Contact Us

District 9
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
Fax (408) 292-6471

District 9 November Mid Month Announcements


  District 9 News  


Click on the Link below to sign up for city-wide classes

Community Activities and Registration 


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.


Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life!

Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. The cornerstone of our work is the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

For more information including community events and resources,  please visit


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

Crime Prevention 
(408) 277-4133

Family & Domestic Violence Center
(408) 277-3700

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
911, (408) 277-8911 (cell phone)

Police Non-Emergency
311, (408) 277-8900 (cell phone)

 Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588

(408) 794-1900

Streetlight Repair
(408) 794-1903 7:00am - 4:00pm
(408) 277-8956 after hours

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900


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





November 2014 Mid Month Announcements





Commission and Board Openings

There are currently openings on several different Commissions.
The Council Appointment Advisory Commission, Human Services Commission, Council Salary Setting Commission, and Civil Service Commission

You can find information about these particular openings and others by visiting the following link:

We encourage all District 9 residents to consider applying for these important posts.

Applications for some of these openings close November 22nd. 

Become a Volunteer Court Appointed Special 

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work one on one with foster children, providing critical emotional and educational support, ensuring that each child’s needs are met and their voice heard while navigating the court dependency system.

Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Santa Clara County is a truly gratifying and impactful volunteer experience.  Children who have a CASA receive more services (medical, dental, academic etc.) and are less likely to reenter the system than those who do not have a CASA. 

Open House Volunteer Recruitment Event to learn about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Date:Thursday, December 11

Time: 6:15pm-8:00pm

Location: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose

For more information about Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, visit: 

Leadership Program from the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley

The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley is accepting applications for its 2015 ELLA Program. This 6-month leadership program is designed to give emerging Latina leaders the self-confidence and 21st century skills to effectively advocate for their community. Please note that applicants must be 19-26 years of age and reside in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties.

For more information and to access the application please go to our website: application deadline is December 20, 2014. The program begins the last week in February.

2015 Freedom Train tickets are on sale NOW!

 The date of the 2015 Freedom Train is Monday, January 19, 2015.

The cost is $10.00 per person.

The FIRST person to purchase 30 Freedom Train Tickets will receive a 49ers Limited Edition #53 Navarro Bowman football. This item is valued at $50.00. This item cannot be purchased at any store. Only 500 were created.

The FIRST person who purchases 20 Freedom Train tickets will receive a 49ers baseball cap valued at $40.00!

You may purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets:!

Please go to our website at, and click on the Freedom Train tab for more information.

Don’t forget to look at the discounts the City of San Jose is offering to Freedom Train ticket holders only!

Please feel free to contact our President at, if you have any questions!

View Videos on Healthy Living at CreaTV

Health Trust TV is a 12-episode series, about healthy living in Silicon Valley. Visit them all to see the latest video for each, and to obtain all of the accompanying resources. Every 30 minute episodes kicks off with hosts, Adam Morella and Paloma Cano, and is packed with intriguing and educational segments:

Health Trust TV hopes to inform viewers about local health initiatives, and will provide an abundance of resources to help viewers live healthier lives. Health Trust TV is produced by CreaTV San Jose.

All Health Trust TV episodes will air on CreaTV Silicon Valley Channel 30, on Comcast Cable, every Wednesday at 7:00pm PST and Friday 8:30am PST. New episodes will air the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm PST. You can also catch the episodes on next day "on demand" also at


 Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice

Nov. 14, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015

Opening ceremony with Kristi Yamaguchi Nov. 17, 5:00pm

SAN JOSE – Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice skating returns Nov. 14 in the Circle of Palms, the heart of downtown San Jose’s holiday attractions.

Hawaiian Airlines returns as title sponsor and Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic figure skating gold-medal champion, again partners with her Always Dream Foundation and the San Jose Downtown Association to produce the rink.  This three-way partnership has existed now for five years. 

The outdoor rink at 120 S. Market St. has generated the holiday season merriment downtown for 19 years at three different locations.  Over 100,000 skaters and spectators are expected to attend Downtown Ice between Nov. 14 and Jan. 11.  The rink generates an estimated $3 million in economic impact to the downtown business community each year.

Over the past decade, skaters glide around 32 glimmering palms from which the rink gains its iconic form.  This season, the remarkable “Halo” light show returns for its second year, with lights continuously changing color and patterns.  Two nightly choreographed productions to music take place at 6:00pm and 9:00pm.

Yamaguchi, sponsors and dignitaries will usher in the new season with an opening celebration at 5:00pm Monday, Nov. 17.

During November and early December, Downtown Ice is open 5:00pm-9:00pm Monday-Thursday, 5:00pm-midnight on Friday, noon-midnight on Saturday and noon-9:00pm Sunday.  During the winter break, the rink is open 11:00am-midnight daily.  Special holiday hours apply.  The $13-$17 admission covers skate rental and one unlimited session.  Discounts and details are at  The rink phone number is (408) 291-0525.

Downtown Ice is located within steps of Christmas in the Park displays and Winter Wonderland amusement rides.  These traditional downtown San Jose holiday attractions are paid for in part by the 5-kilomter TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley, this year on Dec. 14.  So be sure to take part in that fun run, where the contestants in costume all serve as parade grand marshals.  See

Combined with all of the upcoming stage performances, exhibits, places to dine and nightlife, more than half a million people come to Downtown San Jose during the holidays.  Check

Parking information is available at

CONTACT: Rick Jensen, Communications Director, San Jose Downtown Association, (408) 279-1775, x318

  Water District Continues Conservation Incentive Programs

If you have been thinking of participating in one of our programs, call our water conservation hotline at (408) 630-2554 or visit our website ( ) right away to determine if you are eligible and to get started.

Please do what you can to reduce your water use even further. As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, landscapes need less water, so don’t forget to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

We appreciate all of the businesses and residents who have let their lawns suffer this summer, proudly proclaiming that “Brown is the New Green.” You can get a free lawn sign, while supplies last, by signing up on the website listed below.

Please remember to use water wisely.

  Questions: Contact  Linda LeZotte, Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District (408) 265.2600.

 Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department


Make the most of Fall with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and register for a leisure class at your favorite community center. PRNS offers over 800 hundred classes and programs, such as early childhood recreation, dance, music, health and fitness, gymnastics, and theater.

Download and Print: The current registration form - Fill out and take this form to your desired community center. Click here to view a complete listing of all community centers.

For registration assistance call 408-793-5565 or email

Community Center Volunteer Opportunities
Follow the link to learn more about volunteering opportunities at San Jose community centers 

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Come Out and See the Coolest "Kids" in School-Branahm High School's very own Faculty in the Musical GREASE 

Dates: November 13, 14, and 15

Time: 7:00pm

Loation: Branham High School 1570 Branham Lane San Jose

Tickets $15.00 at the door

 A Holiday Shopping Spree at Target Benefiting the Families of Sunday Friends

Bring your friends and family members - plus $10-$100 (or more) each

Date: Friday, November 14 and/or Friday, November 21

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Locations: choose from 2 Target locations (for either / both dates):

    • Cupertino Target, 20745 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino
    • Hillsdale Target, 1811  Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose

Here's how the Shopping Spree works: 

  • We meet at the front of  the store
  • We divide into shopping teams and we divide up the money collected
  • We assign each team a "mission" (girls' toys, teens' gifts, dads' gifts, etc.)
  • Each team searches the store for the best gifts
  • We meet back at the registers to check out together and award prizes

Prizes are awarded for:

  • Best Bargain
  • Most Creative
  • Most Adorable

Why this is important: The gifts we gather at our Spree will make it possible for children and parents to earn, select and gift wrap presents for their loved ones in Sunday Friends' holiday programs. Join us to give the gift of giving this holiday season.

Please Participate  Sign up now! You can sign up yourself, your family or your group.

If you can't make it, you can still contribute. 100% will go to the shopping, with zero overhead.

Or, If you are interested in sponsoring the event, see how you can become a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze sponsor. We will publicize your company/name on our website and at the event.

We hope you will join us. If you have questions, email Thanks!

BayArea Writers to be showcased at
San José Public Library’s 2nd Annual Author Fair

Gathering of published fiction, non-fiction and poetry writers to provide a glimpse into
inspiration, creativity and work style

The San José Public Library will present its second annual Author Fair, featuring more than 20 published writers, representing various genres, from throughout the region. The public will have the opportunity to have conversations with participating authors as well as listen to them share their aspirations for their books and insight about the writing process. Books by featured writers will be available for purchase. The event is free.

Participating writers include: Curt Anderson, Arlene Biala, Ann Bridges, Marty Brounstein, Brett Bymaster, Alexis Coe, Don Dugdale, Michael Fallon, Luis Flores, Lisa Francesca, Martha Gatkuoch, Toni Julian, Robert Kenoun, Kathleen Martens, Cynthia McCarthy, Elizabeth Percer, Yosimar Reyes, Lia Riley, TriSumarti Soetarman, Alan Soldofsky, Martin Sorensen, Michelle Stoner, Scott Sublett, Bob Zeidman and Margaret Zhao.

Date: Sunday,  November 16

Time: 1:00-:500pm

Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street, 2nd Fl, Rms 225/229.

 For more information, visit

 partners in reading

Meet the Our City Forest AmeriCorps Members 

Please join Our City Forest on November 20 in welcoming our 2014-2015 AmeriCorps service team to the San Jose community! 

Traveling from around the U.S. to San Jose, our OCF AmeriCorps members have committed to a year of community service creating a greener and healthier community for all. 

Come out on Thursday, November 20 to meet the new team, thank them for their outstanding service, and learn about upcoming OCF events and projects. You can also reserve your holiday rent-a-tree while supplies last!

Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday, November 20

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Rose Garden Public Library, Community Room 1580 Naglee Ave. San Jose

NOTE: Please do not park in the library parking lot as it closes at 7:00pm. Free street parking is available directly outside the library on Dana Ave.

Please contact Vanessa at or at (408) 998-7337, ext. 125 with questions and for more information.  

Phoenix Academy FREE Youth Summit
Breakfast & Lunch is served

Social Media Youth Summit

 Applied Materials "Silicon Valley 10th Annual Turkey Trot"

Date: Thursday, November 27th

Time:  7:00am


Location: Downtown San Jose


Registration for the 10th Annual Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot" is still
open! All proceeds will benefit Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County,
Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San
Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County and the Health
Trust. Please visit for more details.






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