APRIL 2018
Dear neighbors,
I've always believed that, as leaders and community members, we must be the change we wish to see in the City.

Although some things may be out of our control, we are still one community, and keeping our neighborhoods clean is everyone's responsibility. Let's get active and take care of our surroundings together!

The City has invested a significant amount of money and resources to combat illegal dumping, but our partnership with community members such as yourselves is invaluable.

One of the ways you can join forces with local government, clean up trash, strengthen our community, and beautify our City is by volunteering for the:

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Oak Grove High School
Santa Teresa High School
St. Gabriel Cathedral
(With free breakfast & lunch!)
Get more information and RSVP >>> bit.ly/GALPU2018

I hope to see you there! I also want to thank all of our District 2 Neighborhood Associations and other neighborhood groups for stepping up and organizing community clean ups. Want to know what clean ups your neighbors are planning for April? Check out the "D2 and You: Upcoming Events" section below in this Newsletter!

I do not have all of the answers to every concern, such as eliminating blight. However, I do know that the only way we can move towards solutions is working together and taking action.

The work of the community begins and ends not with my District 2 Team and me on the 18th floor, but in the community. I truly look forward to partnering with you to make San José a better place for present and future generations. 
In community,
Sergio Jimenez

D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments
Easter Egg Hunt at Hellyer Park is a hit!
My Office, along with Supervisor Dave Cortese's Office, partnered up to host a family-friendly Easter Egg Hunt at Hellyer County Park for our community to enjoy a festive day outdoors. What we didn't quite expect was for almost 1,000 children from District 2 and beyond to join us! We had a wonderful time!

On Easter weekend, diverse families from different cultural, socioeconomic levels, and abilities joined together as one community. From raffle prizes to snacks to our arts & crafts tables to of course the massive Easter Egg Hunt, there was something for everyone.

Thank you to our County Park employees, the San José Police Department, and the San José Fire Department for participating!
Community and Council Office collaboration gets Tennant Ave./Monterey Rd. area cleaned up
This is what happens when alert community members collaborate with the District 2 Council Office to promote cleaner, safer neighborhoods! My office worked closely and diligently with residents to put pressure on Caltrans to clean an area in our Silver Leaf neighborhood that was raising concerns for everyone involved.

Clean up of the Caltrans property located at Tennant Avenue/Monterey Road began the week of Thursday, March 26. About 60 cubic yards of debris and green waste were collected. Caltrans will return to provide landscaping maintenance and remove any additional debris. California Highway Patrol is patrolling the area to discourage trespassing. Thanks to our office's and our residents’ reports, Caltrans will continue addressing other problem areas, such as Demarest Lane, in the near future. View the before and after photos above of the Tennant Avenue/Monterey Road area.
Wildflower Community Hike in the jewel of D2: Coyote Valley
I spent a breathtaking morning at our Wildflower Community Hike in Coyote Valley, in District 2's own backyard. Thank you to all those who joined us despite the rain, and thank you Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for leading us!
Mobile home updates: Opt-In stopped, but the work continues
On March 13 the City Council took up the important issue of protecting our mobile home parks. There are 59 mobile home parks in San José that are home to approximately 35,000 residents -- the largest number of mobile home households in California. I am pleased to inform you that City Council unanimously voted to stop pursuing the “Opt-In/Stay-In-Business” concept (Opt-In) proposed by mobile home park owners. This concept was concerning to mobile home park residents because it had the potential to negatively impact park closures, space rents, and home values. With the unanimous vote, Opt-In is no longer being considered.

In addition to halting Opt-In, the City Council directed the Planning Department to create a land use designation that is exclusively reserved for mobile home parks. Unfortunately, this item will not be implemented immediately because a Council majority chose not to support the immediate prioritization of this crucial issue.

Due to Council’s inaction to immediately move forward the General Plan land use designation, the preservation of our City’s mobile home parks will not begin until some time next year. A General Plan amendment is important because it will help prevent the displacement of seniors and low-income families, who would very likely have no comparable affordable housing available to them in San José or Santa Clara County.

I believe that we must protect our affordable housing stock with the same vigor we protect our threatened employment lands. This means making difficult choices for the sake of keeping our residents housed. Though I am glad mobile home protections are moving forward, I am disheartened that a majority of my colleagues do not see the urgency in this issue.

Additional Resources and Information:
  1. Mobile Home Opt-In Update Memorandum from City Staff
  2. Memorandum from Councilmembers Jimenez, Peralez, and Rocha on Opt-In
  3. Analysis Of Proposed General Plan Land Use Overlay Amendments For Mobile Home Parks… from City
  4. Memorandum from Councilmembers Jimenez, Peralez, and Rocha on General Plan Land Use Overlay Amendments For Mobile Home Parks
SJPD South Substation Update

At the March 20 City Council Meeting, I fought hard to have the San José Police Department South Substation opened for its intended purpose of offering public police services, opening the lobby to the public on a limited basis, and deploying Southern Division patrol and Community Service Officers. I firmly believe that the time to open the Substation is now because:

  • We need a greater police presence in South San José
  • The Substation will lower travel time and costs for our Officers, saving our Police Department over half a million dollars per year.
  • Residents voted for and paid for the Substation, and it is time for the City to deliver on our promise of having a functioning Substation in South San José.

Unfortunately, a majority of my Council colleagues chose not to support Councilmember Khamis and me in opening the Substation, which has been underutilized for a decade, this year. I am disappointed by the vote, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to find resources to get the Substation open, and I will continue to work with the Mayor and my colleagues to make the Substation a Citywide priority.

We are excited for this time of the year -- a time to join forces, clean up trash, strengthen our community, and beautify our City! My District 2 Team would like to invite you to:

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
(With free breakfast refreshments & lunch!)

Meeting locations in District 2:
Oak Grove High School
Santa Teresa High School (In partnership with the awesome Trash Punx !)
St. Gabriel Cathedral (In partnership with the Hellyer-Christopher N.A.)

Volunteer to join us at one of our three meeting locations: REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE

We will provide: 
Free coffee, water & refreshments
Free lunch (volunteers from all three locations will meet at Oak Grove HS for lunch)
Litter pick up sticks
Trash bags
Volunteer vests

Please bring:
Comfortable clothing
Closed-toe shoes

(Registration is important to let our office know how much food & pick up materials to provide for all of our volunteers at each site!)
A Look at More Community Stories
Visited bioCube and Velodyne LiDAR to discuss the technology each company is bringing to Silicon Valley. We at the City support District 2 businesses and hope to bring more companies to Edenvale Technology Park off US 101 and Monterey Road!
For Your Information
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: 1-877-877-7267

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
In a campaign to help more low-income residents take full advantage of tax breaks available to them, the Mayor's Office and United Way want you to know about the Earned Income Tax Credit: an underused and poorly-known credit available to those who meet low-income qualifications.
As part of this effort, United Way, CommunityConnext Lab, and Citi Community Development have developed a free, innovative texting tool for San José's low-income residents to see if they qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit on their tax returns.

See if you’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and FREE tax preparation services. To get started, text TAX to (408) 669-4830.

Vea si es elegible para el Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) y la declaración de impuestos GRATIS. Envíe un mensaje de texto IMPUESTO al (408) 669-4830.

Hãy gửi tin nhắn cho chúng tôi để biết quý vị có đủ điều kiện nhận thêm tiền với chương trình EITC và dùng dịch vụ khai thuế miễn phí. Để bắt đầu, hãy nhắn THUE đến số (408) 669-4830.
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.!
Serve your community by joining a board or commission

City boards and commissions provide input, guidance, and recommendations on key decisions affecting San José. Current vacancies on a number of City boards and commissions provide our community members with an opportunity to provide service and leadership in San José.

Residents are sought to serve on Arts Commission, Housing and Community Development Commission, Human Services Commission, Planning Commission, Youth Commission, and more. View all current vacancies and application deadlines .
Immigrant Resources
Immigration Legal Services Referral List: Community Organizations and Private Attorneys

List of organizations that provide free Removal Defense Services: From the California Department of Social Services (CDSS)

California Local Rapid Response Hotlines

From Ready California: Changing immigration enforcement tactics and targets have unnerved many California residents. Visit Ready California's website for points of contact to report immigration enforcement actions.

Please ONLY use these numbers to report ICE activity and Enforcement Actions.
Please use websites to find out how to make informational inquiries.

Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network
Region Covered: Santa Clara County

Resources for DACA applicants and recipients

From the Dream Resource Center : As of January 13, 2018 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will be taking in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal applications. This means If you're a DACA recipient and your permit expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may send your renewal application. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ) will not accept any first-time DACA applications. This announcement come after the January 9 court-ordered injunction that ordered the Trump Administration to accept DACA renewals. USCIS will accept DACA renewal applications until further notice. The National Law Immigration Center recommends applicants to speak to an immigration attorney for renewals under the latest policy. 

More information about DACA Clinics:

D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Please click on the photos/flyers below for more information:
San Jose Earthquakes vs Houston Dynamo
Saturday, April 14
7:15 PM
Avaya Stadium

Come join and lead the neighborhoods of South San Jose!

The package includes a special "South San Jose" shirt with each ticket purchased through this package ($22 ticket available with no shirt as well).
Purchasers of this package automatically get to be part of the Quakes Opening Ceremonies ON THE FIELD!

* Kids ages 5-8 get to walk around the field as part of the Youth Parade
* Adults and kids ages 9+ get to hold the Center Circle Banner at midfield during the National Anthem
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!

Vanessa Sandoval, Chief of Staff | vanessa.sandoval@sanjoseca.gov

Policy Areas: Budget, Federal & State Policy, Economic Development, Code Enforcement, Labor Issues
Neighborhood Associations: Neighborhood Leadership Council, Los Paseos N.A., Avenue One, Friends of Edenvale Library 
Other Responsibilities: Grant Requests, Commendations, Invocations

Helen Chapman, Policy & Legislative Advisor | helen.chapman@sanjoseca.gov

Policy Areas: Housing, Homelessness, Mobile Home Parks, Environment, Parks & Trails, Seniors
Neighborhood Associations: Blossom Valley N.A., Coyote Creek N.A., Silver Leaf N.A., Friends of Santa Teresa Park, Southside Community Center Senior Advisory Council, Rue Ferrari Business Group
Other Responsibilities: RLEI, Coyote Valley, SAAG

Maribel Villarreal, Policy & Legislative Analyst | maribel.villarreal@sanjoseca.gov

Policy Areas: Public Safety, Public Health, High Speed Rail (Transportation), Pensions - Fire & Police
Neighborhood Associations: EGOPIC N.A., Great Oaks N.A., Edenvale Roundtable N.A., Havens N.A.
Other Responsibilities: Participatory Budgeting, Project Hope

Lucas Ramirez, Policy & Legislative Analyst | lucas.ramirez@sanjoseca.gov

Policy Areas: Transportation, Public Works, Planning, Land Use, Pensions - Federated
Neighborhood Associations: Hellyer Christopher N.A., Cottle to Lean N.A., Santa Teresa Bernal N.A., Station 121
Other Responsibilities: Developer's Roundtable, Catrain, VTA, SAAG

Laura Nguyen, Community Relations & Web Coordinator | laura.nguyen@sanjoseca.gov

Policy Areas: Education, Youth, Libraries, Airport 
Neighborhood Associations: Oak Grove N.A., Santa Teresa Foothill N.A., Hayes N.A.
Other Responsibilities: Website, Newsletter, Social Media, Events

Kimberly Hernandez, Executive Assistant | kimberly.hernandez@sanjoseca.gov

Other Responsibilities: Scheduling, Meeting Requests, Event Appearance Requests, General District 2 Information

Want to know more about this diverse and dedicated team? Visit my website !

Contact my District 2 Office: (408) 535-4902 |  District2@sanjoseca.gov  | sanjoseca.gov/district2
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

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
Sergio's Office Hours 

*PLEASE NOTE: Office Hours on Saturday, April 7 are canceled .* 

My next Office Hours will be:

Monday, April 16, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Teresa Library, Study Room B

Office Hours are a time to come ask questions, share concerns, or simply have a conversation! 

Meetings are first come first serve, and time may be limited to 15 minutes per person depending on the number of attendees.
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