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D9 Roundtable | 2018 February Newsletter

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February 2018 Newsletter

In This Edition


Councilmember Don Rocha
San José City Hall, District 9
200 E. Santa Clara St., 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: (408) 535-4909
Fax: (408) 292-6471 

Dear Neighbor,

This month I’d like to talk about an upcoming change to how the City analyzes traffic impacts for new development projects.  When a new development is proposed, one of the first questions that residents ask is about how much new traffic will be generated.

The City analyzes potential traffic impacts as part of its review of development proposals.  Currently the City uses what’s known as a “Level of Service” or “LOS” analysis to evaluate additional traffic.  The LOS analysis is based on the delay that motorists experience at signalized intersections.  When a new project is proposed, the City will analyze how much longer it will take a motorist to get through a given intersection, and if the delay rises above a certain level, the project will be required to mitigate the impact.

A few years ago the State of California established a requirement that cities move away from LOS analysis and instead adopt a “Vehicle Miles Traveled” or “VMT” methodology.  Instead of measuring delay at intersections, VMT analysis counts up all of the additional miles that cars coming and going from a proposed development will drive.  The more cars that come and go from a development and the farther each car drives, the more total vehicle miles a development will generate.  If average VMT rises above a certain level, the development will need to enact measure to lower the total number of miles driven.

The state enacted the requirement to move to VMT in an effort to more accurately capture the environmental impact of new development. For example, consider a scenario where a development is proposed out on the edge of the city. Such a development might not create unacceptable delays at signalized intersections as measured under the LOS policy, but it could still generate lots of long car trips that put carbon and other pollutants into the air. The VMT methodology will catch that impact, where it might have been missed under the LOS methodology.

Moving to the VMT methodology is a State mandate, so the City doesn’t have the option to stick with LOS, but it’s very important that as we move to the new approach we don’t lose our ability to analyze neighborhood traffic impacts. VMT analysis has its strengths, but it doesn’t analyze traffic safety and operational issues that could affect neighborhoods. As the City’s transportation staff is drafting our new traffic impact analysis policy, they are including provisions that still allow the City to analyze and require mitigations for local traffic impacts. When the final version of the policy comes forward (it’s expected to be made public in February) I will be taking a very close look at it to ensure that we can still adequately analyze traffic impacts and protect quality of life in our neighborhoods.

If you’d like to contact my office on this or any other issue, please feel free to reach out to me at (408) 535-4909 or by email at


Don Rocha

News & Announcements
Winter Faith Collaborative Info Session

Interested to find out how you and your congregation can be part of the solution to homelessness? Thanks to the Incidental Shelter Ordinance, places of assembly can legally give shelter in a number of ways. Come and learn how your church can save lives in our community!


Monday, February 5, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
St. Timothy's Lutheran Church
5100 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

San Jose Neighbor Nights Start on February 9

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services would like to invite you to attend the first Neighbor Night of the year. #SJNeighborNights will offer free activities, including music, movies, crafts, dances, sports, and more. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a night of neighborly fun!

Friday, February 9, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

Senior Winter Walk & Resource Fair

Join Councilmembers Khamis, Rocha, and Jimenez for the 11th Annual Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk, Friday, February 23, 2018 from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM.  There will be free on-site registration in Macy's Court at Oakridge Mall, along with free continental breakfast and raffle prizes. Celebrate health, wellness, and senior resources in our community.  For more information, call 408-535-4910 or email

Grant Opportunities for the Community

The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), is pleased to announce that the guidelines for the 6th round of the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) are now available here.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is now accepting applications for The Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Grants Program. Click here for more information on funding availability and application requirements.

District 9 Neighborhoods Commission Vacancies

Are you interested in representing District 9 in San Jose's Neighborhoods Commission? There will be two District 9 seats open for the next term starting in July 2018 and ending in June 2022. Representatives MUST live in the District for which they are applying to represent. For additional information, please contact Sabrina Parra-Garcia, Commission Secretary at

Apply online here.

SJCity FIT Fitness Programs

Do you like working out and are interested in instructor led classes? Spin, Stretch, Yoga, and Zumba our a few of the classes offered through the PRNS SJCITY FIT program. Classes are offered at Almaden, Bascom and Camden Community Center, where you can pick classes based on your needs. Drop-in, monthly, or yearly memberships are available for purchase. For more information, please call Camden Community Center at 408-559-8553, or visit any of the locations listed.

Housing Department Policy Development Community Meetings

You are invited to join the upcoming Policy Development Meetings hosted by the San Jose Housing Department to provide feedback on the Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO), the Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO), the Ellis Act Ordinance, and Source of Income for owners and tenants:

  • Wednesday, February 7, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, City Hall Wing Room 118
  • Thursday, February 8, 5:45 PM, City Hall Wing Room 118-120
  • Monday, February 12, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Seven Trees Community Center

Daytime Astronomy - A Safe Sun Viewing Experience

Join San Jose Astronomical Association Solar Astronomers in looking at our nearest star, the Sun, safely! Using specific, dense filters on Solar Telescopes, we will view the Sun and see sunspots and solar flares, prominences and occasionally coronal mass ejections. Learn about our magnetic Sun and how viewing in different wavelengths allows us to see truly spectacular solar sights with our own eyes. Clouds could cancel this event.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
2 PM - 4 PM 
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr, San Jose, CA 95124

Winter Classes at Camden

Camden Community Center is pleased to offer new classes starting in the new year, including: Cheese Making, One day LEGO Workshops, Discovering Children’s Literature, A Taste of the World (Ukraine, Persia and Holland), Skateboarding, Paint Night Party, Composting, Plant Night Party, Mechanical Engineering, and Green Ball Tennis Champions! Sign up today at or stop by Camden Community Center.

Electronic Waste Collection Fundraiser

Help the City get rid of E-Waste the right way by diverting it from the landfills to a proper recycling process! E-Waste is defined as any consumer electronic equipment that has reached its 'end-of-life' stage whether in working or non-working condition.

Free: Computers, TVs, Cellphones and others
$5 fee: Printers, radios, VCR/DVD players and others
Not Accepted: Microwaves and other large appliances

Saturday, February 3, 2018
9 AM - 4 PM 
1290 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, CA 95118

Opportunities for District 9 Youth

Applications for an appointment to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Youth Commission are open to high school youth (ages 13-18). Youth Commissioners will attend bimonthly meetings after school. The application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Download an application here.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is looking for qualified candidates to fill Lifeguarding, Recreation Leader, and Family Camp Counselor positions, which facilitate meaningful and fun summer programs for participants of all ages across San José. Visit our Careers website and select Open-Competitive Recruitments, to apply for these available positions.

Volunteer with Our City Forest

Our City Forest is always in need of volunteers!  View the full calendar and sign up at The OCF nursery also hosts a large variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses available for the community, including California natives, drought tolerant, and disease resistant species.  For questions, please stop by or contact them!

Download the MySanJose App

The City of San Jose is proud to present My San Jose, a state-of-the-art mobile tool that allows you to quickly and easily report common service requests such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, streetlight outages, and illegal dumping. You can also report through the web portal at the app today.

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Did you know... Most residential burglaries occur during daylight hours?  How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are easy targets?  What to do if you see a suspicious person on your street? That crime rates in Neighborhood Watch communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?

SJPD is anxious to help residents implement Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhoods. For more information or to set up a meeting, call 408-277-4133.

Junk Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

San José residents in homes with garbage cart service can schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.  Free large item pick up does not apply for areas in the unincorporated County. Call to schedule your pickup:

  • Downtown, north, east, and south San Jose: call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
  • West San Jose: call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company. Visit for more information.

Upcoming Events


Abandoned Vehicles (408) 535-3500
Code Enforcement (408) 535-7770
Crime Prevention  (408) 277-4133
Homeless Concerns (408) 975-1440
Homeless Helpline (408) 510-7600
Illegal Dumping (408) 535-3500
Librarian (408) 808-3080
Police Emergency 911 (408) 277-8911 (cell phone)
Police Non-Emergency 311 (408) 277-8900 (cell phone)
Park & Trail Concerns (408) 793-5510 (voicemail only)
Permits (408) 535-3555
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Traffic Lights (408) 794-1900

Contact the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Frank Ponciano Policy Aide
Carol Stephenson Policy Aide


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