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District 9 2018 July Newsletter

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District 9 July 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,

In June, the City Council finalized the City budget for the new fiscal year beginning in July. As the new fiscal year begins, I’d like to give you an overview of some of the new investments that the City Council has made, including some budget proposals that I put forward that were accepted by the Council. Here are some of the highlights.

  • The City Council has allocated over $90 million to repave more than 200 miles of roads in the coming year, more than we’ve paved in two decades. This is an extremely important investment that will help us make progress to improve our streets.
  • Presently 33% of youth library cardholders, or 35,000 youth, owe library fines. When a Library user accrues $20 or more in fines, no items may be checked out. As a result, 9% of youth cardholders, or 9,500 youth, are currently barred from accessing Library resources. In hopes of ensuring that our young people can maintain access to libraries, I proposed that the City eliminate late fees for children’s materials. Kids will still need to return their books before they can check out more, but they won’t be saddled with large fines just for returning them late. I’m pleased to report that this proposal was approved by the City Council and will hopefully help ensure access to our libraries.
  • I also proposed that the City reduce the appeal fee for planning permits. Over the past year I worked with a neighborhood who was concerned about a development project in their neighborhood and decided to appeal. They were dismayed to discover that the City had set the permit appeal fee at $500. I agreed with them that the fee was too high and proposed lowering it as part of the budget process. The Council approved my proposal and lowered the fee from $500 to $250.
  • I’ve heard repeated concerns from residents about speeding on Foxworthy and on Hillsdale. One of the tools that the City has to deal with these problems is speed radar signs, which measure and display motorist speed to alert them if they are exceeding the speed limit. In this budget I secured funding for two speed radar signs to be placed on Foxworthy near Steindorf School to help promote safety in the school zone and two signs to be place don Hillsdale along sections with high speed.
  • Last year I secured funding for a Meals on Wheels program to help bring meals to senior in need in District 9. The program was very successful in helping provide thousands of meals for seniors. This year I proposed extending funding for the program in the amount of $75, 000 to continue helping our seniors. I was very pleased that the Council supported this proposal.
  • I also proposed supporting Our City Forest, an organization that plants trees in San Jose. The Mayor agreed with this proposal in his budget message and proposed providing the organization with $120,000 to support their activities over the coming year. To learn more about Our City Forest and their tree planting programs please visit their website.

I’d like to thank all of the residents who’ve contacted my office over the past year with concerns and suggestions. Many of the budget proposals that I’ve made arise out of the concerns that I’ve heard from the public. As always, please reach out to my office should you have any city-related issues, concerns or ideas at 408-535-4909.




News & Announcements
Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 21. Police will show zero tolerance for seat belt violations, day and night.

By San Jose Police Department, Media Relations Unit

SJPD will deploy additional officers during the two-week campaign on special traffic patrols specifically to stop and ticket both drivers and passengers for failing to use the vehicles safety belt restraints.

Click Here to view the Media Release at SJPD.ORG.

San Jose Police Department site link:

San Jose Giants July 4 Tickets On Sale Now!

Individual tickets for the San Jose Giants Fourth of July game at Municipal Stadium are on sale NOW! The Independence Day ballgame begins at 6:30 PM and concludes with the best fireworks show in the South Bay.

Tickets are available for purchase:

online at

over the phone at 408.297.1435

or in person at the Municipal Stadium Box Office, located at 588 E. Alma Ave., San Jose, CA 95112.

Rotary Club Fireworks at Discovery Meadow

Join the Rotary Club of San Jose in celebrating Independence Day at Discovery Meadow on 4th of July.

Please note that although the Discovery Meadow experience is free, Rotary is also offering a ticketed, catered event with an unobstructed view of the fireworks. For information, visit

 Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30PM.

City of San Jose Fireworks Prevention Campaign

The Fourth of July holiday should be fun—and safe—for everyone. Submit illegal firework activity through the City of San José online reporting tool. Residents can “Snap, Click, Report” violators online now through July 8, 2018:

  1. SNAP: Safely take a photo or video of the person participating in the illegal activity.
  2. CLICK: Visit
  3. REPORT:Fill out the online form with complete and accurate information regarding the illegal firework activity. Now, residents can upload up to five separate photos or videos as evidence of illegal activity.

Residents in the City of San José are encouraged to go online at or call the City’s hotline at (408) 535-5600 to report illegal fireworks use in the City. The City will review each report. Illegal fireworks citations will result in hefty fines starting at $500 for the first offense. Online reporting is available between June 1, 2018 and July 8, 2018.

 If there is a life-threatening emergency or active fire: Call 9-1-1.

Public Professional Fireworks Displays in San José

San Jose Giants 2018 Baseball Season

Location – 588 E. Alma Ave, San José CA 95112

Rotary Club of San José

Location – Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San José, CA (West San Carlos, Almaden Blvd, 87 off ramp, Woz Way & Delmas Avenue)

Almaden Lake Park – Council District 10

Location - Winfield from Coleman to Quarry Rd         

Camden Neighbor Nights

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at Camden Community Center. San Jose Neighbor Nights will offer free activities including music, movies, crafts, dances, sports, and more.

July 13th - Recreation Swim & Outdoor Movie (Coco)

August 10th- Recreation Swim & Outdoor Movie (Wall-E)

For more information, please visit

Partners in Reading

Partners in Reading provides free one-to-one tutoring, small group instruction, computer lessons, classes, workshops, family programs and more!

New Learner Orientation

Monday, July 9, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Joyce Ellington Branch Library

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Live or work in San José
  • English skills must be at a conversational level
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months at 3 hours of tutoring per week 

CALL TO REGISTER! (408) 808-2361

Nature Photography at Dawn

Pack your camera, phone, or iPad and join us for this amazing experience! Enjoy the refreshingly cool pre-dawn air while we capture spectacular images as the sunrise illuminates the awakening landscape and wildlife of some of our most scenic preserves! Photographers of all skills and experience levels are invited to participate in these events at a unique time of day.

Fridays and Sundays in July  |  5 to 8 a.m.

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve 550 Palm Avenue, Morgan Hill Sunday, July 1; Friday, July 6; Sunday, July 22; Friday, July 27

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve 4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill Sunday, July 8; Friday, July 13; Sunday, July 29

Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve Malech Road off HWY 101 and Bailey Sunday, July 15; Friday, July 20

7th Annual Island Reggae Festival
Island Reggae Festival is back at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this year! Catch Fiji, Katchafire, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Sons of Zion, and more awesome artists. You don't want to miss out !

Saturday - July 14, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Venue: All Grounds
344 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95111 United States

2018 Buddy's San Jose Music in the Park!

Buddy’s San Jose Music in the Park lineup includes:

July 12:  Toots & The Maytals (reggae)

Aug. 3: Third World and Jordan T (reggae co-headliners)

Aug. 24:  Malo (Latin)

Shows begin at 5:30 p.m. at Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Market Street in the center of downtown San Jose.

Advance tickets are $15 per adult and free for 12-under when accompanied by an adult. Tickets and information are available at  Day-of-the-event admission is $20 per adult.

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.

Trash Punx & SCC County Fair

The Santa Clara County Fair is teaming up with Trash Punx, an all-volunteer group, to help clean up the city. From now until the weekend before the Santa Clara County Fair from August 2-5 every volunteer that comes out will get a free ticket for the fair. The next pick-up is scheduled on July 14, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Park (St. Elizabeth Dr, San Jose, CA 95126) from 9:00am – 11:00am.

Please call 408-802-6584 for additional information and future dates, or visit

Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup

Join the Adopt-A-Highway team to clean up Hwy85/87 sections on Saturday, July 21st.

This community service may be performed on an alternate day of choice.

 Click link for assembly point at 9 A.M.

     * Hwy87s - VTA north parking lot Hwy87/Capitol Expwy.

     * Hwy85s - Stanford Hosp Cancer Ctr parking garage at 2585 Good Samaritan Dr. SJ

 Crew supplies and equipment will be provided at the assembly point. Contact Carlo Pedron at for more information.

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.

Santa Clara County Fair IS COMING!

More information will be released in the next month. Stay tuned for big news.

As always, the County Fair will have carnival rides, fun foods, entertainment, interactive activities for kids, exhibits, livestock animals, competitions, community performances and more!

August 2 - 5, 2018

Times TBD

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

344 Tully Rd

San José, CA 95111

Senior Safari Walkabout 2018

Visitors ages 50 and up are invited to take over San Jose’s iconic Happy Hollow Park & Zoo! Get fresh air and exercise as you enjoy:

  • Free admission and parking
  • Early entry to the park
  • Animal meet-and-greets
  • A 10,000-step challenge
  • Fun activities and giveaways
  • Healthy breakfasts available for purchase

For more information, call (408) 794-6400 or visit Happy Hollow's event page.

Thursdays, July 26 - August 23 - Sept 27 - Oct 25, 2018

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

1300 Senter Rd 

San José, CA 95112


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

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.

Safety Precautions for Hikers at Alum Rock Park and San Jose Trails

With summer around the corner, hikers looking for nature and fitness regularly visit the 740-acre Alum Rock park. The heat also brings out rattlesnakes and ticks. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Park Rangers would like to share safety tips with visitors venturing through San José’s parks and trails. Please click the link for more information.

Safety Precautions

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 free junk pickup appointments.  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.

Save the Date! Celebrate Cambrian 2018

Councilmember Don Rocha is proud to host the 13th Annual District 9 Celebrate Cambrian Festival on Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Camden Community Center.  Entry to the festival is free for everyone.

The Celebrate Cambrian Festival is a family-oriented event sponsored by Councilmember Rocha’s office with support from Camden Community Center, other City departments, local organizations and businesses and community volunteers. The event features local food vendors, live entertainment, a resource fair, children’s activities and jump houses. For more information, please contact Carol Stephenson at 408-535-4977.

August 26, 2018
Venue: Camden Community Center
3365 Union Avenue, San Jose 95124

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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