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Councilmember Donald Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St. 18th Floor,
San Jose, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909  F: (408) 292-6471

Dear Neighbor,

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Should you have any questions, please call my office at 408-535-4909.

Thank you,

Donald Rocha

News & Announcements
San Jose City Hall Holiday Closure

San Jose City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 19. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Sacred Heart Community Service: Winter Items

Sacred Heart Community Service is in need of donated items this holiday season.  Sacred Heart is accepting seasonal items such as new unwrapped toys and books for children ages 0-18, gently used warm clothing, coats, sleeping bags, and blankets. 

For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit  Sacred Heart Community Service is located at 1381 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110 and can be reached at (408) 278-2160.

Trades Orientation Program

Working Partnerships USA is recruiting Santa Clara County residents age 18 and up who are seeking full-time work or a career change, like to work with their hands, are willing to study and learn, and have a strong interest in learning how to enter a working construction apprenticeship leading to a rewarding career.

No prior construction experience is needed – just a high school diploma or GED, drivers’ license, basic math skills and ability to do physical work.  If you know a woman who might just be ready for a new career, please pass this on. For more information or to apply, please visit

Family Camp Registration Opens January 31st

San José’s Family Camp is 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. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground. 

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 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

Our City Forest Tree Amigo Program

Love working with plants and people? Want to commit to be a leader in the community? Sign up for Our City Forest's Tree Amigo Program. Graduates will become committed volunteers to help OCF promote a greener and healthier Silicon Valley.

The Tree Amigo Volunteer Program is a mixture of online and hands-on learning. Participants are asked to commit for the full month (January 25 - February 27), come to each Saturday morning in-person class to earn the Tree Amigo title and OCF t-shirt, and complete the reading and short assignments during the week.  If you or someone you know may be interested, email to sign up and request an application. Sign up for this exciting opportunity before January 23rd to ensure a spot in the class!

2015-2016 County Children's Health Assessment

The County of Santa Clara, under the direction of Supervisor Dave Cortese, is conducting assessment of the Health of Children in Santa Clara County.  The goal of the assessment is to provide a countywide profile of behavioral health, preventive health and medical health status of children in Santa Clara County with a focus on the racial/ethnic disparities, which can serve as a valuable tool for policy makers, foundations, non-profits and government agencies to better understand this important population.  

If you receive a phone call or letter from the Public Health Department, please participate!  All information provided is confidential.  For questions about the survey, please contact The-Vu Nguyen from the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at 408-299-5030 or

Flood Preparedness Tips & Sandbags

Sand bags are available late November through April.  At certain times, sites may be stocked with sand and empty bags.  Sites are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Residents should bring their own shovels, and consider bringing assistance to load bags.  San Jose locations are listed below:

  • City Main Yard, 1404 Mabury Road (self-fill, sand and empty bags provided)
  • City Central Service Yard, 1661 Senter Road at Phelan Avenue
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, 5905 Winfield Boulevard, between blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue (bag pickup street access only)

For questions, please visit

Midpen Regional Open Space Photo Contest

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District invites all visitors to enter its 7th Annual Digital Photo Contest, running now through March 31, 2016.  Midpen is seeking compelling digital images of nature, capturing the diversity of open spaces.  Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes or people interacting with nature, however, they must be taken in one of the open space preserves open to the public.  Please review the full photo contest rules and legal conditions before applying. Enter online.

PRNS Winter Leisure Class Registration

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Winter Leisure Class Registration is open.  Take a minute to see what classes, camps, programs and activities your local community center is offering this season. 

Pick up a Winter 2016 Camden Community Center brochure in person or view it online.  For questions or additional information, please call the Camden Community Center at (308) 559-8553.

Report and Prevent Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment.   When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment. 

Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900.

Neighborhood Clean-Up Events

Neighborhood Clean-Up events (NCUs) provide San Jose residents a way to dispose unwanted items.  NCUs are held rain or shine in different neighborhoods throughout the year and occur every three years per neighborhood. 

The City's Code Enforcement Division mails households a postcard which residents must bring to the NCU for entry.  Residents can only attend the NCU in their designated neighborhood.  Residents can look for their postcard in the mail or visit and use the Collection Day Look-Up tool to see when their next NCU is scheduled.

Upcoming Events
Community Input Meeting: Crime Free Multi-Family Housing Program

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
McKinley Community Center, 651 Macredes Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116

The City of San José Police and Housing Departments are seeking input from the community on a multi-family rental housing crime prevention program.  The meetings are being held to 1) collect public input on crime and safety in and around the City's multi-family rental buildings, and 2) to share information on the nationwide Crime Free Program, and discuss a potential alternative program.

The desired outcome of these meetings is to better understand the needs of the community and how the City can enhance partnerships between rental property owners, residents, and local jurisdictions to reduce crime within multi-family buildings and the surrounding neighborhood.  If you have any questions, please call the Crime Prevention number at 408-277-4133.

Seniors' Agenda Network Summit

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join Guest Speaker Peining Chang of the Alzheimer’s Association for a summit on "Dementia-Friendly Communities Around the World."  To RSVP, please email This event is free and open to all members of the community.

Sweet Deceit: The Lure of Flavored Tobacco

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Social Services Agency 1st Floor Auditorium, 333 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Learn about emerging tobacco products and the risks that flavored products pose to youth, how tobacco industry marketing of flavored products is impacting the community, and local efforts and policies that can help restrict the sales and marketing of flavored tobacco products.

Free parking is available in the garage. Please RSVP by Monday, January 25 to Kevin Chieng at (408) 793-3190 or

Public Meetings: General Plan 4-Year Review
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6:30 PM

Monthly meetings are planned through April to discuss progress on implementation of the City's Envision 2040 General Plan and to consider whether mid-course adjustments are needed.  The meetings will be held at City Hall in Wing Rooms 118-120, beginning at 6:30 PM.  For details, visit

Community Event: First Friday Winter Market

Friday, February 5, 2016, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
SoFA District (South First Street Area), San Jose, CA 95113

South First Fridays is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Join them for the SoFA Winter Market. Enjoy artists, craft retailers, live music, DIY activities and art galleries in the downtown Arts District. , All Art Walk venues are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit  

Westfield Oakridge Senior Walk & Resource Fair

Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM 
Westfield Oakridge Mall, Macy's Court, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Save the date for the 2016 W.O.W.W. Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk & Resource Fair for Seniors!  This event is hosted by Councilmembers Johnny Khamis, Donald Rocha and Ash Kalra, and sponsored by Alameda Family Funeral Home and Mortuary Services, Star One Credit Union, Westfield Oakridge Mall.

Resource fair booth and volunteer opportunities are available.  For more information or to volunteer for this event, please call 408-535-4909.

2016 State of the City Celebration

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Overfelt High School Gymnasium, 1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122

Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to the 2016 State of the City Celebration.  Mayor Liccardo will outline key initiatives, budget priorities, and opportunities for residents to get engaged to make San José a safer, smarter city. In addition to the Mayor's speech, the event will honor outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees. Register online.

Event Details:  This is a casual attire event.  You must bring a copy of your registration confirmation to gain attendance to the event.  The Gym features theater-style seating. We will NOT be giving out individual seat assignments for this event.  After the program concludes there will be a Resource Fair with information about city services and employment, in addition to resources offered by some of San Jose's leading non-profits.

City of San Jose Career Fair

Saturday, April 27, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The City of San José is pleased to announce its first Citywide Career Fair. With over 600 vacancies Citywide, there are career opportunities in multiple fields including: professional, managerial, trades, general administrative, police, and fire.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet and greet with Human Resources staff and Hiring Managers from multiple City departments. For more information please contact Sarah Nunes, Human Resources Department, at 408-975-1458.

2016 D9 Great American Litter Pick-Up

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Various locations throughout District 9, rain or shine

Celebrate Earth Day and mark your calendars for the 2016 District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up! Join neighbors and the District 9 team to clean up litter and beautify our parks and neighborhoods.  Lunch will be served for all volunteers.  Students can earn community service hours by volunteering at this event.  Register online.

Silicon Valley Walk for Water

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Timothy's Lutheran Church 
5100 Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join Silicon Valley Discipleship for the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Walk for Water in support of Water Mission!  In its inaugural year, over 500 people participated in the Walk through Cambrian Park and raised $186,000 to provide safe water to 6 communities around the world.  This year, Walk for Water hopes to raise over $250,000 for the cause.  Register online or contact Ruth Hardin for more information. 


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 Outreach (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

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


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