SEPTEMBER 2019
Dear District 2 neighbors, 

We wrapped up a busy summer building community and strengthening partnerships with local businesses, groups, organizations, government departments, schools, and more. You'll read all about our meetings and events below, but the one I am most proud of is our 6th Annual District 2 Village Fest at the Village Oaks Shopping Center .

If you missed out on Village Fest, you missed out on my freestyle rap dedicated to District 2! I’m joking. Don’t worry, the pros of San Jose Jazz took over our entertainment! They treated us to a DJ as well as live performances by Made by Crooks and Isaiah Pickett. Not only did folks gather in the audience to enjoy the jazz concert, but many joined the fun by turning Coronado Avenue into a dance floor! It was awesome. WATCH the party here!

We also had a climbing wall and air jumper (inspired by the Viva Parks events we hosted at 8 local parks this summer), our Prize Card treasure hunt at all our resource tables, and of course our raffle (thanks to all the businesses and organizations who donated prizes)!

We had the privilege of recognizing the diverse, committed, and extraordinary Oak Grove High School AFJ-ROTC program for its accomplishments in the community and for fostering our future leaders. They have graciously volunteered and dedicated their time to the City of San José and District 2 throughout the years.

I had the honor to present POW! WOW! S an J ose with a $20,000 grant to bring 10+ murals and a mural festival to District 2 for the first time! Public Art will provide placemaking, create identity, build community pride, and help deter graffiti. The Pow Wow festival leverages community resources to add murals to our streetscape in South San Jose. 

It was so special and important to me to transform to South San Jose. Not only did I envision a lively event that residents could be excited for, but I also wanted it to feature something for everyone -- no matter what age. I closed down Coronado Ave. to cars and opened it up to residents to activate our public space and show everyone what community should be about. Thank you again to our generous sponsors who share the same goal and helped bring it to life!

As your public servant, I am dedicated to leading by example and creating events that truly serve the public. Thank you everyone who joined us at Village Fest on Saturday, September 9!

My team and I look forward to seeing you and collaborating with you. Together, let's continue making our slice of San José a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
In community,


Sergio Jimenez
CONNECT. ENGAGE. BE INFORMED.
#SJD2
D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments
Grocery Outlet officially opens its new home at Santa Teresa Village Shopping Center

After over 4 years of the former Nob Hill building being vacant, Grocery Outlet is revitalizing the Santa Teresa Village Shopping Center and the surrounding Los Paseos Neighborhood. On the morning of Opening Day on Thursday, September 12, 2019, it was incredibly exciting to join hundreds of residents in welcoming Grocery Outlet to Santa Teresa Boulevard. The line was already around the corner!
 
Grocery Outlet’s Grand Opening is especially important to me because my team invested a significant amount of time in pushing for a new tenant in Santa Teresa Village Shopping Center. It was vital to both residents and me that we: 1. Brought back safety and cleanliness to the area and 2. Filled this space with another grocer to rejuvenate the building. For more background, read my June 2019 Newsletter .
 
Thank you Grocery Outlet for your commitment to our local community by supporting the Los Paseos Neighborhood Association!
 
I am so proud to see this result of District 2 residents, my Council Office, other City Departments, the building’s property owner, and other community stakeholders working together to achieve positive change. Welcome to South San Jose, Grocery Outlet!
Advocating for Hate Crime Prevention in San Jose

It may be easy to think that hate crimes happen to other people in other places, but these issues affect us right here at home. We live in one of the most diverse parts of our nation, and we must look at every possible solution to prevent further attacks on the diverse communities within our City.

On August 21, I advocated for Hate Crime Prevention in San Jose. I am pleased that I received full support from Mayor Sam Liccardo and the Rules Committee for my memorandum dated August 15, 2019. Read my recommendations here.
Continuing the fight for a more equitable San Jose

I spoke at the Rules Committee on Thursday, September 11 to prepare for an upcoming study session on equity throughout the City of San Jose.

The recommendations — by my colleagues and I — to bring in leaders from other Cities as well as subject matter experts on equity were approved. The hope is that this study session will lead to more equitable San Jose where high need neighborhoods are properly served.
Calling for a climate emergency declaration

I joined my colleagues Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmembers Raul Peralez, Magdalena Carrasco, and Dev Davis to call for a Climate Emergency declaration in the City of San José. In our joint memorandum , we call for the City to recommit to its sustainability work and double down on its extensive efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. 

We commit to providing 100 percent carbon-free energy to San José communities in the next two years, exploring the elimination of natural gas in all-new municipal building construction, and developing only all-electric, zero-net carbon buildings. We will also: 

·         Pursue all-electric, zero-net-carbon new municipal facilities and prohibit natural gas in new construction projects citywide by January 1, 2023.
·         Review the City's investment portfolio to identify holdings with direct investments in fossil fuel companies, cease new investments in fossil fuel companies, and prioritize investment in opportunities to mitigate or limit the effects of burning fossil fuels—such as renewable energy, clean technology, and sustainable communities.
·         Prioritize efforts to become a zero-waste city by directing City staff to explore enhancing Climate Smart San José by including an additional zero waste element, evaluating the City's net greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the solid waste sector, assessing and evaluating the City's zero waste strategies, and further addressing critical solid waste management challenges.
·         Prioritize the equitable and active engagement of environmental justice communities by ensuring environmental policies benefit all communities in the City—especially those impacted by environmental degradation—such as communities of color, monolingual communities, children, the elderly, the physically disabled, low-wage workers, immigrants, indigenous communities, and low-income communities.
·         Urge a collaborative effort to mobilize concerned residents, youth, faith, labor, business, environmental, economic, community groups, racial and social justice organizations. This includes all elected officials in and from San José and nearby Counties—especially all mayors who have signed on to enact the Paris Agreement.
·         Explore support for a future federal tax on carbon-based fuels —such as H.R. 763 - Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act—or other carbon fee legislation, that does not preempt existing environmental policies and authority, designed to minimally disrupt the economy while sending a clear and predictable price signal to businesses to develop and use non-carbon-based energy resources.

"Climate change is a global emergency that needs to be addressed immediately and aggressively. San José is positioned to lead in efforts toward equitable solutions that benefit all of our communities," stated Councilmember Jimenez.

We join nearly 1,000 local governments across 18 countries in their declaration. Our commitments come after the City launched its Climate Smart San José plan in February 2018—one of the first Paris-aligned sustainability plans for the U.S. In one of the plan’s most impactful moves, San José became the largest city in the Nation to launch a Community Choice Energy program, which offers residents the ability to power their homes and businesses with 100% renewable, carbon-free power. 

“Climate Smart San José is an ambitious plan to drastically reduce air pollution; we have set doable goals that are attainable if every resident takes immediate action,” said Kerrie Romanow, San José Environmental Services director . “Together, we can enjoy a healthy lifestyle and help the planet by biking, walking, conserve water and energy. When we all do our part, we can make a difference.”

For more information on the climate emergency resolution, read the memorandum in full .
San Jose rail corridor progress updates

On Tuesday, August 20, the City Council approved several significant memoranda that I co-authored with the Mayor and several colleagues regarding the rail corridor in our community. 

Learn more about the Caltrain Long-Range Service Vision and the City’s Preferred Scenario by viewing the memoranda, presentation, and supporting documents here .

Caltrain is working on a Business Plan that projects a dramatic increase in demand for ridership. Significant capital improvements are necessary to make the increase in train service possible in order to meet this demand. As traffic congestion increases, it is prudent to invest in Caltrain, one of the most successful transit agencies in the country.

The Council directed the City Manager and the San Jose Member of the Caltrain Joint Powers Board to advocate for the necessary investment in capital improvements. As the Business Plan is implemented, South San Jose and South County will benefit from much greater Caltrain service. In addition, we are advocating that Caltrain conduct an equity analysis to make Caltrain more accessible to low-income people and to communities of color.

For more information about the High-Speed Rail Staff Recommended Preferred Alternative and our co-authored memo, please view the memoranda, presentation, and supporting documents here.

The City of San Jose directed the City Manager and Mayor to communicate the following City Council position to California High Speed Rail (HSR) staff and the Authority Board before they convene in San Jose on September 17th: 

  • That the City's support for the project depends upon the California High Speed Rail Authority's willingness to integrate a feasible alternative alignment recommended by the Diridon Integrated Station Concept (DISC) Plan planning process into a supplemental environmental impact statement and environmental impact report.
  • In addition, High Speed Rail (HSR) must fully grade-separate train and vehicular/pedestrian traffic at key San Jose locations, including Auzerais, West Virginia, Branham, Skyway, and Chynoweth. Direct staff to formally submit the final results and analysis of the City's Feasibility Study on grade separations to HSR, and continue to build on this work through the Rail Corridor Planning process. 

We will continue to affirm the City's role in advocating for grade separations, infrastructure improvements, and a development plan that mitigates unfavorable impacts to the neighborhoods and residents along the Monterey Corridor and affected communities. 

To read more about our Rail Corridor Plan for San José and Inter-Agency Agreement memorandum, please visit the City's website

The City of San Jose is working with the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), and the California High Speed Rail (HSR) Authority, Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (Capitol Corridor), and the City of Santa Clara on a Rail Corridor Plan for San Jose and the South Bay. This is a comprehensive, long-range planning effort that will include the appropriate mitigations, like grade separations, to improve safety and protect the quality of life of neighborhoods surrounding the Monterey Corridor. In addition, we are enhancing the Rail Corridor Plan with a Multimodal Transportation Improvement Plan, which will improve the mobility, connectivity, and access to the revitalized rail stations and make the Monterey Corridor more attractive to pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.
Speaking about the future of Coyote Valley

I am proud to continued to advocate for the preservation of open space and the protection of Coyote Valley’s natural habitat at the San Jose Spotlight panel on The Future of Coyote Valley on August 29 at MACLA / Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana.

The 7,400 acre open space preserve in San Jose's southernmost region has served as a valuable resource as a water table and wildlife corridor. Research has shown that this land should be preserved for wildlife protection, floodwater protection, naturally filtering water quality, and more.

I joined an expert panel to discuss Coyote Valley's past, present and future as city leaders grapple with a historic decision to preserve the open space for agricultural and non-urban uses.
Information and FAQ's on the City's website about Broadband Strategy and Small Cell Deployment: sanjoseca.gov/smallcell

Contact the City for more information: broadband@sanjoseca.gov

Contact AT&T for information about small cell projects:
1-800-678-1169 Ext. 2084

For your information: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) preempts cities from denying any small cell permit based on the environmental effects of radio frequencies under Section 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act. To learn more, please see the FAQ's on the City website: sanjoseca.gov/smallcell
A Look at More Community Stories
I met with a room full of residents at my community Office Hours at Edenvale Library. If you have questions or concerns about District 2 or the City of San Jose, I encourage you to reach out to my office directly so we may provide you with the most accurate, thorough information -- or connect you with an expert who can. If you hear or see anything that you have questions about, please ask us. We are here to inform and engage you!
I was honored to support the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women at their annual Women’s Equality Day Luncheon. It is important to continue to strengthen and promote women’s rights as human rights. This year, 2019, as we continue to stand up for Women's Equality, we also celebrate the 99th year since the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. 
I am proud to have joined a monumental evening for residents of the Palmia Oakridge Neighborhood — they hosted their first Neighborhood Association Meeting! Thank you to Sharad Gupta for leading and starting the N.A.
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and I enjoyed a wonderful time at the 44th Annual Silicon Valley Pride Parade on Sunday, August 25! Lots of love, laughter, and happiness to go around while celebrating the diversity of the community !
I spent an afternoon with my Council colleagues and Habitat for Humanity building tiny homes.
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
For Your Information
Caltrain changes to southbound service to Gilroy and San Jose,
effective Oct. 7, 2019

Effective Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, Caltrain will adjust its southbound Gilroy service based on feedback provided by the South Santa Clara County riders in a survey conducted on April 23, 2019 that indicated their preference to have an earlier train between the first two trains.

  • Train 262 will provide service to all stations from Tamien Station to Gilroy Station. Train 262 will also stop at Lawrence Station.
  • Train 274 will no longer serve stations south of Tamien Station and will terminate at Tamien Station.
  • The last train to stations south of Tamien station will be Train 268.
  • Northbound service from Gilroy will remain unchanged.

View the Oct. 7 Timetable Changes  HERE .

For more information, please visit Caltrain's South Santa Clara County Service webpage . If you have questions, contact Caltrain Customer Service. Fill out the online form  HERE or call 1.800.660.4287
Recruiting a Tenant Living in Rent Stabilized Apartment for the San José Housing & Community Development Commission

Are you a tenant in a rent stabilized apartment in the City of San José? The Housing & Community Development Commission is currently accepting applications to fill a  vacancy . This position will be appointed by Council District 8. Having a tenant living in a rent stabilized apartment on the Commission is a requirement under San José’s Municipal Code.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible, as applications are being considered on a rolling basis.
  
About the Commission
The Housing & Community Development Commission is charged with making recommendations to the City Council and to Housing Department staff on several topics. These include existing or new programs and policies for housing and community development, administration of the City’s programs on tenants’ rights and rent stabilization for apartments and mobilehomes, and the City's progress in meeting its housing goals. Examples of the types of programs and policies the Commission reviews and for which it may provide recommendations include: 
·    The City’s Five-year Consolidated Plan and its Annual Action Plan, which identify the priorities for use of federal funds for capital and services programs to respond to San José’s housing and community development needs;
·    Strategies and priorities for the development and preservation of affordable housing in San José; and
·    Homelessness Response program strategies and budgets.

Appointed Commissioners will serve four-year terms. Meetings take place at City Hall in the evening on the second Thursday of each month. The Commission typically meets 10 or 11 months of the year, and may convene special meetings. Commissioners are subject to City Council Policy 0-4 .
 
About the Appointment
Qualified candidates must live in the City of San José. The Commission must have representatives who meet at least one of the following criteria :
·    Low- or moderate-income person as defined by HUD. For example, a 1-person household in 2019 has an income limit of $72,750, while a 4-person household has an income limit of $103,900; 
·    Elected member of a neighborhood organization in a low- or moderate-income neighborhood; or
·    Employee of an organization that has its primary purpose to serve the interests of low-income residents.  

Preferences will be given to the following applicants: 
·    Renters or tenants of rent stabilized apartments in San José; and
·    Those with experience in one or more of the following areas: development, lending, community development, homeless services, federal funding, or multifamily rental ownership/management.

Applicants are not required to live in the specific Council District with the vacancy, however, recommendation of the candidate for appointment will be made by the District 8 Councilmember.

For additional information on the Housing and Community Development Commission and how to apply, please contact Viviane Nguyen by phone at 408-975-4462 or viviane.nguyen@sanjoseca.gov .
Equipping our City to practice energy resiliency: What you need to know about PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs

You may have heard, starting this summer PG&E can de-energize (or shut off) power to their distribution and transmission lines to prevent their equipment from starting wildfires, also called PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).

The City of San José has formed a task force with the Office of Emergency Management, Community Energy Department, Fire, Public Works, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services to prepare for PSPS events, assess and plan City response during an event, and coordinate with PG&E, the County of Santa Clara, and other stakeholders.

One or more PSPS events   could happen in San José  , and power outages could last   seven days  . Public Works is coordinating with departments to determine their backup power needs and capacity.   In the meantime, here is what you need to know about preparing yourself and your family for a multi-day power outage.

Why San José could be affected

Even though much of San José is urban, parts or all of the city could be affected because transmission and distribution lines powering San José are located in areas the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has designated as extreme and elevated fire-threat. In addition, if high voltage transmission lines are de-energized, the interconnected nature of the grid could result in a cascading effect that causes other transmission lines and distribution lines – potentially far from the original fire-risk areas – to also be de-energized, potentially resulting in a   regional   power outage.

How you can prepare and stay safe

  1. Sign up to receive power shutoff notifications from PG&E or make sure your contact info is up-to-date by visiting www.pge.com/psps or calling PG&E at 1-866-743-6589.
  2. Prepare an emergency kit that will last at least 5 days with the following items:
  • Water – water treatment and/or pumping may not work in a power outage, so have adequate water supplies on hand. Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/drinking/creating-storing-emergency-water-supply.html.
  • Food – have enough non-perishable food on hand and be aware of PG&E and USDA food safety tips regarding refrigerated and frozen food:
  • Fully stocked freezers usually keep food frozen for two days after losing power (if not repeatedly opened).
  • Half-full freezers usually keep food frozen for about one day (if not repeatedly opened).
  • Refrigerators usually keep food cold for up to four hours if the door remains unopened.
  • Keep an appliance thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer. If the food still contains ice crystals or is at 40oF or below, the food is safe.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Radio – during a power outage, cell phone service is not guaranteed. Having a radio (battery-powered, solar-powered, or hand crank) will ensure you can access notifications and safety information
  • First aid and medication – account for all first aid and medication needs, including medication that has to be refrigerated
  • Sanitary wipes or hand sanitizer – tap water may not be safe during an outage
  • Batteries – multiple types to power flashlights, radios, and other emergency equipment
  • Flashlight and fans – get solar or battery powered flashlights or lanterns.
  • Phone charger – solar-powered phone chargers or portable batteries
  • Method for food preparation – get a manual can-opener, or if you have a barbeque, prepare extra charcoal or propane for cooking
  • N95 masks – during an outage, generator usage will increase, resulting in increased local air pollution
3. Consider backup power sources:
  1. If you have a generator, please keep your family safe by following safety tips. Do not operate it inside or near dry fuel, such as on top of grass. Prior to an outage, check to make sure it’s functioning on a regular basis. Have fuel on hand as gas stations may not work.
  2. Solar panels will not work during an outage unless you have a special inverter or battery storage.
4. Prepare and practice an  emergency plan  that accounts for all family members and pets:
  • Cash on hand – ATMs may not work during an outage
  • Full tank of gas in your car – gas stations may not work during an outage
  • Phone numbers – write down key phone numbers in case your cell phone runs out of power. California law requires landlines to have at least a few hours of backup power.
  • 911 – call 911 only for emergencies, not to get information
  • Garage door – know how to open it manually
  • If you live in an apartment or condo: talk with your building manager if you live or work in a building that has elevators or electronic key card access to understand how they will deal with a possible multi-day outage.
  • Family reunification – establish a meet up point in case of no cell reception
  • Shelter in place – officials will likely ask you to shelter in place if you can. Note that traffic signals will not work, resulting in congested traffic
5. During an outage
  1. Unplug or turn off appliances, equipment and electronics to avoid damage caused by surges when the power is restored
  2. Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. Then, turn your appliances on, one at a time
  3. Do not use a gas stove for heat
  4. Check the status of the outage at https://m.pge.com/#outages or by listening to the radio. PG&E has said it will send customers updates. Follow @CityofSanJose on Twitter, Facebook, or Nextdoor for secondary notifications.

For more information, read more about PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs at   Sanjoseca.gov   or   San José Clean Energy  . For questions, please contact Jay McAmis, Office  of Emergency Management Deputy Director, at 408-794-7043 or  jay.mcamis@sanjoseca.gov .

On Tuesday, June 11, I, along with my colleagues Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Chappie Jones and Councilmembers Raul Peralez and Pam Foley asked city officials to study how San Jose can notify residents quickly and mitigate the impact of blackouts. As California’s wildfire season begins once again, the state’s Public Utilities Commission updated its guidelines for allowing companies like PG&E to conduct Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

We have asked city officials to schedule a study session this fall where they will explore:

  • Quickly notifying residents, especially those using energy-dependent medical devices, senior citizens and non-English speakers, as soon as officials learn that PG&E is turning the power off.
  • Making investments in energy storage, fuel cells and backup generators that could provide power to hospitals, emergency responders or the airport.
  • Making investments in micro-grids for longer term power solutions.
  • Identifying other alternatives to PG&E, such as forming a publicly-owned utility district or purchasing PG&E distribution assets.
  • Coordinating with the county and other relevant agencies to protect vulnerable populations, such as dialysis patients and senior citizens who may need air conditioning on hot days.
  • Assessing next steps, like ballot measures, state grants and bond issuances, that will help San Jose become more energy resilient.

San José Clean Energy (SJCE) became a new electricity generation provider in February 2019, bringing cleaner energy at lower rates than PG&E to San José residents and businesses. SJCE’s lower rates save customers over $3 million annually!

With summer in full swing, some residents have expressed concerns with higher electricity bills. Please keep the following information in mind:

1.        Cheaper Rates - SJCE’s rates for its default GreenSource service remain 1% lower than PG&E (including PG&E added fees). Even though summer bills tend to be higher, customers save money by staying with SJCE over PG&E for generation service.
2.        Summer Bills - Electricity rates are higher in the summer than winter. That, combined with higher usage of energy-intensive air conditioning, leads to higher bills. Check page 1 of your bill to see your monthly usage, and get your FREE energy saving kit from BayRen (up to $70 value!) to lower your energy usage.
3.        PG&E Rate Changes - PG&E has changed its rates three times this year. They have also made a request to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to increase rates by 6.4% in 2020. That is an extra $10.57 a month for the average customer. Learn more about the proposed increases
4.        Generation & Distribution - Your electricity service is split into two parts: generation (the source of the electricity) and delivery (how that gets to your home). Generation is provided by SJCE or PG&E. Delivery is provided only by PG&E, so everyone pays the PG&E delivery charge, even if they’ve opted out of SJCE. 

For more information and resources, please visit SanJoseCleanEnergy.org .
Safe Parking Pilot Program provides a safe place to sleep for people living in their vehicles

People deserve a safe environment to sleep in. In 2019, over 6,000 people were counted as experiencing homelessness in San José on any given night and over 1,000 of them sleep in their vehicles.

On May 15, 2019, the City of San Jose opened a Safe & Supportive Parking program at Southside Community Center to provide a space where homeless families living in their vehicles can park and sleep overnight. The program is overseen by the nonprofit  Life Moves, which is responsible for providing services, security, trash disposal, and more at the designated Safe Parking sites. The organization will also help families find jobs and housing.

Through this program, we are taking steps to ensure a sense of stability for families and individuals living in their cars as we address our city’s homeless crisis.

If you know anyone who could benefit from the Safe & Supportive Parking program, please email safeparking@lifemoves.org or call 669-238-6193 for more information about resources and program eligibility.

About the Ordinance and how you can get involved: The City of San José developed a Safe Parking Ordinance that allows private property owners to designate their parking areas in places of assembly for safe parking. The ordinance approved by City Council in February 2019 included amendments to the Municipal Code, specifically to Title 20 of the San José Municipal Code (Zoning Code). The property owner does not need to obtain a permit and may design operations from hours, type of vehicles, and target population. If you are a property owner and interested in partnering with the City of San José on this important endeavor, please contact Lorena Diez with the City of San José’s Homelessness Response Team at (408) 975-4456 or lorena.diez@sanjoseca.gov for more information.
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): https://csr.dot.ca.gov/ 

Homeless Concerns (on City of San Jose 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 Jose Free Junk Pick Up website to learn more and schedule your free appointment: sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=3649

Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office for support in contacting these agencies and departments: (408) 535-4902 | District2@sanjoseca.gov
Recycle Right! Learn about recycling and disposal options and tips for your waste

The City of San José Environmental Services Department is excited to announce the launch of SanJoseRecycles.org , a website designed to makes it easier than ever for San José residents to Recycle Right !

Website users can search for local recycling and disposal options for over 250 items using desktop or mobile devices. The website helps residents learn how to Recycle Right and provides the latest waste reduction news and tips. Everything from reducing junk mail quickly to properly disposing of food scraps can be found on the website.

Please help us to spread the news and share SanJoseRecycles.org with your community.

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 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.!
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
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



In addition to the City Resources listed below, here are City contacts for common resident concerns. We encourage you to copy (CC) District2@sanjoseca.gov when you submit a report to these addresses:

Request pavement maintenance and pothole repair, median landscaping, and clean-up of illegal dumping on streets and sidewalks

Report burned out bulbs and other street light damage

Report problems with signs, street markings, and striping on roadway to improve traffic safety

Contact the City Arborist

Report safety concerns related to street trees and sidewalk damage

Request bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety improvements in your neighborhood

Report traffic flow problems and request traffic signal adjustments

Report encampments and vehicle dwelling

Report parking violations and abandoned vehicles

Report illegal dumping
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 depending on the number of attendees.

Please visit my website for more information.

My next Office Hours will be:

Saturday, October 5
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Edenvale Library, Study Room B

Monday, October 21
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Teresa 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