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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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District 9 December 2013 Newsletter


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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) 794-1900 (recording)

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





December 2013



Dear Neighbor,

The holidays are once again upon us; it's always nice to see our neighborhoods lit up with decorations and lights. I hope that your holidays have been safe and fulfilling thus far, and that they continue to be filled with the things that make you happy and peaceful.

As busy as this year has been, the last month has been very busy in my office and at City Hall. Last week the US Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that they would open a permanent satellite office in Silicon Valley, and that it would be housed within our own City Hall! We've long believed that San Jose is the "Capital of Silicon Valley" and the presence of the USPTO within City Hall not only increases efficiency and effectiveness for the innovative businesses that call San Jose home, but it also highlights the continual need for strategic partnerships between government agencies to maximize our own effectiveness and do more for our residents. You can read the Department of Commerce press release by clicking here


The San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce conducted a “Business Walk” in Council District 9 to survey business conditions along Blossom Hill Road and Almaden Expressway business corridors on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 21.

Chamber volunteers canvassed local businesses during the afternoon, asking three basic questions: How's business, what are the good attributes of where you do business, and what improvements can be made?

Chamber members and other business people were encouraged to participate as business walkers. The event included an orientation session, and two hours on foot of surveying businesses. After the walk, most of the participants stayed for the wrap up session, which included appetizers and refreshments, where a downloading of the data was compiled. The overall sentiment from the District 9 business community was positive, and the majority of respondents happy with the increase in business in comparison to previous years.

Approximately 50 walkers participated, and the goal was to visit more than 200 businesses. If you would like more information on the “Business Walk”, contact Jim Reed, Vice President of Public Policy, at 408-291-5262 or, or for more information on the Chamber of Commerce


 Paul Moore Park Clean Up

Park clean up fam



Under the leadership of our Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services staff, my staff and I joined with 50 community volunteers and hosted a Park Clean-Up at Paul Moore Park on Saturday, November 16th. Volunteers helped spread 15 yards of new fibar (non-splintering wood material) under playground equipment, paint the baseball diamond bleachers, benches and backstops, removed weeds, cleaned the tot-lot, removed graffiti, repainted the restroom building, restored and refreshed metal trash cans and trimmed plants and bushes. None of this could've been accomplished without our great City staff or the wonderful volunteers. The value of the group's time was $3,700 - but the accomplishment for the neighborhood was priceless. A huge thank you to our City staff and community for volunteering!

Stay tuned for more clean-up events to come! Paul Moore Park is still looking for a community member, team or organization to adopt a section or the entire park. If you are interested in learning more about the City's Adopt-A-Park program, please call my office at (408) 535-4909 or email

In the spirit of giving, many of you have commented on the homeless encampments that have impacted your neighborhoods. While I am working on policies that make permanent housing more affordable and available, I wanted to make you aware of opportunities to give your time, goods or financial contributions to organizations working around the clock to help locate housing and job opportunities for our neighbors in need. 

Destination: Home is the umbrella organization engaged in the strategy of ending chronic homelessness in our valley. They are accepting financial contributions at

EHC Lifebuilders is a shelter provider focusing on chronic homelessness and accepts both in-kind and financial contributions. Donation information for EHC can be found at

InnVision Shelter Network is a shelter provider with a specific focus on re-housing families. This organization accepts both in-kind and financial contributions; more information can be found at

Sacred Heart Community Service provides food and wrap-around services to many individuals and families facing homelessness, lack of food, one-time emergency assistance and other self-sufficiency programs. Sacred Heart is currently accepting food and clothing donations, financial contributions and has a robust volunteer program. More information can be found at

Second Harvest Food Bank provides thousands of meals to our community every month. To donate food or make a financial contribution please visit

Again, I hope that your holidays are safe and full of warmth. I'm looking forward to 2014 with great hope and aspiration for our community and the City of San Jose.



Donald Rocha


 San Jose Public Library Branches Special Hours

On Thursday, December 12, all library staff will attend a library in-service training from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The libraries will open at 1:00 p.m. King Library will open as usual at 8:00 a.m.

Watch the Holidays come alive at your library. People of all ages are invited to join us for concerts, shows, games, crafts and more. Please visit the SJPL's website for a listing of some of the events happening this year.

Please visit the SJPLF page to see how you can support the San Jose Public Library Foundation!

Send Relief to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines 

If you would like to support this international relief effort, please visit the Philippine Red Cross website

IMPORTANT: According to Charity Navigator many nonprofits do not guarantee your donation will go to Typhoon Haiyan and may add your donation to their general fund, including well-known charities. To ensure your money is going to disaster relief check this list of approved charities at:

 To find information about loved ones in the Philippines, please visit the Google crisis response website 


Board and Commission

CHP Offers Free Child Safety Car Seat Lessons 

California Highway Patrol in San Jose is offering lessons in safety car seat assembly free of charge to the public. If you have any concerns about your ability to properly secure a child in a safety seat, contact them at (408) 467-5400 to set up an appointment for a lesson.

The San Jose CHP Area Office is located at 2020 Junction Avenue in San Jose. For more information, visit

Get Festive with PRNS’ Holiday Happenings

With the smell of spices in the air, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) wants to celebrate their annual Holiday Happenings campaign with you! They have been busy planning some festive and affordable holiday activities for people of all ages, so visit their Holiday Happenings page for a full listing of holiday-themed activities PRNS is offering between December 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014. Activities include Breakfast with Santa, Holiday-Themed Camps, Dinner and Dances, Special Events and much, much more! Create a memory that will last a lifetime and celebrate with PRNS. For more information, please contact the PRNS HelpLine at (408) 793-5565. 

PRNS Winter Leisure Class Registration

‘Tis the Season! The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Winter Leisure Class Registration begins Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. Take a minute to see what your community centers are offering this season and find your favorite out of the hundreds of options. Visit and view their Community Center Brochures today! For more information, please contact the PRNS HelpLine at (408) 793-5565.

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.

 Reduce Graffiti in San Jose Neighborhoods

There was a Graffiti Program Update at the Parks and Recreation Commission held on November 6th. To view the update, please click on the link to the Graffiti Program Public Service Announcement .

Link to PSA:

San Jose Clean App

San Jose Clean App

The Anti-Graffiti PSA was produced in collaboration with CreaTV San Jose and the City of San Jose's Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force Youth Voices Initiative (YVI). This public service announcement highlights a phone app called "San Jose Clean" that citizens can use to report graffiti in the community. Youth from the YVI program conceived, wrote and storyboarded the video. Several youth participated in the production phase in a variety of roles including: boom operator, assistant to the Director, Production Assistants and actors. The goal with this PSA is to reduce graffiti and ensure the livability of San Jose Neighborhoods!

Healthier Kids

 Free Parenting Class for Parents and Caregivers on the Division of Responsibility for Feeding Young Children

(Free Child Care Provided)

5 Keys is a two-hour, one-time class designed for parents and caregivers who have young children ages 0-5. Through the class, Healthier Kids Foundation provides parents and caregivers with the effective skills and strategies to instill good eating habits in their young children that will last a lifetime. The class focuses on best feeding practices that enable parents and caregivers to learn how to implement them at home with their children. Parents learn the main keys to raising a healthy and happy eater. The workshop also presents tips on reducing stress during meal time - a common issue in the battle over food. In addition, Healthier Kids Foundation's 5 Keys class addresses specific feeding challenges that some families may face, such as picky eaters, maintaining consistency in time and setting of dinner meal, and more.

The free classes are presented in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Currently, we offer the class throughout the year at various locations throughout Santa Clara County.

For more information on 5 Keys or to register for a class, please contact Mayra Koenig at 855.344.6347 or

Please visit our website for flyers and referral forms in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese by visiting:  Healthier Kids Foundation/ 5 Keys 




San Jose Designates "Small Business Saturday" - November 30

San Jose customers urged to “Shop Small” to encourage job growth, maintain the environment and support local businesses and public services.

Download Document: 2013 Press Release - Small Business Saturday Shop San Jose 11-19Final.pdf

Breakfast with Santa 

San Jose Gun Buy Back Program

The San José Police Department's Gun Buy Back Program provides residents an opportunity to voluntarily turn in firearms in exchange for money or gift cards, while engaging the community towards a goal of reducing gun violence and improving safety within the City of San José.

Date: Saturday, December 14th

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church located at 2020 E. San Antonio

$100 value for Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns     $200 value for Assault Weapons

This program is being done as a partnership between the City of San José Council Office District 5, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the San Jose Police Department and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Guns collected will be checked for lost or stolen status, and if applicable, will be returned to their legal owners. All other firearms will be prepared for destruction.

Funding for this important event are raised from public and private donors. The funds are secured in a San Jose Police Foundation (501c3) account.

Informational Hearing

“More than a Pothole: California’s Growing Road Repair Deficit” Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation 

Join Senator Beall for an informational hearing of the California State Senate Budget Sub Committee 2 on Transportation Monday, Dec. 16, 10:30am-1pm at the Bascom Community Center, 1000 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose. Transportation experts will testify about the state of California roads and funding. We hope to see you there.

Date: Monday, December 16

Time: 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Bascom Community Center, Multipurpose Room

1000 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128

To RSVP visit Senator Beall's RSVP page or call (408) 558-1295

 Tickets for the 2014 Freedom Train are on sale NOW!

Come join us as we listen to civil rights stories told by the United States Marshals’ and sing along with our talented gospel vocalists!

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014

Time: The Freedom Train will depart San Jose at 10:00 a.m. and run nonstop to San Francisco arriving at approximately 11:00 a.m.
Location: San Jose Diridon Station, 65 Cahill Street, San Jose, CA  95110

Cost: $15.00 – General, $10.00 – Seniors 65 and older, persons with disabilities, children 0-18 years of age, and students. (Proof of ID required.)

Please visit our website at to find out how to purchase your tickets TODAY!
Because so many families are suffering through difficult financial hardships and in honoring Dr. King’s mission to serve others, we are partnering with Sacred Heart Community Service Agency, and Loved Twice, to collect canned food items and new/gently used infant wear sizes 0-12 months.

Please support these families in need by bringing your donations of canned food or clothing Monday, January 20, 2014, from 8:00am-10:00am ONLY, to 65 Cahill Street, San Jose, CA 95110

For more information please contact our President at, or call 408-861-5323.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there! 

  Get ready to skate!  Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice

Open Daily Nov. 15, 2013 - Jan. 12, 2014

Location: Market Street, across from Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the scene. Additional info can be found online at: 

Parent Workshop 







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