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San Jose, CA 95113

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Councilmember Donald 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,

My team and I would like to wish you a warm holiday season and thank you for your engagement and support this past year.  

Please keep in mind that San José City Hall and other City offices will be closed for the holiday furlough from Monday, December 25, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018. All Council and Department offices will reopen Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, are unaffected by the closure and will continue to provide service.  Should you need assistance from our office, please email

Wishing you and your loved ones a warm holiday season and a bright New Year.

Councilmember Don Rocha

News & Announcements
Benefit for those affected by California Wildfires

Hot San Jose Nights is hosting a car show tomorrow, December 16, at Cambrian Park Plaza from 11am to 4pm to benefit Toys for Tots and Second Harvest Food Bank. Sadly, this year's wildfires have devastated so many families up and down the state, and these nonprofits are doing their best to fill the need. If you're in the giving spirit, come down to the corner of Union and Camden right next to the Kiwanis Christmas Tree Farm and bring an unwrapped new toy or canned food. Your donation means a lot to families in need.

Report Fireworks

Fireworks are illegal and can cause fires, injuries, and deaths. The online reporting form will be available from December 18, 2017 through January 3, 2018 for New Year’s Eve and from February 1, 2018 through February 18, 2018 for Tet/Lunar New Year.

Report fireworks in your neighborhood: or 408-535-5600.

Camden Landscaping Update

Camden Community Center will be experiencing several landscaping enhancements.  Phase 1 of the project will start on Monday, December 4.  Phase 1 will include the entry landscape plots located at the main entrance of the center.  As the work proceeds, the areas will be fenced off until completion.  For questions, please call 408-535-4909.

Winter Classes at Camden

Camden Community Center is pleased to offer new classes starting in the new year, including: Cheese Making, One day LEGO Workshops, Discovering Children’s Literature, A Taste of the World (Ukraine, Persia and Holland), Skateboarding, Paint Night Party, Composting, Plant Night Party, Mechanical Engineering, and Green Ball Tennis Champions! Sign up today at or stop by Camden Community Center.

Caltrain Electrification Work in San Jose

Starting as soon as December 4, activities are scheduled to begin in San Jose as part of the Caltrain Electrification Project. Work beginning next week includes tree pruning/removal during the day. After tree pruning/removal occurs, crews will return to begin work on the foundations for the overhead contact system poles in early 2018. Tree pruning and removal work will take place during regular work hours of 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  For updates and more information, visit

Report Storm Related Issues

The Department of Transportation responds to calls on storm related issues, including localized flooding, sewer back-ups, missing, broken or displaced manhole covers or grates, malfunctioning traffic signals, and downed trees or limbs. Please call the 24-Hour Emergency Dispatch Center to report any of these issues:

(408) 794-1900 weekdays 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
(408) 277-8956 all other times, including weekends/holiday

Holiday Garbage and Recycling

2017 – 2018 Holiday Collection Schedule - If your usual garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection or street sweeping day falls on or after the Thanksgiving holiday, your collection and sweep day will be one day later during that week. During the weeks of December 24 and 31, collection will be one day later both weeks.

Recycle Your Holiday Tree - Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your regular collection day from December 26 to February 2. Remove stands, tinsel and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces. Set out by 6:00 AM.

Bill's Backyard Now Open

Bill's Backyard: Bridge to Nature is now open, a half-acre outdoor play space that gives kids the chance to explore the outdoors by climbing, building, digging, and getting their hands dirty in a safe and authentic way.  Research shows that outdoor play in nature fosters curiosity, creativity, and problem solving skills. To plan your visit to the Children's Discovery Museum, visit

Volunteer with Our City Forest

Our City Forest is always in need of volunteers!  View the full calendar and sign up at The OCF nursery also hosts a large variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses available for the community, including California natives, drought tolerant, and disease resistant species.  For questions, please stop by or contact them!

Downtown Ice Now Open

Downtown Ice hosts thousands of families from all over the Bay Area for a traditional and unforgettable skating experience November 17 through January 15 at the Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St.  The rink will also be an attraction for the thousands of families and fans coming to downtown San Jose December 29 through January 7 for the U.S. Figuring Skating National Championships, where selections for the U.S. Olympic team will be made.  For hours, pricing, and specials, visit

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 two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.  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.

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
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Patrick Falzer Policy Aide
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide


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