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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


District 9 News



Donald Rocha

San Jose City Hall, District 9 200 E. Santa Clara St. 18th Floor, San Jose, CA 95113
P: (408) 535-4909
F: (408) 292-6471

District 9 Website


In-District Office Hours

Cambrian Branch Library Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Chief of Staff

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Andrea Hyde
Policy Aide

Jacklyn Joanino
Policy Aide


Sign-Up for City-Wide Classes: 

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. 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 

 Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Program

For lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information, visit the Camden Cafe website


Drought Watch

San Jose faces a mandatory 30% reduction in water-use. Make water conservation a top priority, both inside and outside your home.

Learn what you can do to conserve water.

Report Water Waste 
(408) 630-2000


2015 - 2017


The City of San José provides dumpster service to its neighborhoods once every three years.  Click on the map for your next Neighborhood Clean-Up date. 


Prevent Crime with these  Security & Self Defense Tips 

To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood watch meeting, contact the

San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit:

(408) 277-4133


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(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

(408) 794-1900

Streetlight Repair
(408) 794-1903 (
7 am - 4 pm) (408) 277-8956 (After Hours)

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900



September Newsletter




Dear Neighbor,

Thank you to everyone who attended the District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival at the Camden Community Center last weekend.  The festival, now in its 10th year, was another extraordinary success and brought together almost 1,500 people from District 9 and the San Jose community.

The weather was perfect, and there was something for everyone to enjoy.  Children jumped in bounce houses, raced through obstacle courses, played soccer and tennis, posed in the photo booth, and made arts and crafts.  Neighbors visited the community resource fair and gathered valuable information and resources from close to 40 different non-profit organizations, local businesses, and government agencies.

School of Rock, Zumba, and martial arts demonstrations took center stage at the event.  Families also enjoyed the delicious food from our local vendors, and sweet treats from the frozen dessert truck.  My staff and our volunteers had fun meeting neighbors while handing out cold water, fresh fruit, and t-shirts.  Even our favorite San Jose mascots, Q and Sharkie from the Earthquakes and Sharks, came to join the fun.

I’d like to thank the Camden Community Center and its dedicated staff, City departments including PRNS and Public Works, and my District 9 team for bringing this event to life.  I’m also grateful for the tremendous support from our community sponsors and our generous donors, Grocery Outlet and Green Team.  Most importantly, thank you to those who attended the festival to celebrate all that makes District 9 such a wonderful place to live.

If you didn’t have the chance to experience Celebrate Cambrian for yourself, check out the recap below please be sure to join us next year!  


Don Rocha

**ATTENTION: San José City Hall and other City offices will close for the Labor Day Holiday and reopen on Tuesday, September 8. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.**

Volunteer as a Homework Club Coordinator

Flex your leadership skills by becoming a Library Homework Club Coordinator!  Homework clubs provide after-school assistance for K-8 children free of charge.  San Jose Public Library is looking for experienced, dedicated community members to help coordinate these new clubs.  Homework Club Coordinators will occupy a key leadership position to help recruit, train, and schedule other volunteers.  Volunteer today 

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

The San Jose Police Department's Neighborhood Watch program focuses on informing the community how to discourage, deter and prevent crimes such as burglary, auto theft, car break-ins, and personal crimes.  Issues such as vandalism, graffiti, drug dealing and gang activity are also addressed when applicable. To request a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in your neighborhood, call Crime Prevention at (408) 277-4133. To learn more, visit SJPD's website.

Calendar of Events

Summer in St. James Park

100 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

  • Yoga & Games: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:00 PM (July 6 - September 21)
  • Twilight Concerts: Thursdays, 6:30 PM (June 25 - September 17)
  • Words & Music: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM (June 30 - September 22)
  • Summer Drums: Select Saturdays, 11:00 AM (June 27, July 22, August 25, September 19)
  • The Commons: Select Fridays, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (July 24, September 25)

Summer in St. James Park is a free, family-friendly entertainment series presented by the San Jose Parks Foundation, funded by the Knight Association, and in association with the City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department. Learn more at 

CommUniverCity with the Spartans: SJSU vs. New Hampshire

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:00 Tailgate, 7:00 PM Game

San Jose State University, 1251 S First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Join CommUniverCity and SJSU Athletics for a Community Night at the first game of the season! This gathering serves as a "Thank You" to community members who work hard to improve their communities. Free meal to the first 500 fans! This is a free, public event and there is not a limit to the amount of tickets you may register for. Please register online ahead of time. For questions or additional information, please email 

9/11 National Day of Service

Friday, September 11, 2015, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Breakfast and Rally: San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Designated by Congress as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11th has become a day of engaging in charitable service as a way to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.  Join United Way Silicon Valley and other volunteers on September 11th for a day of service.  Following the 8:00 AM kick-off, volunteers will be deployed to nearby project sites at non-profit partners.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Children over the age of 12 are welcome if accompanied by their parent or guardian.  Register at

Comedy for Kids Fundraiser

Friday, September 11, 2015, Doors Open at 6:30 PM

SAP Center, 525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose CA 95113

Enjoy a night out laughing while being entertained by three great, local comedians. This year's show features Kabir Singh, Steph Garcia and Pete Munoz from San Jose. Tickets are available online: $25 general, $50 floor and $75 for VIP which includes two drink tickets and backstage pass with comedian meet and greet.

Camden Community Center Workshops

Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 9:30 AM: DIY Greeting Cards Workshop - Learn the fun and easy technique of Iris folding.  You will be able to make and take your DIY handmade greeting cards.  Students must bring scissors and a roll of magic tape.  Please register online at using code #257.2.2011.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 3:30: FREE Financial Planning Seminar - Learn how to plan for successful retirement, with particular focus on 5 risks: longevity, inflation, medical and long-term costs, taxes and investment risks.  Pre-registration is required; register online at using code #257.2.2015.  For more information, call (408) 559-8553.

National Citizenship Day: Citizenship Resource Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95124

The City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs is proud to host its Citizenship Resource Fair on National Citizenship Day.  The event is open to the public and will provide: free information on the naturalization process and requirements, citizenship & English classes, application fee waivers, financial coaching, free study materials for citizenship interviews, and free eligibility screening and legal consultations for the first 50 attendees.  Parking validation is available for the 4th and San Fernando Street Garage.  For more information, call (408) 453-3013 or visit

Coyote Family Harvest Feast

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 555 Palm Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Enjoy fresh, delicious food and lively entertainment for the whole family, guided hikes and games for the kids, and live animals from Happy Hollow Zoo!  Parking and admission are free. Register online.

Senior Safari Walkabout

September 24, 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing 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 exercise their minds and bodies, and gain unique knowledge of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again! Healthy breakfasts are available for purchase. This event is exclusively for ages 50 and over. Free admission and parking. Learn more at

 Applied Materials SV Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 26, 2015 (Race times vary)

Race Start Location: Santa Clara Street & Market Street, Festival Site: Guadalupe River Park

Register now for early bird pricing for the Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot" on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th. Continue your healthy holiday tradition or start a new one with friends and family! This year, proceeds will go to five deserving beneficiaries. The Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, is now in its 11th year and the total amount given to charity has exceeded $5 million.  Choose from several events including the 5K and 10K runs and walks, and the kid's fun run.  Elite runners, joggers, and walkers will enjoy the downtown San Jose course, which is flat, fast, and flows through downtown neighborhoods and business areas. Register online for early-bird pricing.





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