effort: Some can cook, others can listen, provide company and help in many other ways.

Please sign up here. You can also contact Bruce Eshleman here for any questions or concerns.  

Senior Winter Walk & Resource Fair

Join Councilmembers Khamis, Rocha, and Jimenez for the 11th Annual Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk, Friday, February 23, 2018 from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM.  There will be free on-site registration in Macy's Court at Oakridge Mall, along with free continental breakfast and raffle prizes. Celebrate health, wellness, and senior resources in our community.  For more information, call 408-535-4910 or email

Comfort Keepers Senior Home Care Open House

You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of Comfort Keeper's Open House and Ribbon Cutting at their new location right here in San Jose.

Come and learn about Comfort Keepers and what their Senior Home Care Services are all about. Light refreshments will be served and raffle prizes will be awarded!

Friday, February 23, 2018
4 PM - 6 PM 
2505 Samaritan Drive Ste 202, San Jose, CA 95124

Please email Amy Tsang here or call her at (408) 499-6118 to RSVP.

Apply Now: Leaders for Education, Advocacy, & Democracy (LEAD)

Asian Americans for Community Involvement's (AACI) Leaders for Education, Advocacy, & Democracy (LEAD) program provides youth with professional work experience, leadership skills, and individualized mentorship that engages them to become champions for their communities.



To learn more and apply, click here.

Grant Opportunities for the Community

The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), is pleased to announce that the guidelines for the 6th round of the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) are now available here.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is now accepting applications for The Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Grants Program. Click here for more information on funding availability and application requirements.

SJCity FIT Fitness Programs

Do you like working out? are interested in instructor-led classes? Spin, Stretch, Yoga, and Zumba our a few of the classes offered through the PRNS SJCITY FIT program. Classes are offered at Almaden, Bascom and Camden Community Center. Drop-in and pick classes based on your needs. Monthly, or yearly memberships are available for purchase. For more information, please call Camden Community Center at 408-559-8553, or visit any of the locations listed.

Winter Classes at Camden

Camden Community Center is pleased to offer new classes starting in the new year, including: Cheese Making, One day LEGO Workshops, Discovering Children’s Literature, A Taste of the World (Ukraine, Persia and Holland), Skateboarding, Paint Night Party, Composting, Plant Night Party, Mechanical Engineering, and Green Ball Tennis Champions! Sign up today at or stop by Camden Community Center.

Opportunities for District 9 Youth

Applications for an appointment to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Youth Commission are open to high school youth (ages 13-18). Youth Commissioners will attend bimonthly meetings after school. The application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Download an application here.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is looking for qualified candidates to fill Lifeguarding, Recreation Leader, and Family Camp Counselor positions, which facilitate meaningful and fun summer programs for participants of all ages across San José. Visit our Careers website and select Open-Competitive Recruitments, to apply for these available positions.

Our City Forest Needs Your Help!

Our City Forest needs the help of over 100 volunteer to plant 40 trees at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds! Join other community members on Saturday, February 24 from 9 AM to 12 PM to beautify the County Fairgrounds and improve Our City Forest.

Lunch will be provided by the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds after all the trees are planted.

To sign up, contact Ariel here or call (408) 998-7337 Ext. 108.

Save Our Dancing Pig! All-Day Fundraiser

The dancing piggy of the Stephen's Meat Products neon sign, located at 105 S. Montgomery St., has been a San Jose beacon for over 40 years. Please join PAC*SJ and Poor House Bistro to raise funds and restore this City Landmark and treasure! On February 25, mention the Dancing Pig at checkout and Poor House Bistro will donate 25% of all in-house, takeout or gift certificate orders purchased to help restore the neon sign.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
All Day
Poor House Bistro - 91 S. Autumn St., San Jose, CA

Teddy Bear Drive!

The Community Service Commission of Branham High School is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive through March 2. CollectedTeddy Bears will be donated to the Stanford Children's Hospital as a Valentine's gift.

If you would like to donate, please deliver your Teddy Bears at one of these locations

  • Branham High School's Main Office
  • 3188 Cyrus Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95124

For more information, contact Jessy Gonzalez here or call (669) 255-9029.

San Jose Arena Authority Receiving Applications

The San Jose Arena Authority is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for one vacancy on the Arena Authority Board of Directors. The 19-member San Jose Arena Authority Board of Directors convenes monthly to identify and address issues relating to the management and operation of SAP Center, Solar4America Ice, and San Jose Municipal Stadium.

If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on the Arena Authority Board of Directors, please have them email a resume along with two professional references (Contact information only) here or mail them to the below address:

Chris Morrisey - San Jose Arena Authority Executive Director

P.O. Box 90207, San Jose, CA, 95109

*Application deadline is February 28. For more information, email here.

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose 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... 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

San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County. Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Downtown, north, east, and south San Jose: call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • West San Jose: call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company. Visit for more information.

Upcoming Events

*San Jose City Hall will be closed during Presidents' Day Holiday on Monday, February 19

*Doerr Park's Baseball Field will be fenced off for renovations starting on March 1


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Concerns (408) 975-1440
Homeless Helpline (408) 510-7600
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
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide
Carol Stephenson Policy Aide


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