JUNE 2018
Dear neighbors,
As many families are taking their summer break, the City Council will be on recess during the month of July, but my District 2 Team is ready for an action-packed summer -- and we hope you are ready to join the excitement! Here are some free, community-centered events you should mark your calendars for:
  1. District 2 Viva Parks
  2. District 2 Village Fest
  3. Viva Calle San José 2018
Find more details about all these events in this newsletter as well as my website, Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

In this newsletter, I also have interesting and informative updates to share with you about: our City of San José 2018-2019 Budget victories, Monterey Plaza development updates, High Speed Rail, Blossom Hill Road improvements, preventing crime and drugs through National Night Out events, deterring illegal fireworks, and more.

I hope you enjoy taking a look at the community-wide issues we've been diligently working on! As always, please connect with my office to collaborate with us and let us know how we can help you. Together, let's continue making our slice of San José a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
In community,
Sergio Jimenez

D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments
City of San José 2018-2019 Budget: How I propose we invest resources in District 2

On Tuesday, June 12, the City Council approved the Mayor’s June Budget Message for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. This budget provides direction for how the City of San Jose and District 2 will allocate money in the upcoming fiscal year. 

Each year, Councilmembers submit funding requests for community programs and capital improvements. I am thrilled to share that my following budget priority requests were approved:
1. $1.5 million for the San José Police Department South Substation: The Mayor has agreed to allocate $1.5 million from the Essential Services Reserve for commencing the transition to a fully operational San Jose Police Department South Substation. This is a major victory for public safety in South San Jose. During the next few months, the City Manager is directed to complete an analysis to determine whether a new training facility should be purchased or leased. The City Manager will bring forward the results by Fall 2018. I have been very vocal about my desire to open the Substation for many reasons, including the fact that our community approved it -- and has been paying for it for years -- through the 2002 Bond measure. A key step in opening the Substation is to relocate the Police Academy and Training Unit so that we can free up the Substation for its original intended use and find a more suitable location for recruits and cadets. I am happy that we are making the investments necessary to initiate a phased approach for activating the Substation.

2. $32,500 for District 2 Fire Station Improvements: In addition to securing funds to support the SJPD Substation, we will be receiving money for two of our District 2 Fire Stations. Station 35 will receive 2 new ovens, 1 refrigerator, and 4 recliners; and Station 27 will receive 4 recliners. These enhancements will contribute to a better work environment for our local firefighters.

3. $90,000 for the Downtown Streets Team (DST) Monterey Road Clean-Up: Like many residents, I know Monterey Road is a notoriously blighted stretch of road in District 2. We have committed to change this by enlisting DST to clean up Monterey Road while engaging homeless and at-risk individuals. This project lead by DST would be a one-year agreement with them to clean-up illegal dumping, litter, and graffiti three times a week along Monterey Road from Branham Lane to Ford Road.

4. $915.00 for Signage for Identification of Wildlife Crossing on Monterey Road: Monterey Road, in particular the intersections at Metcalf Road and Bailey Avenue (a stretch approximately 1.7 miles long), are documented “hotspots’’ for roadkill. Because there is no safe wildlife crossing at these intersections, there are several wildlife deaths that are impacting traffic safety. We have dedicated funds for the installation of 4 signs leading up to Bailey Avenue to alert drivers about the wildlife crossing in the area.

5. $250,000 for Census 2020 in San José: An accurate census count is imperative in San José. $700 billion in Federal Programs and $76 billion in State Programs are on the table for local communities to benefit from. The City will hire a full-time Senior Executive Analyst and an Office Specialist to lead the census work at the City for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 and expand the work in 2020 with additional contract support and resources as needed to meet key milestones.

While I am certainly excited to share with you our successes this budget season, there were three proposals I pushed for that unfortunately did not make it into the final budget. I will continue working hard to create more funding for community engagement, senior transportation, other district improvements.  

1. District 2 Movie Nights: Park activations with movie showings and energetic activities to reach our diverse population and provide a safe place for families to play.

2. District 2 Bike Ride Share Subsidy: A 6-month pilot project to provide free dockless ride share bikes to District 2 residents and visitors.

3. Driver for Southside Community Center: A driver to transport seniors to social activities, community events, and open space around the Southside Community Center.

Thank you for your continued engagement through this and other City processes. Your voices are important to all of us here at City Hall, and we highly value the input you have given us. 

Transforming D2 parks by bringing free, fun & safe activities to the community all summer long

We are rolling, bouncing, playing, and running around District 2 parks, and everyone is invited! At our District 2 Viva Parks events, we are embracing the meaning of summer fun and transforming our local community. Viva Parks provide free food, games, entertainment, and resources at local parks on 9 different weekday evenings from June - August 2018 . View our flyer for exact dates, times, and locations.

Join your neighbors for great company and activities, including: Inflatable Obstacle Course, Bike Track, Zorb games, Dart Soccer, Sumo Suits, Extreme Air, Arts & Crafts, and more!

I would like to thank the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department , our sponsors Astrid Tromp and Amanda Newlove , and community leaders who make it possible for neighbors to gather in a safe and fun space.

View photos from our first two events at Great Oaks Park and Melody Park above!
Talking about shopping centers and more with engaged Santa Teresa Business Leaders

Great ideas are sparked when community members and I collaborate, support each other, and have one main vision: to make District 2 -- specifically this Santa Teresa business area -- thrive.

Thanks to Pastor Micaiah of Southridge Church and Todd Haney, owner of Emperor Norton's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria , I had the opportunity to meet the Santa Teresa Shopping Center Business Leaders. To all who attended, I thank you for your interest in discussing matters that affect you and all of District 2, including: updates the City receives about future tenants in local shopping centers, the Blossom Hill Road repavement project happening this summer, Open Space in Coyote Valley, the future Google development in Downtown San José , activation of the San José Police Department South Substation, High Speed Rail , and more.

I know I covered a variety of different topics, so I especially want to thank you for keeping the conversation going with me the entire lunch! The most important takeaway I want you to hear is: I’m constantly looking at ideas and thinking about how we can bring them down to District 2. Together, let's make our community an even livelier place.
City Sports Club, Dollar Tree & Phenix Salon come to Monterey Plaza

Since the beginning of 2018, here are the changes that the Monterey Plaza has undergone:

Phenix Salon was the last lease that Kimco Realty signed and should start building out soon.
City Sports Club will be moving into the old Walmart space. Please look for updates for the Grand Opening Ceremony.
The Dollar Tree store moved into the old Walgreens location and is NOW OPEN.

Our District 2 office will continue to keep the community updated as Monterey Plaza continues to flourish. You may also visit Kimco Realty's Monterey Plaza webpage for the latest information.
2018 street sealing project will improve our District 2 streets

The City Council has approved a $10.5 million contract with Pavement Coatings Co. to maintain and preserve 69 miles of major roadways in San José. Surface sealing the streets will improve appearance and extend their useful life in order to defer more costly resurfacing and rehabilitation. The project will begin June - October 2018. A more specific timeline of streets will be released soon.

The following streets will be surface sealed in District 2:
1. Blossom Hill Rd. from Blossom Ave. to Monterey Rd.
2. Calero Ave. from Snell Ave. to Lean Ave.

Read the 2018 STREET SEALING PROJECT memorandum and the List of Streets attachment.
The City of San Jose's letter to High Speed Rail on the 2018
Business Plan

In its letter to the High Speed Rail Authority, the City states that we would like to view this development as an important shift in the way that the Authority, Caltrain, and the City will work together to explore and develop the best alignment options that balance and meet the needs of each Agency. It will be an asset to our City’s future development and vibrancy, while minimizing impacts to San José's neighborhoods. We respectfully request that the Authority support key areas and important issues during the implementation of High Speed Rail. Read the entire letter on my High Speed Rail webpage, where my office provides you with the latest information that affects you.
How Santa Clara County's population is changing & why we must plan for the future

Thank you to the community members who joined my office, retired Santa Clara County Principal Planner Don Weden, and City of San José Housing Department "Know Your Rights" representatives at our District 2 Housing Town Hall. I hope you found it as informative as we did! For those of you who were not able to make it, I would like to share with you the meeting recap and resources.

D2 Business Spotlight: Emperor Norton's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Emperor Norton's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is a local, family-owned restaurant. The owners have been involved with many schools and non-profits for fundraisers, and have sponsored various sports teams, the Santa Teresa High School Band, and more! The restaurant employs 15 people, many of them from our neighborhood, and most of them grew up eating the food as kids! Emperor Norton's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria has one cook who has been there since 1997 and a server whose mom worked for them over 20 years ago!

From owner Todd Haney: Emperor Norton's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is a South San José dining tradition, feeding thousands of families our handmade pizzas, delicious pastas, and hearty Italian classics for 43 years! Some of our most popular items are: Bummer's Favorite Combination Pizza, Meat Lasagna, Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken, Veal or Eggplant Parmigiana, plus our Meatball, Club, and Cheesesteak Sandwiches. We also have a large selection of salads, appetizers, and desserts; a kid's menu; plus over 20 California and Italian wines and 15 different beers. Dine in, pick it up, or have our food delivered. We also do catering and have a private banquet room that seats 60! 

Emperor Norton's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
7058 Santa Teresa Blvd, San José, CA 95139
(408) 226-4424
A Look at More Community Stories
My District 2 Office partnered up with the Silver Leaf Neighborhood Association for the Spring Fling Community Resource Fair, where more than 200 neighbors enjoyed music, food, and COMMUNITY! We had the San José Police Department, the José Jose Fire Department, a bounce house, face painting, food trucks, West Coast Martial Arts, and more than 30 vendors who engaged eventgoers.
Hannah Cho, a talented Santa Teresa High School senior, was one of 20 San José students selected for the 2018 Downtown Doors exhibition to have their art added to the downtown landscape. We were so proud to join the reception honoring her work and then finding it on a Digital Realty Downtown Door! Congratulations to all winners, who received funding for their schools' art program!
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Please click on the photos/flyers below for more information:
For Your Information
All fireworks are illegal in San Jose! Please report them if you see them.

DON'T USE FIREWORKS: All types of fireworks are banned in San José and most of Santa Clara County, including: large bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and sparklers. They are explosives that have caused injuries, property loss from fires, lost pets and many neighborhood disturbances. They put our residents and especially our youth at risk of serious injury.

Thank you for planning to celebrate safely!
National Night Out: Your neighborhood can team up with SJPD for a crime & drug prevention event on August 7th!

Your neighborhood is invited to participate on Tuesday evening August 7, 2018, with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out is designed to:
▪ Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
▪ Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
▪ Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
▪ Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Join us today by registering your event at SJPD.ORG, and a team of the San José Police Department will join you and your neighbors! You can also find event Questions & Answers, event ideas, important deadlines, and more at SJPD's website.
Not all blight you see is on City property. Find out which agency you need to contact to get the job done -- it might be on Union Pacific property or Caltrans property:

All reporting is tracked at each agency and forwarded to the appropriate response team for action.

Union Pacific (usually the property around the railroad tracks)

Please use the Response Management Communication Center (RMCC) 24 hr. Dispatch Center for reporting the following: Encampments, illegal dumping, unusual or suspicious occurrences, and safety hazards.
Call: 1-888-877-7267

Caltrans (usually property surrounding / adjacent to freeways and highways)

A Maintenance Service Request (MSR) form at  https://csr.dot.ca.gov/  is required to be filled out for any area in question. The purpose of the MSR is to track and prioritize schedule maintenance, as well as direct the information to the appropriate department. 

Need to report abandoned vehicles, street light outages, and more? Use MySanJose: Our 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
Please don't leave your large items on the side of the road. It's easy & FREE to get rid of your junk!

San José residents can schedule FREE appointments to have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and  more ) picked up by their recycling collection company. 

Visit the San José Free Junk Pick Up website to schedule your free appointment today!

Thank you for keeping our City clean and combating illegal dumping!

Learn how to   report and prevent illegal dumping . Let's work together to stop trash that is illegally dumped in public spaces, sidewalks, streets, etc.!
Students, get involved! My District 2 Team is looking for Fall 2018 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 about 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
D2 Participatory Budgeting Updates

Round 1 Update: The CALMS Camera Project that won Round 1 of D2’s Participatory Budgeting process in November 2016 is currently being worked on by community members and the City Manager’s Office, which is working on the contract that will fund the project before project implementation will begin. Find more information and updates at the Participatory Budgeting Project Winners website. 

Round 2 Update:
  1. Money for our Local Schools: Completed
  2. Beautification of Santa Teresa (A) Landscaping and Neighborhood Signs: Ongoing
  3. Parks Upgrade 1 (C) Solar Lights for Los Paseos Park: Ongoing
  4. Paseos Lighting: Completed
  5. Parks Upgrade 1 (B) Shade Playgrounds at 2 Parks: Ongoing

To learn more about the D2 PB Round 2 ongoing projects and their implementation timelines , please visit   bit.ly/D2PBROUND2
Community Resources
Have a D2 question or concern? Contact my team!

You may have met them at City Hall, Neighborhood Meetings, or just out and about in our community! In addition to supporting me at meetings and events -- or attending on my behalf -- my team members follow specific policy areas and have other responsibilities. They are happy to speak or meet with you regarding your questions or concerns!

Get involved: District 2 Neighborhood Associations

Neighborhood Associations are groups of community members who meet and collaborate to work towards common goals such as: beautification/clean-up efforts, safety enhancements, and social events. N.A.'s serve as a connection between the community and City Hall. We are here to support N.A.'s by providing direction, resources, grants, help with outreach, models for success, and more.

View the interactive map of D2 N.A's on my website to find your N.A. or work with my office to start a N.A. in your area!

Reserving meeting space as an N.A.

As an established Neighborhood Association, you may reserve space for community use directly with Libraries and Community Centers in our District. As long as the meeting takes place during regular hours of operation, there is no charge to to your N.A.

If your event goes beyond the hours of operation, there is a charge for staffing. Our office is happy to accommodate 2 uses per N.A. per year for N.A.’s by paying for the staff time. Any additional uses outside of this would require your N.A. to cover the cost. 

Please contact the District 2 Office for more information!
Beyond San José: Get the latest news from your other elected officials

Read your Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman's Newsletter

Read your Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese's Newsletter

Read your California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra's News/Updates

Read your California State Assemblymember Mark Stone's News/Updates

Sergio's Office Hours 

Office Hours are a time to come ask questions, share concerns, or simply have a conversation! Please visit my website for more information.

Upcoming Office Hours:

Monday, June 18, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Teresa Library, Study Room B

July 2018: Office Hours are canceled the entire month of July due to Council recess.
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