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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 December Mid Month Announcements


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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

District 9 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide





December 2014 Mid Month Announcements





 SJ PAL and Shoe Palace of San Jose to Host Christmas Shoe Giveaway

WHAT: SJ PAL and Shoe Palace of San Jose Christmas Shoe Giveaway for Underprivileged Kids

WHO: San Jose Police Activities League, Shoe Palace of San Jose and Converse

WHEN: Tuesday, December 16, 2014  5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: San Jose Police Activities League  680 South 34th Street San Jose 95116  (408) 272-9725

DETAILS: The San Jose Police Activities League and Shoe Palace of San Jose have teamed up to brighten the holidays for some underprivileged kids within our community. San Jose PAL and Shoe Palace of San Jose will be giving away 100 pairs of Converse athletic shoes to pre-selected kids.

Shoe Palace is a major PAL supporter and wanted to contribute to this partnership by giving out Converse shoes to those less fortunate. Shoe Palace has developed a long history of giving back to the community and we are thankful for their generosity.

Santa Claus will also be in attendance and light refreshments will be served.


 SJPD Holiday Safety Tips

Enjoy a safe Holiday Season!




  • Shop using secure websites.

  • Shop using credit cards and not debit cards when shopping online.

  • Choose safe delivery options, including delivery appointments, delivery to local stores or drop locations such as Amazon Lockers or UPS stores. 

Care Givers Tips 


Winter will soon be upon us. For many of us, winter represents the holiday season and time spent with our families. For others, winter can be a tough time. The County remains committed to working with our community partners to keep our most vulnerable populations safe during these cold winter months.

If you know of anyone in need of cold weather shelter, the County funds a program that runs from December 1 through March 31. HomeFirst (formerly EHC Lifebuilders) operates the Boccardo Reception Center at 2011 Little Orchard Street in San Jose. During the winter months, HomeFirst opens the Gilroy National Guard Armory at 8490 Wren Avenue to meet additional need.

HomeFirst used to also operate a cold weather shelter at the Sunnyvale National Guard Armory. That site has closed to make room for an affordable housing project. Instead, the County has set aside a million dollars to replace those 125 beds. In the meantime, the County established agreements with homeless services providers who have existing programs, expertise and unused shelter capacity to meet the needs of unsheltered homeless in the area.

The temporary emergency shelter beds will be provided by HomeFirst, InnVision Shelter Network, an expansion of Hotel de Zink for 90 days during the cold weather season, and Project WeHope which will increase the number of emergency shelter beds in East Palo Alto. The County will also collaborate with HomeFirst to increase specialized outreach and intensive case management services for chronically homeless in the North County and West Valley areas.

In addition to those who are unsheltered, remember that seniors and the very young can be at risk for hypothermia in cold temperatures. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature that can be fatal. Those at risk should, if possible:

  • avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day;

  • dress in layers;

  • wear a hat that covers your ears;

  • know that mittens provide more warmth than gloves;

  • wear waterproof insulated boots;

  • stay hydrated;

  • get out of wet clothes as soon as possible; and

  • remember that drinking alcohol and staying outside in cold temperatures can
  be deadly.

For residents and families in need of food, the Second Harvest Food Bank has the Food Connection line at (800) 984-3663 or (408) 266-8866 x101. Food Connection can tell you where you can get free food at locations near your home or work. You can also learn about special holiday meals being served across the County to those in need.

If you would like to donate time, money, or food to Second Harvest, please visit for more information. You can also contact Elizabeth Griswold at HomeFirst at or (408) 539-2143 to learn about volunteer opportunities in shelters or how to donate money and goods like blankets, toiletries, clean socks, and underwear.

As always, I encourage you to contact my office if you have any concerns or are interested in additional information. You can reach me at (408) 299-5040 or via email at

 Holiday Rent-A-Tree

Our City Forest is helping Silicon Valley get green this holiday season and change their wasteful practices by bringing living, potted trees into their home or office for decoration and festivities.  Participants enjoy the traditional look and smell of a live tree with much less waste, mess, and fire hazard. Plus, a live tree cleans the air in your home, and after its holiday debut, lives on to be planted in a school, garden or park nearby. 

For the month of December, Our City Forest invites families, friends, companies and organizations to rent a living tree from it's Community Nursery & Training Center in San Jose. Participants can reserve their trees immediately by calling, emailing or visiting the nursery. Tree species available include traditional options such as  Western Red Cedars and Italian Stone Pines, as well as non-traditional options like olive trees, also known as the trees of peace. Our City Forest is asking for donations of $80 - $100 per tree, which is comparable or less than the cost of most chopped or artificial trees. All donations are tax-deductible and support the excellent cause of greening Silicon Valley.  Delivery and pick-up services are available. 

Our City Forest Nursery and Training Center  1000 Spring Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Hours of Operation: Thursday - Saturdays, 9AM - 3PM for the month of December
(408) 99-TREES

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.?


Our local transit services are most efficient and accessible when they address the direct needs of the public. With more than 1.4 million cards in use, it is important that the Clipper program is functioning as well as it possibly can. With this goal in mind, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Bay Area transit agencies are asking Clipper card users to share their experiences with the program.

Clipper is the transit fare payment system for the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently accepted for payment on 13 transit agencies. The cards are used for more than 700,000 trips each day. Whether you currently use Clipper or you have used it in the past, I encourage you to take the short survey being offered to gather public feedback.

Visit and click the link to take a survey to provide your feedback. You can also share your experiences, suggestions, or concerns with Clipper via email at or via voicemail at (510) 817-5680. Surveys and comments are due by January 15, 2015.

Senior Commission Recruitment EXTENDED through December 19, 2014

Senior Commission Vacancy


Ethics Commission


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


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.


 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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 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!

16th Annual Fantasy of Lights in Vasona Park

Fantasy of Lights is a 1.5 mile drive-through holiday lights and display entertainment extravaganza for the whole family.

Date: December 8 - December 24

Time:  6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

$15 - per Vehicle, $25 - per Vehicle 10-25 guests (no discounts), $50 - Commercial & School Buses (no discounts)
Cash, Visa or Mastercard accepted, no Debit Cards

Where: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos
More Information: Call (408) 355-2201 or visit  


  Bike giveaway

 Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice

 Nov. 14, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015

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.

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 









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