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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 June Newsletter




Click on Links below to sign up for city-wide classes including the Aquatics Brochure

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 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) 794-1900 (7am-4pm)
(408) 277-8956

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

District 9 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Marisa Melo
Policy Aide

Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide








Dear Neighbor, 

As June begins, the City Council is approaching its final decision on a budget for the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1st. Developing a budget this year has been easier in some ways than past years because our improved fiscal situation allows us to add back services, but that doesn’t mean that this budget is without its challenges. It’s good that we’re adding back services, but given the problems that have arisen in our community because of past cuts—most notably our recent public safety problems that are at least in part due to an understaffed police department—it’s critically important that we spend our resources wisely and add back services in a way that will have maximum benefit for residents.

 I’d like to start by giving you a general sense of what my budget priorities have been so far, and then provide a link to all budget proposals issued by City Councilmembers in case you would like to read further. First, here’s my take on priority areas: 


  • Public Safety – Whether it’s the increased burglary rate, gang violence, or the proliferation of Medical Marijuana dispensaries, I’ve heard about public safety concerns again and again from community members.  The good news is that we are putting money towards increased public safety services in this budget. The challenge is to spend that money wisely.  One of the largest public safety investments in the proposed budget is a plan to open the South San Jose Police Substation, which will cost $2.3 million in ongoing funds.  The argument in favor of opening the substation is that it will generate operational efficiencies that will mean cops spend more time on patrol. My opinion is that at some point opening the substation may make sense, but right now our focus needs to be on building back our very understaffed Police Department and hiring for the many open officer positions that have resulted from a wave of retirements and resignations. Opening the substation will make sense at some point, but not this year.


  • Traffic Safety – I regularly hear concerns from residents about traffic safety, especially around schools. The City cut back its traffic calming program in past years due to budget deficits; as money becomes available, I believe we need to target problem areas for traffic safety improvements.


  • Libraries – By approving a library bond a little more than a decade ago, San Jose voters made it possible to build all of the wonderful new branch libraries that have opened in recent years. Unfortuantely, these facilities are only open four days a week, and some are not open at all on weekends. Given that voters agreed to pay for building new libraries, I think we have an obligation to make sure that they’re open for business.


  • Homelessness – I’ve heard repeated concerns from residents in District 9 and across the City about homeless encampments, especially along creeks. These camps pose quality of life and public safety problems for the general public, but also are unhealthy and unsafe for the people who live in them. I’m pleased that the proposed budget includes $3.3 million in funding for homeless encampment clean-up and homeless outreach. This money will be spent to fund encampment clean-ups as well as to hire four additional park rangers and an outreach coordinator to coordinate and oversee cleanups. I’m pleased with this renewed focus on encampments, but also believe that we need a comprehensive approach to homelessness that not only deals with symptoms, like encampments, but also the underlying causes like the lack of affordable housing.


  • Staffing Levels – Due to past cuts, staffing levels across all City departments are on the low side. To make matters worse, the City has seen an increasing level of retirements and resignations in recent years, making it difficult to keep the positions that we do have funding for filled (keeping positions filled has especially been a problem in our police department, compounding our public safety challenges.)  I think we need to put a priority not only on adding back positions, but also on retaining the employees we do have. 


I’ve put forward a number of specific proposals on these topics as what are known as “budget documents.” You can read budget documents from myself and other councilmembers at this address: (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Mine are budget documents 57-72.) The Mayor will sort through all of these proposals and include some in his Budget Message, released on May 31st. The Council, in turn, will vote on the Budget Message on June 11th. 

Resident feedback is key in helping me set my budget priorities—many of the priorities I list above come directly from conversations I’ve had with constituents. Last Tuesday, I hosted a community budget meeting for residents of District 9 and had the opportunity to hear thoughtful feedback from constituents on a range of issues, including public safety concerns, volunteer opportunities, the anti-graffiti program, City trail facilities, and many other issues. If you have any thoughts or feedback regarding budget issues, please get in touch with my office. You can reach us at or by phone at 535-4909.




Donald Rocha 


Volunteer To Serve On A County Commission 

The County has a number of commissions on a variety of topics. Each commission is made up of County residents who volunteer their time. The commissions serve as advisory bodies to the Board of Supervisors and link the Board to different communities of interest. Currently, there are a number of positions open for appointment from District Four.

Animal Advisory Commission • Board of Plumbing Examiners (must be a licensed plumbing contractor) • West Valley Flood Control and Watershed (North Central Zone)

 To learn more about County Commissions, go to

 If any of the openings interest you, please contact Michelle Collins at (408) 299-5040 or



Green Energy Match Helps You Save Money and Energy


Green Energy Match (GEM) helps reduce your PG&E bill by finding wasted energy in your home. This FREE program, sponsored by the City of San José, has over 650 households participating with an average savings of $35 per month.


Sign up for GEM now, and you'll get specific advice based on your home's energy use. Even better, if you save 5% in the next month, you'll receive coupons for 50% off at more than a dozen San José pizza places, restaurants, and other shops -- AND every 5% saved is also an entry into a raffle to win a $50 gift card from these San Jose merchants in a monthly drawing.


You can also get weekly energy-saving tips and trivia (and a chance to win a $10 gift card!) by texting ENERGY to 68398 (or ENERGIA para Espanol). Msg & data rates may apply. Max of 8 msgs per month. May opt out at any time by texting STOP.



PRNS community centers are bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone. There are a wide variety of classes, sports programs, fitness classes, therapeutic programs, and special events for individuals of all ages.

The Camden Community Center, home to Councilmember Rocha’s Annual Celebrate Cambrian Event is conveniently located in the heart of Council District 9, just off Highways 85 and 17/880!

For more information on the summer offerings at Camden, please visit the following link: 

Camden Community Center Summer Brochure



Rattlesnake Safety Tips 

With summertime around the corner, many of us will be spending more time outdoors, taking advantage of the many activities Santa Clara County has to offer. But while we are enjoying our time outside, the warm weather will also encourage rattlesnakes to come out.
Keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes should be part of everyone's outdoor routine when taking to the hills and open spaces. About 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. annually but only 1 out of 500 venomous snake bites result in serious injury. Last year in Santa Clara County, over 15 people were bitten and all were successfully treated and released from medical care.
Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services and the Santa Clara County Fire Chiefs Association offer these safety tips:
• If you see a snake, stop and keep your distance. Give the snake plenty of room to get away. • Wear heavy boots that are four inches above the ankle, and long pants when hiking. • When it’s hot, snakes seek cool areas. Always watch where you step and be sure to look for snakes in areas of high brush, under logs and when stepping over logs or fallen trees. • When it’s cool, snakes seek warmer areas. Be observant for snakes sunning on rocks or trails, especially in the cooler times of day. • Never try to touch a snake or scare it away; give the snake its space and back away to a safe place. • Tell a ranger or park staff if you see a snake, and never try to catch it.
In the rare case of being bitten by a snake, remember these steps:
• Do not panic, remain calm, and slowly move away from the snake. • Call 9-1-1 or send someone for help. • Do not apply cold pack, tourniquet, cut the bite, or attempt to suck-out venom • Avoid movement of the area that was bitten. • Keep the bite at or below heart level. • Do not attempt to kill or catch the snake but do try to remember what the snake looked like. • If you have time, take note of the time of the bite. • Remember, remain calm and wait for help.
Keeping these few simple tips in mind will not only help to reduce the chance of a snakebite, but will help you better enjoy your outdoor activities.



Talent Search



Year Up  






 Free Pet Adoptions

Date: Saturday and Sunday June 1-2

Location:  San Jose Animal Care Center 2750 Monterey Rd.

 This event is sponsored by Maddie’s Fund Family Foundation.

 For more information, call (408) 794-7297.

 Pet Adoption



Longhorn Stampede 5K Run/Walk at

Leigh High School


Come be part of history and join the 1st Annual Longhorn Stampede Run/Walk, supported by Councilmember Donald Rocha, and organized by Firstwave Events, one of California's premier event companies.

 Date: Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Time: 9:00AM

Location: Leigh High School

   The Longhorn Stampede 5K will benefit Performing Arts, Sports & Spirit programs at Leigh.It provides an opportunity for kids, families and friends, and businesses from across the community to participate in a positive and healthy event. But sign up now! The Longhorn Stampede 5K Run / Walk is limited to the first 1500 participants! For more information and to sign up:

Please note the following street closures for the event. 

  Street Closures


Summer Reading Celebration Kickoff Event at King Library 

Summer Reading



flag raising



Partners in Reading 



 Whole Foods



Food Ware Vendor Open House 

Food establishments are invited to participate in the Vendor Open House to learn more about the proposed phaseout ordinance, speak with restaurants who have already switched from foam to alternatives, and identify foam free replacement containers and costs. Additionally, food ware vendors will showcase alternative containers.

Date: Wednesday, June 5

Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM or 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Location: Bascom Community Center 1000 S. Bascom Ave.

 If you have questions, please contact or (408) 975-2586



Summer Book Sale

Date: Saturday, June 8

Time: 10:00AM-5:00PM

Location: Pearl Avenue Library at 4270 Pearl Ave.

Plenty of gently used fiction, non-fiction, children's titles, media. You might even find the perfect Father's Day gift!

Proceeds benefit programming at the branch. For more information, call (408) 808-3053.



Dream Youth Conference



Dine Downtown San Jose:

Three courses, one prix fixe price June 21-30

New and regular customers alike can savor the tastes of Dine Downtown June 21-30. More than 20 restaurants will offer three-course meals including appetizer or salad, entre and dessert at a prix fixe price. 

Downtown San Jose restaurants participating for the fifth consecutive year are: 19Market; 71 Saint Peter Mediterranean Grill; Arcadia – A Michael Mina Steakhouse; Bella Mia; Billy Berk’s; Britannia Arms Downtown; Fahrenheit; Loft Bar and Bistro; Mezcal; Morton's The Steakhouse; Paolo’s; and San Pedro Square Bistro & Wine Bar. 

More participating restaurants this year include: Cafe Stritch; La Pastaia Ristorante & Enoteca; Los Gatos Brewing Co.; Motif; Nemea Greek Taverna; Orchestria PalmCourt; and Vino Vino.

Since 2009, Dine Downtown has successfully positioned downtown San Jose as a dining destination, increasing awareness of downtown’s restaurants. Dine Downtown customers come back again and again, trying new places and returning to familiar favorites. 

All the information is at

For a preview, Dishcrawl will host a Dine Downtown “Neighborfood” event Wednesday, June 19, 5:00PM-8:00PM, that includes tastes from eight participating restaurants. Entry tickets are $5 and available at

For the first time, Dine Downtown will be presented by a sponsor – Sysco, the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants and other customers who prepare meals away from home. For each meal prepared during Dine Downtown, Sysco will donate $1 to San Jose’s Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen. Also, Open Table will again take Dine Downtown reservations.

San Jose Downtown Association produces Dine Downtown. Other sponsors include: Metro Newspapers, Team San Jose, MIX 106.5, 94.5 KBAY, El Observador and KCBS.



YSI Summer Camps




Family Camp at Yosemite 

Please visit the City website for further information  

Family Camp 



The 8th Annual Celebrate Cambrian Festival  

 Date: Sunday, August 25

 Time: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

  Location: Camden Community Center 3369 Union Ave.

 Come and join a day filled with fun featuring local live entertainment, organized children activities, a resource fair, local District 9 restaurants selling food, and inflatable bounce houses, obstacle course, and water slides! If anyone is interested in participating in this year’s festival please contact Vanessa Compean at (408) 535-4909 or We can’t wait to see you there!



National Night Out

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San Jose Police Department. Your neighborhood is invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013.

National Night Out is designed to:

Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.

Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.

Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.

Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Register your neighborhood for this year’s event today. Registration is free and gives police and other city representatives an opportunity to attend local events as time and circumstances permit. You do NOT have to be a current Neighborhood Watch neighborhood to participate. National Night Out is for everyone! Register now and begin planning your event as soon as possible.

The City of San Jose is a nationally registered participant in this year’s event. To register locally contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit (408) 277-4133 or mail your registration to:

SAN JOSE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT201 W Mission StreetSAN JOSE,CA95110 (408) 277- 4133


Registration due on or before July 26, 2013

Join us today by registering your neighborhood and help us GIVE CRIME AND DRUGS A GOING AWAY PARTY!

For additional ideas or questions, contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit (408) 277-4133 and online at SJPD.ORG.



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