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

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

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District 9 News



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


In-District Office Hours

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


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Chief of Staff

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Andrea Hyde
Policy Aide

Jacklyn Joanino
Policy Aide


Sign-Up for City-Wide Classes: 

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. 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 

 Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Program

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


Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life!

Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. For more information including community events and resources, please visit


2015 - 2017


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. 

Dispose of unwanted or expired medication: find a medication collection location


Prevent Crime with these  Security & Self Defense Tips 

To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood association or group meeting, contact the

San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit:

(408) 277-4133


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(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

(408) 794-1900

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

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900



June 2015 Newsletter




Dear Neighbor,

June is budget season here at City Hall. My Council colleagues and I have been working with the Mayor to develop the City of San Jose’s 2015-2016 Budget.

On Friday, May 29th, Mayor Liccardo released his June Budget Message, which outlines the City’s final spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. His proposal focuses on two overarching priorities: improving public safety and making long-overdue investments in San Jose’s future. I am supportive of the Mayor’s approach, and I am hopeful that the restoration of our Police and Fire Departments, and investments in roads, jobs, and education will move San Jose forward again. I’m especially encouraged by the Mayor’s support for restoring vital neighborhood services and funding for programs that extend opportunities to communities in need. 

This year, I worked closely with Mayor Liccardo to shape the City’s budget. I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the discussion, and offered my own recommendations on how I think the City should prioritize its resources. I also submitted additional Budget Documents to the Mayor to be considered for the 2015-2016 Budget, and I want to share some of them with you. It's important to note that while some of these proposals have been approved for funding, others remain unfunded. The funded items are listed in the Mayor’s June Budget Message, noted by “(BD# Rocha)”.

Traffic Safety

A frequent and important concern I’ve heard from the community has been about traffic and pedestrian safety. In the wake of tragic pedestrian fatalities, Branham Lane between Highway 87 and Almaden Expressway has garnered considerable community concern about the prevalence of jaywalking, vehicles driving at high speeds, lack of on-street parking, and the absence of pedestrian amenities. For this reason, I requested funding for safety improvements to this six-lane road. Additionally, I proposed crosswalk installations and enhancements in the Los Gatos Almaden/Leigh High School area, and two stretches along Carlton Avenue. Safety in and around our schools is of the upmost importance, and we must provide a safe route for students, families, and all pedestrians.

Neighborhood Services and Programs

The City has slowly begun to restore some neighborhood services, and libraries will soon be open six days a week, but the level of services we provide to residents is far below where it should be. One of my budget proposals allocates funding for an additional full-time librarian to staff SJ Public Library’s expanding education services, including additional hours, and early education and grade level reading programs. In addition, I advocated for vital resources for our Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Program Department, to help implement more neighborhood projects, park cleanup events, and volunteer recruitment. I also recommended funding for the expansion of our very own Camden Community Center gymnasium.

Community-Based Organizations

My recommendations also support various community-based organizations that contribute to our community. I requested funding for organizations like Our City Forest, San Jose Parks Foundation, and the Guadalupe Park Conservancy. This critical funding would cover hiring, vital equipment and supplies, maintenance, and programming.

Additionally, I requested funding for anti-human trafficking and domestic violence coordination and services, creation of a family college success center, implementation of a gender pay equity study, a healthy corner store initiative, and renovations at Plaza de Cesar Chavez to support the San Jose Jazz Society. You can view the rest of my budget recommendations here.

While I believe we are making progress in this budget cycle, there are still long-term budget challenges that need to be addressed as soon as possible. I’m especially concerned about the City’s pavement maintenance backlog, which results from insufficient funding for street maintenance. Mayor Liccardo has suggested increasing funding for pavement maintenance in this budget cycle from $16 million to $24 million. I appreciate his support for increased funding, but unfortunately even this level of investment is still tens of millions of dollars below what is needed. As we approach the 2016 election cycle, I believe the Council should consider allowing the voters to decide whether they wish to approve a sales tax or transportation bond issue that would allow us to catch up on street maintenance and get our roads back in good condition.

There’s always a high level of scrutiny whenever a tax measure appears on the ballot, but in this instance, I believe there’s a strong argument that a large investment in pavement maintenance in the near term is the most fiscally responsible approach. The worse the condition of the street, the more it costs to bring it back to good condition, so the longer we wait, the more expensive it will become to fix the problem. Those are my initial thoughts. However, the Council won’t decide what to place on the 2016 ballot until next year, so we have plenty of time to continue the conversation about how best to address our maintenance backlog.

If you’d like the opportunity to share your thoughts on the Mayor’s June Budget message, I encourage you to attend the final public hearing on June 8th, before the Council considers it for approval on June 9th. The adoption of the 2015-2016 Budget will take place on June 16th. I thank residents for their continued feedback throughout this process and tremendous commitment to our City. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with your comments on the City’s budget or other concerns at or 408-535-4909.


Don Rocha

Don Rocha

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 

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise awareness about a serious issue - sexual assault and domestic violence - while raising funds to provide critical support services to survivors. Join men from all walks of life as they come together and walk a mile in women's shoes to demonstrate their commitment to ending violence in Silicon Valley. The event takes place on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Santana Row; check-in at 5:00 PM and opening ceremony at 6:00 PM.  Register online.  For questions, email or call (408) 295-4011 x 216.

Dine Downtown San Jose

Project Cornerstone & Respect Institute: FREE Training

Project Cornerstone, in partnership with The Respect Institute, is piloting the Respect 360 program for volunteers working with middle and high school students. The Respect Institute is offering a free training on Friday, June 19th from 9:30 PM to 2:00 PM.  If you are interested in increasing your capacity to empower and nurture self-respect in vulnerable youth and young adults, please join this training!

Learn how to redefine respect and break cycles of disrespect.  Integrate self-respect building tools using the Respect 360 toolkit. Improve the trauma-informed and research based foundation of your work.  Please contact Michelle Onishi with questions, or register for this free training online.

The Dancing Cat

San Jose cat lovers now have a new pop-up, an alternative to crowded cafes for folks looking for a place to socialize with friends or just a respite from a hectic day. From May 21st through June 14th, Silicon Valley will have a fun venue for the community to relax and play while enjoying the company of feline friends.

Located at 702 E Julian at 15th Street, The Dancing Cat is open from noon to 6:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday with extended hours on Friday and Saturday. The Dancing Cat is a project of Karma Cat Rescue, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for cats in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit


The best time to plant a tree is NOW! Because of their extreme value, the City supports the planting of drought-tolerant trees year-round.  Did you know...

  • Trees in cities provide valuable and extensive environmental, health and economic benefits.
  • Our urban forest needs new trees to replenish it - especially during a drought.
  • Mature trees also need an occasional deep watering with this extended drought in order to resist pests and continue benefiting our health and the environment.
  • Newly planted trees don't need much water to become established.

For more tree information, visit

Ash Kickers Quit Smoking Program

This year, take the first step towards living healthier and breathing easier - quit smoking! Breathe California is proud to host Ash Kickers Quit-Smoking Classes to help you kick the habit. Classes will be held at two locations:

Good Samaritan Hospital, Radiation Oncology

  • Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: June 17 - July 15
  • Wednesdays, 6:00 PM  -7:30 PM: September 16 - October 14 

Breathe California Bay Area Office

  • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM -  8:00 PM: August 5 - September 2
  • Mondays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: October 12 - November 9
  • Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: January 12 - February 9

For more information on these or other upcoming classes in Santa Clara County, visit or contact Janet Ghanem at (408) 998-5865, 

Calendar of Events

Community Day at the San Jose Museum of Art

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

From the infamous garage in Palo Alto to the uprising of local DIY culture, Silicon Valley has long been a land of inventors, designers, and tinkerers.  Makers fearlessly create, learn by doing, and re-imagine objects and materials rather than throw them away. Join the community in honoring this creative process with unique musical performances, inspired demonstrations, and hands-on art activities for all ages.  Admission is free.  Reserve and print your tickets in advance.

San Jose Youth Symphony's Season Finale Concert

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 1:00 PM

California Theatre, 345 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The San Jose Youth Symphony's Philharmonic Orchestra, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Yair Samet, presents its Season Finale Concert.  The program will open with Chabrier's España, and will conclude with the most popular of all symphonies, Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, From the New World. This concert will also feature internationally renowned violin soloist, Max Zorin, who will perform Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra.  Tickets can be purchased online.

Music in the Park: Upcoming Concerts

Plaza De Cesar Chavez, Market and San Fernando Streets, San Jose, CA 95113

Celebrate San Jose's musical diversity with three concerts at Plaza de Cesar Chavez this summer!  Concerts start at 5:15 PM.  Advance tickets are on sale for $10.00 at; tickets are $15.00 the day of the show.  Children 12-under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Juneteenth in the Park Festival

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Grand opening at 2:00 PM)

Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95113

Join the African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) at the 34th Annual Juneteenth in the Park Festival, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth in the U.S. There will be food for the SOUL, entertainment, art, vendors, and a kids/family arena.  For more information please visit

Evolution Sports Expo

Saturday, June 27 - Sunday, June 28, 2015

(Show hours: Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great American Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA

Experience the evolution of modern day fitness and martial arts at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  One-day tickets are $20; weekend passes are $30. General admission includes the WCS MMA and Boxing Event and access to over 80 exhibitors and celebrity guests. Tickets for children 12 years and under are $10; children under 6 years old are free.  For details, visit






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