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District 9 2018 March Newsletter

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District 9 March Newsletter

In This Edition


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,

Over the last few months I’ve heard increasing concerns from Cambrian residents about crime. Property crime is the main source of concern—package theft, auto break-ins, and auto theft are the concerns I hear reported most frequently. Theft can be a very distressing experience, especially if you lose valuable possessions or are made to feel you are unsafe. I’d like to share with you some of the discussions that I’ve had with the Police Department about these concerns.

In February I met with the Police Chief to discuss crime trends in the Cambrian area. I asked whether the Police Department had observed an upward trend in crime. In response, the police crime analysis unit conducted a comparison of property crime rates in 2016 and 2017. They found that

2017 saw a slight increase in some neighborhoods in the Cambrian area and a slight decrease in others. The increases were due mainly to a slight increase in auto theft rates in 2017. Police staff indicate that they’ve seen an uptick in auto theft rates citywide over the past year, and that the slight uptick in the Cambrian area is in line with that trend.

This is useful background information, but as we continue into the spring and summer of 2018 I think it’s important to continue to monitor trends in our neighborhood and be vigilant against an upswing in crime. I’d like to give you a brief overview of some of the things that the City is doing to improve public safety, and also make some suggestions as to what residents can do to help ensure their neighborhoods stay safe.

As you probably know, the City has struggled to fill vacant police officer positions over the past several years. There’s good news on this front: after the signing of a new contract with the San Jose Police Officer’s Association last year that made the City’s compensation more competitive with other jurisdictions, the Police Department has had much better success at attracting new recruits. The Police Department reported in a council committee presentation last fall that their October policy academy class of 57 recruits was the largest we’ve ever had. The Department is still carrying quite a few vacant positions, but if we continue to have success at recruiting we will make progress at filling them and get more officers out on the streets.

In addition to the City’s efforts to get more officers out on the streets, there are also steps residents can take to help keep our community safe. I’d like to tell you about two City programs that can be of assistance. First, the City runs a Neighborhood Watch program that can help organize neighborhoods to be vigilant against crime. Knowing your neighbors and keeping an eye out in your neighborhood can be a useful strategy in deterring property crime. As part of the Neighborhood Watch program, Police Department staff can come and make a presentation to your neighborhood with some useful advice to protect yourself from property crime, handle suspicious activity in your neighborhood, and other relevant topics. You can contact the Neighborhood Watch program at (408) 277-4133.

Second, the Police Department’s STOP Program can be useful in dealing with trespassing issues. Through participation in the program, commercial and apartment property owners can allow police officers to enforce trespassing and other criminal laws on their property even when the owner is not present. This program can help our officers to enforce the law on private property where they would not otherwise have access. More information about the STOP program is available on the Police Department website.

Finally, my office is always available to help neighborhoods identify ways that we can respond to concerns about crime. For example, if your neighborhood would like to organize a neighborhood association to facilitate better neighborhood coordination around shared concerns and enhance communication with the City and the Police Department, I would be happy to provide assistance. Please feel free to contact my office by phone at (408) 535-4909 or by email at I’m confident that our community can respond to this challenge.


News & Announcements
Join Don 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 which park you'd like help clean.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

District 9 Neighborhoods Commission Vacancies

Represent District 9 in San Jose's Neighborhoods Commission! There will be two District 9 seat openings for the term starting in July 2018. Representatives MUST live in the District for which they are applying to qualify. For additional information, please contact Commission Secretary Sabrina Parra-Garcia. Applications can be submitted online.

Application deadline is Sunday, March 4 at 11:59 PM 

Help Us Define the City's Budget Priorities!

To kick off the City's annual budget process, Mayor Liccardo is asking residents to engage with its new budget application - Balancing Act. The website allows residents to view and test-edit different portions of the 2019 General Fund, all while trying to "balance the budget."

Visit the website to ensure your priorities are accounted for.

Upcoming Storm Update and Resources

After a dismally dry February, March has come in like a lion. Rain and snow has fallen in the mountains surrounding Santa Clara Valley, and the forecast shows several 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.

Become a San Jose Unified Board Member

Do you live in San Jose Unified School District's Trustee Area 4? Are you passionate about public education and leadership?

The San Jose Unified School District Board of Education will be making a provisional appointment to fill a vacancy in your Trustee Area. The provisional appointee will serve until the term of office expires in December 2018. The Board invites anyone who would like to be considered for this position to submit an application no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, March 9.

Please visit SJUSD's Board Vacancy page for more information on this opportunity.  

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.  

Know Your Rental Rights Workshop For Renters and Landlords

Please join the Housing Department to learn more about the Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) and Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO). This half-day workshop is for service providers who want to help clients with rental rights issues such as illegal rent increases and wrongful evictions. This free workshop is also designed to answer questions related to tenant/landlord laws recently passed in San José.

Friday, March 2, 2018

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM 

Cathedral of Faith

2315 Canoas Garden Ave., Multipurpose Room

San José, CA 95125

San Jose Giants Job Fair on March 3rd

The San Jose Giants 2018 season begins in less than 8 weeks and the organization is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who are committed to providing guests with an exceptional entertainment experience. All prospective job candidates must submit their resume for their desired position(s) via the San Jose Giants TeamWork Online page. Only applicants who have submitted their resume online will be invited to the team’s annual job fair on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Municipal Stadium.

Available positions include Concessions, Food and Beverage, Turkey Mike’s BBQ, Courtesy Crew Usher, Family Fun Zone, Retail Merchandise Sales Person, Field Staff, Cleaning Crew and Ticket Tacker.

Veggielution's 1st Saturdays and The Open Space Authority

In honor of its 25th Anniversary Year, the Open Space Authority will be co-hosting Veggielution's 1st Saturdays through May! Buy fresh, organic produce at the Farm Stand, take a cooking class, explore the Youth Garden, or participate in a yoga session. We will be giving away free seed pods so you can start your own garden at home! If you would like to volunteer for this event, visit Veggielution's website.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 

Veggielution Community Farm

647 S. King Road

San José, CA 95116

Grant Opportunities for the Community

The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), is pleased to announce that the guidelines for the 6th round of the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) are now available here. Applications due on March 12.

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.

Community Meeting for Caltrain Electrification Project

Join Caltrain staff for a community meeting about Caltrain electrification. Staff will provide information about ongoing and upcoming construction activities occurring in San Jose.

Construction activities are underway along the Caltrain line in San Jose, and set to continue in the coming months. Upcoming work includes ongoing tree pruning/removal, utility relocation, and signal/communication equipment inspection. In mid-late March, crews will begin work on the foundations for the overhead contact system poles. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities.

Monday, March 5, 2018

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Gardner Community Center

520 W. Virginia St.

San José, CA 95125

Meet the Artist Chosen for Paul Moore Park Mural Project

The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and Councilmember Rocha invite you to come meet Mona Caron, the artist selected for the Paul Moore Park mural project. Witness her marvelous wonders, and be part of her inspiration for this project.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

7:00 PM 

Paul Moore Park Community Center

1426 Hillsdale Ave

San José, CA 95118

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.

Upcoming Events

*Doerr Park's Baseball Field will be fenced off for renovations starting on March 1


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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