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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 July Newsletter




Click on Links below to sign up for city-wide classes including the Aquatics Brochure

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 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 (7am-4pm)
(408) 277-8956

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







Dear Neighbor,

On July 18th, the City Council approved a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins July 1st. I’d like to give you an overview of the notable actions taken in this year’s budget, especially the ones that respond to community concerns that I’ve heard through the budget process.

One of the most prevalent concerns I’ve heard from residents is the increase in crime in San Jose, especially property crimes. The major challenge in responding to this increase has been that our Police Department has seen a rapid rise in the number of officers retiring or leaving for new jobs, which means that the Department has struggled to keep existing, funded officer positions filled. What this means is that the obvious fix for low staffing levels—budgeting for additional officer positions—is not available to us in the short term because it will take the better part of a year to hire and train officers for the positions that are already budgeted. Filling newly created positions would take even longer.

The good news is that the City’s budget looks much better this year, which means there’s money available to be spent on public safety. The challenge is that because of the hiring backlog, we have to find strategies for spending it that don’t rely on adding more officers. Here’s a quick summary of the strategies included in the Mayor’s Budget Message:

  • Accelerating Recruitment, Hiring and Training: Sets aside $3 million to help ensure that police academies can move ahead as quickly as possible, and can begin hiring ahead of attrition.


  • Community Service Officers: Allocates $1 million to fund 21 Community Service Officer positions. Community Service Officers would not be full police officers, but would be able to assist with routine tasks, such as non-emergency calls and field reports, freeing up police officers to respond where they are most needed.


  • Overtime Funding: Allocates $4 million in overtime funding to help backfill vacant positions. This is a stop-gap measure until we can hire and train new officers to fill vacancies.


  • Gang Prevention: Allocates $3 million to gang prevention and suppression efforts, such as the Safe Schools Campus Initiative and the Safe Summer Initiative.


  • Police Retention: Sets aside $10 million in 2013-14 to restore pay for public safety personnel. Restoring some of the 10% pay cut that police officers took in previous years is a key step to reducing officer attrition rates and getting back to full staffing, but it would require the City reaching an agreement with the Police union, which has not yet happened.

There was one public safety proposal I was not able to support: spending $2 million to open the South San Jose Police Substation. The Substation is a recently-built facility located on Great Oaks Boulevard off of Monterey Road. The thinking is that the Substation will allow for more efficient deployment of patrol officers directly from South San Jose, instead of Downtown. There may be some merit to this approach, but I wasn’t able to support opening it this year because I believe that our priority needs to be building back our staffing levels, not opening a new facility.

As important as public safety is, there are many other services that the City provides that contribute to the well-being and quality of life of our residents. Here are some other budget highlights that I think will have a positive impact:

  • Homeless Response Team: Allocates $7.3 million dollars to address the issue of homeless encampments. The money will be used to fund encampment cleanups, hire additional park rangers to provide enforcement along creek corridors, and help provide rapid rehousing so that homeless individuals will have somewhere to go when an encampment is cleaned up.


  • Traffic Calming: Allocates $1.5 million for a two-year traffic calming program, with a focus on improving safety on residential streets. The budget also allocates $200,000 for radar speed display signs.


  • Domestic Violence Prevention: Two years ago, the City’s Domestic Violence Coordinator position was eliminated. This budget allocates $50,000 to address domestic violence prevention and awareness efforts.

These are only a few of the budget items included in the Mayor’s June Budget Message.  Here’s a link to the full document:  Unfortunately, I was not able to secure funding for my budget proposal to repave Foxworthy.  Given the poor condition of that street, allocating funding to repave it will be a priority for me in future budgets.

In summary, I believe the 2013-14 budget is a positive step towards building back City services. Serious challenges remain, especially in the area of public safety, but I think we’re heading in the right direction. 

If you have feedback or questions about this or any other issue, please feel free to get in touch with my office by email at or by phone at (408) 535-4909. 



Donald Rocha



Announcing Our New Addition to the D9 Staff:

After being with the District 9 team for two and a half years, we are sorry to say that Marisa Melo has accepted another employment opportunity. While we are sad to see her go, we are also very happy for her and this new professional path she is taking. Marisa has provided excellent service to our District 9 residents, and we are very thankful for the work that she did to strengthen our community. We have no doubt that she will continue to make San Jose a better place in her new role, and we’ll miss her intelligence and her wit very much.

Scott Hughes was raised in Colorado and moved to California to attend school at Sonoma State University. As a Physical Education major Scott studied Kinesiology, and outside of the classroom played soccer for the SSU Seawolves. Prior to joining the District 9 team, Scott worked for a political firm in the Silicon Valley, consulting on all types of political campaigns from the local to federal levels.

He will be the staff member following committees and commissions: Community and Economy Development Committee, Airport Competitiveness Committee, Airport Commission, Arts Commission, Downtown Parking Board, Public Safety, Finance & Strategies Support, SJ/SV Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, San Jose Sports Authority, Arena Authority, Baseball Stadium Project, Citizen Corps Council, and our Veterans and Military.



Notice of Road Work on Blossom Hill Rd.

This Sunday, June 30, planned utility construction work will take place on eastbound Blossom Hill Rd., just east of Almaden Expwy.

Starting this Sunday, June 30 at 5:00AM, PG&E will relocate and reinstall a gas line that will take up to 15 hours to complete and that will result in two eastbound lanes of Blossom Hill Rd. being closed. 

Additionally, in coordination with the Santa Clara County Roads and Airport Dept, one left turn lane from southbound Almaden Expwy to eastbound Blossom Hill Rd. will also be closed during the same timeframe. 

All lanes are expected to be reopened to traffic by 8:00PM Sunday evening. 

This work is being performed in advance of a Santa Clara County road expansion project, and a City pavement resurfacing project on Blossom Hill Rd., both of which are planned to start later this summer in July and August.

Since this work will likely be disruptive to weekend drivers, it is highly advisable and strongly encouraged that drivers find alternate routes around this location.



San José City Hall, City offices to close for Independence Day holiday

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. All City offices will reopen on Friday, July 5. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours

Library Schedule: All City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Friday, July 5.

Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holidays. Community Center information is available at or in the Citywide Activity Guide.

Garbage and Recycling pickup will occur as normal on

Thursday, July 4.

Garbage Bills or New Accounts: If you have billing questions or need to transfer or begin a new garbage service account, call the City's Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500 when the offices reopen on Friday, July 5. A drop box, located at the 6th Street and Santa Clara Street entrance of City Hall, is available for bill payment deposits during the closure. 

If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500.






The 8th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival 

Date: Sunday, August 25

Time: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

  Location: Camden Community Center 3369 Union Ave.

Come and join a day filled with fun featuring local live entertainment, organized children activities, a resource fair, local District 9 restaurants selling food, and inflatable bounce houses, obstacle course, and water slides! If anyone is interested in participating in this year’s festival please contact Vanessa Compean at (408) 535-4909 or

 We can’t wait to see you there!



Summer Safety Tips

We wish you and your families a Fun and Safe 4th of July!

Please rembember that all types of fireworks are illegal in San Jose. Please visit the San Jose Fire Department's Website for the laws regarding the use of fireworks.

Keep your family safe this summer in the sun and water by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Spanish version is also available.



Bus and Light Rail Service Changes

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) would like to inform you of the bus and light rail service changes which will be implemented on July 8, 2013.

To view these service changes please click on the link below:

Please share this important information with your co-workers, employees, clients, family or friends. Thank you for your assistance.

VTA Customer Service

Telephone: (408) 321-2300

TTY: (408) 321-2330 



 InnVision Shelter Network

Volunteer Opportunities

Register online at

 Contact: Erika Sutton, Community Partnership Program Coordinator (408) 380-8707





Enjoy Cool Festivals, Performing Arts, Nightlife, Theme Parks, Shows and Sports Now Through Labor Day

San Jose’s warm sunshine and exciting events serve up the perfect cure for the Summer time blues now through Labor Day. Here in the Capital of Silicon Valley – the 10th largest city in the U.S., we offer endless possibilities in entertainment – from making a splash or catching a thrill at our amusement parks to dancing in the streets during our music and cultural festivals and cheering on your favorite team at a sporting event. If you want a break from the outdoors, enjoy a wide variety of performing arts productions held in one of San Jose’s four historic theaters. For continued updates on events, visit



 San Jose F.I.T. Camp

Help your kids keep FIT and have FUN in the sun!

This summer, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is proud to launch F.I.T. Camp, a specialty program that will help children develop healthy habits through fun activities, interactive training and awesome outdoor trips. During Session One, F.I.T. Campers hiked Alum Rock Park and ventured on a bike expedition through the San Jose Trails Network. In weeks to come, participants will learn to climb, swim, cook, perform mixed martial arts, race, skate, explore active locations throughout San Jose and continue to learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Every session includes a special event for families.
Build a healthy future and register today! *Limited spots available!

Visit PRNS's Online Registration Page  - enter the keyword F.I.T and sign-up today!
This program supports San Jose as a Let’s Move! City.




PRNS community centers are bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone. There are a wide variety of classes, sports programs, fitness classes, therapeutic programs, and special events for individuals of all ages.

The Camden Community Center, home to Councilmember Rocha’s Annual Celebrate Cambrian Event is conveniently located in the heart of Council District 9, just off Highways 85 and 17/880!

For more information on the summer offerings at Camden, please visit the following link: Camden Community Center Summer Brochure



Volunteer Tutor



School Supplies for Children in Need Throughout San Jose 

Sunday Friends

Dear Friends,

Every year at this time, Sunday Friends asks you to collect or donate school supplies for children. Last year, we needed backpacks and supplies for 280 children. This year, we need enough for 430!  

To our delight, our communities at Lowell, Anne Darling and Blackford Elementary continue to grow.   

As always, when school starts in August, the children will count on Sunday Friends. When kids can earn and select what they need, they arrive at school on the first day with eagerness and confidence.  

Please COLLECT or DONATE school supplies for the kids to earn for the start of school:

Most Needed:

Character Backpacks for grade school children 

Zipper Binders

USB Memory Drives

Plus all the tools that go inside the backpacks:  pens, markers, crayons, mechanical pencils, black sharpies, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, scissors, glue sticks, quick-dry tacky glue, watercolor paint sets, binder paper, dictionaries, Spanish-English dictionaries, new one-inch binders, pencil cases, mini-staplers, dividers, notebooks, calculators and batteries.  

Our first Back-to-School Shopping Day will be August 4.  

For delivery information email to: 

Many thanks to all of you for making it possible for hundreds of precious children from hard working families to prepare for a successful school year.



Santa Clara County Open Space Authority 

For over 20 years, the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority has been partnering with cities and communities to protect our waters, wildlife, and working lands in the Valley for the benefit of current and future generations and has contributed over $8 million through its Urban Open Space Grant Program to local projects such as clean creeks, walking and biking trails, and community parks. The Open Space Authority is now creating a 30-Year Conservation Vision to identify strategic partnerships and priorities for investments in local and regional open space projects (including greenbelts, creeks & waterways, trails, urban-edge farms, and habitat restoration) and is soliciting public input and ideas.

We are looking for public input by August 30 at

Visit to learn more. 



MLK Scholorships 

2013 Scholarship Application

The application deadline is Thursday August 15, 2013 

Download application

Frequently asked questions about the scholarship program:

You do not have to attend a school in Santa Clara County to apply, but you must be a resident of Santa Clara County when applying. The deadline for scholarship applications is August 15th, at 5:00PM. Late applications will not be considered. Please email your completed application to

It is very important that you read and follow instructions on the application carefully. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Please be sure that you give us accurate contact information when applying. You must include a current email address, and phone number.

If you change your phone number or email address, you must notify us immediately, or your application will be disqualified.

We heavily weigh community service and your essay over your GPA, so please be sure you put all of your volunteer activities down, and please pay special attention to the essay you submit.

Scholarship amounts are based on the quality of the applicant’s civic involvement, and their essay, not just on their GPA.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the President at







iCreaTV Summer Video Camp

Attention Middle and High School Students!

Learn how to create videos like a PRO at iCreaTV. Your videos will air on TV!

Date: Sessions: July 8 - July 19 or July 22 - August 2

Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM Middle School

       1:00PM-5:00PM High School

Cost: Early bird one session registration (two weeks prior) $345.00

$50.00 family discount if more than one register.

Register: (408) 295-8815, ext. 301 or email



Music in the Park

25th Anniversary Concert Series 

 Date: Friday, July 19 

    Time: 5:30PM - 9:00PM

  Location:  St. James Park in downtown San Jose at Second and St. James Streets 

Grammy Award-winner Ozomatli will headline!

Admission is $10 in advance and $15 day of the show. Children 12-under are free when accompanied by an adult.  Tickets are available at 

Transportation for the event:  San Jose Bike Coalition, in cooperation with the City of SanJose, will provide free valet bike parking. Concert-goers are also encouraged to take light-rail, which has stations at St. James Park.

To find the nearest parking options to St. James Park ($5 at Market-San Pedro and Third Street garages after 6:00PM) go to

Overnight accommodations: Enjoy a special attendee rate of $99 per night at the Fairmont San Jose.

Also at the event: 

Silicon Valley DeBug will have a variety of music and art activities, including make-your-own T-shirts, jam on instruments or hula-hooping.

Downtown restaurants featuring specialty menu items at the event include: Poor House Bistro; House of Siam Gourmet Thai Truck; Angelou's Taqueria; Pizza My Heart; and Asmara's Kettle Korn.

Beverages include J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Heineken and Amstel Light beers and Strongbow Hard Cider.

Eliminating waste:  Thanks to a grant from the San Jose Environmental Services Department and help from Republic Services, Nothing Wasted Consulting and Conservation Corps, at least 75% of waste from the event will be diverted away from landfill, reducing the event’s impact on the environment. 




The San Jose Downtown Association presents free summer outdoor movie classics. Take advantage of San Jose’s gorgeous weather by grabbing a lawn chair or blanket and enjoying free films under the stars in four of downtown’s central neighborhoods: San Pedro Square Market, the Historic District/Post St., St. James Park and SoFA District/South First St. Pre-screening entertainment changes with the season, starting at 7:00PM.  See for more details.



 Green Cadre



Summer Leadership 



 YSI Summer Camps




 Family Camp at Yosemite 

Please visit the City website for further information  


Family Camp  


Food Ware Information Session

Attend the Food Ware Information Session to learn more about the City’s proposed phaseout of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food ware, and learn about foam free replacement containers and costs. Register a week in advance and receive two additional raffle tickets for you chance to win $50 worth of alternative packaging. Email with the subject line: Attend Information Session. Make sure to include your name, the name of your food establishment, the address and the number of people attending.

Information Session

Date: Monday, July 15

Time: 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Location: Tully Library 880 Tully Road

If you have any questions, please contact or (408) 975-2586 



Benefit concert 



National Night Out

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San Jose Police Department. Your neighborhood is invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013.

National Night Out is designed to:

Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.

Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.

Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.

Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Register your neighborhood for this year’s event today. Registration is free and gives police and other city representatives an opportunity to attend local events as time and circumstances permit. You do NOT have to be a current Neighborhood Watch neighborhood to participate. National Night Out is for everyone!

Register now and begin planning your event as soon as possible.

The City of San Jose is a nationally registered participant in this year’s event. To register locally contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit (408) 277-4133 or mail your registration to:

SAN JOSE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT 201 W. Mission Street SAN JOSE, CA 95110 (408) 277- 4133 ATTENTION: NNO 2013

Registration due on or before July 26, 2013

Join us today by registering your neighborhood and help us GIVE CRIME AND DRUGS A GOING AWAY PARTY!

For additional ideas or questions, contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit (408) 277-4133 and online at SJPD.ORG.

Any National Night Out events taking place at parks in San Jose can use the San Jose Parks Foundation's non-profit status to collect donations and sponsorships if the group does not have its own.

For specifics contact Jim at or (408) 893-7275. 



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