Contact Us

District 9
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
Fax (408) 292-6471

District 9 February Mid Month Announcement



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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. Please contact our office for locations. (408) 535-4909.


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 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Marisa Melo
Policy Aide

Brady Ruebusch
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San José City Hall, City offices to close for Presidents' holiday

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, Feb. 18 in honor of Presidents' Day.

All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.

Library Schedule: The King LIbrary will be open. All other City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, February 19.

Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holidays. Community Center information is available at or in the Citywide Activity Guide.

Garbage and Recycling pickup will occur as normal on Monday, Feb. 18.

Garbage Bills or New Accounts: If you have billing questions or need to transfer or begin a new garbage service account, call the City's Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500 when the offices reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 19. A drop box located at the 6th Street and Santa Clara Street entrance of City Hall, is available for bill payment deposits during the closure.

If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500.




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



 Crime Prevention Tips-Burglary

 The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity.

You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!

Light up your residence, lock your door at all times, and call the Police when you see something suspicious.

To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood association or group meeting contact the San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit at: 408-277-4133.

More tips on how to prevent burglary are featured on the San Jose Police Department website.



Loaves and Fishes

Easter may be more than a month away, but we are definitely feeling the Easter spirit here at Loaves & Fishes! We would love your help in gathering together items for our Easter Basket giveaway. Every year, we hand out Easter baskets filled with goodies to our young guests. The children treasure these Easter Baskets because they know it is made with care and love from our volunteers.

This year, we are requesting donations of: 

  • Small, wrapped Easter candy eggs
  • Synthetic Easter grass
  • Stuffed animals (that can fit into the palm of your hand)

 We are accepting donations until Wednesday, February 27.

We are hoping to receive enough donations to assemble 120 baskets. With your help, we sure will! Donations can be dropped off at any of our three kitchens or at our office on 777 North First Street, Suite 420.

Contact 408-439-0915 or reply to this email for more information.
As always, thank you so much.

777 North First Street, Suite 420
San Jose, CA 95112








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



Plant A Tree!

Right now is the perfect time to plant trees & shrubs.

The Our City Forest Community Nursery & Training Center servesSan Jose & the greater South Bay Area. 

Planting now minimizes transplant shock and let's the trees take advantage of the rains to get established more quickly.

Here is our updated nursery inventory so you can plan your projects accordingly. We have many new species and varieties coming along and we are looking forward to a great year.

You can also come visit us during our open hours, every Thursday through Saturday from 12:30PM to 3:30PM.

The address is 1000 Spring St.,San Jose,CA95110(off the corner of Spring & Mckendrie). 

For information on wholesale prices and/or contract growing, please contact nursery manager Ben Heistein at (408) 998-7337 x114 or



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:






Tech Lecture Logo

The Lecture Series is designed to explore, enrich, and bring awareness of the many different intersections science and technology make with culture, arts, politics, get the idea - our entire world. Created to support our mission to inspire the innovator in everyone, The Tech Museum of Innovation does this through content and programs featuring inspiring people, inventions, and min-set that continues to make this region the leading source of science and technology innovation.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
The Tech Museum
201 S Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

W. Patrick McCray, Author of The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientist Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future, in covnersation with Angie Coiro.

In the New Venture Hall, you can purchase tickets here for $10 or $5 for members.



Tech Summer Camps




Bascom Library and Community Center Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Bascom Library & Community Center
1000 Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

For more information, contact the Bascom Community Center at (408) 794-6289 or visit 



Hospice of the Valley - FREE Community Forums

Monday, February 25, 2013
Social Hospice of the Valley
4850 Union Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124
1:00PM to 3:00PM
6:00PM to 8:00PM

Hospice of the Valley, a leading provider in advancing palliative, hospice care, community grief support and education in Northern California and in collaboration with the San Jose Mercury News will host two free community forums. The advance health care planning community forums will feature award-winning San Jose Mercury News science and medicine journalist Lisa Krieger of the Cost of Dying series and Gary Bertuccelli, MDiv, MSW, LCSW, manager of social work and spiritual care with Hospice of the Valley. Sally Adelus, president and chief executive officer of Hospice of the Valley will serve as host and moderate the panel Q&A.

The advance health care planning forums will help community members:

  • Understand the importance of Advance Health Care Directives
  • Make informed choices about their medical care
  • Learn how to choose a health care “agent”

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of an advance health care directive as Lisa and Gary explain and discuss each section of the document while sharing their respective insights and perspectives on advance planning and more.

The general public is encouraged to attend this free community forum and bring a friend or family member.

To register, visit or call Jeanne Wun at 1.408.559.5600 x5423 or email







Thursday, February 28, 2013
Social Services of Santa Clara County
1879 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
3:00PM - English and Spanish
3:30PM - English and Vietnamese


Now is the time to become an American citizen. The New Americans Campaign and its partners (ILRC, IRC, Catholic Charities, ILBA, CET/ICP, SIREN, and ALA) will be hosting a FREE Citizenship Workshop in Santa Clara County.


FREE eligibility and legal screening, application assistance, and fee waiver request for participants.


For more information: (408) 657-6289




Saturday, March 2, 2013
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95111
10:00AM to 2:00PM

As an initiative of County of Santa Clara Board President Ken Yeager, in partnership with Sheriff Laurie Smith and District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County will host an Anonymous Gun Buy Back Program to voluntarily turn in firearms, featuring the largest cash-funded gun buy back in county history. The event will disperse $150,000 in case, available to individuals turning in handguns, shotguns, rifles, and assault weapons. 

For more information, please visit



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