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

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

District 9 April Newsletter




Click on Links below to sign up for city-wide classes including the Aquatics Brochure

Community Activities and Registration 


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

Visit Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Website

Camden Community Center's Kirk Cafe

for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


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.



Visit the SJPD website for Crime Prevention Tips


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.





City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(408) 277-8900

Anti-Graffiti 24 Hotline (866) 249-0543

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

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide







 Dear Neighbor,

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Amanda Brownell; she passed away peacefully at her family’s home on April 17. Amanda is the young girl whose story and experience was the reason that the Amanda Network, Anti-Bullying Campaign was born. She hid her depression well and never told her family about the incessant bullying until it was too late, and she ultimately tried to hang herself in a bathroom at Del Mar High School in December of 2008. Amanda suffered traumatic brain injury, which caused her to lose the ability to speak or move. Despite the heartbreaking situation, her mother, Ann Solario founded The Amanda Network, an anti-bullying campaign to not only spread awareness and prevention efforts, but to also empower young people and hold school districts more accountable. Ann has spoken to thousands of students and their parents, and will continue on her mission for years to come. Please join The Amanda Network, Anti-Bullying Campaign by visiting  


The Amanda Network


Business Tax Amnesty 

Over the past few months I’ve heard from many constituents who are unhappy about the City’s rules on Business Liscense Tax exemptions. Most businesses must pay the tax, but the City does grant exemptions for sole proprietorships or small business operations with no employees and an annual income of less than twice the poverty level. The concern I’ve heard is that even though the City grants this exemption, it charges a fee of $38 a year to process the exemption application. I raised this issue at a Council Committee, and after some work by City staff, the Council decided to eliminate this fee moving forward.

I am sorry to say that unpaid fees from past years are still owed. However, there is an amnesty program in effect until May 31st, that allows businesses to avoid penalties for unpaid fees.  Please visit the Finance Department's page on the City website for more information.


I would like to announce our new addition to the D9 staff:

Vanessa Compean is a Latina native of Los Angeles County. She attended Santa Clara University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a Double Minor in Women and Gender Studies as well as Ethnic Studies. In her undergraduate career she also attended American University in Washington DC where she focused on the relationship between local and federal government. Vanessa has a strong background in community outreach and public policy and will continue her endeavors to enhancing District 9. Her areas of interest are Human Rights and Community and Economic Development.

She will be the staff member for the following committees and commissions: Community and Economy Development Committee, Airport Competitiveness Committee, Small Business Development Commission, Airport Commission, Airport Notice Advisory Committee, Advisory Commission on Rents, Disability Advisory Commission, Early Care and Education Commission, Family/Domestic Violence Advisory Board, Human Rights Commission, Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, and regional, statewide, and nationwide cities associations.

It is with both happiness and sadness that I announce that Brady Ruebusch is moving onto to other employment.  I am both happy for him, and sad to see him go – but more importantly it’s a great professional opportunity for him personally.

His last day was Friday, April 12th, we wish him well and thank him for his service to District 9, and more importantly the City of San Jose.  He has been a huge asset to our office – his work and attitude will be sorely missed.  Also, his friendship and commitment is a value all of us in D9 will remember most.

If you have feedback or questions about this or any other issue, please feel free to get in touch with my office by email at or by phone at (408) 535-4972.



Donald Rocha



National Autism Awareness Month Proclamation 


Autism Awareness Month  



Bike to Work Day 

Thursday, May 9 is National Bike to Work Day.

Bike to Work Day is a community event that encourages local residents to try bicycling as their mode of transportation to help relieve traffic congestion and curb motor vehicle emissions. In the Bay Area, nearly 40 percent of people commuting to work live fewer than five miles away from their jobs, making biking an easy alternative.

Register and pledge to ride at the official Bay Area Bike to Work Day website. 


Thank You for Volunteering

District 9’s Great American Litter Pick Up was a huge success!

With over 50 volunteers we were able to fill 136 (30lb.) garbage bags with a weight measurement of 2.04 tons of litter. Thank you to all of the wonderful District 9 volunteers. We appreciate your commitment to the community. If you would like to volunteer regularly, please contact Mollie Tobias at




The San Jose Police Department announces its newly established Department Direction known as "RCITI - Our City"



- Respect, Empathy & Professionalism

- Crime Reduction

- Investing in our Employees

- Transparency & Accountability

- Innovation for the Future


The Department has trained over 160 patrol officers in the recognition and enforcement of criminal street gangs in an on-going effort to increase the level of institutional knowledge of gangs in our Patrol Division.

For more information, please view the press release on the SJPD website at



District 9 Community Budget Meeting 

Every year, the City Council approves a budget that determines what level of service the City will provide to the public. Budget decisions can affect all of the services the City provides, hearing input from residents is very important. The City holds a budget meeting in every council district in order to help residents learn about the budget and provide feedback.  

Please join Mayor Reed and me for our annual District 9 Community Budget Meeting. 

Date: Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00PM

Location:  Terrell Elementary School - 3925 Pearl Ave. San Jose, CA  95136


Draft Recommended Biennial Budget for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015

 On May 1-7, 2013, VTA will hold three public meetings to present the Draft Recommended Biennial Budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015. The goal of these public meetings is to obtain public input and incorporate any recommendations from the public to improve the Biennial Budget. This Budget represents an overall increase in service levels. If approved, this budget would be implemented for the 2 year period beginning July 1, 2013.

**Please note this budget proposes the following:

No fare increases

A slight service increase

No changes to paratransit service

Public Meeting Locations

Wednesday, May 1, 6:00PM Santa Clara County Government Center Conference Room 157 (next to the Board of Supervisors Chambers)

70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110-1705

Served by VTA Bus Lines 61, 62, 66, 181 and light rail. 

  Monday, May 6, 6:00PM City of Mountain View, Council Chambers

500 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041

Served by VTA Bus Lines 22, 35, 522 and light rail.

Tuesday, May 7, 6:00PM City of Morgan Hill, Community & Cultural Center, Madrone Room 1700 Monterey Rd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037    

 Served by VTA Bus Line 68.  


Jill Bourne named San José Director of Libraries

Jill Bourne has been named Director of Libraries for the City of San José by City Manager Debra Figone. The San José City Council ratified the appointment today to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Jane Light in 2012.

Bourne comes from San Francisco Public Library, where she has served as Deputy City Librarian since 2006. Known as a rising leader in the library community, she was named as a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker" in 2009 and a "Top Innovator" by the Urban Libraries Council in 2010. 

With more than 270 employees and an annual operating budget of $32 million, San José libraries serve more that six million visitors annually, have more than two million items in the collections, and circulate nearly 12 million items per year. 


Wildfire Awareness Week 2013

Fire logo

Governor Jerry Brown and CAL FIRE have designated May 5th-11th as Wildfire Awareness Week this year.  Fire agencies and Fire Safe Councils throughout the State of California are educating the public about the need to create Defensible Space and practice fire safety in our parks and wildland areas.   

If you live in the hillside (or Wildland Urban Interface) areas around Santa Clara County, the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council has resources available to assist you to keep YOUR home Fire Safe.  A recently revised 20-page, step-by-step guide for homeowners and residents is available on-line or by calling (408) 975-9591.  The guide, Living With Fire in Santa Clara County, is available at and includes recently updated information on creating Defensible Space, fire resistant plants and roofing materials.   

The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council meets at 2:00PM on the second Tuesday of each month.  Homeowners, residents and representatives of all interested organizations are welcome!  For more information visit our Web site at e-mail  Information on the California Fire Safe Council may be found at



Dental Care





 Night Out Mtg.



Women of Tomorrow Leadership Conference

When: Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 8:30AM-4:00PM

San Jose Masonic Center 2500 Masonic Dr, San   Jose

AARS (Asian American Recovery Services, Inc) is hosting its 18th annual SISTER to SISTER: Celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Women of Tomorrow Leadership Conference. They are looking for youth participants and sponsors.

The conference is FREE for girls. If MGPTF members have girls at the following schools, transportation (school bus) is available: Independence HS, Yerba Buena HS, James Lick HS, Andrew Hill HS, Evergreen Valley HS, Bridges Academy and Milpitas HS. If agencies have girls interested in attending, they can contact Razelle Buenavista for the permission slip packets.

Contact Information:

Razelle Buenavista

Youth Services Program Manager

Asian American Recovery Services, Inc.

1340 Tully Rd. Suite 304 San José, CA 95122

(408)271-3900 ext. 302 Fax: (408)380-7397 



Active Adult Health & Wellness Fair 

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services would like to invite you to join them in an exciting event on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – the City of San José’s Active Adult Health & Wellness Fair, “Unleash the Power of Age”. This event will be held at the San José History Park and will feature some of the following activities: senior fitness activities, a one mile fun walk around the park, a free lunch for the first 500 people registered, door prizes, and many community agencies representing a variety of health and wellness services or programs throughout San José.

Pre-registration is required. To obtain registration form, please contact Molly Medeiros at (408) 793-5589 or visit Camden Community Center.  



Health Fair May 15 




Swap Meet


Bus Trip to Sacramento

For more information on this trip, please visit Supervisor Dave Cortese's website at or call (408) 299-5030.


 National Night Out-August 6 


N Night out


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. Your neighborhood is invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013.

National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Register your neighborhood for this year’s event today. Registration is free and gives police and other city representatives an opportunity to attend local events as time and circumstances permit. You do NOT have to be a current Neighborhood Watch neighborhood to participate. National Night Out is for everyone! Register now and begin planning your event as soon as possible.

The City of San Jose is a nationally registered participant in this year’s event. To register locally simply contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit (408) 277-4133 or mail your registration to:

SAN JOSE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT 201 W Mission Street SAN JOSE,CA95110 (408) 277- 4133


Registration due on or before July 26, 2013

Join us today by registering your neighborhood and help us GIVE CRIME AND DRUGS A GOING AWAY PARTY!

For additional ideas or questions, contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit (408) 277-4133 and online at SJPD.ORG.



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