Dear neighbors,

It seems like just yesterday summer was set to begin, and now it's August with the new school year upon us. Schools in the Oak Grove School District and East Side Union High School District start in just a short time. Here at the office, my team is ending summer with several family friendly movie nights around District 2, and I hope you can join us at these community events (food, games and movies... who could say no?)!  


We just had our first Council meeting of the fiscal year this week and although I expected we would ease into the second half of the year, it's gotten busy very quickly. I am working on many important issues that directly affect residents of District 2 and folks across this city. From fireworks to housing our homeless, there are many issues that need to be addressed. I encourage you get involved -- follow updates on our website, interact with us on social media, engage in conversation at community meetings -- and join me in finding solutions to our city's most pressing issues.

In community,

Sergio Jimenez


D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments

D2 invites residents to join an informational, thoughtful conversation about Bridge Housing Communities

The Housing Department released a memo on July 28, 2017 outlining new criteria for the Bridge Housing Community (BHC) sites. The new criteria considerably reduce the number of viable sites to four across the entire City. This memo is troubling to me because two of the four sites are either in or adjacent to District 2. I cannot support the memo as written because it places the brunt of helping our unhoused residents on our District 2 community. The original intent of BHC was to disperse the locations throughout all 10 City districts to mitigate impacts and share the burden. Though I am supportive of BHC, I cannot allow our district to disproportionately bear the responsibility of effectively being home to two BHC sites. 

My office will work closely with the Housing Department to ensure that any plan that moves forward is fair, equitable, and informed by substantial community input. The needs of our homeless population are diverse and complicated, and the issue is too important to ignore. I will make certain all proposals are thoroughly vetted by residents before a Council decision is made. 

- Councilmember Sergio Jimenez

National Night Out: Neighbors unite to have a good time and send a powerful message against crime

The D2 community joined millions of neighborhoods around the U.S. for National Night Out on August 1, 2017. NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and strong neighborhood spirit to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San José Police Department. 

Thank you to the leaders in these neighborhoods who brought people together for NNO: Los Paseos, Oak Grove, Blossom Valley, Coyote Creek, Cottle to Lean, Hellyer-Christopher, Silver Leaf, Avenida Espana, Hayes, Edenvale Roundtable, Miner Park, Rancho Santa Teresa Park, and more!

It is always wonderful to see the diversity, involvement and care that hundreds of D2 community members continue to exhibit!

D2 teens get to be a “Councilmember for the Day!”

What a treat it was for Councilmember Jimenez to spend a day with Peter, Nishita and Sabrina -- three teenage D2 students who have big dreams! The students asked insightful questions and taught Councilmember Jimenez some fun facts as well. They toured San José City Hall as they learned about its history and local government. They saw what a typical day as a Councilmember entailed (just kidding, there is no “typical” day). Councilmember Jimenez was honored to host them. Our youth are our future, and we all benefit when youth are engaged and informed! Councilmember Jimenez cannot wait to see students just like these three make an impact in their community and beyond.

Hayes Mansion back on the market

A proposed $47 million deal for the sale of Hayes Mansion has fallen through. City staff relisted the property and will continue working to move the sale forward in hopes of saving our taxpayers' money as well as making certain the hard working employees of the mansion continue to be employed. The D2 office will keep you, our valued residents, updated.

Find more information from the Office of Economic Development.

D2 PB Round 2 winners to be announced at Reception

Residents and neighbors, thank you for participating in District 2's Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting Round 2.

You are invited to our reception on Wednesday, August 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to celebrate winning projects and enjoy light refreshments. To learn more about the PB Round 2 projects and rules, please visit

From Councilmember Jimenez: Community, I sympathize with you and understand your frustration with the delay around the C.A.L.M.S. camera project. Thankfully, with the help of the City Manager’s and the City Attorney’s Office, the contract with United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County (UNSCC) has been completed and is scheduled to come to Council on August 22, 2017. After the contract is approved by Council, the project funds will be transferred to UNSCC, and UNSCC will lead the full implementation of the project.

With great excitement, we welcome our D2 Intern Giulia!

Giulia was born in Boston and moved to California when she was nine. She is the daughter of two proud immigrant parents — her mother is from Brazil and her father is from Italy. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis. She hopes to go to law school once she graduates. 

Through editing her high school’s newspaper and interning for the California Democratic Party, Giulia developed a passion for politics. The experiences she gained through her work allowed her to not only explore the causes of national and international events, but also the ways that those events disproportionately affect certain groups.

Giulia is honored to be able to intern for District 2 and looks forward to helping the community grow. 

You may connect with Giulia at

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D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Join us for games, movies, a free BBQ and great company!


Saturday, October 14



Details to come via our newsletter, website and social media!

Monday, August 14 
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Southside Community Center - 5585 Cottle Road, San José, CA 95123
Learn about the proposal, provide input and receive answers to your questions. Project location: East side of Cottle Road, approx. 510 ft. northerly of Hospital Parkway (VTA Cottle Light Rail Parking Lot).

Tuesday, August 15 
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Edenvale Library Community Room - 101 Branham Ln. East, San José , CA 95111
The Department of Transportation is proposing safety improvements along Monterey Road from Alma Avenue to Bernal Road. Please review the plans and share your input.

Wednesday, August 16 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Southside Community Center - 5585 Cottle Rd., San José, CA 95123
Both housing providers and tenants are invited to this Tenant Protection Ordinance informational meeting, hosted by Councilmember Jimenez and the Housing Department. 

Saturday, August 19
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
4420 Monterey Hwy., San José, CA 95111 *Look for the Raiders 10x10
Sign up to help target and clean this area invaded by litter.  Parking: Stoneyhaven Wy. and Kirkhaven Ct. B ring: Closed-toed shoes, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, smiles! Watch and share this video!

Saturday, August 19
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Different locations in Coyote Valley, San José (specific direction will  be provided after you register)
Join us for a free, family oriented nature exploration event in Coyote Valley. Docents will guide you and teach you how to use the App iNaturalist to record all living things.

Saturday, August 19
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Campbell Park - E. Campbell Ave. & Gilman Ave.

Help take care of the creek that runs through our neighborhoods. Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and give back to the environment. Trash bags, trash sticks & gloves will be provided.

Monday, August 21
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hayes Mansion Edenvale Room - 200 Edenvale Ave., San José, CA 95123
Join Councilmember Jimenez, the City's Housing Department, County representatives and neighbors for a conversation about temporary housing for homeless individuals in San José.

Wednesday, August 23
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Los Paseos Elementary - 
You are invited to celebrate the winning projects and enjoy light refreshments. To learn more about the PB Round 2 projects and rules, please visit   

Thursdays: August 24, September 28, October 26
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Happy Hollow Zoo - 1300 Senter Rd., San José, CA 95112
Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again!

Thursday, October 5
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
San José City Hall -  200 E. Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95113 
Celebrate diversity, awareness and empowerment for persons with different abilities. Our event includes a disability forum, resource fair, activities, games, music, art and food trucks.

For Your Information

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:

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:

Resources in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Korean
Immigration Legal Services referral sheet

Family preparedness plan in English and Spanish

The Mexican Consulate offers a variety of services to Mexican nationals, including information on immigrant rights and ICE detentions. For more, visit their website.

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

Homeless Concerns
(408) 975-1440 

(408) 535-7770

Abandoned Vehicles  
(408) 277-5305

(408) 534-2900

Park Concerns  
(408) 793-5510 

(866) 249-0543 

Illegal Dumping 
(408) 794-1900 

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
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