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November Newsletter

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

P: (408) 535-4909 
F: (408) 292-6471

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District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide

Dear Neighbor,

As California enters its fourth year of a record-breaking drought, there’s been much discussion around the effects a winter storm could have on our region. Climatologists are predicting an El Niño among the strongest on record. But even with average rainfall in a drought-stricken landscape, we should be especially prepared for what a wet and stormy winter could bring. Below are some important tips you can follow to ensure you and your family stay safe this winter season:

Storm Preparedness Tips

  • Prepare your home by trimming your trees and clearing out ditches, gutters, and other water collection ways.
  • Maintain your home’s roof and repair any leaks or damage.
  • Assemble an emergency kit, which includes food and water that could last at least 72 hours, as well as supplies including copies of important family documents, medications, first aid kit, warm blankets, dust masks, duct tape and plastic sheeting to shelter in place, fire extinguisher, matches in a water proof container, and other items.
  • Store up on plenty of batteries to power flashlights, hand-crank radios, and other devices you may need in the event of a power outage.
  • Storms can frighten or disorient pets, causing them to go missing. If you are a pet owner, make sure your pet is microchipped and is wearing a collar and tag that includes your current address and phone number.
  • Register your mobile phone for emergency notifications through Alert Santa Clara County (SCC) System.
  • The Santa Clara Valley Water District is the source of sandbag supplies. Sandbag sites are open from late November through April. View sandbag distribution sites.

Flood Safety Tips

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move to higher ground immediately.
  • Avoid parking along streams, rivers, and creeks, which flood quickly with little warning.
  • If stuck in your car as floodwaters rise, abandon the car and move to higher ground. If stuck in your car while water is moving, do not leave the car and call 911 immediately.

Report Storm-Related Issues

  • Report sewer back-ups, storm flooding, missing or damaged traffic signs, potholes, malfunctioning traffic signals, broken tree limbs, and other non-life threatening emergencies to the San Jose Department of Transportation’s 24-hour Emergency Dispatch Center: (408) 791-1900 weekdays from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM, (408) 277-8956 all other times, including weekends/holidays.
  • High winds and fallen trees can pull down lines and cause a power outage. Report a power outage in your neighborhood to PG&E's Electric Outage Information Line at 1-800-743-5002.

For more storm related resources and updates, I encourage you visit the City of San Jose's Office of Emergency Services website at

As always, please feel free to contact my office with any city-related issues or concerns. You can reach us at (408) 535-4909 or

Wishing you a safe November,

Don Rocha

News & Announcements
Cambrian Park Named #2 Best Neighborhood for Trick-or-Treating
Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods

Cambrian Park was named one of the top ten best neighborhoods in the country for trick-or-treating, courtesy of real estate experts at Zillow.  Deciding factors included walking distance between houses, crime rates, property value, and population of children under 15 years old. See which other cities made the cut!

Update on Branham Park Improvements
Branham Park Update

The long awaited improvements to Branham Park will unfortunately be completed later than expected.  The contractor that was awarded the project based on the lowest responsible bid is unable to perform the work according to the contract. 

The City’s Department of Public Works is working with an insurance company to now get this project under construction and finished by Summer 2016.  The work will include replacing the existing play lot including new play equipment, surfacing and shade covers, replacing the existing walking circuit with a new porous concrete walkway, planting vines along the chain-link fencing, two new security lights by the existing pavilion and irrigation repairs.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Dave Mitchell, Project Manager in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, at 408-793-5528 or

Change Your Clock, Check your Batteries

Sunday, November 1st marks the end of Daylight Saving Time, which means setting your clocks back one hour (fall back) and gaining an extra hour of sleep. It is also a great time to think about fire safety by replacing batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors inside your home.

Veterans Day Holiday Closure
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

San Jose City Hall and other City offices will close for Veterans Day and will reopen on Thursday, November 12, 2015. The Police and Fire Departments, and other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Holiday Rent-A-Tree

Go green with a zero waste live tree! Rent one for the month of December, and return or adopt-the-tree after 30 days!  Trees live on after the holiday in our schools, parks and neighborhoods.  Trees are available in a variety of species and sizes, while supplies last.  Prices range from $25-$95.  All purchases are tax deductible, and benefit the non-profit organization Our City Forest dedicated to connecting community and cultivating growth and protection of our urban ecosystem.

Recycle in a Big Way!

Do you have old items you've been meaning to get rid of, but won't fit in your garbage or recycling cart? Take advantage of the Large Item Collection Pilot Program. As a San Jose resident and single-family home, you may schedule one large item collection at no extra cost through June 30, 2016. With large item collections, you may leave up to three items at the curb which will be picked up by your recycling collection company. Large items include mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires and more. Call and schedule a pick-up date with your recycle collection company:

  • Downtown, north, east, and south San Jose, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • West San Jose, call Green Team of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

For more information, frequently asked questions, and a list of eligible items, visit

Winter Class Registration Open Now

Registration is now open for November and December leisure classes at Camden Community Center!  Discover, learn and play along the way with after school activities, sports, music classes, and more. For more information, call (408) 559-8553 or visit

Partners in Reading

Partners in Reading provides one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults whose reading or writing skills are below ninth grade level.  Partners in Reading is offering the following upcoming events:

  • New Learner Orientation: Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • New Tutor Orientation: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • New Tutor Training: Saturday, November 7 & 14, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

More information can be found at

Outdoor Classes for Homeschool Students
Homeschool ClassesGuadalupe Visitor & Education Center
438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy this fall for environmental science classes designed specifically for homeschool students! GRPC leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place. This month is the November Fight the Drought Series.

Drop-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred, space is limited. For more information, visit or call (408) 298-7657.

Cambrian Cub Scout Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

The Cambrian Cub Scout Pack is holding a holiday wreath fundraiser. Proceeds go toward the local Pack's badges, pins and activities for the year.  The cost is $25 for a 22'' wreath or a 15 ft. garland.  The items will be available for pick-up locally or delivered locally in the Doerr Park area between from November 22nd to December 2nd.  To place an order or for more information, please call or text Daniel Elek at (408) 813-1164.

Free Dental Screenings for Children

Healthier Kids Foundation's Dental First program is conducting free (donor funded) dental screenings for children Monday through Friday at your school, preschool, or day care center.  HKF will provide a licensed dentist and all children will receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.  Healthier Kids Foundation staff will help parents with any follow-up as needed.  Children age 6 months to 18 years old are eligible.

This program is a first come, first serve basis.  Make sure to schedule your screening today by contacting Sunny Ochoa at (408) 564-5114 x206 or

Upcoming Events
Vision Zero Community Meeting
Vision ZeroWednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Edenvale Branch Library
101 Branham Lane East, San Jose, CA 95111

The community is invited to attend an education and outreach meeting to discuss Vision Zero San Jose. The meeting will offer the community an opportunity to learn about Vision Zero and share their input and ideas about improving transportation safety on the Safety Priority Streets.  Representatives will be present from the Department of Transportation, Police Department, California WALKS and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.  To access the Vision Zero San Jose report, visit

Open Space Authority November Events
  • Starry Nights in Open Spaces - November 7
  • Healthy Parks, Healthy People Walk - November 7
  • Anza Expedition Hike - November 14
  • Turtle Talk - November 14
  • Nature Journaling for Beginners - November 15
  • Birds of Prey - November 21
  • Hike Your Pie Off - November 28

Visit for a complete list of events, times, and locations.  Some events require registration. For more information, call (408) 224-7476. 

Our City Forest Fall Plant Bonanza Sale
Fall Plant SaleSaturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
OCF Community Nursery
1000 Spring Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Join Our City Forest for the Fall Bonanza Plant Sale!  Attend free educational workshops on California native plants, drought-tolerant gardening, sheet mulching techniques as well as tree care demonstrations. ISA certified arborists will be available for tree questions from the public. 

The Community Nursery has a large selection of CA native and drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers.  30% off all shade and fruit trees (while supplies last).  There will also be live music, arts & crafts, Our City Forest information and a chance for visitors to reserve their Holiday Rent-A-Tree to celebrate the holidays in a more sustainable way this December.  For more information, visit or email

AAUW San Jose presents "Human Trafficking in Your Neighborhood"
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:30 PM - 12:20 PM
Bascom Branch Library
1000 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

Please join AAUW San Jose, in collaboration with the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, for a program that brings attention and awareness to the scope of trafficking in our community. Presentation by Heather Olson, 3Strands Global, Break Free Education Manager. Free to all members of the community. For more information, please contact Jacqui Gustaferro at

BusinessOwnerSpace Small Business Seminar
Small Business ForumFriday, November 13, 2015, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126

The City of San Jose’s partners invite you to a Small Business Seminar.  No-cost workshops will provide attendees with a greater understanding of marketing, tracking a business' bottom line, and how to secure funding, and more.  Workshops will also incorporate simultaneous translation in Spanish and Vietnamese.  Event information is available in EnglishSpanish and Vietnamese.  Additional information and registration are available at

A Beautiful Woman in Venice, Author Book Talk
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
We and Our Neighbors Clubhouse, 15480 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join author Kathleen Gonzalez as she redefines beauty in this engaging talk about the history of women in Venice from her latest book, A Beautiful Woman in Venice.  From writers to painters, courtesans to composers, boat racers to glass makers, Venetian women overcame obstacles to achieve greatness.  Gonzalez brings these women to life as she tells their stories.

This is a FREE event!  Please contact Vickie Johnson at (408) 482-1077 or to RSVP or obtain more information. Parking is available across the street at the Union Elementary School District office parking lot. Sweet treats will be served.  Books for purchase and signing will be available.

Applied Materials 2015 Turkey Trot
Turkey TrotThursday, November 26, 2015 (Race Times Vary)
Race Start: Santa Clara Street & Market
Festival Site: Guadalupe River Park

Register now for the Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot" on Thanksgiving Day.  Continue your healthy holiday tradition or start a new one with friends and family! This year, proceeds will go to five deserving beneficiaries.  The Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, is now in its 11th year and the total amount given to charity has exceeded $5 million. Choose from several events including the 5K and 10K runs and walks, and the kid's fun run. Elite runners, joggers, and walkers will enjoy the downtown San Jose course, which is flat, fast, and flows through downtown neighborhoods and business areas. Register online.

Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with SantaSaturday, December 5, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Camden Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

The City of San Jose, Camden Community Center, and Cambrian Park Kiwanis present Breakfast with Santa.  Start off your holiday season with a breakfast catered by HH catering, holiday crafts, and a visit with Santa:

Course #382.2.0700 - $10 per guest ages 16 months + up

Course #382.2.0701 - Free for children under 16 months

You must pre-register for this event. No walk-up registration will be accepted. For more information, call (408) 559-8553 or visit

Women in Law Enforcement
Women in Law EnforcementSaturday, December 5, 2015, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6087 Great Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95119

Explore career opportunities within the San Jose Police Department at an informational seminar:

  • Meet women behind the badge
  • Learn how to prepare for testing
  • Understand a police background check

The San Jose Police Department is hiring police officers, 911 dispatchers and call takers, and records/police data specialists.

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM. Register online at To obtain more information, please email


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


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