MARCH 2017

Hello, neighbor! D2 would like to show you what we've been up to and invite you to join us around the community!
Dear neighbors,

It is with great excitement and hope that I present you with our first District 2 newsletter. As a longtime resident of San José and District 2, I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as your Councilmember for the next four years. Making City Hall more accessible to the residents of our district is of prime importance to me and my team. I seek to demystify what goes on in the halls of government and truly open up our doors for all to experience.  

My term began quickly because our former Councilmember stepped into his role as Assemblymember for the 27th Assembly District in early December of last year. I chose to leave my employment with the county earlier than expected because it was important that our community have a representative during that time. 

Since joining City Council, we have hosted and attended great events across the city. Last month, I had the opportunity to give welcoming remarks on behalf of the city to newly naturalized citizens. I was also designated as the Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative (RLEI) Champion, which allows me to help lead efforts addressing blight around our city and district. Whether it be assisting with neighborhood clean-ups or having District 2 residents present the invocation at council meetings, I have enjoyed collaborating with our community. 

There is much work ahead as we move to solve some our most pressing issues such as homelessness, affordable housing, road conditions and the preservation of our green space. Although I know it is impossible for all to agree on how to solve these and other pressing issues, I believe that through mutual respect and communication we can make strides in a forward direction. 

During my term I will seek community input on a host of issues. I hope that you will share your thoughts with me and encourage others to do the same. I do not have the answers to all our concerns, however, I do know that residents have views and ideas that can help move these matters ahead in a positive manner.

While taking in the magnificent view from the 18th floor of City Hall with the downtown lights shining bright, I remind myself that I am in this role to serve you, the resident. The work of the community begins and ends not on the 18th floor, but in the community where many of you strive to make San José a better place for present and future generations. 

My team and I promise to be an office that is accessible, present and responsive to all your needs. I look forward to partnering with you and seeing you in the community. 

Sincerely,

Sergio Jimenez

CONNECT, ENGAGE AND BE INFORMED.
#SJD2SJ

D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments
Monterey sound wall cleanup: Just the start of D2 beautification

The District 2 team wanted to start fresh as an office. Cleaning and brightening the Monterey sound wall was symbolic of that vision. We are proud of this project, which was made possible thanks to our amazing collaborators: Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, Union Pacific, and the Anti-Graffiti and Litter Program.

We hear our community's concerns and understand that graffiti is a major one. It is an issue we will continue to address as we work on the beautification of District 2. 

D2 breaks a sweat sponsoring Senior Winter Walk & Resource Fair

Hundreds of senior citizens met, walked, stretched and even danced with our team. Along with Districts 9 and 10, we all celebrated senior health and wellness as we circled around Westfield Oakridge. Councilmember Jimenez was thrilled to help give out prizes to the lucky winners of the raffle!
Investment helps San José's immigrant community feel safe and secure 

Last month, an additional $75,000 was approved to facilitate an outreach campaign. Funds will be used to inform and educate immigrant families about rights and responsibilities, build capacity for legal defense, address linguistic barriers, expand access to resources and information, strengthen relationships with law enforcement, and create safe access points in city facilities. 

“As an immigrant myself, I understand the fear and insecurity people are feeling. Therefore, I have made it a priority of my office to protect immigrants.” - Councilmember Jimenez  
Los Paseos NA honored at Mayor's State of the City Address

The Los Paseos Neighborhood Association was recognized for its commitment to informing and engaging residents on issues such as the Coyote Valley development, High Speed Rail, Homeless Encampment Abatement, San José Park improvements, crime and safety, neighborhood blight and emergency preparedness. Congratulations to these community leaders!
Vitality Bowls ribbon cutting: D2 family turns grief into action

After they tragically lost their son BJ due to a peanut allergy, the Hom family made it their mission to honor him as well as help save others. The Homs have been instrumental in protecting people with food allergies by working with policy at the state and federal level as well as opening Vitality Bowls in the Village Oaks shopping center.  We want to thank the Hom family for sharing their story and business with the community. 
Sergio rejoices with new citizens 

A naturalized immigrant himself, Councilmember Jimenez was honored to speak at a naturalization ceremony on January 19, 2017. Naturalized citizens and their families contribute greatly to our communities, economy and society. Supporting access to naturalization services and celebrating those who choose to become American citizens is a priority for the councilmember.
Local religious leaders invited to provide invocations

Councilmember Jimenez had the pleasure of inviting Rev. Jethroe (Jeff) Moore - Pastor of Rehoboth Christian Center and President of the San José/Silicon Valley NAACP, Imam Ahmad Salman - Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Northern California, and Mike Brock - influential social justice and faith leader, to provide February invocations. 
Sergio shares his story at La Raza Roundtable

The room was packed with energy and empowerment as Latino leaders, including Councilmember Jimenez, called for action at La Raza Roundtable. Community organizations, elected officials, and private and public sector representatives came together to impact positive change. Senator pro Tem Kevin De Leon, along with Ben Hueso, Senator of the 44th District and Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus,  discussed issues that arose from the new administration's agenda. 
Hellyer Christopher NA tours City Hall

Councilmember Jimenez led members of the Hellyer Christopher Neighborhood Association on a tour of City Hall on January 26, 2017. The tour included a visit to Council Chambers to get an idea of what the job of a councilmember entails.
Sergio champions protections for low-income renters

Tenants in rent-controlled apartments who are experiencing frequent and substantial rent increases are a step closer to additional protection. The Council voted in January to eliminate the banking provision from the ordinance to provide more stability and decrease incidents of rent spiking. The Council also supported adding a full rent registry with quality, comprehensive data for the Housing Department to use.

Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting project 

What community project is next? It's time to move forward to plan Round 2 of the Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting process. We will be meeting with a newly appointed Steering Committee to review projects to fund with the remaining Calpine settlement.

A look at more community stories
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 15
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Southside Community Center
The city of Milpitas will be dumping waste into the Kirby Canyon Landfill. Join District 2 for a conversation about what this means and share your thoughts with Councilmember Jimenez. 

High Speed Rail Forum with Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Sergio Jimenez 
Saturday, March 18
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Southside Community Center
Have questions or concerns about the San José to Merced High Speed Rail Project? We're here to answer them. Visit our event page to RSVP and learn more information.

Community Resource Fair
Saturday, March 18 
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Caroline Davis Intermediate School
Receive access to your local community needs such as health screenings, mental health services, parenting workshops, food services, gang prevention, immigration/legal advice and more.

Thursday, March 23
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
San José  City Hall West Plaza,  200 E. Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95113
Councilmember Raul Peralez and Councilmember Sergio Jimenez invite the public to join them. There will be a reception to follow at Liquid Lounge nearby.  To RSVP or for more info, call (408) 535-4929.

Saturday, April 8
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Meet at Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, 6980 Santa Teresa Blvd., San José, CA 95119
Come with the D2 team and neighbors for a 5-mile climb! We will meet at the address above and carpool to the start of our hike. Space is limited. Look out for updates and an RSVP link on our website.

Saturday, April 22
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Santa Teresa High School, Oak Grove High School and Great Oaks Park 
Help beautify our community and celebrate Earth Day with D2 by picking up trash and taking it to one of three designated locations. Look out for updates and an RSVP link on our website.

VISIT OUR DISTRICT 2 CALENDAR FOR  MORE EVENTS IN AND AROUND THE  COMMUNITY 
For Your Information

Local flood relief

If you or someone you know needs assistance: 

City Call Center (408) 535-3500
This a multi-agency support center is a safe place for affected residents, regardless of immigration status, to receive resources. Visit the website for updated locations, hours and dates. You can find information in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

If you would like to help those affected: 

Donate to the  Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Donate to the  American Red Cross

Coyote Creek Flood: Information and Updates  from the City of San José
Immigrant rights and information

Everyone living in the U.S. has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution. Undocumented immigrants have these rights, too. 

If you find you have to deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other law enforcement officers at home, on the street, or anywhere else, remember that you have these rights and learn how to assert and protect  them:

Resources in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Korean
Immigration Legal Services referral sheet

Family preparedness plan in English and Spanish

Councilmember's Office Hours

Come meet your councilmember! Sergio welcomes you to ask questions, share concerns or simply have a conversation.

Edenvale Library, Study Room B
First Saturday of every month
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Santa Teresa Library, Study Room A
Last Saturday of every month
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Contact the District 2 Team
Vanessa Sandoval – Chief of Staff
Helen Chapman Policy & Legislative Advisor
Maribel Villarreal  Policy & Legislative Advisor
Lucas Ramirez  Policy & Legislative Advisor
Laura Nguyen – Community Relations & Web Coordinator
Kimberly Hernandez  – Executive Assistant
San José District 2 |  Office of Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
(408) 535-4902  |  District2@sanjoseca.gov | sanjoseca.gov/district2