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D9 Roundtable | 2018 January Newsletter

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January 2018 Newsletter

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

Phone: (408) 535-4909
Fax: (408) 292-6471 

Dear Neighbor,

My staff and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and your 2018 is off to a great start.

Over the past few months, I have heard from residents and community leaders a renewed interest to establish a formal group of residents in the District 9 community, with the goal of collaborating, advocating, and communicating on issues affecting our city. The creation of this citizen-run group is an effort I have strongly supported in the past. Although the group was not able to gain traction after several attempts to get it off the ground, this effort is something I feel is important for the community, and one that I will continue to support in any way I can. From my experience, there are countless benefits for the community to establish a roundtable.

As I serve my last year as your District 9 Councilmember, it is my hope that this D9 Roundtable, once up and running, will be a collective voice for our district for years to come.  I have created a brief survey to gauge your interest and obtain feedback on what a potential roundtable group should aim to discuss or accomplish. If you are a District 9 resident, please take a few minutes to complete the survey below:


I look forward to working with our Neighborhoods Commissioners and enthusiastic residents in the coming weeks to coordinate the D9 Roundtable's first meeting of 2018. If you have questions or are interested in getting involved, please contact Frank Ponciano in my office at


Don Rocha

News & Announcements
In-District Office Hours

Meet and chat about important issues and new ideas for your community with your District 9 Councilmember. No appointment is needed.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM 
Heartbeat Cafe in Cambrian Park Plaza
14392 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Senator Jim Beall's Blanket & Coat Drive

Help residents in need this winter by donating new or gently used coats and blankets. Donations will be given to the Salvation Army. Please drop off articles, preferably clean, at either location from Tuesday, January 23 & Thursday, January 25, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM:

  • Downtown San Jose Office, 100 Paseo de San Antonio, Suite 209
  • Campbell District Office, 2105 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 154

SJCity FIT Fitness Programs

Do you like working out and are interested in instructor led classes? Spin, Stretch, Yoga, and Zumba our a few of the classes offered through the PRNS SJCITY FIT program. Classes are offered at Almaden, Bascom and Camden Community Center, where you can pick classes based on your needs. Drop-in, monthly, or yearly memberships are available for purchase. For more information, please call Camden Community Center at 408-559-8553, or visit any of the locations listed.

Senior Winter Walk & Resource Fair

Join Councilmembers Khamis, Rocha, and Jimenez for the 11th Annual Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk, Friday, February 23, 2018 from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM.  There will be free on-site registration in Macy's Court at Oakridge Mall, along with free continental breakfast and raffle prizes. Celebrate health, wellness, and senior resources in our community.  For more information, call 408-535-4910 or email

Apartment Rent Ordinance & Tenant Protection Ordinance Public Meetings

On November 28, 2017, the City Council passed the second reading of the updates to the Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) and Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO). The updated Ordinances will go into effect on December 28, 2017.  The public can attend the following meetings to learn about the updated ordinances:

  • Wednesday, January 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, City Hall Wing Room 118
  • Friday, January 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, City Hall Wing Room 120
  • Thursday, January 25, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Cypress Community Center

Measure Q Environmental Education Grant Program

The Authority is pleased to introduce the Environmental Education Grant Program, funded by Measure Q. This annual competitive grant program funds environmental education programs and youth engagement projects in one or more categories: Natural Resources, Water and Watersheds, Agriculture, or Nature’s Health Benefits. The grants are open to public agencies, schools and school districts, and nonprofits. For more information, view the FAQ Sheet.

Winter Classes at Camden

Camden Community Center is pleased to offer new classes starting in the new year, including: Cheese Making, One day LEGO Workshops, Discovering Children’s Literature, A Taste of the World (Ukraine, Persia and Holland), Skateboarding, Paint Night Party, Composting, Plant Night Party, Mechanical Engineering, and Green Ball Tennis Champions! Sign up today at or stop by Camden Community Center.

Report Storm Related Issues

The Department of Transportation responds to calls on storm related issues, including localized flooding, sewer back-ups, missing, broken or displaced manhole covers or grates, malfunctioning traffic signals, and downed trees or limbs. Please call the 24-Hour Emergency Dispatch Center to report any of these issues:

(408) 794-1900 weekdays 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
(408) 277-8956 all other times, including weekends/holiday

Volunteer with Our City Forest

Our City Forest is always in need of volunteers!  View the full calendar and sign up at The OCF nursery also hosts a large variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses available for the community, including California natives, drought tolerant, and disease resistant species.  For questions, please stop by or contact them!

Downtown Ice Now Open

Downtown Ice hosts thousands of families from all over the Bay Area for a traditional and unforgettable skating experience November 17 through January 15 at the Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St.  The rink will also be an attraction for the thousands of families and fans coming to downtown San Jose December 29 through January 7 for the U.S. Figuring Skating National Championships, where selections for the U.S. Olympic team will be made.  For hours, pricing, and specials, visit

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose is proud to present My San Jose, a state-of-the-art mobile tool that allows you to quickly and easily report common service requests such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, streetlight outages, and illegal dumping. You can also report through the web portal at the app today.

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... Most residential burglaries occur during daylight hours?  How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are easy targets?  What to do if you see a suspicious person on your street? That crime rates in Neighborhood Watch communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?

SJPD is anxious to help residents implement Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhoods. For more information or to set up a meeting, call 408-277-4133.

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County. Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Downtown, north, east, and south San Jose: call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • West San Jose: call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company. Visit for more information.

Upcoming Events


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Concerns (408) 975-1440
Homeless Helpline (408) 510-7600
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-3500
Librarian (408) 808-3080
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)
Permits (408) 535-3555
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Traffic Lights (408) 794-1900

Contact the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Patrick Falzer Policy Aide
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide


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