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District 9 2018 April Mid-Month Newsletter

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District 9 April Mid-Month Newsletter

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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,

Back in January, I wrote about the interest that many of our community leaders and residents had in creating a formal group to collaborate, advocate and communicate with each other and the Council office on issues affecting District 9. I share their interest in realizing this vision.

Since then, my office has been working hard with our Neighborhoods Commissioners and community leaders to build the foundation of what is the District 9 Leadership Group (D9LG). A diverse group of representatives have now met five times to plan a D9LG with staying power.  

Today, I am pleased to announce the first project planned by this Steering Committee for the nascent District 9 Leadership Group: A District 9 Candidates Forum.

In late April, the D9LG Steering Committee

will be partnering up with the League of Women Voters and the United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County to bring residents a substantive and timely conversation with Council candidates. Please see event details below:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

Camden Community Center - Multi-Purpose Room

3369 Union Ave.

San José, CA 95124

The role of a Councilmember is an important one and the choice we have in June is consequential. I urge you to show up and bring questions for the candidates.

Lastly, I want to congratulate the District 9 Leadership Group Steering Committee for taking this great step and hope this is the first of many projects to come. If you’d like to contact my office on this or any other matter, please feel free to reach out to me at (408) 535-4909 or by email at


News & Announcements
Join Councilmember Rocha at the Great American Litter Pickup!

Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up one of your Neighborhood Parks:

  • Houge Park: White Oaks Avenue
  • Butcher Park: Lancaster Drive
  • Branham Park: Tupolo Drive 

Lunch on Don will follow.

RSVP through our Eventbrite page to let us know which park you'd like help clean.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fire Chief Recruitment Notice

The City of San Jose is currently recruiting for the next Fire Chief. We recognize the importance of the community as a key stakeholder for this position and would like for our residents to give input into the process.   

The City will be holding two Community Meetings:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

Bascom Community Center

1000 S. Bascom Avenue

San José, CA 95128

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

Mayfair Community Center

2039 Kammerer Avenue

San José, CA 95116

In addition, we are providing residents the opportunity to engage online if they are unable to attend or would prefer to submit feedback in writing, please feel free to complete the online survey in any of the following languages: English - Español -  Tieng Viet

District 9 Community Budget Meeting

The time for the community engagement phase of San Jose's annual budget process is approaching. You are invited to attend and voice your opinion on how we could best manage our City funds.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Pearl Branch Library

4270 Pearl Avenue

San José, CA 95136

For more information about this meetings and the City's budget process, please visit our website or call Sabrina Parra-Garcia at (408) 535-8171

Represent District 9 in SJ Youth Commission

Learn more about local government and civil service while beefing up your college resume! There will be a District 9 seat opening on the Youth Commission for a term ending May 31, 2019. Representatives MUST live in the District for which they are applying to qualify. For additional information, please contact Commission Secretary Betty Ramirez. Applications can be submitted online.

Application deadline is Sunday, April 22 at 11:59 PM 

In addition to the Youth Commission, the City is also recruiting for a number of other commissions, including the Planning Commission.  Commissions are a way for residents to volunteer their time to help advise the City Council on policy matters and to make decisions on City issues.  The community input provided through Commissions is an important part of the City’s decision-making process.  A flyer listing all commission vacancies and explaining how to apply is available on the City website.

Bulding Permits and Home Safety Open House

Bring your project plans or ideas and get answers to your questions plus money-saving tips from our building experts. This event includes special presentations:

6:30 p.m. – Accessory Dwelling Units: What You Need to Know to Build One

7:15 p.m. – How to Reduce Potential Earthquake Damage to Your Home

Children are welcome and validated parking is available. For details, see event flyer or visit the department website.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

City Hall Rotunda

200 E Santa Clara St.

San José, CA 95113

Make Music San Jose 2018

This June, join the worldwide celebration of music by participating in San Jose's second annual Make Music Day. Make Music San Jose is a free, outdoor day of music held on the Summer solstice with performances taking place from sunrise to sunset.

Make Music San Jose is open to anyone who wants to take part. People get together in their neighborhoods and create musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion. Venues can be anywhere and performers can be anyone.

Interested in participating? Visit the program website for more information.

Event date: June 21

Deadline to register your event: May 21

Storm Updates and Resources

Though winter storms are likely behind us at this point, rains can still come in April. While unanticipated stream or storm drain blockages could always cause localized flooding during a rainstorm, we do not anticipate any creek flooding issues through the end of the season. In any case, it pays to be informed.

Visit the Santa Clara Valley Water District's website for flood safety tips, current reservoir levels, stream flows, and maps to free sandbag sites.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Deputy Administrative Officer Rachael Gibson, or call 408-781-4739. 

Need Food in District 9? FISH Food Pantry Has You Covered

Unfortunately, hunger is ubiquitous in Silicon Valley. Even in seemingly affluent neighborhoods, families struggle to afford the rent AND life necessities like food. Thankfully, Second Harvest Food Back and the folks at South Valley FISH Food Pantry are doing their part to help neighbors in need of some relief.

Every Thursday - Last Saturday of the month

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Thursdays)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Saturday) 

St. Timothy's Lutheran Church Campus

5151 Carter Ave

San José, CA 95118

FISH Food Pantry also provides groceries to low-income individuals and families located in the following zip codes: 95013, 95110, 95111, 95118, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95124, 95125.

If you are in need of help and want to call in to set up an appointment, please call (408) 669-4949.

Flooding, Earthquakes, Wildfires - Prepare for the Unexpected

Personal emergency planning is the strongest defense we have against natural disasters.

We encourage all Santa Clara County residents to sign up now for AlertSCC and ReadySCC. These free preparedness tools will help protect you and your loved ones. Disasters may not give a warning - but we can plan ahead!

Are You Ready for the Magnificent 7 Parks Challenge?

With 28 regional parks encompassing 52,000 acres, Santa Clara County Parks are full of hidden hiking gems. Start 2018 by getting out of your routine and try a new trail (or seven!). Seven magnificent hiking adventures, all nearby, have been handpicked to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. And to entice you to hike the Magnificent 7, a commemorative t-shirt awaits those who complete the #PixInParks challenge! Learn more on the County Parks website.

Relay For Life in Cambrian

Take part in Cambrian's Relay For Life 2018 and support the American Cancer Society! Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is staffed and coordinated by volunteers from thousands of communities in 27 countries.

2018 is an important year for Relay nationally as it is the 10 year anniversary of the program. Locally, Relay will be held at a new venue in the Cambrian area.

Visit the Relay website for more information and thanks for supporting the American Cancer Society.

Friday, April 27, 2018

6:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Next day)

Leigh High School - Football Field

5210 Leigh Avenue

San José, CA 95124

All About Heat Pump Water Heaters Workshop and Vendor Showcase

Join Passive House California and Silicon Valley Energy Watch to learn more about heat pump water heaters, including: how they work and how to install them, how to access available rebates, and why they can benefit your home and the environment.

This workshop and vendor showcase is free to attend, and will be held at the City of San José’s own zero net energy building, the Environmental Innovation Center. It is intended for architects, designers, developers, contractors, engineers, and homeowners; attendees of all knowledge levels are welcome. Please check website for more information and to RSVP.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

The Environmental Innovation Center

1608 Las Plumas Avenue

San José, CA 95133

Partners In Reading Adult Learner Orientation

Partners in Reading offers FREE one-to-one tutoring, small group instruction, computer lessons, classes, workshops, family programs and more! Come to their adult learner orientation this month to improve basic reading and writing skills.

Contact Partners in Reading to register today!

(408) 808-2361

Website - Email

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

MLK Library

150 E San Fernando St

San José, CA 95112

Neighborhood Commission District 9 Caucus

Are you part of a neighborhood group or organization in San Jose's District 9? Come to Camden Community Center on May 1 and be part of the process to select our next set of Neighborhood Commissioners who will be representing and helping District 9 residents as liasons to the Council Office for the next four years!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

7:00 PM 

Camden Community Center

3369 Union Ave

San José, CA 95124

Community Forums on Bascom Avenue Complete Streets Study

Join project staff in discussing the Bascom Complete Streets Study at two community forums scheduled this April 18 & 19 at 6:00 PM. Your feedback gathered during the first round of public meetings and through an online survey was incorporated into the design alternatives. These changes will be on display for review. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6:00 PM 

Bascom Community Center

100 South Bascom Avenue

San José, CA 95128

Thursday, April 19, 2018

6:00 PM 

Farnham Elementary School

15711 Woodland Road

San José, CA 95124

Help the National Association of Letter Carriers STAMP OUT HUNGER!

This year marks the 26th anniversaty of one of America's great days of giving - the NALC 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive. On Saturday, May 12, letter carriers across the country collect from our customer's non-perishable food donations. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in need, and there are many in San Jose and in the country who need our help.

If you'd like to participate in this year's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12 and your letter carrier will do the rest.


If you are a homeowner over the age of 65 OR a homeowner that receives Social Security disability benefits, you may qualify for an exemption from the $85 Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) parcel tax. This parcel tax was renewed in 2013 by Measure E. The tax funds are used to restore and maintain current school programs, reduce class sizes, enhance campus safety, and recruit and retain qualified teachers.

As of 2017, you only need to fill out the form once and you will be exempt every year until this parcel tax sunsets in 2023.

Steps to obtain the form and request exemption from this parcel tax:

1. Determine if you are in the CUHSD boundaries

2. Download, print and fill out the PDF form

4. Provide copies of the requested supplemental documents

5. Mail it to: CUHSD - Parcel Tax: 3235 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Our City Forest Spring Plant Sale is Here

It has been a little over a week since the official start of spring, and the weather is finally catching up. But besides an increase in sunscreen sales, that means Our City Forest will soon be having its annual Spring Plant Sale on April 28. Their Fall Plant Sale last year was an enormous success in no small part because of the work done by the San Jose community in supporting the mission to help not only beautify the city of San Jose, but educate the community on the importance of preserving and maintaining our urban forest. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Our City Forest Community Nursery

1000 Spring St.

San José, CA 95110

SJCity FIT Fitness Programs

Do you like working out? 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. Drop-in and pick classes based on your needs. 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.

Aging Services Collaborative - 'Caregivers Count!' Conference

The Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County invites you to the 8th Annual 'Caregivers Count!' Conference tailored specifically for family or informal caregivers who are caring for older adults or individuals with disabilities. Topics include self-care and compassion fatigue, hospital discharge planning and advocacy, as well as a caregiver panel and access to County resources. Cost is $15.00; limited scholarships are available. For more information and online registration, visit the event site.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Campbell Community Center - Orchard City Banquet Hall

1 West Campbell Avenue

Campbell, CA 95008

Summer Jobs with Parks and Recreation

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.

SJPD District 9 Public Safety Town Hall

The San Jose Police Department and the Office of Councilmember Don Rocha would like to invite you to a Public Safety Town Hall for residents of District 9 who have questions about crime in our neighborhoods as well as the state of the Police Department and the plans for its continued advancement. Feel free to pass the word on to neighbors.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Camden Community Center

3369 Union Ave

San José, CA 95124

Rising Water Rates Forum

In a program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley, in conjunction with the Campbell Library, a panel of industry experts will address the current state of rising water rates. The program will present viewpoints from representatives of the San Jose Water Company; the California Public Utilities Commission; and Raftelis, a registered municipal advisor for public utilities.

As water rates continue to rise, it is important for the public to hear perspectives from various sectors: provider, regulator, and outside analyst, so that they can get a balanced picture of how rates are set.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Campbell Library - Community Room

77 Harrison Avenue

San José, CA 95008

Submit Nominations for the 2018 Cornerstone of the Arts Awards

Do you know a leader or organization that has

impacted San Jose's cultural life?

The San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and the Arts Commission are pleased to announce the 2018 nomination process for celebrating exemplary leaders. The annual Cornerstone of the Arts Awards honors those who have had a significant impact on San Jose's art and cultural landscape. 

For more information and to learn how you can submit a nomination, please visit the Office of Cultural Affairs website, or contact Arts Program Coordinator Tina Iv at 408-793-4348 or by email.

Submit your nomination by May 11, 2018!

Happy Hollow Edzoocation Spring and Summer Camp Registrations Now Open

Zoos and aquariums play an important role in conservation education, and Happy Hollow Park & Zoo encourages children of all ages to embrace their wild side at upcoming spring and summer camps. Registration is now open, and the camps are uniquely themed to provide interactive learning experiences. Spring camp runs from April 2 to April 6, 2018 and campers will be learning about rainforest animals. Summer camp begin June 11 and run through August 17, 2018.

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.

New Income Threshold Increases Access to Preschool

San José Unified is excited to be participating in a pilot program to ensure that additional Santa Clara County families have access to affordable preschool. This means a family of four with a maximum monthly income of $5,922 and an annual income of $71,064 now qualifies for a subsidy. Previously, local districts had to abide by the state median, with a maximum monthly income of $4,877 and annual income of $58,524 for a family of four.

If your child is 3 years, 9 months through 4 years old, check this chart to find out if you qualify for a subsidy.

To learn more about San José Unified’s preschool programs and find out how you can take advantage of this new opportunity, contact the Early Education Department at (408) 535-6083 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

Other 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
Shivani Basnet Policy Aide


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