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Councilmember Donald Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St. 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909  F: (408) 292-6471

Dear Neighbor,

Budget season is upon us. Last month, the Mayor released his March Budget Message.  The March Budget Message is written by the Mayor and approved by the full City Council; its purpose is to provide initial guidance to City staff on what the City’s priorities should be as they develop the proposed budget.  With the City projected to run a $5.7 million surplus in the next fiscal year, the Mayor proposed targeted investments, especially in public safety. 

Yesterday, the City Manager released the Proposed Operating Budget, which incorporates the priorities and investments identified in the March Budget Message.

It also considers other City Council priorities, recent community outreach and surveys, other departmental and organizational priorities, and forecasts for future revenues and expenditures. To educate the Mayor, City Council and community on details of the proposed budget, the City has scheduled Council Study Sessions beginning May 11.

Over the next two months, the Mayor, Council and City staff will all work together to adopt the final budget.  Each Councilmember will also have the opportunity to submit budget recommendations for certain priorities to be included in the budget. 

A critical component of the annual budget process is gathering community input.  In February, the City held its first community budget priority setting meeting, where the public participated in a budgeting exercise designed around programs and services that impact our neighborhoods. The meeting was a good indication of what priorities matter to the public.  This month, each council district throughout the city will hold a Community Budget Meeting, which serves as an opportunity to learn about our City’s budget and provide feedback on how the City should prioritize its resources. I encourage you to attend the District 9 Community Budget Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Cambrian Branch Library.

The timeline below outlines some key dates for your reference:

  • May 2 – Proposed Operating Budget Released
  • May 6 – Proposed Fees and Charges Report Released
  • May 11-16 – Council Study Sessions
  • May 17 – Initial Public Hearing
  • June 3 – Mayor’s June Budget Message Released
  • June 13 – Final Public Hearing
  • June 14 – Final Review/Approval of Mayor’s June Budget Message (Council); Final Approval of Proposed Capital/Operating Budgets and Proposed Fees & Charges (Council)
  • June 21 – Final Adoption of Capital/Operating Budgets and Fees & Charges (Council)                  

There are plenty of opportunities to share your thoughts on the City’s budget from now until the final budget is adopted on June 21, including two public hearings on May 17 and June 13.  I thank residents for the feedback I receive year-round, and I the public to stay informed and involved throughout this important process.  

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with your comments on the budget or any other concerns at or 408-535-4909.


Donald Rocha

News & Announcements
Thank you to all who participated in the D9 Great American Litter Pick-Up!

On behalf of my District 9 staff, the Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Department, and PRNS, thank you to everyone who participated in this year's GALP event.  Over 220 volunteers showed up on Saturday, April 23 to help clean up litter, replace fibar and sand, paint tables and benches, weed, and trim bushes at 5 different locations in our district.  Together, they collected almost 150 bags of debris and litter.

I'd like to give a huge shout out to the students of Leigh High School and Branham High School Interact Clubs, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Friends of Butcher Dog Park, Little Branham Neighborhood Association, Erikson Neighborhood Association, Cambrian Academy, South Valley YMCA, PRNS staff, and the neighbors and community members who joined us. Thank you for all of your hard work and your commitment to keeping our neighborhoods clean.

If you missed out on this opportunity and are interested in participating in one of our next volunteer clean-ups, please call the D9 office at 408-535-4975.

Check out some pictures from GALP weekend below.

Your Neighborhoods Commission at Work

From your San Jose Neighborhoods Commission:

Citizens do have a voice in how money is spent in the City.  There will be a public presentation in District 9 on May 11, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the 2016-2017 Annual Budget at the Cambrian Library by the Mayor and City Manager's Office.  Please attend and let your voice be heard!

Over the last two years, the Neighborhoods Commission has been meeting with the Fire Department to compose a policy for Illegal Fireworks in San Jose. This policy was released on April 13, 2016 and will give citizens a place to call/text/email to report Illegal Fireworks within the City. More information to come.

The Neighborhoods Commission represents the residents of San Jose and Neighborhood Groups and Associations regarding public safety, Department of Transportation issues, Code Enforcement, and the City of San Jose's Annual Budget.

District 9 Neighborhoods Commissioners: Terry Martin and Pamela Parish

Silicon Valley Gives

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Silicon Valley Gives (also called SV Gives) will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by SVCF with the help of sponsors, will offer thousands of nonprofits the chance to raise millions of dollars.  Donate to a local nonprofit on May 3rd at

Community Service Officer Recruitment

The San Jose Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Community Service Officer. This program is very important in our effort to provide quality customer service to the citizens of San Jose.  Under close supervision by a sworn officer or supervisor, this position will assist the Bureau of Field Operations in non-hazardous police functions, including but not limited to, assisting at one of the information centers or community policing centers, conducting investigations and performing non-enforcement related work. 

Interested members of the community can apply online until June 17th.

Salvation Army Youth Summer Day Camp

Thousands of children from low-income families enjoy fresh air, exercise and new friendships at annual Salvation Army Summer Day Camp programs.  The camping experience is more than just a pleasant vacation.  Children learn new skills and self-reliance.  Trained counselors who understand their emotional needs and problems help them mature.  Each week focuses on a different area:

  • Week 1: Science Camp
  • Week 2: Leadership
  • Week 3: Vacation Bible School (3 days only)
  • Week 4: Music, with Overnight Music Camp the following week
  • Week 5: Art
  • Week 6: Sports

Each week requires a $20.00 deposit per child to hold each child's place.  The deposit is non-refundable and will be deducted from the child's weekly tuition. Learn more about the Summer Day Camp Program.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Summer Camp

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp!  Each topic provides interactive learning experiences, hands-on activities, zoo tours, and the opportunity to meet live animals up close!  Happy Hollow Members receive a discount on camp with their membership number and coupon code SUMMER.

  • Non-Members: $255 half day/$355 full day
  • Members: $229.50 half day/$329.50 full day
  • Boxed Lunches: $40 per week (full day campers only)
  • Additional T-Shirts: $15 per shirt (one shirt is included with camp registration)

Scholarships are available for eligible families.  For more information, please call 408-794-6420 or visit

Camden Summer Movie Series

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy family films after dark.  The Cambrian Kiwanis and Camden Community Center are proud to present the Camden Summer Movie Series every Friday, beginning July 15 through August 19. Movies are subject to change.

  • July 15 - Kung Fu Panda 3
  • July 22 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • July 29 - Epic
  • August 5 - The Book of Life
  • August 12 - Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • August 19 - The Peanuts Movie

The Camden Community Center is located at 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.

Register for San Jose Family Camp

San Jose’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground. 

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. Reserve your tent today for the 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

Free Large-Item Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

Residents living in single-family homes can receive one free large-item pickup.  One pick-up is good for up to three large items.  Additional pickups are only $27. For more information, visit

Did you know that Illegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment?  When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment. Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900.

Apply for Working Partnerships USA Trades Orientation Program

The Trades Orientation Program (TOP) is recruiting now for its free Summer 2016 class. TOP is Silicon Valley’s premier preparation course for those interested in getting into the construction trades on the ground floor. TOP helps give a "foot in the door" to local youth, veterans, jobseekers, and anyone looking for a high-paying, hands-on career -- especially for people who may not have thought there was a place for them in the construction industry.

Sign-ups for the application process are open through Friday, June 3. Santa Clara County residents age 18 and up who are seeking full-time work or a career change, like to work with their hands, are willing to study and learn, and have a strong interest in learning how to enter an "earn and learn" construction apprenticeship leading to a rewarding career are encouraged to apply.  For more information, visit

Upcoming Events
Open Space Authority May Activity Calendar

(Various dates throughout May)

Celebrate Spring with Open Space Authority!  Registration is required for some events; drop-ins are welcome at all other events. Rain may cancel. Some hikes are several hours long. May activities include:  

  • Hike & Learn
  • Play & Learn About Nature
  • Healthy People, Healthy Parks
  • Tai Chi in the Park
  • Birding by Beginners for Beginners
  • Wildflowers & Wildlife
  • Gregory Plant Walk

View the complete list of upcoming events for details on dates and locations.  For questions, contact Teri Rogoway at (408) 224-7476

National Small Business Week: 5th Summit on Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Friday, May 6, 2016, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The 5th Annual Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation brings together Silicon Valley business and City leaders, assistance organizations, and entrepreneurs to encourage business growth in Silicon Valley.  The addition of workshops with simultaneous translation in Spanish and Vietnamese expands the event's appeal even further.

Register today for this free event and discover new tools and perspectives to allow your company to grow.  Validated parking is provided to attendees parking below City Hall (enter from 6th street).

We and Our Neighbors Open House

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
15480 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join We and Our Neighbors for a birthday celebration at an Open House and Spring Sale! The red house on the corner, home to We and Our Neighbors women's club, is 124 years old on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The open house features a Spring Sale of 2nd hand treasures old and new, including jewelry, housewares and collectibles.  Parking is available across the street at the Union School District office. For more information, call (408) 335-6445.

City-Wide Youth Track Meet

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Check-in 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM, Start 8:15 AM
Mt. Pleasant High School Track & Field, 1750 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95127

The PAAF City Wide Youth Track & Field Meet is held each year in San Jose. Hundreds of children compete with hopes of qualifying for the State and National Meets. Each child is able to participate free of charge because of PAAF’s sponsorship. PAAF is proud to be the sole sponsor of this great event. This event is free and open to all children born between 2002 and 2008. 

Track events include 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay.  Field events include standing long jump, softball throw, and turbo javelin.  For more information, contact Jason Pierce at  Register online at or by calling (408) 277-4133.

Envision Silicon Valley VTA Public Meetings

Monday, May 9, 2016, 7:00 PM
San Jose City Hall Wing Rooms 118-120, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The public is invited to learn about progress being made toward developing a possible transportation sales tax measure for the November 2016 ballot and to provide input. Find out how Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has been engaging with stakeholders and the public to identify and prioritize mobility programs and projects.

Envision Silicon Valley is a process in which VTA is engaging community leaders and residents in discussions to identify current and future mobility needs, solutions and funding priorities. For a list of more meetings, please visit

District 9 Community Budget Meeting

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cambrian Branch Library, 1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

The City of San Jose is holding a series of community meetings in each council district to discuss the 2016-2017 Budget.  Residents are encouraged to attend and discuss priorities and budget-related topics with members of the San Jose City Council and staff.

For questions or more information, please contact the Mayor's Budget Office by calling (408) 535-8144.

Silicon Valley Bikes Festival & Bicycle Show

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112

Join our Valley's racing, road, cargo, fixed gear, cruiser, recreation, vintage, lowrider, mountain biking, BMX, cool urban lifestyle cyclists and their families for a day of fun and community building.  Attendees can enjoy food trucks, craft beer, kids' space, expo, free valet bike parking, BMX stunt riders, and more.  Admission is $5.00.  Kids two and under are free!  For more information, visit

Guadalupe Landfill Community Meeting

Monday, May 16, 2016, 7:00 PM
Almaden Community Center, 6455 Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120

The Office of Councilmember Johnny Khamis invites you to a meeting to hear from City of San Jose senior staff about the recent decision made by the City of Milpitas regarding their waste contract, clarify any questions, and discuss possible next steps.

For questions or concerns, please contact Dora Gonzalez at (408) 535-4910.

Sacramento Bus Trip
Sacramento Bus Trip

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Dave Cortese, invites you to the 14th Annual Sacramento Bus Trip. Education advocates, parents, and students are welcome to participate and learn about current public education issues.

Priority registration deadline is May 6. For more information or to register, please visit or contact Mario Lopez at (408) 299-5030 or  The Sacramento Bus Trip is FREE and food/refreshments will be provided.

Building Permits & Home Safety Presentation & Open House

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Learn how to obtain and save costs on permits and inspections for your home improvements projects.  Bring your plans or ideas and discuss them with our electrical, plumbing, mechanical, building, and planning experts. Validated parking is provided.

Ensure that your remodeling investment is legal by getting permits and inspections for your projects.  Learn more at:

Public Informational Meetings: Affordable Housing Impact Fee & Inclusionary Housing
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Monday, June 13, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Housing Department has scheduled a series of meetings to provide up-to-date information on the Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program (with specific information on how developers might apply for the "pipeline exemption" for projects already in process), and Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting Karen Goodman at 408-975-4416, or by email at

"Building Our Future": 2016 Youth Conference

Friday, May 20, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 
San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Each year, in an effort to empower youth across San José, The San Jose Youth Commission hosts a citywide Youth Conference. Now in its ninth year, the 2016 Youth Conference, entitled "Building Our Future" aims to inform, inspire and empower youth to take action and build a bright and successful future.

On Friday, May 20, 2016, Conference attendees will experience an engaging and interactive atmosphere where they will hear stories from the past, be informed and aware about the current reality and unlock the possibilities of tomorrow’s future.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network and interact with elected officials and local leaders from our own community. Space is limited to the first 300 teens, so register today

For more information, please contact San José Youth Commission Staff, Betty Ramirez, at (408) 793-5559 or email at

Leigh Longhorn Stampede 5K

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 9:00 AM
Leigh High School, 5210 Leigh Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Let’s Build a Stronger Community --- together!  The 4th Annual Longhorn Stampede 5K benefits all extracurricular programs at Leigh High School. Help keep those teenagers busy! This family friendly course is US Track & Field Certified and meanders around the neighborhood of Leigh.

For more information and to register at

Shop with a Cop Badges & Books for Kids Brunch Fundraiser

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Capers Eat & Drink, 1710 W Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

Eat at Capers on May 22 and 30% of food and beverage sales will benefit the Readers are Leaders Reading Campaign & the Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree for underserved youth. Tickets are $30 before May 22, and $35 at the door. 

To pay online via safe & secure PayPal, visit, or mail check payable to SWACSV, PO Box 8003, San Jose, CA 95155-8003. Tickets will be held at will-call. There is limited seating! A silent and live auction will be held.

Building Permits & Home Safety

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113 

Please join the City of San Jose for an open house to learn about permits and inspections for single-family remodeling, additions and new home design.  For more information, please visit

Permits and inspections help assure safe construction practices and compliance with building laws; help protect your loved ones and your remodeling investment by getting permits and inspections for your projects!

Senior Safari Walkabouts 2016

Select Thursdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, and October 22
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Join the early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again! Animal Meet & Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase. For more information, please call (408) 794-6400 or visit 


City of San José Important Phone Numbers 

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (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 Outreach (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
Potholes (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 the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide


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