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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 October Newsletter


Neighborhood Association Meetings

Willow Glen
Wed., October 17, 7:00pm
Willow Glen High School Library

Mon., October 22, 7:00pm Pearl Library, Community Room

Wed., October 24, 7:00pm Kids Copia @ Erikson School


Cast Your Vote!

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Election Day is right around the corner and you can now register to vote online. Every vote counts so make sure your voice is heard November 6th!


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New Dialing Procedure


Beginning October 20, a 669 area code will be 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,

After two long years of Pension Reform (Modification) discussions and numerous City Council memorandums, the Council has finally arrived at a place where it can focus on other important and pertinent City issues. I believe that it is imperative to allow for open dialogue on any City issue, which ultimately enables all us on the Council to work together. The value of learning about the nuances and fully discussing the impacts of any specific issue without a Staff recommendation or pending decision, is very valuable to ensuring that sound public policy is brought forward.  City Council meetings are restricted in that there are agenda items, which focus on a specific outcome(s). In contrast, Council Study Sessions allow the Council to have an open discussion and are a great tool for City Staff to supply analysis and additional information regarding a particular issue.

There is a stark difference between a Council study session and a Council meeting. A study session is a large, uninterrupted block of time for the Council to learn about an issue from our City Staff and hear public testimony on an item. Typically, no direct action is taken and Staff does not prepare agenda items and/or recommendations. Council meetings are scheduled on every Tuesday, and the Council votes and takes action on a number of different items. Recently, I approached several of my colleagues to join me in proposing a study session regarding the increase in violent crimes that occurred during the end of summer. Please visit our City’s website here to read the synopsis or view the September 18 meeting. In addition, on October 9, the Council will discuss which topics it believes are most important to hold as study sessions throughout the rest of the year. If you have suggestions for issues that you’d like us to discuss, please be sure to e-mail my office at

Moreover, the Council will also be taking a look at the realignment and consolidation of some of the City’s Boards and Commissions. The Council previously asked the City Clerk to look for improvements and efficiencies in how we administer those groups, which provide specialized understanding on issues pertaining to the City and its residents, and advise the Council on potential policy impacts. For example, there is an Airport Commission, a Neighborhoods Commission, a Youth Commission, and a Senior Citizens Commission just to name a few of the 31 commissions on which your neighbors serve. While I believe we should always be looking for efficiencies, this process must be a balance of good organization and effectiveness, and must protect open government and public participation. The Clerk has released his recommendations, which will be discussed during the 7:00 pm evening session of the October 23 Council meeting. Again, I welcome your thoughts on this and other matters pertaining to the City ofSan José.



Donald Rocha


 Neighborhood Clean-Up Schedule & Map

The City of San José provides dumpster service on neighborhood cleanup days once every three years for neighborhoods across the City.  By clicking on the colored neighborhoods you will find the date of the next cleanup in your neighborhood, limited to District 9 borders. 
If your neighborhood is not having a cleanup and you are interested in attending the cleanup of another neighborhood, please contact our office at (408) 535-4909 for
more information about admission. 



FALL 2012 Recreation Classes & Programs

Register for Fall 2012 recreation classes and programs at the Camden Community Center!
Click here to view Camden’s brochure of classes offered.

For more information please call (408) 559-2819 or visit Camden’s website.


   Follow the Camden Community Center on Facebook!


Appeals Hearing Board Recruitment

The Office of the City Clerk is currently recruiting for two vacancies on the Appeals Hearing Board until Friday, October 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. for terms ending December 31, 2016.  Applicants to this Commission must have been both citizens of the United States and residents of the City of San José for one year preceding appointment, and additionally must be registered voters in the City of San José at the time of appointment.

For additional information contact the Office of the City Clerk at (408) 535-1265, or on the City’s website:


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.


walk to school

This Wednesday, October 3 is International Walk to School Day, a global event that involves thousands of schools across America and communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. More than 20 elementary schools in San José are scheduled to participate this year. The event began in 1997 as a one-day event and has evolved into a year-round movement for safe routes to school and a celebration each October.


Creek Clean Up
Saturday, October 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Your nearby creeks and local streets may be choking on litter but you can help solve this!
Come to one of 10 different McDonalds’ locations in the South Bay to clean up litter in the surrounding neighborhoods. You will be supplied with the needed equipment and receive five free large breakfast or lunch sandwiches from McDonald’s! Registration is strongly encouraged, please visit our facebook page to sign up and view participating locations.

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Medicare Healthcare Forum
Saturday. October 6, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Campbell Community Center- 1 West Campbell Avenue

Hear the latest changes and up-to-date information about healthcare insurance and selecting the best plan for you.  There will also be insurance counselors available to assess individual needs.

For more information and to RSVP please visit:


27th Annual Wildlife Festival
Sunday, October 7, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alum Rock Park- 15350 Penitencia Creek Road

Come enjoy this FREE event ($6 per vehicle park entrance fee), there will be children's crafts, face painting, live animals, great food and lots of family fun!



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PRNS Director Recruitment Community Outreach Meeting

Thursday, October 11, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Camden Community Center- 3369 Union Avenue

The City of San José is recruiting for a permanent PRNS Director and is interested in receiving community input regarding the ideal qualities that the City Manager should consider in evaluating candidates for this position.  Additional feedback can be provided by completing the online survey here.

For more information, contact Norberto Dueñas, Deputy City Manager, at (408) 535-8180.


Disability Event

Youth Job Fair 
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Westfield Oakridge Mall, Nordstrom Rack Courtyard- 925 Blossom Hill Road

This is an excellent opportunity to meet face to face with area employers who are looking to hire youth for permanent and seasonal positions.  This event is FREE and open to ages 16-21. Bring you resume and dress to impress!

For more information contact Laura Cowan at (408) 535-4979 or

Pumpkins in the Park
Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gaudalupe River Park, Discovery Meadow- Woz Way & San Carlos

Pumpkins in the Park

Get in the spirit of Fall and come enjoy a giant pumpkin patch, costume parade, scarecrow row, fresh apple cider, guadalupe river education, lots of free kids activities and children's concert! 
Click here for more information.


health trust


Moms Support Group
Tuesdays, October 16 through November 6, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
375 South 3rd Street

Becoming a mother can be exciting as well as challenging.  New moms can be caught by surprise by the demands and stresses of motherhood.  If you are looking for a comfortable place to find support and help bring balance into your life, this group is for you. The cost is free if your annual household income is less than 40k; sliding scale and scholarships are available.

For more information and to sign-up please contact Jeannine DeAguinaga at (408) 295-4011 x259.


     Ribbon Cutting
Santa Clara County Re-Entry Resource Center

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & Open House
Thursday, October 18, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
151 West Mission Street

The Re-Entry Resource Center is a centralized location for individuals released from custody or on probation to receive transitional wraparound services and linkage to on-going resources.

For more information contact Buu Thai at (408) 535-4236 or

Foreclosure Help


Harvest Festival

Get your Ticket's Early for
Sartorette Elementary School's
Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 20, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sartorette Elementary School- 3850 Woodford Drive

Rain or Shine! There will be games, prizes, face painting, inflatables, BBQ Tri-Tip dinner, carnival fun food, cake walk, silent auction, haunted house, homemade crafts for sale, dessert & coffee table, and admission is FREE! Dress up in your favorite costume & enjoy family fun! 

5 tickets for $1.00 Pre-Sale per Game/Food Ticket
(4 tickets for $1 day of event)
$10.00 Pre-Sale Price for BBQ Dinner
($13.00 day of event with limited quantity; served only from 5:00pm-7:00pm)
$1.00 per Raffle Ticket

For more information contact Theresa Higdon at (408) 472-4458 or or Jacqui Argyres at


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