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San Jose, CA 95113

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District 9 June 2014 Newsletter


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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.


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

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
(408) 277-8911

Police Non-Emergency
(408) 277-8900

(408) 794-1903

Sewer and Signal Lights

(408) 794-1900

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
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
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Vanessa Compean
Policy Aide





June Newsletter 2014



Dear Neighbor,

It’s that time of year again: warm weather, graduations, family vacations, and for those of us in local government – budget approval. Due to a number of factors, both revenue growth also reduced overhead due to our reduction of services over the last few years, we have a bit more room to grow our city services. As part of the budget approval process, Councilmembers provide their budget requests to the Mayor in the form of a memorandum. You can see the list of the items I’m asking for consideration of here:

The below highlights are not an exhaustive list, but merely a few of the services that you’ve asked me to champion.

Repaving Foxworthy: Thankfully, for the first time in my four-year term, I did not need to ask for additional funding to repave Foxworthy. This reason being, funding for Foxworthy’s reconstruction has been included in the proposed budget. You can hear our Department of Transportation Director Hans Larson commit to the resurfacing of Foxworthy at the May 5th Transportation & Environment Committee meeting, beginning roughly at the 53:29 minute mark.

Fire Station 37: Continuing my advocacy for using a Measure O funds to build Fire Station 37 and close a very large service gap for District 9 residents, I asked for a $500,000 Station 37 fund to be established. While the entire sum necessary to build a new facility isn’t readily available right now, we should put money aside so that it can be built in the near future.

Library Service: I have asked for roughly $1.2 million from this year’s surplus to restore all branch libraries to 4.5 days of service. As we work to expand access to education and youth diversion programming, this service expansion is long overdue.  

Again, you can see the full list of my budget requests on the District 9 website: The Mayor will weigh in on which of the Council’s requests he believes should be funded in his June Budget Message, which will be released this Friday. The Council will consider the budget for approval on Tuesday June 10th. If you have any feedback or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at or by calling (408) 535-4909.


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Donald Rocha


The San Jose Public Library Creates the “Shelfie” and Encourages Reading, Learning and Fun

Last year the Oxford Dictionary selected “selfie,” the act of capturing an image of oneself via digital camera or mobile phone, one of its new words to be included in its newest edition. In addition to the Oxford inclusion, news outlets around the world named “selfie” their word of the year. 

The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) took “selfie” to a new level and created the concept of the “shelfie.”  What is a “shelfie?”  It’s an image of a person photographed with their favorite book.  And, of course, books historically have been stored on shelves. 

Please  join the San Jose Public Library by capturing an image of you holding your favorite book.  But, since this is San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley and since SJPL has a tremendous number of eBooks in its collection, we know that you are likely to be reading your favorite book on a Kindle, iPad or other device.  The shelfie applies to that too!  

After you capture your shelfie, be sure to show the world by posting to Twitter with the hashtag, #sjplshelfie and to SJPL’s Facebook page,

Shelfie Don Rocha

SJPL has planned a myriad of activities to encourage reading, learning, exploration, exercise and fun.  The Library kicks off the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge with a special celebration, featuring a San Jose Earthquakes meet and greet, a Mad Science show and experiments and activities presented by the Santa Clara Valley section of the American Chemical Society, the Junior League of San Jose, Youth Science Institute and Mr. Science.

TechShop will also be on hand offering 3-D printing demonstrations. Last year's Challenge attracted more than 22,000 participants throughout the city. With a new app-co-developed with eBay that will provide a fun and easy way to keep up on all of your summer reading and a series of fun and lively activities throughout the summer, I look for even more San Joseans to join the Challenge!

information about the Challenge may be found here:

Date: Sunday, June 1

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: MLK Library 150 E. San Fernando St.

Not only is reading encouraged over the summer but showing artistic talent is as well.  During June and July, the Library will host its annual Battle of the Bands competition and annual Graphic Novel Making Contest.

Last but not least, the library highlights its Discover and Go service that offers library cardholders free and discounted tickets for the whole family to Bay Area museums and cultural attractions. To learn more about the San José Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge and other fun contests and services, visit

District 9 Community Meetings 

 Neighborhood Caucus for the San Jose Neighborhood Commission

Date: Monday, June 9

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cambrian Library (community room) 1780 Hillsdale Ave.

The following is a list of candidates for the District 9 Neighborhood Commission seats:

Timothy Nolley

Terry Martin

Martin Junker

Ty Haggerty

John Coleman

Dan Keller

Dan Seoane

Mitchell Matlow

Jerry Lane

Lawrence Hilerman

Aletta Godden

James Cantore

Please refer all questions to: Ernest Guzman (408) 535-8171

Commission seats

$300K State Grant to Promote Proper Disposal of Motor Oil and Filters in San José and throughout Santa Clara County

San Jose Earthquakes and South Bay Cities collaborate to keep motor oil and filters from contaminating local creeks and waterways

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has awarded the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste program a two-year $300,000 grant to promote proper disposal of motor oil and filters in San José and other South Bay communities. The City of San José will work in collaboration with the County of Santa Clara.

"This is partnership at its best where we can leverage the resources, creativity, and our combined efforts to prevent pollution in our creeks and waterways," said Kerrie Romanow, director of San José’s Environmental Services Department. "By working together on a difficult regional issue, we can use new outreach tools that resonate with our diverse community."

"We’re also delighted to extend our partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes and their strong commitment to environmental stewardship as we talk about using the Quakes star power to help keep motor oil out of our creeks and waterways."

San José will focus on a regional trans-cultural public educational campaign to encourage residents to bring their used motor oil and filters to Certified Used Oil Collection Centers and the household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off facilities.

The campaign will include traditional advertisements and digital and mobile marketing, as well as having a presence at the new Earthquakes stadium. The city’s promotional partnership will help deliver the safe disposal message to soccer fans, who are similar to the target audience for the HHW educational campaign.

"These grant funds will strengthen our region’s current collaboration to protect our local creeks," said Rob D’Arcy, manager of the Santa Clara County Recycling and Waste Reduction Division. "Motor oil and filters are still a significant cause of harm to fish and wildlife, even though residents can take these pollutants to many proper disposal sites. We want more people to take advantage of these services."

South Bay Cities Awarded $300K State Grant 2-2-2

The Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program is the collaborative that focuses on preventing pollution in Santa Clara Valley watersheds and waterways. It includes Santa Clara County, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and thirteen South Bay cities that also will be involved in the activities funded by the state grant.

SCVURPPP shares a South Bay regional permit from the state to discharge stormwater and meet environmental quality standards. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program under the federal Clean Water Act controls water pollution by regulating discharges of pollutants into waterways.

For more information on proper motor oil and filter disposal, visit

  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association-MLK Scholarship Application 2014

Scholarships available for Graduating high school seniors or Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Grad Students in college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Applications are available at 

Applications must be received on or before June 15, 2014

Students will be notified of selection beginning July 30, 2014

Please mail your completed application and all supporting documents to:

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley, Inc.

P.O. Box 4738 San Jose, CA 95150-4738

Please contact Mr. Jose Salcido at (408) 409-0754 with any questions.

 Year Up Silicon Valley

Registration is now open for September 2014 Class

For FREE, Year Up offers:

  • 24 College Credits and an IT Certificate from Foothill College

  • An educational stipend of $600 per month for the first five months and $1,000 per month for the last six months

  • A 6 month Internship at companies such as Facebook, eBay, LinkedIn, Google, EA Sports, Juniper Networks, Retail Next, etc.

  • Graduates earn about $20 per hour and have an 85% employment rate or enrolled in higher education four months after graduation

If you know of any young adults 18 – 24 who are interested in this terrific opportunity please have them complete the following:

  1. Complete an online interest form

  2. Attend a Group Information Session which are held on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and Friday’s from 9:00am– 11:00am. GIS’s will start on Tuesday April 15th. Students can sign up for a GIS via this link.

  3. Attached to this email is a copy of the Application Part 2, Part 1 will be completed online after the GIS

  4. Priority Deadline: June 27at 12 PM; Final Deadline to apply: July 31 at 12 PM  

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department

The PRNS community centers are bursting with programs, activities and special events for everyone. There are a variety of classes, sports programs, fitness classes, and special events. View the listing of community centers below.

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

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 information. 


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 Advancing Your Nonprofit Career, A Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Event

Date: Thursday, May 29th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits

1400 Parkmoor Ave. Cupertino A Room San Jose, CA 95126

Are you “young” and working for a nonprofit, or interested in entering the nonprofit sector?

Interested in learning how successful community leaders have built their career?

Join YNPN for an interactive panel discussion focused on different pathways to success for young nonprofit professionals.

Register here

This event sponsored by SVCN , For more information contact Sara Thompson

Spring Safety Event-FREE

Hosted by Senator Jim Beall

Learn important safety tips from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office and Fire Department.

Prevent mail theft -  Scams - Fires - Teach kids how to be safe - learn how to keep your home safe when away on vacation - Learn how to form a neighborhood watch group.

Date: Saturday, May 31

Time: 10:30am- 1pm

Location: Saratoga Library 13650 Saratoga Avenue Saratoga, CA 95070

For more information or to RSVP CLICK HERE

Valley Palms Health Fair 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley Fundraiser/Mixer

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley is a 501©3 nonprofit organization staffed by a volunteer administrative Board. We have one goal – to honor the life, legend and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service to others. Our mission is to improve the lives of people in our community, and to educate the public on vital issues like public safety, crime/gang prevention, as well as, Human and Civil Rights.

To continue our mission for our activities such as hosting the annual Freedom Train, holding free community educational forums; our scholarship program; honoring members of the community for their selfless service to others at our annual Movers of Mountains and Scholarship Awards event; our burial fund for families who lost a loved one to homicide; our youth art/essay writing contest at MACSA; we are hosting a fundraiser/mixer to ensure that we can continue to provide these programs to benefit our community.

Date: Saturday May 31

Time: Registration: 2:00pm–2:30pm Event 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Flames Eatery & Bar, Banquet room, 408-971-1960, 88 South Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112.
Cost: $50 per person.
Parking: There is a parking garage next to the Flames. Please bring your parking ticket – the Flames will validate parking.
Light hors devours will be served, along with a no-host bar. Tax deductible donations will be requested at the event.
You may purchase your tickets online from Brown Paper Tickets under MLK Fundraiser,, or by sending a check made out to the MLK Association and mail to: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association P.O. Box 4738, San Jose, Ca. 95150. Advance purchase is required as there will be no ticket sales at the door.
The deadline for ticket sales online and via postal mail is Saturday, May 24, 2014.
If you cannot attend but would like to donate please send checks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association P.O. Box 4738, San Jose, Ca. 95150, or donate online at: Brown Paper Tickets under MLK Fundraiser, Please note: All donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you there!

Kathleen Flynn, President of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley

Common Core Education Standards: The Crucial Role of Nonprofits

The promise of common core is a world-class education for all students to them acquire the skill they need to fulfill the jobs of tomorrow. Presenter: Gina Dalma and Margot Rawlins, Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Free workshops! Resgister by going to

Date: Monday, June 2

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: Sobrato Community Conference Center, Cupertino B 1400 Parkmoor Ave. San Jose

Read an opinion piece from Dana Bunnett, Director of Kids in Common about childhood hunger in the Mercury News. You can click here to read it and if you are interested in meeting with others to discuss how you can impact child hunger please contact or call (650) 705-6569. 

 Open Space Authority Events

Evening Hike at Rancho Cañada del Oro

Join us for a very rare and special guided evening hike at Rancho Cañada del Oro. Due to the nature of this hike, participation is restricted to adults 18 and over, and registration is required.

Date: Saturday, May 31

Time: 6:30pm- 10:30pm

Location: Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

For more information on these events call (408) 224-7476 or

First Friday Butterfly Walk

The first Friday of each month, join Docent Kirsty at the Ulistac Natural Area for a peaceful walk through the butterfly garden and the bird-filled woods of Ulistac. Let the stress of the week ebb away as you listen to birds sing and see the flowers in bloom. Children and pets on leash welcome. No registration required.

Date: Friday, June 6

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Ulistac Natural Area, 4901 Lick Mill Blvd., Santa Clara

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Explore the history and mystery of Alum Rock Park as we take a gentle walk through this historic mineral springs area. We will get some very gentle exercise while we learn all about the hidden secrets of this historic place. Please bring $6 for parking. Sorry, no pets. No registration required.

Date: Friday, June 7

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Location: Alum Rock Park (meet at the Youth Science Institute)

Live Birds of Prey at the Alviso Adobe

Bring the whole family and get an up-close-and-personal look at live birds of prey. Meet majestic falcons and hawks and learn how the Open Space Authority and the animal rescuers from the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) are working together to care for our Valley's wildlife. All ages. No registration required.

Date: Saturday, June 7

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Location: Jose Maria Alviso Adobe Park, Calaveras Rd., east of Piedmont, Milpitas

Directions: From Hwy 680, go east on Calaveras Rd., turn right on Piedmont Rd., and left on Alviso Adobe Ct.

Summer Solstice Rancho Ramble

Come enjoy a 4.5-mile hike up the Mayfair Ranch Trail for sweeping views of the rolling hillsides of Rancho Cañada del Oro. This trail moves up into the hilltops and then swings back around to a cool, wooded area that runs along a creek and ends with a mile-long cool-down walk, down an old ranch road to our parking lot. Please bring water and a snack and don't forget your sunscreen and hat. No registration required.

Date: Saturday, June 21

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location:  Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve

  San Jose Museum of Art

Community Day and 45th Anniversary Open House

Free admission all day

It’s SJMA’s birthday, and they are celebrating! They are extending their Community Day into the evening for this special occasion, with festivities for both adults and kids. From 11:00am - 4:00pm, an eclectic mix of hands-on art projects and happenings for families. After 4:00pm, the entertainment will take on a more grown-up vibe with live music by No Water After Midnight and a pop-up cocktail bar (no-host). Get creative with GoGo Craft, take home a custom poem by Zack Houston,and tackle SJMA’s version of an urban scavenger hunt, the mobile-photo challenge #iluvsjma, with your friends.

Sponsored by Adobe and by the City of San Jose's Cultural Affairs.

Date: Saturday, June 7

Time: 11:00am-8:00pm

Location: 110 South Market St. San Jose

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FREE Outdoor Movies

Sponsored by: San Jose Downtown Association and Starlight Cinemas

Starlight Cinemas free outdoor movies schedule:

June 14 – “Bend It Like Beckham” Plaza de Cesar Chavez (after World Cup soccer viewing)

June 22 – “Back to the Future 2,” St. James Park (after World Cup soccer viewing)

July 16 – “Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade,” St. James Park

July 23 – “Ghostbusters,” San Pedro Square Market

July 30 – “Pee Wee's Big Adventure,” St. James Park

Aug. 6 – “Pretty in Pink,” San Pedro Square Market

Aug. 13 – “Gremlins,” St. James Park

Aug. 20 – “Airplane!” San Pedro Square Market

All events in downtown San Jose. Starlight Cinemas begin with pre-screening fun and games an hour before dusk. Movies begin at dusk. Free to the general public.

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Starlight Cinemas is a production of the San Jose Downtown Association.

STOP IT! (Identity Theft) Symposium

An exciting new symposium that addresses both prevention and recovery from identity theft – one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States!

Your identity is your most valuable asset. Are you doing all that you can to protect it?

STOP IT! Symposium – EMPOWER yourself with education, information, and resources.

Date: Saturday, June 21

Time: 8:00am to 12:30 pm

Location: Branham High School  1570 Branham Lane San Jose

Co sponsored by the San Jose Police Department and Councilmembers Ash Kalra, Donald Rocha & Johnny Khamis

Corporate Sponsor: McAfee

*Registration will open June 1, 2014. More details to come.

For questions please contact Vanessa Compean at

Free Child Car Seat Safety Clinic

Sponsored by: Senator Jim Beall, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, the CHP, and the Stanford Children's Hospital

Make sure your child's car seat is properly installed with a free safety inspection by trained professionals. Learn about car seat safety laws and other important tips to protect your children in vehicles.

Date: Saturday, June 21

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: Kohl's Parking Lot 2323 McKee Road San Jose, CA 95116

For more information or to RSVP CLICK HERE

Appointments are necessary. To make an appointment please call (408) 467-5400. For more information please contact Senator Beall's district office at (408) 558-1295

San Jose: Senior Safari Walkabout

The Senior Safari Walkabout provides the chance to feel like a kid again by providing the wonders of the natural world all around you. As guests enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds around them they are also given the opportunity for a meet and greet with the animals. Healthy breakfast options are available. Exclusively for ages 50 and over.

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Location: Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose

More information: (408) 794-6400 or


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