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200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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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.


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. The cornerstone of our work is the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

For more information including community events and resources,  please visit


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

Crime Prevention 
(408) 277-4133

Family & Domestic Violence Center
(408) 277-3700

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
911, (408) 277-8911 (cell phone)

Police Non-Emergency
311, (408) 277-8900 (cell phone)

 Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588

(408) 794-1900

Streetlight Repair
(408) 794-1903 7:00am - 4:00pm
(408) 277-8956 after hours

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900


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

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District 9 Staff

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Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide





December 2014 Newsletter




Dear Neighbor,

 On Tuesday, November 18th, the City Council heard testimony and voted in favor of creating a fee on new rental housing developments. The fee revenue will be a dedicated source of funding for subsidizing the development of new income-restricted affordable housing.

I think it’s important to be clear about what “affordable housing” is. When many people hear that term, they often think of what’s commonly known as “Section 8” or voucher subsidized rent. Section 8 units are regular, market-rate units with landlords that accept third-party rental assistance from the Housing Authority.

Instead, “affordable housing” is considered as units that fall around 30% of a person’s monthly income. Private developers build affordable units with tax incentives and City subsidies; by lowering their cost to build the units, they can “afford” to collect below market-rate rents. In return for the tax incentives and City subsidies, the developer agrees to maintain the income-restricted affordability of the building for 55 years. In San Jose, any household making less than approximately $80,000 a year can qualify for some form of income-restricted affordable housing. Unfortunately almost every affordable unit has a waitlist, some even being many months or years long.

The City had a revenue source for these City subsidies when the Redevelopment Agency was still in operation. When the State eliminated Redevelopment Agencies in 2011 that stream of funding was also eliminated and the City’s ability to partner with affordable developers almost stopped entirely. Two years ago the Council directed our housing staff to begin work on identifying whether there was a relationship between the development of market-rate housing and the need for affordable housing. A nexus study found that for every household that could afford to live in a market-rate unit, five new low-wage jobs were created: dry cleaners, grocery store clerks, teachers, etc., all who would need to live in below-market rate housing based on the income earned at those jobs.

An economic feasibility study was also completed to understand what (if any) level of fee the market could absorb. Across the different product types studied the average fee that could be absorbed (meaning, without increasing rents) was roughly $28 per square foot, with high-rise apartments struggling to absorb that fee level. Our professional staff made a number of recommendations on how to implement a fee, chiefly recommending a $17 per square foot fee level.

Understanding that the Housing Impact Fee is not going to be the silver bullet to fixing our housing shortage, it's important to look at other solutions outside of fee-based revenue. I authored a memo which asked the Council to adopt the fee at the $17 sq/ft level, and to do additional research on other types of development fees so that we can avoid saddling one industry with the entire responsibility of funding affordable housing. I also asked that we take a second look at the General Plan to ensure that our policies don’t place too many constraints on housing development.

Ultimately my recommendations were adopted alongside a few considerations by Councilmember Herrera, as well as the directive for a $17 per square foot fee by Councilmember Liccardo and Vice-Mayor Nguyen. I was thankful to hear from so many D9 residents on this important issue and look forward to working to find even more solutions to our shortage of affordable housing in the greater Bay Area region.

With that said, I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and spirits and with a roof over your head this holiday season. We all have so much to be thankful for.



Don Rocha


Community Meeting Notice: Unmanned Aerial System

A Note from your San Jose Neighborhoods Commission: The San Jose Neighborhoods Commission will be hosting a Public Forum on the SJPD Drone Program. SJPD presented their initial thoughts on the use of cameras for police work to the Neighborhoods Commission on November 12. A video can be seen here: and a copy of the presentation slides is here:

When: Saturday, December 6, 10 AM to 12 PM
Where: San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St. in the West Wing (room 118).
(free validated parking in the garage below: enter from 6th St) 


Five Important Holiday Reminders from Your Environmental Services Department

1.       Collection Schedule Changes

If your usual garbage and recycling collection or street sweeping day falls on or after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day, then your collection and street sweep will be one day later that week.


2.       Christmas Tree Recycling

Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your regular collection day between December 26, 2014 and January 30, 2015. Remove stands, tinsel, and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces. Set out by 6:00 a.m.

3.       Recycle Right!

Make sure you properly recycle or dispose of holiday materials. Place food scraps and food-contaminated paper products in your garbage container. For more detailed information, go to to view, print, or order a printed copy of the Recycling Guide, available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

4.       Got Cooking Grease?

Grease can cause sewer backups. Pour used cooking grease into an empty can. Let it cool, then throw away in your garbage.

5.       Extra holiday garbage? Sticker it!

Buy Extra Garbage Stickers at all libr?aries, Save Mart, Lucky, and Safeway stores in San José, or at the Customer Service Center on the first floor of San José City Hall. Place extra garbage in a 32-gallon plastic garbage bag labeled with an Extra Garbage Sticker on the curb near the garbage cart on your collection day.?

Leadership Program from the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley

The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley is accepting applications for its 2015 ELLA Program. This 6-month leadership program is designed to give emerging Latina leaders the self-confidence and 21st century skills to effectively advocate for their community. Please note that applicants must be 19-26 years of age and reside in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties.

For more information and to access the application please go to our website: application deadline is December 20, 2014. The program begins the last week in February.

2015 Freedom Train tickets are on sale NOW!

 The date of the 2015 Freedom Train is Monday, January 19, 2015.

The cost is $10.00 per person.

The FIRST person to purchase 30 Freedom Train Tickets will receive a 49ers Limited Edition #53 Navarro Bowman football. This item is valued at $50.00. This item cannot be purchased at any store. Only 500 were created.

The FIRST person who purchases 20 Freedom Train tickets will receive a 49ers baseball cap valued at $40.00!

You may purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets:!

Please go to our website at, and click on the Freedom Train tab for more information.

Don’t forget to look at the discounts the City of San Jose is offering to Freedom Train ticket holders only!

Please feel free to contact our President at, if you have any questions!

View Videos on Healthy Living at CreaTV

Health Trust TV is a 12-episode series, about healthy living in Silicon Valley. Visit them all to see the latest video for each, and to obtain all of the accompanying resources. Every 30 minute episodes kicks off with hosts, Adam Morella and Paloma Cano, and is packed with intriguing and educational segments:

Health Trust TV hopes to inform viewers about local health initiatives, and will provide an abundance of resources to help viewers live healthier lives. Health Trust TV is produced by CreaTV San Jose.

All Health Trust TV episodes will air on CreaTV Silicon Valley Channel 30, on Comcast Cable, every Wednesday at 7:00pm PST and Friday 8:30am PST. New episodes will air the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm PST. You can also catch the episodes on next day "on demand" also at


 Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice

Nov. 14, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015

Hawaiian Airlines returns as title sponsor and Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic figure skating gold-medal champion, again partners with her Always Dream Foundation and the San Jose Downtown Association to produce the rink.  This three-way partnership has existed now for five years. 

The outdoor rink at 120 S. Market St. has generated the holiday season merriment downtown for 19 years at three different locations.  Over 100,000 skaters and spectators are expected to attend Downtown Ice between Nov. 14 and Jan. 11.  The rink generates an estimated $3 million in economic impact to the downtown business community each year.

Over the past decade, skaters glide around 32 glimmering palms from which the rink gains its iconic form.  This season, the remarkable “Halo” light show returns for its second year, with lights continuously changing color and patterns.  Two nightly choreographed productions to music take place at 6:00pm and 9:00pm.

During November and early December, Downtown Ice is open 5:00pm-9:00pm Monday-Thursday, 5:00pm-midnight on Friday, noon-midnight on Saturday and noon-9:00pm Sunday.  During the winter break, the rink is open 11:00am-midnight daily.  Special holiday hours apply.  The $13-$17 admission covers skate rental and one unlimited session.  Discounts and details are at  The rink phone number is (408) 291-0525.

Downtown Ice is located within steps of Christmas in the Park displays and Winter Wonderland amusement rides.  These traditional downtown San Jose holiday attractions are paid for in part by the 5-kilomter TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley, this year on Dec. 14.  So be sure to take part in that fun run, where the contestants in costume all serve as parade grand marshals.  See

Combined with all of the upcoming stage performances, exhibits, places to dine and nightlife, more than half a million people come to Downtown San Jose during the holidays.  Check

Parking information is available at

CONTACT: Rick Jensen, Communications Director, San Jose Downtown Association, (408) 279-1775, x318

  Water District Continues Conservation Incentive Programs

If you have been thinking of participating in one of our programs, call our water conservation hotline at (408) 630-2554 or visit our website ( ) right away to determine if you are eligible and to get started.

Please do what you can to reduce your water use even further. As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, landscapes need less water, so don’t forget to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

We appreciate all of the businesses and residents who have let their lawns suffer this summer, proudly proclaiming that “Brown is the New Green.” You can get a free lawn sign, while supplies last, by signing up on the website listed below.

Please remember to use water wisely.

  Questions: Contact  Linda LeZotte, Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District (408) 265.2600.

 Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department

Sign up for a holiday event. Click here to view a complete listing of all events.

For registration assistance call 408-793-5565 or email

Community Center Volunteer Opportunities
Follow the link to learn more about volunteering opportunities at San Jose community centers 

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Senior Commission Vacancy


 Breakfast with Santa 

Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru

Experience a one-night only walking tour for the opening night of the largest holiday light show in Northern California. Admission is $5 for ages 3 and older, with free parking and free shuttles to the park. Please bring a donation of canned food to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Fantasy of Lights drive-thru experience begins December 8 and open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through December 24.
When: Saturday, December 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos
More Information: Call (408) 355-2201 or visit  


 Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy invites all to learn the art of incorporating unusual items found in nature into homemade wreaths. All basic materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along any greenery, lights, or ornaments that you would like to incorporate into your wreath. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.
When: Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose
More Information: Call (408) 298-7657 or visit

 Highway 85 Express Lane Project Meeting

The Almaden Valley Community Association will be hosting this meeting for the community. VTA Board Member Johnny Khamis will be present & VTA staff will present information on the SR-85 Express lanes proposal. This project would convert approximately 27 miles of existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lanes to express lanes. The project would also add a second HOV express lane (4th lane) between SR 87 and I-280.

If you would like to learn more about this project before the meeting please visit

When: Monday, December 8th, at 7:00pm 
Where: Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Room, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose

TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley

The TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley is a new tradition in San Jose benefiting Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice. It is a 5k run/walk that is fun for the whole family. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite holiday character or tradition such as Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves, dreidels, menorahs, ornaments, trees, and candlesticks.

When: Sunday, December 14 at 1 p.m.
Where: Santa Clara Street at Almaden Boulevard, San Jose
More Information: Visit



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