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

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

District 9 March 2014 Mid Month Announcements


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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.


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

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
(408) 277-8911

Police Non-Emergency
(408) 277-8900

(408) 794-1903

Sewer and Signal Lights

(408) 794-1900

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

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588


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

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





March Mid Month Announcements 2014




4th of July Fireworks Display is Back!

The Downtown Rotary Club will hold a free fireworks display on July 4 that is being produced as a one-time celebration to mark the club’s centennial year with a gift to the community. Another goal is to help discourage the proliferation of illegal fireworks in San Jose.

The 20-minute firework display is planned for Discovery Meadow beginning at 9:30 pm. Plans are for fireworks only. There will be no food/beverage vendors or merchandise booths. No alcohol will be permitted.

Through the Office of Cultural Affairs TOT-funded “Special Event Incentive Fund”, the Rotary will receive a $30,000 grant from the City for this event. The estimated event budget is $200,000. Per the Rotary, other fund commitments include Santa Clara County (up to $50,000), Downtown Rotary Foundation ($25,000), and local business and personal pledges ($65,000).

In addition to the Rotary event, smaller 4th of July fireworks displays are also being planned for San Jose Giants Muni Stadium and for the Almaden Lake July 4th Fun Festival.

4th annual Unity Day Peace Walk and Resource Fair

Sponsored by: Supervisor Cortese

Date: Saturday, March 29

Time: 11:00am

Location: Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Drive, San Jose

There will be information booths and connections to nonprofits and services, as well as a Job Fair for teens and young adults looking for employment. The March for Street Peace is from noon to 2 p.m., guests can enjoy the Resource Fair, free food, entertainment provided by DJ Mo and activities for children. Unity Day also provides a way for young people to turn in items that represent gang colors and weapons. Last year 150 gang-related items were collected, including bandanas, T-shirts, knives and other weapons. The event is sponsored by Supervisor Cortese's office, the Corazon Project, the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force and East Side Heroes, with support from the San Jose Police Department, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Most Holy Trinity Church and the East Side Union High School and Alum Rock Unified school districts. For information email Enrique­ or call Supervisor Cortese's office at 408-299-5030. 

Get Involved with the Neighborhoods Commission

The City of San José is seeking residents in Council Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 to fill two vacancies in each district on the San José Neighborhoods Commission, an advisory board to the City Council.

Residents, who want to serve on the commission, can apply through the City Clerk’s Office, Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday April 4, 2014.

New commissioners in each of the odd-number Council Districts will be selected by residents through a caucus process scheduled for April - May 2014. The City Council will give final approval to the selections.

To be eligible, candidates must live within the boundaries of the San José’s Council District they would like to represent and be available to attend meetings for the four-year term. To determine which Council District you live in, view the District Maps online,

The Commission will fill the vacant seats through a caucus which is a gathering of delegates from the participating neighborhood groups that are registered with the City Manager’s Office in each of the odd-numbered Council Districts. Qualified candidates will be notified of the time, date and location of their Council District caucus as they are scheduled

 The City Clerk’s Office is Recruiting for Boards and Commissions

Applications will be accepted through 5:00pm, on FRIDAY, March 28, 2014. You may apply online. Please visit the City Clerk's Office website.

For questions or to request a paper application, please call the Office of the City Clerk at (408) 535-1260 or via e-mail at

Board and Commission Spring Recruitment:

Historic Landmarks Commission Recruitment Extended:

Planning Commission Recruitment:

Youth Commission Recruitment:

SCC Joint Public Safety Women's Career Day Symposium 

Santa Clara County Public Safety Agencies are seeking female candidates. The County Sheriff and County Fire will be hosting a Joint Career Day Symposium. Attendees can explore what it's like to be in law enforcement or fire service at this free event.

Intro to Women in Law Enforcement

The day will feature workshops and physical agility practice. Information workshops include a panel discussion, Q&A, and discussion of the background process. There will also be a six-foot wall demonstration, 165-pound dummy drag, and a 99 yard foot pursuit obstacle course.

Date: Saturday, March 15

Time: 8am - noon

Location: Justice Training Center, 19050 Malaguerra Ave., Morgan Hill

More Information: Pre-register by emailing

Intro to Women in the Fire Service

The day will feature hands-on workshops exploring what it is like to be a firefighter. Participants will extend a hose line into a smoke filled structure, feel the weight of the “Jaws of Life” and other life-saving equipment, climb a 75 foot ladder atop a ladder truck, and experience a sample of firefighter fitness testing.

Date: Saturday, March 15

Time: 8am to noon

Location: Sunnyoaks Station, 485 West Sunnyoaks Ave., Campbell

More Information: Pre-register at or by calling (408) 378-4010.

Paid Internships For High School Students 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the regional transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the Bay Area. MTC is seeking student applicants for summer internship positions in local transportation agencies in Santa Clara County through its annual High School Internship Program. This is an exciting opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors to earn money and gain experience in the transportation field this summer.
Students in the Internship Program will work with local public agencies in a department related to transportation planning, engineering, public works, or public transit. The hourly pay is $10.75, and students can choose to be employed either full-time or part-time for up to ten weeks between June 16 and August 29.
If you know a high school student who may be interested in the program, point them towards The deadline for application submissions is Sunday, March 16.
For more information, contact MTC’s High School Internship Coordinator, Yulee Kim, at (510) 817-5807. 

 Synopsys' Global Volunteer Week 2014 

Schools and community organizations are invited to apply for the opportunity to be selected as the recipient of Synopsys’ Global Volunteer Week service project where employees, their families, and community members spend the day transforming an important community resource in Silicon Valley. This is not a grant application; it’s an opportunity for a large-scale volunteer event.

Benefits to the selected recipient include:

  • Materials, project management services, and volunteer support valued at $100,000 - $150,000
  • Up to 500 volunteers to help make significant change at your site

The ideal candidates for this project include schools, community centers, parks, neighborhood coalitions and associations, community gardens, and other organizations that have the need for transformative change to improve how they serve their community.

For more information and to download the application form, please visit


The PRNS community centers are bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone. There is a variety of classes for all ages, sports programs, fitness classes, and special events like holiday happenings. View the listing of community centers below.

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

Family Camp at Yosemite: Online Registration for 2014 Summer Season

Returning for another year of family memories, Family Camp at Yosemite is proud to announce the launch of a new online registration system for the 2014 summer season. Get a jumpstart with the online reservation system by creating your Camper Profile today. Visit, create your Camper Profile, and get your family and friends ready for Online Reservations opening on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Setting up your profile only takes a few minutes, so get started today! Please contact the Family Camp Office at (408) 794-6208 if you have questions or need additional information. 




Work2future Is Sponsoring Its Annual Spring Job Fair

Date: Wednesday, March 19

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave. San Jose, CA  95113

There will be over 25 employers attending. Free to the public. More information: Please view the flyer .

For questions contact (408) 794-1177

 Health Trust 2nd Annnual HIV/AIDS Services Benefit Concert

Enjoy local live music and art while supporting the Health Trust’s AIDS Services Programs. This event will be hosted by comedian Robert Parra and features a silent auction, performances, and exhibitions. A reception prior to the concert will include food and wine tasting. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and Health Trust clients.
Date: Saturday, March 22

Time: Reception from 6pm - 7pm, concert from 7pm - 9pm

Location: Reception will be at the Food Basket, 1043 Garland Avenue, San Jose, and the concert will be at the District 4 Family Resource Center, 46 Race Street, San Jose.

More Information: For more information on the event, including a list of performers, please visit the Facebook event link below. To learn more about the Health Trust’s AIDS Services, please visit

Open Space Authority Activities

Blair Ranch Back-Country Hike

Date: Saturday, March 15

Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

Location: Blair Ranch Area of Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve
This fast-paced, high-intensity hike is perfect for experienced hikers and those looking for a challenge. Docents Alice and Katherine will guide you along 8-10 miles of back-country roads and trails. This is an undeveloped area, so bring water and hiking poles. Heavy rain cancels. Call (408) 224-7476 to make a reservation.

This Hike is for the Birds

Date: Sunday, March 16

Time: 9:00am - 12 noon

Location: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Join Docent Marc for a 5-6 mile hike the not-yet-opened Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve and keep your eyes peeled for hawks, vultures and falcons. Docent Rick is friendly and knowledgable, so this hike is perfect for experienced birders and novices alike. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them. From 101, take Bailey Ave west, turn left on Hale Ave (Santa Teresa) and right on Palm Ave.

Bike to Nature Family Ride - Bring Your Own Bike

Date: Saturday, March 22

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Guadalupe River Park - Meet at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor Center

Bring your own bike and join Docent Greg for a family friendly afternoon ride along the Guadalupe River trail. Greg will show you the babitats of the local gray fox, trout, salmon, muskrat and golden beaver. This ride is mostly flat along a gravel trail. Don't forget your helmets. Families welcome!

Starry Nights

Date: Saturday, March 22

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join our friendly docent astronomers and other stargazers for an evening under the stars. No telescope? No worries! Our docents are happy to share theirs. Dress warmly. Families and children are welcome.

Committee for Green Foothills Hike to Hidden Lake

Date: Saturday, March 29

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve
Join docents from the Open Space Authority and the Committee for Green Foothills for a 4-5 mile hike into the back-country of Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve in search of the elusive Western Pond Turtle. Reserve your spot by calling (408) 224-7476.

A Family Walk in the Ulistac Natural Area

Date: Sunday, March 30

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am 

Location: Ulistac Natural Area, Santa Clara on Lick Mill Boulevard
Bring the family for a walk in the park. Docent Dennis will guide you through the Ulistac Natural Area, home to rabbits and a plant that once fed the great Woolly Mammoth. This is a gentle walk, perfect for all ages and abilities.

Kids in Common Event: Breathing Life into Education

Date: Friday, March 28th

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park, San Jose. Milpitas Room (Second Floor North Building)

Presenter: Priya Mayur, International Association for Human Values

Youth Empowerment Seminar, YES! for Schools is a dynamic, powerful and easy to learn program that helps youth handle their stress and perform better as students and individuals. This workshop will introduce participants to the program through interactive exercises, targeted breathing techniques and games. See for yourself how this popular workshop has benefited close to 10,000 students in Bay Area since 2009.
Priya Mayur from the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) started her career in 1993 managing IT projects in India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States. Inspired by the work done by IAHV, she made the switch to teaching Youth Empowerment Seminar in Bay Area schools in 2009. She has taught high school students in at-risk populations as well as in academically high-achieving schools.

  4th Annual Branham High School Fundraiser for Sports and Music

BHS Casino Night


United Neighborhoods Spring Fling 

Book Sale at Pearl Ave. Library

Friends of the Pearl Avenue Library will be having a book sale.

The Friends of Libraries are volunteers that support, advocate and raise funds for their local library. Proceeds from the book sale help fund programs at the library throughout the year.

Clearance Sale, 3pm- 5pm, Fill-A-Bag for $5

Date: Saturday, April 5

Time: 10am-5pm

Location: Pearl Ave. Branch Library at 4270 Pearl Ave.


 Great American Litter Pick-Up

Date: Saturday, April 26

In celebration of Earth Day, the City of San José will be hosting the Great American Litter Pick-Up on Saturday, April 26th.

Councilmember Rocha and staff are hoping to be able to provide a clean-up in multiple areas within District 9.

If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to nominate an area that is in need of some sprucing up, please e-mail Scott Hughes

More details to follow soon! 

Relay For Life of Cambrian

Overnight community fundraising walk benefiting the American Cancer Society. Family-friendly environment with food, games and activities. To register and for more information, please visit the Relay for Life of Cambrian website or contact: Jennifer Highland, at

Date: Friday, April 25 -Saturday, April 26

Time: 6:00pm (opening ceremony)

Location: Ida Price Middle School 2650 New Jersey Ave. San Jose

12th Annual Sacramento Bus Trip for Education

Sponsored by Supervisor Dave Cortese

If you are concerned about the future of our education system, Supervisor Dave Cortese invites you to join in this fight for better education funding by attending the annual FREE bus trip to Sacramento on April 30, 2014 from 6:00am to 6:00pm. Departing and return to Eastridge Shopping Center. We will travel to Sacramento to visit with our elected representatives and urge them to preserve vital funding so that our children can receive a quality education. This trip is FREE and lunch will be provided. This year’s trip will be cosponsored once again by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Please fill out the form to register for a FREE seat on the bus to Sacramento.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lara McCabe at 408-299-5030 or






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