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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 March Newsletter


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Councilmember Rocha's In-District Office Hours

Pearl Branch Library
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambrian Branch Library Wenesday, Sept. 23, 2015 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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

 Visit Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Website:

Camden Cafe

for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


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
Clean Up Dates


The City of San José provides dumpster service to its neigborhoods once every three years.  Click on the map to find your next Neighborhood Clean Up date. 

Unwanted & Expired Medication Disposal

Find a local medication collection location near you


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:

(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


Contact Councilmember
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
Chief of Staff

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Andrea Hyde
Policy Aide

Jacklyn Joanino
Policy Aide




March 2015 Newsletter




Dear Neighbor,

Happy March! This month, I wanted to share some great programs that the City of San Jose and other organizations offer our residents. Here is a list of some services and resources that might be interesting or helpful to you and your neighbors:

Bay Area Bike Sharing Pilot Program

As someone who bikes to work, I love that more people are finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint. San Jose is among five Bay Area cities taking part in a 700 bike, 70-station regional bike share pilot project. This system allows you to conveniently check out a bike for short trips in downtown San Jose. Day passes are $9 and annual passes are $88. Each pass provides an unlimited number of 30 minute or less bike trips at no additional cost.

Ride to lunch, take a coffee break, run an errand or connect to public transit. Bikes are available at 16 stations in the downtown area. Bikes may be checked out from and returned to any station. For more information, you can check the list of station locations.

Free anti-graffiti and anti-litter kits

The City of San Jose’s Anti-Litter Program offers assistance to the residents of San Jose, but also provides a community involvement component that gives volunteers the opportunity to engage in the eradication of litter and graffiti in their own neighborhoods.

Residents can sign up to receive a free graffiti clean-up kit, which contains, chemical gloves, safety glasses, 8 ounce bottle of graffiti removal solvent, sponge and rag. Or, you can obtain litter pick-up kit, which includes a litter stick, bags, gloves, and extra garbage collection stickers.

Those interested in volunteering must call (408) 975-7233 for an appointment to pick up their kit(s). The Anti-Graffiti and Litter Program office is located at 1661 Senter Road, Building G, San Jose CA 95112. Supplies can be picked up Monday - Thursday 8 am – 3 pm and Friday 8am- Noon. For more information, you can visit the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti website.

San Jose Clean App

Another cool resource that residents are excited about is the San Jose Clean App which you can download for Android or iPhone devices. This app lets you to report graffiti in real time, allowing you to snap a picture of the affected area, document your location, and submit a request for removal. My staff and I have used this app when out in the community, and we’ve found that the graffiti abatement team removes it quickly. Of course, if you don’t have the app, you can report graffiti by calling the hotline at 1-866-249-0543.

Energy efficiency rebates and financial assistance programs

Although not a City program, PG&E offers its customers residential rebates on appliances, general improvements, heating and cooling, pool pumps and motors, appliance recycling, and energy efficient lighting. Financial assistance programs are also available to assist with weatherization, energy efficient measures, medical baseline rates and rate reductions for both renters and homeowners.

Free DIY home energy saving tool kits at your nearest library

Another way residents are saving energy and resources is by utilizing the free DIY tool kit from their local libraries. Just like checking out a book, you can check out the new Silicon Valley Energy Watch DIY Energy Saving Toolkit. It’s stocked with supplies and measuring devices that will help you lower your utility bills while saving precious resources. You get to keep four compact fluorescent light bulbs, three faucet aerators, a low-flow showerhead, outlet gaskets, weather stripping and water leak detection tablets. Devices that enable the measurement of energy and water use, like the thermal detector, thermometer and kill-a-watt meter, must be returned to the library.

Free disposal of unwanted or large items on Neighborhood Clean-Up Days

Neighborhood Clean-Up events (NCUs) provide San Jose residents with a way to dispose of unwanted items for free. NCUs are held rain or shine in different neighborhoods throughout the year and occur every three years per neighborhood. The majority of collected materials are either recycled or reused. The City’s Code Enforcement Division mails households postcards, which residents must bring to the NCU for entry.

You can visit or click on the colored map in the side bar of my newsletter to check the date of your next NCU. Be sure to check the list of acceptable and unacceptable items.

Free parking for participants of the Clean Air Vehicle Parking Program

The City of San Jose’s Clean Air Vehicle Parking Program provides free parking at four City parking garages in the downtown area, on-street parking meters city-wide, and San Jose regional parks. To be eligible for free parking, your vehicle must be registered in San Jose or purchased from a licensed dealership in San Jose, and must be eligible for the Green or White California Carpool lane sticker (check the eligible vehicle list).

To join the program, you can download the Clean Air Vehicle Parking Permit Application (PDF) and include a copy of the bill of sale, a copy of DMV registration, and a $30 administrative fee with check made out to “City of San Jose DOT.” Applications must be mailed to the City of San Jose Department of Transportation at 200 E. Santa Clara Street, CA 95113. You can also apply in person on the first floor of City Hall at window #3.

City of San Jose sponsored events, meetings, and classes

Each month, the City of San Jose offers a variety of free sponsored events, community meetings and personal and professional development classes. Take advantage of events like free drop-in business counseling sessions, tax preparation help, notary services for seniors, and more. You can view the calendar of events by list, week or month, and category.

Another great place to look for classes and activities is at our local Pearl Avenue Branch and Cambrian Branch public libraries. This month, they are offering a variety of language classes, arts & crafts classes, tutoring services, and more.  

I hope you found this list of programs and services helpful.  Please also check the announcements and events below for a preview of this month’s festivities. And as always, please feel free to contact my office with any issues or concerns at 408-535-4909 or



Don Rocha 

Mayor's 2015 State of the City Address

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Independence High School, 1776 Educational Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95133

The Mayor's State of the City Address will outline key initiatives, budget priorities, and opportunities for residents to get engaged to make San Jose a safer, smarter city. The event is free and open to the public and will include a resource fair with information about city services and city employment.

Board and Commission Vacancies

 Great American Litter Pickup

Help keep our streets, parks, and neighborhoods clean!  Lunch is free for all volunteers. 

To RSVP, please call (408) 535-4975 or email

San Jose Police Department Staffing Changes: SJPD has promoted Shawny Williams to Deputy Chief, and has assigned Captain Edward Schroder as new commander of the Southern Division.

PRNS Accepting 2015 Citywide Scholarships Applications

Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services is currently accepting 2015 Citywide Scholarship applications for the upcoming 2015 leisure class season.  The department offers hundreds of classes and programs like sports, dance, music, health and fitness, gymnastics, theater and many more.  Scholarship applications and submission directions can be picked up at any PRNS community center or can be found online at  For more information, please contact the PRNS customer service helpline at (408)793-5565.  

 Hainan Airlines announces Nonstop Flights between Beijing and San Jose

Hainan Airlines will begin nonstop service between Beijing, China, and Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) on June 15, 2015.  Hainan flights can be booked through all travel agents, travel websites, online at or through airline call center at 1-888-688-8813.  Hainan will operate five flights per week on a modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  This will be the first-ever nonstop serve between SJC and China, marking Hainan's entry into the Bay Area market through the convenient SJC gateway.  According to City studies, the flight's economic impact for the San Jose region is estimated at $105 million annually.

San Jose Restricted Watering Hours Change When Daylight Saving Time Begins

Despite a few impressive rain storms this winter, California's multi-year drought is still far from over, and the need to save water remains critically important.  As Spring approaches and daylight hours lengthen, the allowable hours for outdoor watering will change the start of Daylight Saving Time.  Watering will be allowed only before 8 am and after 8 pm, effective Sunday, March 8, 2015.  Outdoor water use is the easiest place to reduce and accounts for roughtly half of the average residential water bill.

To meet the state's voluntary water conservation target of a 20% reduction, San Jose water regulations remain in effect and apply to everyone in San Jose, regardless of which water utility is providing service.  View the full list of ater use rules now in effect at  Report water waste to the Santa Clara Valley Water District at or o online to

American Red Cross: Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program

Would you like to develop and demonstrate your leadership ability? Want to develope planing skills while working with the largest humanitarian network in the world? Could you use college scholarship money? By hosting a blood drive one of these 100 days of summer, you are helping ensure a stable blood supply exists.  Leaders Save Lives is a scholarship opportunity for high school and college students. Students will gain a meaningful leadership and community service expereince.  In addition, students may become eligible to win a college scholarship. 

Students interested in serving as a Leaders Save Lives blood drive coordinator must complete the registration form.  Please refer to the rules and regulations page for more information. This program also offers an opportunity for high school students to achieve volunteer hours and meet the summer blood donation requirement for the High School Leadership Program.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley - CASA Volunteer Recruitment

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work one-on-one with foster children, providing critical emotional and educational support, ensuring that each child’s needs are met and their voice heard while navigating the court dependency system.

Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Santa Clara County is a truly gratifying and impactful volunteer experience. Children who have a CASA receive more services (medical, dental, academic etc.) and are less likely to reenter the system than those who do not have a CASA.

For more information about Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, visit

 Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence: In-Kind Donations Needed

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is in search of donations for women and children who have been victims of violence.  Next Door Solutions is accepting the following types of new donations: blankets, twin bedding, bath towels and wash cloths, clothing, jackets and gloves, lotion and body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and warm throws.

Donation Drop Off: Monday-Thursday 9 am - 8 pm, Friday 9 am- 5 pm at 234 E. Gish Road, Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95112.  If you wish to make a donation or have questions, please contact Donna Knowlton at (408)  501-7558 or

Health Trust TV Episode 10 dedicated to Seniors

Episode airs Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7 pm on Silicon Valley Channel 30

This episode will include: an interview with Dr. Tamar Semerjian, director of SVHAP, and Lory Andersen, former director of Healthy Aging at THT; advice on menopause and loneliness from Dr. Varner; a rich-in-calcium recipe from Chef Matt Mermod from Catered Too!; exercise routines for seniors led by fitness expert, Ryan Hughes.

You can catch any episode at or at the CreaTV Channel 30 landing page at

 San Jose Arena Authority Board of Directors Application Notice

The San Jose Arena Authority is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for four (4) upcoming vacancies on the Arena Authority Board of Directors.  The Arena Authority Board convenes monthly to identify and address issues relating to the management and operation of SAP Center  at San Jose, Sharks Ice at San Jose, and San Jose Municipal Stadium. The Arena Authority Board is seeking candidates with knowledge in contract management, accounting, and experience with community-based nonprofit organizations. This is an engaged, hands-on organization looking to fill four volunteer Board positions that will be vacated on Juy 1, 2015. 

Candidates interested in serving on the Arena Authority Board of Directors should submit a resume along with three personal references to or mail information to Chris Morrisey, Executive Director, San Jose Arena Authority, P.O. Box 90207, San Jose, CA 95109.  The submittal deadline is March 31, 2015.  For questions or more information, please contact Chris Morrisey directly at (408) 977-4783 or


San Jose Family Camp at Yosemite

Online reservations for the summer season of San Jose Family Camp at Yosemite are available at residents of Santa Clara County pay the same fees.  You don't have to be a resident of San Jose to attend.  Family Camp is a hidden treasure located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park that provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just relax. During the summer season, the camp provides three meals a day to campers, along with supervised recreational activities.
To obtain more information about Family Camp, please visit or contact Jena Sorrells at (408) 794-6524. 
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Neighborhood Associations and Youth Commission Budget Meeting

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

City Hall - Wing Rooms 118 & 119, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Members of the public and neighborhood leaders from throughout San Jose will have the opportunity to discuss and provide input on priorities for the City’s 2015-2016 Operating Budget and also participate in an exercise designed to provide ideas and feedback on future community engagement activities for the City Budget. 

5th Annual Casino Night: Branham High School Sports & Music Boosters

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Elk's Lodge, 444 West Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Tickets are $50.00.  Guests can enjoy live music, silent auction, gaming tables, dancing, dinner and no host bar. This is a 21+ event.  For questions or to purchase tickets, please contact Peggy Austin at or Julia Wilbanks at

2015 Camden Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 28, 2015, time dependent on age group:

1.5-2 yrs - 9:45 am / 3-5 yrs - 10:15 am / 6-8 yrs - 10:45 am / 9-10 yrs - 11:15 am

Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Welcome the Spring season with a morning full of fun activities and creating family memories.  There will be an egg hunt for each age group, a special prize for those who find the GOLDEN EGG, and an opportunity for children to create holiday-themed arts and crafts and take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Activity Fee: $6.00 pre-registration (before March 27, 2015), $8.00 day of event

To register or obtain more information, call (408) 559-8553 or online at

Ash Kickers Quit Smoking Program

March 18 - April 15, 2015, Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Good Samaritan Hospital, Radiation Oncology, 15400 National Avenue, Ste. 100, Los Gatos, CA 95032

This year, take the first step towards living healthier and breathing easier - quit smoking!  Breathe California is proud to host its Ash Kickers Quit Smoking Classes to help Good Samaritan Hospital employees kick the habit.  Let by a trained facilitator, the class offers smokers the resources and strategies to quit.  The sessions also provide a comfortable group atmosphere that facilitates a natural support network for each participant. 

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







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