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San Jose, CA 95113

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District 9 February 2014 Newsletter


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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

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for lunch menus and nutrition and wellness information.


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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 (recording)

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
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February Newsletter 2014



Dear Neighbor,

I am pleased to be in a position to provide some good news on the discussion of enforcement and regulation of Medicinal Marijuana Collectives in our City. I continue to share your concerns about how and where medicinal marijuana collectives locate, and their proximity to sensitive locations such as schools, community centers, libraries, and homes. Given those concerns, I issued a memorandum for the December 10, 2013 Council Meeting asking staff to move forward with expanding priority enforcement efforts and to come back with a complete regulatory program. In the December 10, 2013 meeting, the Council adopted my memorandum and directed to Administration to close collectives that are located within:

(1) 1,000 feet of public and private schools, child daycare centers, churches with child daycare centers, community/recreation centers, parks, libraries and other Collectives;

(2) 500 feet of substance abuse rehabilitation centers; and

(3) 150 feet of residential uses (with immediate attention focused on those Collectives that share a “zero lot line” with residential uses). A zero lot line is a collective that is located directly adjacent to a residential home.

The Council also directed City Administration to come back to Council within (90) days, sometime this March, with a regulatory program that takes a number of items into consideration including, but not limited to, the hours of operation, appropriate zoning for Collectives to locate, diversion of medicinal marijuana to minors, and tracking the source of medicinal marijuana and the revenues coming from its distribution. For more details on my memorandum please visit the following link:

Since the December Council meeting, our Code Enforcement Division of the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement has identified 28 Collectives which share a zero lot line with residential uses. As of January 13, 2014 half of those collectives have been sent a Compliance Order ordering them to shut down and the remainder will be issued Compliance Orders in the near future. As this process develops, I will continue to keep you informed and hope that you will share your perspective with me and my colleagues on the City Council. Any ordinance that the Council develops is sure to be opposed by some faction of the community, and a strong neighborhood voice will be critical in finding a path forward for San Jose residents and businesses.

If you have thoughts on this or any other topic, feel free to contact my office at or by phone at 535-4909.



Donald Rocha


American Heart Association’s Half-Marathon Training Program

Check out the American Heart Association’s half-marathon training program for runners and walkers. It starts up on 2/8, with training locations throughout the Bay Area. A modest fundraising minimum is required. Walking is a great first step to becoming heart healthy, and the money raised will be spent locally on community education, policy outreach, and medical research. Please see the website for more info:

San Jose,  Litter Clean Up Contest - February 14

The City of San José's Environmental Services Department is partnering with Litterati to host a litter photo contest this Valentine's Day, February 14th. Prizes include tickets to: Amaluna from Cirque Du Soleil, a Broadway San José Musical, and a SJSU Spartans Basketball Game.

Here’s how it works:

1. Find one piece of litter within San José on February 14th

2. Photograph it and share it on Instagram

3. Add hashtags #keepsjclean and #litterati to the caption

4. Throw away, recycle or compost the litter 

By photographing and picking up litter, we can increase awareness of litter's impact on the environment and clean up our City one piece at a time.If you have any questions, please contact: Emily Kurth at City of San José Environmental Services Departmen

P.S. As a special offer with this contest, Cirque Du Soleil is offering $10 off for select shows:

 COPA Coca-Cola Soccer Tournament

 COPA Coca-Cola, an international youth soccer tournament, is coming to the San Jose area! The tournament will give young soccer players the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to win a trip to the COPA Coca-Cola® Soccer Camp in Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Coca-Cola is inviting Boys & Girls Clubs teens, between the ages of 13 and 15 years old, to participate in this FREE tournament.

To participate, teens must sign up as part of a five to seven-player team at between now and February 16, 2014. The first round of tournament play will be held in Morgan Hill, CA. Contact Adam John at with any questions.


Community Meetings to Provide Input on San Jose's 2014-2022 Housing Element

Every several years, cities are required to plan for future housing needs through the State Housing Element process. We would greatly appreciate and value your input to help shape San Jose's plan for the 2014-2022 period by sharing what you feel are the most important housing needs and issues in the city. As San Jose continues to grow, as demographics of our population continue to evolve, and as the economy continues to improve - perhaps unevenly - what housing needs should the City address? More housing for seniors? A variety of housing to support the local economy and workers of different incomes? Other concerns and/or opportunities?

We encourage you to participate and share your thoughts at one of the upcoming public workshops to help shape the future of San Jose. Each of the meetings will cover the same material. All are welcome - please feel free to invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone else you feel may be interested. Spanish and Vietnamese translation services will be available as needed. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

February 6, 2014

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Mayfair Community Center

2039 Kammerer Avenue

San Jose, CA95116

February 10, 2014

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Willow Glen Community Center

2175 Lincoln Avenue

San Jose, CA95125

February 20, 2014

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Berryessa Community Center

3050 Berryessa Road

San Jose, CA95132

February 25, 2014

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Calabazas Branch Library1230 S. Blaney Avenue

San Jose, CA95129

To stay up-to-date on the Housing Element process, sign up for future announcements and notifications or visit the city's website. Should you have any questions, please contact Michael Bills with the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, or Wayne Chen with the Housing Department. (408) 535-3860 

  Family Camp at Yosemite: Online Registration for 2014 Summer Season

Returning for another year of family memories, Family Camp at Yosemite is proud to announce the launch of a new online registration system for the 2014 summer season. Get a jumpstart with the online reservation system by creating your Camper Profile today. Visit, create your Camper Profile, and get your family and friends ready for Online Reservations opening on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Setting up your profile only takes a few minutes, so get started today! Please contact the Family Camp Office at (408) 794-6208 if you have questions or need additional




Super Guadalupe River Run

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday in San Jose with the Super Guadalupe River Run! Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, with sponsorship from San Jose Water Company.

Date: Sunday, February 2

Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles, run a 3.1 mile buttonhook, or tackle the kids’ 1K quarterback sneak, you'll earn your guacamole on the Guadalupe. Huddle up with family, friends, training partners, or co-workers and cross the goal line to score guilt-free indulgence during the game.

The run starts at 438 Coleman Ave in downtown San Jose. For more information, visit . Proceeds benefit Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s education and stewardship efforts. 

 Sixth Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit

On behalf of the City of San Jose, we would like to invite you to attend the Sixth Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit sponsored by the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force. The purpose of this summit is to promote and encourage partnerships among residents, the City of San Jose, and local community-based organizations to build a safer and more vibrant city.

The summit will feature informational workshops, a community resource fair, and a free lunch for participants. Workshop topics include: Gang 102 and a Way Out, Faith Initiative, SJPD Community Safety Strategies, and Parent Engagement and Resources. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP online by Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Space is limited, so please sign up early. If you have any questions, please call the Mayor's office at (408) 535-4800. Register Now!

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8

Time: 8:30am-2:00pm

Location: Mt. Pleasant High School Theater 1750 S. White Rd. San Jose, CA 95127

Lam Research "Heart & Soles 5K"

This timed "fun run" is designed for everyone. Get a little exercise and help us to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause. Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K” supports “Salad Bars for Santa Clara County Schools,” an initiative of state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s “Team California for Healthy Kids Initiative.” Over the next three years, the "Heart & Soles 5K" wants to raise funds to place 100 salad bars in Santa Clara County K-8 schools. There will be a 5k Run/Walk for participants ages 8 and up and a Kids Fun Run for participants ages 2-7. Registration costs $38 and $12, respectively.

More Information: Register at

Date: Saturday, February 8  

Time: 9:00am

Location: Hellyer County Park, 985 Hellyer Avenue, San Jose 

Heart & Soles 5K is an effort through Team California for Healthy Kids, an initiative by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Salad bars in our K-8 schools encourage healthy eating habits, help reduce obesity and promote overall health that will make kids better learners.
Visit to learn more.

Fundraiser for the Legal Advocacy Fund

San Jose Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women). We've been around since 1881, and our mission is "to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research."

We have an exciting event we are sponsoring as a fundraiser for the Legal Advocacy Fund. LAF supports plaintiffs in sexual discrimination lawsuits and promotes compliance with Title IX.

Date: Saturday, February 15

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Le Petit Trianon Theater 72 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 95112

The fundraiser consists of a silent auction plus two hours of music and dance from around the world. Tickets are $25,($10 of ticket price is tax deductible). To purchase tickets, call Kathy Bechly (408) 768-8271 or Mary Lou Hajduk (408) 979-1813

The San Jose Branch of AAUW not only supports national programs such as the Legal Advocacy Fund, but we raise money for local women to complete their college educations, we have a huge Gifts for Teens holiday project, a science enrichment program at John Muir Middle School...and more. Our website is . (For complete information on the organization visit the national website

 Committee for Green Foothills Stegner Bench Hike

Date: Sunday, February 16

Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm

Location: Long Ridge Open Space Preserve

Celebrate the birthday of CGF founder, Wallace Stegner, on a scenic hike at the Long Ridge Open Space Preserve through Oak woodlands, grasslands, and redwood- Douglas fir forests to visit the stone bench dedicated to Stegner. The hike is 4.6 miles round trip and takes approximately 1 1/2 hours each way. Please note: There is no water or restrooms on site

  • Light refreshments will be available at Stegner’s bench, but please bring water and any snacks you may wish to enjoy during the event

  • Let us know if you have any physical limitations or allergies that we should be aware of. If you would like to join us, but feel that you will be unable to hike, we can make arrangements for those who would like a ride out to the bench for the presentation portion of the event

  • Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on this portion of the Long Ridge Open Space Preserve

Space is Limited! To RSVP please contact Elizabeth Sarmiento at: or 650-968-7243 ext. 340

Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to a very special event: The 2014 State of the City Address

Date: Thursday, February 20

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

(Doors Open at 6:00pm; Program Starts at 6:30pm)

Location: McEnery San Jose Convention Center

150 W. San Carlos Street San Jose, CA 95113

Seating is limited. Register by Sunday, February 16 to attend.

To RSVP or for more event information, please visit:

There is no charge for this year’s event.

 Registration is now open for the 2014 Children's Summit

 The theme of this year's Summit is "We are all in this Together"

Date: Friday, February 28th

Time: 8:00am - 1:30pm

Location: Microsoft Corporate offices in Mountain View 1065 La Avenida Mountain View, CA 94043

Our keynote speaker is Stephen Black, grandson of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black and founder and president of Impact Alabama. Impact Alabama is making big change for Alabama's children and youth. Mr. Black is an amazing speaker focusing on our responsibility to create a community where children are cherished and have the opportunity to be successful in learning and life.

The following workshops will be offered at the Children's Summit:

  • Common Core Educational Standards: A Brave New World for Us
  • The Political Landscape for Children in California
  • Creating Communities for All Ages: Common Goals, Inter generational Solutions
  • Youth Development: Understand it, Measure it, Impact it!
  • School Linked Services: Enhancing Partnerships between Schools and their Families
  • Social Emotional Learning and the Common Core - A Perfect Fit!
  • Improving Outcomes for Dually Engaged Youth - Youth Crossing Over Between the Dependency and Juvenile Justice Systems
  • Decreasing Suspensions by Increasing School Engagement - Strategies for Change

Don't delay in registering for this year's Children's Summit. Space is limited this year, so be sure to get your ticket while you can. We also have tables & sponsorships available. Please contact for more information. Register here! 

  Girls Leadership Initiative Event

Co-sponsored by Councilmember Donald Rocha

Workshop space available for 4th and 5th grade girls and parents! Sign up now!

Girls Leadership training

Senior Walk and Resource Fair at Oakridge Mall

Senior walk


Branham High School Fundraiser 

BHS Casino Night







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