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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





Councilmember Don Rocha's 
In-District Office Hours

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


Sign-Up for City-Wide Classes: 

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. 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 

 Camden Community Center's Senior Nutrition Program

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


Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life!

Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. For more information including community events and resources, please visit


2015 - 2017


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

Dispose of unwanted or expired medication: find a medication collection location


Prevent Crime with these  Security & Self Defense Tips 

To arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a neighborhood association or group meeting, contact the

San Jose Police Crime Prevention Unit:

(408) 277-4133


City of San José
Important Phone Numbers

Abandoned Vehicles
(408) 277-5305

(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

(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 Councilmember
Donald Rocha

San José City Hall District 9

200 E Santa Clara St, 18th Floor San José, CA 95113

P: (408) 535-4909
F: (408) 292-6471

District 9 Website

District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Chief of Staff

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide

Andrea Hyde
Policy Aide

Jacklyn Joanino
Policy Aide



April Banner 




Dear Neighbor,

In the past few weeks, there has been an important development in the City’s ongoing effort to resolve the dispute with its employee groups over Measure B: both sides have agreed to return to the negotiating table. This may not seem like a major accomplishment—sitting down and talking is just the first step—but because of the intense acrimony surrounding pension reform, even sitting down to negotiate has proven challenging.

As many of you probably know, Measure B enacted a number of significant changes to the City’s pension system when it was approved by the voters in 2012. It has helped the City realize some budget savings over the past two years, but some of its provisions are of questionable legality (a few of them have already been struck down in court) and others have caused operational problems for the City. The most serious of these problems is the City’s increasing difficulty hiring and retaining police officers, which has resulted in many officer positions going vacant and decreased service levels to residents. Resolving the dispute with the City’s employee groups over Measure B is important because it will allow us to move forward with modifications to how pension reform is implemented—modifications that will lift some of the barriers that make it difficult for the City to recruit employees, while at the same time preserving our ability to realize budget savings.

Let me give you a little bit more detail on why it was so hard to get back to the negotiating table on this issue. The sticking point was the method of amending Measure B. There are two ways we could go about it: first, we could put a follow-up measure on the ballot in 2016 that would modify the original measure, or second, we could pursue a settlement of the lawsuit against Measure B through the courts. The latter would involve asking the court to repeal Measure B, allowing the City to replace it with a modified version of pension reform. Both of these strategies could, in theory, get us to similar solutions.

The difficulty arose because the City’s employee groups strongly favor pursuing changes through the courts instead of at the ballot, and they asked the City to commit to going through the courts as a precondition to returning to the negotiating table. The City understandably has some concerns about going through the courts instead of going back to the voters. Will this strategy work? Will it protect the public’s interest in effective pension reform, expressed at the ballot in 2012? I share these concerns—it would not be prudent for the City Council to irrevocably commit to this path before even getting to the negotiating table.

The challenge, then, was how do we get back to the negotiating table if we can’t agree on the preconditions? I made an attempt at solving this problem with a proposal I laid out in this memo. As you can see, I took the compromise approach of saying that the City was willing to pursue changes through the courts, but first had to be satisfied that such a strategy would meet several specific criteria, which all really boil down to protecting the public’s interest in effective pension reform.

Fortunately, my colleagues on the City Council agreed with the compromise, and Mayor Liccardo sent this letter to our employee groups outlining the City’s position (discussion of my proposal begins on page 2). Even better, the employee groups also agreed to it, and consented to return to the negotiating table. Negotiations resume this week.

This is only a first step.  Much remains to be worked out at the table. I do think, however, that the way we resolved this impasse can serve as a model going forward. From the beginning of the pension reform effort, I have always maintained that a genuine commitment to compromise has the potential to yield results. I hope that both sides continue to be open to compromise until this matter is resolved.

As always, I welcome your comments and concerns on this and any other issue.  Feel free to contact my office at or (408) 535-4909.


Don Rocha

Memorial Service for Officer Michael Johnson

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 11:00 AM

SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Memorial Procession Route: The California Highway Patrol will be coordinating the procession road closures in conjunction with the San Jose Police Department.  Traffic in Los Gatos, Campbell, and San Jose will be heavily impacted.  The public is encouraged to use public transportation to ease congestion in and out of the area.  View SJPD's Press Release for the procession route and times.

GALP 2015 

Board and Commission Vacancies

Calling all District 9 residents!  We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated applicants to serve on a number of San Jose commissions.  This is an exciting opportunity for residents looking to contribute to the public process and make a positive impact on our community!  Applications are now being accepted for the following commissions:

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  You may obtain an application from the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, Wing Building, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA 95113, or apply online. For questions regarding the application process, please call (408) 535-1260 or email For a full list of board and commission vacancies, please visit

News from the Santa Clara Valley Water District

Last Tuesday night, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors took action to increase the call to reduce water use by 30 percent (compared to 2013 use) and to restrict outdoor watering of ornamental landscapes or lawns with potable water to no more than two days a week through the end of 2015.

This follows the State Water Resources Control Board's action the prior week imposing new mandatory water conservation rules, in light of the worsening drought in California. The water district was among many agencies and organizations that encouraged the State Water Board to adopt additional restrictions to reduce water use immediately given the dearth of rain in our valley and snow in the Sierras.  To stay informed on the latest drought news or about our current water supply, visit 

"Justice for All" Award 2015: Human Trafficking Awareness

The District Attorney's Office invites local high school students to create a poster that will raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking for this year's Justice for All Award.  First prize will receive $500, second prize $300 and third prize $200. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2015.  A complete list of rules is posted on the Santa Clara County District Attorney's website

Santa Clara County Board of Education Area 3 Seat Vacancy

The Santa Clara County Board of Education plans to make a provisional appointment to fill a Board Trustee Area 3 vacancy (vacant as of March 31).  The provisional vacant seat expires in November 2016.  To apply for the position, applicants must be registered voters residing within Area 3, which includes the Cambrian, Campbell Union, Luther Burbank, Moreland, Union, and Campbell Union High School Districts, as well as portions of San Jose Unified and Santa Clara Unified School Districts.  For information on how to apply, please contact Jon R. Gundry, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, at (408) 453-6540.

Leaders Save Lives

The American Red Cross offers its Leaders Save Lives Program, a scholarship opportunity for high school and college students to gain meaningful leadership and community service experience through serving as a blood drive coordinator.  Students interested in serving as a Leaders Save Lives blood drive coordinator must complete the registration form.  Please refer to the rules and regulations for more information. This program also offers an opportunity for high school students to achieve volunteer hours and meet the summer blood donation requirement for the High School Leadership Program.

Our City Forest Americorps

Our City Forest is recruiting for a full-time AmeriCorps Urban Forestry Specialist Position. Our City Forest AmeriCorps members will build capacity in the community by engaging volunteers and residents in cultivating plants and young trees at the nursery, planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods, schools and parks, and educating residents on environmental issues.  Technical training and experience gained as an Urban Forestry Specialist will help prepare members for arborist certification.  The position requires availability from Spring to August 2015.  Visit to apply.

 City of SJ Aquatics Positions Available

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence: In-Kind Donations Needed

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is in search of donations for women and children who have been victims of violence.  Next Door Solutions is accepting new donations such as: blankets, twin bedding, bath towels and wash cloths, clothing, jackets, gloves, lotion and body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and warm throws.

Donation Drop Off: Monday-Thursday 9 am - 8 pm, Friday 9 am- 5 pm at 234 E. Gish Road, Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95112.  If you wish to make a donation or have questions, please contact Donna Knowlton at (408) 501-7558 or 


Calendar of Events   

 Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Garden Party

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Cheetah Conservation Fund at an informal setting with Dr. Laurie Marker. Garden-inspired hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Tickets are $40.00 and can be purchased online at Event parking is located in the Senter Road lot. 

3rd Annual Dining Out For Life Benefit Concert

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7:00 PM

RockBar, 360 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA

Project MORE Foundation and Health Trust have partnered with the RockBar to host this year's Dining Out For Life Benefit Concert.  Doors will open at 7:00 PM with a silent auction, DJ, art gallery, photo booth, and live music beginning at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $10.00.  For more information, visit

Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority: Upcoming Events

Registration is required for some events; drop-ins are welcome at all other events. Rain may cancel, so please call ahead.  Visit for complete details.

Our City Forest's Community Nursery: Upcoming Workshops & Events

  • Saturday, April 4 - Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop (Limited Space - RSVP Only)
  • Saturday, April 25 - Earth Appreciation Day ; Native Plant Gardening Workshop
  • Tuesday, May 5 & Saturday, May 9 - Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza; music, arts & crafts, and workshops

All events are free, however, donations allow Our City Forest to continue these educational workshops year-round. For more information, visit the calendar of events, or email Renae at

San Jose State Field Day 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spartan Stadium, 1251 S. 10th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Spartan student-athletes will host a two hour field day for their youngest fans!  Spartans from many of San Jose State's teams will teach simple skills, play games & sign autographs!  Participants must be between the ages of 5 and 12 and wear athletic gear.  First 100 children in attendance will receive a FREE T-shirt!  Parking and admission are FREE.  For more information, contact Julie Stansberry at

2015 Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Monday, April 13, 2015, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110

The program will include music, speakers and a memorial candle-lighting ceremony followed by a reception. This event continues the County’s tradition of recognizing and honoring all the survivors and its community. For more information or to RSVP, please contact The-Vu Nguyen at (408) 299-5038 or

Housing Trust Silicon Valley's 15th Annual Investor Briefing

Friday, April 17, 2015, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Networking hour at 10:30 AM)

Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

The luncheon will feature a keynote by State Treasurer John Chiang and acknowledgement of the public and private partners who have invested in programs to increase affordable housing options in our region.  More information about Housing Trust Silicon Valley's event and other programs is available at  For tickets or to RSVP, please email

San Jose Building Permits & Safety Open House

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112

In conjunction with national Building Safety Month, the Department of Planning, Building & Code Enforcement invites you to learn about the permitting process and how permits work to keep your home safe.  Experts will provide presentations on when permits are needed, what they cost, and how a typical remodeling project is handled. Watch for more information at Please RSVP to






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