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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
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District 9 May 2014 Newsletter


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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

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) 794-1903

Sewer and Signal Lights

(408) 794-1900

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

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District 9 Staff

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Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





May  Newsletter  2014



Dear Neighbor,

I’ve heard from many of you over the last three years on the topic of homelessness and homeless encampments. As many of you have noted, homeless encampments along the freeway banks and on-ramp/off-ramp right of way have been very noticeable and are a concern for pedestrian-motorist safety.

Our highways are controlled and maintained by the State Department of Transportation, Caltrans. When our office is notified of encampments located on Caltrans property, my staff does a site visit to understand how best to prevent re-encampment and then contacts Caltrans for clean-up. Caltrans maintenance staff is required to post 72-hour notices that the site will be vacated and belongings removed, and then returns to vacate the encampment. So far this year, my office has partnered with Caltrans to clean-up sites along Highway 87 at Capital, twice at Highway 85 under the Russo Pedestrian Bridge, and most recently at the Camden off-ramp of Highway 85.

While encampment clean-ups are important, they are not necessarily a permanent solution. Often, removing encampments from one area means that we will see encampments settle in another area. However, staff at Caltrans has been exceptionally responsive and helpful in keeping our roadways safe, so please continue to communicate with our office when encampments occur. Sometimes encampments grow in other areas as well, and when that occurs my staff works with the appropriate agencies to get those taken care of as well. Unfortunately, unless the City has complete jurisdiction sometimes those clean-ups can languish longer than any of us would like.

The permanent solution to ending homelessness is to develop affordable housing, which I have been working on since I joined the Council a little over three years ago. In the meantime, we will continue to work hard to maintain the safety and integrity of our communities, in partnership with other agencies involved in encampment cleanups. In January the Pinehurst neighborhood asked us to join them for a community meeting on homelessness. We were able to bring representatives from Caltrans, California Highway Patrol, the County and the City together to discuss the issue. I've also begun exploring the possiblity of holding a distirict-wide town hall meeting on the topic at some point in the future.

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) 535-4909.


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 Donald Rocha 

 Cambrian Park Plaza - Update Meeting

Date: Monday, May 12th, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Cambrian School District Boardroom 4115 Jacksol Drive, 95124

As you may have heard, Cambrian Park Plaza (the large commercial center at the southeast corner of Camden and Union) is currently on the market to be sold. There is some speculation that after the center is sold, the new owner may wish to redevelop it. In the interest of getting information out to the community as early as possible, the Cambrian Community Council and Councilmember Donald Rocha are partnering to hold a neighborhood meeting to inform the community what the City’s land use rules would allow to be built on the site if a new owner wanted to redevelop the property. It will also be an opportunity to take community questions and feedback.

It’s important to point out that there is not currently a redevelopment application on file with the City; the purpose of this meeting is to inform residents about the site so that they can be knowledgeable and prepared if a redevelopment application is filed after the property is sold.

 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: Monday, May 19, 2014

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Camden Community Center 3369 Union Ave. San Jose, CA 95124

Santa Clara Valley Water District Water Conservation Video and Poster Youth Media Contest

Linda LeZotte, our representative on the Santa Clara Valley Water District, announced that the Santa Clara Valley Water District is now accepting video and poster entries for its youth media contest until May 12. This contest is a way to create and increase awareness among Santa Clara County youth to contribute to water-saving efforts and to help respond to the severe drought that California is facing.

As the weather warms up over the summer months, it will be critical to get the word out about using water wisely. It is important that everyone reduce their water use not only to get us through this year, but also to better prepare us for next year in case the drought continues.

The contest is part of a larger public information and education campaign by the water district to help increase awareness about the severity of the drought while educating the public on easy ways to save water. According to national studies, Americans use twice as much water as they think they do.

Entries should focus on water conservation tips and show easy ways to save water in response to the California drought. One of the goals is to get the younger generation to think about sustainability of water and to help them adopt and promote a water-efficient lifestyle.

Contest entrants must be residents of Santa Clara County and can compete in two categories – video and/or poster. Each category has two age groups – between the ages of 14 to 18 and 19 to 24. Entries may be a team or individual effort.

Contestants are encouraged to create new and original graphics, visual elements, or concepts to convey the contest theme, as long as the message tips are gathered from the site.

All entries may be submitted with a completed entry form until midnight May 12, 2014. The contest entry form, complete contest rules and criteria are available online at<

The winners will be recognized at a special awards ceremony in late May at the water district headquarters. First prize winners will receive a cash prize of $250 in each category for each age group. Runners-up will receive other valuable prizes. Prizes sponsored by New America Media and other local retail sponsors. 

San Jose Police Department School Safety and Education Unit


School Crossing Guards

$17.03/hour (Part-Time/Unbenefited)

Able to work a split-shift: 1 hour in the morning & 1 hour in the afternoon (2 hours per day)

Able to pass a Police background check

Possess a valid California drivers license & access to a vehicle on a daily basis

Please contact the School Safety & Education Unit at (408) 277-4553 if you have any questions and/or to pick up an application 

Scholarships for Students in Affordable Housing

For the second year in a row, the Housing Trust Silicon Valley will award Guardino Affordable Housing Scholarships. The funds are available to students who are current residents in affordable housing developments in Santa Clara County. They must be graduating seniors going on to pursue a higher education at a community college, four year university, or vocational school. Eligible applicants should submit an application, letter of recommendation, and transcript by May 14. For more information and to download an application, go to

 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association-MLK Scholarship Application 2014

Scholarships available for Graduating high school seniors or Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Grad Students in college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Applications are available at 

Applications must be received on or before June 15, 2014

Students will be notified of selection beginning July 30, 2014

Please mail your completed application and all supporting documents to:

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley, Inc.

P.O. Box 4738 San Jose, CA 95150-4738

Please contact Mr. Jose Salcido at (408) 409-0754 with any questions.

Kids in Common Workshops

Sobrato Community Conference Center, Cupertino B 1400 Parkmoor Ave. San Jose

Implicit Social Cognition and the Justice System: The Pros and Cons of Autopilot

Date: Wednesday, May 7

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

Presenter: Shawn Marsh, Ph.D. National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Social cognition-the way we acquire and act on information about others-has a substantial role in decision-making at all points in the justice system. Shawn C. Marsh, Chief Program Officer of Juvenile Law at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, will help participants better understand social cognition-particularly implicit bias- within a justice context and provide potential strategies to improve decision-making.

Helping Youth Develop a Growth Mindset

Date: Friday, May 16

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Presenter: Caitlin Bitcon, YMCA of Silicon Valley.

Participants will learn about teenage brain development and how to support teens through this stage of their lives. They will also learn the mportance of having a Growth Mindset and how to apply this knowledge to their work.

Common Core Education Standards: The Crucial Role of Nonprofits

Date: Monday, June 2

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Presenter: Gina Dalma and Margot Rawlins, Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The promise of common core is a world-class education for all students to them acquire the skill they need to fulfill the jobs of tomorrow.

These workshops are all free and you can register by going to
Read an opinion piece from Dana Bunnett, Director of Kids in Common about childhood hunger in the Mercury News. You can click here to read it and if you are interested in meeting with others to discuss how you can impact child hunger please contact or call (650) 705-6569.

San Jose Police Amateur Foundation/Hershey's Corporation Track & Field

Date: Saturday, May 10

Time: Check-in at 8:00am

Location: Mt. Pleasant High School 1750 S. White Road San Jose, CA 95127

Deadline: Wednesday, May 7


All kids between the ages of 9 and 14 are invited to participate in the annual Citywide Youth Track Meet sponsored by the San Jose Police Amateur Athletic Foundation, SJPD Crime Prevention Unit, SJPD PAL Cadet Program, SJPD TABS Program, Mt. Pleasant High School Track Team and the Hershey Corporation. Volunteer groups from San Jose will assist in the running of the meet. Events include track races, standing long jump, and a softball throw. Youth are encouraged to register for any and all events in their age group. Registration is simple, go to Also, print out the waiver and bring it with you to the meet. The Meet is free to all participants.

  • HERSHEY'S Track & Field Games is the longest-running youth activity program of its kind in North America, and a great entry point for kids ages 9-14 to get active and become engaged in a healthy lifestyle.

  • More than 10 million kids have participated in games and benefited from learning the basic skills to enjoy a lifetime of activity.

  • HERSHEY'S Track and Field Games is about helping get kids on the right track, teaching lifelong lessons and having fun with every RUN, JUMP & THROW along the way

For more information contact Sgt. Jason Pierce #3380 at 408-277-4133 

Film Arts Academy from CreaTV

Attention 5th through 12th Graders! After-School Program Begins April 28! Classes only $25!

Learn how to make videos, from the experts, at CreaTV San Jose’s Film Arts Academy

Date: April 28 through May 23

Time: 4:00-8:00pm

Students learn how to produce a TV show in a professional studio environment and/or how to make a video in the field. Classes cover storytelling, scripting, interviewing techniques, professional HD camera operation, audio, lighting and digital editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

All enrolled students will receive a free, one-year CreaTV Youth membership. Made possible by a grant from the City of San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs.

REGISTER NOW by calling (408) 295-8815 or email

Visit for more info.


The PRNS community centers are bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone. There is a variety of classes for all ages, sports programs, fitness classes, and special events like holiday happenings. View the listing of community centers below.

Download and Print: The current registration form - Fill out and take this form to your desired community center. Click here to view a complete listing of all community centers.

For registration assistance call 408-793-5565 or email

Community Center Volunteer Opportunities
Follow the link to learn more about volunteering opportunities at San Jose community centers

Family Camp at Yosemite: Online Registration for 2014 Summer Season

Returning for another year of family memories, Family Camp at Yosemite is proud to announce the launch of a new online registration system for the 2014 summer season. Get a jumpstart with the online reservation system by creating your Camper Profile today. Visit, create your Camper Profile, and get your family and friends ready for Online Reservations opening on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Setting up your profile only takes a few minutes, so get started today! Please contact the Family Camp Office at (408) 794-6208 if you have questions or need additional information. 



San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

REC DAY -FREE Family Event

Date: Saturday, May 17

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Guadalupe River Park Garden at the Children's Discovery Meadow

Arts and Crafts, games, face painting, music

Learn about Summer Programs

For more information: Contact your local Community Center

Downtown San Jose Farmers Market Celebrates its 22nd Season

Opening Day Friday, May 2

For opening day, Kaiser Permanente will have its Blender Bike for Smoothies available for attendees to hop on the stationary bike and whip up a smoothie made from fresh Farmers’ Market fruit.

Date: Fridays, May 2-Nov. 21

Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: San Pedro Square, Santa Clara and San Pedro streets, San Jose

Produced by San Jose Downtown Association and Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association. Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Event information: (408) 279-1775;

Throughout the season, the market includes:

Live music;Kids’ activities and arts and crafts;Appearances by Mr. Carrot, the PCFMA mascot;Cooking demonstrations and tastings with the Cookin’ the Market chefs;“Green” days of eco-minded vendors and programs and reusable bag giveaways;Fun promotional giveaways of recycled bags, pens, and mugs;Enter-to-win contests, including bags of fresh fruits and vegetables. Get ready for cherry-pit-spitting, melon-eating and pie-eating contests;Validated parking in the adjacent Market-San Pedro Garage.

Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable and washed bags. Call (408) 279-1775 or visit for more information.

Open Space Authority Events for May

First Friday Butterfly Walk

Date: Friday, May 2

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Ulistac Natural Area 4901 Lick Mill Boulevard


Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Date: Saturday, May 3

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Location: Alum Rock Park (meet at YSI)


New Almaden History Walk

Date: Sunday, May 4

Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm

Location: New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum


Introduction to Animal Tracking: Tracks, Scat and Wildlife

Date: Saturday, May 10

Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Please visit or call (408) 224-7476 for more info.

 Girls leadership conference

Book Sale and Silent Auction at Cambrian Library

 Friends of the Cambrian Library are offering fine quality books, CDs, and DVDs for sale with all proceeds going towards branch library programs and materials.

Books are $.50 to $1. Media-$2. Shop four tables of specially-priced premium items. Visit the silent auction table before 4:00pm to bid on any of 17 books described on

Clearance sale 3:00-4:00pm Fill-a-bag of books for $5 - bag provided. (Media and specials removed prior to clearance sale.)

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Cambrian Library, 1780 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

Santa Clara Valley Water District Graywater Informational Workshop 

In these free workshops, you will learn about the water saving potential for graywater, common types of graywater systems, costs, codes and regulations, plant friendly soaps and products, and the District’s Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program. Sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Water District

Date: Saturday, May 3

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters Boardroom 5750 Almaden Expressway San Jose, CA 95118

Contact: for more information.

Silicon Valley Gives - 24 Hour Day of Giving 

Find out why May 6 will be a multi-million dollar day for Silicon Valley non-profits. Join us at

  • On May 6, Silicon Valley Gives will mark the first full day of online fundraising for nonprofits in Silicon Valley. Visit their website to give back to our community at
  • Here’s everything you need to know about #SVGives in a 2-minute video:
  • Many local nonprofits strive to make Silicon Valley a better place to live and work. How can we help them? By giving back on May 6 for Silicon Valley Gives! Donate at and participate in the area’s first day of online giving.

National Association of Letter Carriers

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Date: Saturday, May 10

food drive

Discover Coyote Valley-Special Activities

Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

Special activities include:

  • hikes in two nature preserves not usually open to the public,
  • a tour of a sod grass farm, and
  • a citizen science activity.

Visitors may also explore farm stands and recreation areas that are regularly open for business.

The May 10 event is part of a series of seasonal events, held monthly from spring through fall, that offer visitors the chance to explore the area through various activities and attractions.

For more information,

Amgen Tour of California

2014 San José Gira de Libro presented by the San José Public Library and the San Jose Bike Clinic. Registration is free. 15.5-mile ride.

Date: Tuesday, May 13

Time: 10:00am

Location: MLK, Jr. Library 150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose


National River Cleanup Day

Date: Saturday, May 17

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Volunteers are needed to help clean Santa Clara County waterways. Please visit for the site listing. Click here for the cleanup site map. Please join the effort to keep our creeks and lakes clean, healthy and beautiful.

For more information, call (408) 630-2739






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