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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
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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

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

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

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District 9 Staff

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Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide





September 2014 Newsletter





Celebrate Cambrian photo 

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 9th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival this past Sunday, August 24th at the Camden Community Center.

This year we enjoyed bounce houses, giant inflatable slides, food from local District 9 favorites Blue Rock BBQ, Adelita’s Taqueria and Best Taste Restaurant. We were also joined by Swifty Sweets Mobile Yogurt Food Truck, PHAME Photo booth, School of Rock and San Jose Shark’s Mascot Sharkie!

It was a beautiful day and our office is thrilled to be able to put this event on for the community every year, and next year will be even better!

Check out our website for more photos and videos from Celebrate Cambrian 2014!

Drought Declaration

In February the Santa Clara Valley District, which is the water wholesaler that sells water to water retailers like San Jose Water Company, set a water use reduction goal of 20% in the first half of the year. In July the State Water Resources Control Board issued an emergency drought declaration authorizing agencies to fine individuals up to $500 for excessive or wasteful water use. The latest figures released by the Water District show that in the first half of the year, total use reduction only totaled 11%

On Tuesday the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to declare a drought and begin water-use reduction measures within our city limits. In addition to continuing and expanding the City’s work to process and use recycled water, Tuesday’s action is a request that all residents change a few behaviors to help reduce our use of water.

Here is a list of restrictions that are either always in place, or have been enacted by the drought declaration:

  • Leaking or broken water pipes, irrigation systems, and faucets must be fixed within five working days
  • No excessive water runoff is allowed
  • Irrigation systems cannot be used between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., and cannot water for more than 15 minutes per station per day. Watering with a bucket, hand-carried container, or hose with a shut-off nozzle is allowed
  • No cleaning of structures or paved surfaces with a hose without a positive shut-off nozzle
  • No cleaning of vehicles with a hose without a positive shut-off nozzle
  • No serving water in food service establishments unless requested by the customer
  • Restaurants that use pre-rinse spray valves must use ones that are low-flow
  • Hotels/motels must provide guests the option to decline daily linen washing
  • Commercial car washes must use water recycling equipment, a bucket and hand-washing, or a hose with positive shut-off nozzle
  • Potable water cannot be used for building or construction purposes where another source of water is available (exceptions may be given by City)
  • Water cannot be used from a hydrant without prior City approval
  • Potable water cannot be used for irrigation purposes where a recycled water service is currently plumbed to the site

Individuals or businesses violating these restrictions may be reported by calling the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Drought Hotline at (408) 630-2554 A Water Waste Inspector will visit the location of the violation and provide education to the Party. If compliance is not met, the case will be turned over to City Code Enforcement, which will have the authority to fine the Party if necessary.

For information on rebates and incentives to replace your landscaping with drought tolerant plants, visit

For more information on the Council’s action on Tuesday, you can view the report provided by our Environmental Services Department.

If you have any thoughts for me on this matter or any other, please feel free to contact my office at (408) 535-4909 or by email at



Donald Rocha


 San José City Hall, City Offices to Close for Labor Day Holiday

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, September 2. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.

Library Schedule: All City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holidays. Community Center information is available at or in the Citywide Activity Guide.

Garbage and Recycling pickup will occur as normal on Monday, September 1.

Garbage Bills or New Accounts: If you have billing questions or need to transfer or begin a new garbage service account, call the City's Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500 when the offices reopen on Tuesday, September 2. A drop box, located at the 6th Street and Santa Clara Street entrance of City Hall, is available for bill payment deposits during the closure.

If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500. 

 Santa Clara Valley Water District Soliciting
San Jose Residents For Appointment To Two Water District Committees

Environmental and Water Resources Advisory Committee:  Advises the Board on policies and issues relating to water supply, flood protection and environmental stewardship. The committee meets quarterly, in the evenings at the Water District. 

Independent Monitoring Committee for the Save Clean Water Program: 
Annually reviews implementation of intended results of the program and reports its findings to the Board.

For more information visit or call the Clerk at 408-630-2277   

AmeriCorps Service Opportunity 

You may be aware that Our City Forest has been instrumental in the education and engagement of the community on the importance of creating and sustaining a healthy Urban Forest. Over the last 20 years, Our City Forest, with the help of thousands of community members and the service of  AmeriCorps members have planted and cared for over 70,000 trees and shrubs.

Our City Forest is currently recruiting locally for our next 11 month long Service term, scheduled to begin on September 16th, 2014. We are in particular need of second  Language speakers. Predominately, Vietnamese, Spanish and Mandarin.

If you are not familiar with AmeriCorps, think the Peace Corps but based here in the US. Recent College Graduates dedicate 11 months to serve communities all across the country. They are paid a living stipend of $15,000 over the course of the 11 months and at the successful completion of the 11 months and a minimum of 1700 service hours, they are awarded a $5,550 Education award that can be used to further their education or to pay back student loans, and they gain valuable training that will help them as they move towards a career.

Remember to Recycle Right!

Place garbage, such as leftover food and diapers, in your black garbage cart. Placing these
items in the grey and blue recyclables cart limits our ability to recycle the other materials in the cart, and creates hazards for workers who separate by hand the material placed in the cart.

Find out what's recyclable:

Use extra garbage stickers, available at San José Libraries, City Hall, Save
Mart, Lucky and Safeway stores. 

Order a larger garbage cart:

 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.

The new and improved San Jose Recreation Preschool will be offered at the Camden Community Center (3369 Union Avenue, 95124) and the Kirk Center (1601 Foxworthy Ave, 95118) The Kinderprep program is for children ages 4-5 and will prepare them for kindergarten through  age-appropriate activities, learning concepts, socialization skills and fun.? The program will be offered at three different times:

The new and improved San Jose Recreation Preschool will be offered at the Camden Community Center (3369 Union Avenue, 95124) and the Kirk Center (1601 Foxworthy Ave, 95118) The Kinderprep program is for children ages 4-5 and will prepare them for kindergarten through  age-appropriate activities, learning concepts, socialization skills and fun. The program will be offered at three different time. For more information and to register go to: Activity Search Page 

Please call Patricia Hall at (408) 794-6670 with any questions.

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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Envision San José 2040 General Plan  

An update on the proposed text amendments to the Envision San José 2040 General Plan and the adoption of the proposed Housing Element for the 2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Projection Period and the 2015-2023 Planning Period pursuant to State law.

Housing Element law requires each local government to adopt and periodically update a Housing Element as part of its General Plan as demonstration that it has a comprehensive strategy consisting of goals, policies, and programs and identification of adequate land capacity to accommodate housing needs.

The proposed update of the Housing Element covers the State-mandated RHNA Projection Period from January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2022 and the Planning Period for implementation of programs, policies, and actions to meet the City's allocated housing needs from January 31, 2015 through January 31, 2023.

General Plan Text Amendment File No. GPT14-001City-initiated General Plan text amendment request to revise the Envision San José 2040 General Plan Text to incorporate the Housing Element for 2014-2023, which text amendments include but are not limited to: revising Chapter 7 "Implementation"; adding new Appendices including but not limited to Appendix 11 "Housing Element for 2014-2023"; and revising or deleting references to Appendix C "Housing Element Update 2007-2014," of the San José 2020 General Plan, all to update demographic and housing data, goals, policies, and implementation actions and to make other minor technical, clarifying and clerical revisions, as necessary, to comply with State Housing Element Law (Government Code Section 65580-65589.8)  Council District: Citywide.

Community Meetings:

Wednesday, September 3 Community Meeting #1 at 6:30 p.m at City Hall, Room 332

Saturday, September 6  Community Meeting #2 10:00 a.m at City Hall, Room  332

(same agenda as Community Meeting #1).

Comments and questions are welcome and should be referred to the Project Manager, Jenny Nusbaume-mail or (408) 535-7872 in the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement. Please refer to the  file number GPT14-001  for further information on this project.  

Open Space Authority Activities

Registration is required for events as noted. Drop-ins are welcome at all other events. Rain may cancel. Some hikes are several hours long. Please bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. For more information or directions, call Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476.

First Friday Butterfly Walk at Ulistac

Friday, September 5th | 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Ulistac Natural Area, Santa Clara 4901 Lick Mill Boulevard

The first Friday of each month through October, join a friendly Open Space Docent at the Ulistac Natural Area for a peaceful walk through the butterfly garden and the bird-filled woods of Ulistac. Children and pets on leash are welcome. No registration required. Rain cancels. Further information on Ulistac Natural Area is available by calling (408) 615-2260.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Saturday, September 6th | 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Alum Rock Park (Meet at the Youth Science Institute), San Jose

Explore the history and mystery of Alum Rock Park on a gentle walk through this historic mineral springs area. Please bring $6 for parking. Sorry, no pets. No registration required.

The Juan Bautista de Anza Experience

Saturday, September 6 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 21350 Almaden Rd., San Jose, CA 95120

The Open Space Authority, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and Santa Clara County Parks present this special program that explores the fascinating life of Juan Bautista de Anza, and how he brought hundreds of people safely across the wilderness to settle in the West. Families welcome. No
registration required.

Sierra Vista Family Trail Trek

Sunday, September 7 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve (NEW parking available on Sierra Rd.)

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve has a brand new trail and it’s PERFECT for families! Meet in the brand new, FREE parking area at the top of Sierra  Road, then enjoy a docent-led nature walk along the 1.2 mile Aquila Loop Trail. Learn about tarantulas, turkey vultures, and meet a snake!

Families welcome! Sorry, no pets.

Directions: From Piedmont Road, turn onto Sierra Road going east, and continue until you see the preserve sign on the right.

Starry Nights

Saturday, September 13th | 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join us for an evening under the stars! No telescope? No worries. We have plenty of friendly docent astronomers who would love to share theirs with you. Bing the whole family and marvel at our magnificent evening sky. Families and children are welcome. No registration required. Directions from
Hwy 101: Take the Bailey Ave. exit west, turn left onto McKean Rd., right nto Casa Loma Rd. The parking area is at the end of the paved road on your left.

Coyote Valley Family Harvest Feast
Saturday, September 27 | 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
Feast on plenty of delicious, affordable, healthy foods and enjoy lively entertainment by bluesman Willie G, singer-songwriter Andy Z, Indian and Folklorico dancers; guided hikes, kids games, live animals and storytelling; and more! Register at

Pearl Avenue Library Group is having a Book sale

Date: Saturday, September 20

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: Pearl Avenue Branch Library 4270 Pearl Avenue San Jose, CA 95136

Contact: (Wilma Hashii)

Other: $5 Bag Sale from 3-5 pm

Includes: Books for all ages, CDs, DVDs, Magazines, Cassette tapes, Vinyl records, materials in other languages. 

Community Fun Fair 

Nick Vujicic is an international motivational speaker born without limbs; he enjoys sharing how to overcome obstacles in life. Nick has been seen on 20/20 & Oprah and is a bestselling author of “Life without Limits”.

He will also be doing a Youth Rally on Friday, Sept 19 at 7:30pm at Cathedral of Faith 2315 canoas Garden Ave. San Jose/

If you are interested in hosting a school assembly please contact Beverly Jamie at 408-267-4691 or email He will also challenge and inspire students with his message against anti-bullying, an issue that affects our schools and community.

 Stand Up For San José Youth Programming

Tickets on Sale for 10th Annual Comedy for Kids Fundraiser, Headlined by Paul Rodriguez

Don’t miss out on a night full of laughter with witty and entertaining stand-up comedic performances, all to help support San José youth. The 10 th Annual Comedy for Kids Fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, September 19, benefits Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services programs, Fit Camp and Digital Arts.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 

Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Location: SAP Center  525 W. Santa Clara St.

Cost: Tickets cost $25-$75 Visit Ticketmaster to buy tickets

"Comedy for Kids Fundraiser is back! Our comedy show for adults features Paul Rodriguez from hit movies Born in East LA, Ali and the Original Latin Kings of Comedy. Join us, Friday, September 19, at the SAP Center for our 10th annual fundraiser.  Also, we are pleased to announce that our honoree that evening is South Bay native Damian Trujillo, NBC Bay Area news reporter, host and producer of “Comunidad Del Valle.”  For those interested in meeting the comedians, let me know because we are issuing a limited number of special wristbands at $25 each to join them in VIP lounge after the show.   You should know that only the $50 floor tickets entitle you to visit the silent auction tables and enjoy taking fun photos/videos in the PhotoBomb booth.  

General is seating is just $25 and VIP floor tickets are $50.  This event is produced by the Youth Connections Foundation (please visit our website  Our goal is to raise money and awareness for programs that support youth recreation, arts, culture and education through FIT and Digital Arts camps and many other scholarships.  Our focus is middle school and senior high school youth in under-served communities in San Jose -- especially around the Alum Rock, Mayfair, Washington, Seven Trees and Roosevelt Centers. 

You can either get tickets on Ticketmaster or contact me directly (email or phone) if you wish to avoid the $14 service charges because we have an ample supply of tickets available.

Dennis Haggerty (408) 926- 5331

FREE Concert in the Park-2014 Awareness Day & PEACE Rally

Saturday, September 20  10 am - 6 pm

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