Contact Us

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

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

District 9 June Mid-Month Announcements

San Jose District 9 - News Communication

Special Announcement if needed

Announcement text

Article Title

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

Article 2 Title

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

You have received this email as you are on the contact list for San Jose District 9.
To remove yourself from future mailings, please click here.

District 9 June Mid-Month Announcements

In This Edition


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,

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted to extend the call for water-use reductions for the remainder of the year, but eased conservation rules for the County’s 1.9 million residents.  The Water District’s resolution called for a 20 percent cut in water usage compared with 2013 water usage rates, dropping from the current 30 percent. The District's recommendation also called for limiting outdoor landscaping and turf irrigation to three days per week instead of the current two days per week.

Next Tuesday, the City Council will consider the adoption of a resolution declaring a 20 percent shortage city-wide.

Exceptions would include when watering by hand or by drip irrigation, or for maintenance of public parks, playing fields, day care centers, golf course greens, and school grounds.  Additional exceptions would be for fire protection, soil erosion control, plants and trees grown for consumption, nursery and garden center plans, and environmental mitigation projects.

San Jose residents have achieved significant water use savings since the call for a 30 percent water use reduction came into effect last spring.  And while El Nino brought about the wettest winter we’ve seen in five years, rainfall fell short of what was needed to eliminate dry conditions.  The drought remains a reality as we move into the summer months, when water use is at its peak and using water wisely counts the most. 

Should you wish to monitor this item when it comes before the Council, you can do so at   As always, if you have any questions or concerns you’d like to share with me or my staff, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 408-535-4909 or


News & Announcements
2016 Celebrate Cambrian Festival

The 11th Annual District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival is Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Camden Community Center!

Please join Councilmember Rocha and the community for a fun, family event showcasing a resource fair, live entertainment and performances, local food vendors, and a kids' fun zone.  For questions regarding sponsorship and resource booth opportunities, please email

Stay Safe and Enjoy the 4th of July

Celebrate the 4th safely and leave fireworks to the professionals.  All fireworks, including so-called "safe and sane" fireworks, are illegal in San Jose.  In April, the City Council approved higher fines for the sale, use, possession, or storage of fireworks.  Now, the fines for fireworks-related violations are $500 for a first violation, $700 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation.  The City of San Jose will increase enforcement for illegal fireworks use over the 4th of July holiday weekend.  During this period, residents will also be able to report violations online by visiting

Local residents can still enjoy fireworks at large public displays that are permitted and run by professional pyro technicians.  Fireworks shows happening Monday, July 4, include the Rotary Fireworks Show at Discovery Meadow in Downtown San José, the July 4th Family Fun Festival and Fireworks Show at Almaden Lake Park, and the San Jose Giants Independence Day Celebration at Municipal Stadium.

Save the Date: Cambrian Fun Run

Save the date for the first annual Cambrian Fun Run, scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2016!  Councilmember Don Rocha is excited to partner with the Cambrian School District to coordinate a 5K run/walk.  The run will kick-off the new school year and take place throughout the Cambrian neighborhoods.  A health and wellness resource fair will take place after the run at the new Steindorf K-8 Magnet school.  More details to come, so please save the date!

Our City Forest now recruiting for Urban Forestry Specialists

Our City Forest (OCF), Silicon Valley’s environmental non-profit leader, is recruiting now for full-time Urban Forestry Specialists.  Specialists commit to serving the community for a 2, 3 or 11-month term and receive excellent green jobs skills training. Partnering with the national AmeriCorps program, 8-week specialists receive a $2,500 stipend and $1,222.20 education award, 12-week specialists receive a $4,000 stipend and $1,527.78 education award, and 11-month specialists receive a $15,000 stipend and $5,775 education award.  

Applications are being accepted now, and interviews are underway for positions beginning June 14, June 28 and September 06, 2016. To apply, visit, or send resume and cover letter via email to

San Jose Apartment Rent Ordinance

On April 19th, the City Council heard public comment and directed staff to amend San Jose's Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO). The ARO applies to rental properties of 3 or more units built and occupied before September 7, 1979.  The following changes will become effect June 17, 2016:

  • Reduces the annual allowable rent increase from 8% to 5%
  • Reduces the amount of rent increase a hearing officer may impose on top of capital improvement pass through from 5% to 2%
  • Establishes a fair return petition process and standard effective after September 1, 2016; and
  • Provides that other petitions for rent increases in excess of 5% may not be filed after September 1, 2016. 

To find more information on the Apartment Rent Ordinance, please visit:

Summer Reading Challenge: June 1 - July 31
Summer Reading Program

San José Public Library challenges everyone to spend time reading, learning, exploring, and energizing this summer. Play games, earn great prizes, explore library services, and attend one of the many events held at libraries across the city. The Summer Reading Challenge is not only fun but it's also beneficial for children.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge online or visit your local library. For more information, visit

National Night Out is August 2nd!

Registration is now open for this year's National Night Out at  Your neighborhood is invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday evening, August 2, 2016. Deadline for registration is July 21, 2016.

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. National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 5 PM to 9 PM on August 2, 2016, residents in neighborhoods throughout San Jose and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend an evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQs to large block parties. For more information, visit

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

Electric Vehicle Owners Can Now Get a Charging Station Permit Online

Getting a building permit for the installation of a residential electric vehicle (EV) charging station in San José is now more convenient and less costly through the city’s online permit service at

The online service offers a $40 discount on permit costs and can be accessed from any computer or mobile phone. Customers can also obtain the permit in person at the Permit Center at San José City Hall. No appointment is required.

Applications for permits for installing EV charging stations are on the rise, reflecting the increasing popularity of plug-in electric vehicles. According to the California New Car Dealers Association, more than 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles are registered in California and the Bay Area has the highest concentration of these vehicles in the state. For more information, visit

Community Service Officer Recruitment

The San Jose Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Community Service Officer. This program is very important in our effort to provide quality customer service to the citizens of San Jose.  Under close supervision by a sworn officer or supervisor, this position will assist the Bureau of Field Operations in non-hazardous police functions, including but not limited to, assisting at one of the information centers or community policing centers, conducting investigations and performing non-enforcement related work. 

Interested members of the community can apply online until June 17th.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Summer Camp

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp!  Each topic provides interactive learning experiences, hands-on activities, zoo tours, and the opportunity to meet live animals up close!  Happy Hollow Members receive a discount on camp with their membership number and coupon code SUMMER.

  • Non-Members: $255 half day/$355 full day
  • Members: $229.50 half day/$329.50 full day
  • Boxed Lunches: $40 per week (full day campers only)
  • Additional T-Shirts: $15 per shirt (one shirt is included with camp registration)

Scholarships are available for eligible families.  For more information, please call 408-794-6420 or visit

Camden Summer Movie Series

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy family films after dark.  The Cambrian Kiwanis and Camden Community Center are proud to present the Camden Summer Movie Series every Friday, beginning July 15 through August 19. Movies are subject to change.

  • July 15 - Kung Fu Panda 3
  • July 22 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • July 29 - Epic
  • August 5 - The Book of Life
  • August 12 - Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • August 19 - The Peanuts Movie

The Camden Community Center is located at 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.

Register for San Jose Family Camp

San Jose’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground. 

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 sit back, relax and take it easy. Reserve your tent today for the 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

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

Residents living in single-family homes can receive one free large-item pickup.  One pick-up is good for up to three large items.  Additional pickups are only $27. For more information, visit

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.

Apply for Working Partnerships USA Trades Orientation Program

The Trades Orientation Program (TOP) is recruiting now for its free Summer 2016 class. TOP is Silicon Valley’s premier preparation course for those interested in getting into the construction trades on the ground floor. TOP helps give a "foot in the door" to local youth, veterans, jobseekers, and anyone looking for a high-paying, hands-on career -- especially for people who may not have thought there was a place for them in the construction industry.

Sign-ups for the application process are open through Friday, June 3. Santa Clara County residents age 18 and up who are seeking full-time work or a career change, like to work with their hands, are willing to study and learn, and have a strong interest in learning how to enter an "earn and learn" construction apprenticeship leading to a rewarding career are encouraged to apply.  For more information, visit

Upcoming Events
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

Now more than ever, it's time to end sexual assault.  Act in solidarity with survivors everywhere. Be part of the 200+ men strong who will be stepping up to strut their stuff wearing stilettos along Santana Row to bring awareness to sexual assault in our community and raise funds to help survivors of sexual assault.

Registration is $55 for individuals with a $500 suggested fundraising amount.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  For more information, visit

Learn the Basics to Starting a Business

Saturday, June 25, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132 

Is small business ownership right for you?  Join local franchising consultants from FranNet of the Bay Area to receive valuable research to guide and help you achieve success in your small business, including:

  • Exploring options to start a business
  • Discovering tax benefits
  • Identifying different funding options
  • Learning about myths and misconceptions
  • And much more!

This event is free; no registration is required.  For more information, visit

Big Bang Concert Starring Bryan Adams

Monday, July 4, 2016, 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Center for Performing Arts Plaza, 221 S Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95113

KBAY and Mix 106.5 are bringing rocker Bryan Adams to San Jose’s premiere fireworks viewing party this Fourth of July.
Multi-platinum, recording artist Bryan Adams is coming to San Jose in support of his studio album ‘Get Up.'  Adams made a name for himself with hits including Cuts Like A Knife, Summer of ’69 and more.

The show will include a great view of the Rotary Fireworks, food trucks, kids' activities, pre-order BBQ, beer, wine and more. Those who don't want to wait in food truck lines can order pre-paid BBQ. Pick up your food when you arrive at your table.  Purchase tickets online.

Senior Safari Walkabouts 2016

Select Thursdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: May 26, June 23, July 28, 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 


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


Original text