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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 September Newsletter




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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 using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. 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 Community Center's Kirk Cafe

for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


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.


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 at: (408) 277-4133. 


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-8900

Anti-Graffiti 24 Hotline (866) 249-0543

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

District 9 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





 September 2013



Dear Neighbor,

This past Sunday the District 9 community joined us in our 8th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival. The turnout was amazing and the event was a huge success. I saw kids running around enjoying the jump houses, slides and waterslides, families watching the live band and community performances, and everyone grubbing on some delicious local food. I hope everyone who made it to the festival got the chance to check out the wonderful resource fair booths and came by the District 9 booth for an ice cold bottle of water, some fresh fruit, and a free t-shirt. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, and participants with a special thanks to Green Team and Grocery Outlet for supporting our event with in-kind support which made this festival possible and I can’t wait to see you at next year’s festival.

I’d also like to give you an update on some issues that either have come before the City Council or will be coming soon. Last week, the City Council heard an audit of the City’s graffiti abatement program. The results of the audit were mixed: on one hand, the City’s anti-graffiti contractor has been successful at increasing the amount of graffiti residents report through a smart phone app called “San Jose Clean.”  (to get the app, search the app store for “San Jose Clean” or use the below QR code.)  On the other hand, the number of volunteers in our anti-graffiti program has declined significantly over the past few years, and the cost of the contract with the outside contractor has been higher than anticipated. Using new technology is important, but so is engaging volunteers. In order to track progress in improving the program’s shortcomings, I issued a proposal asking the Council to hear a progress report in a year’s time.

Of course, you can still report graffiti the old fashioned way by calling (866) 249-0543. If you would like to volunteer to paint out graffiti in your neighborhood, you can get in touch with our anti-graffiti program staff at (408) 975-7233.

 SJ Clean app

Another issue that just came to the Council this week was a ban on expanded polystyrene take out containers at restaurants (“expanded polystyrene,” abbreviated as “EPS,” is a fancy name for Styrofoam.) The City has struggled in the past to recycle EPS, but hasn’t been successful, in part because it tends to crumble into small pieces in garbage trucks and at recycling facilities.  This tendency to crumble also creates environmental problems, because if an EPS container ends up in a creek, it can degrade into tiny pieces of plastic and wash into the ocean.

Given the difficulty in recycling EPS and its tendency to pollute streams and oceans, the Council considered phasing in a ban on restaurant takeout containers made of the material.  Some restaurants have already converted to alternative container materials, but for those who haven’t, the ban includes provisions to make the transition easier. For national chains the ban will phase in beginning in 2014, but for smaller restaurants it will begin in 2015.  Even after it takes effect, there is a provision that provides an exemption for restaurants that would experience hardship in complying with the ban.

I’d like to conclude by giving you a preview of what the Council will be discussing next week.  On Tuesday September 3rd at 1:30PM, the Council will hold a study session on the topic of whether to put new taxes in front of the voters. In the recent past, the City’s main strategy for dealing with pervasive budget problems has been to cut costs, mostly by cutting employee pay and pursuing reforms of our retirement system. Even with the savings from those efforts, however, it still is not certain that we will be able to fully restore City services in critical areas—such as road maintenance and public safety.

The top priority in this area for me will not be approving a new tax, but renewing an existing one: the library parcel tax. Passed in 2004, the parcel tax provides funding of about $7.4 million a year to our library system. Unless it is renewed, it will expire in 2015. In my opinion, our library service is already less than it should be; cutting an additional $7.4m from the library budget would mean even greater service reductions for our community.

There are other taxes under consideration as well—including a sales tax increase and reform of the business tax. These other options may be worth considering as well, but I think the important point is that the voters, not the Council, will ultimately decide whether or not they want to tax themselves.

If you have thoughts on this or any other topic, feel free to contact my office at or by phone at 535-4909.




Donald Rocha




 TABS (Truancy Abatement / Burglary Suppression) program

SJPD TAPSTo coincide with the start of the new school year, the San Jose Police Department has reinstated the TABS (Truancy Abatement / Burglary Suppression) program. The TABS program was created with two goals: reduce the number of daytime burglaries in the City, and reduce truancy. Past experience has shown that many daytime burglaries are committed by juvenile suspects, many of whom are cutting school. The Police Department will operate a TABS processing center in East San Jose at PAL stadium. This processing center will be staffed with one full-time officer on a daily basis. Additionally, 1 to 2 officers will be deployed per Police Division for the next month with the sole task of locating truant juveniles and either returning them to their respective school, or transporting them to the TABS center where they will be processed and released to a parent or guardian. Come September we will increase the amount of TABS officers up to 8 throughout the city.

The TABS officers working in the field will be deployed on an overtime basis.

Anyone wishing to obtain information about TABS can call (408) 926-TABS (8227)



Student Recovery


Camden fall classes

PRNS community centers have a wide variety of programs, activities and special events for everyone. From classes, sports programs, fitness classes, therapeutic programs and special events, there is something for individuals of all ages. The Camden Community Center is conveniently located just off Highways 85 and 17/880 near the intersection of Camden and Union Avenue.
For more information on the fall offerings at Camden, please visit the following link:

Camden Community Center Fall Brochure.

 Vendors Needed for Recreational Services

The City of San José is now accepting proposals for well qualified vendors to support and supplement its recreational services and provide leisure classes such as camps, educational classes, personal enrichment, and leisure groups to the residents of San José.

All bids, as stated in the RFQ, must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 19, 2013. 

The bid may be downloaded from BidSync at

Bid Number PRNS-RCS-8-14-13

Phone Survey for Behavioral Risk Factors 

Santa Clara County Public Health Department is currently conducting the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) between the months of August and October, 2013. This telephone survey will be conducted in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. The survey collects data on health behaviors and related risk factors among adults 18 and over in our county. The data gathered is used by community leaders and planners to determine the health priorities in our community and develop solutions to address them.
If you have any questions please feel free to call the Santa Clara County Public Health Department at
(408) 792-5040. 





Senior Nutrition Program 

Senior Participants,Thank you for your continued participation in the Senior Nutrition Program!  Please join us and make your voice heard as menu preferences are updated for your region of the City.

  Date: Tuesday, September 10

Time: 11:00AM

Where: Camden Community Center

 3369 Union Avenue  San José, CA 95124

What: An opportunity to meet with staff from Bateman Senior Meals and Santa Clara County to help design the menu for coming months and discuss ideas you may have regarding the improvement of the Senior Nutrition Program. Open to participants of Camden, Cypress, Southside, and Willow Glen Community Centers.

   We hope to see you there!   

City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services       


 Free Screening of the Movie "Bully"

A FREE community back-to-school event complete with food, cool door prizes, and a screening of the movie "Bully" (PG-13). After the screening there will be a special panel of young adults and experts to discuss the movie and issues in the community.

Who should attend: All children, youth and families

Date: Friday, September 13

Time: 6:00PM

Location: The Sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1100 Shasta Ave., San Jose, CA

For more information: Call 408.294.7447 or email: or


Open space authority

Coastal Cleanup 

Book Sale at the Cambrian Branch Library

Find something for everyone at the book sale at Cambrian Branch Library

Date: Saturday, September 28th

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: The Community Room of the Cambrian Library, 1780 Hillsdale Avenue

Select from about 4,000 items ranging from DVDs, CDs, children’s books, non-fiction, cookbooks, textbooks, fiction, and audiobooks.  Most books are priced at 50 cents to $1.00; and DVDs , CDs and audiobooks are $2. Individually-priced premium items can be found on five Specials tables. 

At 3:00pm, books are sold by the bag full for $5 (bag provided). Specials and media are not available for sale at the bag sale. Cash and checks accepted. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cambrian Library, all proceeds benefit library programs and services.

food allergy walk 

  Supervisor Dave Cortese presents the Fourth Annual

Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival

Date: Sunday, October 13th

Time: 10 AM to 3 PM

Location: Alviso Marina County Park 1995 Hope St. Alviso, CA

Held in partnership with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, Day on the Bay is a celebration that brings people together to enjoy activities, rich in diversity and talent, and abundant in ethnic expression. More than that, Day on the Bay is also an informational fair where the local community can meet non-profit, government, and community-based organizations to learn about their services.

Free food will be provided to the community and Free pumpkins for the kids (while supplies last). There will also be community groups providing ethnic food booths, arts and crafts and live entertainment on two stages, as well as face painting, fire trucks, kayak trips in the Alviso Slough, girl and boy scout troops, and much more.

For information on the 2013 Day on the Bay festival or for vendor, sponsor, or volunteer opportunities, please contact our office at (408) 299-5030.

Opportunities for participation:

Booths: Free for Governmental Agencies and nonprofits; $100 donation for businesses.

Entertainment: Opportunities are available for youth groups, dance groups, school bands and garage bands to perform on the two stages.

Volunteers: Need volunteer hours? Join us for crowd control, parking enforcement, food prep and much more.

Sponsorships: Sponsorship packages are available. Please visit to register or contact our office at (408) 299-5030.








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