JULY 2020
Dear District 2 neighbors, 

After our thoughtful and extensive City Council meeting discussing San José's FY 2020-2021 Budget on Tuesday, June 16, I’m feeling hopeful.

This year’s budget process is the most consequential budget process I have been a part of as a City leader.

Even though we are facing some fiscal challenges, and though we are balancing tough conversations about public safety and equality, I do believe we are laying the groundwork for our future. These decisions have the potential to tremendously impact all residents in a positive way.

This will require consistent, tenacious focus and attention to ensure that our work becomes progress. What I ask of you, my neighbors, is: please stay engaged. Don’t forget about our conversations once they are no longer the topic of news headlines. Stay informed and hold each other accountable. Your voices are heard and they do make a difference in local government.

We are headed in the right direction -- an equitable direction -- as we continue to listen to different perspectives, shift attitudes, and create policy changes that strengthen every neighborhood and community in San José .

I am proud that my colleagues and I approved San José's FY 2020-2021 Budget, which includes the initiatives highlighted below:

My budget funding priorities to improve and invest in District 2

Each year, City leaders discuss and provide direction and a framework of priorities for San José's upcoming budget. As we maintain our commitment to making our City a more prosperous, equitable place, each Councilmember proposes initiatives that directly impact and strengthen his or her own Council District.
Here are the FY 2020-2021 priorities I secured funds for to improve and invest in District 2:
  1. Outdoor Park Activations & Movie Nights 2021: Viva Parks offers a series of free events focused on health and wellness resources, physical activity, and community building. When permissible under the public health order, Viva Parks and movie nights will offer much-needed opportunities to socialize in family-friendly, safer outdoor settings, which will become vitally important for older adults. The City Manager will set aside $336,000 in one-time funding from the Essential Services Reserve for at least 50 park activations citywide in Summer 2021-2022, with at least four activations occurring within District 2. Depending on our fiscal recovery, the City Manager is further directed to assess the availability of funds during the year to increase this allocation of funding.  
  2. Monterey Road & Valleyhaven Way traffic signal / $300,000: The intersection of Monterey Road and Valleyhaven Way lies in a Vision Zero Priority Safety Corridor. On March 3, 2020, a fatal auto accident took the life of Maurice Dillard, who was thrown from his motorcycle. Friends, family, and neighbors have expressed their concerns about traffic safety at this location and requested the installation of a new traffic signal. The design for this traffic signal will cost roughly $300,000. The City Manager will allocate $100,000 in one-time funds from the Essential Services Reserve, and I will contribute $200,000 from the District 2 traffic and pedestrian safety allotment to initiate the planning phase of this project. After meeting Maurice’s mother, I got a better sense of the great person Maurice was and how he has touched the life of so many in our community. May he rest in peace and may the work at the intersection always remind us to that one life lost in a traffic fatality is one too many.
  3. Pedestrian Safety on Snell Avenue near Santa Teresa High School / : $90,000: Councilmember Khamis and I secured this funding to design and construct a pedestrian fence on Snell Avenue, south of Santa Teresa Boulevard, to encourage student pedestrians to cross the road safely where there are signalized and marked crosswalks. This encourage the adults who drop-off our children to follow the rules of the road for the safety of everyone.
  4. Oak Grove School District-Closing the Digital Divide / up to $74,000: Our digital divide undermines the ability of our youth to continue their learning and engage in distance learning during the COVID-19 health crisis. Four Title 1 schools in the Oak Grove School District (OGSD)––Christopher Elementary, Stipe Elementary, Edenvale Elementary, and Davis Intermediate––are in need of laptops to support their students. I will co-host a computer drive for OGSD students with the Mayor’s Office with the excellent collaboration of Tech Exchange. The purchase of any remaining laptops needed will be funded by up to $74,000 from the CRF allocation for “Digital Inclusion” if the federal rules allow for a direct allocation to a non-City jurisdiction. Alternatively, the City Manager shall utilize up to that amount of the more than $1 million from the Digital Inclusion Partnership. I extend a deep thank you to OGSD Superintendent Jose Manzo for his continued collaboration on this and many projects. 
  5. Monterey Corridor Gateway Revitalization / up to $100,000: The Monterey Corridor’s diverse business community includes an array of retail, light industrial and manufacturing employers. In 2019, Council adopted budget direction to establish the Monterey Corridor Working Group to revitalize this important resource and develop a common understanding of the issues and opportunities, and to create a strategy for future action. Councilmember Maya Esparza and I secured one-time funds of up to $100,000 from the Essential Services Reserve to establish contractual services focused on building out a formal business organization; creating and executing outreach strategies; addressing vacant and blighted spaces; accessing technical services to support local small businesses; and fostering connections to workforce development services.

Prioritizing an Office of Racial Equity

A big win from this year’s budget is the creation of an Office of Racial Equity.

Last year during the City’s budget process, I alongside Councilmembers Peralez, Esparza, Carrasco, and Arenas put forward an Equity proposal for our City to explore an equity framework to resolve issues of systemic racism and inequity within our city services. Our goal was to better distribute resources to communities of higher need, but our proposal was ultimately denied. However, this year, current events and stronger social pushes allowed us to elevate and renew conversations about equity. 

Although much work has been underway within our workforce and community to confront the impacts of structural racism in our institutions, including City Hall, we have a substantial way to go. We will need full-time staff to continue to guide that effort, along with work to apply an equity screen on budgetary decisions, and to engage the community to meaningfully participate in internal change. 

The San J osé City Council unanimously committed $1,000,000 for the creation of the Office of Racial Equity, with opportunities to explore additional funds. 

The City Manager’s Office (CMO) will head this Office of Racial Equity. It will come back to the Council and the public with a plan and budget to fully staff and operate this Office starting 2020. The CMO will sustain this work and establish a means to enable every City of San José employee to undergo implicit-bias awareness training to improve service delivery to our diverse community. 

Reimagined Police Funding

Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. These are just a few of the names of the lives tragically and unjustly lost at the hands of law enforcement. Their humanity and lives, however, are not lost in vain, as we now reach deep into our Country’s dark history and begin to grapple with the racism and inequality that is embedded in our nation’s fabric and Criminal Justice system. It is evident that we must reimagine our San José Police Department and create a system that brings safety to all community members while serving the public.  

I am also deeply troubled by the recent disclosures that some current and former police officers have been found to be perpetuating ignorant views about our resident from certain areas of San José and our Muslim brothers and sisters. This has no place in our society and certainly no place in our City’s police department. 

It is undeniable that years of systemic oppression as well as recent events of police brutality highlight the injustice and discrimination that must be eradicated from our society. This is why Black Lives Matter . Let us continue to fight for police accountability, and let us still respect our City and our fellow community members. 

As City leaders, my colleagues and I have listened intently to each and every resident’s statement via email, phone, and public comment. To our community: let us not draw conclusions about generalizing all our public safety officers -- in the same way we cannot generalize protestors as violent or entire races as a particular stereotype.

Together, we need to work to create a society that benefits and uplifts all people. As I said in our City Council meeting, this will be a strategic step-by-step process. We can’t accomplish this alone or overnight, but we will do better.

It is not enough for City leaders to only discuss and understand how our government institutions perpetuate systemic racism and structural inequality. In order for our City and country to heal, legislation and policy must follow. For weeks, our community has done their part to show up against injustice. 

Taking my opportunity to do the same, and in an attempt to push forward progressive reforms, I am proud to have authored these policy proposals that were accepted by my City Council colleagues:

1. Approve the memorandum from Mayor Liccardo, Vice Mayor Jones, and Councilmembers Peralez, Diep, and Carrasco and the separate memo drafted by Councilmember Peralez on June 11, 2020.

2. Direct the City Manager and the San José Police Chief to adopt the following items into the San José Police Duty Manual. If any of the items below are subject to meet and confer, the City Administration is directed to begin the adoption process immediately:

a. Create a policy that establishes a minimum age at which minors can be placed in handcuffs. b. Restructure the San José Police Hiring Protocols and Standards to meet the following goals: i. An emphasis on hiring well-rounded, experienced officers that range in age, have high educational attainment, and come from diverse backgrounds and demographics. 
ii. Establish a policy within Section C 1418.5 of the Duty Manual that prohibits the practice of hiring recruits with body art that is considered racist and/or associated with hate groups.

3. Direct the City Manager and San José Police Department to engage San Jose youth in the reform process, including but not limited to already established City committees, programs, Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, and youth groups within the City’s jurisdiction.

4. Direct the City Manager and Police Chief to engage with the San José Police Officers’ Association to either join an already established database that tracks officers with histories of misconduct and use of force, or take leadership in creating one.

5. Direct the City Manager to write a letter on behalf of the Mayor and City Council directed to the Santa Clara County District Attorney Office and the County Board of Supervisors with the following requests: 

a. Consider a non-punitive approach towards resolving cases in which peaceful demonstrators from the George Floyd protests ended up detained and in police custody due to San José curfew violations.
b. Consider the creation of an Independent Investigations Bureau similar to that of San Francisco’s District Attorney’s Independent Investigations Bureau, which seeks to bolster community trust through transparency and accountability. 
c. Consider developing a restorative justice process that seeks to build trust and mutual understanding between our police and community. 
d. Acknowledge the importance of our County’s District Attorney’s Office role in responding to allegations of officer misconduct in a manner that supports public safety and builds community trust.

We are going to need sustained community advocacy. We all agree that we need change, but need to continue working together towards a solution. Let’s keep moving forward with this momentum.

In addition to the City's budget, another important discussion the Council had in June was about a ballot measure to amend the City Charter and expand the mayor's powers. Below is my statement:

After two long days of discussion, the San José City Council voted to proceed with a ballot measure that will amend the City Charter to expand the powers of the mayor. No matter how you feel about this controversial topic, you, the voters, will have the final say in the November election. 

On July 1, 2020, the City Council voted 6-5 to move forward a November 2020 ballot measure that would include: reforming campaign finance and conflict of interest provisions, increasing the mayor’s powers, granting the current mayor an additional 2 years in office, and establishing a Charter Review (“Blue Ribbon”) Commission. The City Council will continue this discussion and will refine the ballot measure language at a special council meeting on Tuesday, July 28th.

As a City leader and District 2 representative of nearly 4 years, I know many decisions must be a compromise. As I stated in the meeting, I would be in favor of giving the mayor 2 additional years in order to align future San José mayoral election years with the Presidential election years in order to ultimately increase vital voter turnout. However, the dealbreaker for me was the expansion of the mayor’s authorities as the political head of the City. I believe this enhanced power will diminish my ability to serve you. For this reason, I voted “no.”

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
With the Independence Day holiday approaching, the danger and disturbance of illegal fireworks activity has already begun. The City of San José is asking for the community’s partnership to help curb illegal fireworks activity and urges residents to report illegal fireworks online at www.sanjoseca.gov/fireworks or by calling 408-535-5600 or 311 .

Online reports will assist the City in taking enforcement actions and will also help identify problem areas. When filing an online report, it’s important to include as much detail as possible. If able to safely take a photo of fireworks being used on private property, include a copy with the online report. All reports will be reviewed and if sufficient information is provided, the City’s Code Enforcement Division will issue a warning or citation.

All fireworks, even those labeled ‘safe and sane’ are dangerous and illegal to own, sell or use in the City of San José and most of Santa Clara County. Violations for using illegal fireworks can result in fines up to $1,000 and the sale of fireworks can cost up to $50,000 plus jail time, depending on the quantity.
In 2017, the National Fire Protection Association reported U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks-related injuries. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of those injuries. Fireworks also start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires.
Please help avoid injuries and damage caused by illegal fireworks use this Fourth of July. As always, if you observe an active fire or experience a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
As an immigrant to this country, I know first hand the challenges we face and the value we bring to our society. This month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in support of DREAMers in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, protecting these bright young futures from deportation.

May all immigrants continue to thrive, contribute to, and bless our country with all they have to offer! !Adelante!

Photo on right: Young Sergio Jimenez making food in our small apartment in East San José while still undocumented.
Happy Pride Month! Throwback to June 2019, when Mayor Liccardo and City Council kicked things off by attending Pride Flag Raising Ceremony.

¡Feliz mes del Orgullo! Recordemos Junio del 2019, cuando el alcalde Liccardo y el Ayuntamiento iniciaron la celebración asistiendo a la Ceremonia de Levantamiento de la Bandera del Orgullo.

Mừng Tháng Tự Hào! (Happy Pride Month!) Nhớ về lại tháng Sáu năm 2019, khi Thị Trưởng Liccardo và Hội Đồng Thành Phố khởi động chủ đề này khi họ tham gia Nghi Lễ Nâng Cao Cờ Pride trong thành phố.


歡慶驕傲月! 回溯到2019年6月,當時李卡多市長和市議會參加了驕傲旗升旗儀式為慶祝拉開了序幕。

The City of San José celebrates the monumental decision from the Supreme Court of the United States that was passed on June 15th, 2020 that the LGBTQ+ population is now protected from workplace discrimination. This is a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community across the country. The City of San José proudly supports Silicon Valley PRIDE. This year will be Silicon Valley PRIDE’s 45th anniversary proudly raising the awareness and visibility of LGBTQ+ community members and allies in San Jose and Silicon Valley.

La Ciudad de San José celebra la decisión monumental de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos que se aprobó el 15 de Junio de 2020 de que la población LGBTQ + ahora está protegida contra la discriminación en el lugar de trabajo. Esta es una gran victoria para la comunidad LGBTQ + en todo el país. La ciudad de San José orgullosamente apoya el Orgullo de Silicon Valley. Este año será el 45 aniversario de PRIDE de Silicon Valley, que aumenta la conciencia y la visibilidad de los miembros y aliados de la comunidad LGBTQ + en San José y Silicon Valley.

Thành Phố San José ăn mừng một quyết định lớn lao của Tòa Án Tối Cao Hoa Kỳ (Supreme Court of the United States) đã ban hành vào ngày 15 tháng Sáu, 2020 đó là các người dân thuộc về nhóm LGBTQ+ (Đồng Tính, Lưỡng Tính, Chuyển Giới Tính, Queer+) bây giờ sẽ được bảo vệ trong đạo luật cấm kỳ thị ở nơi làm việc. Đây là một chiến thắng lớn lao của cộng đồng LGBTQ+ trên toàn quốc gia. Thành Phố San José hãnh diện ủng hộ tổ chức Silicon Valley PRIDE. Năm nay là kỷ niệm 45 năm thành lập Silicon Valley PRIDE, một tổ chức tự hào giúp nâng cao sự nhận thức và hiện diện của cộng đồng LGBTQ+ và những người đồng minh trong San Jose và Silicon Valley.

圣何塞市庆祝美国最高法院于2020年6月15日通过的一项具有里程碑意义的决定,该决定保护LGBTQ +人口不再受工作场所歧视。这是全国LGBTQ +社区的一项重大胜利。圣荷西市自豪地支持矽谷PRIDE。今年将是矽谷PRIDE成立45周年来荣耀地持续提升LGBTQ +社区成员和盟友在圣荷西和矽谷的知名度和能见度。

聖荷西市慶祝美國最高法院於2020年6月15日通過的一項具有里程碑意義的決定,該決定保護LGBTQ +人口不再受工作場所歧視。 這是全國LGBTQ +社區的一項重大勝利。 聖荷西市自豪地支持矽谷PRIDE。 今年將是矽谷PRIDE成立45週年來榮耀地持續提升LGBTQ +社區成員和盟友在聖荷西和矽谷的知名度和能見度。
This is what community meetings look like for me right now. This photo was taken from my Monday, June 22 District 2 Office Hours. We're not sure how much longer virtual meetings will be the new normal, but my team and I are embracing this unique way that technology allows us to stay connected with our residents.

Thank you to all community members who have joined my Office Hours these past few months to share concerns, suggestions, and conversations about how we can collectively make our neighborhood a better place.
Let's welcome our newest District 2 N.A: South Basking Ridge Neighborhood Association!

South Basking Ridge Neighborhood Association (SBRNA) boundaries and contact information can be found by clicking the light yellow area on the bottom right of our District 2 Neighborhood Association map .

Learn more about SBRNA at southbrna.com :
As the emerging voice for the South Basking Ridge neighborhood, our aim is to work together to build a neighborhood that encompasses the four C’s of Consistency, Care, Compassion, and Community.

Defining South BRNA
The South Basking Ridge Neighborhood Association (BRNA) fits within the boundaries of Wildhorse Court to the north, Metcalfe Road to the south, and Highway 101/Basking Ridge Avenue to the west. Within those boundaries are over 220 houses, and nearby, scenic Coyote Creek trails, and Parkway Lakes. Many other conveniences are within a few miles including a local shopping mall, dental and post office, gym and restaurants, and Santa Teresa County Park. Rita Ledesma Elementary School is located north of the Neighborhood.

Our Values
The definition of bask in “Basking Ridge” is “to lie or relax in a pleasant warmth or atmosphere”. We, as the emerging South Basking Ridge Neighborhood Association believe that by partnering with all District 2 residents and the city of San José, we can create that type of pleasant warmth, in a family-friendly environment. This warmth can protect our children, create community and a sense of friendship that can lead to a multi-cultural mosaic of a larger, extended family at South Basking Ridge Neighborhood.

Your Participation Matters
In order to continue providing a voice for the SBRNA, we urge our neighbors to join us by participating in Board Meetings and Community Events. The South BRNA Board is composed of members from all different backgrounds, industries, and beliefs. We are a united and all-inclusive neighborhood association; regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or other areas of personal interest. We encourage you at this time to find ways of taking positive action for compassion, equality, justice, and safety.

Contact SBRNA Board Members on the SBRNA website or below: 
Jennifer Han,  hanjennifer888@gmail.com
Eric Han,  erichan02@gmail.com
Anita Lee,  eenachoe@yahoo.com
Manny Singh,  mannythiara@gmail.com  

Get involved: District 2 Neighborhood Associations

Neighborhood Associations (N.A.s) are established groups of community members who meet and collaborate to work towards common goals such as: beautification/clean-up efforts, safety enhancements, improvement projects, informational town halls, and social events. N.A.s serve as a connection between the community and City Hall. The District 2 Office is 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 Neighborhood Associations 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!
Congratulations to our new City of San José Planning Commissioner from District 2, Deborah Torrens!

Deborah Torrens, a self-employed pre-school teacher and former President of Blossom Valley Neighborhood Association, continues her dedication and passion to bettering her community as one of our City's newly appointed Planning Commissioners.

Deborah grew up in South San José's District 2 -- she attended Miner Elementary School, Bernal Intermediate School, and Oak Grove Oak Grove High School. She went on to study Elementary Education at BYU. After graduation, she taught in several public schools including two years in Japan on an American Navy base. Deborah is the mother of four and loves to run, hike, and make music with her band, Charity Case (she's the drummer). 

As a Planning Commissioner, Deborah hopes to bring positivity and the perspective of our unique District 2 which spans many socio-economic levels and is home to a variety of amazing people. She believes that as decision makers follow the General Plan (Envision 2040) with an emphasis on creating equity and better neighborhoods for all, we will be prepared to welcome many more residents and jobs to San José and design a city that is even more world class, resilient, and welcoming for current and future residents. 
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

Southside: Join us on Friday, July 10 at 2:00pm
to learn about walking safely in San José .

To join on your computer, download Zoom at
zoom.us/download then click or type in the link above.

To join on your phone dial 1-669-900-6833
And enter Meeting ID: 860-7508-4637#

Nikita Sinha
Walk San Jose Program Manager

Cordell Bailey
City of San Jose
(408) 315-0649
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 w ould like to guide you to the City's website for facts and information about emergency interim housing in District 2:

Emergency Interim Housing in South San José

The City Council has approved construction of an emergency interim housing community at the intersection of Monterey Road and Bernal Road. The City Council has also directed staff to develop plans for emergency interim housing on Rue Ferrari near Highway 101.

An online public meeting was held on April 27, 2020, to provide more information about this emergency interim housing.  Here is the staff presentation from that meeting .

Here are  frequently asked questions  about emergency interim housing in south San José.

This summer the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is serving more than 400 children, ages 5 to 12, through in-person summer camps at 23 locations throughout the City of San José.  
The first session of camps is already underway, June 15 through July 10, and the second session is coming up July 13 through August 7. Registration for the second session of San José Strong and Happy Hollow Park & Zoo camps is currently open until Saturday, July 11, and residents are encouraged to apply for scholarships as they still remain available. 
All scholarship applicants must sign up in-person at a community center. For more information about Camp SJ Strong program offerings and scholarships, visit  bit.ly/prnsreopens .   
To register for camps, parents can visit  www.sjregistration.com ,  or enroll in-person at select community centers listed in the attached flyer, available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. 
Safety is always our top priority, and all camps are run in accordance with the Santa Clara County Public Health orders and guidance. Camps are limited to 12 participants, face coverings are required, and health screenings are performed daily. Learn more about camp health protocols and safety measures at  bit.ly/CampSanJoseStrong-FAQ
We look forward to our second session of camps, and continuing to provide safe, inclusive, and active summer experiences for youth and children here in San José.  
You, as a Santa Clara County resident, are invited and encouraged to share your experiences and answer questions about public safety and justice (and disparities in those systems) for the purpose of improving the quality of life for residents at three Community Conversations with Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2zIUHRq

Shared experiences and recommendations will be compiled into a report for the County’s Public Safety and Justice Committee and utilize that report as a tool for equitable and thoughtful decision making.
The report will be presented at the August 6, 2020 committee meeting.

This report will offer a community-generated platform to share with the Public Safety and Justice Committee and the Board of Supervisors an image of the kind of just, equitable communities they seek.
If you are not able to join the Community Conversations, you are encouraged to share your recommendations and personal experiences by sending an email to Supervisor.Ellenberg@bos.sccgov.org with the subject line "Community Conversation."

Thank you in advance for joining in the conversation.

The Public Safety and Justice Committee is responsible for oversight of the criminal justice system. This committee reviews budget recommendations relating to the Criminal justice departments including the Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Office of the Sheriff, Probation Department, Department of Correction, Pretrial Services, and the Medical Examiner-Coroner. Supervisor Ellenberg is the Chair of this Committee.
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
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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!
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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

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.

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 José , 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 City Council has extended a temporary moratorium on residential evictions in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The moratorium is now in place through August 31, 2020.

Keeping people housed is critical at a time when staying home can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Health experts warn that forcing people to move, and potentially forcing them to be unhoused, during the pandemic, could put lives at risk. We want everyone to focus on their safety and well-being, regardless of their financial situation, during this emergency.

The moratorium stops evictions for nonpayment of rent when tenants have lost some or all of their income due to COVID-19 and applies to all residential properties in San José. Affected tenants have seven days to notify their landlords that their incomes have been impacted by COVID-19. Retaliation against tenants who invoke their rights under the eviction moratorium is prohibited.

At least 50% of any unpaid rent accrued during this time must be paid back six months after the moratorium expires; the remainder must be paid back within 12 months after the moratorium expires. However, tenants and landlords may negotiate their own repayment plans. Landlords must provide tenants with written notice of tenant rights under the eviction moratorium before the tenants sign a voluntary repayment plan.

If any landlord or tenant would like more information about the eviction moratorium or about tenant rights, please visit www.sanjoseca.gov/evictionmoratorium or contact the City’s Housing Department at 408-975-4480 or RSP@sanjoseca.gov.

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
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 
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 .

NEW from SJPL: contactless service, SJPL Express Pickup + kicking-off the annual Summer Food Program with FREE grab and go meals (for ages 2-18).

SJPL Express Pickup is a contactless service that allows library members to place requests and borrow physical items from the library’s catalog – something they had not been able to do since SJPL’s last day of operations on March 16, due to the current pandemic.

To ensure the well-being of library staff and customers, SJPL Express Pickup is an outdoor service that requires the practice of social distancing. In addition, all library materials are being quarantined for three days before being released to the public.

SJPL Express Pickup will be available Monday-Saturday from 1-6 p.m. at several SJPL locations. For more information, visit: sjpl.org/ExpressPickup

Also, select SJPL locations, including the Edenvale Branch Library, kicked-off its annual Free
Summer Food Program by handing out grab and go meals and activities to children and teens (ages 2-18).

The Summer Food Program runs from Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. until August 7th. For details, visit: sjpl.org/SummerFood
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

Our Parking and Traffic Control Officers (PTCOs) have resumed patrolling throughout San José in June, for the first time since early March. PTCOs will identify non-operational vehicles and leave a warning for owners to get them off the street. We are phasing in our parking compliance slowly and thoughtfully, remaining sensitive to the community’s economic concerns as well as public health order protocols around social distancing. PTCOs are not writing tickets at this time, but in order to address potential health and safety concerns, we have begun towing non-operational vehicles.

Nuestros oficiales de control de tráfico y estacionamiento (PTCO) reanudarán las patrullas en todo San José hoy, por primera vez desde principios de Marzo. Los PTCO identificarán los vehículos no operativos y dejarán una advertencia a los propietarios para que los saquen de la calle. Estamos implementando gradualmente nuestro cumplimiento de estacionamiento lenta y cuidadosamente, siendo sensibles a las preocupaciones económicas de la comunidad, así como a los protocolos de orden de salud pública en torno al distanciamiento social. Los PTCO no están dando multas en este momento, pero para abordar posibles problemas de salud y seguridad, comenzaremos a remolcar vehículos no operativos el próximo Lunes 15 de junio.

Nhân Viên Kiểm Soát Đậu Xe và Kiểm Soát Giao Thông (PTCO) của chúng tôi sẽ tiếp tục tuần tra khắp San Jose bắt đầu hôm nay, ngày đầu tiên trở lại kể từ đầu tháng ba. PTCO sẽ xác định các phương tiện không di chuyển và để lại cảnh báo cho chủ sở hữu để dời đi chỗ khác. Chúng tôi đang dần tiến hành việc kiểm soát đậu xe một cách chậm rãi và thận trọng, vẫn thông cảm với các mối quan tâm kinh tế của cộng đồng cũng như các quy lệnh của sở ý tế cộng công về việc giữ khoảng cách. Nhân viên không biên phạt vào thời điểm này, nhưng để giải quyết các rủi ro về an toàn và sức khỏe, chúng tôi sẽ bắt đầu kéo các phương tiện không di chuyển vào Thứ Hai tuần sau, ngày 15 tháng 6.
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
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

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