JUNE 2020
Dear District 2 neighbors, 

People across our country are crying out in pain and anger. We join them in the demand for justice until every life has equal value and opportunity.

Let us fight for police accountability, and let us still respect our City and our fellow community members. I do not believe that violence from any group is the answer. Let us highlight the momentum and voices of peaceful protesters.

To my fellow leaders and neighbors, we must make San José a more equitable place for all residents. Please read the statement below from Councilmembers Peralez, Carrasco, Esparza, Arenas, and myself calling for bold, lasting systemic changes within our institutions :

Since the horrific killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis last Monday, protests over his death, and over systemic racism throughout our nation’s law enforcement agencies, have taken place in cities throughout the country, including one in downtown San José on Friday, May 29th, which tragically resulted in violence. Our hearts ache for the pain and anger that we know so many of our residents are feeling, particularly in our communities of color, and we share in that pain and anger as well. We hear our residents’ cries and demands for justice. It is clear to us that this moment, though deeply painful, presents an opportune time for us to make lasting, systemic change at our institutions for which so many people throughout our country are crying out. This includes the City of San José.

Over a year ago, we brought forward a proposal that would finally begin to include equity into our City’s budgetary process, ensuring that our historically disadvantaged communities of color receive the targeted resources and investment necessary to uplift them and ensuring they are able to share in the prosperity of Silicon Valley. These are communities that struggled for decades under discriminatory practices such as redlining, and which continue to bear the deep wounds of these practices, wounds which will not heal unless we act.

Bold action to address the longstanding inequity in our communities is the only remedy. In both our response to the longstanding inequities in our system and the current crisis at hand, we must embrace meaningful action. Words and vague commitments will not cut it. We must ensure fair and equitable resources are made accessible and we must ensure communities are involved in the decision-making process that impacts the principles of distributional equity and process equity. As a City, our annual budget process presents the most impactful opportunity to take this action, and as we enter another recession we urge the Mayor and our colleagues on the Council to join us in meeting this moment, delivering the structural changes that our communities need in order to thrive and ensuring the impacts of a recession do not once again disproportionately affect already disadvantaged communities of color.

Speaking on the unrest over Civil Rights that was sweeping the country in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reflected that “our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again.” Generations of San Joséans have been waiting and struggling, for Equity, with decades of quiet patience, and faith in our system of government to deliver that change. But that patience has grown thin, as it has in communities and cities throughout our country. On top of longstanding structural inequities affecting our communities of color, we find ourselves reaching our third month in a public health and economic crisis which has disproportionately impacted these same communities, worsening this divide, and creating even more desperation.

As we ask our residents to uphold their end of the social contract, we, as leaders, must uphold ours, and work to deliver the systemic change that is needed to bring not only the absence of tension, but the presence of justice.
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, resources, and links about District 2 community updates, San José policy updates, Census 2020, and navigating COVID-19.

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
Zoom Office Hours: Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m.

Have questions for my office? Email me and I will answer them during Zoom Office Hours!

To stay connected to my District 2 neighbors during this time of social distancing, I will be conducting Virtual Office Hours via Zoom. I welcome you to ask questions, share concerns, and make suggestions for your neighborhood or the City of San José .

Please send your comments to District2@sanjoseca.gov anytime before Saturday, June 6. I will kick off our Zoom Office Hours by answering your PRE-SUBMITTED questions. To ask questions DURING Zoom Office Hours, you may type them in the CHAT feature and send them to Helen Chapman (Host) . My team and I will answer as many of your questions as possible via Zoom.

I look forward to meeting with you all and discussing important topics in our community:

Zoom Office Hours
Saturday, June 6, 2020
10-11:30 a.m.

For your information:
- All participants will be muted upon entry
- Zoom Office Hours will be recorded and shared for your convenience
How will our money be spent next year? My Budget Proposals to improve District 2:

Each year, City leaders discuss and provide direction and framework of priorities for San José 's upcoming budget. As we navigate our Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget, the City Council will endorse a budget proposal that recognizes the fiscal challenge San José will face in the years ahead in the aftermath of COVID-19.

This means we must be more intentional and more proactive with our cost-savings than ever with our public funds while continuing our commitment to making our communities a more prosperous, equitable place.

Here are the proposals I submitted to improve and invest in District 2:

  1. Viva Parks/Movie Nights 2021 / $49,000: Activating our local neighborhood parks by providing a safe open place for families to play, engage, and receive City and community resources
  2. Monterey Road/Valleyhaven Way traffic signal / $1,800,000: Improving traffic safety at this intersection where a resident was unfortunately hit and killed by a car this past year
  3. Pedestrian Safety on Snell Avenue near Santa Teresa High School / : $90,000: Encouraging pedestrians to cross safely at these busy roads where there are signals and marked crosswalks
  4. Sacred Heart COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program / $100,000: Granting additional funds to directly aid needs of most vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19
  5. Oak Grove School District-Closing the Digital Divide / $74,000: Purchasing Chromebooks for students who need a device to access academic content and participate in Distance Learning

My proposals and the City's final budget will be discussed on June 16, 2020.

Important upcoming budget dates

June 8, 2020 - 2020-21 Mayor's June Budget Message: Released 
June 15, 2020 - Special Final Public Hearing: 2020-21 Proposed Capital/Operating Budgets and 2020-21 Proposed Fees and Charges Report (1:30pm) 
June 16, 2020 - 2020-21 Mayor's June Budget Message: Final Review/Approval by City Council

More Information

Policy Updates & Information from San José 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

Updates from the Tuesday, June 2, 2020 City Council Meeting

Wearing face coverings or face shields is required across the City of San José when outside of one’s home

This requirement has specific exceptions as an additional measure to the County’s guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19. Coverings are required when in line for / entering indoor businesses as well as outdoor businesses (grocery stores, laundromats, restaurants, etc.).

Exceptions: Exercising outdoors, like walking, hiking, bicycling, or running; Children 6 years old or younger; Anyone who has trouble breathing, is incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance; Anyone who has been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face covering; Any worker to the extent wearing a face covering creates a safety hazard at work under established health and safety guidelines.

Golden Oak Park is the name of our newest park in District 2!

The residents voted, and the City Council approved! Golden Oak Park is officially the name of our newest District 2 park located on the east side of Via del Oro and Raleigh Road. The name was nominated because it "reflects the history of the trees there (and in San José) as well as an optimistic thought about a future in this area; a safe and serene place to rest ... 'golden'."

Construction of the 1.5-acre park is anticipated to start within the next year.

This neighborhood-serving park will feature several amenities including: a play lawn,
playgrounds, exercise equipment, and a new oak tree planted in the center of the park per the Master Plan. A Master Plan was prepared with community input and approved by the City Council on
February 28, 2017.

Staff solicited recommendations from the community on park names and conducted a poll to determine those most favored. In total, staff saw good community engagement with over 500 responses.

For more information about these items and others, you can view the full Council Meeting agenda and memoranda here .
Pavement Maintenance in District 2: Map, facts, links & what you can do

In 2020, a total of 205 miles will be maintained throughout the City.

This year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing a new pavement "story map" on its website that contains an overview of paving operations and detailed information on the three-year plan shared in December of 2019. The "2020 Paving" tab allows the community to track progress of the current construction season on specific roadway segments. The link to the map is below and can also be found on the DOT Pavement Maintenance website: gis.sanjoseca.gov/maps/paveprojects/?view=desktop

Click on the two photos above or the two links below to find PDF's with these useful resources:

- How you can help us pave your street quickly
- Paving facts
- Common questions & answers
Emergency interim housing in District 2

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 José . I care deeply about our community and ask that we 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.

We can be incredibly successful as a community if efforts took place to support solutions as opposed to countering them. Unity and hope is what we need to move forward.

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 .
I joined  California Waste Solutions , the largest Vietnamese-owned
business in  San José , in delivering thousands of N95 masks to support our frontline workers at  Kaiser Permanente  here in District 2.

CWS has generously donated 20,000 masks across the Bay Area.

I thank our local partners for keeping our hospital workers protected and I thank our health heroes for their service! This is what being "all in this together" is about.
I believe that our parks and open space are the true equalizers of our time -- when you’re out there, you don’t care who is who, what they look like, or where they came from. You’re just out there to enjoy nature.

I got the chance to meet with my friends at  Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority  for a virtual conversation to celebrate the release of the Authority’s Five-year Measure Q Impact Report to the Community!

In 2014, voters approved Measure Q, the Open Space, Wildlife Habitat, Clean Water, and Increased Public Access Funding Measure.

Measure Q’s purpose is to protect and preserve natural open space areas for future generations by improving parks, open spaces, and trails; protecting water resources to prevent pollution and improve local water quality; preserving wildlife habitat; expanding public access; enhancing environmental education; and protecting scenic hillsides. In its first five years, Measure Q funded a doubling of the number of acres protected as open space in the Authority’s jurisdiction to almost 30,000 acres – including a once-in-a-generation acquisition of almost 1,000 acres of long threatened open space in the North Coyote Valley.

San José 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 José 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 José Diridon and Downtown Gilroy), MOWF, MOWS, two tunnels, and traction power facilities.

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!
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

Message from Santa Clara County:

Santa Clara County has made huge steps forward in our fight against COVID-19. The data shows that as result of all of everyone’s hard work to social distance and stay home, we are able to ease more restrictions. Please remember that this does not mean the pandemic is over. It means that we have successfully slowed the spread of the virus. Updates to the Shelter-in-Place Order that allow for more businesses and activities will begin Friday, June 5. With these changes we must continue to wear face coverings, wash our hands frequently, avoid touching our nose, eyes and mouth, and keep a minimum of six feet between ourselves and people we do not live with. Take a look at what’s opening up! ​ ​
• Businesses ​
• Education and childcare ​
• All childcare, summer camps, and summer school ​
• Outdoor: ceremonies, religious gatherings, and recreation ​

Click on the images below for more information:
If you or someone you know needs food or financial assistance, healthcare, legal assistance,  #COVID19  testing or other services due to Coronavirus, there are community resources that can help regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. Click here for resources .
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!
Click on the images below for more information:

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.

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.


Trung Tâm Hỗ Trợ Địa Phương Trực Tuyến

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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.

The City of San José 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. 

Eligible families who did not receive a P-EBT card by May 22 must apply online by June 30, 2020. The application takes about 5 minutes to complete, and families can apply regardless of immigration status.  ca.p-ebt.org

South Valley YMCA distributes free meals for youth

The YMCA will be passing out free meals to all youth under the age of 18 this summer starting on Monday, June 8 th . Service will be Monday through Friday, from 12pm to 1pm . Service will be at the South Valley Family YMCA , 5632 Santa Teresa Blvd, San JoséJosé , CA 95123.
The Y will not be conducting age verification, income verification, or need verification. If families show up, the Y will give them the amount of meals they request.
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 José 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.
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 additional 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 June 30, 2020.

Please visit sanjoseca.gov/evictionmoratorium for more information, including recorded webinars, that is updated regularly.

On Tuesday, May 19, the San José City Council approved several amendments to the temporary eviction moratorium. The moratorium is now extended through June 30, 2020. In addition to the extension, the following changes are now in effect:
  • Affected tenants who accrue unpaid rent during the eviction moratorium have until December 31, 2020, to pay at least 50% of the unpaid rent. Affected tenants have until June 30, 2021, to pay the remainder of their unpaid rent accrued during the eviction moratorium. These dates are subject to change if the City Council extends the moratorium beyond June 30.
  • Affected tenants and landlords may negotiate their own repayment plans. This is voluntary. Before a repayment plan is signed, the landlord must provide the tenant with a written notice of their rights under the eviction moratorium related to repayment of past due rent. You will find a PDF of this notice here.
  • Retaliation or harassment against affected tenants who invoke their rights under the eviction moratorium is prohibited.
  • If a landlord serves a tenant with a termination notice while the eviction moratorium is in effect, the tenant has seven days to notify the landlord that the tenant's income has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Landlords may not charge affected tenants any penalties, fees, or interest on unpaid rent that accrues during the eviction moratorium.

Looking for housing-related COVID-19 information from the City of San José ? Look no further -- we've consolidated our resources for homeless response, Eviction Moratorium, Rent Increase Moratorium, Homelessness Response, and Council Actions on Housing Matters onto one handy landing page: sanjoseca.gov/covid19housing

Countywide Eviction Moratorium for Residents and Small Business Tenants Extended

On June 2, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the  urgency ordinance  establishing a temporary moratorium on evictions. In line with an updated  Executive Order  issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, the urgency ordinance has been extended to July 28. The repayment term for deferred rent was also extended, from 120 days to 12 months from the date of expiration or termination of the eviction moratorium. At least 50% of the deferred rent will need to be repaid within the first six months of expiration or termination. The Board’s action also prohibits imposing or collecting late fees on any rent that was deferred and requires landlords to inform tenants of their rights and options before entering into a repayment plan.
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:

  • Financial Assistance, Tax Assistance and Technical Support 
  • COVID-19-Related Information Resources 

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

  • Looking for Work?
  • Help with Financial Needs 
  • General Information 
City of San José/work2future will host the second online Job Fair, June 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 The fair informs job seekers of available jobs directly from manufacturers, non-profits, law enforcement, and health care companies ready to hire.  Register for the event  via Zoom. Confirmed employers are: Amazon, CVS Health, Familiar Surroundings, Global Connections to Employment, Kidango, Milpitas Police Department, Rejoice Delivers LLC , Manufacture: San José , Small Business Administration/San Francisco District Office, US Small Business Administration, Sutter Health, US Census Bureau The schedule is:  

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Business/Finance 
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Computers/IT 
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Healthcare 
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Manufacturing/Trades 
  • 12:00 p.m. -12:45 p.m. General

See more job opportunities at  www.work2future.org/#Hiring .
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. 

City of San José Parks

Benches and most sport fields in city parks are reopening. To prevent overuse, the fields at Ramac and Watson parks will remain closed. Residents are reminded to observe all posted signage and stay out of closed areas. For more information:  bit.ly/prnsreopens

¡Bancos y la mayoría de los campos deportivos en parques de la Ciudad están reabriendo! Para prevenir el uso excesivo, los campos en parques Ramac y Watson quedarán cerrados. Residents se recuerdan de seguir toda la señalización publicada y quedarse fuera de áreas cerradas. Para más información:  bit.ly/prnsreopens .

Các băng ghế và José thể thao trong công viên Thành phố sẽ mở cửa trở lại. Để cho mọi người giữ khoảng cách xa với nhau, các sân tại công viên Ramac và Watson sẽ vẫn đóng cửa. Quý vị hãy nhớ, người dân phải tuân theo tất cả các hiệu bảng trong công viên Thành phố. Để biết thêm thông tin, truy cập 

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

Enjoy  Santa Clara County Parks  trails and fresh air on their wide-trail routes that allow for safe social distancing. If possible, plan your park visit for off-peak hours, 10 AM-2PM, Mon - Thurs. Get maps here .

Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

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 José 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 José 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

Changes to VTA routes in June: Changes to the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) COVID-19 service network will take effect in June 2020. VTA will continue operating the temporary COVID-19 network until further notice. Beginning June 8, on the Blue, Green, and Orange light rail lines, weekday service will be extended to start at 5:00 a.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. Weekend service will be restored, operating from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Bus service on several routes will resume or be streamlined or extended. Further changes to the Express 181 and Rapid 500 lines will take effect on June 13. For details, visit  the VTA website
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)
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)

MySanJose App - request services on City property
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