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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 February Mid Month Announcements 2014


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Healthy Eating on a Budget

Eat Healthy

MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. 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

Visit Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Website

Camden Community Center's Kirk Cafe

for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


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. Please contact our office for locations. (408) 535-4909.


Visit the SJPD website for Crime Prevention Tips

 To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood association or group meeting, contact the

 San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit at: (408) 277-4133. 


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-8900

Anti-Graffiti 24 Hotline (866) 249-0543

Animal Care & Services
(408) 794-7297

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) 794-1900 (recording)

Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588


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 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





February Mid Month Announcements 2014




State of the City Address

Councilmember Rocha invites you to the 2014 State of the City Address. Every year, City Councilmembers recognize individuals and organizations doing good work in their communities. This year the Council District 9 Honoree is The Health Trust (link:

Councilmember Rocha (center) with Executive Director Fred Ferrer (center left) and members of The Health Trust team.

Councilmember and Health Trust

The Health Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit located on Newberry Avenue, on the eastern side of District 9. The organization’s platform, "Live Well, Eat Well, Age Well" describes the goals they pursue across a wide range of services and initiatives that they fund, sponsor, or directly offer and highlights the innovation and thought-leadership that they bring to the community. Under their leadership, over 30,000 children have received dental and nutritional education and services, 1.6 million pounds of healthy and fresh foods have been distributed to families in need, HIV/AIDS prevention and screening programs have improved the health and wellness of our community, and the Meals on Wheels program continues to serve seniors with nutritious meals and socialization opportunities. In addition to their work within the traditional health service area, The Health Trust provides program and administrative support to Destination: Home (link:, the public-private partnership to end chronic homelessness. In 2013, Destination: Home and it’s Housing 1000 partners provided permanent housing to 390 households, with 590 households receiving permanent housing support since 2011. The Health Trust provides significant benefit to San Jose and the Silicon Valley region; we’re proud that they call District 9, home!

2013 Honoree: Carlo Pedron and the Elks Highway Clean-up Team

2012 Honoree: Erikson Neighborhood Association

2011 Honoree: Cambrian Relay for Life

Date: Thursday, February 20

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

(Doors Open at 6:00pm; Program Starts at 6:30pm)

Location: McEnery San Jose Convention Center 150 W. San Carlos Street San Jose, CA 95113

Seating is limited. Register by Sunday, February 16 to attend.

To RSVP or for more event information, please visit:

There is no charge for this year’s event.


Show Your Love for San José; Pick Up Litter this Valentine's Day
Photo Contest Encourages Litter Cleanup

The City of San José's Environmental Services Department is partnering with Litterati to host a litter photo contest this Valentine's Day, February 14th.

Prizes include tickets to: Amaluna from Cirque Du Soleil, a Broadway San José Musical, and a SJSU Spartans Basketball Game.

Here’s how it works:

1. Find one piece of litter within San José on February 14th

2. Photograph it and share it on Instagram

3. Add hashtags #keepsjclean and #litterati to the caption

4. Throw away, recycle or compost the litter 

By photographing and picking up litter, we can increase awareness of litter's impact on the environment and clean up our City one piece at a time.If you have any questions, please contact: Emily Kurth at City of San José Environmental Services Department

P.S. As a special offer with this contest, Cirque Du Soleil is offering $10 off for select shows at all participants :

Monday, February 17

San José City Hall, City offices to close for Presidents' Day holiday

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents' Day. All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.

Library Schedule: The King Library will be open. All other City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, Feb 18.

Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holidays. Community Center information is available at or in the Citywide Activity Guide.

Garbage and Recycling pickup will occur as normal on Monday, Feb. 17.

Garbage Bills or New Accounts: If you have billing questions or need to transfer or begin a new garbage service account, call the City's Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500 when the offices reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 18. A drop box located at the 6th Street and Santa Clara Street entrance of City Hall, is available for bill payment deposits during the closure.

If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500.

Community Meetings to Provide Input on San José's 2014-2022 Housing Element

Every several years, cities are required to plan for future housing needs through the State Housing Element process. We would greatly appreciate and value your input to help shape San Jose's plan for the 2014-2022 period by sharing what you feel are the most important housing needs and issues in the city. As San Jose continues to grow, as demographics of our population continue to evolve, and as the economy continues to improve - perhaps unevenly - what housing needs should the City address? More housing for seniors? A variety of housing to support the local economy and workers of different incomes? Other concerns and/or opportunities?

We encourage you to participate and share your thoughts at one of the upcoming public workshops to help shape the future of San Jose. Each of the meetings will cover the same material. All are welcome - please feel free to invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone else you feel may be interested. Spanish and Vietnamese translation services will be available as needed. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, February 20 6:00pm- 7:30pm Berryessa Community Center 3050 Berryessa Road

Tuesday, February 25 6:00pm- 7:30pm  Calabazas Branch Library 1230 S. Blaney Avenue

To stay up-to-date on the Housing Element process, sign up for future announcements and notifications or visit the city's website. Should you have any questions, please contact Michael Bills with the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, or Wayne Chen with the Housing Department. (408) 535-3860 

 “Safe Summer Initiative” Grants

“Safe Summer Initiative” Grants Now Open - Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is now accepting applications for the 2014 Safe Summer Initiative Grant (SSIG). The program offers grants to non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and faith-based organizations that provide services and activities that encourage healthy play and nurture positive relationships. Emphasis is placed on services benefiting youth in “Hot Spot” areas (locations experiencing gang activity and youth violence), and programs providing a connection to school-year services. Applicants must primarily serve San José youth. Potential applicants are invited to attend the SSIG 2014 Application Workshop to learn about the required online application process through WebGrants. This workshop will be held on

Date: Thursday, February 20

Time: 9:30am

Location: Bascom Community Center, located at 1000 South Bascom Ave.

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. For more information, please contact Suzanne Wolf, Deputy Director, Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services at 408-535-3576.

San José Unified School District Seeks Public Input-Survey and Meetings

San José Unified School District has launched a public survey and scheduled six community meetings as part of its ongoing commitment to work with its stakeholders.

The brief survey asks the community to prioritize how the District should invest funds as part of the change to the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and how to best use funds from the November 2012 voter-approved Measure H school bond.

The public can access the survey in English at and in Spanish at

Print copies of the survey, in both English and Spanish, are also available at each of the District’s school sites.

“We recognize that an engaged community is essential to fulfilling our mission and realizing our vision of eliminating the opportunity gap and providing every student with the finest 21st century education,” said Superintendent Vincent Matthews. “We worked with our community to build our strategic plan, OPPORTUNITY21. We want continued community feedback as we move forward.”

The District will use the survey results as a starting point for community discussions on the LCFF and Measure H. All community members are invited to attend these community discussions:

February 26, 2014 at 6:30pm—Willow Glen High School Library

February 27, 2014 at 6:30pm—Lincoln High School Media Center

March 4, 2014 at 6:30pm—Gunderson High School Theater

March 11, 2014 at 6:30pm—San José High School Cafeteria

March 12, 2014 at 6:30pm—Leland High School Cafeteria

March 13, 2014 at 7:00pm—Pioneer High School Media Center

A video introducing the public input survey was produced by students at Gunderson High School under the direction of teacher Ben Herlth. Mr. Herlth, who oversees Gunderson’s video production program, said, “The video was a nice project for our students and it showcases the type of 21st century skills students are learning and applying daily.”

Additional information about the public input survey and the community discussions can be found at 

 San José Police Department PAL Cadet Program

The Law Enforcement Unit (CADET PROGRAM) was created to introduce young people to law enforcement as a career opportunity. The cadet program was first organized by the Boy Scouts of America in 1964. The Explorer Program was then administered by volunteers of the San Jose Police Department. In 1968 the program was transferred to direct sponsorship by SJPD when the Police Activities League was formed. Also in 1968 young women first joined the ranks of the cadets. The San Jose Police Activities League is committed to maintain an outstanding career training program for its police cadets.

Cadet meetings are held every Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to educate each cadet in different areas of the San Jose Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Films, guest speakers, lectures, practical exercises and demonstrations are used. Field trips are taken to police departments, prisons and other law enforcement related locations. Cadets are required to put in 15 volunteer hours each month. Cadets gain field experience by assisting members of the San Jose Police Department when called upon. The cadets participate in such events and activities as Fantasy Flight, DUI checkpoints, crowd control and our ride along program.

For more information on our cadet program visit our website at If you are between the ages of 14-20 years and are interested in joining our cadet program please email Officer Saul Duran #3862 at


 Historic Landmarks Commission

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 2014 -2015 Civil Grand Jury Recruitment

The Civil Grand Jury, as part of the Judicial Branch of government, is an arm of the Superior Court. It serves as the county’s investigatory body, and has the authority to examine all aspects of county and city government, school districts, and special districts. The Grand Jury also has the statutory authority to inspect the adult and juvenile detention facilities.

The Court is seeking volunteers from diverse backgrounds. We need a deep bench of knowledge – everything from construction to finance – and are looking for a mixed set of skills and abilities.

The recruitment deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, United States citizens, and residents of Santa Clara County for at least one year prior to being selected. The one-year term will begin on June 19, 2014. The time commitment is determined by the Civil Grand Jury itself, frequently exceeding more than 20 hours per week.You can learn more about the Civil Grand Jury by visiting the webpage, or by reviewing the brochure. The application is online, and can be completed electronically.

Questions should be directed to or by contacting Tamara Davis in the Office of the Civil Grand Jury (408-882-2721).

Family Camp at Yosemite: Online Registration for 2014 Summer Season

Returning for another year of family memories, Family Camp at Yosemite is proud to announce the launch of a new online registration system for the 2014 summer season. Get a jumpstart with the online reservation system by creating your Camper Profile today. Visit, create your Camper Profile, and get your family and friends ready for Online Reservations opening on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Setting up your profile only takes a few minutes, so get started today! Please contact the Family Camp Office at (408) 794-6208 if you have questions or need additional information.




  Committee for Green Foothills Event: Hike Stegner Bench

Date: Sunday, February 16

Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm

Location: Long Ridge Open Space Preserve

Celebrate the birthday of CGF founder, Wallace Stegner, on a scenic hike at the Long Ridge Open Space Preserve through Oak woodlands, grasslands, and redwood- Douglas fir forests to visit the stone bench dedicated to Stegner. The hike is 4.6 miles round trip and takes approximately 1 1/2 hours each way. Please note: There is no water or restrooms on site

  • Light refreshments will be available at Stegner’s bench, but please bring water and any snacks you may wish to enjoy during the event

  • Let us know if you have any physical limitations or allergies that we should be aware of. If you would like to join us, but feel that you will be unable to hike, we can make arrangements for those who would like a ride out to the bench for the presentation portion of the event

  • Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on this portion of the Long Ridge Open Space Preserve

Space is Limited! To RSVP please contact Elizabeth Sarmiento at: or 650-968-7243 ext. 340

Open Space Authority Event: Hike-Sierra Vista from the TOP

Date: Tuesday, February 18

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve – Sierra Road
Join us for a 5- to 6-mile hike along the rolling foothills off Sierra Road in northeast San Jose. Enjoy this special (and rare) opportunity to explore our Sierra Vista property from the top, down. Docent Marc will lead you along the stunning Calaveras trail, frequented by many amazing birds of prey. Parking is limited, so please call ahead so we can save a spot for you.

 Open Space Authority Event: Starry Nights

Date: Saturday February 22

Time: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve    Map to Rancho

The new year has begun and the evening sky is as startlingly beautiful as ever. Don't have a telescope? Don't worry. We have plenty of very friendly docent astronomers who would love to share the view through theirs with you. Dress warmly, bring something warm to drink and join us for an evening out under the stars. It is so dark you can see the milky way. Families and children are welcome. 

Volunteers Needed at Lone Hill Park

100 volunteers are needed to help spruce up the playground area at Lone Hill Park.

Date: Saturday, February 22 

Time: 8:45am-12:00 noon

Location: Lone Hill Park Vintner Way (near the playground area) San Jose, CA 95124

Working with wheelbarrows, shovels, and bow rakes, volunteers will be moving fibar-- a specialized wood chip-- into the playground area. Families are encouraged to join in this great community service experience! Please click the (link: Pre-Register for the Park Clean Up).

Email: or phone (408) 595-3483 for more information.

Kids in Common Event: Registration is now open for the 2014 Children's Summit

 The theme of this year's Summit is "We are all in this Together"

Date: Friday, February 28th

Time: 8:00am - 1:30pm

Location: Microsoft Corporate offices in Mountain View 1065 La Avenida Mountain View

Our keynote speaker is Stephen Black, grandson of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black and founder and president of Impact Alabama. Impact Alabama is making big change for Alabama's children and youth. Mr. Black is an amazing speaker focusing on our responsibility to create a community where children are cherished and have the opportunity to be successful in learning and life.

The following workshops will be offered at the Children's Summit:

  • Common Core Educational Standards: A Brave New World for Us
  • The Political Landscape for Children in California
  • Creating Communities for All Ages: Common Goals, Inter generational Solutions
  • Youth Development: Understand it, Measure it, Impact it!
  • School Linked Services: Enhancing Partnerships between Schools and their Families
  • Social Emotional Learning and the Common Core - A Perfect Fit!
  • Improving Outcomes for Dually Engaged Youth - Youth Crossing Over Between the Dependency and Juvenile Justice Systems
  • Decreasing Suspensions by Increasing School Engagement - Strategies for Change

Don't delay in registering for this year's Children's Summit. Space is limited this year, so be sure to get your ticket while you can. We also have tables & sponsorships available.

Please contact for more information. Register here! 

 Councilmember Donald Rocha invites you to the Senior Walk and Resource Fair at Oakridge Mall

Senior walk


4th Annual Branham High School Fundraiser for Sports and Music

BHS Casino Night







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