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

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

Email: district9@sanjoseca.gov
District 9 August Newsletter

 

District 9 News

 
 








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Councilmember
Donald Rocha

San Jose City Hall, District 9 200 E. Santa Clara St. 18th Floor, San Jose, CA 95113
P: (408) 535-4909
F: (408) 292-6471

District 9 Website 

District9@sanjoseca.gov

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In-District Office Hours

Cambrian Branch Library Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Chief of Staff

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Andrea Hyde
Policy Aide

Jacklyn Joanino
Policy Aide

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Sign-Up for City-Wide Classes: 

Community Activities and Registration 

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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. 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 www.choosemyplate.gov 
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 Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Program

For lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information, visit the Camden Cafe website

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Drought Watch

San Jose faces a mandatory 30% reduction in water-use. Make water conservation a top priority, both inside and outside your home.

Learn what you can do to conserve water.

Report Water Waste 
(408) 630-2000 drought@valleywater.org

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2015 - 2017
Neighborhood
Clean-Ups

NCU Map

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

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Prevent Crime with these  Security & Self Defense Tips 

To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood watch meeting, contact the

San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit:

(408) 277-4133

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City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

Anti-Graffiti
(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

Potholes
(408) 794-1900

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

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900

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August Newsletter

 

 

   

Dear Neighbor,

This month, I’d like to update you on progress in resolving the dispute over Measure B.

As many of you know, the City has been embroiled in a long-running dispute with its employee groups over Measure B, the pension reform measure that was enacted in 2012. The main criticism leveled against Measure B is that the cuts it made to employee benefit levels were so deep that the City is no longer a competitive employer. Employee recruitment has been a problem across many City departments over the past few years, but it's been most acute in the Police Department, where more and more budgeted positions have gone vacant as police officers have left the City.

The City finally began making a genuine effort to resolve the dispute over retirement reform a few months ago. Just in the past two weeks, the City Council has come to a tentative agreement with the police union and the firefighters union to make changes to the reforms enacted by Measure B and settle the ongoing legal dispute over the measure. You can read the text of the tentative agreement here.

This agreement still needs to receive final approval from the City Council; it’s scheduled to be considered at the August 11th Council meeting.

I believe it’s a good thing that the Council is finally making progress in resolving the dispute with our employee groups. Putting the dispute over Measure B behind us is a necessary step in improving our ability to attract and retain employees, increasing staffing levels in our Police Department, and providing our residents with the public safety services they deserve.

At the same time, we should also be asking ourselves why it has taken so long to resolve this dispute, and whether we could have avoided all of the difficulties of the last three years if we had taken a different approach to drafting Measure B back in 2012. I voted to put Measure B on the ballot in 2012, along with many of my colleagues on the Council. It’s incumbent on those of us who supported Measure B to figure out whether we made a mistake, and if so, how we could have done better.

In thinking about this issue, it may be helpful to look at the specifics of how the tentative agreement changes the provisions of Measure B. Here’s an overview:

  • Measure B included retirement benefit reductions for the Tier 1 retirement system, which includes all employees hired before Measure B was implemented. The tentative agreement eliminates those benefit reductions and keeps Tier 1 system as it was before Measure B was enacted.

  • Measure B established a new, lower level of benefits for Tier 2 employees, which includes all employees hired after Measure B was implemented. The tentative agreement retains the Tier 2 retirement system, but it increases some of the benefit levels established in Measure B. Retirement age would be lowered from 60 to 57, the yearly retirement benefit accrual rate would be increased from 2% to an average of 2.66% over 30 years, the maximum cost of living increase for Tier 2 retirees would be increased from 1.5% to 2% per year. The new benefit levels would still be lower than the Tier 1 levels and would entail a cost savings over the Tier 1 system.

  • The new definition of job-related disability established by Measure B would be rolled back, and the previous definition that was in place prior to Measure B would be restored.

As you can see, the tentative agreement retains some key elements of Measure B, such as the Tier 2 system, but it dispenses with other elements, such as the Tier 1 reforms and the changes to the disability definition. The elements that it discards, especially the Tier 1 reforms, were among the most controversial back in 2012.

The question that I think we should ask ourselves is, could we have achieved the reforms included in the tentative agreement back in 2012 through a negotiated settlement with our employee groups, and thereby avoided losing hundreds of employees and spending millions of dollars on a legal battle?

To answer that question I’ve gone back and looked at the employee group proposals from March 2012, just before Measure B was placed on the ballot. They can be found here and here. What I’ve noticed is that the employee proposals are fairly similar to the tentative agreement. At the time, the City Council dismissed those proposals as not going far enough, but three years later we’re going back to something that looks very similar to what our employees proposed in 2012.

I believed in 2012 that pension reform was necessary, and I still believe it now, but I also believe that Measure B was a mistake. It went too far in reducing benefit levels and in pursuing reform strategies that were never likely to succeed. Three years later, after doing considerable damage to the City’s ability to deliver services, we’re finally changing course and are implementing reforms that we probably could have achieved three years ago hand-in-hand with our employee groups. It’s a good thing that we’re finally resolving this problem, but I don’t think any of us on the Council who supported Measure B should pat ourselves on the back. We have made significant and avoidable mistakes.

There is some work that remains to be done. The current agreement only includes police and fire employees; we still need to negotiate an agreement for the rest of our workforce. I look forward to achieving that agreement and putting this chapter in the City’s history behind us.

Sincerely,

Don Rocha

Don Rocha


National Night Out

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 4, 2015!  National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Is your neighborhood interested in participating next year? Find out more by visiting sjpd.org.


Celebrate Cambrian Save the Date


 Parking Commission Vacancy

Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the Downtown Parking Board:

One (1) Downtown Parking Representative: Term ending June 30, 2016

About the Commission: The Downtown Parking Board serves as a public forum for the discussion of downtown parking issues. The board's mission statement is to "create and maintain a downtown public parking system that provides available and accessible parking." The board reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the City's downtown parking programs, the health and financial stability of the parking fund, and the use of parking revenues.

Applications may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113, or you may apply online. Applications are due Thursday, August 6, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.  For questions regarding the application process, please call the Office of the City Clerk at (408) 535-1260 or e-mail at commissions@sanjoseca.gov.


The Camden Community Center Pool is Now Open!

Camden Community Center Aquatics

Summer 2015 Aquatics at Camden Community Center

View the Camden Aquatics Brochure

Sign Up for Aquatics Classes Online

Recreation Swim Times: June 15 - August 8, Monday - Saturday, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Fee: Youth (under 18) $3.00, passbook (11 swims) $30.00; Adults $4.00; passbook (11 swims) $40.00

For more information, visit the Camden Community Center at 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124, or email citywideaquatics@sanjoseca.gov.


Volunteer as a Homework Club Coordinator

Flex your leadership skills by becoming a Library Homework Club Coordinator!  Homework Clubs provide after-school assistance for K-8 children free of charge.  San Jose Public Library is looking for experienced, dedicated community members to help coordinate these new clubs.  Homework Club Coordinators will occupy a key leadership position to help recruit, train, and schedule other volunteers.  Learn more


 Fall Registration


Family Camp

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just relax. It's an experience the whole family will enjoy, so reserve your tent today! For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or familycamp@sanjoseca.gov. 


GRID Alternatives Solar Program

The State of California has set aside funds to provide equitable access to solar technology and install solar electric systems for disadvantaged communities.  If your household is eligible, you could help bring more solar power to the City and help meet greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.  On average, beneficiaries of this program save 80% on their electric bills.  To see if your household qualifies, contact Justine Blanchet at (510) 731-1335 or jblanchet@gridalternatives.org. Learn more.


Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

The San Jose Police Department's Neighborhood Watch program focuses on informing the community how to discourage, deter and prevent crimes such as burglary, auto theft, car break-ins, and personal crimes.  Issues such as vandalism, graffiti, drug dealing and gang activity are also addressed when applicable. To request a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in your neighborhood, call Crime Prevention at (408) 277-4133. Learn more.


Calendar of Events


Summer in St. James Park

100 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

  • Yoga & Games: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:00 PM (July 6 - September 21)
  • Twilight Concerts: Thursdays, 6:30 PM (June 25 - September 17)
  • Words & Music: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM (June 30 - September 22)
  • Summer Drums: Select Saturdays, 11:00 AM (June 27, July 22, August 25, September 19)
  • The Commons: Select Fridays, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (July 24, September 25)

Summer in St. James Park is a free, family-friendly entertainment series presented by the San Jose Parks Foundation, funded by the Knight Association, and in association with the City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department.  Learn more.


 The Tech Museum: "Catalysts of Creativity" with Ira Flatow

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 7:00 PM

201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Where do new ideas come from? How does necessity become the mother of invention? Ira Flatow, host of Public Radio’s “Science Friday,” talks about the Catalysts of Creativity: the inspirations for new ideas.  Cost is $15 for general admission, $10 for members. Learn more.


Senior Safari Walkabout

Select Thursdays: August 27, September 24, 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing the early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get some exercise, and gain unique knowledge of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again!  Healthy breakfasts are available for purchase.  This event is exclusively for ages 50 and over.  Free admission and parking. Learn more.


On the Edge: Happy Hollow's Summer of Fun

July 15 - August 23, 2015, Wednesdays through Sundays, 3 times daily

1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Join the fun on the Meadow Stage with some thrilling entertainment.  From acrobats, world percussion (featuring performers of Stomp), high flying BMX, to extreme animal adaptations, this high energy show is fun for the entire family.  Happy Hollow's "On the Edge" will be presented three times daily at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday.  Shows are included with admission. Learn more. 


Ash Kickers Quit Smoking Program

Breathe California, 1469 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126

  • August 5 - September 2, 2015: Wednesday evenings, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • October 12 - November 9, 2015: Monday evenings, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • January 12 - February 9, 2016: Tuesday evenings, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This year, take the first step toward living healthier and breathing easier - quit smoking!  Breathe California is proud to help local residents kick the habit.  Led by a trained facilitator, the class offers smokers the resources and strategies to quit and stay quit. To reserve your space, call (408) 998-5865.  Learn more.


San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Friday, August 7 - Sunday, August 9, 2015

Plaza de Cesar Chavez (Main Stage), South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Get ready for the perfect summer experience: fantastic weather, great food, wine and microbrews, music-themed film screenings, family fun activities, and of course, jazz music!  SJ Jazz Fest features 100+ performances of the best in jazz, blues, R&B, funk, New Orleans, zydeco and more. View the 2015 Lineup or purchase tickets online.


 KQED Open Newsroom Forum

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

City Lights Theater Company, 529 South Second Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Beth Wilson, Senior Editor, KQED Silicon Valley, and the editorial staff want to hear from you!  The Open Newsroom forum invites community leaders, newsmakers, local business owners and residents to join an open dialogue with KQED news reporters. Please come prepared to give a 90-second overview of your key issue, possible solutions, and names of movers and shakers that are making change in your city.  Possible story themes include immigration reform, tech surveillance, security, development and transportation. Register online.


San Jose Water Company Briefing

Monday, August 17, 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

1221-A South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

San Jose Water Company cordially invites you to a water briefing, where staff will be on hand to provide information regarding current water restrictions, the water allocation plan, and what can be done to ensure future reliable water supplies for our community.  Please RSVP your attendance by contacting Mary Flores at (408) 279-7963 or via email at mary.flores@sjwater.com, by Wednesday, August 12, 2015.  Visitor parking is available onsite and on Eisenhower Drive.


Wounded Warrior Project Benefit: "One Hot Country August Night"

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Concert

958 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Enjoy a fun filled, musical evening with songs, dancing, a raffle, a silent auction, and a spaghetti dinner.  Music by the TCB Band.  Tickets purchased in advance are $25.00; children's tickets are $15.00; tickets purchased at the door are $30.00. Donations go toward a track chair for a deserving veteran.  Please consider donating anything you can. Learn more.


Camden Community Center Workshops

Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 9:30 AM: DIY Greeting Cards Workshop - Learn the fun and easy technique of Iris folding.  You will be able to make and take your DIY handmade greeting cards.  Students must bring scissors and a roll of magic tape.  Please register online at www.sanjoseca.gov/prns using code #257.2.2011.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 3:30: FREE Financial Planning Seminar - Learn how to plan for successful retirement, with particular focus on 5 risks: longevity, inflation, rising prices, medical and long-term costs, taxes and investment risks.  Pre-registration is required; register online at www.sanjoseca.gov/prns using code #257.2.2015For more information, call (408) 559-8553.


     
   

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