District 6 Newsletter 
November 2018
Dear Neighbors,

Preparing for the upcoming holidays is fun, but it should also include precautions to keep you and your family safe. We recently met with Captain Heather Randol, our San Jose Police Department Captain for the Western Division, and she shared some tips on keeping safe during the holidays.
 
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District 6 Spotlight
Trash Talk
Friday, November 16th, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meet at Zanotto's,
1520 Southwest Expwy.

Instead of sitting around drinking coffee, I've decided to make our time together one of action along with information sharing. Let's pick up trash while we talk! Our second session of "Trash Talk" will take place on Friday, November 16th, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., starting out at the new Zanotto's (1520 Southwest Expressway San Jose, CA 95126). 

Residents of District 6 are invited to join me and my District 6 Office team to pick up trash along Southwest Expressway. This will be a great opportunity for District 6 residents to talk to me and my staff about issues you are concerned with in our district and clean up our neighborhoods all at the same time! All trash-collecting equipment will be provided. 

October Trash Talk Recap

On October 19th, I hosted my first "Trash Talk" at the Business Circle. Thank you to 7-Eleven for your partnership and to the residents from Google and Green Waste for volunteering their time. Together, we picked up 16 bags of trash. Join me for my next one on November 16th!


Walk and Bike to School Day

October 10th was Walk and Bike to School Day. I celebrated with 5 local schools, the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and many parent and teacher volunteers, who helped make the morning fun and exciting for the students!


Schallenberger and Booksin Elementary Walkathons

On Friday, October 12th, I celebrated Schallenberger Elementary School's Walkathon! On Saturday, October 13th, I also celebrated Booksin Elementary School's Walkathon! I'm proud of our local schools, administrators, teachers, parents/guardians and students for participating in these healthy and fun fundraisers.


Community Service Officer Graduation 

On October 12th, 19 men and women graduated from the 4th Community Service Officer (CSOs) Academy. Thank you to these 19 individuals for taking the oath to protect and serve our community.

CSOs are an integral part of the San Jose Police Department. This is a civilian position and they are deployed into the field to assist police officers by responding to and investigating lower priority calls for service, so police officers will be available to respond to higher priority emergency calls for service and have more time for proactive enforcement.

Types of calls that the CSOs respond to and investigate include:
  • Burglary - commercial, residential, vehicle
  • Petty Theft
  • Grand Theft
  • Vehicle Theft - initial report report and/or recovery
  • Vandalism
  • Non-injury traffic collisions
  • Missing persons
  • Road Hazards
  • Directs and controls crowds and traffic at accidents or special events including setting up cone and/or road flare patterns.
Learn more about our CSOs here.

Be Our Guest

Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN) hosted their annual Be Our Guest event where community leaders "serve" the community in a whole new way! Each celebrity server also brings an elaborate and decorative pumpkin for guests to bid one. The pumpkins are auctioned to the highest bidder. All funds raised will support SVCN's programs.

This year, I decorated my pumpkin showcasing the 2019 College Football National Championship.

Halloween Fun

I got to celebrate Halloween with the Del Mar High School marching band! Hope you had a happy and safe Halloween too!

City News & Updates
2018-2019 Holiday Collection Schedule

If your usual garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection or street sweeping day falls on or after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day, your collection and sweep day will be one day later during that week.

Go to www.sjenvironment.org/lookup to find your holiday collection and street sweeping day.

Recycle Right and Green Tidings for the Holidays

We rely on you to Recycle Right!
Prevent food waste this holiday season!
  • Plan ahead to reduce your household food waste. For tips, visit www.sjenvironment.org/foodwaste. All food scraps belong in your black garbage cart and will be removed for composting.
Recycle your holiday tree
  • Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your regular collection day from December 26, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Remove stands, tinsel and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces and set out by 6:00 a.m.
For Service
  • Contact your recycling, garbage, or yard trimmings collection company to report missed collections, service issues, replace damaged carts, or to change your cart size. Go to www.sjenvironment.org/lookup to find your service provider, collection and street sweeping day.
Help Make Your House More Earthquake Resilient

To help protect your family and home from earthquake damage, you can receive a $3,000 grant toward a seismic retrofit from Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB), a state-supported and FEMA funded program. EBB offers grant funds to Californians with older homes in earthquake prone areas (like Silicon Valley). 

To see if your house qualifies, visit www.earthquakebracebolt.com. Registration is underway now through November 13, 2018.
Sewer Replacement or Repair Grant Program

City of San Jose property owners who reside at their property as their primary residence may receive a grant to cover 50% of the replacement or repair costs, with a maximum of $3,500 per property, to a sanitary sewer line lateral. The City will make the grant program available to qualifying applicants until the $300,000 fund is depleted.

To qualify, the homeowner must submit an application along with video evidence of damage to the sewer lateral, proof of ownership, and three verifiable replacement or repair bids to the Dept. of Transportation (DOT). Applications will be reviewed and approved by DOT staff, and if approved, the City will issue a "Contingent Award Letter".

Google Project Opportunity and the Diridon Area Plan

Read the most up-to-date information on the proposed Google Project Opportunity and the Diridon Area Plan.

Generation to Generation - Willow Glen Community Center

In 2017, under the leadership of Mayor Sam Liccardo, the City of San Jose partnered with Encore.org and community organizations in San Jose to launch the Generation to Generation campaign. One year later, in collaboration with Age Friendly San Jose, the campaign is launching a program to set a new standard for community involvement for older adults to help tackle some of the City's toughest problems. The campaign will empower seniors to serve the city's young children in projects between youth-serving organizations in the community, community centers and libraries with the goal of creating vibrant and sustained intergenerational programs throughout the city.

The Willow Rose Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL), a community service, leadership, and cultural organization of mothers and daughters, have designated the Willow Glen Community and Senior Center as one of their San Jose-based charities.

This year, during July and August, NCL members aged 12-18 produced a five-week series called "Dance through the Generations" with older adults at Willow Glen. During the sessions, the high school students engaged with the older adults in dances from ballroom to hip hop. At the end of the sessions, NCL members and seniors presented a showcase featuring the dance routines that they had perfected and performed together, to the delight of their friends and families.

Learn more about Generation to Generation.
Christmas in the Park Employment Opportunities

Looking to make some extra money this holiday season? There are a few seasonal job opportunities with Christmas in the Park.
  • Park Managers - work during the set-up and run of the event. Must be 18 years or older
  • Event Tear-Down Staff - work December 26th - December 30th to help tear-down the event. Must be 18 years or older
  • Park Seasonal Staff - to help the Santa Booth and sell merchandise. Must be 16 years or older.
Interested? Email info@christmasinthepark.com for more information. 
Volunteer with Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park relies on community support. One of the ways you can contribute is to volunteer your time and talent. There are lots of volunteer opportunities. Register today, spots are filling up quickly.

Purchase a Tree at Christmas in the Park

Trees are now on sale. Gather your school group, club or co-workers and make a fun day of decorating a tree to be displayed in the park. Reserve your tree before they sell out!

$0 Late Fines for Children's & Teens' Library Materials

The San Jose Public Library is breaking down barriers, not piggy banks! SJPL is excited to announce that children's and teens' items are no longer charged any late fines. Expanding access to youth materials is critical to the academic success and career achievements of students. By eliminating late fines on these items, we encourage everyone to utilize the materials and resources the library has to offer. Start checking out library materials, worry free!

BVNA Holiday Toy Drive

This holiday season, Buena Vista Neighborhood Association (BVNA) will be working with Santa Claus and the San Jose Fire Department to spread the joy throughout the community, collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children of all ages (infants to teenagers).

Toys can be dropped off at Buena Vista Park on December 1st from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Toys can also be dropped off during the BVNA Holiday Potluck on December 4th. 

Utility Patent Specialist 1-on-1 Meetings

The Silicon Valley USPTO is excited to announce the ability for entrepreneurs and independent inventors to schedule a 20 minute 1-on-1 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 will provide individuals with an opportunity to seek assistance with their inventions and the patent process. 

Register here for appointments in November - December. 
Airbnb Open Homes

San Jose is partnering with Airbnb to house residents who need a place to stay during a natural disaster such as the 2017 floods here in San Jose. If you have the space and are willing to help, you can sign up to be contacted whenever there's a need. 

To learn more about the Airbnb Open Homes initiative and/or to register your space, please click here
Litter-ature Poetry Contest

A new initiative titled "Litter-ature" is a creative response to litter awareness and prevention through a student poetry contest. Now until November 15th, middle and high school students are invited to submit up to 5 short poems that inspire people to put their trash into litter cans, protecting nature, wildlife, and our streets. Content may inspire awareness, personal responsibility, connections to community and environmental responsibility. 

Letters to Santa

Write a letter to Santa and receive a reply! Beginning Nov. 13, every child who leaves a letter for Santa in the mailbox next to the tree in Santana Row Park will receive a reply from the red-clad, jolly fellow! Each letter must include the child's name and a mailing address. 

The letters must be dropped in the box by December 11th to guarantee a response before Christmas. Santana Row Park is located between Z Gallerie and Left Bank Brasserie.

One Warm Coat Charity Drive

Help keep the holidays warm. Beginning on Black Friday throughout December, Santana Row, will be collecting new or gently used coats for those in need. Drop off your coats throughout the season at the Santana Row Concierge, CineArts Theatre and Crate and Barrel in Santana Row.

Community Events
San José Public Library Events

Date and Time
Event
Library
November 3rd, 12:00 p.m.
Mike's Magic Show!
Bascom
November 3rd, 2:00 p.m.
Native American Heritage Month: Film Screening "RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World"
Bascom
November 3rd, 12:15 p.m.
Science 4U: Physics!
Rose Garden
November 6th, 4:30 p.m.
Family Film Night: The NeverEnding Story
Bascom
November 7th, 3:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Story and Craft
Willow Glen
November 10th, 2:30 p.m.
Little Explorers Petting Zoo
Bascom
November 10th, 3:00 p.m. Peter Apel - Music, Magic, Stories
Willow Glen
November 13th, 5:00 p.m.
Diwali Rangoli Art Bascom
November 15th, 10:30 a.m.
Stories, Songs, and Fun with the Children's Discovery Museum
Bascom 
November 15th, 1:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Story and Craft Bascom

Cable Car Ride
Various Dates and Times
Meet at Bank of America Parking Lot,
1245 Lincoln Ave.

There is no better place to spend the holidays than Willow Glen! One of the best things about Willow Glen is the festive spirit of the nearby neighborhoods with the traditional yard trees and other fun decorations. Returning to Downtown Willow Glen for the holidays again this year is the fun, old fashioned cable car car that you can ride to view the holiday lights!

Tickets are selling out quickly. Purchase yours today!
Honor on the Row: Veterans Day 2018
Sunday, November 11th, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Santana Row

The event will feature a Gold Star Memorial to honor the fallen, a display of military vehicles and classic cars, a Care Package Collection Booth sponsored by The Cost of Courage Foundation and participation from several community and Veteran organizations. Bring the family and enjoy a day of honoring our heroes at Santana Row!

Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, November 13th, 3:00 p.m.
Santana Row

Enjoy a special Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt at participating Santana Row shops! Pick up your scavenger hunt from the Santana Row Concierge. Visit each location and find the Elf that is hiding. Once you find the Elf, make sure to get a sticker from that shop or restaurant. Find all the Elf's, return your scavenger hunt to the Santana Row Concierge and receive a holiday prize!

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Tree Lighting Ceremony & Photos with Hello Kitty
Tuesday, November 13th, 7:00 p.m.
Santana Row

Santana Row celebrates the holiday season with its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Enjoy an evening of live music, costumed characters and family activities. Festivities include holiday digital photos with Hello Kitty, meet & greet with Super Why, an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt, and special guest performances. 

Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice
November 16, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St.

Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice will be front and center during the holiday, college football and hockey activities this extended skating season, which lasts from November 16, 2018 - January 27, 2019. The College Football Playoff Host Committee plans to utilize Downtown Ice and call it "Championship Ice" from January 4th - January 7th. The rink will also have a different look for that week.

Downtown Ice will be open:
Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays - 5:00 p.m. - Midnight
Saturdays - 12:00 p.m. - Midnight
Sundays - 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Special hours apply to the holidays and may change around the big events.

December People Farewell Tour
Saturday, November 17th, 8:00 p.m.
Heritage Theatre,
1 W. Campbell Ave. 95008

December People will have a rockin' holiday concert benefiting the Downtown Streets Team. Rock stars from the Sammy Hager Band, Boston, Greg Kihn, and The Tubes get together each year to perform the biggest classic rock hit songs morphed with the holiday songs you grew up singing.

San Jose P.A.L. Group Outing
Saturday, November 17th, 2:00 p.m.
CEFCU Stadium,
1257 S. 10th St.

Join the San Jose P.A.L. (Police Activities League) for a group outing at a San Jose State University Spartans game against the Nevada University Wolf Pack. Use promo code: SJPAL.

$5 tickets for children 12 and under. $15 tickets for adults.

Be the One
Sunday, November 18th, 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Mexican Heritage Plaza,
1700 Alum Rock Ave.

Spend the afternoon with honored guest Ela Gandhi, granddaughter to Mahatma Gandhi, peace activist and leader in the nonviolence movement. Engage in the call to action that unites and bridges us through:
  • inspired conversation
  • community dialogue circles
  • creative expression
  • and the timeless teachings of nonviolence to meet the opportunity and responsibility before us
Mommy & Me and Daddies Too Free Kids Club
Tuesday, November 20th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Santana Row

Enjoy live entertainment before you embark on a wild Turkey Hunt Scavenger Hunt throughout participating stores! Our popular kids' club featuring interactive games, hands-on activities and educational activities designed for parents and their pre-school aged children. Also enjoy special themed arts and crafts, special holiday planting, face painting and more!

14th Annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 22nd, 8;00 a.m.
Downtown San Jose

From family-friendly 5K run/walk, 10K run and Kids Fun Run to begin the largest Thanksgiving race in the United States, this is an experience you don't want to miss! Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is more than a run, together we spread happiness and enrich the lives of others. Be part of something wonderful and help raise funds for our 5 benefiting charities.

Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 23rd, 6:00 p.m.
Plaza de César Chavez Park, 
1 Paseo De San Antonio

The annual Tree Lighting and start to Christmas in the Park, presented by Southwest Airlines, is on Friday, November 23rd at 6:00 p.m. This free event will feature the official arrival of Santa Claus plus a variety of entertainment!

Christmas in the Park will be from November 23rd - December 25th.

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San Jose Neighbor Nights
Second Friday of Every Month, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bascom Community Center, 1000 S. Bascom Ave.
Willow Glen Community Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave.

The City of San Jose's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is launching a new neighborhood event, Neighbor Nights, at local San Jose community centers. The event will take place every second Friday of the month.

#SJNeighborNights will offer free activities, including music, movies, crafts, dances, sports, and more. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a night of neighborly fun!

Willow Glen Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Willow Glen Community Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave.

Urban Village Farmers' Market is now located in the Willow Glen Community Center parking lot. Neighbors can stroll the market to get delicious coffee and a bite to eat while meeting new and old friends alike! 

Greater Rose Garden Certified Farmers' Market
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lincoln High School Parking Lot, 
577 Dana Ave.

The Greater Rose Garden Certified Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. beneath the Lincoln High School parking lot solar panels. Support local vendors and spend time with your neighbors!

More community events can be found on our District 6 website
Office of Councilmember Davis | 408-535-4906 |  district6@sanjoseca.gov | www.sjd6.org