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District 9
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
Fax (408) 292-6471

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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





October 2014 Newsletter




Dear Neighbor,

Over the past month a very popular topic of conversation has been our local crime statistics, both reported and perceived. On September 17th, I asked our Police Department to answer questions about how data was analyzed to ensure that we had a complete picture of what our crime statistics mean. To be sure, our Police Department has been dropped into difficult circumstances over the past few years, but there can be little doubt that both the officers out on the street every day as well as Chief Larry Esquivel and his command staff have responded to challenges with great dedication and ingenuity.  In his press release on crime statistics, the Mayor was right to assign credit for crime rate improvement to the men and women of our Police Department; I join him in giving them our thanks. 

Part of the purpose behind the questions I posed in my memorandum to the September 17th Rules and Open Government Committee was to ensure that we hear from our staff about what challenges remain.  I don’t seek to highlight these challenges for the purpose of exposing shortcomings, as there can be no doubt as to the exemplary quality of their work under difficult circumstances.  Even if the Police Department responds as best they can with the resources available to them, it is largely up to the City Council to decide what those resources will be and what the compensation structure and labor relations climate will be like. We should not confuse the performance of Police staff with the performance of this Mayor and Council in leading the organization.

Statistics can appear differently depending on the lens we use, so let me describe two different perspectives on the data.  Burglary—the crime I hear about most from my constituents—sat just below an 18 year high in 2013 and is essentially flat since 2012.  Motor vehicle theft is also notably elevated in 2013, sitting at the second highest level since 1985.  The response of our Police Department to these trends has been excellent, but that response was made necessary by decisions of this Mayor and Council, which has repeatedly refused to provide voters the opportunity to vote for higher revenue or not, and declined to make modifications to Measure B in an attempt to shore up our Police retention. 

I will make one additional note about the data.  The decline in larceny between 2012 and 2013 is striking, especially given that burglary is essentially flat.  I am not an expert on crime statistics, but this decline does make me wonder whether we are capturing all the data in this category, and is the reason I ask for analysis of that issue in recommendation 2b in the memo linked above.

Our staff has let me know that they should have answers to these questions by the end of the month, and I am thankful for their quick response. If any new information comes to light that the public would benefit from knowing, I’ll be sure to send it your way.



 Donald Rocha


What: Two full, overnight closures of Stevens Creek Boulevard. All eastbound Stevens Creek Boulevard traffic will be detoured at Monroe Street.

All westbound Stevens Creek Boulevard traffic will be detoured onto the northbound I-880 on-ramp.

When: Wednesday, October 1 8:00am until 5:00am Thursday and Thursday, October 2 10:00pm until 5:00am Friday

Why: The newly reconfigured intersection for the off-ramp from southbound I-880 and the new on-ramp to southbound SR 17 and I-880 will be prepared for opening the morning of Thursday, October 2.

The newly reconfigured off-ramp for northbound I-280 and SR 17 traffic will be prepared for opening on the morning of October 3.

Community Meeting Schedule (revised) to obtain imput on federal funding expenditure priorities over the next five years.

Public Meetings 

Measure I- A Note from the Cambrian School District

Thank you for your support of Measure I during the June election! The Cambrian School District is now using Measure I funds to complete various facilities projects to reduce classroom overcrowding and to continue supporting high quality 21st century learning. We expect some traffic delays during morning drop offs and afternoon pickups.  During the construction of solar canopies in some of our school parking lots, parking will be limited at those sites. For more information and to obtain construction updates visit our Measure I website: If you have additional questions after visiting the website, please email 

 Calling All Videomakers!

CreaTV San Jose is proud to announce the Call for Entries for the 2014 CreaTiVe Awards. Videomakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz are invited to submit videos and TV shows for competition in one or more of 10 categories at through November 15, 2014.

Categories include: Business, Citizen Journalist, Educator, Filmmaker, Non-profit, Student, CreaTiVe Excellence (Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer) and Bay Area Public Access TV Series

Important Entry Links:

Award Categories & Descriptions:

Entry Instructions:

Entry Form:

Finalists announced December 8. Winners announced on January 10, 2015 at The CreaTiVe Awards Gala at the California Theatre in San Jose.

Questions? Contact Pam Kelly at (408) 295-8815 ext. 307 or

 ¡VivaFest! Announces National Call for Artists for the Bay Area Premiere of  Mariachi Arcoiris (Rainbow Mariachi) To Perform October 25 at Dia San Jose

Any musician wishing to participate in the Bay Area premiere of this mariachi group, comprised of musicians who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, is invited to submit an up-to-60-minute video, or a link to a youtube video, to .

A twelve-member ensemble of musicians will be chosen from those applications by a juried panel of reviewers. The twelve will perform as the Mariachi Arcoiris at their debut performance on Saturday, October 25 at the DIa San Jose Festival in St. James Park, San Jose, California.

Dia San Jose, is San Jose's celebration of the Mexican tradition called Dia de los Muertos. The day-long event is presented in 2014 by Experience Electric and is the final event of two days of cultural activities commencing with a visual arts exhibition and light show at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda.  The Mariachi Arcoiris will perform for the first time.

For more information email or call 408 920 6071. 

 The City of San José is Seeking Members of the Public to Serve on the Boards of Administration for its Retirement Plans

Candidates can apply now for open seats on the Boards of Administration

The City of San José is seeking highly-qualified individuals to serve on the Boards of Administration for the Federated City Employees’ Retirement System and the Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan. The following vacancies exist on the Retirement Plan Boards of Administration:

Federated City Employees’ Retirement System – Two vacancies

Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan – Three vacancies

Applicants must live within 50 miles of San José City Hall and meet the requirements for professional experience.

Interested individuals may find may find the Online Application, Brochure and Qualifications through the website for the City Clerk’s office at Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, September 3 – Friday, October 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applications may also be obtained by visiting the City Clerk’s Office at 200 East Santa Clara Street, Wing Building, 2nd Floor, San José, CA 95113.

Vacancies will be filled by interview with the City Council in open session scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:00am


Volunteer Board/Commision Openings

Commission Seat Vacancies

Printed Applications are available from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113 or you may apply online through the City’s Web site at:

If you would like additional information about a particular Commission, Board or Committee, please log onto Boards & Commissions, visit or call the City Clerk's Office (408) 535-1260.

 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.

All of our water conservation programs are helping to address the current drought, but they are also reducing long-term water use, which will help alleviate future drought conditions as well. As part of our long-term water supply management plan, the water district is working hard save 98,500 acre-feet of water per year by 2030, which is projected to account for about 20 percent of the county’s total water supply needs.

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


Make the most of Fall with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and register for a leisure class at your favorite community center. PRNS offers over 800 hundred classes and programs, such as early childhood recreation, dance, music, health and fitness, gymnastics, and theater.

Download and Print: The current registration form - Fill out and take this form to your desired community center. Click here to view a complete listing of all community centers.

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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Watch our very own Councilmember Donald Rocha on CreaTV! 

Watch Episode 5 - Healthy Families Segment at Don't miss the Councilmember at approx. 11:00

On HTTV episode 5 - you will find:

-  An interview with Marleene Bjornsrud founder of BAWSI, a great organization that promotes health among young women (and children in general)

-  Carol Danaher from Santa Clara County talks about "Picky Eaters" (we all have one at home) and ways of helping families providing the right food to their kids

-  Elena will demonstrate how to involve children in the kitchen

-  Dr. Varner gives a warm advice about parenting teenagers! (great tips Dr. Varner)

-  Fitness expert Ryan Huges goes hard on abs to keep a healthy shape

Plus health tips from Councilmember Donald Rocha and relations manager Darcie Green.

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. 

Cambrian Branch Library Group is having a Book Sale

Date: Saturday, October 4

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cambrian Branch Library 1780 Hillsdale Ave. San Jose

Looking for fiction? History? Biography? Cookbooks and other how-tos? Children's books? DVDs? CDs? Rare and/or recent publications? We have all of this and more! Books are $.50 to $1.00; media $2.00 each. You can also shop at tables with specially-priced premium items. A wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and children's books will be available.

From 3:00pm-4:00pm fill a bag with books at our clearance sale for $5/bag. (Specials and media removed prior to clearance sale.)

All proceeds go towards Cambrian branch library programs and materials. This sale is sponsored by Friends of the Cambrian Branch Library.

Free, City-Wide Event Celebrating Diversity, Awareness and Empowerment for Persons with Differing Abilities

The overall purpose is to build an integrated community by empowering people with differing abilities to overcome barriers through access to resources, education and employment opportunities and increasing the appreciation of people with differing abilities by showcasing their talent and gifts.

Disability Awareness Day is a fun filled, family friendly event. There will be live entertainment throughout the day, art displays and demo’s and carnival games for everyone to try- with prizes! There will be 60+ vendors consisting of non-profit and for-profit organizations and of course a crowd favorite, food trucks!?

For more information contact the District 1 office at (408) 535-4901.

Disability Awareness Day 

 Silicon Valley Neighborhood Services

Neighborhood Development Training Conference

Date: Saturday, October 11

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Location: San Jose State University, Student Union

Online registration will end Wednesday, October 8th at Noon.

Registration is required. Conference details will be provided after registration. For questions about alternative payment options, please contact Delilah Chavez at or 408.279.2600 for assistance.


The Silicon Valley Neighborhood Development Training Conference (SV-NDTC) is an annual event that is attended by over 400 neighborhood local neighborhood residents. This unique training opportunity invites resident service coordinators, neighborhood leaders as well as seasoned community development practitioners to participate in workshops focused on public safety, health, and neighborhood improvement. In addition to engaging in thought-provoking workshops, participants also listen to distinguished speakers. This year's luncheon keynote speaker will be Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California who will talk about the demographic changes rippling through California, the nation, and the Valley, and consider how these intersect with economic trends that have produced both poles of prosperity and issues of inequality.


8:00am                Registration opens  - Outside New Student Union Patio Area

9:30am                Morning workshops - Inside Clark Hall

11:00am              Resource Fair Part 1 - Inside New Student Union 2nd Floor

11:45am              Luncheon - Inside New Student Union Ballroom 2nd Floor

1:00pm                Resource Fair Part 2 - Inside New Student Union 2nd Floor

2:00pm                Afternoon workshops - Inside Clark Hall

4:00pm                Brief closing session - Inside New Student Union Ballroom 2nd Floor

More details upon registration  

 Annual Breath of Life Walkathon  

Date: Saturday, October 11

Breath of Life

Learn About the History of Almaden Air Force Station atop Mt. Umunhum!

Upcoming public (free) slide show presentations:
“The History of Almaden Air Force Station”

Come learn about the history of this fascinating bay area historic landmark and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of this Cold War radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980.

Umunhum Conservancy founders will also be present to discuss the future of the Radar Tower.

All of these presentations are FREE and open to the public!

Date: October 12

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Casa Grande (21350 Almaden Rd, New Almaden, CA 95042)

Hosted by Santa Clara County Parks (RSVP to or call(408) 533-8107)

For more information, visit the website:

The most prominent local landmark in South San Jose and beyond is the iconic radar tower atop Mt. Umunhum. It is the last vestige of the former Almaden Air Force Station which closely guarded the Bay Area from an air attack/invasion during the Cold War. However, this historic structure is in danger of being demolished and needs funding for preservation and future use as a historical resource. Some of the future reuse ideas are a visitor center, day-use science camp for school children, Cold War museum (which would be the only one of it’s kind in the area), and many more possibility. There is a local non-profit group (Umunhum Conservancy, Inc.) who is tasked with raising funds to save the tower. If you are interesting in helping and learning more, please visit them at help save an important piece of history.

San Jose: 5th Annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival

Date: Sunday, October 12

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Alviso Marina County Park, 1195 Hope St, San Jose

Held in partnership with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, Day on the Bay is a celebration that brings people together to enjoy activities, rich in diversity and talent, and abundant in ethnic expression. More than that, Day on the Bay is also an informational fair where the local community can meet non-profit, government, and community-based organizations to learn about their services. Free food will be provided to the community and Free pumpkins for the kids (while supplies last). There will also be community groups providing ethnic food booths, arts and crafts and live entertainment on two stages, as well as face painting, fire trucks, kayak trips in the Alviso Slough, girl and boy scout troops, and much more.

For information on the 2014 Day on the Bay festival or for vendor, sponsor, or volunteer opportunities, please call Supervisor Cortese’s office at (408) 299-5030. 

  Library to Library Bicycle Tour

The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is teaming up with Santa Clara City LibrarySunnyvale Public Library and Mountain View Public Library to present the Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour.

The Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour is for library lovers and bicycle enthusiasts.

Date:  Saturday, October 18

Time: Starting at 9:30am

Location:  San Jose Public Library Rose Garden Branch.

From the Rose Garden Branch the Tour travels to the Santa Clara City Library, the Sunnyvale Public Library and ends at the Mountain View Public Library.

Each library stop will include a guided tour of the library, a craft and a surprise event. There will also be limited edition spoke cards.

Group rides will leave after each of the library tours. Feel free to join the group rides or go at your own pace. Hop on and off whenever you want.

Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle and a snack!

Register here!

Tentative schedule:  

9:30 AM:  San Jose Public Library, Rose Garden Branch  

10:00 AM: Leave Rose Garden Branch Library

10:45 AM: Santa Clara City Library Tour

11:00 AM: Leave Santa Clara City Library

11:45 AM: Sunnyvale Public Library Tour

12:00 PM: Leave Sunnyvale Public Library 

12:30 PM:  Mountain View Public Library tour

Please Note: The bicycle tour will be held rain or shine

 Carry the Vision

 Harvest Festival

Fundraiser for Christmas in the Park

A Nightmare Before Christmas in the Park – fund raiser for CITP

Date: Saturday, October 25 

Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm

Where: 1661 Senter Road, San Jose 95112 (The Christmas in the Park Warehouse)

The first 200 people that purchase tickets at $100 each

Price includes beer, wine, food stations, dessert station

Deuling Pianos, a DJ, amazing décor, prizes and more!

Purchase tickets:






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