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District 9 2018 September Newsletter

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District 9 September Newsletter

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

Phone: (408) 535-4909
Fax: (408) 292-6471 

Dear Neighbor,

Celebrate Cambrian 2018 was an absolute success and one I will not soon forget. It was a pleasure spending valuable time with neighbors of all ages coming together as one community.

Over 1,500 visitors came to Camden Community Center throughout the day to meet new people, take in the sounds of music from Richard Kubec's band FIRE, and watch all-star dance performances from the dancers at California Sports Center - Cambrianna and the uber-talented Folklorico Nacional Mexicano de Elena Robles.

At the resource fair, we had over 45 community nonprofits, City departments, elected officials and grassroots groups 

offering information and services for inquiring visitors. The folks at the District 9 Leadership Group table encouraged passersby to put a pin on a map of District 9 as a way to represent their neighborhood. By the afternoon, the map was full of pins spanning every corner of the district.

Lawn games were set all along the festival with cornhole being one of the most popular. Frenzy, the San Jose Barracuda's mascot, was spotted playing Jenga with courageous challengers while a family played giant checkers a few feet beside. Inflatable slides and a bounce house proved to be hits with the young ones. Sharkie and Q of NHL and MLS fame made appearances and posed for photos with a diverse set of happy fans.

To round out this stellar experience, hungry neighbors stopped by one of our food vendor tents (or all of them), to partake in some delicious grub from Adelita's Taqueria, Pizza Factory and Best Taste Chinese Restaurant. A perfect topping to grubtime came in the form of the delicious 'Twisted Chill' ice cream truck.

Of course, none of this would have happened without our sponsors: Coca-Cola, CareMore/Anthem, Grocery Outlet , San Jose Water, Silver Creek Sportsplex/Club Sports, Yellow Checker Cab Company, Republic Services, Sims Metal Management, The Health Trust, Kaiser Permanente Thrive, The Harker School, The Core Companies, Fagundo Family McDonald's Restaurants, The Schoennaur Company, and Santa Clara County Building and Construction Trades Council. We appreciate their commitment to community building and wish them success in their endeavors.

Before closing, I want to take a moment to thank all the vendors, nonprofits, city departments and staff, sports teams and most importantly, the neighbors and residents who took part in our 2018 Celebrate Cambrian Festival. This, unfortunately, was my last go at it far as planning and hosting goes but in looking back I find myself more than happy with what we have been able to achieve in the Cambrian community by way of this event. I hope for many more Celebrate Cambrians to come, but for now, I thank you again for this one.

As always, please reach out to my office should you have any questions, concerns or ideas on this or any other on city related issues at 408-535-4909.




Ps, Please check out all Celebrate Cambrian 2018 photos available for you on our Festival Facebook page. Also, please help us make Celebrate Cambrian better by taking our festival survey.

News & Announcements
District 9 Leadership Group General Meeting - September 13th

Are you interested in learning about city projects going on in our District? Would you like to have input in addressing neighborhood concerns? If so, please join the District 9 Leadership Group on Thursday, September 13 for our first general meeting ever where City Council Candidates Kalen Gallagher and Pam Foley will speak on the issues in an open forum. We are a group of concerned citizens working to streamline communication with our Councilmember and City Staff on important everyday neighborhood matters. Challenges we plan to discuss are speeding and reckless driving, property crime, police response times, homeless encampments, illegal dumping, and graffiti.

Visit our Facebook page, website or sign up to receive our newsletter and find more details on upcoming events, issues or networking opportunities in District 9.

September 13th, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Camden Community Center

3365 Union Avenue

San José, CA 95124

Join Shop With A Cop for A Paella Fiesta - October 13

Few Dishes Rival The Aromatic, Colorful Presentation Of Paella. Enjoy A Spanish Getaway And Join Us For A Savory Evening Featuring A Traditional Spanish Paella Dinner. As Our Guest, You’ll Experience Every Step Of The Cooking Process, From Beginning To End. Watch As A Team From PSRT Catering Prepares The Meal Right In Front Of You With Only The Freshest Of Ingredients.
Silent & Live Auction, Drinks, Music And Night Of Giving Back!

Tickets are only $65.00 Per Guest. Ages 21+ Only. For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit the Shop With a Cop Website.

October 13th, 2018

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Measure Q Expenditure Oversight Committee Vacancy

Do you love nature and numbers? Do you believe open space lands are essential to community health and wellbeing? If so, the Measure Q Expenditure Oversight Committee might be the perfect volunteer role for you!

This seven-member committee provides public oversight for all funds collected and allocated by Measure Q. Each member contributes unique talents including an understanding of budgets and audit reports.

Annually, the committee meets up to four times to review: 1) the plan expenditures; 2) the annual audit and report prepared by an independent auditor; and 3) submits an annual oversight report.

Please visit the site for more information and the application.

Information on Measure Q: In November 2014, Measure Q was overwhelmingly passed by voters generating approximately $7.9 million per year for open space protection in the Santa Clara Valley. Passage of this measure allows the Open Space Authority to connect more people with nature by opening more parks and trails, and offering more opportunities to protect our scenic landscapes and their precious natural resources for present and future generations.

Camden Neighbor Nights - Every Second Friday

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at Camden Community Center. San Jose Neighbor Nights will offer free activities including music, movies, crafts, dances, sports, and more.

September 14th, 2018

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Camden Community Center

3365 Union Avenue

San José, CA 95124

For more information, please visit

Viva Calle SJ and 5K - September 23rd

Viva Calle SJ is BACK in 2018 with a six-mile route down Monterey Road! The City’s signature open streets event will feature activity hubs in the South of First Area’s (SoFA) Parque de los Pobladores, the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and Martial Cottle Park. Activity hubs will include information tents, free water stations, bike repair services, local vendors, live entertainment and family-friendly fun.

This year, the City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is increasing ways for participant engagement during the Viva CalleSJ event with the inaugural Run Viva CalleSJ 5K and kid’s fun run. For the fourth-annual Viva CalleSJ on Sept. 23 – SoFA to the Streets – PRNS is collaborating with running race producers, Soul Focus Sports, to provide local runners with a great way to start their event day. San Jose has also partnered with Niantic, Inc. once again to bring Pokemon GO back to the Viva Calle route with special Pokemons galore.

Viva CalleSJ is made possible by collaborative efforts from PRNS, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Santa Clara County and Knight Foundation. Visit the Viva Calle website for event information, including a map of this year’s route

September 23rd, 2018

10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

R.O.C.K After School - Now at Fammatre Elementary School

It is back to school time!

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is proud to announce the start of another school year with a new school joining the after-school program, R.O.C.K. With the addition of Fammatre Elementary School, in the Cambrian Union School District, PRNS will be providing the R.O.C.K. program at 22 schools across six school districts. R.O.C.K. offers a safe, healthy, fun and structured afterschool environment including homework assistance and recreation opportunities for over 1,000 students.

For more information, contact Neil Rufino, PRNS Deputy Director, at 408-535-3508. To join the registration waiting list, visit the PRNS Fammatre Elementary registration page.

Kelley Park Sunset Walk - September 14

Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful will be hosting its final Sunset Walk of the Summer at Kelley Park. Please join them on September 14 to explore the iconic Japanese Garden after dark, star gaze with the San Jose Astronomical Association, mingle with family, friends and park rangers, listen to campfire stories and enjoy delicious s'mores.

Summer is a time for family fun and celebration! What better way to do this than by enjoying a fun and educational experience together at Kelley Park? Escape the heat! Cool off in the shade and listen to the water flow along Coyote Creek.

September 14th, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Kelley Park Amphitheater

1300 Senter Road

San José, CA 95112

Need Food in District 9? FISH Food Pantry Has You Covered

Unfortunately, hunger is ubiquitous in Silicon Valley. Even in seemingly affluent neighborhoods, families struggle to afford the rent AND life necessities like food. Thankfully, Second Harvest Food Back and the folks at South Valley FISH Food Pantry are doing their part to help neighbors in need of some relief.

Every Thursday - Last Saturday of the month

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Thursdays)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Saturday) 

St. Timothy's Lutheran Church Campus

5151 Carter Ave

San José, CA 95118

FISH Food Pantry also provides groceries to low-income individuals and families located in the following zip codes: 95013, 95110, 95111, 95118, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95124, 95125.

If you are in need of help and want to call in to set up an appointment, please call (408) 669-4949.

FREE Classes Available at City College!

San Jose City College, a Brilliant Campus in our community, is offering 28 Non-Credit Classes for the Fall Semester, 22 ESL classes and 6 Bridge to Medical Careers; the classes are FREE.  

Please find all free and available Fall Courses on the SJCC Website. To register, email Ana Rosa Camacho or call 408-918-5140.

Free Tutoring from OnClass!

Onclass is a student-run nonprofit serving the Bay Area by providing students with free in-person education, online tutoring, coding classes and multiple other resources. We have worked with elementary, middle, and high schools by providing them with complementary afterschool education services to support kids who have a hard time keeping up or who simply need academic help.

So far, we have worked with Sartorette Elementary, Collins Elementary, Berryessa Library, Cambrian Library, Tully Library, Central Park Library and have future partnerships planned with Cupertino Elementary, Fammatre Elementary and Edenvale Library. If you want to try us out please check out our website or email us.

Flooding, Earthquakes, Wildfires - Prepare for the Unexpected

Personal emergency planning is the strongest defense we have against natural disasters.

We encourage all Santa Clara County residents to sign up now for AlertSCC and ReadySCC. These free preparedness tools will help protect you and your loved ones. Disasters may not give a warning - but we can plan ahead!

Are You Ready for the Magnificent 7 Parks Challenge?

With 28 regional parks encompassing 52,000 acres, Santa Clara County Parks are full of hidden hiking gems. Start 2018 by getting out of your routine and try a new trail (or seven!). Seven magnificent hiking adventures, all nearby, have been handpicked to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. And to entice you to hike the Magnificent 7, a commemorative t-shirt awaits those who complete the #PixInParks challenge! Learn more on the County Parks website.

Get Your CityDance On! - Every Thursday Through October 4th

It's time to put on your dancing shoes for the third year of San José's very own "open air" dance series. CityDance San José is a free series that engages residents as active participants and provides an opportunity to learn dance steps and cultural traditions representative of San Jose's diversity. The 2018 line-up continues to feature popular dance genres such as Salsa, Disco, Bollywood, Merengue, and Bachata with an expansion for new dance experiences featuring Electro Swing, KPOP and Vogue. We invite you to show up in themed costumes and strike a pose at the photo booth experience available during several of the evening productions. See the series' Facebook page for more information.

The fun happens every Thursday evening through October 4th. Starting at 6 p.m. there are lessons on the dance floor by professional instructors teaching dance steps for that night's dance theme, followed by live themed music at 7:00 p.m. with an open dance floor and additional instruction. Concessions are available on site starting at 5:30 p.m. along with comfy chairs and bistro tables for those who simply want to enjoy an evening of good music and entertainment. Join in for all eight evenings or pick and choose experiences of your personal preference and spend an evening under the stars in Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park.

September 6th, 2018 - Disco

September 13th, 2018 - Electro Swing

September 20th, 2018 - KPOP

September 27th, 2018 - Dominican Merengue & Bachata

October 4th, 2018 - Vogue

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Plaza de Cesar Chavez Stage

It's Easier to Build a Granny Unit (ADU) in San Jose

San José has eased the rules for building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), also called a granny unit or secondary unit. Lots as small as 3,000 square feet with a single-family home qualify.

You can obtain a no-fee evaluation of your property and project idea from a City planner.  Simply make an appointment by calling 408-535-3555 and bring the ADU-Secondary Unit Review Worksheet to the Permit Center at City Hall (validated parking available).

Grant Applications for Arts and Cultural Exchange Projects (ACE) Being Accepted NOW

Applications for Round 4 of the Arts and Cultural Exchange Grants are now being accepted for projects taking place in 2019. Through this program, San Jose-based artists and arts organizations are eligible to apply for grants in the amount of $2,500 - $5,000 to support international cultural exchange activities in San Jose or abroad. 

Applications are due on October 1, 2018 for projects taking place in calendar year 2019. Guidelines and Application Forms can be found on the Office of Cultural Affairs website.

August 15, 2018 - Information Session

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

San Jose City Hall - Main Tower Room T-1254

200 E Santa Clara St.

San José, CA 95113

For information or to RSVP for the information session, please email Senior Arts Program Coordinator Emily Sevier or call at 408-793-4347.

Let's Look at Art with San Jose Museum Of Art!

The San Jose Museum of Art's 'Let's Look at Art' program  offers free K-12 art presentations to any school in Santa Clara County. We serve approximately 35,000 students per year, and are quickly approaching our millionth student served; we have also received several grants that allow free field trips to Title I schools.

For more specific information about this SJMA program and to request a presentation, please visit our website and feel free to share this information with anyone you might feel could benefit from this program.

Senior Safari Walkabout 2018

Visitors ages 50 and up are invited to take over San Jose’s iconic Happy Hollow Park & Zoo! Get fresh air and exercise as you enjoy:

  • Free admission and parking
  • Early entry to the park
  • Animal meet-and-greets
  • A 10,000-step challenge
  • Fun activities and giveaways
  • Healthy breakfasts available for purchase

For more information, call (408) 794-6400 or visit Happy Hollow's event page.

Thursdays, Sept 27 and Oct 25, 2018

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

1300 Senter Rd 

San José, CA 95112


If you are a homeowner over the age of 65 OR a homeowner that receives Social Security disability benefits, you may qualify for an exemption from the $85 Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) parcel tax. This parcel tax was renewed in 2013 by Measure E. The tax funds are used to restore and maintain current school programs, reduce class sizes, enhance campus safety, and recruit and retain qualified teachers.

As of 2017, you only need to fill out the form once and you will be exempt every year until this parcel tax sunsets in 2023.

Steps to obtain the form and request exemption from this parcel tax:

1. Determine if you are in the CUHSD boundaries

2. Download, print and fill out the PDF form

4. Provide copies of the requested supplemental documents

5. Mail it to: CUHSD - Parcel Tax: 3235 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Paul Moore Park Mural Dedication! Must See.

Artist Mona Caron has enlivened a service building in Paul Moore Park with colorful mural artwork. Using the park's community room facility as her canvas, Caron seeks to draw attention to wild strains of plant life in the park through use of botanical images, one native and one invasive species, each of which assertively flank the community room entrance. These images are a continuum of her body of work titled "Weeds" in which she utilizes wild plants as a metaphor of resilience, an invitation to notice the unseen, and to foster appreciation of things regardless of their origin or status. This botanical theme also includes several tiny seedling images in other locations on the facility walls, positioned low to the ground to engage young park visitors in the artwork. Together, with striping that accentuates the buildings architecture, these elements give the community building a striking and inviting new presence in the park.

On September 19, Councilmember Rocha and Artist Mona Caron will officially christen this mural with a short program and conversation with residents.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

6:30 PM - Sunset

Paul Moore Park Community Room

1426 Hillsdale Ave,

San José, CA 95118

Safety Precautions for Hikers at Alum Rock Park and San Jose Trails

With summer around the corner, hikers looking for nature and fitness regularly visit the 740-acre Alum Rock park. The heat also brings out rattlesnakes and ticks. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Park Rangers would like to share safety tips with visitors venturing through San José’s parks and trails. Please click the link for more information.

Safety Precautions

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose is proud to present My San Jose, a state-of-the-art mobile tool that allows you to quickly and easily report common service requests such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, streetlight outages, and illegal dumping. You can also report through the web portal at the app today.

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... Most residential burglaries occur during daylight hours?  How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are easy targets?  What to do if you see a suspicious person on your street? That crime rates in Neighborhood Watch communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?

SJPD is anxious to help residents implement Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhoods. For more information or to set up a meeting, call 408-277-4133.

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule free junk pickup appointments.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County. Call to schedule your pickup:

- Downtown, north, east, and south San Jose:

Call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800

- West San Jose:

Call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company. Visit for more information.

News, Recurring and Upcoming Events

City Hall will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 3rd


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Concerns (408) 975-1440
Homeless Helpline (408) 510-7600
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-3500
Librarian (408) 808-3080
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)
Permits (408) 535-3555
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Traffic Lights (408) 794-1900

Contact the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Scott Hughes Chief of Staff
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide
Carol Stephenson Policy Aide
Ruby Lagunes Policy Aide


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