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District 9 March Newsletter

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

P: (408) 535-4909  F: (408) 292-6471

Dear Neighbor,

Two weeks ago, I reported to you about a big decision that will happen this year – a potential Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) countywide ½ cent sales tax measure that may go before voters on the November ballot. The decision whether or not to place this measure on the ballot is ultimately up to the VTA Board of Directors, but San Jose has an interest in the measure. There is potential that VTA will give back some of the sales tax revenue to cities, including San Jose, for us to spend on critical local priorities, like road maintenance.

I felt it was important to ask you what priorities you believe the city should advocate with VTA to be included in the measure.

I decided to gather your input through an online survey. I sincerely thank everyone who chose to participate and share their views on this this issue. I am glad to now be able to share the results of the survey with you. I will summarize the results below, but please feel free to view the complete data at the following link:

I first asked you to rank a list of possible projects that the VTA sales tax could be spent on. To give you a sense of the results received on the question, I’ve included two charts below.  One chart shows how often respondents ranked an option as top priority. The second chart shows how often they ranked an option as the bottom priority.

As you can see, our community has diverse opinions on how this potential tax measure should be spent. For example, we can see that a significant amount of people felt that Affordable Housing should be the top priority and many also felt that it shouldn’t. At the same time, we can see there are topics many of us agree on.  Road Maintenance is the clear top priority for most participants of our survey. From my experience with working with residents, I could probably guess going in that Road Maintenance would be a top priority. After seeing these results, it further confirmed my belief that we should advocate for San Jose to receive funding for that purpose.

As you may know, the topic of the BART extension to San Jose has been much discussed in connection with this potential tax measure. BART is currently funded by two separate sales taxes; VTA already expects to spend over $4 billion in local money on the project. Given the substantial investment BART may receive from this tax measure and the potential tradeoffs related to the other transportation priorities above, I wanted to drill down on this issue and get your opinion on BART. I asked if you would ride BART from San Jose and how often. The results were very informative.

54% of participants said they would use BART from San Jose, while 46% said they wouldn’t. Of those who would use BART from San Jose, 80% of participants responded said they would likely use BART less than once week. From this response, it appears that at least for the folks who took our survey, BART would mostly be an occasional transit option. This may be because BART is more of a regional transportation amenity, which may not have the highest impact for those travelling locally within the County.

Again, I truly thank everyone for their excellent feedback on this matter. As this potential VTA tax gets further refined, I would like to forward this feedback on to be considered, acknowledging that this is a non-scientific poll, not necessarily representative of all residents or all voters. I suggested that this topic return to City Council, but unfortunately Mayor Liccardo disagreed, for the reason that the VTA board has five San Jose representatives who can represent our interests. I have yet to determine the best way to send your input on to the decision makers on this issue. I might ask for it to come to Council again, or send your input to all the VTA board members in the form of a letter. I will continue to monitor this issue and then choose the most effective path to make sure your preferences are heard.


News & Announcements
Register for the Great American Litter Pick-Up!

Please help us celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at the District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up!

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Butcher Park, Lone Hill Park, Paul Moore Park

Join neighbors and the District 9 team to clean up litter and beautify our parks and neighborhoods.  Lunch will be served for all volunteers.  Students can earn community service hours by volunteering at this event.  This event will be held rain or shine. Please register online!

Read Across America

Hang on to your hats and get ready to Read Across America!  National Association of Education's (NEA) Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that invites everyone in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday. 

Join your library during the first week of March for a "seuss-tastic" day filled with crafts, stories, and more.  Visit the calendar for a complete list of events at your local library.

2016 APALI College Internship Program

The Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute is accepting applications for seven Intern Mentor positions to organize and lead other students in the Youth Leadership Academy at De Anza College this summer.  

APALI's Youth Leadership Academy is a college level class exploring Asian American experience, community, civic engagement, and leadership.   Offered annually since 1999, generations of active alumni in the APALI network have benefitted from YLA's transformative experience.


  • Be a college student or at least entering college.
  • Be able to be a small-team facilitator, lead ice-breakers, workshop activities, discussions, team project, and take on various program management roles.
  • Be NOT enrolled in another class during the Youth Leadership Academy.
  • Be peer mentor and learner simultaneously, and strong in emotional maturity, time management, leadership skills, working with other staff.

For more information or to register online, visit

We and Our Neighbors: Operation Cards

Want to give back to our service men and women? Join We and Our Neighbors in making blank, handmade, greeting cards as an ongoing community service project.  These cards bring are sent to our military heroes so that they may write in them and send them home to their loved ones. This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM at the We and Our Neighbors Clubhouse at 15480 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.

Over 28,000 cards have been sent to date through South Bay Blue Star Mom's organization.  Cards are included in care packages at various times throughout the year.  Everyone is welcome! To learn more, email

Trades Orientation Program

Working Partnerships USA is recruiting Santa Clara County residents age 18 and up who are seeking full-time work or a career change, like to work with their hands, are willing to study and learn, and have a strong interest in learning how to enter a working construction apprenticeship leading to a rewarding career.

No prior construction experience is needed – just a high school diploma or GED, drivers’ license, basic math skills and ability to do physical work.  If you know a woman who might just be ready for a new career, please pass this on. For more information or to apply, please visit

Family Camp Registration Opens January 31st

San Jose’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground. 

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. Reserve your tent today for the 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

2015-2016 County Children's Health Assessment

The County of Santa Clara, under the direction of Supervisor Dave Cortese, is conducting assessment of the Health of Children in Santa Clara County.  The goal of the assessment is to provide a countywide profile of behavioral health, preventive health and medical health status of children in Santa Clara County with a focus on the racial/ethnic disparities, which can serve as a valuable tool for policy makers, foundations, non-profits and government agencies to better understand this important population.  

If you receive a phone call or letter from the Public Health Department, please participate!  All information provided is confidential.  For questions about the survey, please contact The-Vu Nguyen from the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at 408-299-5030 or

Flood Preparedness Tips & Sandbags

Sand bags are available late November through April.  At certain times, sites may be stocked with sand and empty bags.  Sites are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Residents should bring their own shovels, and consider bringing assistance to load bags.  San Jose locations are listed below:

  • City Main Yard, 1404 Mabury Road (self-fill, sand and empty bags provided)
  • City Central Service Yard, 1661 Senter Road at Phelan Avenue
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, 5905 Winfield Boulevard, between blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue (bag pickup street access only)

For questions, please visit

Midpen Regional Open Space Photo Contest

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District invites all visitors to enter its 7th Annual Digital Photo Contest, running now through March 31, 2016.  Midpen is seeking compelling digital images of nature, capturing the diversity of open spaces.  Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes or people interacting with nature, however, they must be taken in one of the open space preserves open to the public.  Enter online at

Free Large-Item Pick-Up Program
Large Item Pick-Up

Residents living in single-family homes can receive one free large-item pickup.  Additional pickups are only $27. For more information, visit

Did you know that Illegal dumping is a serious issue that can affect your safety, your community, and the environment?  When people illegally dump in neighborhood streets, parks, and creeks it results in visual blight and pollutes the environment. Report illegal dumping in San José by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900.

Upcoming Events
Community Forum: Welcoming San Jose

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Roosevelt Community Center, 901 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95116

The new Office of Immigrant Affairs needs your voice to make the City of San Jose a more welcoming place where immigrants can prosper.  Join the community for a discussion on equitable access, civic engagement, economic opportunity, education, and safe, healthy and connected communities.  Child care and light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

2016 State of the City Celebration

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Overfelt High School Gymnasium, 1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122

Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to the 2016 State of the City Celebration.  Mayor Liccardo will outline key initiatives, budget priorities, and opportunities for residents to get engaged to make San José a safer, smarter city. In addition to the Mayor's speech, the event will honor outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees. Register online.

Event Details:  This is a casual attire event.  You must bring a copy of your registration confirmation to gain attendance to the event.  The gym features theater-style seating, and there are no seat assignments.  After the program concludes there will be a Resource Fair with information about city services and employment, in addition to resources offered by some of San Jose's leading non-profits.

Open Space Authority March Activities

Any day spent in open space is a good day!  Visit for complete, up to date event locations and information:

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 - Tai Chi in the Park
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 - Wonderful World of Wetlands
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - Wildflowers and Wildlife
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016 - Anza Expedition Hike
  • Sunday, March 20, 2016 - First Day of Spring: Beginner's Bird and Plant Walk

Adult Fitness Series at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Saturdays, March 5 - March 26, 2016, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110

Burst out of winter with a new walking series sponsored by the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Step by step, you’ll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails along the Guadalupe River. Learn proper stretches, toning exercises, and walking technique as you meet others who enjoy exercising outdoors along the way.  Varied fitness levels will be offered.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. For more information, visit or call 408-298-7657.

Our City Forest Spring Events

As buds are forming and flowers are blooming, Our City Forest (OCF), a leading Silicon Valley environmental non-profit, is offering many outdoor educational activities. All are welcome to attend these free community events, held Saturday mornings during Our City Forest Community Nursery hours at 1000 Spring Street, San Jose, CA 95110.

  • Monday, March 7 - Monday, March 14, 2016 - Celebrate Arbor Week!
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Kid’s Day at the Nursery
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Urban Eco System: Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Saturday, March 26, 2016 (Time TBD) - Rain Barrel Workshop
  • Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza & Earth Day

Stay tuned to for updated information as spring blooms on. RSVP to events or direct questions to:

2016 Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
School of Arts & Culture, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116

AAUW San Jose and the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy proudly present Strong Girls, Strong Women 2016: A Leadership Conference for High School Girls, Young Adults and their Adult Allies.  Conference includes continental breakfast and lunch, private screening of a new documentary and a networking fair to promote community resources and volunteer opportunities.

Space is limited, Registration is FREE but RSVP is required.  Registered but still really want to help out? Bring NEW clothing, school supplies or unopened toiletry items (toothpaste/brush, deodorant, soap, etc.) and to be donated to Gifts for Teens! Donation baskets will be located at registration on March 12.

For more information contact: SCC Office of Women’s Policy: 408-299-5135 or

Heart & Soles 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Lake Cunningham Park, 2305 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95148

Exercise is fun!  You don't have to be a runner or athlete to gather your family, friends and colleagues to join the Lam Research "Heart & Soles 5K" walk/run.

It's proven that kids who eat better, learn better!  This event supports the national effort of the "Salad Bars for Schools" program to encourage healthy eating habits for K-12 students by providing salad bars for schools.  The "Heart & Soles 5K" in two years has funded 122 salad bars that serve more than 97,000 students. Please support this year's goal of 70 additional salad bars for local schools!

The Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K” is founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Foundation in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, City of San Jose and the South Bay Labor Council.  For more information or to register now:

Camden Painting Party

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
Camden Community Center 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Have fun while you learn to paint! An artist will show you step by step how to create a gorgeous bird of paradise painting. You will receive a blank canvas, paints and brushes.  Everything else will be provided. Seating is limited. Please register by visiting or visit the Camden Community Center. Cost is $25 members/$40 non-members.

Free Financial Planning Workshop
Financial Planning Workshop

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
Camden Community Center 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Get your finances in order with a free financial planning workshop. This free workshop is hosted by the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley.  Pre-registration is required. To register, sign up online at or at the front desk. Use code #257.3.2015

Public Informational Meetings: Affordable Housing Impact Fee & Inclusionary Housing
  • Monday, March 14, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Monday, April 11, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Monday, June 13, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Housing Department has scheduled an additional series of eight meetings, from February through June, to provide up-to-date information on the Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program (with specific information on how developers might apply for the "pipeline exemption" for projects already in process), and Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting Karen Goodman at 408-975-4416, or by email at

Camden Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 19, 2016, Times Vary
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

  • 1.5-2 years (parent participation) - 9:45 AM
  • 3-5 years (children walk on their own) - 10:15 AM
  • 6-8 years - 10:45 AM
  • 9-10 years - 11:15 AM

Welcome the Spring season with a morning full of fun activities and creating family memories.  There will be an egg hunt for each age group, a special prize for those who find the golden egg, and holiday themed arts and crafts and face painting.  Activity Fee: $6.00 pre-registration; $8.00 day of event.  Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the hunt to pick up wrist band required for entry.  No adults are permitted to participate in the egg hunt.  Register by calling (408) 559-8553 or visiting

Public Meetings: General Plan 4-Year Review
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6:30 PM

Monthly meetings are planned through April to discuss progress on implementation of the City's Envision 2040 General Plan and to consider whether mid-course adjustments are needed.  The meetings will be held at City Hall in Wing Rooms 118-120, beginning at 6:30 PM.  For details, visit

City of San Jose Career Fair

Saturday, April 27, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The City of San Jose is pleased to announce its first Citywide Career Fair. With over 600 vacancies Citywide, there are career opportunities in multiple fields including: professional, managerial, trades, general administrative, police, and fire.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet and greet with Human Resources staff and Hiring Managers from multiple City departments. For more information please contact Sarah Nunes, Human Resources Department, at 408-975-1458.

Silicon Valley Walk for Water

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Timothy's Lutheran Church 
5100 Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

Join Silicon Valley Discipleship for the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Walk for Water in support of Water Mission!  In its inaugural year, over 500 people participated in the Walk through Cambrian Park and raised $186,000 to provide safe water to 6 communities around the world.  This year, Walk for Water hopes to raise over $250,000 for the cause.  Register online or contact Ruth Hardin for more information. 


City of San José Important Phone Numbers 

Abandoned Vehicles (408) 277-5305
Anti-Graffiti (408) 277-8900
Anti-Graffiti 24-Hour 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 Prevention Hotline (408) 293-4264
Homeless Outreach (408) 510-7600
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)
Park Volunteer Unit (408) 535-3588
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Repair (408) 794-1903 (7 am - 4 pm), (408) 277-8956 (after hours)
Sewer and Signal Lights (408) 794-1900

Contact the District 9 Team

Shirley Goings Executive Assistant
Peter Hamilton Chief of Staff
Scott Hughes Policy Aide
Andrea Hyde Policy Aide
Jacklyn Joanino Policy Aide


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