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A Message From Councilmember Donald Rocha

April Mid-Month Announcements

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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,

What are your plans this Earth Day? Register now for the upcoming Park Beautification Day, part of the annual Great American Litter Pick Up.  Go green with us next Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM as we spruce up Doerr Park, Paul Moore Park, and Butcher Park. Neighbors at Erikson Park and the Little Branham Neighborhood Association will also be participating in this city-wide beautification effort.

We'll be out there painting, weeding, planting trees, and getting the parks ready for summer fun.  We will also be hosting a free celebratory lunch to thank all of our wonderful volunteers at the conclusion of our park cleanups.  And this year for the first time, the high school with the most volunteers in attendance will win a monetary prize from the Anti-Graffiti & Anti-Litter Program of the City of San Jose.

REGISTER NOW for Park Beautification Day

Saturday, April 22, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

For questions about this event, or to share any city-related concerns with my office, please call 408-535-4909 or email  We're excited for this great opportunity to give back to our beautiful parks. My staff and I hope to see you there.


News & Announcements
Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

Councilmember Donald Rocha, in partnership with Assemblymember Evan Low, State Senator Jim Beall, and the Contractors State License Board, will host a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar on Friday, April 28 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Camden Community Center

Seniors and their families can learn how to protect themselves from fraud relating to home repair, identity theft, mail, auto repair, insurance, and more. This is a free seminar open to all members of the public.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. Please RSVP to (408) 446-2810.

Your Guide to Community Service Opportunities

The Compass Collective Field Guide is now available online, and is designed to be a “starter kit” for individuals who crave deeper engagement in our community but are not quite sure how to begin. There are more than 400 nonprofits represented — all doing amazing work to make our community great.

View volunteer opportunities now:

Field Guide to Community Service 2.0

iCreaTV Summer Media Camp

Announcing iCreaTV Summer Media Camp for 12-18 year olds! Students learn digital media storytelling from the experts in three sessions including: Talk Show Production (June 19—23), Documentary Production (June 26—30) and Feature Film Production (July 10—21).

For more details, including course descriptions and fees, how to register and to apply for a scholarship, visit and click on the home page link. Take one session, or all three. Space is limited, so act now! Content from all sessions will air on Classrooms Channel 28 on Comcast.

Volunteer with Our City Forest

Leave a Green Footprint in your Community and volunteer with Our City Forest!  Weekly opportunities can be found at

Volunteers are needed in April & May to plant trees, care & water plants, help with nursery tasks, and more!

Family Camp Now Accepting Reservations

Family Camp at Yosemite is now accepting reservations at

Located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park just east of Groveland, California, Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. 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 sit back, relax and take it easy. Reserve your tent today for the 2017 camping season. For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

Become a Child Advocate

Are you looking for meaningful volunteer work with a child or teen? Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is recruiting volunteers to serve as friends, mentors and advocates for foster children in Santa Clara County, and hosts monthly Volunteer Informational sessions where you can learn how you make a difference to a child in the foster care system.  As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, you will undergo training and be empowered by the courts to provide critical emotional and educational support to a foster child and ensure that child's voice is heard in the dependency court system.  Learn more at

2017-2018 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury Annual Recruitment

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2017-18 Civil Grand Jury.  The Court is seeking applicants of all backgrounds who have lived in the county for at least one year, are US citizens, are 18 years of age or older, and are willing to make the commitment of a one-year term, which will begin on June 22, 2017.

Those who are called to serve on the Grand Jury voluntarily enter this service with interest and curiosity in learning more about the administration and operation of the government in the county in which they live, in order to function as an investigatory body.  Individuals interested in applying may contact Tamara L. Davis, Deputy Manager of Jury Services, directly at 408-882-2721, or visit

Join the Adopt-A-Highway Program

The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California's State Highway System.

The Adopt-A-Highway program, which began in 1989, has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time. More than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside.  Participation can include removing litter (work frequency varies with location), planting and establishing trees or wildflowers, removing graffiti and controlling vegetation.  To learn more, please visit:

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

Do you have junk, such as old mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, or tires, cluttering up your home or garage? San José residents in homes with garbage cart service (single-family homes, most townhomes and mobile homes) can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.

Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Homes with garbage cart service in downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • Homes with garbage cart service in west San José, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400
  • Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company at
  • Residents in apartments and most condominiums should contact their property manager or GreenTeam directly at (408) 282-4400 to arrange for free junk pickup

Visit for more information. Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500.

Upcoming Events
Open Space Authority Events

Spring is in bloom at Open Space Authority.  All activities are free to attend! Be sure to register when required.

  • April 15: Starry Nights at Rancho
  • April 19: Wildflower Walks
  • April 25 - May 25: Gentle Stretch and Walk Exercise Workshop
  • April 29: Anza Expedition Hike
  • See all Activities >>>

2017 US Memory Tournament

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
eBay Main Street, 2025 East Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

Students, professionals, memory amateurs, and memory record holders from all over the country will come together in San Jose to learn the secrets to a record breaking memory and then join the competition!

There will be five events in this game, cash prizes, and the winner will be ranked internationally! Refreshments provided. This event is FREE to the public.  Register online.

IPA Recruitment Community Meetings

Monday, April 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Mayfair Community Center Chavez Banquet Hall, 2039 Kammerer Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116

Thursday, April 20, 9:30 PM - 8:00 PM
San Jose City Hall Wing Room 119, 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The City of San José is recruiting for a new Independent Police Auditor (IPA) and is interested in receiving community input on the ideal qualities of an IPA. The information collected will help inform the process and evaluation of candidates. Two community meetings have been scheduled to hear and collect input from residents. 

The Mission of the Office the IPA is to provide independent oversight of and instill confidence in the complaint process through objective review of police misconduct investigations.

To learn more about the recruitment, please call Cindy Escobar at (408) 535-4800.

Happy Hollow Garden Party

Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hollow Backyard Habitat Lower Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Join Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, in a beautiful casual garden setting as she shares updates about her work in Namibia over the past 20 years. Her successful conservation efforts have resulted in a win-win for the local community, wildlife and agriculture through educational hands-on efforts. For more information, visit

Environmental Sustainability Plan Town Hall

Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
San Jose City Hall Chambers, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

San José is creating an Environmental Sustainability Plan to enhance quality of life, improve water supply, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Come to an informational town hall meeting to learn more and get involved.

For live video streaming, visit For more information about the Environmental Sustainability Plan, visit

Cambrian Relay for Life

Friday, April 28 – Saturday April 29
Dartmouth Middle School, 5575 Dartmouth Drive, San Jose, 95118

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Join the community to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.  For more information, please visit:

Spring Plant Sale Bonanza at Our City Forest

Saturday, April 29, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Our City Forest Community Nursery, 1000 Spring Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Join OCF for the Spring Plant Sale Bonanza at the Community Nursery.  Hundreds of tree and shrub species to choose from, 1/2 off select species, FREE workshops, crafts, music, refreshments and more. Join the event on Facebook or email

Caregivers Count Conference

Saturday, May 6, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM 
Campbell Community Center Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell CA 95008

The Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County invites you to the 7th Annual Caregivers Count Conference. This conference is tailored specifically for family or informal caregivers who are caring for older adults. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from informative speakers as well as visit resource tables to learn about supportive services in the County.

Topics covered will include: self care and communication, medication, and legal needs. For more information and online registration, visit  Cost is $15.00. Registration must be received by April 21, 2017.

2017-2018 Community Budget Meetings

Monday, May 8, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Teresa Branch Library Community Room

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berryessa Community Center Multipurpose Room

Thursday, May 18, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Bascom Community Center Multipurpose Room

Monday, May 22, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Eastridge Community Room

The City of San Jose will hold a series of community budget meetings where the public is invited to learn more about the City's budget process and share input on budget priorities for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  For more information about the meetings, please call Lisa Tulee at (408) 535-8119 or visit the City’s website at

City-Wide Track Meet

Saturday, May 13, 7:00 AM Check-In; 8:15 AM Track Meet
Mt. Pleasant High School Track & Field, 1750 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95127

The Police Amateur Athletic Foundation is proud to host its free annual track meet for students 4th through 8th who reside in San Jose.  The meet is open to boys and girls born between 2003-2009.  Register online after March 3, 2017 at or San José Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Website  For more information, please contact Jason Pierce, Track Meet Director by e-mail at or call at (408) 277-4133.

Sacramento Bus Trip for Education

Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join Santa Clara County Board President Dave Cortese on a FREE bus trip to our State's Capitol.  Meet with State Officials & Legislators, learn about their priorities, and discuss current K-12 & Higher Education issues. Share your ideas and concerns. For more information or to register, please visit or contact Mario B. Lopez at

Camden Summer Movie Series

Fridays, July 14 - August 18 (Activities start at 6pm and movie starts when dark)
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy family films.  Movies are subject to change.  Food trucks will be available at the showings. For more information, call 408-559-8553.


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
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
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide
Brianne Urban Policy Aide


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