Council District 7 Newsletter
February 20, 2018 - In This Issue:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to celebrate the Lunar New Year with my family and the community. It is one of the biggest celebrations in the world with more than a billion people observing the holiday in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea and, of course, the United States. At its heart, Lunar New Year is a family reunion. Families come together to share a traditional meal and pay respect to elders, children receive red envelopes, while wishing one another good health, happiness and prosperity. It's all part of ensuring a good start  to the year for everyone, and putting the old year aside for a new beginning. This year marks the Year of the Dog, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese astrological chart.
 
If you missed some of the festivities, please join me at the TET Festival on Saturday, February 24 from 10am-6pm, at the Vietnamese American Community Center. There will be lots of fun activities for all ages, including music, lion dancers, food, and prizes.
 
Also on February 12, 2018, the City of San Jose Department of Housing released an Information Memo regarding the locations of the top three candidate sites for Bridge Housing Communities. They will be hosting community meetings in neighborhoods adjacent to the three candidate sites as well as completing an environmental review.  The goal of these meetings is to engage and inform the surrounding neighborhoods about homelessness and solicit community input regarding the potential Bridge Community Housing in their neighborhoods. The meeting schedule is detailed below:
 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Leininger Community Center 1300 Senter Road
 
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Environmental Innovation Center, 1608 Las Plumas Avenue
 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 6:30pm -7:30pm
Wyndham Hotel, 399 Silicon Valley Boulevard
 
I look forward to seeing you at these meetings to hear your concerns as we all try to help find solutions to the housing crisis in our City.

I f you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on how we can improve our community, feel free to contact me at  (408) 535-4907  or email me at  district7@sanjoseca.gov.
               

Sincerely,  
  
Tam Nguyen 
Councilmember, District 7

DISTRICT 7 HIGHTLIGHTS
VIETNAMESE HERITAGE FLAG RAISING CEREMONY
   
It was my honor to sponsor our annual Vietnamese Heritage Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall this past Friday. Events like these remind us of where we come from, especially because Tet has just started. I would like to thank Mayor Sam Liccardo, as well as my esteemed colleagues on the City Council, for coming to honor this display of our heritage.
XfINITY GRAND OPENING IN ALMA  
   
Last Saturday, I attended the grand opening of a Comcast Xfinity branch in the Sun Garden Shopping Center in the Alma neighborhood. It was my pleasure to welcome  another   Comcast Xfinity branch into our district. I would like to thank Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Matt Mahood for coming to support this business, and Crystal and Jackie for giving me a tour of the new branch.
BIG WEEKEND AT SEVEN TREES
 
The Seven Trees neighborhood had a busy weekend, with their first Neighbor Night on Friday, a brown bag book sale on Saturday morning, and a Tet Celebration Festival on Saturday afternoon. I had the pleasure of attending these events and seeing our community come together at the Seven Trees Community Center. A big thank you to Chieu Nguyen, Jasmine Shone, and the PRNS staff for putting together these events that bring all our neighbors together.
CITY NEWS UPDATE
FIREWORKS ARE DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL - FINES UP TO $1,000
 
 
     
The Lunar New Year and Tet Festival is approaching. The City of San José encourages you to plan for safe and legal celebrations. The use of all types of fireworks, including firecrackers, is illegal in San José. 

As a property owner, you can be liable for activities that take place on your property. If you, or your tenant, wish to set off firecrackers or other fireworks as part of a celebration, you may only do so by hiring a licensed pyrotechnican who secures a city permit. Using fireworks illegally can result in a citation of $500 for the first violation; $700 for the second violation; and $1,000 for the third violation. 

For information about obtaining a fireworks display permit, please call the City's Bureau of Fire Prevention at (408) 535-7750 Should you need to report illegal fireworks in your community, contact (408) 535-5600 For more information, click here
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROJECTS IN DISTRICT 7                                                                                       
Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Program                                Scheduled Completion                        

Lucretia/Hearthstone - enhanced crosswalk                                      Early 2018

McLaughlin/Tully - radar speed display sign                                      Completed

Lanai (Dixie to Pensacola) - road humps                                           Early 2018

Monterey/Rancho - intersection improvements                                 Summer 2018

Lanai/Waverly - enhanced crosswalk                                                Completed


Street Sweeping 

Two new neighborhoods to get "Street Sweeping" signs installed in the beginning of summer.

  1. North of Aborn, east of 101
  2. Seminole, Seacliff
SAN JOSE YARD TRIMMINGS 
          
San José offers two ways to collect yard trimmings:
  • Place your yard trimmings loose in the street (no extra charge).
  • Place in your optional yard trimmings cart for collection.
Yard trimmings carts are available for an  additional monthly fee. Call GreenWaste Recovery at ( 408) 283-4800 to order a yard trimmings cart and start your yard trimmings subscription.

Follow these simple guidelines when setting out your yard trimmings:
  1. Piles should be less than 5' x 5' and be placed at least 1' from the curb and 5' from carts, cars and additional piles.
  2. Branches should be less than 5' long and smaller than 6" diameter.
  3. Yard trimmings carts and piles should be kept out of bike lanes and red curbed areas.
  4. For public safety, carts and piles should be set out no more than 24 hours before collection and no later than 6 AM on your collection day.
  5. Sweep up and remove yard trimmings that remain behind after collection; do not re-pile them. Residents can save trimmings for the next collection week or save for composting.
  6. Remember to avoid parking on top of yard trimmings piles in the street and keep yard trimmings out of the garbage and recycling containers. This helps to prevent contamination of recyclables, especially paper.
For more details, click here
RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK

The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County is a community defense project developed to protect immigrant families from deportation. They provide moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations in our community, and activate immigration attorneys when needed. The number is (408) 290-1144.

Briefly, these four things will happen when contacting the RRN:
  • Bilingual dispatchers (Eng/Spanish) will help the caller assert their rights over the phone. [For other languages, a third party interpreter service will be connected to the call.]
  • The Network dispatcher will send trained Rapid Responders to the impacted area. They will confirm if a raid is taking place and conduct legal observation of any ICE agents.
  • If someone was detained or is at risk of being detained, we activate immigration attorneys immediately.
  • The Network provides moral and family support to community members who have had a loved one detained by immigration.
For more information, contact rosad@sacredheartcs.org  or call (408) 278-2186 .
ONE YEAR COMMEMORATION OF SAN JOSE FLOOD RESPONSE - STILL A NEED FOR HOUSING  
   
As we approach the one-year commemoration of the Coyote Creek Flood, we want to thank all who provided assistance and housing to those individuals and families that were impacted by this unfortunate event.  It is with your help that we were successful in rehousing 210 households, but there is more work to do. Currently, there are still 25 households that remain displaced by the flood and need new permanent housing. 
 
If you have any apartments available for rent between the ranges of $1,500 to $2,700 a month, please contact Lindsey Caldwell at lcaldwell@catholiccharitiesscc.org. Lindsey is working directly with the Coyote Creek flood survivors. 
GOT JUNK?? IT'S EASY & FREE TO RECYCLE 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 in single-family homes can now schedule FREE large item collections on a weekly basis. Each collection is unlimited and will be picked up curbside by your recycling collection company. Eligible large items include mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, and tires, but not propane tanks or construction debris. Call to schedule you appointment:

For downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800
For west San José, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400
             
Visit www.sjenvironment.org/largeitems for more information.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
UPCOMING EVENTS IN DISTRICT 7 
   
February
  • 2/24/18: Tet Festival at the Shirakawa Center the VACC, from 10am - 6pm
  • 2/24/18: Tet Festival at Tully Branch Library, starting at 2pm
  • 3/9/18: Neighbors night at Seven Trees Community Center, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
March
  • 3/3/18: Clean-Up with Tam at College Connection Academy School, from 8am - 10am
  • 3/23/18: Easter Egg Hunt at Los Lagos Golf Course, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
April
  • 4/21/18: 2018 Great American Litter Pick Up at Seven Trees Community Center, from 8am - 12pm 
CLIMATE SMART SAN JOSE TOWN HALL MEETING - TUE. 2/20
  
The City of San Jose is creating Climate Smart San Jose (CSSJ), a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) related to energy and mobility (transportation) and ensure a long-term water supply.
The Environmental Services Department (ESD) has conducted extensive outreach to the community in drafting the plan, holding 12 public meetings and six technical workshops since 2017. Next Town Hall meeting is next Tuesday, February 20 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, from 7pm - 8:30pm. The City Council is scheduled to consider adopting CSSJ on Feb. 27. For more information, click here
DOING BUSINESS IN SAN JOSE WORKSHOP: "BUSINESS FORMATIONS 101" - WED. 2/21 
  
BusinessOwnerSpace ( City of San Jose) and  Small Business Development Center (SBDC) invite you to Business Formations 101 on  Wednesday, February 21, from 5pm - 7pm at Evergreen Community Center, 4860 San Felipe Rd, San Jose. To learn how to plan, start, and grow your business from City departments and business assistance partners. To RSVP, click here
BRIDGE HOUSING COMMUNITIES COMMUNITY MEETING- THURS. 2/22

As directed by City Council on December 12, 2017, the top three BHC candidate sites have been identified and will advance to the next phase of evaluation for final selection by the City Council in early or late summer of 2018. These sites were identified in accordance with the criteria and prioritization methods approved by the City Council in December 2017. For more details, click here
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: BECOME AN ADOPT-A-PARK 
  
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services' Adopt-A-Park Program is seeking volunteers. The service opportunity is a one-year commitment with a minimum of two hours per week. As a volunteer, your hours are flexible - anytime during park operating hours, sunrise to sunset. Groups of all sizes are welcome. All training and supplies are provided. Through Adopt-A-Park, volunteers bond with neighbors while enhancing parks, beautifying the city and building a healthier community. For more information, please contact Justin Long, PRNS Deputy Director, at 408-793-5579 . To RSVP, click here
DISTRICT 7 TET FESTIVAL - SAT. 2/24 
    
Councilmember Tam Nguyen, Councilmember Lan Diep and PRNS invite you to Tet Festival at VACC, 2072 Lucretia Ave, San Jose on Saturday, February 24, from 10am - 6pm. Free activities for kids, live performances, arts & crafts, lion dance, New Year Greeting envelopes, traditional games, martial arts and much more. Hope to see you there. 
TET FESTIVAL AT TULLY BRANCH LIBRARY - SAT. 2/24 
    
Councilmember Tam Nguyen and Tully Branch Library invite you to Tet Festival 2018 at Tully Branch Library, 880 Tully Rd., on Saturday, February 24, starting at 2pm. It is a free event for all ages. Crafts, performances, refreshments, prize drawings, prizes for kids and much more. 
RENT STABILIZATION WORKSHOP FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS - FRI. 3/2
    
San Jose Housing Department invites you to "Know Your Rental Rights Workshop" to learn more about the Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) and Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO).The workshop is free and will benefit everyone assisting others in learning their rights and responsibilities. It will be held at Cathedral of Faith,  Multipurpose Room, 2315 Canoas Garden Ave, San Jose on  Friday, March 2, from 8:30am - 1:30pm.  To RSVP, click here If you have questions, please contact Rachel VanderVeen at 408-535-8231 or  rachel.vanderveen@sanjoseca.gov 
BE A CITIZEN SCIENTIST AT KELLY PARK - SAT. 3/3                                                    
   
Join the Kelley Park BioBlitz where you and experts come together to explore the park, and document observations of all living things in a short period of time. Docents will guide you and teach you to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone to record all the living things you encounter. Flowers, trees, butterflies, dragonflies, and beetles, birds, and squirrels. We love them all - now let's go find them! This event is co-sponsored by Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. 

It will be held at Kelly Park, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose on  Saturday, March 3, from 9am - 11am.  To RSVP, click here
VIETNAMESE CLASS FOR KIDS AT TULLY LIBRARY                                                                      
    
Are you between the ages of 5-10 and want to learn Vietnamese? Tully Branch Library will be offering a class for students to learn basic Vietnamese language, grammar, spelling, dictation, writing, and reading. Classes will be held weekly, on Saturdays, beginning March 3, 2018 through June 30, 2018. This is free.  For more information please call (408) 808-3030.   To RSVP, click here
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: CLEAN-UP WITH TAM - SAT. 3/3                        
 
Join Councilmember Tam Nguyen and College Connection Academy for another Clean-up with Tam in the Lucretia neighborhood. Meet at College Connection Academy, 1855 Lucretia Ave, San Jose at 8am. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Hope to see you there!
LEGACY ACADEMY INFORMATION SESSION
  
Legacy Academy is a charter middle school serving families with youth in the juvenile justice and foster systems; and, students that need social emotional and academic supports. Legacy Academy invites you to attend an information session learn about their school and resources. For more details, click here
NEIGHBOR NIGHTS AT SEVEN TREES COMMUNITY CENTER - FRI. 3/9
 
The Seven Trees Community Center invites you to particiapte in San Jose Neighbor Nights, every second Friday of the month! These events promote getting to know your neighbors and forming relationships with them in order to keep our neighborhoods safe. Create your own chocolate-covered Oreos & cake pops at the Seven Tree Community Center. Represent your center by posting #SJNeighborNights on your social media.   Free activities for all!

Where: Seven Trees Comminity Center, 3590 Cas Dr.
When: Every Second Friday of the Month at 6:30pm - 8-30pm February 9 | March 9 | April 13 | May 11 | June 8 | July 13 | August 10 | September 14 | October 12 | November 9 | December 14 

To RSVP, click here For more information, please contact (408) 794-1690.
SAVE-THE-DATE FOR THE 2018 GREAT AMERICAN LITTER PICK UP - SAT. 4/21
 
Join Councilmember Tam Nguyen and fellow neighbors to help clean up our district. Be a part of a national beautification project by volunteering for the Annual Great American Litter Pick Up. We will be meeting at the Seven Trees Community Center, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided along with community service hours. For more information contact Natalie at  (408) 535-4921 or Natalie.le@sanjoseca.gov. Pre-register, click  here.


HÃY ĐỂ DÀNH NGÀY Thứ Bảy, Ngày 21 Tháng Tư, Năm 2018 để tham gia chương trình nhặt rác 2018 Great American Litter Pick-Up!
Xin mời quý vị cùng Nghị Viên Tâm Nguyễn và các cư dân chung sức làm sạch khu vực của chúng ta.  Hãy góp phần vào phong trào làm sạch đẹp khu phố của toàn quốc bằng cách tình nguyện tham gia chương trình được tổ chức hàng năm có tên là Annual Great American Litter Pick-Up.  Chúng ta sẽ gặp tại Trung Tâm Cộng Đồng Seven Trees, bắt đầu từ 8 giờ sáng đến 12 giờ trưa.  Điểm tâm và thức ăn trưa sẽ được cung cấp cho các tình nguyện viên. Muốn biết thêm chi tiết, xin liên lạc Natalie.Le:  (408) 535-4907 hoặc natalie.le@sanjoseca.gov.  Để ghi  danh xin  bấm vào đây.
SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS IN DISTRICT 7- SCHEDULE AN EVENT IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Join Councilmember Tam Nguyen in making District 7 safe and clean. Schedule an event in your neighborhood by contact Orion Dam at (408) 535-4907 or  orion.dam@sanjoseca.gov . You can also text Council member Tam Nguyen at (408) 472-0840.  Hope to hear from you.
FREE TAX ASSISTANCE IN SAN JOSE
 
2018 TAX HELP AT SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARIES   

Tax help from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is available until April 14 for individuals and families whose annual income is less than $54,000. Volunteers are trained to prepare basic 2016 Forms such as: 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 with Schedule A, B, limited Schedule CEZ, C and California Income Tax Returns only. Assistance is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, at most locations, and the participating branches are: Dr. Roberto Cruz, Alum Rock, East San José Carnegie, Hillview, Seven Trees, and West Valley. E-filing is available at all participating libraries.  For more information, click here  or contact Nancy Macias at 408-808-2092 .

FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR AGES 50+ 
   
The Tax-Aide Program of the American Association of Retired Persons is offering tax assistance to people ages 50+ at the community centers listed below, now through April 15.

* 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

For more information, please call  408-535-3508.
Partners in Reading (PIR) is offering FREE one-to-one tutoring, small group instruction, computer lessons, classes, workshops, family programs, free beginning and intermediate ESL classes and more at Dr. Martin  Luther King Jr. Library, 150 East San Fernando St.

  • The new learner orientation is on Wednesday, 2/21, from 6pm - 8pm. 
  • Tutor Training Sessions on Saturdays, 3/17 and 3/24, from 9am - 4pm.  
  • Intermediate ESL Class. 2/1 - 5/24, 2018. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10am - 12pm
  • Beginning ESL Class. 2/1 - 5/24, 2018. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12:30pm - 2:30pm

To register, contact PAR at  (408) 808-2361 or  par.sjpl@sjlibrary.org . For more information, click  here
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: BECOME A COACH FOR JUNIOR GIANTS 

Catholic Charities Santa Clara County is looking for junior giants coaches.  There is no experience needed. For more information or to volunteer, please email  Cristina Hernandez at chernandez@catholiccharitiesscc.org or call   (408) 373-0094.
CITY OF SAN JOSE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS OPENINGS 

The City of San Jose invites interested members of the community to participate in the process of City Government by serving on one of several Boards and Commissions. All positions are voluntary and most appointed by the City Council. The time commitment for each board or commission varies, with some meeting on a regular schedule, while others meet on an  as needed  basis. Additional time obligations may include pre-meeting preparation or subcommittee attendance. Once appointed, attendance at regularly scheduled meetings is critical. 
  • District 7 Openings
    • Neighborhoods Commission- Deadline March 4, 2018
    • Youth Commission Deadline April 8, 2018
For more information on which postitions are available, click here .
DREAM.US COLLEGE OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO DREAMER - DEADLINE: 03/01/18
DREAM.US is the largest college access and success program for DREAMers, and offering scholarships to undocumented high school students and community college graduates. For more information, click here. Application deadline is March 1, 2018.
CITY OF SAN JOSE NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - DEADLINE: 03/01/18  
 
The City of San Jose's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is accepting proposals for a qualified agency to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention, education, and treatment services for individuals and families impacted by gambling addiction or problem gambling. 

All applicants must register and submit applications through WebGrants by 4pm on Thursday Mar. 1, 2018. 
The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is announcing a new Measure Q Environmental Education Grant Program, designed to advance literacy and nature-oriented experiences for children, adults, and families free of charge. 

The Fiscal Year 2017-2018 grants range from $5,000 to $24,999 and applications are due March 16, 2018.

The complete proposal and all supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018.  For more details, click here . If you have any questions, please contact T eri Rogoway at trogoway@openspaceauthority.org.
SAFE, CLEAN WATER AND NATURAL FLOOD PROTECTION GRANT PROGRAM - DEADLINE: 03/30/18  
 
The Water District has $1.3 million in Safe, Clean Water grants available to restore wildlife habitat!
 
This grant funding will support activities such as creating or enhancing wetland, riparian and tidal marsh habitat; protecting special status species; removing fish migration barriers; installing fish ladders; removing non-native, invasive plant species; and planting native species. Individual grant awards range from $50,000 - $500,000.
 
Applications will be accepted until March 30, 2018 @ 11:59pm. To submit an application, click here.  
 
A pre-proposal workshop on February 8, from 4pm - 5:30pm at the District Headquarters Bldg, Room A-143, located at 5700 Almaden Expressway,  San Jose. To RSVP, please send an email to   grants@valleywater.org .
 
In addition, Water District is still accepting applications for our mini-grants program on an ongoing basis until all funds ($200,000 total) are awarded.  For more details, please contact grants@valleywater.org
USEFUL INFORMATION
                  
DISTRICT 7 NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS SCHEDULE 

     
Become  a member of your neighborhood association today! Want to register a new Neighborhood Association with the City of San José?  Anyone interested in organizing or reviving their neighborhood association or updating their groups' information can contact Johanna Rodriguez at (408) 535-4907  or via email at  Johanna.Rodriguez@sanjoseca.gov   For information on District 7 neighborhood associations, click here .
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DISTRITO 7: HORARIO DE LAS ASOCIACIONES DE VECINOS
Conviértase en un miembro de su asociación de vecinos. Quiere registrarse a una nueva Asociación de Vecinos? Cualquier persona interesada en organizar o la reactivación de su asociación de vecinos o actualización de la información de sus grupos pueden ponerse en contacto con Johanna Rodríguez al (408) 535-4907 o por correo electrónico a Johanna.Rodriguez@sanjoseca.gov. Para información sobre las asociaciones de vecinos en el Distrito 7, haga clic aqui.
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LỊCH TRÌNH HỌP CÁC HỘI CƯ DÂN KHU VỰC 7
Muốn thành hội viên hội cư dân hàng xóm. Muốn ghi danh hội cư dân hàng xóm mới với thành phố San Jose? Quí vị thích thú muốn tổ chức hoặc làm sống lại hội cư dân hoặc bổ túc thêm thông tin cho hội của mình có thể liên lạc Johanna Rodriguez tại 
(408) 535-4907 hoặc email
Johanna.Rodr iguez@sanjoseca.gov.  Để biết thêm thông tin về hội khu phố khu vực 7, xin nhấn (here) vào đây.
CITY CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

      
For current or past city solicitations, click here.
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