MAY 2020
Nature is important to mental and physical health during this crisis. The Open Space Authority has played an integral part in providing access to nature, whether it be by keeping preserves open or providing virtual nature. Click here to learn more !

I had a chance to work with OSA, the City of San Jose, and the Openroad Team on a video message for you about the North Coyote Valley Conservation Area -- a community asset that provides lasting climate resilience . We'll talk about n ature-based recreation, nature as infrastructure, providing green jobs, achieving the floodplain preservation goals, educational programs, and of course, linking the public to these treasured lands. W e'll share it all with you soon.

Stay tuned for our community-based planning process that we hope is guided by equity and inclusion.
Dear District 2 neighbors, 

Keeping our community safe and healthy is a priority for my District 2 Team, and the best way we can do that right now is by providing you with important resources. In this newsletter, please find valuable information and links about District 2 community updates, San Jose policy updates, Census 2020, and navigating COVID-19.

One main and timely topic of discussion is the building of emergency interim housing in District 2 -- Bridge Housing Communities (BHC) -- and how we as a community can work together moving forward. As I have said on numerous occasions since 2017, I strongly support District 2 doing its part to help house our most vulnerable residents. I am committed to moving forward and establishing interim housing solutions in our District that are well managed and that contribute to the quality of life of all our neighborhoods.

More than anything, I would like my neighbors to know that I hear your concerns, and I understand your apprehension to building two BHC sites in South San Jose. These are challenging and unprecedented times. Never in a million years did we think we would need protective gear to enter a grocery store. Who would have thought that schools would close and people would lose their jobs and lives as a result of a deadly pandemic. The uncertainty is frightening. I, too, fear for the health and safety of my children and my elderly mother. I care deeply about our community and ask that we try to put fear aside and come together as a community and take appropriate action.

We know that sheltering in place and social distancing are the only treatments available for COVID-19. Having unhoused residents in unsanitary conditions on our City streets is a danger to our collective public health. Everyone needs and deserves a safe place to shelter during this pandemic, we owe it to ourselves and the unhoused to act quickly and build housing solutions.

I am aware of the organizing efforts by a small group of residents to stop the development of any BHC in District 2. Residents are within their right to express their opposition. However, I am saddened that these efforts are coming together in opposition to housing solutions that will undoubtedly protect our public health and advance our fight against COVID-19. I cannot help to think how successful we would be as a community if efforts took place to support solutions as opposed to countering them. Divisive opposition and personal attacks against me will not make this pandemic disappear. Unity and hope is what we need to move forward.

Here is the most updated information we have received from City staff regarding the Rue Ferrari / 101 Site:
 
The Rue Ferrari / 101 BHC site is in the early stages of development. Here is what we know so far. As more information becomes available we will share that with you. 
 
  • May 1 – The City posted an expedited RFP for Emergency Interim Housing Site Development for the Evans Lane and Rue Ferrari sites. 
  • May 14 – The City will select and award the most advantageous proposal contract to build the project
  • May 21 – Initiate Notice to Proceed and Begin Initial Site and Construction Activities
  • July 24 – Complete Project and Provide Emergency Interim Housing

I would like to guide you to the City's website for facts and information about emergency interim housing in District 2:



If you have additional questions and concerns, you may contact my team at district2@sanjoseca.gov .

Stay safe and look out for each other during this difficult time. We will get through this.

Learn more about our City and neighborhoods in my past monthly newsletters from 2017, 2018, 2019, and this year , which include resources and information, policy and community updates, upcoming events, and a visual, in-depth recap of the work we've done together.

My goal has always been to empower the community and make City Hall accessible to you -- to give you a voice in local government. I invite you to join me as I advocate for a more equitable San José and make our home a better place to live, work, and play.

Let's connect through my website Facebook Twitter , and Nextdoor!

In community,


Sergio Jimenez
CONNECT. ENGAGE. BE INFORMED.
#SJD2
Share your input on the City's 2020-2021 Budget.
View the Budget Documents here and let us know YOUR priorities by joining one of the upcoming Community Budget Meetings
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City Budget Updates

On Tuesday, April 28, the City Council discussed how COVID-19 has impacted San Jose's Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget. We must adjust the current budget and reduce expenditures to maintain a balanced budget through the remainder of this fiscal year.

City-Wide Expenses will be decreasing by $7.8 million. Although that includes the $1.5 million for the South San José Police Substation that neighbors and I fought hard for during my first 3 years in office, I am determined to keep our promise to taxpayers and find funding for this project again when the time is appropriate.
Policy Updates & Information from San Jose City Council Meetings

City Manager Dave Sykes and leadership from the City’s Emergency Operations Center provide weekly updates to Council on the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can join every City Council Meeting on Tuesdays at our YouTube channel:  youtube.com/cityofsanjosecalifornia

Street improvements in District 2

Good news! The  City of San José Department of Transportation  (DOT) will maintain approximately 128 miles of streets on the Local and Neighborhood Street Network in the 2020 construction season, supported by the first annual allocation of $37.5 million in voter-approved Measure T funds.

Resurfacing of streets generally includes the repair or replacement of damaged pavement, application of a new layer of asphalt, installation of new roadway striping and markings, and installation or retrofit of curb ramps where needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2020 and be completed by the end of August 2020. On Tuesday, April 14, the Council approved the resurfacing of many streets in District 2 in the Roundtable neighborhood area. View the image attached for more information.
Paid sick leave requirement for essential workers unanimously approved by San Jose City Council

My Council colleagues and I approved an urgency ordinance requiring paid sick leave for essential employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, it is critical that sick people stay home and isolate themselves. This is even more important for essential workers who come into regular contact with the general public. Without paid sick leave, many essential service workers are forced to choose between staying at home sick and receiving a paycheck. As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its expected peak over the next few weeks, it would be detrimental to our public health efforts if sick first responders, grocery store workers, and health care professionals cannot stay home.

More information about the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance from the City's URGENCY COVID-19 PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE website:

Pursuant to the City of San José Urgency Ordinance No. 30390, effective immediately and in effect through December 31, 2020, “essential” businesses located in San José or have employees performing work within the City's geographic boundaries are required to provide Paid Sick Leave. The Ordinance, meant to fill the gaps left by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA), entitles Full-time employees with eighty (80) hours of leave or leave based on the average hours of work in two (2) weeks of normal employment, which can be used based on federal, state, or local orders, advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or caring for a minor child or adult during school/care closures due to COVID-19.
 
ORDINANCE HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Business - All “Essential” business (Includes businesses of 500 or more and small businesses of 50 or fewer)
  • Paid Sick Leave Hours – Eligible full-time employees are entitled to Eighty (80) hours and eligible part-time employees are entitled to the number of hours worked on average over a two (2) week period.
  • Usage - Employees using sick time to care for themselves shall be paid their regular rate of pay up to $511.00 per day, not to exceed an aggregate of $5,110.00. Employees using sick time to care for another person shall be paid at two-thirds (2/3) of their regular rate of pay up to $200.00 per day, not to exceed an aggregate of $2,000.00.

COVID-19 Sick Leave Ordinance FAQ:


Resources for local businesses struggling financially during the COVID-19 crisis: sjeconomy.com/why-san-jose/covid-19-guidance
San Jose to Merced Project Section: Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement

On April 24, 2020, the California High-Speed Rail Authority made the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the San Jose to Merced Project Section of the High-Speed Rail (HSR) Project publicly available in accordance with both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

This Draft EIR/EIS evaluates the impacts and benefits of a no project Alternative and four end-to-end alternatives (Alternatives 1 to 4), including stations. The Authority’s Preferred Alternative under NEPA, which also serves as the proposed project for CEQA, is Alternative 4, which includes two stations (San Jose Diridon and Downtown Gilroy), MOWF, MOWS, two tunnels, and traction power facilities.

HSR Authority staff will answer questions via publicly accessible webinars on May 11, 14, and 18. Learn more here: meethsrnorcal.org/webinar-information.html

The official public review and comment period is from April 24, 2020, to June 8, 2020. To read the document and learn how to provide comments about the Project, visit the HSR website .
Everyone counts! Don’t forget to complete the 2020 Census by Friday, August 14! 
 
On April 14, 2020, the San José City Council adopted a resolution to monitor, protect, and defend the confidentiality of resident information provided to the Federal Government through the 2020 Census from breach and misuse, and to support outreach activities to ensure a complete count and broad participation in the Census as a way to guarantee that marginalized and hard-to count communities participate in the Census without fear. I am proud to have co-authored this resolution with Councilmember Raul Peralez.

An accurate census count is imperative to San José because nearly $700 billion in federal programs and $76 billion in state programs are on the table for local communities to benefit from. Though it is difficult to know exactly how many individuals were not counted in 2010, it is reasonable to assume that thousands went uncounted, resulting in an annual financial loss of millions of dollars.

By passing this strong resolution our City is sending residents the clear message that our we value Census participation and that we stand in solidarity with immigrants, people of color, and other marginalized communities.

While sheltering in place, please take 10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census ! You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Visit my2020census.gov or make a toll-free call to 844-330-2020 to complete your Census. Get all the information you need at 2020census.gov .
 
COVID-19 (coronavirus): Information & resources for the community
Thank you for saving lives by sheltering at home, social distancing & washing your hands!
 
Please view the graphics for a reminder about why it is imperative that every single resident in our community must shelter at home, practice social distancing, and wash their hands!

The County of Santa Clara is strongly urging everyone to wear a reusable cloth face covering when leaving home for essential activities such as grocery shopping and picking up medications. Growing evidence from the  CDC  suggests an estimated 25% of carriers show no symptoms. Wearing a face covering will help prevent the spread of coronavirus even when symptoms are not present.

Please do not use new medical-grade masks (N-95 respirators and surgical masks). These are in short supply and should be used by healthcare professionals who need them in order to continually provide care for our community.
 
For more information about the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, please visit:
 
City of San Jose: sanjoseca.gov/covid19
Santa Clara County Public Health Department: sccphd.org/coronavirus  
California Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov/covid19
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: coronavirus.gov
Bay Area extends 'Shelter at Home' Order through May 31. Here's what's updated:

The Bay Area Public Health Officers of seven jurisdictions have extended the previous shelter in place order through May 31, 2020. The new order went into effect on May 4, 2020 and will allow some limited activities to resume. For the majority of Santa Clara county residents, this means we will continue to shelter at home and avoid contact with others as much as possible. We must keep doing what we've been doing because it is working and it is saving lives. Thank you for your continued commitment to our community's health.



This order allows some businesses to open that could not operate under the March 31 Order and some low-risk activities to resume. You are still allowed to participate in “essential activities” or to work for an “essential business” if it is not possible for you to work from home. This means that you are allowed to leave your home for specified reasons—like to make sure you have the necessities of life (discussed more below) such as getting food and medical supplies, or to perform work for an essential business that you cannot complete from your home. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of a pet or for exercise so long as you don’t congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people who aren’t part of your family or living unit. The new Order also allows “outdoor businesses” to open their facilities to the public.

The new order adds new clarifying language for childcare facilities and providers. If you are a parent or childcare provider, please note that childcare establishments (as well as summer camps and other educational or recreational institutions) can provide childcare for your children only if the following conditions are met:
✅ You are an employee for an essential business, an essential governmental function, an outdoor business, or you maintain minimum basic operations for a business.
✅ Childcare is carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children.
✅ Children do not change from one group to another.
✅ If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group is in a separate room. Groups can not mix with each other.
✅ Childcare providers remain solely with one group of children.
Additionally, nannies and other childcare providers caring for a child in the child’s own home are also permitted to work.


In addition to the new Public Health Order that extends the order to Shelter-in-Place with a limited number of additional essential and outdoor business activities to resume, the seven Bay Area Health Officers also released indicators that will be used to measure progress in containing the virus. These indicators combined with other factors will help to inform the health officers assessment about future decisions around the orders to shelter in place.

The indicators include:

• Whether the total number of cases in the community is flat or decreasing;
• Whether the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is flat or decreasing;
• Whether there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for all health care workers;
• Whether we are meeting the need for testing, especially for persons in vulnerable populations or those in high-risk settings or occupations; and
• Whether we have the capacity to investigate all COVID-19 cases and trace all their contacts, isolating those who test positive and quarantining the people who may have been exposed.

View more information about the indicators and how we are doing on them here .
SiliconValleyStrong.org: Give help or get help

As the response to this public health emergency escalates, many residents will feel direct economic impacts from business closures, event cancellations, and layoffs. 

We’re doubling down on mitigation to protect our community–slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reducing the number of people infected. 

Silicon Valley Strong calls on the community to stay informed and look out for each other. This resource serves as a hub with critical updates and resources for vulnerable neighbors–accepting tips for additional information at  mayoremail@sanjoseca.gov .

Visit SiliconValleyStrong.org to get information about:

  • How to volunteer
  • How to donate
  • Where to find free meals
  • Employment opportunities
  • Resources for schools and businesses
  • Resources for workers
  • Financial resources
  • Community organization resources
  • Digital resources
  • Faith-based resources
  • Mental health resources
  • Changes to public transportation, meetings, facilities, and programs
  • How to keep yourself and your neighbors healthy and safe 
  • COVID-19 testing
  • and more!

Are you wondering about how to get services during the shelter-in-place order? Many services are available from local government and local agencies. They can be found on the City’s new “Virtual Local Assistance Center” at sanjoseca.gov/vlac .

The website includes information about where food is being distributed and where to get help with housing, rent, and eviction issues. The website also covers unemployment services, domestic violence services, and how to keep healthy during the pandemic.

People can also contact the City’s Call Center at 311 for the same information.

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Centro de Asistencial Local Virtual

¿Quiere saber cómo obtener servicios durante la orden de Quedarse en Casa? El gobierno municipal y agencias locales ofrecen muchos servicios que le pueden ayudar. Los puede encontrar en el nuevo “Centro de Asistencia Local Virtual” visitando sanjoseca.gov/vlac .

La página web incluye información sobre dónde se distribuyen alimentos y dónde obtener ayuda con problemas de vivienda, alquiler y desalojo. La página web también cubre servicios de desempleo, servicios de violencia doméstica y cómo mantenerse saludable durante la pandemia.

También puede obtener esta información comunicándose con el Centro de Llamadas de la Ciudad marcando 311.

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Trung Tâm Hỗ Trợ Địa Phương Trực Tuyến


Qúy vị đang thắc mắc làm thế nào để nhận được các dịch vụ giúp đở từ luật trú ẩn-tại gia? Nhiều dịch vụ đang có sẵn từ chính quyền địa phương và các cơ quan địa phương. Chúng có thể được tìm thấy tại "Trung Tâm Hỗ Trợ Địa Phương Trực Tuyến" mới thành lập của Thành phố tại trang mạng san


Tr ang mạng này hướng dẫn các thông tin về địa điểm thực phẩm được phân phối và nơi nào nhận trợ giúp về các vấn đề nhà ở, tiền thuê nhà và vấn đề bị đuổi nhà. Cũng tại trang mạng này bao gồm các thông tin trợ cấp thất nghiệp, dịch vụ giúp đở bạo lực gia đình và làm thế nào để giữ sức khỏe trong mùa đại dịch.


M ọi người cũng có thể liên lạc với Trung Tâm Thông Tin của Thành phố tại số 311 để biết những thông tin tương tự.
WHERE TO FIND FREE GROCERIES AND MEALS FOR YOUTH, SENIORS, AND THOSE IN NEED

The City of San Jose is coordinating countywide food distribution sites and a Food Distribution Map with information to ensure food security for those in need.

Silicon Valley Strong is a coalition of 129 food distribution sites to serve our vulnerable populations. Nutrition sites operate Monday through Friday. Call 800-984-3663 or text GETFOOD to 408-455-5181 to request assistance.

Visit  bit.ly/SVStrongFood  to find your nearest food resource in the area! Silicon Valley Strong means food for all. 

We want to share some community resources that are available to households that are experiencing difficulty meeting their needs. You are not in this alone!

San Jose has partnered with the County of Santa Clara, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, Santa Clara County Office of Education, local school districts, and a number of community-based organizations to provide FREE baby formula, diapers, and wipes to address the needs of families throughout the county. An appointment is required and you must request these items in advance. Please note that distribution days and times will vary by location and supplies are limited.

To locate your nearest Family Resource Center and schedule a pick-up date and time, please visit  bit.ly/svstrong-diapers

The County of Santa Clara provides resources for community members, families, and caregivers. Learn more:  https://www.sccgov.org/sites/ssa/dfcs/Pages/dfcs.aspx.  We understand that this is a difficult time for families and individuals throughout the county.
Beginning May 4, 2020, COVID-19 testing will be available at PAL Stadium in East San Jose, from 9am – 3pm, Monday through Friday. Testing will also be offered at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Monday through Friday from 9am – 3pm. Each site will ramp up to serve several hundred people per day. The testing sites are operated by Verily, and tests are FREE – no health insurance required. Priority will be given to those exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and asymptomatic frontline workers who may have been exposed. To make an appointment, please visit  projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19

Additionally, the County of Santa Clara is increasing COVID-19 testing access with the opening of two new public testing sites, following Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement that more community testing sites would open across the state focused on underserved communities. The new testing sites will open later this week and are part of 80 testing sites managed by the State of California. Testing at the two new sites will be by appointment only.

The County also announced a new online resource for testing information and access. The webpage includes information about County and non-government locations where members of the public can be tested, including testing for people who do not have insurance or access to a doctor. Learn more here .
We know these are difficult times, and so we wanted to share some mental health resources with you all. We recommend visiting  Mentalhealth.gov  ( mhanational.org/covid19 ) for resources on how to cope with anxiety from the COVID-19 outbreak.
The San José City Council has enacted a temporary eviction moratorium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium is in effect through May 31, 2020.


Please visit sanjoseca.gov/evictionmoratorium f or more information, including a recorded webinar, that is updated regularly.

Looking for housing-related COVID-19 information from the City of San Jose? Look no further -- we've consolidated our resources for homeless response, Eviction Moratorium, Rent Increase Moratorium, and Council Actions on Housing Matters onto one handy landing page: sanjoseca.gov/covid19housing
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS OWNERS, MANAGERS
 
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is creating a challenging business climate in San Jose and across the country. We are providing this page sjeconomy.com/why-san-jose/covid-19-guidance  to serve as a centralized resource for employers, employees, small businesses and non-profits to discover critical resource information. To suggest an addition, email  covid19sjbusiness@sanjoseca.gov .  

At sjeconomy.com/why-san-jose/covid-19-guidance yo u will find more information about:

  • NEWS, BLOG POSTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • WEBINARS
  • Financial Assistance, Tax Assistance and Technical Support 
  • COVID-19-Related Information Resources 
RESOURCES FOR WORKERS

At sjeconomy.com/why-san-jose/covid-19-guidance you will find more information about:

  • Looking for Work?
  • Help with Financial Needs 
  • General Information 
Help keep our parks open by following these guidelines

Your health is our highest priority. When going out for some fresh air, you can keep local parks open by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others at all times, and follow all County and State guidance and orders. 

Overcrowding at parks will lead to closures. We must all do our part to protect ourselves, our family, friends, community, and park staff. 

CURRENT CLOSURES: Please view image above as well as the updates at bit.ly/prnscancellations .

Visit the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority’s Facebook at f acebook.com/openspaceauthority for awesome (and entertaining) interactive livestream hikes. There are more virtual open space experiences planned for you - check them out at openspaceauthority.org/visitors/events.html !
Access the library online 24/7 with your SJ Library Card

Although all San Jose Public Libraries are temporarily closed, you can still become an SJPL member and get a library card. Apply for our NEW and FREE eLibrary Card to start accessing our online collection, resources and learning tools! You can also stream and download books, movies, music, and more. Get started at sjpl.org/eLibraryCard .
As your local electricity service provider, San José Clean Energy's highest priority is the well-being of the our residential and business customers. SJCE has created a guide of resources to help residents save on their electricity bills as they spend more time at home during the COVID-19 emergency and stay-at-home order. In this guide, customers can find information on cost-effective rate plans, State-funded bill discount programs, and free resources to save energy and money. For questions and concerns, customers can visit www.SanJoseCleanEnergy.org or contact their call center at 833-432-2454.

Como su proveedor local de servicios de electricidad, la máxima prioridad de San José Clean Energy es el bienestar de nuestros clientes residenciales y comerciales. SJCE ha creado un guía de recursos para ayudar a los residentes a ahorrar en sus facturas de electricidad a medida que pasan más tiempo en casa durante la emergencia de COVID-19 y la orden de quedarse en casa. En este guía, los clientes pueden encontrar información sobre planes de tarifas rentables, programas de descuento de facturas financiados por el estado y recursos gratuitos para ahorrar energía y dinero. Para preguntas e inquietudes, puede visitar https://www.sanjosecleanenergy.org/es o comunicarse con su centro de llamadas al 833-432-2454.

Là nhà cung cấp dịch vụ điện năng tại địa phương của quý vị, ưu tiên cao nhất của San José Clean Energy là sự an toàn của người dân và khách hàng doanh nghiệp của chúng tôi. SJCE đã đề xuất một hướng dẫn về các nguồn hỗ trợ để giúp người dân tiết kiệm hóa đơn tiền điện khi họ dành nhiều thời gian ở nhà hơn trong trường hợp khẩn cấp của dịch bệnh COVID-19 và lệnh trú ẩn tại gia. Trong hướng dẫn này, khách hàng có thể tìm thấy thông tin về các biểu giá chi phí hiệu quả , các chương trình giảm giá hóa đơn do Chính Phủ tài trợ và các nguồn hỗ trợ miễn phí để tiết kiệm năng lượng và tiền bạc. Mọi câu hỏi và mối quan tâm, khách hàng có thể truy cập https://www.sanjosecleanenergy.org/vi hoặc liên lạc với tổng đài tại 833-432-2454.
Updates from the City's Environmental Services Department

Our Environmental Services Department crews continue to provide core essential services during the shelter-in-place order. Help them stay safe and focus on critical needs by keeping all wipes, fats, oils, and grease out of the sewer system. Throw these in the trash to prevent clogs that can create hazardous sewage backups.

ESD also continues delivering a safe and reliable water supply, treating wastewater, and ensuring garbage and recycling collection. For the safety of drivers picking up your recyclables, please fit all recyclable items, including cardboard, in your recycling cart or save any extra for next week's collection. More information: SanJoseRecycles.org
Updates from the City's Department of Transportation

City of San Jose Department of Transportation sewer teams have continued to work in the field 24/7 during the shelter in place to maintain our sewer systems and respond to calls from residents and businesses. DOT has staggered employee work schedules to allow for social distancing, and crews are equipped with personal protective equipment. This work is critical to ensuring the protection of public health and we are so grateful for their continued work to keep our system flowing! Thank you, DOT sewer crew!
VTA Updates

  • VTA riders must wear face coverings beginning May 4.
  • Light Rail service is running 6 am - 6 pm Monday through Friday.
  • VTA is running reduced bus service, with some routes suspended or coming less often. Most service ends at 9 p.m.
  • We are not collecting fares at this time.
For Your Information
Did you construct an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or convert a garage, basement, or room into a separate living unit also called an ADU without obtaining a building permit? Or, did you buy a property with an unpermitted ADU?

Insurance companies will NOT cover a fire, damages, or injuries relating to an unpermitted unit. Protect both occupants and yourself by legalizing your unit. The City’s new ADU Amnesty Program waives penalties and may help you save more than $10,000 in fees while you take the steps to legalize your unit, improve the unit’s safety for occupants, and reduce your liability. The program allows for using the building codes from the year the unit was built, and provides 5 years to complete items not relating to immediate health and safety issues. You can explore the program without disclosing your name and address by reviewing the Self-Assessment Checklist, and then calling the ADU Amnesty Coordinator with your questions.


Information:  Amnesty webpage at www.sanjoseca.gov/ADUs .
ADU Amnesty Coordinator:  408-535-7770 or ADUAmnesty@sanjoseca.gov
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City boards and commissions were established for the purpose of advising the City Council and providing ongoing input into policies and issues affecting the future of the San José community.

City Resources

Making City Hall more accessible to you, the residents, is of prime importance to the District 2 team. In addition to our staff, visit my website for some important contacts for city services that will be able to help with your questions and concerns

How you can help keep our community safe and clean

See blight or homelessness in your neighborhood or around San José? Report it to the appropriate agency. 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)
1-888-877-7267
Submit complaints regarding the Union Pacific Railroad to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Complaints regarding train noise or encampments can be submitted to their office directly by constituents either by sending an email to r7_gx@dot.gov or by phone to 916-414-2315.

Caltrans (usually property surrounding / adjacent to freeways and highways)
Fill out a Maintenance Service Request (MSR): csr.dot.ca.gov

Homeless Concerns (on City of San José property)
408-975-1440

MySanJose App - request services on City property
408-535-3500
Download the app to your smartphone!

Schedule a FREE Large Item pick up , right in front of your home
Visit the San José Free Junk Pick Up website to learn more and schedule your free appointment.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office for support in contacting these agencies and departments: (408) 535-4902 | District2@sanjoseca.gov
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:  www.sanjoseca.gov/mysanjose
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 on the Free Junk Pick Up website to have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and  more ) picked up by their recycling collection company. 

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.!
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

Community Resources
Get involved: District 2 Neighborhood Associations

Neighborhood Associations (N.A.s) 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!

Sign up for N.A. Newsletters:

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 Jose: 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



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