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A Word from the Councilmember..

         
Dear Neighbors,
 
Thank you to all who attended the District 6 Priorities Setting & Community meeting held on February 25th. We heard wonderful feedback from residents who have never attended a community meeting, and are now willing to become actively engaged. My goal was to open the door for more dialogue and engagement opportunities in our community, and I think we have a good start in accomplishing the first step in that process.
 
The District 6 staff is busy compiling all of the submitted responses collected during the meeting. An outreach survey will be posted on Nextdoor soon, in order to get more feedback from D6 residents, and to hear what everyone thinks about how District 6 can be improved.
 
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, organized, and attended this event. I welcome your questions, concerns, or comments. You can reach me or my team by calling 408-535-4906 or via email at dev.davis@sanjoseca.gov or district6@sanjoseca.gov

Best regards, 


Councilmember Dev Davis
Donate &  Volunteer to Help Flood Survivors in San Jose

Help flood survivors in San Jose by volunteering your time at the Roosevelt Community Center, located at 901 E. Santa Clara Street. Click here for more information. 

Donate online to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation here, or mail a check to 2440 West El Camino Real # 300, Mountain View, CA 94040.
Join our 'Coffee with a Cop' conversation on March 25th
 


Help Clean up your Neighborhood Park on Sunday April 9th!
 
Volunteer on April 9th, 2017 from 10:00am- 12:30pm at Lincoln Glen Park on Curtner Ave & Radio Ave. No pre-registration required. Tools will be provided.

For more information, call: (408) 595-3483 or email: parkvolunteer@sanjoseca.gov

Save the Date:  12th Annual West Valley Senior Walk on Friday, April 14th

Save the date and sign-up for the 12th Annual West Valley Senior Walk. Attendees will have access to a health fair filled with resources and volunteer opportunities. There will also be free registration, free breakfast, raffle prizes, and more. Participants are welcome to fill out the  participant registration form/waiver  prior to the event and bring the signed copy to the Senior Walk. This is not mandatory. Registration forms will be available to fill out at the event. If you're interested in being a vendor at the event, please apply   here For more information contact Christina Mauro at (408) 535-4957 or email christina.mauro@sanjoseca.gov
The City of San Jose Launches SpeedUp San Jose

SpeedUp San José is a project by the City to find out if our residents and businesses are receiving the internet speed they are paying for. Help us with this important project by answering a couple of questions and taking a speed test. By giving just a few minutes, you will help us increase transparency around internet quality and costs throughout San José.

Once testing is complete and we have a better idea of the quality of internet speeds across San José we can take the steps necessary to ensure you are correctly getting the internet speed you are paying for.

Help us SpeedUp San Jose by taking this  speed test today.
City of San Jose Board & Commission Vacancies
 
Applications are now being accepted to fill the following vacancies:

AIRPORT COMMISSION
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021

ARTS COMMISSION
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending June 30, 2020

COUNCIL APPOINTMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending December 31, 2018
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending December 31, 2020

DOWNTOWN PARKING BOARD
One (1) Downtown Parking Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2020
One (1) Downtown Resident Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
One (1) Downtown Events Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2021
One (1) San Jose State University Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2021

HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending June 30, 2018
Two (2) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending June 30, 2019
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021

HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
One (1) Seat with a Term Ending December 31, 2020

LIBRARY AND EARLY EDUCATION COMMISSION
Four (4) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2019
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021

NEIGHBORHOODS COMMISSION
District 1 Representative with a Term Ending June 30, 2018

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Three (3) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2019
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021

SENIOR CITIZENS COMMISSION
Six (6) Seats with a Term Ending June 30, 2021

YOUTH COMMISSION
District 6 Seat with a Term Ending May 31, 2018
District 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and Citywide Seats with a Term Ending May 31, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 P.M.
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

Partners in Reading (PAR) Offers Orientations to Improve Basic Reading and Writing Skills

Partners in Reading offers free  one-to-one tutoring, small group instruction, computer lessons, classes, workshops, family programs and more at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on 150 E. San Fernando St in San Jose.

Adult Learning Orientation:
Wednesday,
March 15, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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 per week with a tutor

Tutor Orientation:
Wednesday
March 22, 2017
6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Tutor Training Sessions:
Saturdays, March 25 and April 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
All 3 sessions are required to become a tutor.
Contact Partners in Reading to register:
(408) 808-2361
par.sjpl@sjlibrary.org
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority:
New & Informative V ideo Presentations

The VTA transit redesign team has recorded video presentations about how the transit redesign would affect colleges throughout Santa Clara County. 
 
These college-focused videos plus recordings of webinars and a public meeting focused on different areas of the county are in a playlist on VTA's YouTube channel: 

For more information, email

Creative Industries Incentive Fund Launches New Funding Category for Arts Businesses in San Jose

 

 
The Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) provides project support to arts-based commercial businesses involved in the production or distribution of the arts.  Incentive awards are for creative industries of all types, such as manufacturers, service providers, presenters, and designers, among others. The CIIF seeks to support projects aimed at building successful small arts businesses in San Jose by their ability to: increase community support and marketability; leverage CIIF funding with other funding support; and grow and achieve greater economic sustainability.

CIIF has expanded to include a new funding category targeted specifically at arts businesses in San Jose serving as cultural anchors and catalysts in their neighborhoods. This place-based expansion is in response to a growing number of applications to CIIF from neighborhood-based arts businesses as well as nomadic enterprises seeking physical space to anchor themselves in a specific neighborhood. The requests have ranged from storefront improvements to neighborhood activation.  The new category, Category 2: CIIF Place-Based, is in addition to the original CIIF category of business support that was offered in CIIF Rounds 1 through 4.

Investing in the economic sustainability of neighborhood arts businesses helps keep creativity alive in San Jose neighborhoods and maintains the unique qualities of place in a city challenged by increasing rents and the homogenizing effects of gentrification.
 
Application & Guidelines: Click Here
 
Application Deadline: March 6, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. PST
 
Project Dates: May 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

An information session will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m. at San Jose City Hall. Please RSVP to  arlene.biala@sanjoseca.gov or  (408) 793-4332.

For general information contact:

Arlene Biala, Arts Program Manager
San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
Phone: (408) 793-4332 
Email: 
arlene.biala@sanjoseca.gov  

For information on submitting a grant application contact:
Lauren Bailey, Managing Director
Center for Cultural Innovation
Phone: (415) 288-0530
Email:
ciif@cciarts.org

For announcements and updates regarding future application cycles, please
sign up with the CCI website for program information.

Hear directly from the   Silicon Valley U.S Patent and Trademark Office , for Free
 
Do you have unanswered questions about trademark and patent issues? Here is your opportunity to hear directly from the   Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office , for free!
   
Utility and Design Patent Specialist 1-on-1 Meetings:
 
The Silicon Valley USPTO is excited to announce the ability for entrepreneurs and independent inventors to schedule a twenty minute 1-on-1 in-person meeting with a USPTO utility or design patent prosecution specialist to discuss the patent process at our regional office in San Jose City Hall.  The meetings provide individuals with an opportunity to seek assistance with their inventions and the patent process, and serve as a complement to our ongoing educational programming opportunities. Register here for appointments in  March .
 
Upcoming Events:
The Silicon Valley, known as one of the most prodigious and innovative entrepreneurial communities in the country, was selected as USPTO's West Coast presence to assist the USPTO in fostering and protecting innovation. Looking for information focused on startups? Visit the  USPTO Startup Resources page .
Annual recruitment for the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury is in full swing

Jury services is pleased to announce that the annual recruitment for the Civil Grand Jury is now in full swing.
 
You can apply here. They will be accepting applications until March 30th.

More information about the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury is available on www.scscourt.org 
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at cgj@scscourt.org , or call Tamara Davis, Deputy Manager of Jury Services at (408) 882-2721
HomeFirst: Essential Services Program
 
HomeFirst's Outreach Team provides assistance to homeless individuals who are looking for support services. Their team can help find emergency shelter, showers, laundry, meals, medical services, case management, employment training, and more. You may call them at 408-510-7600 or email them at outreach@homefirstscc.org

Address: Boccardo Reception Center, 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose, CA 95125 
Homeless Services: Search for Affordable Housing
   
You may search for affordable housing b y visiting www.scchousingsearch.org or calling 877-428-8844.  
City of San Jose | Office of Councilmember Dev Davis | 408-535-4906 
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