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Steindorf ROCKS Benefit Concert & District 9 September Mid-Month Announcements

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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

2016 September Mid-Month Announcements

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Councilmember Donald Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St. 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909  F: (408) 292-6471

Dear Neighbor,

The opening of any brand new school is a rare and exciting occasion, and not often are we given the chance to support learning and education in such a significant way.  As many of you may know, Steindorf STEAM School is San Jose’s newest public school that opened its doors in District 9 less than a month ago.  Steindorf is proud of its enthusiasm for music and the arts, its beautiful new classrooms and a wonderful music teacher, but the district currently lacks the funds to purchase instruments for its students.

A benefit concert is being held this Sunday, September 18th from 12pm – 3pm, and all proceeds from the event go to Steindorf’s Music Department.

The “Steindorf ROCKS” concert is being led by a group of volunteer parents who know just how important music education is for students. Tickets are only $25 and kids 8th grade and under are FREE! You can purchase them at, and if you can’t attend, you can make a monetary donation that truly goes a long way.

This is a HUGE opportunity for our community to step up and support an important program for our youth. Please help out in whatever way you can and feel free to share this post.

And as always, feel free to contact us with any city-related concerns at 408-535-4909 or


News & Announcements
Reminder: 2016 Celebrate Cambrian Survey!

If you attended the Celebrate Cambrian Festival on Sunday, August 28th, we would love to hear your feedback about your experience through the survey link below.  The survey should only take a minute of your time and your response will help us prepare for next year's Celebrate Cambrian Festival.  Thank you in advance for participating!

2016 Celebrate Cambrian Community Feedback Survey:

County Supervisors Preserve Cambrian Park Plaza Carousel

The Cambrian Park Carousel is now a Santa Clara County historic landmark. On August 30, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved my motion declaring that the entire structure, including the whimsical carousel, the sign and the base, meets the criteria to be designated a historic landmark.

The future of the entire Cambrian Park Plaza shopping center is in flux and the historic designation provides an important layer of protection. The 50-year-old carousel has become the unofficial town center of the Cambrian park neighborhood. It is also one of the few remaining examples of Roadside Vernacular architecture in the San Jose area.

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, an excellent time to remind all of us about both our personal and family readiness for emergencies and our responsibilities for ensuring our organizational and community readiness for disasters.

It takes all of us working together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from whatever emergency might come our way. Government, Businesses, Faith Based Organizations, Community Based Organizations, and Non-profits all have a part to play in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Please do your part by talking with your family, your place of worship, your colleagues, or employees about your plans in case of emergency or disaster. Make a plan, build a kit, and share your plans with the people in your circle. Visit the Office of Emergency Services for more helpful resources.

CityDance San José

Every Thursday evening starting on September 1, through October 20, 2016, meet at Plaza de Cesar Chavez for an evening of socializing, music and dancing. 

With live bands and professional dance instructor to teach the fine points of the evening's dance style, you can tune your skills, learn something new, or just show off. A beer garden and food trucks make the evening complete. CityDance San José is free and open to the public!  Dance floor opens at 5:30 PM; Dance instruction begins at 6:00 PM; Band/DJ plays two hours of dance music at 7:00 PM.


  • Sept 1:  Salsa with Eddie Valdez/ Los Boleros
  • Sept 8:  Country Two-Step with Michelle Crozier/ Country Cougars
  • Sept 15:  Hustle with Mark Scolieri/ Alfie and XS
  • Sept 22:  East Coast Swing with Lesley McIntosh/ The Cruisetones
  • Sept 29:  Bollywood with Joti Singh/ DJ Puran Singh
  • Oct 6:  Argentine Tango with Conor McClure/ Tangonero Trio
  • Oct 13:  Fox Trot with Hans Schmidt/ The Serenaders
  • Oct 20:  Rumba/Merengue with Michelle Crozier/ The Alison Sharino Band

Our City Forest Now Hiring
Our City Forest

Our City Forest is now hiring for enthusiastic and service-oriented team members looking to:

  • Serve the communities of Silicon Valley for a year
  • Full-time commitment: 40 hours per week (Tues. - Sat., shifts may vary)
  • 11-month term begins September 13
  • Receive a $15,000 living stipend and $5,775 education award (awarded upon completion of term).

Our City Forest AmeriCorps members build capacity in the community by engaging volunteers and residents in cultivating plants and young trees at the community nursery, planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods, schools and parks, and fighting the drought through water conservation efforts. AmeriCorps members educate the community on Our City Forest’s best practices and help train environmental stewards.  Questions? Contact Bryan at 408-997-7337 x 127 or

Arts & Cultural Exchange Grant Program

The Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that Round 2 of the Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant program is now open.

San Jose-based artists and arts organizations are eligible to apply for grants through this program in the amount of $2,500 - $5,000 to support international cultural exchange activities in San Jose or abroad. Eligibility is not limited to any particular country, but priority will be given to exchanges that advance the relationship between the City of San Jose and its Sister Cities, as well as international cities connected to San Jose via direct flights.

Applications are due on October 7, 2016 for projects taking place in calendar year 2017. Application instructions and guidelines can be found on the Office of Cultural Affairs website under Grants Programs, Arts and Cultural Exchange Grants

PRNS Summer Registration Now Open

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is committed to building healthy communities through people, parks and programs and to being a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces.

PRNS Summer Registration is now open, and the Summer 2016 Brochure is available online. For questions or more information, please visit

Free Large-Item Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

The large item collection program now offers two free collection appointments per household per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items. For more information please visit for Frequently Asked Questions in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Did you know that Illegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment?  When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment. Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900.

Upcoming Events
Community Meetings on Proposed Amendments to San Jose's Zoning Code
City of San Jose

The City of San José will be hosting a series of community meetings to discuss proposed amendments to the City's Zoning Code to establish regulations for 1) homeless shelters at places of religious and non-religious assembly, and 2) overnight parking by homeless individuals and families in the parking lot of religious and non-religious assembly.  The meetings are scheduled as follows:

If you have questions, please contact Ray Bramson, Housing Department, at 408-535-8234, or Dipa Chundur, Planning Building and Code Enforcement, at 408-535-7688.

Free Shredding Event

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Target Parking Lot, 5630 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Please join the San Jose Police Department and Target to help prevent identity theft.  Bring old paperwork, documents and bill statements to shred.  Shredding is FREE, but donations are appreciated and benefit PAAF City Wide Track Meet and Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.  Please have all paperwork free of clips, binding and in disposable containers. Five box maximum.  For more information, visit

Senior Safari Walkabout 2016

Select Thursdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: August 25, September 22, and October 22
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Join 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 get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again! Animal Meet & Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase. For more information, please call (408) 794-6400 or visit 

Silicon Valley Neighborhood Development Mini-Training Conference & Resource Fair

Saturday, September 24, 2016. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

You are invited to participate in a neighborhood development training hosted by United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County and sponsored by Councilmember Donald Rocha.  Join other neighborhood leaders for an opportunity to network and learn about essential leadership tools.  The event will also showcase a resources fair and refreshments will be served.  This event is CAP Grant Cycle 30 eligible for 2016.  BRICC cash awards will be presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  For more information, please call (408) 823-8201 and

Car Seat Safety Check Event

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

State Senator Jim Beall, 15th Senate District, invites you to a free child's car seat safety inspection by trained professionals and learn about car seat laws. This event is part of his 2016 Summer Event series. Please call 408-558-1295 for more information and location or visit

15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Thursday, October 6, 2016, Check-in 10:00 AM, Lunch 11:00 AM, Start Time 12:00 PM
Cinnabar Hills Golf Course, 23608 McKean Road, San Jose, CA 95141

You're invited to the 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by South Valley Family YMCA. Registration Fees are: $175 Individual, $700 Foursome, $1,000 Hole Sponsor, $5,000 - $9,999 Premier Sponsor, and $10,000 Tournament Sponsor. Event includes green fees and cat, BBQ lunch, commemorative event material, beverages on the course, range balls, player bags and dinner reception.  

For more information, contact Rick Valdez, Executive Director, at or visit

Happy Hollow Howl-O-Ween Family Sleepover

Saturday, October 29, 6:00 PM - 10:00 AM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112

Be Happy Hollow's overnight guest for a howling good time and enjoy the thrill of the zoo after dark! Children must attend with an adult who is also registered (ages 5+).

Register online, or download a PDF of Happy Hollow's winter & spring classes.

Register for Holiday Races
SVLG Holiday Races

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Turkey Trot
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - Santa Run

Make this holiday season a healthy one by signing up for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and the Santa Run on December 18th.  Save up to $10 by purchasing the Turkey Trot and Santa Run bundle. Register online.

The Santa Run Silicon Valley benefits Christmas in the Park, Downtown Ice and Reading Partners and the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot benefits five great charities.


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 Outreach (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

Contact the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide


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