Council District 7 Newsletter
June 29, 2018 - In This Issue:
Dear Friends and Neighbors

On Tuesday, June 26th, the City Council wrapped up the fiscal year debating many issues. Most important to District 7 is the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding with Union Pacific Railroad and the City of San Jose to allow for City entry upon Union Pacific property to engage in a number of activities which include: proactive law enforcement, clean up homeless encampments, and install fencing and signage. The City has struggled to respond to constituent concerns about blight and encampment issues on Union Pacific property. Graffiti, illegal dumping, and encampments have trashed our homes and businesses near the railroad lines. This MOU will give our city the resources and legal entitlement to perform abatement services on UP property. We look forward to implementing this agreement to dramatically improve the safety and aesthetic appearance of the tracks and the surrounding neighborhoods. I would like to thank the Monterey Corridor Business Association for your letters of support and for waiting patiently on this much needed MOU that will help to ensure that UP and the City of San Jose are able to work together to keep our city clean and vibrant.
 
Additionally, we also approved the Independent Police Auditor Year End Report that works to strengthen community trust in the San Jose Police Department by providing a third party review of the police. The Independent Police Auditor is also in charge of looking into complaints filed by the public to ensure they are being investigated fairly and thoroughly. Residents that would like to file a complaint can call (408) 794-6226 or click here. Lastly, the Mayor and Council approved to include a ballot measure bond in the November ballot to secure $250 Million dollars for housing development. I was happy to support this measure because it would bring the city closer to our goal of building 25,000 new housing units in the next five years.
 
We had a very busy Saturday, with a cleanup in the West Evergreen neighborhood at the Casa Real Apartments. Volunteers cleaned Fontaine Road between Flanagan Drive and La Boheme Way. I want to thank all the volunteers for coming out and personally recognize Brenda Morales, property manager at Casa Real Apartments for trimming several trees that were overgrown along Fontaine Road which helped to increase traffic visibility. If you would like to organize a cleanup in your neighborhood, please contact my staff, Natalie Le at (408) 535-4907 or via email at Natalie.le@sanjoseca.gov.
 
I continued on to a Neighborhood Block Party with the Tropicana-Lanai neighborhood. It was a great event that included a BBQ, bounce house, music, children's activities, city resource fair, and appearances by the police and fire department. I want to thank the fire department for providing the kids with a tour of the fire truck and the police department for addressing issues from residents. The event also gave me an opportunity to promote our Summer Lunch program in the eastside, and give residents an update on a neighborhood mural and the installation of a crosswalk on Lanai. A big thank you to Victoria and Adrian Partida for helping to organize the block party. It was a wonderful event.
 
It's the Fourth of July weekend! Wherever you may be, I wanted to remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in the City of San Jose. We encourage you to report the use fireworks in San Jose by calling 3-1-1 or  (408) 535-5600 . Anyone caught using fireworks will be fined. The fines for using fireworks range from $500 for a first violation to $1,000 for a third violation. The sale of fireworks may result in a fine up to $50,000 plus jail time, depending on quantity. To report fireworks usage, click here.

Every year, fireworks injure thousands of people. Please keep your friends and family safe. I encourage you to attend a permitted show this holiday season. We will be having several events in San Jose. For a list of firework shows, please click here
 
Lastly, City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Regular business hours will resume on Thursday, July 5th. Have a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend!

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 HIGHLIGHTS
NEW DISTRICT 7 YOUTH COMMISSIONER  
 

On Tuesday, the Mayor and Council welcomed newly appointed youth commissioners. I was happy to greet our new  District 7 Commissioner, Jenifer Herrera-Damian and her mom, Dominga Herrera to City Hall. I look forward in working with Jenifer to increase the number of youth involved in local issues and to create policy that helps our youth in the district.
KOREAN FLAG RAISING AT CITY HALL 

On Monday, I celebrated the 68th anniversary of the Korean War at City Hall. I'm personally indebted to Korea for accepting me as a refugee in 1975. I love the country and deeply respect the people for their national integrity and pride. Thank you Councilmember Chappie Jones for hosting this flag raising ceremony. 
CLEAN-UP WITH TAM AT FONTAINE NEIGHBORHOOD 
 

This past Saturday, I hosted a Clean-Up with Tam in the Fontaine Neighborhood. I want to thank everyone who came out to help us beautify this part of District 7, especially Yen Do for reaching out to my office to organize this cleanup. I had great conversations with our residents about the neighborhood. I want to recognize Brenda Morales, property manager of Casa Real Apartments for trimming several trees along Fontaine Road to help improve traffic visibility in the area. We will be organizing our first Casa Real Neighborhood Association in August.  Please stay tuned for more details. 
BLOCK PARTY AT TROPICANA-LANAI NEIGHBORHOOD 

Saturday afternoon, I co-hosted a Block Party with Tropicana-Lanai Neighborhood Association. It was a wonderful event. We had a bounce house, music and hamburgers for the entire family. I would like to thank to the police department and fire department for joining and having the fire truck at this event for the kids. Especially thanks to Victoria Partida for working with my office to organize this successful event. Also, I would like to thank the residents for coming out to speak to me about issues in the neighborhood. I was happy to update them all on several projects in the neighborhoods that include: a mural, a new installed crosswalk, and a FREE Summer Lunch program for our youth. 
MEETING WITH BOARD MEMBERS AT SEVEN TREES VALLEY  
   
The Saturday continued with a meeting with board members at the Seven Trees Valley HOA.  Thank you to Janet Ramos for having me at this meeting.  I am very excited to work with her and the board to schedule a Meet & Greet with the San Jose Police Department and Crime Prevention next month . A good way to connect our residents with their local officers in the area.   
PRESS CONFERENCE FIRE IN THE SUNBEAM CIRCLE 
    
Last Friday, I called a press conference at the Sunbeam Mobilehome Park  to ask for immediate action by Caltrans to abate the homeless encampment at Story & Hwy 101 and address safety concerns from residents. I want to thank the media for your voice and the office of Senator Jim Beall for your leadership and support. I am happy to report that my office is working with Caltrans and the office of Senator Beall's Office to get this area abated as well as cleaned in the coming weeks.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
UPCOMING EVENTS IN DISTRICT 7 
   
June: 
  • 6/30/2018: El "Dia San Juan" 40th anniversary, from 11am - 7pm
July
  • 7/4/2018: City of San Jose Board and Commission Vacancies Deadline 
  • 7/13/2018: Neighbor Nights at Seven Trees Community Center, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • 7/13/2018: Kelly Park Sunset Walks, from 7pm - 9pm 
  • 7/14/2018: Beautify San Jose at St. Elizabeth Park, from 9am - 11am  
  • 7/26/2018: Senior Safari Walkabout 2018, from 9am - 10am 
  • 7/27/18: National Night Out Registration Deadline
  • 7/28/2018: Summer BioBlitz at Kelly Park, from 9am - 11am 
August: 
  • 8/7/2018: National Night Out at several locations through the district
September:
  • 9/23/18: Viva CalleSJ, from Monterey Road to Branham Ln, from 10am - 3pm
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
McLaughlin/Yerba Buena - No Overnight Parking signs                   Completed
Seacliff/Tully  - No Overnight Parking signs                                      Completed
Montecito Vista Dr - Traffic signal                                                     Completed
Alma/Sanborn - Crosswalk                                                                Summer 2018
La Ragione/Tully - Streetlight                                                            End of 208
Montecito/Monterey - Streetlight                                                       Completed 

Street Sweeping 
"Street Sweeping" signs have been installed in two new neighborhoods:
  1. West Evergreen - North of Aborn, East of 101
  2. Tully Neighborhood - Seminole and Seacliff
40TH ANNIVERSARY EL "DIA DE SAN JUAN" SALSA FESTIVAL - SAT. 6/30
Join the Western Region Puerto Rican Council's 40th anniversary annual event, El "Dia de San Juan on Saturday, June 30, from 11am - 7pm. There will be live music, food, drinks, entertainment and more for the entire family as we celebrate the Puerto Rican culture at History Park, 1650 Senter Rd. 
FIREWORKS SHOWS IN SAN JOSE

     
 San Jose Giants 4th of July (D7)
Where: San Jose (Municipal Stadium)
When: July 4, ballgame starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by fireworks show

Where: Almaden Lake Park 
When: July 4, 2018 at  3 p.m., Fireworks will begin about 30 minutes after sunset 

Great America July 4th Celebration
Where: Santa Clara (Great America at 4701 Great America Parkway)
When: July 4, fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Rotary Club Fireworks
Where: San Jose (Discovery Meadow in downtown)
When: July 4, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Rose, White & Blue Parade 
Where: San Jose (Rose Garden neighborhood along The Alameda)
When: July 4, parade at 10 a.m.
FREE SUMMER LUNCH FOR YOUTH 0-18 YEARS OLD
   
Councilmember Tam Nguyen is partnering with East Side Union High School District, Second Harvest Food Bank, City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services, and Councilmember Sylvia Arenas to pilot a Mobile Summer Lunch Program at six locations in the Neighborhood (Amigos de Guadalupe, Poco Way Apartments, Rita Chavez Family Resource Center, Valley Palms Apartments, Welch Park, and Don de Dios Apartments). Hot lunches prepared by East Side Union High School District will be delivered to these locations Monday-Friday, from June 11 - August 3. Lunches are free for all youth 0-18 years old.  
KELLEY PARK SUNSET WALKS - FRI. 7/13
   
Join the Kelley Park Sunset Walks for a fun and educational experience together. Escape the heat! Cool off in the shade and listen to the water flow along Coyote Creek. This is a free event and parking. It will be held on Friday, July 13, from 7pm - 9pm at Kelley Park Amphitheater, 1300 Senter Road.  For further information please contact Park Ranger Roger Abe at  (408) 277-5254 or  
roger.abe@sanjoseca.gov. 
SENIOR SAFARI WALKABOUT 2018 - THU. 7/26
   
Visitors age 50 and up are invited to take over San Jose's iconic Happy Hollow Park & Zoo! Get some fresh air and exercise as you enjoy. Thursdays , from 9am - 10am on July 26 | Aug. 23 | Sept. 27 | Oct. 25 at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 1300 Senter Road.  For more information, call 1-408-794-6400 or click here
SUMMER BIOBLITZ AT KELLEY PARK - SAT. 7/28
                 
 
Join the Kelly park Summer BioBlitz where you and experts come together to explore the park, and document observations of all living things in a short period of time on Saturday, July 28, from 9am - 11am. To RSVP, click  here .
CITY OF  SAN JOSE BOARD AND COMMISSION VACANCIES - DEADLINE 7/04/18
             
Serve your community by joining a board or commission. City boards and commissions provide input, guidance, and recommendations on key decisions affecting San Jose. With several vacancies on City boards and commissions, community members have an opportunity to provide service and leadership. For the list of current vacancies, click here For more information, please contact Elaine Trinh, Deputy City Clerk, at ( 408) 535-1260 or commissions@sanjoseca.gov .
VIVA PARKS NEIGHBORHOODS EVENTS
VIVA PARKS neighborhood is back! Please join us this summer for fun activities for the entire family. Activities range from mountain climbing, food trucks, movie nights and more. For more information, please see flyer or contact  Danny Perez at  (408) 535-3569
SUMMER LEARNING AT TULLY COMMUNITY BRANCH LIBRARY
Tully Community Branch Library invites to you join us for summer learning opportunities at 880 Tully Road, San Jose. For more details, click here
NEIGHBOR NIGHTS AT SEVEN TREES COMMUNITY CENTER - FRI. 7/13
                   
Join Seven Trees Community Center for a  FREE Neighbor Nights on Friday, July 13, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. They will be hosting a Star Wars theme Nerf War and Movie night. For more information, please contact Amber at (408) 794 1690 or  Amber.Barthelemy@sanjoseca.gov
SUMMER COYOTE CREEK CLEANUP - SAT. 7/14
    
Join the Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful this summer to help remove the litter from Coyote Creek. 
Be sure to wear long pants, sleeves, and closed-toed shoes since you will be near poison oak and around loose or muddy soil. All must bring a signed waiver. Community service hours available. Meet at  Selma Olinder Park,  1117 Woodborough Dr on Saturday, July 14, from 9am - 12pm.  To register, click  here .
MUSIC ON THE PATIO AT LOS LAGOS GOLF COURSE - SAT. 7/14                
Join Los Lagos Golf Course for a Music On The Patio on Saturday, July 14, from 6pm - 8pm at 2995 Tuers Road. Featuring the Greatest Hits of the 60' and 70'. Listen tot he sounds of Latin, Funk Swing and Blues. 17 piece Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free. More more information, click here
35TH ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - DEADLINE 7/27/18
Your neighborhood is invited to participate on Tuesday evening August 7, 2018, with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out. National Night Out 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. This year marks the 35th annual event and over 38 million people across the country are expected to participate.  For questions please call the Crime Prevention Unit at  (408) 277- 4133. To register, click here,   and then drop us a note at  district7@sanjoseca.gov  to let us know so the Councilmember can drop by!  Registration
due on or before Friday, July 27, 2018. 

Starting July 1st, block party (street closure) permits will be FREE for the 2018-2019 budget year. So this August 7th, for National Night Out, plan a block party with your neighbors! You still need to obtain a permit in order to have the street blocked off, but there will be no fee, saving you and your neighbors $203.To apply for a street closure permit for your block party, click here.  
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 Natalie Le at (408) 535-4907 or  natalie.le@sanjoseca.gov . You can also text Council member Tam Nguyen at (408) 472-0840.  Hope to hear from you.
VIVA CALLESJ ANNOUNCES 2018 ROUTE - SUN. 9/23                          
 
Come and join us for the annual Viva CalleSJ. Viva CalleSJ is a free program that temporarily closes miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. This program brings thousands of residents from all over the city to enjoy activities and while being active.  This year it will take place on Sunday, September 23, from 10am - 3pm.  For more information, click here .
CITY NEWS UPDATE
SAN JOSE CITY HALL OFFICES TO CLOSE FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY -  WED. 7/4
                       
     
San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of  Independence Day. All City offices will reopen on Thursday, July 5. The Police and Fire Departments , along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.
 
Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.
 
Library Schedule: All City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Thursday, July 5. 
 
Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holiday. Community Center information is available at  www.sanjoseca.gov/prns or in the Citywide Activity Guide.
FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN SAN JOSE
                       
     
All types of fireworks are illegal in San José
Fireworks are classified as explosives and have caused loss of hands, eyesight, and have even been fatal. Fireworks have caused many fires and costly property damage. Fireworks use is frightening to many pets as well as wildlife, and the peak loss of pets during the year occurs over the 4th of July.  Fireworks are also toxic pollutants both to air and water. You can help create a safer, healthier community by enjoying fireworks only at permitted public displays and by not using fireworks in your neighborhood.

All types of fireworks are banned in San José and most of Santa Clara County, including: large bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and sparklers. Sparklers can reach over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and account for most fireworks-related injuries to children ages 5 and under.
San José Municipal Code 10.17.100 states that except for professional, permitted displays, it is unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer or expose for sale, or use or explode any fireworks.

Penalties. The fines for using fireworks are:
  • $500 for a first violation
  • $700 for a second violation
  • (within 18 month period from date of previous violation)
  • $1,000 for a third violation
  • (within 18 month period from date of previous violation)
  • The sale of fireworks may result in a fine up to $50,000 plus jail time, depending on quantity.
Use the online Fireworks Reporting Form to report fireworks.
TRAFFIC DEATHS, INJURIES DOWN IN SAN JOSE
                       
     
The 2018 Transportation System Safety Report, an annual look at projects and programs aimed at improving traffic safety and preventing fatalities and major injuries on San José streets, was approved last month by the San José City Council Transportation & Environment Committee.
The report identified a steady reduction in the City's traffic injury crash rate since the late 1980s, as well as declining fatalities in recent years. Still, the report emphasizes the City's Vision Zero goal of ending roadway fatalities, stating that any traffic deaths are preventable and unacceptable. To view this news release, click here.
RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK HOTLINE 
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.

For more information, contact rosad@sacredheartcs.org  or call (408) 278-2186 .
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.
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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