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

P: (408) 535-4909  F: (408) 292-6471

Dear Neighbor,

As June begins, important decisions in the City’s budget process are about to be made. The City Manager released his proposed budget in the beginning of May; at the end of May and the beginning of June, the City Council makes decisions on how it wants to amend the Manager’s proposed budget, before adopting a final budget for the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year at the end of June.

I’ll start by providing an overview of some of the highlights in the City Manager’s proposed budget. There are a number of additions to the budget that are intended to address issues that the City of San Jose has been dealing with over the past year.

Illegal Dumping – Over the past year the City has received an increasing number of complaints about large items dumped illegally on City streets. This year’s budget includes funding to address this problem from two different angles. First, there is a proposal to enhance garbage service provided to both single-family and multi-family residences to allow for additional curbside collection of large items. Second, the budget includes additional staffing for the City’s illegal dumping response team, to accelerate the clean-up of illegally dumped material.

Police Officer Recruitment – The City continues to struggle to fill vacant police officer positions, as it has over the past few years. Substantial progress has been made over the past year in resolving outstanding contract issues with the police union, but the City still continues to struggle to attract new recruits. As part of the City’s ongoing effort to increase staffing levels in the Police Department, this year’s budget includes additional funding for recruitment efforts, including attending job fairs and conducting targeted outreach to community colleges and military agencies.

Provisional Spending Plan – As you may know, a City sales tax measure will appear on the June ballot. As part of the proposed budget, the City has developed a provisional spending plan to outline the proposed use of the $30 million that the City would expect to receive in 2016-17 if the voters approve the measure. The proposal focuses on core services such as street maintenance; fire, police and emergency medical response; and homelessness response.

These are just a few of the items included in the proposed budget. You can get a complete overview by reading the City Manager’s Budget Message.

As I mention above, the City Council is currently in the process of considering amendments and additions to the Manager’s proposed budget. Each councilmember has the ability to request specific budget proposals.  The Mayor then considers all of the proposals that have been submitted by the Council and determines which ones to include in his June Budget Message, which is anticipated to be released on June 3rd.  Finally, the Council will consider whether to approve, deny or amend the Mayor’s Budget Message at the council meeting on June 14th.

I have made a number of budget proposals in response to issues that I’ve heard concerns about from the community. Here’s an overview of a few of my proposals:

Crossing Guards at Steindorf School – As you may have heard, the Cambrian School District is planning to reopen Steindorf School in the 2016-17 school year as a K-8 magnet school. The school is located at Foxworthy and Ross, a fairly busy intersection. The City does have a program of providing crossing guards at schools, but our procedure is to assign crossing guards based on a study that assess pedestrian travel patterns and attendant safety risk on the streets around the school. The problem in this case is that because Steindorff has been closed in recent years, we cannot conduct a study until the school opens. In order to eliminate any potential gap in service before the study can be conducted, I’ve issued a budget proposal that would fund cross guards at Steindorf for the first semester that it’s open. The study could then be conducted during the first semester to determine the ongoing need.

Parks Department Volunteer Program – The City runs a volunteer program that allows residents and community organizations to arrange volunteer clean-up days at City parks to supplement the maintenance provided by the City’s paid staff. The City has two tool trailers stocked with materials needed for volunteer cleanups, which can be attached to the back of trucks and driven to the park where the cleanup is taking place. In the course of organizing clean-ups at District 9 parks over the past year, I learned that one of the two trailers had been purchased recently, and did not yet have a City truck available to tow it around. I’ve issued a budget proposal to buy a truck so that we can make sure tools are available to volunteers who want to help maintain parks.

Pedestrian Improvements – My office regularly receives concerns about pedestrian safety, in particular around schools. I’ve included a number of ideas in my budget proposals for potential pedestrian enhancements, including a potential trail connection near Noddin Elementary School, a pedestrian connection across the Guadalupe River between Branham Lane and Blossom Hill Road, some sidewalk improvements, and radar speed signs. Improving road safety is an important goal for the City and I have tried to focus on it in my budget proposals.

You can view a complete list of budget proposals issued by the City Council, and you can find my proposals listed as BD 46 through BD 58.  If you have any thoughts or questions on budget matters, please feel free to share them with my office by contacting District9@sanjoseca.gov or calling (408) 535-4909.

Sincerely,

News & Announcements
2016 Celebrate Cambrian Festival

The 11th Annual District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival is Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Camden Community Center!

Please join Councilmember Rocha and the community for a fun, family event showcasing a resource fair, live entertainment and performances, local food vendors, and a kids' fun zone.  For questions regarding sponsorship and resource booth opportunities, please email andrea.hyde@sanjoseca.gov.


Save the Date: Cambrian Fun Run

Save the date for the first annual Cambrian Fun Run, scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2016!  Councilmember Don Rocha is excited to partner with the Cambrian School District to coordinate a 5K run/walk.  The run will kick-off the new school year and take place throughout the Cambrian neighborhoods.  A health and wellness resource fair will take place after the run at the new Steindorf K-8 Magnet school.  More details to come, so please save the date!


Get Out the Vote: June 7 Primary Election

For the June 7 Primary Election, there are City Council elections in Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. You may vote in these Council District races if you live in one of the City’s even-numbered districts. The top two candidates with the highest number of votes will move on to the General Election on November 8.

Also on the June 7 ballot are two measures that specifically affect San José residents and neighborhoods:

Measure B is a proposal to increase the current sales tax by ¼ cent. The City Council placed the measure on the June ballot to enact a ¼ percent sales tax for 15 years. If approved by San José voters, it would provide about $40 million annually to support basic City services such as police and fire response, repair potholes and streets, and maintain the City’s long-term financial stability. The measure would require Independent Citizens Oversight with public review of spending, and all revenues controlled locally. This measure would require a simple majority vote to pass.

Measure C is an initiative to amend the San José Municipal Code regarding the local regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries. This measure was placed on the ballot through a citizens’ initiative. It would amend Title 6 and Title 20 of the Municipal Code to include medical marijuana collectives as an allowed land use in more areas of the city such as agricultural, commercial pedestrian, commercial neighborhood, industrial park, light industrial and heavy industrial zoning districts. The initiative also would revise the City’s current medical marijuana registration process and zoning code verification certificate process. If passed by a majority vote, Measure C would replace the City of San José’s current medical marijuana program with a different program as outlined in the initiative.

For more details about these two measures and the upcoming June primary, visit www.sanjoseca.gov/Election2016.


Our City Forest now recruiting for Urban Forestry Specialists

Our City Forest (OCF), Silicon Valley’s environmental non-profit leader, is recruiting now for full-time Urban Forestry Specialists.  Specialists commit to serving the community for a 2, 3 or 11-month term and receive excellent green jobs skills training. Partnering with the national AmeriCorps program, 8-week specialists receive a $2,500 stipend and $1,222.20 education award, 12-week specialists receive a $4,000 stipend and $1,527.78 education award, and 11-month specialists receive a $15,000 stipend and $5,775 education award.  

Applications are being accepted now, and interviews are underway for positions beginning June 14, June 28 and September 06, 2016. To apply, visit ourcityforest.org/careers, or send resume and cover letter via email to bryan@ourcityforest.org.


Summer Reading Challenge: June 1 - July 31
Summer Reading Program

San José Public Library challenges everyone to spend time reading, learning, exploring, and energizing this summer. Play games, earn great prizes, explore library services, and attend one of the many events held at libraries across the city. The Summer Reading Challenge is not only fun but it's also beneficial for children.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge online or visit your local library. For more information, visit https://www.sjpl.org/summer.


Opt-In/Stay-In-Business Public Input Meeting

The Housing Department is seeking public comment on the "Opt-In/Stay-In-Business" work plan at the following meeting:

Housing and Community Development Commission
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 5:45 PM
San José City Hall - Wing Rooms
200 East Santa Clara Street, San José

The "Opt-In/Stay-In-Business" framework was developed by a group of San José mobile home park owners. The framework proposes that park owners could agree to keep their parks open for a period of time in exchange for financial incentives.  Such incentives would include the ability to pass through capital infrastructure costs to park residents, limited vacancy decontrol, and other provisions.  You can review the most recent version of the proposal dated February 5, 2016.

The input at this meeting will help the Housing Department finalize the work plan which will be implemented in summer and fall of 2016.  Staff plans to return to the City Council in early 2017 with a report on the progress made by a committee of stakeholders.  If you would like to submit comments in writing or have questions, please contact Adam Marcus, Department of Housing, at adam.marcus@sanjoseca.gov or 408-975-4451.


National Night Out is August 2nd!

Registration is now open for this year's National Night Out at www.sjpd.org.  Your neighborhood is invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday evening, August 2, 2016. Deadline for registration is July 21, 2016.

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San Jose Police Department. National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 5 PM to 9 PM on August 2, 2016, residents in neighborhoods throughout San Jose and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend an evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQs to large block parties. For more information, visit www.sjpd.org


PRNS Summer Registration Now Open

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is committed to building healthy communities through people, parks and programs and to being a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces.

PRNS Summer Registration is now open, and the Summer 2016 Brochure is available online. For questions or more information, please visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns.


Housing Trust Accepting Applicants for Safety New Capital Improvement Program

The Housing Trust Silicon Valley has published a NOFA for the Safety Net Capital Improvement Program (SNCIP).  The SNCIP is designed to provide forgivable loans and grants to qualifying community-based organizations and faith-based organizations to cover costs associated with the modification or repairing of emergency shelters, transitional housing, or drop-in centers with the goal to increase the number of person service days or beds, and increase the geographic distribution of shelters and drop-in centers for homeless persons providing them with access to basic needs such as food, mail, showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. These funds could also be used to bring additional mobile hygiene facilities to Santa Clara County. 

For additional information on the Program, please see the Guidelines and Application.  Applications will be accepted until June 10, 2016, no later than 3:00 pm.  For questions, please contact Julie Quinn, Senior Loan Officer, with the Housing Trust at 408-436-3450 x223 or email at Julie.housingtrustsv.org.


Electric Vehicle Owners Can Now Get a Charging Station Permit Online

Getting a building permit for the installation of a residential electric vehicle (EV) charging station in San José is now more convenient and less costly through the city’s online permit service at sjpermits.org.

The online service offers a $40 discount on permit costs and can be accessed from any computer or mobile phone. Customers can also obtain the permit in person at the Permit Center at San José City Hall. No appointment is required.

Applications for permits for installing EV charging stations are on the rise, reflecting the increasing popularity of plug-in electric vehicles. According to the California New Car Dealers Association, more than 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles are registered in California and the Bay Area has the highest concentration of these vehicles in the state. For more information, visit sjpermits.org.


Community Service Officer Recruitment

The San Jose Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Community Service Officer. This program is very important in our effort to provide quality customer service to the citizens of San Jose.  Under close supervision by a sworn officer or supervisor, this position will assist the Bureau of Field Operations in non-hazardous police functions, including but not limited to, assisting at one of the information centers or community policing centers, conducting investigations and performing non-enforcement related work. 

Interested members of the community can apply online until June 17th.


Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Summer Camp

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Zoo Camp!  Each topic provides interactive learning experiences, hands-on activities, zoo tours, and the opportunity to meet live animals up close!  Happy Hollow Members receive a discount on camp with their membership number and coupon code SUMMER.

  • Non-Members: $255 half day/$355 full day
  • Members: $229.50 half day/$329.50 full day
  • Boxed Lunches: $40 per week (full day campers only)
  • Additional T-Shirts: $15 per shirt (one shirt is included with camp registration)

Scholarships are available for eligible families.  For more information, please call 408-794-6420 or visit http://www.hhpz.org/index.cfm/id/4355.


Camden Summer Movie Series

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy family films after dark.  The Cambrian Kiwanis and Camden Community Center are proud to present the Camden Summer Movie Series every Friday, beginning July 15 through August 19. Movies are subject to change.

  • July 15 - Kung Fu Panda 3
  • July 22 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • July 29 - Epic
  • August 5 - The Book of Life
  • August 12 - Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • August 19 - The Peanuts Movie

The Camden Community Center is located at 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.


Register for San Jose Family Camp

San Jose’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground. 

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. Reserve your tent today for the 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or familycamp@sanjoseca.gov.


Free Large-Item Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

Residents living in single-family homes can receive one free large-item pickup.  One pick-up is good for up to three large items.  Additional pickups are only $27. For more information, visit www.sjenvironment.org/largeitems.

Did you know that Illegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment?  When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment. Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900.


Apply for Working Partnerships USA Trades Orientation Program

The Trades Orientation Program (TOP) is recruiting now for its free Summer 2016 class. TOP is Silicon Valley’s premier preparation course for those interested in getting into the construction trades on the ground floor. TOP helps give a "foot in the door" to local youth, veterans, jobseekers, and anyone looking for a high-paying, hands-on career -- especially for people who may not have thought there was a place for them in the construction industry.

Sign-ups for the application process are open through Friday, June 3. Santa Clara County residents age 18 and up who are seeking full-time work or a career change, like to work with their hands, are willing to study and learn, and have a strong interest in learning how to enter an "earn and learn" construction apprenticeship leading to a rewarding career are encouraged to apply.  For more information, visit http://www.wpusa.org/.


Upcoming Events
Open Space Authority June Activities

A day spent in open space is a good day! Please visit http://www.openspaceauthority.org/ for up to the moment event announcements and complete event schedule.

Rancho Rambles - A Nature Hike
June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Tai Chi in the Park
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Binoculars Stargazing
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Nature Photography for Beginners
Saturday, June 12, 2016, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Shoot the Seasons
Saturday, June 12, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Work2Future Job Fair

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116

Join work2future for an upcoming job fair at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.  This event is free and open to the public, and will showcase more than 20 employers from hospitality, retail, manufacturing, construction, health care and IT fields.  To RSVP, visit http://goo.gl/VdF54t. For more information, please call 408-794-1101.


Big Bang Concert Starring Bryan Adams

Monday, July 4, 2016, 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Center for Performing Arts Plaza, 221 S Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95113

KBAY and Mix 106 are bringing rocker Bryan Adams to San Jose’s premiere fireworks viewing party this Fourth of July.
Multi-platinum, recording artist Bryan Adams is coming to San Jose in support of his studio album ‘Get Up.'  Adams made a name for himself with hits including Cuts Like A Knife, Summer of ’69 and more

Mix 106.5 and K-BAY 94.5 are hosting the show, which will include a great view of the Rotary Fireworks, food trucks, kids activities, pre-order BBQ, beer, wine and more. Those who don't want to wait in food truck lines can order pre-paid BBQ. Pick up your food when you arrive at your table. Look for that option also on June 1. Purchase tickets online.


Arab American Cultural Center Silicon Valley Grand Re-Opening

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3968 Twilight Drive, San Jose, CA 95124

Please join the Arab American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley to celebrate the renovation of its current facility.  Connect with the AACSV Board, local officials, community members and residents.  Appetizers will be served. For more information, please call (408) 239-9681.

The center is nestled in a beautiful City Park and includes a general public activity hall with a movie screen, conference room and office.  The Center offers Arabic and English as second language glasses, community cable channel "Arab TV", seminars and monthly programs, social events and more.  All events are open to the public. 


Women in Law Enforcement Seminar

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM check-in
San Jose Police Substation, 6087 Great Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95119

San Jose Police Department presents Women's Career Day, a Women in Law Enforcement Seminar.  This is a free seminar open to the general public, with an emphasis on knowledge, preparation and success toward a career as an officer with the San Jose Police Department.  Get to know what opportunities await you. Sign up today at http://sjpdwomensle.eventbrite.com.  For questions, please email sjpdrecruiting@sanjsoeca.gov.


Public Informational Meetings: Affordable Housing Impact Fee & Inclusionary Housing

Monday, June 13, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
San Jose City Hall Wing Rooms, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The Housing Department has scheduled a series of meetings to provide up-to-date information on the Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program (with specific information on how developers might apply for the "pipeline exemption" for projects already in process), and Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting Karen Goodman at 408-975-4416, or by email at karen.goodman@sanjoseca.gov.


Senior Safari Walkabouts 2016

Select Thursdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, and October 22
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Join 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 get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again! Animal Meet & Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase. For more information, please call (408) 794-6400 or visit http://www.hhpz.org 


Resources

City of San José Important Phone Numbers 

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (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
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Sewer and Signal Lights (408) 794-1900
 

Contact the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide


      


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