District 6 Newsletter 
January 2018
Dear Neighbors ,

If 2017 taught us something, it's that our community must be prepared for the next disaster (natural or otherwise). Research shows that neighborhoods where people know each other are most resilient after a disaster. That's why I will be encouraged Map Your Neighborhood Trainings throughout District 6 in 2018. Part of the program is about knowing your neighbors and whom you can depend on and who needs special help in the event of an emergency. The Map Your Neighborhood Program aims to help communities identify the location of useful materials in their neighborhoods, like natural gas and propane tanks, which residents have useful skills for emergency response, and residents who have specific needs that must be attended to in an emergency.
 
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Now Hiring School Crossing Guards

Earn some extra spending money working just a few hours a day. This is a great job for retirees and others who are available in the morning and afternoons. The City of San Jose is currently recruiting part-time School Crossing Guards within the Police Department during the normal school year. Work involves providing for the safe conduct of elementary and junior high school children across heavily traveled streets. School Crossing Guards are required to work outside regardless of weather.

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Comments on Bridge Housing

There has been some misinformation circulating regarding the proposed Bridge Housing Communities. Two of my top priorities when considering how I was going to vote on this issue were how many houseless would be served by this project, and what was the cost vs. benefit to the community. 

I voted the way I did for several reasons: first, the actual cost of each fully insulated unit is closer to $18,000, a more reasonable cost per sleeping cabin than the higher number circulating. Second, in order to prioritize safety and sanitation among our homeless community, the tiny-home community needs to have electricity and waste-disposal capabilities, this does bring the cost up a little. Third, the units must comply with our City's municipal codes. This also brings the cost up. So "tuff shed", "tiny home", or "sleeping cabin" they must conform to code, provide safety and sanitation, and be insulated, which would make them cost about the same amount no matter which form they take.

The typical "basic affordable apartment"costs between $150,000 and $250,000 per unit to build. A far less cost effective solution for urgent housing - but a great long-term solution which is why this is already being done across the city.

Research and case studies have indicated that the purposes of short-term transitional housing, the most thriving communities offer electricity, plumbing, and functional personal and group spaces. We want to give our houseless community the best opportunity to move up and out of their situation. The sleeping cabin community is not designed to be an emergency warming shelter, it is meant to be a stable, home-like environment where an individual can begin to go from surviving to thriving.


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Public Safety Message

Thank you to the residents who contacted me voicing their concerns about crime in their neighborhood. I want to share updates with you all including helpful tips to keeping you and your neighborhood safe.

Review of Crime Stats
Last week, I met with our two Police Captains and Deputy Chief of Police to examine residential and vehicle burglaries occurring in our district. We reviewed the stats for 2016 and compared them to the 2017 numbers. Both residential and vehicle burglaries increase during the holiday season. This year, we are seeing a bigger spike than usual. The Police Captains assured me that our area is still the safest in the city, especially since so many police officers live here!

The Captains and Deputy Chief relayed that those conducting the vehicle burglaries are part of a ring of thieves traveling into residential areas from other communities within the South Bay. Police are pursuing leads in those crimes.

During the holiday season, criminals are looking for valuables in areas like front porches and vehicles on city streets. Our Police Captains will also be adding resources for this holiday season to address and catch package thieves.

Crime Prevention Meeting
We will be hosting a Public Safety Town Hall meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Willow Glen Community & Senior Center. This will be an opportunity for you to learn safety information from our Crime Prevention Unit and meet some of our police leadership and patrol officers. 

What You Can Do to Avoid Being a Victim
Vehicle Burglaries
  • Take valuables with you. GPS devices, laptops, phones, wallets, purses, etc.
  • Close windows and the sunroof.
  • Lock the doors.
  • Take the keys out of the vehicle.
  • Hide or remove the garage door opener.
  • Hide or remove items with personal information.
  • Do not move valuable items with personal information.
  • Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
  • Slow down and use common sense before you leave your car.
Residential burglaries
  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspaper or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be moved if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all of your outside doors.
  • Sliding doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
For more crime prevention tips, click here

Solving Crimes
I applaud the work of our police department who quickly and diligently worked on the Booksin Elementary School Shooting and want to highlight the great work they have done by making an arrest within 24 hours of the incident. Working closely with the Booksin School Principal, SJPD officers started a foot patrol program at the school to help ease the anxiety and fear of community members and generate a proactive presence in the area.

Volunteer Opportunity
About a year ago, a gang known as BCN attempted to take over the Farm Drive neighborhood. They committed robbery, assaults, and recruitment of children in this neighborhood. The San Jose Police Department, Crime Prevention and the local Church organization are avidly working to make it a safer place. If you would like to volunteer or donate any resources to this low-income community, please contact our office at 408-535-4906.

Rebirth of the San Jose Police Department
On Friday, I attended the SJPD Academy Class #30 Graduation Ceremony where 42 recruits were sworn in as full-time San Jose Police Officers! This is the largest academy class we have had in many years. In addition, another 56 recruits in the academy now will gradate in April 2018.
Public Safety Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Willow Glen Community & Senior Center,
2175 Lincoln Ave.

Join Councilmember Dev Davis and the San Jose Police Department to discuss public safety in our district. This will be an opportunity to meet and speak with our Crime Prevention Unit and our Police Captains.
City News & Updates
Update on Google Development at Diridon Station

Read the Informational Memo here.
Report Firework Activity

From now until January 3rd, you can report the use of any fireworks by calling 408-535-5600 or by reporting them online at www.sanjoseca.gov/fireworks. All types of fireworks are illegal in San Jose.

Penalties for using fireworks are:
  • $500 for first violation
  • $700 for second violation
  • $1,000 for a third violation

The sale of fireworks may result in a fine up to $50,000 plus jail time, depending on the quantity.


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Grants Available for Arts & Cultural Activities

A rich array of arts and cultural offerings are essential to a vibrant and thriving city. Interested, eligble groups are encouraged to apply for the following grants availalbe through a competitive selection process:
  • Festival, Parade and Celebration (FPC) Grants: Apply for grants that support San Jose community festivals, parades and celebrations held for the economic enhancement, cultural enrichment, and/or promotion of San Jose.                                                 Application Deadline: January 22, 21018
  • Operating (OpG) Grants: Apply for grants that support full seasons of programming for professionally-managed arts organizations with year-round paid staff.                 Application Deadline: January 29, 2018
  • Take pART Grants: Apply for grants that support specific arts projects for the public by San Jose organizations.                                                                                               Application Deadline: February 5, 2018
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2017-2018 Holiday Collection Schedule

If your usual garbage, recycling and yard trimmings collection or street sweeping da y falls on or  after a holiday, your collection and sweep day will be one day later during the week. 

Holiday Tree Recycling

Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your regular collection day from December 26, 2017 to February 2, 2018. Remove stands, tinsel, and decorations and cut into 5-foot pieces. Please set out by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.

The Great 408

A campaign to celebrate the people, places and events that have made San Jose a place we love.

Share what's great about The 408 here.
Visit Our San Jose Public Libraries

Did you know our libraries offer a variety of resources for every member of your family? Free wi-fi, computers & printers on site, academic books, plenty of study rooms, homework clubs and other activity clubs, and 24/7 access to eResources.

There are several volunteer opportunities for those needing community service hours, English Language learner workshops and more!  Visit your local library to learn more about all of the cool resources!

City Projects Information

Have you seen a City truck working on a project in your neighborhood? Find out what they're up to on our City website.

Community Events
Councilmember Coffee
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cocola Bakery, 333 Sant
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Join Councilmember Dev Davis for a cup of coffee. This is an opportunity for residents to speak with the Councilmember and share your concerns, ideas and feedback.

San José Public Library Events

Wednesday, January 3rd, 3:30 p.m. - Slime Day @ Willow Glen Library
- Saturday, January 6th, 12:30 p.m. - Mad Science: Fire and Ice @ Bascom Library
Thursday, January 11th, 3:30 p.m. - Dr. King's Birthday: Community Dreams @ Willow Glen Library

Rose Garden Winter Pruning Day
Saturday, January 6, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.
Municipal Rose Garden, 
Dana Ave. & Naglee Ave.

Join the fun of pruning 3,500 rose bushes in less than three hours! The tradition of having volunteers assist with this seasonal task has grown-literally! Hundreds of helping hands are needed in order to get the entire Rose Garden completed.

Please wear closed-toe shoes, dress for the weather-layers work best and bring a filled water bottle. Gloves, tools, and supplies will be provided. Community service hours will be awarded and families are encouraged to volunteer together.

To volunteer, please email parkvolunteer@sanjoseca.gov

Winter Wonderland & Christmas in the Park
Now till Sunday, January 7, 2018

Winter Wonderland, together with Downtown Ice and Christmas in the Park, makes Downtown San Jose the place to be for the holidays!

SAVE THE DATE - State of the City 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.
San Jose City College,
2100 Moorpark Ave.

Join Mayor Liccardo as he presents his State of the City Address. Councilmember Davis is honored to have this city-wide event in District 6. More details coming soon.
More community events can be found on our District 6 website
Office of Councilmember Davis | 408-535-4906 |  district6@sanjoseca.gov | www.sjd6.org