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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 JANUARY Mid-Month Announcements


  District 9 News  


Councilmember Rocha's In-District Office Hours

Pearl Branch Library
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambrian Branch Library Wenesday, Sept. 23, 2015 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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. 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 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


2015 - 2017
Clean Up Dates


The City of San José provides dumpster service to its neigborhoods once every three years.  Click on the map to find your next Neighborhood Clean Up date. 

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:

(408) 277-4133


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-8900

Anti-Graffiti 24-Hour 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 Prevention Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Homeless Services
(408) 510-7600

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) 

Park Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588

(408) 794-1900

Streetlight Repair
(408) 794-1903
7am - 4 pm(408) 277-8956 After Hours

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900


Contact Councilmember
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
Chief of Staff

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Andrea Hyde
Policy Aide

Jacklyn Joanino
Policy Aide




January 2015 Mid-Month Announcements




**HOLIDAY CLOSURE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday**

San Jose City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 20.  The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.  The City Customer Contact Center and City libraries will also be closed and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 20.  Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holiday.  Garbage and recycling pick up will occur as normal Monday, January 19.  For questions about City services, call (408) 535-3500.

Small Business Ignite: Business Planning Workshop

Are you a small business owner who could use expert advice to create a business plan? Have questions about taxes and accounting? Attend a FREE workshop on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 303 Almaden Boulevard, 1st Floor Training Room San Jose, CA 95110. Refreshments will be served. Register here:

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human trafficking, a modern day form of slavery, is the world's fastest growing enterprise.  California is one of the top destinations for traffickers in the United States, with 43% of the nation's incidents occuring specifically in the Bay Area.  Please visit the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition website to learn more about human trafficking, how to identify it, and what you can do to combat it.

Visit the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy Live Events page to register for upcoming human trafficking awareness events and trainings in the Bay Area.

2015 Spirit of Ireland Award Reception 

The 2015 Spirit of Ireland Award Recpetion will be held Thursday, January 15 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Vintage Room at the Silicon Valley Capital Club, 50 West San Fernando Street, 17th Floor, San Jose, CA 95113. Tickets are $30, with all proceeds going to Pat McMahon Masters Level Exchange Scholarship Program.  Register here:

Community Meeting: Public Discussion on San Jose Police Department's Proposed Use of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

The San Jose Police Department is exploring the possibility of using Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology, commonly referred to as a drone, in a limited scope.    

The public is invited to attend a community meeting where police will give a presentation about the UAS and proposed uses, followed by a question and answer session. 

This meeting, sponsored by the Neighborhoods Commission, will take place this Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the West Valley Branch Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Road, San Jose, CA 95117.  For more information, please contact Ernest Guzman at the City Manager's Office at (408) 535-8171, or visit

Breath California is proud to host its Ash Kickers Quit Smoking classes to help local residents kick the habit. Classes are scheduled January 20 - February 17, Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the Breathe California Office, 1459 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126.  For more information on these or other upcoming classes, visit or contact Janet Ghanem at (408) 998-5865 or

 View Videos on Healthy Living at CreaTV

Established in 2014, Health Trust TV is a 12-episode series about healthy living in Silicon Valley created to inform viewers about local health initiatives and provide an abundance of resources to help them live healthier lives.  Health Trust TV airs every Wednesday at 7:00 pm and Friday at 8:30 am on Silicon Valley Channel 30.  New episodes air the first Wednesday of every month.

Watch CreaTV episodes via live-stream at, or catch episodes "on demand" at 

Our City Forest offers the Tree Amigo Volunteer Training Course, a 20-hour program designed to educate and empower individuals to become successful advocates of the Urban Forest and to utilize Our City Forest as a vehicle for regular and active service in the San Jose Community.

Tree Amigos are required to create and fulfill a Service Agreement of attending 10 events within a year's time.  Areas of service include: coaching volunteers in planting and maintaining trees, helping run the community tree nursery, teaching elementary school classes, conducting grassroots outreach, and more.  For more information, please visit or call (408) 998-7337.

Register here: Tree Amigo 2015 Registration Form

Volunteers Needed: Santa Clara County Homeless Census and Survey

The City of San Jose and County of Santa Clara are preparing for the 2015 Santa Clara County Homeless Census and Survey and seeking volunteers to fill 400 shifts on Janaury 27 and 28 from 6:00 am - 10:00 am.  The biennial project helps the City and County understand the numbers and nature of homeless services, and provides critical information to engage the community in ending homelessness.  To register, please call (831) 728-1356, or visit  For more information, please contact Michelle Covert, Housing Department, at (408) 975-4424.

Planning Commission Recruitment through January 30, 2015

The City Clerk’s Office is recruiting for one position on the San Jose Planning Commission to fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2016.  Applicants to this Commission must have been both citizens of the United States and residents of the City of San Jose for one year preceding appointment, and additionally must be registered voters in the City of San Jose at the time of appointment.  The Planning Commission advises and makes recommendations to the City Council on all matters relating to the future physical development of the City with respect to land use and development zoning and subdivision regulations, and the City’s Capital Improvement Programs.

Applications are due no later than Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm and can be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, Wing Building, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA 95113 or online at For questions regarding the application process, please call (408) 535-1260 or email

Ethics Commission Recruitment through January 30, 2015

The City Clerk's Office is recruiting for up to three positions on the San Jose Ethics Commission (formerly the Elections Commission) to fill four-year terms ending March 1, 2019.  Applicants must be registered voters in the City of San Jose and, if appointed, must remain so throughout the term of office.  The San Jose Ethics Commission monitors compliance with all campaign and ethics ordinances in the San Jose Municipal Code.  The Commission reviews and investigates allegations of violations of the Code and makes recommendations for enforcement action where appropriate.
Applications are due no later than Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm and can be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, Wing Building, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA 95113 or online at For questions regarding the application process, please call (408) 535-1260 or email

San Jose Family Camp at Yosemite

Online reservations for the summer season of San Jose Family Camp at Yosemite are available at residents of Santa Clara County pay the same fees.  You don't have to be a resident of San Jose to attend.  Family Camp is a hidden treasure located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park that provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just relax. During the summer season, the camp provides three meals a day to campers, along with supervised recreational activities. Groups can rent out the camp during the pre- and post-seasons.
To obtain more information about Family Camp, please visit or contact Jena Sorrells at (408) 794-6524. 
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Jack Hanna

Happy Hollow Foundation presents an evening with Jack Hanna, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Montgomery Theater, located at 271 South Market Street, San Jose.

Purchase general admission tickets here: Happy Hollow with Jack Hanna

All proceeds benefit Happy Hollow Foundation’s efforts in wildlife conservation. Happy Hollow Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Charitable contributions are tax deductible under IRS guidelines. For more information, please contact Vanessa Rogier, Conservation Manager, at (408) 794-6404.

All Aboard!  The LAST Freedom Train is Monday, January 19, 2015

Tickets cost $10.00 per person, and can be purchased here:

Guest speakers will include Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers from the United Nations, San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra, Pastor Danny Sanchez, and Pastor Jeff Guarascio.  And, for the first time ever, there will be two train cars dedicated to youth activities.

It is important to note that after thirty years, Monday, January 19, 2015 will be the last Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco in memory of Dr. King.  For questions or more information, please visit or email 

Open Space Authority Events

Introduction to Bird Watching & Nature Walk at Coyote Ridge: Sunday, January 18, 2015 -  9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join docents on a hillside hike and see endangered plants and animals. Hiking boots and poles are highly recommended for this off-trail experience. Sorry, no one under 14, please. Register here.

Starry Nights in  Open Space at Rancho Canada del Oro: Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Learn from docents about constellations and stars while viewing the night sky.  Telescopes are provided. This is a family-friendly event.  For more information call (408) 224-7476  or visit

  Mentoring Outreach Meet-Up and Celebration

Learn about mentoring oppportunities at the annual Mentoring Outreach Meet-Up and Celebration from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose.  Representatives from a dozen organizations will share how you can make a difference in your community by connecting one-on-one with a child, teenager or young adult. The guest speaker will be Quron Reaves of Boldly Me.

This free event is presented by the South Bay Mentoring Coalition and sponsored by the offices of Supervisor Dave Cortese and Supervisor Cindy Chavez. Register at

Partners in Reading: Become a Learner or Tutor

Partners in Reading provides free one-on-one and small group tutoring for adults to improve reading and writing skills. Tutoring is provided by trained volunteers at the MLK Library and other public sites in San Jose.  Tutors and learners are required to make a six-month commitment to meet three hours per week.

New Learner Orientation: Monday, January 26, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

New Tutor Orientation: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 

For more information, please visit or call (408) 808-2361.

Super Guadalupe Run benefits the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015 in San José with the Super Guadalupe River Run!

Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles, run a 3.1 mile buttonhook, or tackle the kids' 1K quarterback sneak, you'll earn your guacamole on the Guadalupe. Proceeds benefit Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. To register, please visit:

Register for the Second Annual Lam Research Heart & Soles 5K on Frebruary 7, 2015 at Hellyer County Park.  This timed "fun run" is designed for everyone, and proceeds go toward funding salad bars in Santa Clara County schools.  For more information or to register, please visit

Community Meeting: Update on Almaden Expressway

The City of San Jose and County of Santa Clara are hosting a special community meeting to provide a planning update on Almaden Expressway.  Community members and expressway users from San Jose, neighboring cities, and the unincorporated areas are invited.  The meeting will take place on February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Almaden Community Center, 6445 Camden Avenue San Jose, CA 95120 .

For more information, or to provide comments on the Expressway Plan 2040, you may visit  or contact the Santa Clara County Expressway Plan 2040 Study - Roads and Airports Department at (408) 573-2417 or  







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