Council District 7 Newsletter
February 2, 2018 - In This Issue:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Come and help us beautify the Seven Trees neighborhood on Saturday, February 3rd at 9am. Meet us at the Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive. Community service hours along with snacks and refreshments will be provided. Come meet your neighbors and make new friends. To register, click here.

This past Tuesday, after many hours of discussion, the City Council voted to relocate the Christopher Columbus statue currently located at City Hall. Staff will work with the Italian-American community to find a new home for the statue. If no location is found the statue will be stored until an appropriate location is identified. I want to thank all of our residents for participating in this discussion.

Please join me at Los Lagos Golf Course on Monday, February 5th at 6pm to discuss the future of the Los Lagos Golf Course. I would like to hear your ideas on how we can preserve the course while looking for ways that will increase revenue to offset the debt service. If you can not attend the community meeting, you have another opportunity to share your ideas at the February 6 City Council meeting, which starts at 1:30pm.  You can also contact my office at (408) 535-4959 or via email at Johanna.Rodriguez@sanjoseca.gov.I look forward to hearing from you.

Finally, please join  Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose City Council at the State of the City on Thursday, February 8th at the  San Jose City College. Come hear the Mayor outline key initiatives, budget priorities, and opportunities for residents to get engaged to make San Jose a safer, smarter city. For more information or to register, click here. Event begins at 6:30pm.

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

CITY NEWS UPDATE
CITY AND COUNTY RELEASE TERM OF A COMPENSATION AGREEMENT FOR THE SALE OF FIVE FORMER REDEVELOPMENT PROPERTIES NEAR DIRIDON STATION  

San Jose, Calif. - The City of San Jose and County of Santa Clara have reached a tentative agreement on terms of a Compensation Agreement that will help facilitate the sale of five former redevelopment properties near Diridon Station.
 
The properties include: 8 South Montgomery Street, 105 South Montgomery Street, 510 W. San Fernando Street/102 S. Montgomery Street, 150 South Montgomery Street, and 645 Park Avenue.
 
According to the terms of the compensation agreement, the properties would be sold for $67 million, reflecting an average price of approximately $237 per square foot. The price was determined based upon appraisals conducted by both the City and County. Read the City staff report on the Compensation Agreement
 
"This Compensation Agreement ensures that our taxpayers receive 2 ½ times what we originally paid for these properties and, just as importantly, it allows us to advance discussions about how we can create a vibrant, architecturally iconic, transit-focused village around Diridon Station," said Mayor Sam Liccardo. "A proposed Google development in Downtown San Jose would generate millions in tax revenues for critical City services and can serve as a model for a more sustainable future. I look forward to engaging with our community in a robust discussion about how we can realize our shared ambitions for our city."
 
Once approved by the City Council, County Board of Supervisors and twelve other taxing entities, the Compensation Agreement will allow for the properties to be transferred to the City of San Jose to facilitate development in the Diridon Station Area. In June 2017, the City of San Jose entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Google over the potential sale of publicly-owned lands near Diridon Station, as Google explores a potential 6 million square foot mixed-use, transit-oriented office development.
 
While the compensation agreement serves as an early milestone, it represents just the first of many steps that must be taken in the months and years ahead in the exploration of a potential Google development in Downtown San Jose. In particular, the parties must still discuss and negotiate the terms of a purchase and sale agreement for all of the various publicly-owned properties Google is interested in purchasing. Visit the City website to learn more about the established process
 
"I want to thank the County and City staff and appraisers who worked diligently to determine a purchase price for these properties in a changing, complex real estate market," said Dave Sykes, San Jose City Manager. "This is a critical first step toward eventually creating a phenomenal new destination at Diridon Station."
 
The Compensation Agreement will be presented to the County Board of Supervisors and the San Jose City Council for approval on February 6 and 13, respectively. It is also scheduled to go to the Successor Agency Oversight Board for approval on February 22.
 
The City will also soon be launching its community engagement process, and on January 30, the City Council appointed 38 members to a Station Area Advisory Group to provide community input and feedback on Google development concepts. 
APPOINTMENT OF CAROLINE KREWSON AS HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR 

On Tuesday, the Mayor and Council confirmed Caroline Krewson as Human Resources Director.
 
Caroline is an experienced professional and results-oriented leader with more than 30 years in Federal service, serving in key positions with strategic and organizational impact. During her two-plus decades in the Federal government, Caroline built human resource teams including most recently as the Director of Administration for the National Labor Relations Board, where she supervised the Office of Human Resources.  
 
Her additional positions in the Federal government include serving as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Regional Administrator in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Staff Director in the Department of Transportation.
 
Caroline earned a bachelor's degree of Arts in German language at the University of Maryland and a Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University. She is also a graduate of the Program for Senior Officials in National Security, from Harvard University.
 
She is a results-oriented leader, with experience strategically matching customer needs with resource controls to create mission focused programs. I am confident she will be an excellent member of the City's Senior Staff and a collaborative business partner for her peers as we continually improve on how we fill vacancies and engage our employees. 
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. 
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
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 includes up to three large items, which 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
Join the Seven Trees neighborhood to beautify the Seven Trees neighborhood this  Saturday, February 3rd, from 9am-11:30am. We will be meeting at the Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Dr., San Jose. Litter bags, supplies and lunch will be provided. Community service hours will also be provided.
Help the City get rid of E -Waste the right way by diverting it from the landfills to a proper recycling process! It will be held on  Saturday Feb. 3rd, from 9am-4pm., at  1290 Blossom Hill Rd.  Money raised will benefit the Pioneer High Education Foundation. 
Councilmember Tam Nguyen invites you to a community meeting regarding the future of Los Lagos Golf Course on Monday, February 5, from 6pm - 7:30pm at Los Lagos Golf Course Club House, 2995 Tuers Road, San Jose. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas. 
2018 STATE OF THE CITY CELEBRATION THURS. 2/8

    
Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose City Council cordially invite you to the 2018 State of the City Celebration.  The event will outline key initiatives, budget priorities, and opportunities for residents to get engaged to make San José a safer, smarter city. In addition to the Mayor's speech, the event will honor outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees.

For more information and registering, click here.
NEIGHBOR NIGHTS AT SEVEN TREES COMMUNITY CENTER - FRI. 2/9
 
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.
CITY OF SAN JOSE 2018 BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETING - SAT. 2/10
   
Neighborhood leaders from throughout San Jose will have the opportunity to discuss and provide input directly to Mayor Liccardo on the City's 2018-2019 Operating Budget and participate in a budget balancing exercise. It will be held at  Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Aver, San Jose on  Saturday, February 10, from 9am - 11am.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by 5pm. For questions, please contact Paul Pereira by email at  paul.pereira@sanjoseca.gov To RSVP, click  here
TET FESTIVAL AT THE SEVEN TREES LIBRARY - SAT. 2/10
  
Councilmember Tam Nguyen and Seven Trees Library invite you to Tet Festival 2018 at Seven Trees Library, 3590 Cas Dr., on Saturday, February 10, starting at 2pm. It is a free event for all ages. Crafts, performances, refreshments, prize drawings, prizes for kids and much more. 
PAINT NIGHT AT LOS LAGOS GOLF COURSE - SAT. 2/10 
   
Los Lagos Golf Course invites you to a Paint Night on Saturday, February 10, from 6pm - 8pm at 2995 Tuers Road, San Jose. $35 per person. To sign up & purchase your ticket, click hereRegistration deadline is February 8th. For more information, contact Janely Gutierrez at (408) 361-0250 x31. 
WESTERN UNION OFFERS REFUNDS TO SCAM VICTIMS - DEADLINE: MON. 2/12 
  
Western Union customers who were scammed into sending money through the wire service may be due a refund.  Western Union has agreed to refund $5,86,000,000 to its customers who were duped by scammers to wire money via Western Union, between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017.

To receive a refund, victims must file a claim with Western Union before February 12, 2018. For more information, please visit the Federal Trade Commission
VIETNAMESE HERITAGE FLAG RAISING CEREMONY - FRI. 2/16  
                  
Join Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmember Tam Nguyen for the annual Vietnamese Heritage Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, February 16, 2018. The event will be held at City Hall Plaza, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, starting at 11am. Parking Validation will be available. For more information, please contact Natalie at (408) 535-4921 or via email at Natalie.Le@sanjoseca.gov.
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. 
Partners in Reading (PAR) offers free beginning and intermediate ESL classes at Dr. Martin  Luther King Jr. Library, 150 East San Fernando St.  

Intermediate ESL Class. February 1 - May 24, 2018. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10am - 12pm
Beginning ESL Class. February 1 - May 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.
INVEST IN ADULT EDUCATION
Adult Education is a catalyst for change! It helps adults to get off of welfare and become contributing tax payers.  Adult Education serves adults, 16 years of age and older, who are no longer enrolled in school and who are functioning below the 12th grade  level. Services include teaching foundation skills in  reading, math, and English, coupled with college and career readiness skills that lead to employment or the transition to post-secondary education or certifications.  Public schools, community colleges, libraries, and community-based organizations offer programs at the local level.
 
Investing in Adult education is investing in economic growth and a growing middle class. We look forward to working with you and hope that you will invest in Adult Education because it is in an investment in lives and in our economy!  For more information, click here
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.
SUMMER JOBS WITH THE CITY OF SAN JOSE
 
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is looking for qualified candidates to fill Lifeguarding, Recreation Leader, and Family Camp Counselor positions, which facilitate meaningful and fun summer programs for participants of all ages across San José.
 
To visit our Careers website, click here and select Open-Competitive Recruitments, to apply for these available position s :
 
·          Lifeguard and Instructor Lifeguard is open now, and will remain open until filled.
·          Recreation Leader will open February 1, 2018
·          Family Camp Counselor will open February 12, 2018
 
For more information, please contact Lynda De Santiago at 408-793-5516
(Lifeguard/Instructor Lifeguard) or Jaine Davies at 408-793-5531 (Family Camp Counselor and Recreation Leader).
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.
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.
Please complete the Application for Youth Commission and send it to   youthcommission@valleywater.org.  Deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018.  For more information, contact Glenna Brambill in the Office of the Clerk of the Board at  408-630-2408 .
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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