Council District 7 Newsletter
February 9, 2018 - In This Issue:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last night at San Jose City College, Mayor Sam Liccardo gave his fourth State of the City address that outlined 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 honored outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees. This year I am honored to recognize Advantage Homes for their accomplishments in the district. When Advantage Homes heard about the Coyote Creek flood and the tragic Golden Wheel fire last year, they distributed emergency kits and water to those affected and donated a new mobile home to the fire victims. I want to thank Todd and Cindy Su, owners of Advantage Homes. Their kindness and generosity helps to build a thriving community even in the face of adversity.

This past Tuesday, after an intense discussion, Councilmembers agreed to come back to the City Council within a year and a half to discuss other options for Los Lagos and explore ways to pay off the debt service. I strongly suggested that we need a better system to ensure that the community knows about this beautiful space. More than 100 people attended a community meeting the night before the vote to voice their support for the golf course. I want to thank city staff for addressing concerns and questions and thank our residents for participating and sharing their thoughts.

The Year of the Dog begins on February 16th. In honor of the TET/Lunar New Year, I will be co-hosting several TET Festival Celebrations in the district. The first event will kick off this Saturday, February 10th at the Seven Trees Community Center starting at 2pm. In addition, I will be hosting the annual Vietnamese Heritage Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, February 16th. The event will be held at the City Hall plaza starting at 11am. Please join me to celebrate! I encourage you all to participate in one of the many events in the district.

                  
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
2018 STATE OF THE CITY CELEBRATION 

On Thursday night, I joined Mayor Sam Liccardo at the 2018 State of the City celebration. It was my pleasure to honor Todd and Cindy Su, as well as their team at Advantage Homes, for the many accomplishments they have achieved in our community. During last year's flood, Advantage Homes donated water and supplies to the victims, as well as a brand new $200,000 mobilehome to the victims of the fire at Golden Wheel Mobilehome Park. I would like to thank Todd and Cindy Su for their continued support in our district and the City of San Jose. 
LOS LAGOS GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY MEETING 
 
On Monday night, I hosted a community meeting to discuss the future of the Los Lagos Golf Course. We had over 100 residents who shared their opinions; they had their great questions answered by our city staff. I want to thank everyone who came, participated, and voiced their concerns and ideas with us on such a major landmark of San Jose that has been around for so many years. Special thanks to the wonderful PRNS staff for their support and help in addressing many questions and concerns from our residents, who came in support of preserving the course. 
ANTI-LITTER PICK UP AT SEVEN TREES
The Seven Trees Neighborhood Association has been incredibly active this past week. On Saturday, they hosted a neighborhood clean up along Seven Trees Boulevard and Capitol Expressway. I want to thank the Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services staff for coming out and supporting. Then, on Wednesday evening, they had their monthly neighborhood association meeting. A huge thank you to the association for their commitment to the Seven Trees neighborhood.
ALMA SENIOR ADVISORY BOARD MEETING 

On Wednesday, I joined the Alma Senior Advisory Board for their monthly meeting. These dedicated community members are one of the reasons why our neighborhoods stay together and keep working toward making our District a better place to live. A special thanks Jesse and Mary for their continued leadership on the board.
CITY NEWS UPDATE
VTA LIGHT RAIL TRACK REPAIR DAY AND NIGHT WORK AT SAN CARLOS AND NORTH FIRST STREET - 2/16-2/20 
 
Our office was notified by VTA that there will be Light Rail track repair work occurring around the clock at San Carlos and N. First Street between February 16-20. There will be jackhammer noise, lights, and construction vehicles driving forward and in reverse with the accompanying beeping noise that is required by OSHA for safety. Attached is the notice provided to us by VTA for your reference. If you have any questions, please contact community.outreach@vta.org or  408-321-7575 .
CITY AND COUNTY RELEASE TERM OF A COMPENSATION AGREEMENT FOR THE SALE OF FIVE FORMER REDEVELOPMENT PROPERTIES NEAR DIRIDON STATION  

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 here.
MINETA SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPDATE 
 
Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is proud to serve our community's travel needs while being recognized as America's fastest-growing major airport over the past two years. This is the result of airlines adding new routes, frequencies and larger aircraft.  In 2018, many airlines will launch convenient, nonstop service to these 14 U.S. cities and two popular Mexico destinations:
 
Southwest Airlines is launching a major Silicon Valley expansion in spring with 80 additional weekly flights, including eight new nonstop destinations, six of which were previously unserved at SJC by any carrier.
  • Cabo San Lucas - first-ever international service for Southwest in San Jose, starts March 10
  • New Orleans and Albuquerque - weekly flights begin April 8
  • Saint Louis, Houston-Hobby, Spokane and Boise - daily service launches on April 8
  • Orlando - daily service begins May 6
Frontier  to Atlanta, Austin, Cincinnati, San Antonio and Tulsa- up to four-weekly flights start on Apr. 8 or 9
Aeromexico to Mexico City - daily, seasonal service operates June 1 through August 31.
Delta to New York-JFK - daily flights begin June 8.
Alaska to Everett/Seattle area - daily service is expected to begin in the fall, pending government approval

For convenience, on-time flights and a world-class passenger service experience, book your flights to and from Silicon Valley, click here
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. 
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 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
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. 
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. 
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
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.
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
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
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 .
Partner 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 .
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
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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