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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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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.


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 535-7770

(408) 277-2758

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

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District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Marisa Melo
Policy Aide

Brady Ruebusch
Policy Aide







Dear Neighbor,

As March begins, I would like to give you an update on important upcoming milestones in preparation of the City budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which does not begin until July 1, 2013. However, the budget development process begins in early March and continues until a final budget is approved in June.

One of the first and most important steps in developing a budget is forecasting future revenue and expenses. Every year, the City develops a five year forecast to aide in budget development and planning. The forecast for the next five years was released last week; the forecast would have shown a modest surplus for 2013-14, in the range of $5.6 million, but the City Manager added in an assumption that the City would set aside $11 million as an Employee Compensation Planning Reserve, the purpose of which would be to fund employee compensation increases. As a result of including this reserve in the budget, the projection shows a $5.5 million deficit. This deficit is a fairly small portion of the City's overall projected General Fund expenditure of $858.2 million; the City Manager anticipates that we will be able to bridge the gap without any impacts to City services. (Click here to read the entire forecast.)

Let me say a few words about the City Manager's thinking in including space in the budget for compensation increases. The City Council approved 10% total compensation cuts for employees in previous budget years (which in most cases amounted to cuts to take home pay well above 10%.) These cuts were necessary to overcome very large deficits; but as the economy improved, the City has had an increasingly difficult time competing for employees. A recent audit of City workforce issues shows a 13% vacancy rate across the entire City organization, with vacancy rates in some departments over 25%. These vacancy rates, combined with loss of experienced staff, are starting to impact the City's ability to deliver some services. The Manager's decision to plan for $11 million in compensation increases is intended to make the City a more competitive employer, so that it can retain employees and fill vacant positions.

The next step in the budget process will be the release of the Mayor's March Budget Message on March 8. When it is adopted by the Council, the Budget Message serves as guidance to the City Manager as she develops her proposed budget. After its release on March 8, the Counil will discuss the proposed Budget Message at the council meeting on March 12, and will hold a public hearing at 7:00PM in the City Council Chambers that evening for public input. At the March 26 council meeting, the Council will take a vote on the Budget Message. Based on direction contained in the Budget Message as approved by the Council, the Manager will develop her proposed budget, which will be released on May 1.

As the budget process moves forward, I will be looking for ways to help fund needs in District 9. In the last budget cycle, I was able to secure funding for a number of traffic safety improvements. One of these improvements - a project intended to help improve student safety at Farnham Elementary School - has already been completed. It involved installation of a concrete median at the intersection of Woodard Road and Twilight Drive for the purpose of narrowing the travel lane and slowing traffic. The median also allowed for the relocation of the eastbound stop sign, which will hopefully increase driver awareness of the crosswalk.

There are two other projects funded in the last budget cycle that are still in the process; they both involve installation of an enhanced crosswalk - one at Samaritan Drive and Samaritan Place and the other at Leigh Ave. and Potrero Drive. The enhanced crosswalk along Samaritan Drive is intended to improve safety for seniors traveling to Good Samaritan Hospital or the surrounding medical offices, many of whom are disabled.

A flashing beacon has been installed to alert drivers to their presence in the crosswalk, and work to install ADA wheelchair ramps in the sidewalk curbs in underway. The project should be completed within the next three weeks.

I welcome any thoughts you may have on these issues or any other issues. Feel free to contact my office by email at or call (408) 535-4909.


Donald Rocha

Electrification of Caltrain Comments

An electrified Caltrain would be faster, quieter, cheaper, and more efficient to operate. Performing an environmental review of the project is an important milestone toward making it happen.

Caltrain has already engaged in extensive outreach on the modernization and electrification program, meeting with community groups and elected officials for the past several months.

Caltrain will begin operating electrified service by 2019. The environmental impact report for Caltrain electrification and modernization does not include High Speed Rail service, which will be subject to a separate environmental review.

 Caltrain will be accepting comments on the electrification scoping process until 5:00PM on March 18, 2013. Comments can be emailed to Please include "Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project" in the subject line.

For more information, please view the Electrification Notice of Preparation.

Safe Summer Initiative Grant Application

Since 2008, the Mayor and City Council have annually approved funding for the Safe Summer Initiative Grant (SSIG) program. The intent of the SSIG program is to provide and/or enhance recreational and/or educational opportunities not normally available to high-risk and gang-impacted youth during the summer months, thereby providing a safe environment for youth while keeping them active and engaged in pro-social activities.

Total funding availability is yet to be determined, but applications requesting from $1,000 to $8,000 will be accepted.

The Safe Summer Initiative Grant Application can be found in WebGrants.

An optional application workshop is scheduled for:
Friday, March 8
Starts at 9:00AM
Bascom Community Center
100 S. Bascom Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128

The deadline to apply is 4:00PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.



Crime Prevention Tips - Burglary


The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity.

You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. Remember, you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!

Light up your residence, lock your door at all times, and call the Police when you see something suspicious.

To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood association or group meeting, contact San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit at (408) 277-4133.

More tips on how to prevent burglary are featured on the San Jose Police Department website.

Fire Station 9 in Full Swing

Fire Station 9

TDuring Fiscal Year 2011-2012, the City of San Jose grappled with a General Fund shortfall of $115 million. Many City Departments were forced to downsize, which led the San Jose Fire Department to implement a "Fire Company Flexible Brown-Out" Plan effective July 1, 2011 to save more than $3.5 million. The plan mitigated the impact and effect of eliminating fire companies and reduced the number of employee layoffs.

Fire Station 9 located on Ross and Hillsdale Avenues in Council District 9 was affected by the flexible brown-out plan. It's Engine Company was no longer staffed, in-service, or available to respond to emergencies at all times.

However, beginning Sunday, March 3, we are pleased to announce the Engine Company will once again be in service and ready to respond.

Santa Clara County Superior Court's Recruitment for the 2013-2014 Civil Grand Jury


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, United States citizens, and residents of Santa Clara County.

The one-year term will begin June 27, 2013. The time commitment is approximately 20-25 hours per week, with work hours set by the jury itself.

Persons interested in applying may contact Gloria Alicia Chacon at the Office of the Civil Grand Jury at (408) 882-2722 or visit the court website:

You can also click here for an application.

Deadline is Friday, March 22, 2013.


Healthy Kids


S.M.A.R.T. Program

Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Citizen's Advisory Committee

The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, a public agency dedicated to preserving and protecting open space in Santa Clara County, is looking for six community members to volunteer to serve on its Citizen's Advisory Committee.

 The Citizen's Advisory Committee provides input to the Open Space Authority's Board regarding policy matters and helps to educate the public about the Authority's goals and accomplishments. To be eligible for consideration, prospective members must reside within the boundaries of the Authority and, if seeking a District Representative position, must reside in the District or representation.

For more information about this opportunity, interested parties may contact the Authority at (408) 224-7476 or visit the website at

You can access the CAC position descriptions at
Scroll down and click on any green CAC position name for more information about that position.

You can also determine in which district you live by visiting our interactive Board Boundary Map at

Plant a Tree!

Right now is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs!

The Our City Forest Community Nursery & Training Center serves San Jose and the greater South Bay Area.

Planting now minimizes transplant shock and let's the trees take advantage of the rains to get established more quickly.

Here is our updated nursery inventory so you can plan your projects accordingly. We have many new species and varieties coming along and we are looking forward to a great year.

You can also come visit us during our open hours, every Thursday through Saturday from 12:30PM to 3:30PM.

The address is 1000 Spring Street, San Jose CA 95110 (off of the corner of Spring & Mckendrie).

For more information on wholesale prices and/or contract growing, please contact nursery manager Ben Heistein at (408) 998-7337 x114 or

Your "Two Cents" Needed on San Jose's Garbage and Recycling Billing

Please click here totake the City survey or visit:

The City of San Jose is looking at new ways to bill for Recycle Plus garbage and recycling service to replace the current, outdated City-operated system.

This survey is for residential property owners with curbside cart service. Potential billing changes will not affect customers with dumpster service. Your opinions are valued and will help the City make an informed decision.

Complete the survey and enter to win a free curbside collection of up to three bulky items, including sofas, mattresses, refrigerators, or other large items. The service has a value of $26.00.

The survey is online in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese now through Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Residents with questions can email or call (408) 535-8550.

Relay for Life of Cambrian

 Cambrian Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that helps our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against teh disease.

To date, the Relay for Life of Cambrian has celebrated four Relays and raised over $1 million.

This year's Relay for Life of Cambrian will be from 6:00PM on Friday, April 26 to 6:00PM on Saturday, April 27 at Union Middle School.

Councilmember Rocha encourages you to get involved with this amazing event by either participating or donating. To see what this event is all about and find a way to get involved, please visit:




Walk at Westfield


Women in Law Enforcement Symposium

Neighborhood Blood Drive


Saturday, March 16
9:00AM to 3:00PM

Princeton Plaza
Corner of Kooser and Meridian Ave.

This is the 10th year of this fantastic life-changing event in our neighborhood.

Please reach out to friends, family, and neighbors and have them come along too!

You can make an appointment to donate by clicking here for the Blood Center Link, or contact Mr. Newman at (408) 357-5711 or

Walk-ins are welcome as well.

Epic Egg Hunt


Egg Hunt Banner 

InnVision Shelter Network and Linda and Ken Raasch invite you to the first annual Epic Egg Hunt benefitting homeless families at InnVision Shelter Network.

Saturday, March 16
2:00PM to 4:00PM

Forrester Estate in Los Gatos
239 Forrester Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Join us, rain or shine, for an afternoon of fun for all ages, including an Epic Egg Hunt, family photos, guided tours of the Estate, delectable savories and sweets, and more!

Adults $100, Children $50
Free for Children Under 2

Please RSVP by March 13 at or call (650) 685-5880 x149.

 Egg-Citing Celebration

Girl Scouts of Northern California's 2013 Latina Leadership Conference


Friday, March 22 - Saturday, March 23, 2013

PrincGirl Scouts is hosting a FREE 2-day Leadership Conference for Latinas, ages 12-18. Great workshops and interactive fashion show! Lunch, giveaways, and goodie bags included.

Only 50 spots available!

Day 1: Friday, March 22
4:00PM to 6:30PM
Latino College Preparatory Academy
1966 Flint Ave
San Jose, CA 95148

Day 2: Saturday, March 23
10:30AM to 3:30PM

National Hispanic University
14271 Story Road
San Jose, CA 95127

For more information, contact:
Whitney Evans, Hispanic Initiative Director at (408) 287-4170 x6002 or

Marisa Cidre, Program Director, Got Choices at (408) 287-4180 x6004 or

Click here to fill out a registration packet TODAY!


Spring Fling Dance

Great American Litter Pick Up


Saturday, April 20
Starts at 8:00AM
Camden Community Center, Classroom 6
3369 Union Ave
San Jose, CA 95124

Please save the date and remember to join the Council District 9 Office for the Great American Litter Pick Up. It's a great way to get out and meet your neighbors or fulfill community service requirements.

Super Guadalupe River Run


Saturday, April 20
8:00AM to 2:00PM
438 Coleman Ave
San Jose, CA 95110

5K and 10K finishers receive a reuseable water bottle.

Stick around for their Spring in Guadalupe Gardens festival, check out the trail ribbon cutting, go bird watching, or bring your bike and ride to Alviso. There's something for everyone this Earth Day weekend!

For more information and a schedule of activities, visit or contact Leslee Hamilton at (408) 298-7657 or


Tech Summer Camps




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