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District 9 2018 March Mid-Month Newsletter

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District 9 March Mid-Month Newsletter

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Councilmember Don 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,

As we get started with the budget planning process at City Hall, the City is asking residents to participate and give feedback by engaging with its new budget application - Balancing Act. This website allows residents to view and test-edit different portions of the 2019 General Fund, all while trying to balance the budget.

There are two ways you can adjust the budget: You can 1) change the way money is spent by increasing or decreasing the amount of money dedicated to certain items or 2) change the way money is brought in by increasing or decreasing revenue from different sources.

We want you to participate in the process to ensure your priorities are accounted for once the City's next budget takes shape.



The public comment period for the Notice of Preparation to the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Cambrian Park Plaza Project was extended until Thursday April 5, 2018.


Please share this information with anyone else you think may be interested in commenting on the scope of the Environmental Impact Report for this project.

Feel free to look through more information about this project and its Environmental Review process.    

News & Announcements
Join Councilmember Rocha at the Great American Litter Pickup!

Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up one of your Neighborhood Parks:

  • Houge Park: White Oaks Avenue
  • Butcher Park: Lancaster Drive
  • Branham Park: Tupolo Drive 

Lunch on Don will follow.

Send us an email letting us know which park you'd like help clean.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

Represent District 9 in SJ Youth Commission

Learn more about local government and civil service while beefing up your college resume! There will be a District 9 seat opening on the Youth Commission for a term ending May 31, 2019. Representatives MUST live in the District for which they are applying to qualify. For additional information, please contact Commission Secretary Betty Ramirez. Applications can be submitted online.

Application deadline is Sunday, April 8 at 11:59 PM 

Everybody Makes: Girls Day @ The Tech

You are invited to Everybody Makes: Girls Day @ The Tech this Saturday, March 17. This special event offers hands-on activities designed to empower girls along with their siblings and parents. Explore VR with Intel, visit the San Jose Public Library’s Maker[Space]Ship, learn how to develop an app and more!

You will also meet women doing great things in tech including the founder of DREAMer’s Roadmap, an app connecting DREAMers with resources to go to college; the creators of Shadow’s Edge, a free mobile game to empower teens to take charge of their emotional health; and an aerospace engineer from NASA.

The best part? All activities are free with admission! Get your tickets - Plan your trip now. 

Upcoming Storm Updates and Resources

Rain continues to fall in Santa Clara Valley, and the forecast shows more storms on their way. While unanticipated stream or storm drain blockages could always cause localized flooding during a rainstorm, we do not currently anticipate any creek flooding issues. In any case, it pays to be informed.

Visit the Santa Clara Valley Water District's website for flood safety tips, current reservoir levels, stream flows, and maps to free sandbag sites.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Deputy Administrative Officer Rachael Gibson, or call 408-781-4739. 

Flooding, Earthquakes, Wildfires - Prepare for the Unexpected

Personal emergency planning is the strongest defense we have against natural disasters.

We encourage all Santa Clara County residents to sign up now for AlertSCC and ReadySCC. These free preparedness tools will help protect you and your loved ones. Disasters may not give a warning - but we can plan ahead!

Are You Ready for the Magnificent 7 Parks Challenge?

With 28 regional parks encompassing 52,000 acres, Santa Clara County Parks are full of hidden hiking gems. Start 2018 by getting out of your routine and try a new trail (or seven!). Seven magnificent hiking adventures, all nearby, have been handpicked to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. And to entice you to hike the Magnificent 7, a commemorative t-shirt awaits those who complete the #PixInParks challenge! Learn more on the County Parks website.

Small Business Workshop "Launch Your Consulting Career"

Attend this workshop to learn how to plan, start, and grow your consulting business from City departments and business assistance partners in San José. This workshop is organized by the City's Business Owner Space (BOS) program. For more information and to RSVP for this workshop, visit the Eventbrite page or contact Business Services Coordinator Nakisa Hupman. Interpreters will be available to provide Spanish and Vietnamese translation.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Camden Community Center

3369 Union Ave

San José, CA 95124

Volunteer at AHUMC's Warming Center for Homeless Women

Almaden Hills United Methodist Church is hosting a warming center for homeless women and is looking for volunteers to help. You don't need to be a member of the church or any church at all.  The shelter will run through April 7 and is open from 7 AM to 7 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There are various ways for each volunteer to support this effort: Some can cook, others can listen, provide company and help in many other ways.

Please sign up or contact Bruce Eshleman for any questions or concerns.  

Icy Weather Conditions in The Tech Studio

Sharkie, defenseman Dylan DeMelo and students from Third Street Community Center helped The Tech Museum drop the puck for their latest activity—Innovation on Ice: Zamboni® Design Challenge. Visitors experiment with friction, weight distribution and wind power, inventing an eco-friendly vehicle to resurface the ice before a San Jose Sharks game. It’s the latest activity developed as part or The Tech's partnership with The Sharks Foundation and SAP.

Hurry in! This activity is available in The Tech Studio through Saturday, March 17. 

Community Meetings on Zoning Code Updates for Secondary Units (ADU)

Attend a set of upcoming Community Meetings to discuss proposals that would update Chapter 20.30, “Residential Zoning Districts,” of the San José Municipal Code (Zoning Code) for Secondary Units (ADU). The proposed updates would include clarifying changes to lot size, setbacks, height, parking exemptions and definitions; and other related modifications to Title 20. Information on pending Municipal Code changes is available for your review.

You are welcome to attend this meeting and speak on this item. Your participation in the planning process will help staff consider the community’s input. Please let us know if you'd like to participate in this community meeting, by sending us an email.

A. Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5.30 p.m.- 6.30 p.m. at the Almaden Community Center - Information can be found here

B.  Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6.30 p.m.- 7.30 p.m. at the Alum Rock Community Library - Information can be found here

C. Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7.00 p.m.- 8.00 p.m. at the Willow Glen Community Center - Information can be found here                                          

Community Forums on Bascom Avenue Complete Streets Study

Join project staff in discussing the Bascom Complete Streets Study at two community forums scheduled this April 18 & 19 at 6:00 PM. Your feedback gathered during the first round of public meetings and through an online survey was incorporated into the design alternatives. These changes will be on display for review. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6:00 PM 

Bascom Community Center

100 South Bascom Avenue

San José, CA 95128

Thursday, April 19, 2018

6:00 PM 

Farnham Elementary School

15711 Woodland Road

San José, CA 95124

Grant Opportunities for the Community

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is now accepting applications for The Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Grants Program. Click here for more information on funding availability and application requirements. Applications due on March 30.

SJCity FIT Fitness Programs

Do you like working out? are interested in instructor-led classes? Spin, Stretch, Yoga, and Zumba our a few of the classes offered through the PRNS SJCITY FIT program. Classes are offered at Almaden, Bascom and Camden Community Center. Drop-in and pick classes based on your needs. Monthly, or yearly memberships are available for purchase. For more information, please call Camden Community Center at 408-559-8553, or visit any of the locations listed.

Do Something Fun this Summer

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is looking for qualified candidates to fill Lifeguarding, Recreation Leader, and Family Camp Counselor positions, which facilitate meaningful and fun summer programs for participants of all ages across San José. Visit our Careers website and select Open-Competitive Recruitments, to apply for these available positions.

Apply to Serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee for the SF Bay Restoration Authority

Passed by voters in 2016, Measure AA is expected to generate $25 million annually for Bay restoration over the next 20 years. Funding from this measure will allow for the restoration of thousands of acres of natural habitat for wildlife, support our local economy, improve access to public lands, address flooding issues, and create thousands of new jobs.The Authority's Governing Board seeks six individuals to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

The Committee has three main roles:

  1. Annually review the Authority's conformance with Measure AA;
  2. Review the Authority's audits and expenditure and financial reports; and
  3. Publish an annual report of its findings, which will be posted on the Authority's website.

For more information, visit the SF Bay Restoration Authority's website or contact Karen McDowell, Project Manager, SF Bay Restoration Authority.

*Applications are due by March 30, 2018.

Going NATIVE Gaden Tour

Since 2003, the Bay Area’s pioneering Going Native Garden Tour has showcased gardens featuring California's native plants. This community-based tour is free of charge to the public. Each year’s tour features 40-70 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open garden format.  The gardens on the tour demonstrate reduced water use, reduced chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants.

Over the years, we’ve had thousands of visitors view the gardens. Many of these visitors are either familiar with native gardens or passionate about them. We believe attracting people who may not have previously considered native gardens, will help to educate and inspire them to replace some or all of their water-intense lawns and other non-native landscaping. 

Register to receive the list of gardens by visiting the tour website or email any questions.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Gardens in: San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Gardens in: Cupertino, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell, San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy

Bring Your Family to the Spring Egg Hunt!

Welcome the Spring season with a morning full of fun activities and creating family memories. There will be an egg hunt for each age group, a special prize for those who find the GOLDEN EGG, and children will be able to create holiday-themed Arts & Crafts. Join in on the fun!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Camden Community Center

3369 Union Ave

San José, CA 95124

Happy Hollow Edzoocation Spring and Summer Camp Registrations Now Open

Zoos and aquariums play an important role in conservation education, and Happy Hollow Park & Zoo encourages children of all ages to embrace their wild side at upcoming spring and summer camps. Registration is now open, and the camps are uniquely themed to provide interactive learning experiences. Spring camp runs from April 2 to April 6, 2018 and campers will be learning about rainforest animals. Summer camp begin June 11 and run through August 17, 2018.

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose is proud to present My San Jose, a state-of-the-art mobile tool that allows you to quickly and easily report common service requests such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, streetlight outages, and illegal dumping. You can also report through the web portal at the app today.

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... Most residential burglaries occur during daylight hours?  How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are easy targets?  What to do if you see a suspicious person on your street? That crime rates in Neighborhood Watch communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?

SJPD is anxious to help residents implement Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhoods. For more information or to set up a meeting, call 408-277-4133.

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County. Call to schedule your pickup:

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

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company. Visit for more information.

Other Upcoming Events


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Concerns (408) 975-1440
Homeless Helpline (408) 510-7600
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
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide
Carol Stephenson Policy Aide


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