MAY 2018
Dear neighbors,
The District 2 office has sprung into action alongside the community in a multitude of ways! I have pledged to be as transparent and inclusive as possible with residents, and I believe that one of the best ways I can accomplish that is through my monthly newsletters.

In my May newsletter, please enjoy photos, recaps, updates, and information about:
  • District 2's lively and successful Great American Litter Pick Up event
  • Efforts to ensure that the Monterey Road train tracks get cleaned
  • Community Budget Meetings for the City of San José 2018-2019 Budget
  • Housing policy updates that will affect renters & landlords
  • How volunteering for the San José Census can help us get over $77 billion in federal funding
  • Traffic, construction, and street activity in District 2
  • How to report a traffic problem in your neighborhood or school area
  • The City of San José Green Trip Challenge
  • Upcoming community events
  • and more!
In community,
Sergio Jimenez

D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments
More than 500 D2 volunteers #BeautifySJ at this year's Great American Litter Pick Up
At the Great American Litter Pick Up on Saturday, April 21 and throughout Earth Month (the entire month of April), more than 500 volunteers in District 2 and more than 8,000 volunteers in the City of San José put on their gloves, grabbed litter pick-up sticks, and helped clean our neighborhoods!

In District 2, we celebrated our volunteers at Oak Grove High School, Santa Teresa High School, and St. Gabriel Cathedral by rewarding them with breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, music, raffle prizes from our amazing sponsors, and of course, the invaluable company of their fellow community members!

In addition to our stellar volunteers, District 2's successful Great American Litter Pick Up 2018 was made possible by: Oak Grove High School, Santa Teresa High School, St. Gabriel Cathedral, The Trash Punx, Echo Church, Angie Cocke - Century 21, Astrid Tromp - Coldwell Banker, Hellyer-Christopher Neighborhood Association, Kaiser Permanente, UA Local 393, Q-Spot BBQ, Gabi's Petite Cafe, Starbucks Village Oaks, Yogurtland, Vitality Bowls, New Seasons Market, Costco Wholesale, and Julio's Fresh Mex. Thank you sponsors!
Community support is essential to ensuring that the Monterey Road train tracks get cleaned up

Union Pacific (UP) owns the train tracks running along Monterey Road, and the City of San José needs permission to go onto UP’s property to clean up the area. 

On Wednesday, May 9, the Rules and Open Government Committee approved a memorandum from Mayor Liccardo, Councilmembers Peralez and Nguyen, and I to start the process for the City to negotiate with UP. The negotiation will include regular access to the tracks for clean-ups and public safety enforcement, regular reports from UP about their clean-up efforts, new fencing to improve public safety, and additional signage with information for residents to contact UP to report issues. 

As community members who are impacted by the cleanliness of Monterey Road, you are encouraged to support this memorandum when it comes to the full City Council at a future meeting.

Read the memorandum from Mayor Liccardo, Councilmembers Peralez and Nguyen, and I: Memorandum of Understanding Between the City of San José and Union Pacific

Community Budget Meetings for the City of San José 2018-2019 Budget

In the City of San José's 2018-2019 Proposed Budget, the total net funding is $3.5 billion for all City funds (General, Special, and Capital).

Join Mayor Liccardo and City Officials at upcoming Community Budget Meetings to learn about the budget process and share your feedback.

Please click on the photos below for additional details and information about the City of San José 2018-2019 Budget.
Housing policy updates will affect renters & landlords

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the City Council took action to amend the Ellis Act Ordinance, Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO), and Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO). Over the past several months, the Housing Department worked with the community and stakeholders to develop recommendations for these challenging issues. Please visit the City of San José's Housing Department website to view the results from the City Council meeting.

Ordinances require a first and second reading by City Council. The second readings for these ordinances will be occurring in the upcoming weeks. Please see the tentative schedule here. Additionally, the Council requested staff to return with additional amendments, which will follow. 

For updates and additional information, you can visit the Housing Department's Renters & Landlords webpage.

Visit my District 2 website to read my memoranda regarding these housing policies.
Largest SJPD graduating class of the past decade includes record number of female officers

On Friday, April 27, the San José Police Department Graduating Academy Class #31 welcomed 47 new recruit officers to our neighborhoods and community. More women than ever -- nine of the 47 officers -- will join the force.

Our office looks forward to working alongside each and every one of the new recruits! For more information about the San José Police Department's recruitment efforts, please visit
Talking to Oak Grove High School students about the power of showing up

On April 20, I visited enthusiastic Oak Grove High School students to talk about the importance of civic engagement and how it can lead to true influence in local and national communities. I shared with them:

"Look to your left. Look to your right. You are looking at some of the people who will impact policy and change in your future. And you are ALL future voters who can have a say and make a difference! Also look at your local elected officials. They are examples of the possibilities you can accomplish if you work hard. The first thing you need to do is show up. If you care about your society, don't just let things develop in front of you -- please get involved! My office is here to support you. Contact us anytime."

How fitting that "Be the change you want to see in the world." is written on the walls of this room.
Partnering with the San José Earthquakes to recognize District 2 community members

District 2 got to honor South San José Youth Soccer League Vice President Brian Gurney, Santa Teresa San José Public Library Assistant Aracely García, and ClubSport San José Aquatics Director Kathleen Clarke at the San José Earthquakes South San José Neighborhood Night!

Thank you all for strengthening our community by helping provide a safe place for neighbors to come together.
My report back from the Okayama, Japan Sister City Travel

Please read my report back from the Okayama, Japan Sister City Travel. Also in the link, you may find attachments about this recent trip as well as the Sister Cities program
D2 Participatory Budgeting Updates

Round 1 Update: The CALMS Camera Project that won Round 1 of D2’s Participatory Budgeting process in November 2016 is currently being worked on by community members and the City Manager’s Office, which is working on the contract that will fund the project before project implementation will begin. Find more information and updates at the Participatory Budgeting Project Winners website. 

Round 2 Update:
  1. Money for our Local Schools: Completed
  2. Beautification of Santa Teresa (A) Landscaping and Neighborhood Signs: Ongoing
  3. Parks Upgrade 1 (C) Solar Lights for Los Paseos Park: Ongoing
  4. Paseos Lighting: Completed
  5. Parks Upgrade 1 (B) Shade Playgrounds at 2 Parks: Ongoing

To learn more about the D2 PB Round 2 ongoing projects and their implementation timelines , please visit 
Students, get involved! My District 2 Team is looking for interns!

Join our team and make a difference in the community! The Office of Councilmember Sergio Jimenez welcomes college or graduate school students interested community engagement, public service, policy research, and local government to apply for our District 2 Internship. 

This unpaid internship provides students with an immersive experience in day-to-day operations of a City Council office that serves about 100,000 residents. 

Student interns are expected to:
Communicate effectively with others
Adapt and work in a fast-paced environment
Have a willingness to learn and apply academic training to required job assignments
Commit a minimum of 15 hours per week

How to apply:
To be considered for the District 2 Internship, please:
1. Complete the District 2 Internship Form 
2. Upload your District 2 Internship Form, along with your Resume and Cover Letter, to the District 2 Internship Application
A Look at More Community Stories
I joined in on a Tradewinds Neighborhood Watch Meeting this month. Many thanks to the San José Police Department and Crime Prevention Unit for helping make our District 2 neighborhoods safer, one meeting at a time!
It's not every day I get to participate in a Grand Opening Ceremony hosted by exuberant youth in our community. Girl Scout Troop 60189 planted a beautiful garden at the Southside Community Center. Thank you for your work to brighten our community and #BeautifySJ!
For Your Information
The City of San José Green Trip Challenge

The calendar has flipped to May, and the City of San José has begun its annual Green Trip Challenge, a month-long competition to see which departments can log the most “green” trips – those taken on foot, by bike, transit, or carpool. City employees want to help lead the City’s efforts to meet the Paris Agreement’s greenhouse gas emissions targets, and we encourage you to join us!
Volunteer for the San José Census & help us get our fair share of over $77 billion in federal funding

Volunteer for the San José Census
Seven Trees Community Center and Mexican Heritage Plaza 
Saturday, May 12
9:00 a.m.

This is a massive volunteer event to help ensure everyone in San José has the chance to be counted in the 2020 census. This effort will also help us get our fair share of over $77 billion in federal funding for schools, health care, libraries and social services in our community!

Volunteers will be assigned to specific San José neighborhoods and collect visual information in support of the upcoming Census 2020. Volunteers will work in pairs to identify "low-visibility housing units". The visual information collected by the volunteer will help identify the potential number of households, per address, and help us improve our count of City residents in the upcoming Census. All data collected is protected per federal statute and will not be used for any purposes other than the Census 2020.

Traffic Advisory: US 101 lane closures start week of May 20, 2018 during Caltrans Paving Project
A message from Caltrans: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform pave U.S.101, at various locations between Blossom Hill Road and West Trimble Road, in the City of San José. Construction is scheduled to begin May 20, and continue through Summer 2018. 
Work hours:
Sunday-Thursday from 10:00 PM until 5:00 AM 
With overnight alternating lane closures
During this work, residents may notice increased temporary construction noise. Motorists may experience delays as crews work to pave the gore area along U.S.-101 with intermittent overnight alternating lane closures. Advanced warning changeable message signs will be in place to assist motorists. All work is weather permitting.

Please drive cautiously through the construction zone, leave a safe traveling distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, and please #BeWorkZoneAlert. 
More information is available at Motorists should drive with caution through the work zone. Get real-time traffic on Caltrans QuickMaps or follow us on Twitter: @CaltransD4. 
Learn about construction impacts, Capital Improvement Projects, and activity on the street

See construction work or Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) around your neighborhood? There are four publicly available online tools that you can use to check out activity on the street. It is recommended to use them in the order presented:  

Cone Zone - maintained by City field staff to indicate actual traffic disruption by CIP, Development, or Utility efforts. View the Cone Zone link for useful contact information and timeline information.

Construction Projects on City Streets Search - searches multiple databases to generate a list of permits and construction projects that have been approved for work on City streets (the link to Development Permit database is currently under construction during their application upgrade).

CPMS - maintained by the project management staff of multiple departments for CIP projects. The search function can help narrow projects down by district or project name.

CPMS Project Map - provides a geographic layout of current CIP projects and public information.
Business Tax & Registration

All persons or companies conducting business in San José must obtain the business tax certificate, whether or not they have offices located in San José. This tax is required within 90 days of the commencement of business in San José. 

When you pay your business tax, you will receive a certificate (sometimes called business license), which is an official receipt for payment of tax. This certificate must be displayed conspicuously in your place of business. This certificate does not indicate clearance for zoning, fire code, occupancy, or any other City, county, state or federal permit or license, which may be required for your type of business.

Visit the City of San José's Finance Department website and Business Tax & Registration webpage for more information.

Business Tax inquiries e-mail:
Business Tax inquiries phone: (408) 535-7055
Not all blight you see is on City property. Find out which agency you need to contact to get the job done -- it might be on Union Pacific property or Caltrans property:

All reporting is tracked at each agency and forwarded to the appropriate response team for action.

Union Pacific (usually the property around the railroad tracks)

Please use the Response Management Communication Center (RMCC) 24 hr. Dispatch Center for reporting the following: Encampments, illegal dumping, unusual or suspicious occurrences, and safety hazards.
Call: 1-888-877-7267

Caltrans (usually property surrounding / adjacent to freeways and highways)

A Maintenance Service Request (MSR) form at  is required to be filled out for any area in question. The purpose of the MSR is to track and prioritize schedule maintenance, as well as direct the information to the appropriate department. 

Need to report abandoned vehicles, street light outages, and more? Use MySanJose: Our quick & easy tool to request City services

Want to get that pothole or street light fixed? Need to report graffiti, illegal dumping or an abandoned vehicle? Have a different question for the City? With the new state-of-the-art MySanJose  app  and  website , it is now a breeze to file and track a City service request or reach one of our customer representatives. It is super easy to use – see our zippy  tutorial

Download the MySanJose app today:
Please don't leave your large items on the side of the road. It's easy & FREE to get rid of your junk!

San José residents can schedule FREE appointments to have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and  more ) picked up by their recycling collection company. 

Visit the San José Free Junk Pick Up website to schedule your free appointment today!

Thank you for keeping our City clean and combating illegal dumping!

Learn how to   report and prevent illegal dumping . Let's work together to stop trash that is illegally dumped in public spaces, sidewalks, streets, etc.!
Know your City: Traffic Enforcement Unit

The San José Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit is currently comprised of one lieutenant, three sergeants, and thirteen motorcycle officers.

The primary duty of the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) is the enforcement of traffic laws (such as speed and red light enforcement) in order to reduce traffic collisions, their resulting injuries, and to facilitate the safe and expedient flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These efforts result in safer roadways and streets, fewer fatalities, injuries, and reduced property damage. The Unit concentrates its enforcement efforts in the areas with the highest collision rates within the city of San José. 

Read about TEU, Accident Reports, Important Traffic Laws, Neighborhood Enforcement, Safety / DUI Programs, Vehicle Impound Information, and more on the Traffic Enforcement Unit website.

Do you feel there is a chronic traffic problem or traffic violation in a certain area? Would like to submit a request for traffic enforcement in your neighborhood or school area? You may complete and submit a Traffic Enforcement Request Form online.
Immigrant Resources
Immigration Legal Services Referral List: Community Organizations and Private Attorneys

List of organizations that provide free Removal Defense Services: From the California Department of Social Services (CDSS)

Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network
Region Covered: Santa Clara County

Resources for DACA applicants and recipients
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Save the date for these City sponsored events in District 2!

Sunday, September 23
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Event route & info:
Viva CalleSJ is a free program that temporarily closes miles of San José streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before -- and it's coming to District 2!
8th Annual Caregivers Count! Conference  

Saturday, May 19, 2018
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM 
Campbell Community Center, Orchard City Banquet Hall
1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

The Aging Services Collaborative is hosting this conference for those caring for a loved one. Topics include self-care, compassion fatigue, hospital discharge planning and advocacy. COST: $15. Learn more and register here.

Unleash the digital storyteller in your creative 13 to 18-year-old at iCreaTV Summer Media Camp! Two sessions to choose from: Documentary and Feature Film Production. Register by June 1. Space is limited. To learn more and register, visit iCREATV's website.
Please click on the photos/flyers below for more information:
The City of Okayama, Japan is organizing and hosting the International Summer Homestay July 24-30, 2018. San Jose junior high or middle school and/or high school students have been invited to participate. 

San Jose students will be joined by 45 students participating from cities in Bulgaria, China, Korea, Taiwan and Guam. Students will stay in homes of host families that have been selected by the city of Okayama. The host families will have some English-language skills.

The program will include three-days of joint activities. The city of Okayama will provide transportation and meals for the students and any costs associated with the group activities. San Jose students will also spend two days on the weekend with their host families to further enhance their experience in Japan.

San Jose Okayama Sister Cities will coordinate the program for San Jose students and will have a chaperon travel with the students and accompany them at the group exchange activities. Contact Kathy Sakamoto at to request an application.
Community Resources
Have a D2 question or concern? Contact my team!

You may have met them at City Hall, Neighborhood Meetings, or just out and about in our community! In addition to supporting me at meetings and events -- or attending on my behalf -- my team members follow specific policy areas and have other responsibilities. They are happy to speak or meet with you regarding your questions or concerns!

Get involved: District 2 Neighborhood Associations

Neighborhood Associations are groups of community members who meet and collaborate to work towards common goals such as: beautification/clean-up efforts, safety enhancements, and social events. N.A.'s serve as a connection between the community and City Hall. We are here to support N.A.'s by providing direction, resources, grants, help with outreach, models for success, and more.

View the interactive map of D2 N.A's on my website to find your N.A. or work with my office to start a N.A. in your area!

Reserving meeting space as an N.A.

As an established Neighborhood Association, you may reserve space for community use directly with Libraries and Community Centers in our District. As long as the meeting takes place during regular hours of operation, there is no charge to to your N.A.

If your event goes beyond the hours of operation, there is a charge for staffing. Our office is happy to accommodate 2 uses per N.A. per year for N.A.’s by paying for the staff time. Any additional uses outside of this would require your N.A. to cover the cost. 

Please contact the District 2 Office for more information!
Beyond San José: Get the latest news from your other elected officials

Read your Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman's Newsletter

Read your Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese's Newsletter

Read your California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra's News/Updates

Read your California State Assemblymember Mark Stone's News/Updates

Sergio's Office Hours 

Office Hours are a time to come ask questions, share concerns, or simply have a conversation! Meetings are first come first serve, and time may be limited to 15 minutes per person. Please visit my website for more information.

Upcoming Office Hours:

Monday, May 21, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Teresa Library, Study Room B

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Edenvale Library, Study Room B
City Resources

Report on MySanJose :

Graffiti (866) 249-0543
Illegal Dumping (408) 794-1900
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Outages (408) 794-1903
Speak with a live Customer Service Representative (408) 535-3500

Additional Resources:

(408) 975-1440 

(408) 535-7770

(408) 534-2900

(408) 793-5510 

Vanessa Sandoval – Chief of Staff
Helen Chapman – Policy & Legislative Advisor
Maribel Villarreal  – Policy & Legislative Analyst
Lucas Ramirez  – Policy & Legislative Analyst
Laura Nguyen – Community Relations & Web Coordinator
Kimberly Hernandez  – Executive Assistant