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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 November Newsletter


Neighborhood Association Meetings

Community Council
November 5, 7:00pm
Cambrian School District
Board Room
4115 Jacksol Drive

Willow Glen
November 21, 7:00pm

Mickey Long Center
Willow Glen High School
2001 Cottle Avenue

November 28, 7:00pm
Erikson School, Kids Copia
4849 Pearl Avenue


Cast Your Vote!

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Every vote counts so make sure your voice is heard November 6th!


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.



Check out! can help you quickly find facts you need about child health and well being in California. This website is a public service offered through the Lucile Packard Foundation that allows users to easily find and share data on more than 400 measures.


New Dialing Procedure


Beginning October 20, a 669 area code was added to the area currently served only by 408.  Callers must dial a 1 + area code + telephone number in order to dial out.

If you have any questions about this new procedure call 1-800-922-0204.


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-2758

Animal Care & Services
(408) 578-7297

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) 794-1903


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 Staff

Kimberly Oliver
Executive Asst/Scheduler

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Marisa Melo
Policy Aide

Brady Ruebusch
Policy Aide











Dear Neighbor,

I hope you and your families have a safe and exciting Halloween this year.  I am looking forward to seeing all of the creative and spooky costumes later this evening.  I know Halloween can be a nerve-wracking time for parents so I have listed a few safety tips below:

  1. Create a map of a safe trick-or-treating route and set a time limit for your children to “trick-or-treat.”
  2. Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren’t a tempting target for real-life ghouls.
  3. Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out. If it’s dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted streets.
  4. Remain on the porch at all times—do not go inside anyone’s home.
  5. Do not accept rides from real-life goblins.
  6. Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
  7. Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.
  8. Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
  9. Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
  10. Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.

For more safety tips please visit

I would also like to give you an update on two issues that I have been working on over the last month with some of my colleagues.  Both issues were heard at the City Council meeting on October 23rd; one had to do with reorganization of City’s boards and commissions, and the other with how the City provides the public with notice of when the City Council will make decisions on land use development projects. These issues are important to me because, in different ways, they both involve the City’s commitment to public engagement and open government.  Let me start by talking about boards and commissions.

City commissions, like the Library Commission, Parks Commission, or Planning Commission are bodies made up of citizens who volunteer their time to advise the City Council in different areas.  For a number of years, the City has been pursuing a potential consolidation and reduction in the number of commissions that it operates. The thinking behind this reduction is that it will allow commissions to be more efficient and save City resources.  Earlier this year, City staff came out with a specific proposal as to which commissions should be consolidated.  I saw some merit in their proposals, but I also heard from many current City commissioners and interested residents that the City should be careful not to go too far in consolidating commissions, because they often provide an avenue for regular citizens to get involved in City government and ensure that their voice is heard.  As a Councilmember, hearing the advice of volunteer advisory groups is very useful to me in making decisions, and I also think that involving citizens in the decision-making process is an important part of democracy.  In an effort to put forward a balanced approach to this issue, I worked with Councilmembers Pyle, Kalra and Liccardo to offer a solution that made some consolidations to enhance efficiency while maintaining the function and vision for a strong Commission structure. A final decision will be made later this year—I welcome any feedback you may have.

The second issue I’d like to talk about has to do with how the City makes decisions on land use development projects. Given the strong community interest that is often generated by development proposals, the City Council has traditionally made decisions on land use issues in the evening so that it would be easier for interested residents to attend.  Residents are notified of these meetings by a notice that is mailed to everyone who lives within a certain radius of the project.  Over the past year, however, the City’s Rules Committee has pushed to hear more land use items during the Council’s afternoon session. Their reasoning was that because of the reduced development activity San José has experienced over the last few years, there often weren’t enough significant projects to make an evening meeting worthwhile.  I agree that there are some minor issues that can be heard in the afternoon, but overall I believe the City should always fall on the side of more community participation rather than less.  To further that interest, I worked with Councilmembers Pyle and Liccardo to issue a memo that made clear that the City should return to its longstanding practice of noticing land use items for the evening.

I’d like to close by offering two suggestions for how you can get involved with City government. First, if serving on a City commission sounds interesting, you might want to look at the current commission vacancies, found here.  There’s a link to the commission application form below the vacancy list if you’d like to apply.  Second, if you’d like to learn about new development proposals as soon as they’re filed (and not wait for the mailed notice) you can sign up to have development application notifications emailed to you.  Just visit this site, select the subscribe option, enter your email address, and then select District 9 (if you live in my district).

I hope this information has been useful. Please feel free to get in touch with my office if you have questions or feedback about these issues or any other matter. You can reach my office by email at or by phone at (408) 535-4909.



Donald Rocha




Civil Service Commission Accepting Applications

The San José Civil Service Commission is accepting applications for appointments to the City Council Salary Setting Commission until 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2012. 
The Council Salary Setting Commission recommends to the City Council the amount of monthly salary which it deems appropriate for members of the City Council, including the Mayor, as provided in the City Charter.  The City Council adopts the salaries as recommended by the Commission, or adopts a lesser amount.  The Salary Setting Commission makes salary recommendations in odd-numbered years.  The Commission will develop its recommendations at twice-monthly meetings to be held from January through April, 2013.

Currently, there is one vacancy on the Commission for a term beginning January 1, 2013 and expiring December 31, 2016.  Applicants must be a registered voter in the City of San José and if appointed, must remain so throughout the term of office.

Copies of all applications received will be submitted to the Civil Service Commission for review and appointment.  Applicants may be interviewed by the Civil Service Commission at a public meeting.

Applications may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, 200 E. Santa Clara St., 95113. For more information please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (408) 535-1260 or go to


October City Council Invocations

Part of our weekly City Council meetings include an invocation, or a moment to put life and business into perspective before we start the meeting.  Each council district is in charge of filling the invocations for one month of meetings, and October was District 9’s chance to shine.  I think invocations are a great opportunity to bring our neighborhood talents, strengths, hobbies, and values into City Hall, so this October we did just that.  All four of our invocations featured members of the District 9 community – both residential, leisure, and spiritual and I’m happy to share them with you.

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October 2nd: Judy Rickard in honor of LGBT History Month read the verses of America the Beautiful and shared that the song was written by an American Lesbian.

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October  16th: The Committee to Promote Square Dancing, which holds classes at Camden Community Center shared a dance with us.

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October 23rd: Ann Brownell and Rusty Davis-Klem of the Amanda Network, in honor of National Bullying Awareness Month and Cambrian United Methodist Church shared with us the importance of supporting anti-bullying efforts.

October 30th: Jerry Snyder of the South Bay Guitar Society, which has done classical guitar demonstrations at Pearl Library, started us off with a classical acoustic guitar solo.

All in all, it was a great month and I am proud to show off the strength of our community.  If you are interested in any of these groups, please contact my office and we can connect you.



Thank you SummerWinds Nursery!

On Monday, October 29, the SummerWinds Nursery on Alamden Expressway in District 9 donated 10% of their proceeds from their September Fire Sale.  The San José Firefighters Burn Foundation received $7,172 and Los Bomberos of Northern California Toy and Food Drive received $7,172.  We greatly appreciate SummerWinds’ generosity and dedication to the San José community.  


Goodbye Daylight Saving's Time

Fall Back

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour beginning this Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 am. 


Youth Science Institute


Registration is Now Open for the 2012-13 School Year

Bring your kids, students, and troops to explore the world of science!  YSI offers various programs for Pre-K through 8th grade students.  
Learn more about all YSI has to offer by clicking here.

Interested in bringing a classroom or group to YSI's Science and Nature Center for a hands-on, nature based science program? Call (408) 356-4945 x12 now to reserve a spot!


Red Ribbon Week

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This past week was Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.  Thank you to Holy Family School in District 9 for promoting this week with their students and taking a pledge last Wednesday where 447 youth committed to keeping their minds and bodies safe from drugs. 


Domestic Violence Conference


On October 19, I was honored to attend and welcome attendees to the Domestic Violence Conference held by the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council at Hayes Mansion.  The conference centered on understanding trauma-informed care and a trauma-informed service system.  In San José, a fair number of our homicides over the last two years have been related to Domestic Violence, and there are over 2,000 cases reported every year.

From that conference I learned that creating a trauma-informed service delivery system is one of the most effective ways to treat survivors and end the cycle of violence that DV causes.  Something that struck me was that the simple impact of returning to the same building or seeing the same exam room that they were treated in after an assault can prevent people from returning for services and psychological treatment after reporting DV.  Acknowledging that, we can work to retain more survivors by changing practices and ensuring that people are getting the help they need.

People who experience Domestic Violence are more likely to exhibit risky behaviors and continue to act out in violent ways and are often suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression and pain, addiction, eating disorders, poverty, suicide attempts, strained relationships and many other physical and social ailments.  This is an issue that plagues our community, and a solution is one of the ways that we can ensure that this world is a better place for our children. 

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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Celebrates 75 Years!

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center at 751 South Bascom Avenue is proud to be celebrating 75 years of service to our community.  The center has expressed much appreciation to the commitment and generosity of their volunteers and they are always looking for more helping hands! 

If you are interested in
volunteering please contact Kathleen Dolci at

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Tax Volunteers Needed! 

Tax Help

Catholic Charities is recruiting Tax Volunteers for the 2013 tax filing season.
Tax Volunteers will be trained with Tax Law and TaxWise (a software used to prepare tax returns) this coming November-December 2012 at 2625 Zanker Rd, 95134.

There will be a volunteer orientation session today October 31, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
If you are interested please contact Tax EZ Program by email at or call Olga Schneider at (408) 325-5220 or To Lam (408) 325-5106. 

A free private social network for your neighborhood

Meet the neighbors

Finally, call that nice lady down the street by her first name. And know whom to call when her dog shows up on your doorstep. Nextdoor makes it easy for neighbors to stay in touch.

Share goods and advice

With Nextdoor, neighbors share more than a common hedge. Quickly get recommendations for babysitters and house painters and easily find a home for that old bookcase or stroller.

Keep the neighborhood safe

Nextdoor is a powerful tool for making neighborhoods safer places to call home. Get all the details about that recent break-in or join your neighbors to organize a neighborhood watch.

Click here to visit 


Be a Part of Comcast's Digital Connectors Program


If you are between the age of 14 and 18 you qualify!

Learn to use computers, applications and the internet through classes, teach your community about digital literacy, engage in community service projects, have the opportunity to become Cisco certified.

For more information contact the Center for Training & Careers at (408) 213-0961 ext. 23 or 27 


Green Energy Match

Save Money. Save Energy. Shop Local.

Join Green Energy Match (GEM), a City-sponsored program that helps you save energy! Our FREE, online software provides personalized energy-saving recommendations and shows how your usage compares to similar homes! 

* Join Your Neighbors — hundreds of San José residents are already participating

* Save on PG&E Bills — most participants are saving over $200/year from simple changes

*Receive 50% Off Coupons — get BIG discounts at local stores and restaurants for signing up and saving energy

Sign up at 

Text Energy to 68398 to receive weekly energy-saving tips, and enter GEM’s weekly contests for your chance to win additional rewards. (Para Español, text ENERGIA to 68398)

This program is sponsored by the City of San José, Silicon Valley Energy Watch, WattzOn and Acterra.



Volunteer Driver Liability Workshop
Friday, November 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
926 Rock Ave, Suite 10, San Jose

Featuring a presentation by the Nonprofits’ Insurance Alliance of California.
Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to

For more information visit



Become a U.S. Citizen!
Thursdays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
1425 Koll Circle, Suite 109, San Jose


SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network) is offering FREE Consultations.

SIREN offers the following services:

  • An orientation on how you can become a U.S. Citizen.
  • Help completing your citizenship application.
  • Provide you with a list of 100 questions and answers in order to prepare for your interview.
  • Information on how you can become a citizen without having to pay the immigration fee (certain restrictions apply).
  • A legal evaluation of your case if necessary. 

All services provided at a low cost between $100-$125 depending on your income.

Requirements to apply for citizenship: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age when applying.
  • Have been a permanent resident for the past 5 years, or married to a U.S. citizen for at least 3 years.
  • Have lived continuously in the United States for the past 5 years.
  • Be able to demonstrate that you have been physically present in the U.S. for at least the past year and a half.
  • Have a basic understanding of the English language, history, and the United States Government. (Certain people can qualify for the Spanish exam. Ask SIREN for more information).
  • Have a good moral character.
  • If you have any criminal background, ask SIREN to see if you qualify to become a U.S. citizen. 

For more information and to register please contact Maria Caballero at (408) 453-3017.


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