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District 9 2018 August Newsletter

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District 9 August 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,

On August 7th, the City Council will be discussing the final details of a proposed general obligation bond measure which would make funds available for various projects including upgrades to our 911 communications infrastructure and first responder facilities. This bond measure may also provide funds to repair decaying bridges, faulty storm drain systems and other aging public infrastructure in San Jose.  

In a previous newsletter and memo, I’ve recommended to Council that some funds from this bond measure be dedicated to maintenance of neighborhood streets in poor conditions. On this matter, City staff purports $270 million are needed to adequately repair all of San Jose's worst streets. 

In our current City budget, street maintenance funds are dedicated exclusively to streets in fair condition which are suitable for preventative maintenance. This makes most financial sense because maintaining streets in fair conditions can save funds overall, while rehabilitating streets in poor conditions is very expensive now and doesn’t provide future cost savings. Without these $270 million, San Jose neighborhoods with the worst streets will continue to wait for much needed repairs. 

In a recent poll directed by City staff, 76% of participants expressed that repairing our worst neighborhood streets is either extremely important or very important. Indeed, I know several streets in District 9 in desperate need of improvement. Through my years in Council, Constituents have patiently waited and advocated for this move. Very soon the opportunity to provide them the relief they deserve could present itself in the form of this bond measure. 

While I agree with many residents that new taxes, or raising existing taxes, should be our last resort, in my two terms on the Council there has been no other proposal or remedy offered for these critical infrastructure needs, which is why I have been willing to explore its possibility.

I hope that you can join me at our August 7th Council meeting in advocating for the inclusion of funds in this local bond measure that will bring all our neighborhood streets to conditions fitting of our great City. As always, please reach out to my office should you have any questions, concerns or ideas this or any other on city related issues at 408-535-4909.




News & Announcements
Celebrate Cambrian 2018 is Coming!

Councilmember Don Rocha is proud to host the 13th Annual District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival on Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Camden Community Center. Entry to the festival is free for everyone.

The Celebrate Cambrian Festival is a family-oriented event sponsored by Councilmember Rocha’s office with support from Camden Community Center, other City departments, local organizations and businesses as well as community volunteers. The event features local food vendors, live entertainment, a resource fair, children’s activities and jump houses. For more information, please contact Carol Stephenson at 408-535-4977.

August 26th, 2018

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Camden Community Center

3365 Union Avenue

San José, CA 95124

District 9 Leadership Group

Are you interested in learning about the city projects going on in our District? Would you like to have input into addressing neighborhood concerns? If so, please join our District 9 Leadership Group. We are a group of concerned citizens working to have more input and communication with our Councilmember and City Staff on important issues. Some of the challenges we plan to discuss are speeding and reckless driving, property crime, police response times, homeless encampments, illegal dumping, and graffiti.

You can get involved with us in a number of ways. Visit our Facebook page to sign up for our newsletter and learn about upcoming events. Visit our booth at the Celebrate Cambrian Community Festival on Sunday, August 26 from 11 am to 4 pm. Attend our first General Meeting on Thursday, September 13 at 7 pm at the Camden Community Center. Guest speakers will be City Council candidates Kalen Gallagher and Pam Foley.

For more information, please contact Michael Young or Terry Martin at

Camden Neighbor Nights

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at Camden Community Center. San Jose Neighbor Nights will offer free activities including music, movies, crafts, dances, sports, and more.

August 10th- Recreation Swim & Outdoor Movie (Wall-E)

For more information, please visit

Binoculars Stargazing

Join the San Jose Astronomical Association and the Open Space Authority for a night of up-close stargazing! Do you have a pair of binoculars in your closet? Bring them with you and we will show you how to find amazing features in the night sky. Please dress warm and bring water to drink. Families are welcome!

Saturday, August 4  |  8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
550 Palm Avenue, Morgan Hill

2018 Buddy's San Jose Music in the Park!

Buddy’s San Jose Music in the Park lineup includes:

Aug. 3: Third World and Jordan T (reggae co-headliners)

Aug. 24:  Malo (Latin)

Shows begin at 5:30 p.m. at Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Market Street in the center of downtown San Jose.

Advance tickets are $15 per adult and free for 12-under when accompanied by an adult. Tickets and information are available at  Day-of-the-event admission is $20 per adult.

Need Food in District 9? FISH Food Pantry Has You Covered

Unfortunately, hunger is ubiquitous in Silicon Valley. Even in seemingly affluent neighborhoods, families struggle to afford the rent AND life necessities like food. Thankfully, Second Harvest Food Back and the folks at South Valley FISH Food Pantry are doing their part to help neighbors in need of some relief.

Every Thursday - Last Saturday of the month

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Thursdays)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Saturday) 

St. Timothy's Lutheran Church Campus

5151 Carter Ave

San José, CA 95118

FISH Food Pantry also provides groceries to low-income individuals and families located in the following zip codes: 95013, 95110, 95111, 95118, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95124, 95125.

If you are in need of help and want to call in to set up an appointment, please call (408) 669-4949.

Trash Punx & SCC County Fair

The Santa Clara County Fair is teaming up with Trash Punx, an all-volunteer group, to help clean up the city. From now until the weekend before the Santa Clara County Fair from August 2-5 every volunteer that comes out will get a free ticket for the fair.

Please call 408-802-6584 for additional information and future dates, or visit

Flooding, Earthquakes, Wildfires - Prepare for the Unexpected

Personal emergency planning is the strongest defense we have against natural disasters.

We encourage all Santa Clara County residents to sign up now for AlertSCC and ReadySCC. These free preparedness tools will help protect you and your loved ones. Disasters may not give a warning - but we can plan ahead!

Are You Ready for the Magnificent 7 Parks Challenge?

With 28 regional parks encompassing 52,000 acres, Santa Clara County Parks are full of hidden hiking gems. Start 2018 by getting out of your routine and try a new trail (or seven!). Seven magnificent hiking adventures, all nearby, have been handpicked to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. And to entice you to hike the Magnificent 7, a commemorative t-shirt awaits those who complete the #PixInParks challenge! Learn more on the County Parks website.

8th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit

Please join us at the 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit, the region’s largest gathering of active transportation leaders and organizers from government, the private sector, non-profits, and the general public.

The Bike Summit will have breakout sessions on engineering protected bike lanes, equity and best practices for bike plans and public outreach, housing and transportation, grassroots advocacy, Safe Routes to School, Vision Zero, and more!

$35 admission includes a light breakfast and lunch, plus post event social hour. Scholarships are available for those to whom the cost of admission is prohibitive; please contact to apply.

August 22nd, 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Jose University Student Union Ballroom

211 S 9th St., San Jose, CA 95112

It's Easier to Build a Granny Unit (ADU) in San Jose

San José has eased the rules for building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), also called a granny unit or secondary unit. Lots as small as 3,000 square feet with a single-family home qualify.

You can obtain a no-fee evaluation of your property and project idea from a City planner.  Simply make an appointment by calling 408-535-3555 and bring the ADU-Secondary Unit Review Worksheet to the Permit Center at City Hall (validated parking available).

Santa Clara County Fair IS COMING!

More information will be released in the next month. Stay tuned for big news.

As always, the County Fair will have carnival rides, fun foods, entertainment, interactive activities for kids, exhibits, livestock animals, competitions, community performances and more!

August 2 - 5, 2018

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

344 Tully Rd

San José, CA 95111

Senior Safari Walkabout 2018

Visitors ages 50 and up are invited to take over San Jose’s iconic Happy Hollow Park & Zoo! Get fresh air and exercise as you enjoy:

  • Free admission and parking
  • Early entry to the park
  • Animal meet-and-greets
  • A 10,000-step challenge
  • Fun activities and giveaways
  • Healthy breakfasts available for purchase

For more information, call (408) 794-6400 or visit Happy Hollow's event page.

Thursdays, August 23 - Sept 27 - Oct 25, 2018

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

1300 Senter Rd 

San José, CA 95112


If you are a homeowner over the age of 65 OR a homeowner that receives Social Security disability benefits, you may qualify for an exemption from the $85 Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) parcel tax. This parcel tax was renewed in 2013 by Measure E. The tax funds are used to restore and maintain current school programs, reduce class sizes, enhance campus safety, and recruit and retain qualified teachers.

As of 2017, you only need to fill out the form once and you will be exempt every year until this parcel tax sunsets in 2023.

Steps to obtain the form and request exemption from this parcel tax:

1. Determine if you are in the CUHSD boundaries

2. Download, print and fill out the PDF form

4. Provide copies of the requested supplemental documents

5. Mail it to: CUHSD - Parcel Tax: 3235 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Summer Jobs with Parks and Recreation

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is looking for qualified candidates to fill Lifeguarding, Recreation Leader, and Family Camp Counselor positions, which facilitate meaningful and fun summer programs for participants of all ages across San José. Visit our Careers website and select Open-Competitive Recruitments, to apply for these available positions.

Safety Precautions for Hikers at Alum Rock Park and San Jose Trails

With summer around the corner, hikers looking for nature and fitness regularly visit the 740-acre Alum Rock park. The heat also brings out rattlesnakes and ticks. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Park Rangers would like to share safety tips with visitors venturing through San José’s parks and trails. Please click the link for more information.

Safety Precautions

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 free junk pickup appointments.  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.

Other 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
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide
Carol Stephenson Policy Aide
Shivani Basnet Policy Aide


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