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[Super Bowl 50] District 9 February 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,

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers arrived at Mineta San Jose International Airport this weekend with Super Bowl 50 just a week away. For the first time since 1985, our region will celebrate the biggest sporting event of the year in our own backyard.  San Jose is an official venue city for Super Bowl 50, and Levi’s Stadium is said to be one of the most high tech stadiums in the world.  We've been given a rare and exciting opportunity to energize our economy and bring our community together for this milestone event.

Over the past several months, the City of San Jose has been preparing for Super Bowl 50 and the million people it’s expected to attract.

Staff has been coordinating logistics, preparing our public safety agencies, activating our public spaces and anticipating contingencies for the big game.  I’d like to share with you some updates on what San Jose has been doing leading up to the Super Bowl and what you can expect throughout the week.

Police and Fire Services

The Police and Fire Departments have been working to ensure that we have additional staffing to anticipate an increase in emergency calls for service and to maintain the safety of our city, residents and visitors. For Police, this means increased presence at Super Bowl related events and on game day, special operations staff, security for the NFC and team hotel, and contract services with the California Highway Patrol for team escorts.  For Fire, this means deployment of an additional engine company and two squad units for the three days leading up to the Super Bowl as well as on game day.  There will also be increased presence at Mineta San Jose International Airport dedicated to airport activity during and after the Super Bowl. 

Economic Impact

More than one million visitors are expected to visit the Bay Area over the course of the week, and our city is excited for what this means for economic activity for our local businesses and community. The Office of Economic Affairs estimates that the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) will generate $1.35 million.  The City will retain all TOT and Sales Tax generated from visitor spending in San Jose, as it would for any special event.  Sales tax and parking revenues will also see an increase this week, and SJC airport expects to experience the same increase in revenue from parking, concessions, aviation-related charges, and passenger facility charges.

Street Closures

Santa Clara will certainly experience traffic delays throughout the week. But also expect some street closures in the Downtown SoMa area which affect Plaza de Cesar Chavez and some surrounding streets. You can view the complete list of street closures in San Jose at, but please note that these are subject to change throughout the week.  For traffic and transportation information for Santa Clara where Levi’s Stadium is located, you can visit the City of Santa Clara’s SB50 website.

Public Transportation

If you are planning to use VTA to get to the big game this weekend, you’ll have to pre-purchase your fares. All passengers traveling to the Super Bowl using VTA must use the mobile app, EventTIK to purchase a special VTA Super Bowl 50 Day Pass fare AND possess proof of a valid Super Bowl ticket in order to board the special Super Bowl trains.  Caltrain and VTA will also be offering a special joint ticket for SB50 attendees.

Game Week Events

Even if you won’t be watching the big game from inside the stadium, there is much going on in San Jose now through game day:

  • SoFA’s Winter Market [February 5 & 6, 2016, SoFA District]  Artists, craft retailers, live music, DIY activities and art exhibitions will entertain visitors and residents in the downtown arts district.
  • Downtown Ice [Now through February 7, 2016, 120 S Market Street]  Enjoy ice skating under palm trees and dancing lights throughout the week. Downtown Ice is open now through game day.
  • Super Guadalupe River Run [February 7, 2016, Guadalupe River Park, 438 Coleman Avenue]  On Sunday morning, bring your friends and family and join fellow runners and walkers in the annual 10k and 5k run along the beautiful Guadalupe River Trail.
  • NFL Store [Now through February 7, 2016, 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM with special late night hours on February 6, 2016, 300 S First StreetOfficial NFL merchandise is for sale at a temporary store located in the SoFA District at the corner of San Carlos St. and First Street across from Original Joe’s restaurant.
  • Winter at Plaza de Cesar Chavez [Café & Beer Garden open 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, now through February 7, 2016, 194 S Market Street]  This historic park in the center of Downtown San Jose will feature an outdoor cafe and beer garden, an Information Center, a mini-football field, and informal games for all ages. Evening features illuminated artwork and live music.
  • Super San Pedro Square [Now through February 7, 2016, 87 N San Pedro Street]  One of downtown's most happening streets transforms into a football hub with games, chalk art and a street fair featuring local artisans. All this in a neighborhood featuring hundreds of taps with craft brews, a diversity of restaurants, and a large public market.
  • Super Bowl Weekend on the Row [February 4 through February 7, 2016, Santana Row]  This special shopping, dining and nightlife district will feature live music in parks and plazas. Super Bowl ticketholders can pick up their tickets at the Ticketmaster location, which will be on site next to Z Gallerie.
  • San Jose Pavilion in Super Bowl City [Now through February 7, 2016, San Francisco]If you’re making the trek to San Francisco, Super Bowl City is the free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the milestone Super Bowl 50 and to highlight its unique place in the Bay Area.  San Jose will have an exhibition booth showcasing its attractions to visitors. Programming for San Jose’s presence at Super Bowl City is produced by Team San Jose.  It will be located on Market Street between Main Street and Spear Street.

However you plan to celebrate the Super Bowl, please remember to be safe, smart, and also patient if braving the crowds or using public transportation.  As always, should you have any questions or concerns you’d like to share with me or my staff, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (408) 535-4909 or


News & Announcements
Special Membership Pricing at Camden & Almaden Community Centers

Become a member at Almaden Community Center or Camden Community Center for $35 monthly, or $250 annually.  Join at BOTH locations monthly for $40, or annually for $280. This special membership pricing is available through February 12th.  For more information, contact the Camden Community Center at (408) 559-8553 or Almaden Community Center at (408) 268-1133.

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

Our City Forest Tree Amigo Program

Love working with plants and people? Want to commit to be a leader in the community? Sign up for Our City Forest's Tree Amigo Program. Graduates will become committed volunteers to help OCF promote a greener and healthier Silicon Valley.

The Tree Amigo Volunteer Program is a mixture of online and hands-on learning. Participants are asked to commit for the full month (January 25 - February 27), come to each Saturday morning in-person class to earn the Tree Amigo title and OCF t-shirt, and complete the reading and short assignments during the week.  If you or someone you know may be interested, email to sign up and request an application. Sign up for this exciting opportunity before January 23rd to ensure a spot in the class!

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
Aqui Community Night: Project Cornerstone

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
Aqui Locations: Downtown Campbell, Cupertino, Downtown Willow Glen, Blossom Valley

To participate in the Community Night, you must verbally inform the cashier you are with the Project Cornerstone Community Night. (If you do not inform the cashier each time you place an order, your purchases will not be counted towards the event).  20% of the net sale will be donated to Project Cornerstone.  Funds from this event will go towards our $80,000 annual giving campaign goal.

2016-2017 Community Budget Priority Setting
"Building the Budget from Zero"

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  
Parkside Hall, 180 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95113

Residents throughout San Jose will have the opportunity to discuss and provide input on priorities for the 2016-2017 Budget and also participate in a “Zero-Based” budgeting exercise designed around programs and services that impact our neighborhoods.  In addition, we have expanded this year’s event to be open to all residents who want to participate (800 person capacity).  Register online at

Public Meetings: General Plan 4-Year Review
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • 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

Westfield Oakridge Senior Walk & Resource Fair

Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM 
Westfield Oakridge Mall, Macy's Court, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123

Save the date for the 2016 W.O.W.W. Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk & Resource Fair for Seniors!  This event is hosted by Councilmembers Johnny Khamis, Donald Rocha and Ash Kalra, and sponsored by Alameda Family Funeral Home and Mortuary Services, Star One Credit Union, Westfield Oakridge Mall.

Volunteers are needed for this fun event!  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Andrea at 408-535-4975.

Santa Clara County Children's Summit

Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Microsoft Silicon Valley, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043

The 9th Annual Santa Clara County Children's Summit invites community leaders to forge new partnerships and work across boundaries to achieve goals of the Children's Agenda: Every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life. Don't miss this year's amazing line-up of speakers and workshops, and presentation of the Bold Steps for Children Award.  Register online or call (408) 795-3772. Early bird special: $75 until February 2nd. 

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.

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.

2016 D9 Great American Litter Pick-Up

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Various locations throughout District 9, rain or shine

Celebrate Earth Day and mark your calendars for the 2016 District 9 Great American Litter Pick-Up! 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.  Register online!

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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