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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 January Newsletter/Mid-Month Announcement



Recycle Your Holiday Tree at Curbside


Still have that Holiday tree? Luckily, until Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 you can set your holiday tree out at your curb for free recycling.
Natural and flocked trees are accepted. Be sure to remove the stand, tinsel, and decorations. The tree will not be collected with these items on it as they are not recyclable. If your tree is taller than five feet, cut it into shorter pieces and place them in a pile.


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

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.


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 535-7770

(408) 277-2758

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 (7am-4pm)
(408) 277-8956

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 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Asst/Scheduler

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Marisa Melo
Policy Aide

Brady Ruebusch
Policy Aide











Dear Neighbor,


I welcome any thoughts you may have on these or any other issues.  Feel free to contact my office by email at or call (408) 535-4909.



Donald Rocha




Girls for a Change

Now Recruiting 40 Coaches for Spring 2013!

Girls For A Change (GFC) empowers young women in middle school and high school to create social change in their communities. We are seeking women volunteers to guide girls through the process of identifying an issue in their community and then designing a project that creates change around that issue.

Each year we reach out to community members like you to support the girls as they create social change. Our biggest need is to fill the volunteer role of our Girl Action Team Coaches. Coaching with GFC means working with girls for 14 meetings, showing them they are important and powerful, and how to create change. The commitment is approximately 20 hours per month and includes one and a half hour meeting with the girls each week. Spring session is mid January to May. We offer Coach training, staff support and coach manual to help guide you with your service. We provide the support you need to work effectively with girls in communities throughout the Silicon Valley.

We are looking for powerful volunteers with a learners' attitude who believe in girls and the power they have to change the world!

Time line for being a Coach:
1. Complete a GFC Coach application and interview
2. R
eceive orientation packet and be fingerprinted
3. Attend a mandatory Coach orientation (January 19, 9a-5p and January 20, 9a-1p)
4. January-May - Meet once per week with your Girl Action Team (fulfill 14 meetings)
5. June - Completion and Celebration with your Girl Action Team!

For an application and more information such as qualifications and benefits please click here.

If you have questions or are interested in coaching with Girls For A Change, please contact Tanya Beat, SV Program Director, at 408-515-8147 or


Partners in Reading Program (PAR)

Partners in Reading

The mission of Partners in Reading is to enrich the lives of adults through reading, writing, technology, life skills, critical thinking, as well as English language learning; equipping them to achieve their goals and participate more fully and with a greater confidence in all areas of their lives.

They provide free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults whose reading or writing skills are below the ninth grade level. To qualify as a learner, an adult needs to speak and understand English at a conversational level. Tutoring is provided by trained volunteers at a San Jose Public Library system branch. Tutors and learners are required to make a six-month commitment to meet three hours per week.

A New Tutor Orientation for Partners in Reading
Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30pm

A New Learner Orientation for Partners in Reading
Wednesday, February 6 at 6:00pm

For more information, please click here for PAR's website, email, or call 408-808-2361.


Bank of America Student Leaders Program

BofA Student Leaders

Our Student Leaders program connects young leaders with employment that helps to give them the necessary tools and resources they need to advance. Through the Student Leaders program, we recognize high school juniors and seniors who step outside of teh classroom to contribute service in their own communities and beyond. Student Leaders are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofit organizations and participate in a Student Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

To become a Student Leader, you must:

  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization and work 35 hours a week
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2013
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. (July 8 - July 13)
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.

Deadline to apply is January 25, 2013. For questions concerning this program, please call 1-800-218-9946 or click here to visit the website.


Volunteer for Homeless Census

Downtown Streets Team Logo

Downtown Streets Team is participating in the biennial homeless Point In Time count (census) in a multi-faceted effort combining social services, government agencies, volunteers, and the private sector. The census will give us a better understanding of the homeless population and their needs, and help the entire county receive crucial funding from government agencies.

We hope that you will join us as a volunteer to help with this survey! Volunteers will be paired with homeless guides (including DST members) and gain a better understanding of homelessness in our community.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Willingness to work closely with a homeless or formerly homeless individual
  • Must use personal vehicle on census day
  • Must bring a cell phone for use on census day
  • Must complete a separate training session in person or online.

DST will be canvasing the following areas:
January 29th - San Jose: 6am to noon
January 30th - Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills: 6am to noon.

We encourage you to train with DST as well during our designated training times.
You can sign up for training and the census day by
clicking here or calling 877-728-4545.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Greg Pensinger by email atgreg@streetsteam.orgor by phone at 650-833-8663.


City of San Jose Elections Commission Vacancy

The San Jose Elections Commission monitors compliance with all campaign and ethics ordinances in the San Jose Municipal Code. The Commission reviews and investigates allegations of violations of the Code and makes recommendations for enforcement action where appropriate. They also make recommendations to the Council with regard to campaign and ethics regulations and policies.

Currently, there are two vacancies on the Commission for  four-year terms expiring March 1, 2017. The San Jose Elections Commission is accepting applications for appointments to the City Council Salary Setting Commission until 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013.

Applications may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk
200 E. Santa Clara St., Wing – 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA 95113
or online at

If you would like additional information regarding the Elections Commission, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 408-535-1260 or click here to visitthe City Clerk's Website.  


Get Fit!





AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. AlertSCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in a variety of emergency situations, which may include:

  • Flooding, wildfires, and subsequent evacuations
  • Public Safety incidents, including crimes, that immediately affect your neighborhood
  • Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies

It only takes a minute so sign up today and tell someone you love!
For more information, please visit


PRNS Parks and Trails

Adopt a San Jose Park or Take Advantage of one of San Jose's Trails

The Adopt-A-Park program protects and enhances San Jose's neighborhood parks and open spaces by ongoing volunteer support and special events. The program also educates San Jose residents about the importance of park and open spaces.

You can adopt an entire park, trail, or just a particular area in a park including:

  • Courts
  • Flower Beds
  • Playgrounds
  • Trails
  • Sports Fields

In order to volunteer, please click here to visit the Adopt-A-Park webpage where you and print and fill out the "Adoption Proposal and Agreement" and "Volunteer Service Agreement" forms.


San Jose has one of the nation's largest urban trail networks, with over 50 miles developed and open to the public. The network of trail systems offers a wide variety of experiences. Core trails like the Guadalupe River, Coyote Creek, and Highway 87 Bikeway extend a long distance and provide access to nature and open space for recreation. Trails like the Silver Creek Valley system offer challenging inclines and valley-wide views.

The City's Greenprint, General Plan, Bike Plan, and Green Vision all support further development; with a goal for a 100-mile paved trail network by 2022. This mileage is to be developed upon 35 defined trail systems. Extending existing trails, closing gaps, and interconnecting trails are a key objective for development so that travel can occur entirely within an off-street environment.

For more information, please visit the Trail Network website or click here for an informational booklet.


Relay for Life of Cambrian

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that helps our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

To date, the Relay for Life of Cambrian has celebrated 4 Relays and raised over $1M. This year's Relay for Life of Cambrian will be from 6:00pm on April 26 to 6:00pm on April 27 at Union Middle School.

Councilmember Rocha encourages you get involved with this amazing event by either participating or donating. To see what this event is all about and find a way for you to get invovled, please visit:




Come Ride the Freedom Train for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!


Monday, January 21, Starts at 9:00am

Starts at the Rod Diridon Station in San Jose
65 Cahill Street
San Jose, CA 95110

We are honored to have the United States Marshall's on this year's Freedom Train to give the history of how President Kennedy ordered them to protect Dr. King and Civil Rights advocates. We will alos have the Honorable Teresa Cox will tell stories about being Coretta Scott King's sorority sister and a world renowned singer performing songs from the Civil Rights era!

All this for just a $10 round trip Freedom Train ticket. Come join us and remember the beloved Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his life, legend, and legacy.

To find out how to buy your ticket, please click here.


Mayor's City of San Jose Neighborhood Associations and Youth Commission Priority Setting Session 2013

Priority Setting Session

 Saturday, January 26, 8:30am - 12:00pm
San Jose City Hall
Wing Committee Rooms 118-120
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Every year in June, the City Council adopts a budget that sets out how the public's money is to be spent. The decisions made in the budget are not just about dollars and cents, they're about what we value as a City - what services and programs are important to us. The Neighborhood Priority Setting Session is one of the first events in the budget process; it is intended to give residents an opportunity to help guide budget development by communicating their priorities to the Mayor, Council, and City Staff.

Please register now to make sure your neighborhood's voice is heard. Participation in this year's session is limited to one representative per neighborhood group and to the first 120 people to register. You can register right now by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Ernest Guzman at 408-535-8171 or email at


The 2013 State of the City Address

San Jose State of the City

Thursday, February 7, 2013, Doors Open at 6:00pm
San Jose Civic Auditorium
135 W. San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to the 2013 State of the City Address. In addition to the Mayor's annual speech, the event will honor outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees.

The event is open to the public and FREE for all guests. Please register in advnace to reserve your seat. Pre-event registration will close on Sunday, February 3, 2013. All attendees must sign up individually and provide a unique e-mail address.

For more information or to register for the event, please click here.


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