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District 9
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph. (408) 535-4909
Fax (408) 292-6471

District 9 October Mid Month Announcements



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Click on the Link below to sign up for city-wide classes

Community Activities and Registration 


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.


Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life!

Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. The cornerstone of our work is the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

For more information including community events and resources,  please visit


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

Crime Prevention 
(408) 277-4133

Family & Domestic Violence Center
(408) 277-3700

Gang Hotline
(408) 293-4264

Police Emergency
911, (408) 277-8911 (cell phone)

Police Non-Emergency
311, (408) 277-8900 (cell phone)

 Park Concerns
(408) 793-5510
(voicemail only) 

Parks Volunteer Unit
(408) 535-3588

(408) 794-1900

Streetlight Repair
(408) 794-1903 7:00am - 4:00pm
(408) 277-8956 after hours

Sewer and Signal Lights
(408) 794-1900


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

District 9 Website


District 9 Staff

Shirley Goings
Executive Assistant

Peter Hamilton
Senior Policy Aide

Ann Grabowski
Policy Aide

Scott Hughes
Policy Aide





October 2014 Mid Month Announcements





Halloween Safety Tips

Tips for a Safe Halloween from the San Jose Police Department

Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Concerns about children's safety--whether they are out in the neighborhood  or back home with bags of booty--can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. But not to worry! To make Halloween a treat, follow these safety tips.


  • Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
  • Patrol your street  occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and  crimes against children.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately. In San Jose call  9-1-1.
  • Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.


Exercise extreme caution  when driving a vehicle.  Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.


Make sure your kids dress up safely

  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
  • Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's vision, a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.

Make trick-or-treating trouble free

  • Create a map of a safe trick-or treating route and set a time limit for your children to "trick-or-treat".
  • Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren't a tempting target for real-life goblins.
  • Parents should accompany young children.
  • Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so you will know where they are going. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
  • Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it's still light out. If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted streets.
  • Do not go inside anyone’s home.  Remain on the porch at all times.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
  • Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.
  • Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals.  Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
  • Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
  • Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
  • Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.

Check all treats before eating

  • It's hard for kids to hold back from eating their treats until they  get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they're still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand.
  • Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home.
  • What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. By all means remind kids not to eat everything at once or they'll be feeling pretty ghoulish for while!
  • Halloween can be a lot of fun for parents and kids alike--if everybody remembers the tricks and treats of playing it safe.


A note to parents:

  • Make sure your children’s costumes are not flammable.
  • Do not permit your children to wear cumbersome, floor length or vision-impairing costumes.
  • Reflectorized stripes make your costume more visible.
  • In lieu of masks, we recommend face make up.
  • Wear comfortable, safe shoes.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you suspect any tainted candy. 

Every Drop Counts-Media Photo Contest

Do your part. Reduce your water use by 20 percent during this drought. Outdoor water use is probably the easiest place to reduce since it accounts for roughly half of the average water bill. The following water use rules are in effect and apply to everyone in San José:

  1. Be cool - water when it's coolest, before 8:00 a.m. or after  8:00 p.m. Water as little as possible.
  2. Be quick - fix leaks as soon as possible.
  3. Be in control - don't let water flow into gutters or streets.
  4. Be a sharp shooter - with automatic shut-off nozzles. Hoses are required to have a nozzle that shuts off when the handle is released.
  5. Be a sweeper - sweep hard surfaces. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks, parking lots, or other hard surfaces.

Throughout the month of October, the City's Environmental Services Department is hosting the San José Every Drop Counts social media photo contest. Five winners will be selected to win a Drought Survival Kit.  To enter, simply submit photos through Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtags #SJEveryDropCounts and #KeepSJClean.

View the full list of water use rules now in effect, photo contest rules, and a list of 30 days of water saving tips for inspiration at

Let's conserve now to help avoid stricter rules and fines in the future.

  ¡VivaFest! Announces National Call for Artists for the Bay Area Premiere of  Mariachi Arcoiris (Rainbow Mariachi) To Perform October 25 at Dia San Jose

Any musician wishing to participate in the Bay Area premiere of this mariachi group, comprised of musicians who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, is invited to submit an up-to-60-minute video, or a link to a youtube video, to .

A twelve-member ensemble of musicians will be chosen from those applications by a juried panel of reviewers. The twelve will perform as the Mariachi Arcoiris at their debut performance on Saturday, October 25 at the DIa San Jose Festival in St. James Park, San Jose, California.

Dia San Jose, is San Jose's celebration of the Mexican tradition called Dia de los Muertos. The day-long event is presented in 2014 by Experience Electric and is the final event of two days of cultural activities commencing with a visual arts exhibition and light show at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda.  The Mariachi Arcoiris will perform for the first time.

For more information email or call 408 920 6071. 

 The City of San José is Seeking Members of the Public to Serve on the Boards of Administration for its Retirement Plans

Candidates can apply now for open seats on the Boards of Administration

The City of San José is seeking highly-qualified individuals to serve on the Boards of Administration for the Federated City Employees’ Retirement System and the Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan. The following vacancies exist on the Retirement Plan Boards of Administration:

Federated City Employees’ Retirement System – Two vacancies

Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan – Three vacancies

Applicants must live within 50 miles of San José City Hall and meet the requirements for professional experience.

Interested individuals may find may find the Online Application, Brochure and Qualifications through the website for the City Clerk’s office at Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, September 3 – Friday, October 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applications may also be obtained by visiting the City Clerk’s Office at 200 East Santa Clara Street, Wing Building, 2nd Floor, San José, CA 95113.

Vacancies will be filled by interview with the City Council in open session scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:00am


Volunteer Board/Commision Openings

Commission Seat Vacancies

Printed Applications are available from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113 or you may apply online through the City’s Web site at:

If you would like additional information about a particular Commission, Board or Committee, please log onto Boards & Commissions, visit or call the City Clerk's Office (408) 535-1260.

  Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department


Make the most of Fall with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and register for a leisure class at your favorite community center. PRNS offers over 800 hundred classes and programs, such as early childhood recreation, dance, music, health and fitness, gymnastics, and theater.

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 

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Housing Impact Fee -Public Meetings

San Jose's Housing Impact Fee Program draft recommendations and policy alternatives are available for review.

During the month of October, the Housing Department will be conducting outreach meetings with stakeholders and the public to receive feedback on the draft recommendations and policy alternatives.  Staff will be accepting oral comments at the meetings listed below.

Date Location Time
Thursday, October 9, 2014 -- Housing &  Community Development Commission City Hall, Room 119-120
200 E. Santa Clara Street 
San Jose, CA 95113
5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 -- Developer
            Stakeholder Meeting
City Hall, Room 120
200 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 95113
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 --
            General Public
Bascom Branch Library Community Room
1000 S. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday, October 20, 2014 -- General Public

City Hall, Room 118 -119     200 E. Santa Clara Street 
San Jose, CA 95113

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

If you have questions on the process, please contact Tom MacRostie by either email at
, or by calling (408) 975-4449.

   Library to Library Bicycle Tour

The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is teaming up with Santa Clara City LibrarySunnyvale Public Library and Mountain View Public Library to present the Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour.

The Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour is for library lovers and bicycle enthusiasts.

Date:  Saturday, October 18

Time: Starting at  9:30am

Location:  San Jose Public Library Rose Garden Branch. 1580 Naglee Ave.

From the Rose Garden Branch the Tour travels to the Santa Clara City Library, the Sunnyvale Public Library and ends at the Mountain View Public Library.

Each library stop will include a guided tour of the library, a craft and a surprise event. There will also be limited edition spoke cards.

Group rides will leave after each of the library tours. Feel free to join the group rides or go at your own pace. Hop on and off whenever you want.

Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle and a snack!

Register here!

Tentative schedule:  

9:30 AM:  San Jose Public Library, Rose Garden Branch  

10:00 AM: Leave Rose Garden Branch Library

10:45 AM: Santa Clara City Library Tour

11:00 AM: Leave Santa Clara City Library

11:45 AM: Sunnyvale Public Library Tour

12:00 PM: Leave Sunnyvale Public Library 

12:30 PM:  Mountain View Public Library tour

Please Note: The bicycle tour will be held rain or shine

 Carry the Vision

Housing Trust Silicon Valley -Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats

Come down to ZERO1 Garage on October 22nd to enjoy food and drinks from some of the valley’s best restaurants, breweries and wineries; listen to live music; enter to win exclusive raffle items; check out the technology-inspired artwork at ZERO1 Garage; and spend an evening networking with your friends and colleagues!

Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd 

Time:  5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: ZERO1 Garage 439 S. 1st St., San Jose
Eventbrite - Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats 

Harvest Festival

Fundraiser for Christmas in the Park

A Nightmare Before Christmas in the Park – fund raiser for CITP

Date: Saturday, October 25 

Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm

Where: 1661 Senter Road, San Jose 95112 (The Christmas in the Park Warehouse)

The first 200 people that purchase tickets at $100 each

Price includes beer, wine, food stations, dessert station

Deuling Pianos, a DJ, amazing décor, prizes and more!

Purchase tickets:

 Happy Hollow Sleep Over

Be an overnight guest for a howling good time and enjoy the thrill of the zoo after dark.

• Camp in the Crooked House Meadow

• Meet Nocturnal Animals Up Close

• Explore the Zoo at Night on a Flashlight Tour

• Enjoy a Hot Breakfast in the Morning

• Wake Up with the Animals with a Special Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Click here for registration. For more informationon this and other Happy Hollow events, click here.






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