Dear Neighbor,

Spring is upon us in and our flowers are beginning to bloom. Let us look again at the lives we have been so generously given and renew our commitment to each other and our community.  We should use our time to give back.  We don't realize all the good we can do. A kind, encouraging word or helping hand can mean the world to our fellow man. In this newsletter, I have provided opportunities for you to volunteer and giveback to our beautiful East San José.  I hope you can join me on April 21st for our annual Great American Litter Pick Up.  We have four locations to join us, please see below for more information. 

If you have any questions on any of these events or policies, please contact my office at 408-535-4905. 

Many thanks,

Vice Mayor / Vicealcalde
Magdalena Carrasco

Great American Litter Pick Up 
I hope you can join us for a litter pick up in East San Jose, Saturday, April 21st, 2018 (Rain or Shine). 

Registration begins at 8:00 am clean up from 8:30 am -11:30 am 

Free Breakfast and Lunch will be served.  We will be signing for Community Service hours. 

For more information call Kiara Arreola at (408) 535-4949 or email her at

Participatory Budgeting Update 
Participatory Budgeting has officially kicked off this year.  After last year's successful funding of nine projects district-wide, we are excited to see what is in store for this year! We are in the process of implementing those nine projects and they are each at a different phase of completion. You can reach out to our office if you would like to learn more. We are hoping for a similar spread of projects this year! 5. 

I am thrilled to announce the 2018 Steering Committee! This committee will be tasked Please start brainstorming and thinking of the best projects that could serve District with setting the rules and guidelines for all participants in this project. A big thank you and congratulations to these members of our community that will kick off this project!

Joe Mosely
Mimi Hernandez
Roger Reguerin
Daisy Barocio
Antonio Kobe Lopez
Carmen Moreno
Monica Kitchiner

The steering committee has met twice already and is almost done hashing out the guidelines for this year's process. The public can expect a tentative date of April 16th to be the first date that can projects can be submitted. If you have more questions, please reach out to Sachin Radhakrishnan in our office, or call 408-535-4944
Earth Day at Alum Rock Park
Sunday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Earth Day at Alum Rock Park - Join the Alum Rock Park Rangers, the Youth Science Institute and the Open Space Authority for an Earth Day celebration. Give back to the earth by volunteering from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Afterwards, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., enjoy the festivities which include a meet and greet with live animals and information on sustainable gardening and local pollinators. End the day by planting native seeds and a tree. Parking is $6 for visitors and free for volunteers. For more information, please contact the Alum Rock Park Rangers at 408-259-5477.
Anti-Displacement Policy Network
San Jose has been selected for the PolicyLink All-In Cities Anti-Displacement Policy Network! Along with 9 other cities, we will be developing a comprehensive anti-displacement policy agenda. 

San Jose has one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, and as Vice Mayor I have been working tirelessly to help families of all incomes afford to live here. Our small businesses and diverse families that have built our communities deserve to stay, not be priced out. This is an urgent challenge all of us in the Bay Area and around our country need to confront together and I look forward to pursuing every policy and budget solution. 

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Emma Prusch Farm Park was broken into on March 23 and items were stolen from the City and from  Veggielution.

I will be working with City staff to ensure we will increase security at the park. I hope you will join me to support Veggielution to replace the stolen items to ensure a successful program that benefits our community.

Veggielution's food truck generator, two of their kitchen classroom generators, an orchard ladder, and a youth garden utility cart were stolen from th e site. The individuals also cut and destroyed all the wiring in their Eastside Grown Food Truck.
Veggielution is currently taking donations through Facebook and on thier website.

If you would like to donate items please contact Executive Director Cayce Hill at  To learn more about this terrific organization you can visit, 

Free Tax Assistance for Ages 50+
Now through April 15 Free Tax Assistance for Ages 50+ at Local Community Centers - The Tax-Aide Program, of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is offering tax assistance to people ages 50+ at the community centers listed below. For more information, please call 408-535-3508.

* Mondays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Southside Community Center
* Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Berryessa Community Center
* Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Camden Community Center
* Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Yu-Ai-Kai Senior Center
* Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - The Villages Senior Resource Center
* Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Cypress Community Center
* Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Almaden Community Center
 It's easy & FREE to get rid of your junk!
Do you have old items you've been meaning to get rid of that don't fit in your garbage or recycling cart? 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.

Call your recycling company to schedule your pickup: For downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800.  Apartments and condos in all areas of San Jose, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400

Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company at  Visit  for more information, frequently asked questions, and a list of eligible items.

Keep our neighborhood clean! Report illegal dumping: Download My San Jose or call 408-535-3500. Visit to learn more about the City's initiatives to combat illegal dumping.

Mount Pleasant Art Project
The Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association, led by Ed Pope, Trudy Ellerbeck, and Melissa Got Lopez, went in front of the Public Art Committee last Tuesday to pitch their idea about painting murals on several art boxes in and around the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. This is the first time this group is embarking on this endeavor and they received clearance to go forth with one utility box that they will be painting over. The artist, Ed Pope, has some great ideas on incorporating San Jose's wildlife and natural beauty into the mural and would love some feedback on what people would like to see.

Below is some of his work that stylistically shows what sort of art will be displayed on the utility box. In a few months, this group will be back at the Public Art Committee to get clearance on several more boxes. Please reach out to Sachin Radhakrishnan in our office if you would like to get more information on how to be involved email or call 408-535-4944.  

Business Corner
Tortas Ahogadas Tradicion Tapatia has been a highly attended establishment at their Alum Rock location, given their massive following they have recently made the expansion to Sunset Shopping Center at 2003 Story Road. Plain and simple the food here is delicious. Their Tortas Ahogadas are famous in East San José and their menudo is fantastic! If you are ever in the mood for some great Mexican food make your way over to Tortas Ahogadas Tradicion Tapatia, their new establishment is very spacious which makes for a great place for the family to gather. Congratulations to this establishment's success in their expansion and we will be visiting for lunch soon.
Neighborhood Watch 
Please, let our team know if you are interested in being part of the neighborhood watch program. We can even help set up a meeting in your neighborhoods, we need 10 households to get together to get it started. We can also help recruiting other neighbors if you are having trouble with finding neighbors. Neighborhood Watch focuses on informing the community how to discourage, deter and prevent crimes such as burglary, auto theft, car break-ins, and personal crimes which often occur in or near homes. Issues such as vandalism, graffiti, drug dealing and gang activity are also addressed when applicable.

The San Jose Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit has provided NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH presentations to neighborhood groups for nearly 25 years. Although crime trends have changed since the 1970's, the basic principle behind NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH remains the same; to bring communities together with the police to achieve the common goal of preventing crime.

If interested in this program, please contact Kiara Arreola at or call (408) 535-4949 to get you started.
San Jose will become Bay Area's First LEED-Certified City 
San Jose has become one of the first U.S.  U.S. cities to participate in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Cities certification program. LEED for Cities allows cities and local governments to track citywide sustainability performance. It takes into account 14 metrics, including air quality, education attainment, poverty levels, affordable housing, transportation, water, energy, health, equitability and safety.

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Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco | 408-535-4905 | |
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113