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

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

Email: district9@sanjoseca.gov
District 9 July Newsletter

 

District 9 News

 
 








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Councilmember
Donald Rocha

San Jose 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

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In-District Office Hours

Cambrian Branch Library Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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District 9 Staff

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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Sign-Up for City-Wide Classes: 

Community Activities and Registration 

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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. 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 www.choosemyplate.gov 
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 Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Program

For lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information, visit the Camden Cafe website

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Drought Watch

San Jose faces a mandatory 30% reduction in water-use. Make water conservation a top priority, both inside and outside your home.

Learn what you can do to conserve water.

Report Water Waste 
(408) 630-2000 drought@valleywater.org

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2015 - 2017
Neighborhood
Clean-Ups

NCU Map

The City of San José provides dumpster service to its neighborhoods once every three years.  Click on the map for your next Neighborhood Clean-Up date. 

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Prevent Crime with these  Security & Self Defense Tips 

To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood watch meeting, contact the

San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit:

(408) 277-4133

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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 Services
(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

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July Newsletter

 

 

   

Dear Neighbor,

City Hall has been busy over the past few months with the Council having just unanimously approved the Mayor’s June Budget Message and adopted the City’s final budget.  The budget includes several key initiatives that will begin to restore our police and fire department, expand our library services and neighborhood programs, invest in our roads, and fund programs that extend opportunities to communities in need.

Balancing the budget after decades of cuts and prioritizing the resources of the tenth largest city in the nation is no easy task.  I commend Mayor Liccardo for crafting a budget that focuses on investing in San Jose’s future and addressing the City’s most critical needs.  I’d like to thank the Mayor for including me in the discussion and allowing me to share my thoughts and recommendations throughout this process.  However, there is still much to be done.

I’ve outlined a few key budget items below to show where the City’s funds will be spent in the coming fiscal year. 

Expansion of Library Hours – The approved budget expands library hours to six days a week.  I believe this was one of our best accomplishments in this budget cycle.  Our community values libraries: voters approved the bond measure that was used to build our new branch libraries and just last year renewed the parcel tax to fund library operations.  After all of the support they have shown, our residents deserve to have libraries open for their use and enjoyment.  I’m glad we were able to accomplish that this year.

The new library hours will kick in on July 11th.  Here’s the schedule for all branch libraries, including the Pearl Avenue and Cambrian branches in District 9:

Monday: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
More information

Street Maintenance Funding – As you know, the City has fallen behind on street maintenance.  We were able to make some progress this year: the City Council increased pavement maintenance funding by $8 million over the $16 million proposed by the City Manager, for a total amount of $24 million.  This is a substantial increase, but is still short of the yearly funding of $104 million we need to get our streets back in good condition.  I’m committed to working with my Council colleagues over the next year to fill the rest of the funding gap.

On a bright note: Foxworthy Avenue, one of the worst streets in the entire city, is due to be repaved beginning on July 6th.  I was able to secure funding in last year’s budget cycle for this huge project.  The repaving is woefully overdue, but the good news is that it will happen soon.

Police Recruitment and Retention – The City has had great difficulty over the past few years recruiting and retaining police officers and is currently in negotiations with the Police Officer’s Association for ways to improve recruitment and retention.  As part of that effort, the City Manager’s proposed budget included $6.4 million to fund potential retention strategies, which could include pay increases for police officers.

On top of the $6.4 million reserve for recruitment and retention efforts, the Council decided to set aside an additional $5 million, for a total of $11.4 million.  Although I supported this action, I was vocal about my concern that the Council think carefully before devoting that entire amount to retention efforts in the Police Department.  Public safety is a top priority—we should be spending money on it—but we should not forget the many other urgent priorities that would benefit from additional funding.

Homeless Response Team – One urgent priority is the issue of homelessness.  In the adopted budget, we made funding for our homeless response team permanent, which addresses the needs of our homeless residents and the health and safety concerns of encampments.  The response team also coordinates encampment cleanups. As many of us have seen first-hand, simply clearing out an encampment is not the ultimate solution.  As long as the people in the encampment are still homeless, they’ll either move to another site or re-encamp at the same location in the future.

The real solution to this problem is to provide affordable housing opportunities and the appropriate level of services to our chronically homeless population.  The City is working on strategies to help make housing available.  I intend to make this issue one of my top priorities over the next year.

My Budget Requests – The above are among the most significant budget actions this year, but the Council also offered additional recommendations to be considered by the Mayor.  I requested a number of key budget adjustments, many of which the Mayor included in his June Budget Message.  I was able to secure funding for traffic safety improvements on Branham Lane, in response to continuing safety concerns from surrounding neighborhoods.  The Mayor also took my suggestion to increase funding for Our City Forest, the nonprofit that nurtures urban forestry and plants drought tolerant trees throughout the City.  Additionally, my request to fund a county-wide human trafficking coordinator was partially funded.  Although these are modest amounts of money, the funds will have a positive and significant effect on our community, and I thank the Mayor for including them in the budget.

While serious challenges remain, especially in the area of public safety, I’m hopeful that this budget represents a step in the right direction for the City of San Jose.  And as we move into a new fiscal year, I urge residents to continue to share their thoughts and concerns on issues affecting our neighborhoods and quality of life. I rely heavily on you to share feedback with me year round, as it is the community’s input that helps shape my priorities as I represent District 9.  Please feel free to contact my office at District9@sanjoseca.gov or (408) 535-4909.

Sincerely,

Don Rocha

Donald Rocha  


*ATTENTION: San José City Hall and City offices will close on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of Independence Day.  All City offices will reopen on Monday, July 6, 2105.  Police and Fire Departments, along with other crucial City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.  For more information on the closure of City services, please call (408) 535-3500.*


Celebrate Cambrian


 


4th of July Public Safety Tips and Information

The San Jose Police Department would like to remind residents that all fireworks are illegal to possess and ignite in the City of San Jose.  The San Jose Police Department will maintain high visibility and provide additional resources for selective enforcement of fireworks related incidents.  Firework displays will be provided at the following locations:

  • Discovery Meadows (San Carlos Street and Woz Way)
  • Almaden Lake Park (Almaden Expressway and Coleman Avenue)
  • San Jose Municipal Stadium (Senter Road and Alma Avenue)

The public is reminded that outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed at any fireworks displays throughout the city.  The San Jose Police Department will take the necessary enforcement action on all alcohol related incidents. Individual who possesses, stores, sells, or uses any materials deemed to be fireworks, is in violation of the law and subject to arrest.  Please help the San Jose Police Department by celebrating this July 4th without the use of illegal fireworks.


The Camden Community Center Pool is Now Open!

Ribbon Cutting

Summer 2015 Aquatics at Camden Community Center

View the Camden Aquatics Brochure

Sign Up for Aquatics Classes Online

Recreation Swim Times: June 15 - August 8, Monday - Saturday, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Fee: Youth (under 18) $3.00, passbook (11 swims) $30.00; Adults $4.00; passbook (11 swims) $40.00

For more information, visit the Camden Community Center at 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124, or email citywideaquatics@sanjoseca.gov.


Update on Conversion to City's New Utility Billing System

On June 26, 2015, the Finance Department mailed a Notice of Intent to Assess (NOITA) property for all delinquent garbage bill balances as of June 22nd. Given the quantity of notices, staff anticipates that there will be higher than normal volume of calls received by the City’s Customer Contact Center and increased payment processing activity within the Finance Department.  It is important to note that customers who submitted payment on the June 22nd deadline may still have received a NOITA letter.  The conversion project team is adding staff to the Call Center to help with responding to customer questions.

To avoid a delay in reaching a representative, customers are encouraged to email customerservice@sanjoseca.gov and include their contact information, account number or property address, and their specific concerns. The City Project Team thanks customers for their patience during this time. Learn more.


Bay Area Bike Share

Bay Area Bike Share, the region’s bike sharing system, is evolving from a successful pilot to a robust transportation option and will grow from 700 to 7,000 bikes in San José, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. In San José, the program will grow from the current 130 bikes to more than 1000.  More bikes mean more bike share stations. The locations for the additional bikes are being developed with input from residents and local businesses through an online station suggestion portal where site visitors can immediately suggest locations for bike share stations throughout the community. Learn more.


 Community Action & Pride Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Qualifying neighborhood associations within the boundaries of San Jose can apply for a Community Action & Pride (CAP) Grant for Cycle 29. The City will hold a CAP Grant workshop outlining the application process, grant process, and any changes in Cycle 29 on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at San Jose City Hall, Wing Room 118-120.  Seating is limited to 40 people.

Grant funding amounts range from $300 (minimum) to $1500 (maximum) per organization.  Applications are due no later than Friday, July 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM.  For questions or to RSVP for the workshop, please email Ernest.Guzman@sanjoseca.gov.  Information on the CAP Grant Cycle can be downloaded directly from WebGrants or found at www.unscc.org/grants.html.


Summer Reading Challenge

San José Public Library challenges everyone to spend time reading, learning, exploring, and energizing this summer.  Prevent the "summer slide!" Teachers and literacy experts agree that reading for 20 minutes per day during the summer and staying active and engaged in educational programs help students retain their skills and return to school ready to learn. Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge online or visit your local library.  Apps for Apple and Android devices are available.


Family Camp

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 relax. It's an experience the whole family will enjoy, so reserve your tent today! For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or familycamp@sanjoseca.gov. 


San Jose Discovery Shop

The American Cancer Society San Jose Discovery Shop is in need of volunteers and donations! The San Jose Discovery Shop helps support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. 

DONATE: The San Jose Discovery Shop, located at 1103 Branham Lane in San Jose, accepts donations such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and other household items. The Shop cannot accept major appliances, mattresses, or intimate apparel. 

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are always needed for a variety of meaningful opportunities.  Your desire and a little time are all it takes to make a difference and help save lives.  For more information about opportunities at the San Jose Discovery shop, please contact Lucy Derkach at (408) 265-5535.


 Camp San Jose Registration


City of San José Now Accepting Online Picnic Reservations

The City of San José is now accepting picnic reservations online San Jose parks offer a variety of fun environments to accommodate your special picnic gathering.  Picnic reservations can be made online or in person at the Park Office at Leininger Center in Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  Browse all reservable parks, or visit www.sjparks.org for more information. 


Safety Tips for Summer Heat

Temperatures are rising, and soon summer will be in full swing. Excessive heat has caused more deaths than any other extreme weather in recent years. While you fire up the barbecue and inflate the floaties, take some time now to brush up on some valuable summer safety tips. Download the Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist, or the free Red Cross Emergency App to stay informed.


Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

The San Jose Police Department's Neighborhood Watch program focuses on informing the community how to discourage, deter and prevent crimes such as burglary, auto theft, car break-ins, and personal crimes.  Issues such as vandalism, graffiti, drug dealing and gang activity are also addressed when applicable. To request a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in your neighborhood, call Crime Prevention at (408) 277-4133. Learn more.


Calendar of Events


Silicon Valley Music Festival

Wednesday, July 1 - Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Glass House, 2 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The Silicon Valley Music Festival returns to San Jose for its fourth summer season with a strong order of internationally acclaimed musicians who aim to provide affordable access to these world-class performances.  Tickets are on sale now at www.svmusicfetival.org.  Attendees can purchase a season subscription for $110.00 or tickets to any of the four performances are $35.00 each. For more information, contact Ray Furuta 


Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Upcoming Events

  • July 1 - Shoot the Moon, Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Parking Lot
  • July 4 - Healthy Parks Healthy People, Alviso Marin County Park
  • July 11 - Sunrise at Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
  • July 12 - Photo Shoot of Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
  • July 14 - Arrowhead Trail Hike, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
  • July 18 - Starry Nights, Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
  • July 25 - Star Gazing, Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
  • July 26 - Meet the Birds that Inspired the Gods Rosicrucian Museum
  • July 31 - Blue Moon Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

For details, please visit http://www.openspaceauthority.org/activities/index.html or contact Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476.  Reservations are required for some events.


Summer in St. James Park Tribute Concert

In Honor of the Men, Women, & Families of the San Jose Police Department

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 6:30 PM

100 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Summer in St. James Park is a free family-friendly entertainment series presented by the San Jose Parks Foundation, funded by the Knight Association, and in association with the City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department.  

The summer series also offers residents Yoga in the Park (Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays at noon), Words & Music (Tuesdays at 6:30 PM) and Twilight Concerts (Thursdays at 6:30 PM).  Click here for a complete list of event dates and times.


San Jose Rotary Club's 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Saturday, July 4, 2014, 9:30 PM

Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110

The Rotary Club of San Jose invites you to enjoy a world-class fireworks display at Discovery Meadows in downtown San Jose to celebrate this year’s 4th of July and San Jose Rotary’s 101st year of service. Free for all, the San Jose Rotary Fireworks show is the perfect family-friendly celebration for the 4th of July.  Make a memorable evening of the fireworks show and visit some of San Jose’s finest destinations such as San Pedro Square Market. Learn more.


Hot San Jose Nights Silicon Valley S.T.E.A.M. Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

San Jose Reed Hillview Airport, 2500 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95148

Hot San Jose Nights presents the Silicon Valley S.T.E.A.M. Festival! Participate in hands-on STEAM activities and games, and visit classic car, aviation, and robotics exhibits.  Register online for free festival admission.  Free shuttle bus departing from Eastridge Mall, and limited free parking along Swift Avenue near the airport.


Music in the Park: Upcoming Concerts

Plaza De Cesar Chavez, Market and San Fernando Streets, San Jose, CA 95113

Celebrate San Jose's musical diversity with at Plaza de Cesar Chavez this summer!  Advance tickets are on sale for $10.00 at musicintheparksj.com; tickets are $15.00 the day-of.  Children 12-under are free when accompanied by an adult.


Senior Safari Walkabout

Select Thursdays: July 23, August 27, September 24, 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing 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 challenge their minds, get some exercise, and gain unique knowledge of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again!  Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase.  This event is exclusively for ages 50 and over.  Free admission and parking. Learn more.


     
   

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