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December Newsletter

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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

District 9 Website
District9@sanjoseca.gov


Dear Neighbor,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  It’s been busy here at City Hall, and much of the Council’s recent discussion has been around the topic of housing and the many challenges residents, including seniors, renters, business owners, homeowners and homeless residents, face.

With average rental prices up over fifty percent in the last five years in what is now the second most expensive homeownership market in the nation, addressing the shortage of affordable housing remains a top priority.

There are many moving parts and they require a complex solution. Therefore, I’d like to provide you with a brief update on some of the work we are doing to address our City’s housing needs:

MOBILE HOME PARKS

San Jose is home to more mobile home parks than any other city in California. As average rental rates continue to rise, mobile home residents are scared of being displaced. In September, the Council adopted an urgency ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on the conversion or closure of mobile home parks. The Council also asked that staff examine policy and ordinance changes and draft a possible recommendation, with the goal of preserving existing mobile home parks in the City. Recommendations may include changing zoning code so that conversions would require approval of a permit, and encouraging good faith negotiations between residents and owners.

Additionally, the Council will assess and consider specific provisions for compensation to residents for displacement when conversions are proposed, such as creating an affordable housing replacement policy, and relocation benefits, among other provisions. The topic of mobile home conversions is scheduled to come before the Planning Commission by end of January 2016, and to the full Council by end of February 2016.

On December 3rd from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Martin Luther King Library Community, Room 255, the Department of Housing will meet with mobile home park owners and residents to prepare an “Opt-In; Stay in Business” alternative to be included within a proposed work plan for Council consideration.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Homelessness is a top concern expressed by many constituents - both residents concerned about homeless encampments in their neighborhoods, and homeless individuals themselves. Experts say, and I agree, that the only real solution to getting people off the streets is to get them into permanent housing.

My October newsletter provided some updates on long-term strategies the City is pursuing to generate new funding sources for affordable housing, such as the Affordable Housing Impact Fee, Commercial Linkage Fee, and Inclusionary Zoning. It also outlined projects involving the Plaza Hotel and modular housing to house the homeless. The City continues to look into additional strategies to make housing available to our most vulnerable populations, including our homeless veterans.

  • ALL THE WAY HOME CAMPAIGN - Mayor Liccardo and Supervisor Cortese kicked off a new initiative called “All The Way Home,” a campaign aimed to get homeless veterans off the streets. In November, the Council approved funding to rehab the Vermont House, located in District 6, for permanent supportive housing for veterans.

PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Permanent supportive housing development is a model that communities across the nation have implemented as an effective tool for ending chronic homelessness. Supportive housing enables individuals with a history of long-term homelessness to remain housed and live as independently as possible by providing comprehensive wrap-around supportive services, including case management, medical care, and life skills training. While San Jose has been a leader in affordable housing development over the years, there are currently no 100% supportive housing developments in our community, and fewer than 50 total project-based apartments of permanent supportive housing in operation.

To address the considerable shortage of permanent supportive housing stock, Housing Department staff has initiated negotiations with developers regarding the inclusion of a small number of supportive apartments in City-funded affordable housing developments.

In September, the City committed funding to develop a permanent supportive housing development in Downtown San Jose.  Once constructed, the Second Street Studios project will include 135 small apartments which will serve homeless residents residing in the Downtown area. Upon completion, it should serve as a blueprint for future supportive housing developments in the region.

As you can see, the City has been taking a multi-pronged approach to bring about more stability and affordable housing in San Jose. It remains one of my top priorities to address our City’s critical housing needs.  Should you have any questions or concerns about this or any issues affecting our City, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. We can be reached at 408-535-4909 or District9@sanjoseca.gov.

Sincerely,

Don Rocha

News & Announcements
Litter Clean-Up at 85 & Little Branham

Thank you to our rock-star resident, Paul Davis, for helping the District 9 team clean up litter along Highway 85 at Little Branham Lane last Tuesday, despite the wind and rain! Ten large bags of trash and multiple large items were collected near the Camden Avenue freeway exit.

Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to the community? Do you know of any litter hot spots in your neighborhood? The D9 office invites you to participate in our next litter-clean up!  We provide the litter sticks gloves, and supplies; you provide the location and volunteers. To learn more, please call 408-535-4975!


PRNS Winter Registration Opens December 5th

Don't miss out! Visit www.sjregistration.com to register for hundreds of winter classes, programs for teens, adults and active adults, holiday events, and more!

Pick up a Winter 2016 Camden Community Center brochure in person or view it online.  For questions or additional information, please call (408) 559-8553.


Holiday Safety Tips

Shopping Tips: When shopping, park your car in a well-lit area.  Place packages or bags in the trunk of your car and lock it. If you have no trunk, be certain they are out of sight. Parked cars should have all windows tightly closed and all doors locked. Never leave packages or bags unattended in a store or at a register. Women should carry their purses under their arms and men should carry their wallets in an inside coat pocket

Online Shopping Tips: Shop using secure websites, and use credit cards instead of debit cards.  Choose safe delivery options, including delivery appointments, delivery to trusted neighbors, local stores, or drop off locations such as Amazon Lockers or UPS stores.

Home Safety: Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if you will only be gone for a few minutes. Don't put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows.  Don't leave gift boxes out during garbage days. When going on trips or just out for the evening, use automatic timers to turn indoor lights off and on to make it appear you are at home.  For more prevention tips and resources, visit http://www.sjpd.org/.


Cambrian Park Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot
Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot

Shop the Cambrian Park Kiwanis Club Christmas Tree lot at Leigh High School!

Hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Friday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Closed Wednesday
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

2nd Mondays at CreaTV

CreaTV San Jose invites the public to drop-in on the second Monday of each month from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM to tour CreaTV's public television studios, have opportunities to talk to its crew and volunteers, watch a practice TV show being shot, and more!  Next drop-in is December 14th. CreaTV is located at 255 W. Julian Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95110.  Parking is next to the building in spaces marked "Visitor."  For more information, please call (408) 295-8815 or visit http://www.creatvsj.org/news/events-2/.


Sister City International #GivingTuesday

Sister Cities International is asking YOU to join the global giving movement in to show your city pride for the 60th anniversary of the My City Gives Because campaign.  

Over the past 60 years you have helped Sister Cities International shape President Eisenhower’s original dream of leveraging a citizen-led network to create peace through building mutual understanding and respect between nations and their citizens. By joining the movement, you will help plant the seeds to continue programming and ensure a future of cross cultural exchange and peace through people.

You can donate online by visiting https://www.crowdrise.com/sistercitiesgivingtower2015.  No matter the size, your donation will make an impact!


Holiday Rent-A-Tree

Go green with a zero waste live tree! Rent a living Christmas tree this holiday season to help make your neighborhoods greener and enter for a chance to win $250 in CasaQ ornaments!  Rent an 18'' to 8' tree for 30 days (prices vary).  All purchases are tax deductible, and benefit the non-profit organization Our City Forest dedicated to connecting community and cultivating growth and protection of our urban ecosystem.


Girls Who Code
Girls who Code

Are you interested in learning how to code? Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 Girls Who Code session.  Girls Who Code is a national non-profit, which teaches girls in 7th - 12th grade the basics of coding.  This free program will be held at the Evergreen Branch Library, located at 2635 Aborn Road.  Interested girls or their guardians can register in-person or by calling (408) 808-3060.  Space is limited to 30 participants and girls must provide their own laptops.


Outdoor Classes for Homeschool Students

Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy this fall for environmental science classes designed specifically for homeschool students! GRPC leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place. This month is the November Fight the Drought Series.

Drop-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred as space is limited. For more information, visit www.grpg.org or call (408) 298-7657.


Free Dental Screenings for Children

Healthier Kids Foundation's Dental First program is conducting free (donor funded) dental screenings for children Monday through Friday at your school, preschool, or day care center.  Healthier Kids Foundation will provide a licensed dentist and all children will receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.  Staff will help parents with any follow-up as needed.  Children age 6 months to 18 years old are eligible.

This program is a first come, first serve basis.  Make sure to schedule your screening today by contacting Sunny Ochoa at (408) 564-5114 x206 or sunny@hkidsf.org.


Upcoming Events
Breakfast with Santa
Turkey TrotSaturday, December 5, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Camden Community Center MPR, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

The City of San Jose, Camden Community Center, and Cambrian Park Kiwanis present Breakfast with Santa.  Start off your holiday season with a breakfast catered by HH Catering, holiday crafts, and a visit with Santa:

Course #382.2.0700 - $10 per guest ages 16 months + up

Course #382.2.0701 - Free for children under 16 months

You must pre-register for this event. No walk-up registration will be accepted. For more information, call (408) 559-8553 or visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns.


Computer Science & Cyber Activity Awareness
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SJSU Student Ballroom C, 21 S 9th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

San Jose State University, on behalf of the Jay Pinson STEM Education Program, invites high school students to an evening of games and interactive activities related to computer science and cyber activity.  This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about these fields.  Food, games and prizes will be provided! Come out and engage with the campus community.  Please RSVP for free tickets!  Parking is available at the North Parking Garage on San Fernando and 9th Street


Open Space Authority December Events
  • December 5 - Starry Nights
  • December 5 - Tai Chi Chih in the Park
  • December 5 - Evening Stretch & Stroll
  • December 6 - Holiday Bird Count Pre-Hike
  • December 12 - Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Special Needs Play Session
  • December 12 - Geminids Meteor Shower
  • December 13 - Ulistac Natural Area Walk & Talk
  • December 19 - Bring Your Own Horse Ride
  • December 20 - Audubon Society Holiday Bird Count
  • December 27 - Audubon Society Holiday Bird Count

Drop-ins are welcome unless registration is required. Rain may cancel. Call ahead in case of rain.  For event locations and more information, please call (408) 224-7476 or visit openspaceauthority.org.


Women in Law Enforcement
Women in Law EnforcementSaturday, December 5, 2015, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6087 Great Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95119

Explore career opportunities within the San Jose Police Department at an informational seminar:

  • Meet women behind the badge
  • Learn how to prepare for testing
  • Understand a police background check

The San Jose Police Department is hiring police officers, 911 dispatchers and call takers, and records/police data specialists.

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM. Register online at www.sjpdwomen.eventbrite.com. To obtain more information, please email sjpdrecruiting@sanjoseca.gov.


Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM or 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor Center
438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! Master gardeners, led by Mili Wright, will show you how to look through local gardens and parks to find items that can be incorporated into wreaths. After your lesson, you'll be able to create your own personal wreath. All basic materials will be provided. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.  For more information, visit http://www.grpg.org/events/annual-holiday-wreath-workshop/ or call (408) 298-7657.


2016 Great American Litter-Pick Up

Please save the date for the 2016 District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up, scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM, rain or shine! Location details are forthcoming.

Join neighbors and the District 9 team to clean up litter and beautify our parks and neighborhoods. Lunch is free for all volunteers!  Students can receive community service hours by volunteering at this event.  Please save the date!


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
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide


      


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