OCTOBER 2017
Dear neighbors,
With the seemingly continuous flow of negative news, let’s remember that in these difficult times, we must count on one another -- on our COMMUNITY -- to lift us up. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of the horrendous Las Vegas shooting. Let us continuously remind one another that we have each other’s back and that our differences don’t define us but instead, add to the richness of our experiences. 

As autumn begins and with many of our favorite holidays ahead of us, let us be cognizant of those in our community who continue to struggle because while we live in a thriving abundant economy, there are many who struggle to make ends meet. It is in this climate that we must continue working towards solutions in an effort to solve some of our most pressing issues: our housing crisis, the impacts of High Speed Rail, abandoned store fronts, and our need for more public safety personnel. Solutions for all these issues are possible if we come together to work towards common goals. I assure you that my team and I are working hard to find solutions to these issues and more.

During these past few months of challenging discussions on topics impacting our community and our city, one silver lining is that YOU, our residents, are more engaged than ever. Only through engagement can we find commonalities and truly put forward thoughtful solutions. There will always be more to accomplish, but your involvement is such a crucial component to everything I do.

Please stay involved. Together, let’s continue working to improve our community.

 
In community,
 
Sergio Jimenez

CONNECT, ENGAGE AND BE INFORMED.
#SJD2SJ
D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments
Center's grand opening brings disability services & partnerships to D2
I am proud to support the San Andreas Regional Center 's grand opening, and I attribute this success to all the folks in this organization! Thank you to my fellow elected leaders and community members here who are dedicated to serving people with developmental disabilities.

This beautiful space includes a community room to partner with many vendors and will hopefully be a destination point for the community. Welcome to your new home in D2's Edenvale Technology Park! I look forward to seeing more businesses and organizations join you in transforming the area into a more vibrant place.
Join the Trash Punx & volunteers to clean up Monterey Road
"Our community has been over-populated by a massive amount of trash caused by us. We decided to do something about this by uniting our community together. Join us as we pick up trash around our community -- one piece at a time -- and have fun while doing it!" - The Trash Punx

On Saturday, October 7, The Trash Punx and volunteers will put their boots on the ground and target Monterey Highway in D2. Sign up to join them !

Location: 5500 Monterey Road (San José, CA 95138) 
*Look for the Raiders Tent in the Parking Lot 
Parking: Park inside the Parking Lot 
What to bring: Closed-toed shoes, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, smiles! 

***Lunch Provided*** 

In previous Trash Punx clean ups, groups have collected more than 20 bags of trash! Visit their website to join them this Saturday to #BeautifySJ!

Watch videos highlighting the clean up events on The Trash Punx Facebook page!
Enthusiastic elementary school students stop by City Hall
I love receiving visits from students like these eager and inquisitive Hellyer-Christopher Elementary School kids! They asked if I enjoy coming to work (I do) and how they can help other kids around the world gain an education. I enjoyed their thoughtful conversations. I don't think they enjoyed taking a look at my thick Council Meeting binder though…
D2 community engagement continues strong with discussions about vacant store fronts
These large community meetings continue. This month, I attended a meeting organized by community members to discuss residents' concerns about vacant store fronts such as those in the Santa Teresa Shopping Center . I expressed my full support for getting this center occupied as soon as possible and resolving this dispute. We at the City are working hard to keep these businesses accountable. We appreciate your input and attentiveness in your neighborhoods to bring this important issue forward.
Rising D2 Leaders: Karen Lattin and Smita Patel
Karen Lattin and Smita Patel, two D2 residents and change-makers, are part of the Community Advocates Leadership Academy class of 2017-2018. CALA’s goal is to stimulate the local climate of civic activism in support of environmental sustainability, public health, and social justice. Along with the Committee for Green Foothills, we can’t wait to witness the impact you have on your community! 
Mental illness to mental wellness: Neighborhood leader Stephani Rideau uses personal story to influence others

Stephani Rideau, founder of Hellyer-Christopher Neighborhood Association, divided her time between community leadership and mental health advocacy for over two years. She now focuses on advocacy and sharing her story of Mental Illness to Wellness after losing a friend and experiencing near tragedies in her family. At a community fundraiser she hosted for National Alliance on Mental Illness' 5k Walk, Stephani credited her recovery to her move to the Hellyer-Christopher neighborhood, her work in the community, and her taking full advantage of NAMI's free services. She is now a peer mentor and teaches classes for NAMI. Various discussions took place at the event such as how everyday stressors like raising a family and neighborhood issues can indirectly lead to mental illnesses. High school freshman Seanna shared family and teenage struggles related to mental illness. Senator Jim Beall has agreed to help Seanna start a mental wellness group at Branham High.

I attended the community fundraiser and agreed that discussions like this should continue. Let's continue to educate and support each other!
Neighborhood success story: RLEI & SJPD work together to clean up property

Hot off the press! We want to showcase other recent Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative success story. The property at 101 Tennant Avenue has now been fully abated and cleaned up. Our thanks go out to San José Police Lieutenant Sullivan and his amazing team.
A successful special Office Hours

Even with controversial topics and heated conversations, I take any chance I can get to meet with D2 residents, listen to their concerns, and address every point to the best of my ability. Though sometimes our opinions may differ, I thank our community members for remaining respectful and civil. This is how we achieve teamwork -- and ultimately, solutions.
D2 Participatory Budgeting Round 2 Updates

Residents and neighbors, thank you for participating in District 2's Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting Round 2, which is now complete. Congratulations to all the projects that won! 

To learn more about the D2 PB Round 2 project information and implementation timelines , please visit  bit.ly/D2PBROUND2
A Look at More Community Stories
For Your Information
Students, get involved! My District 2 Team is looking for interns!

Join our team and make a difference in the community! 

The Office of Councilmember Sergio Jimenez welcomes college or graduate school students interested community engagement, public service, policy research and local government to apply for our District 2 Internship. 

This unpaid internship provides students with an immersive experience in day-to-day operations of a city council office that serves almost 100,000 residents. 

Student interns are expected to:
Communicate effectively with others
Adapt and work in a fast-paced environment
Have a willingness to learn and apply academic training to required job assignments
Commit a minimum of 15 hours per week

How to apply:

To be considered for the District 2 Internship, please:
1. Complete the District 2 Internship Form 
2. Upload your District 2 Internship Form, along with your Resume and Cover Letter, to the District 2 Internship Application
Know your City services: Code Enforcement

The mission of the Code Enforcement Division of the Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement to work in partnership with the people of San José to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. We help maintain or improve the quality of your community in three ways: 

  1. We administer a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal codes and land use requirements.
  2. We work with residents, neighborhood association, public service agencies, and other City of San José departments to: Empower community self-help programs. Develop public outreach programs.Establish community priorities for the enforcement program.
  3. We initiate special programs targeted toward specific problems in San José communities.


VTA General Plan Amendment for Cottle Rd. Park n' Ride lot

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has requested to defer the proposed General Plan Amendment at the Cottle Road Light Rail Park ‘N Ride lot (File no. GP17-004) to the 2018 General Plan Annual Review cycle. This means that the Planning Commission and City Council will not review the proposal this year. Instead, the City will continue to receive public input and will review the General Plan Amendment in the fall of 2018.
State Route 85 Transit Guideway Study

The State Route 85 Transit Guideway Study evaluates transportation alternatives of the 23.7-mile corridor that connects the cities of Mountain View and south San José, from the 101/85 interchange in Mountain View to the 85/101 interchange in south San José. Study alternatives will include Bus Rapid Transit service and infrastructure, Light Rail Transit, and possible future transportation technologies or other options.
 
The State Route 85 Transit Guideway Study will be conducted by VTA staff under the direction of the SR 85 Policy Advisory Board (PAB). The PAB will be instrumental in identifying the alternatives that will be analyzed and ultimately making a recommendation to VTA’s Board of Directors about how to proceed with a transit improvement plan along the SR 85 corridor.

Upcoming meetings and input opportunities will be coming soon. Check back at the website for updates.
Resources for DACA youth

“Let us not forget that DACA youth are a force to be reckoned with. They have led their fight for justice and equality with fearlessness and resilience. I urge our elected officials in Congress to act immediately to protect all DACA recipients. I want every DACA youth in San José to know that we stand beside you, we will fight with you, and we will do whatever we can to protect you.” - Councilmember Jimenez

Helpful resources:
Free DACA Renewal by USF Law on 9/15 and 9/16: Call (415) 422-4385
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:

Family preparedness plan in English and Spanish
MySanJose: A new, quick & easy tool to request City services

Want to get that pothole or street light fixed? Need to report graffiti, illegal dumping or an abandoned vehicle? Have a different question for the City? With the new state-of-the-art MySanJose  app  and  website , it is now a breeze to file and track a City service request or reach one of our customer representatives. It is super easy to use – see our zippy  tutorial

Download the MySanJose app today:  www.sanjoseca.gov/mysanjose
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Join us to enjoy our free, family-friendly community event with resources, giveaways & activities from more than 30 local businesses & organizations!

Share Village Fest with friends & family on  Facebook

RAFFLE PRIZES:
Tickets to San Jose Earthquakes game on Oct. 22 at Avaya Stadium!
Tickets to see the San Jose Barracudas!

GUESTS:
SJPD
SJFD
Gigante the San Jose Giants Mascot
&more!

ENTERTAINMENT:
performer Mardi Morillo
singer Angela Tirado
face painter Shannon Balco
Folklorico
Far East Lion Dragon Dance
Ernie Reyes World Martial Arts
&more!
Coyote Creek Clean Ups
8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Locations on Eventbrite
Join members of your community to help remove trash, and learn about local plants and animals. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes, and don't forget to bring a friend!

Saturday, October 14
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Coyote Creek Trail - 5125-5225 Hellyer Avenue, San José , CA
Choose from a selection of three cycling challenges (10 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles) and enjoy a day of exercise along other cycling enthusiasts. Register here .

Saturday, October 21
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve - 550 Palm Ave Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Explore the Coyote Valley region by bicycle. Join us for a flat 23-mile loop. Together we’ll learn more about the history, wildlife, water, and agricultural story of this area. Learn more and RSVP here.

Friday, October 27
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Qiunlan Community Center Cupertino Room - 10185 N Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
The Sierra Club invites you to enjoy healthy food, fine wine and an auction to help fund critical work to save our local environment. Get tickets here .

Saturday, October 28
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Santa Teresa High School - 6150 Snell Avenue San José , CA 95123
All Zombie infected or non infected 5k runners, friends and family in the Blossom Valley area: Join this event to have community fun and support students. More information:  STABC.org  and  Eventbrite.

Saturday, October 28
6:00 a.m. m akeup and sign-in begin; 9:00 a.m. run begins
Kelley Park - 1300 Senter Road, San José , CA 95112
Participate in a family-friendly 5K run at Kelley Park to raise money for the San José Parks Foundation. Come at 8:00 a.m. to see the Zombie contest. Register here !

Tuesday, October 31
Books for Treats is a non-profit (501c3) movement that encourages you to give gently read children's books at Halloween instead of candy. Learn more here!

Thursday, November 23
6:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Downtown San José
Participate by registering, volunteering, or donating. This event will benefit five local charities who focus on local families in need. Registration is easy at svturkeytrot.com.
Sergio's Office Hours 

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

Together, let's make District 2 an even better place to live, work, and play.  

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.
City Resources

Report on MySanJose :

Graffiti (866) 249-0543
Illegal Dumping (408) 794-1900
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Outages (408) 794-1903
Speak with a live Customer Service Representative (408) 535-3500

Additional Resources:

(408) 975-1440 

(408) 535-7770

(408) 534-2900

(408) 793-5510 


Vanessa Sandoval – Chief of Staff
Helen Chapman – Policy & Legislative Advisor
Maribel Villarreal  – Policy & Legislative Analyst
Lucas Ramirez  – Policy & Legislative Analyst
Laura Nguyen – Community Relations & Web Coordinator
Kimberly Hernandez  – Executive Assistant

San José District 2 | Office of Councilmember Sergio Jimenez