JULY 2017

At D2's 1st Annual SummerFest, your elected officials (and great sports!) took a quick dip in the dunk tankCouncilmember Sergio Jimenez, Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Councilmember Johnny Khamis and Assemblymember Ash Kalra hope you had as much fun as they did!

And in case you missed it in person, this is how Councilmember Jimenez's first dunk went down. He anticipated the worst, but was all smiles by the end!
Dear neighbors,

Happy Summer! Children are out of school and the days are getting warmer and longer. During this time of year, the City becomes vibrant with festivals, outdoor activities and neighborhood events! Please take part in all our city has to offer and stay safe during 4th of July celebrations! 

Our office is taking this summer break to reflect on what we have been able to accomplish and to evaluate our goals and aspirations for the months ahead. We consistently strive to get better so please know that we are just starting to hit our stride! Should you have concerns during the month of July, our staff remains committed to assisting you in any way we can.   

Please enjoy this newsletter filled with good times, important information, and both District and City achievements that would not have been possible without active community members like you.

Have a wonderful summer! I look forward to seeing you and your family at events around our lively City.

In community,

Sergio Jimenez


D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments

Families, community leaders, local organizations, public safety officers and more kick off summer fun at D2's 1st Annual SummerFest!

It was a joy to see almost 200 neighbors of all ages come together on a beautiful day to learn about community resources, play games, enjoy entertainment and share laughs. Our 1st Annual SummerFest at Southside Community Center engaged local organizations and businesses as well as residents to promote a safe, fun summer. Attendees embraced the chance to receive endless giveaways, sit inside a fire truck, meet local mascots and leaders, participate in laughter yoga, get a lung screening test, have their face painted, make jewelry, play bean bag toss, try snack samples, embark on a resource table scavenger hunt, win prizes and much more! The highlight of many people's day was dunking their elected officials (or watching them get dunked) in our dunk tank!

We want to thank all our vendors as well as other partners who made this event successful: Southside Community Center, the San José Fire Department, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Councilmember Johnny Khamis, JustMixEat, Tchuvis, Folklorico National de Mexico, Gigante, A Rental Center, Kaiser Permanente and Vitality Bowls. View our full photo gallery and get a glimpse into more of the excitement on Councilmember Jimenez’s Facebook page!

Walking A Mile In Her Shoes to help end violence

Who wore it best? As great as your Councilmembers and staff looked strutting down Santana Row, they were there for a bigger cause, of course. They put on heels to join a mission to end violence against women, children and families. Together, with about 500 brave men of Silicon Valley, they raised funds, awareness and eyebrows to empower survivors of violence and provide life-changing services offered by YWCA Silicon Valley. The Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event raised more than $150,000! You, too, can learn more, get help, give help or get involved.

"Monday Night Live" jokes excite hysterical crowd

Your very own councilmember took the stage along with a number of San José elected officials in a rowdy political variety show, "Monday Night Live." The theme of the show revealed a tongue-in-cheek look at the current state of political affairs and showcased the hidden talents of your representatives at City Hall. The show, full of jokes, jabs and references to local headlines, pumped up the audience and benefited the San José Stage Company.

Churches and others may provide shelter for homeless year-round

Creating a permanent ordinance for year-round incidental shelter is the right thing to do as a San José community. Councilmember Jimenez is proud that his colleagues agree and unanimously approved his memorandum at the June 27 City Council meeting. Places of worship and non-religious assemblies may now houseless individuals, especially vulnerable women and families year-round.

Google eyes San José properties for expansive campus and R&D space

On June 20, Council voted to negotiate exclusively with Google for the sale and development of several properties in the Diridon Station area, near Downtown San José. Although we are very early in the process, Google is proposing to build 6 to 8 million square feet of office, research and development space. Given the magnitude of the proposal and the impact it will have on the City, Councilmember Jimenez prepared a memo suggesting several guiding principles to promote the City’s goals and interests during the negotiation process. The memo suggestions also enhanced the community engagement process to ensure that the voices of all residents and stakeholders are heard. Although Council did accept all suggestions in the memo, Councilmember Jimenez will continue to advocate for these guiding principles as the City works with Google on this transformative development proposal.

Taking a bold stand on establishing criteria for City to make socially responsible investments

In spring 2017, Councilmember Jimenez took a bold stand in advocating for our City to make socially responsible investments. At the last meeting of the fiscal year, Council unanimously approved the adoption of socially responsible criteria in the upcoming Request for Proposals for the City’s Banking Services. This means that banking institutions that will be scored based on their commitment to corporate citizenship and practices which promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, diversity, and participation in activities such as charitable programs and scholarships. Read the Councilmember's memoranda for 1. Expansion of City of San Jose's Investment Policy, Social Responsibility Clause from March 3, 2. Banking Services RFP Process from March 7 and 3. Banking Services RFP from June 23. 

Southside Substation brings larger SJPD presence to San José and D2

Along with other city leaders, Councilmember Jimenez hosted the launch of Police Academy 30 and welcomed 54 officer recruits at the Southside Substation in our very own District 2! What a fantastic start to the activation of our Substation. Councilmember Jimenez continues to have discussions with all stakeholders about how police can serve D2 residents and the City of San José through our South Substation. Congratulations to the largest police academy class in a decade!

Celebrating the preservation of 30 acres of open space in Coyote Valley

As a longtime advocate for the preservation of open space and protection of Coyote Valley’s natural habitat, Councilmember Jimenez is thrilled that land previously under review for the development of a warehouse distribution center will now be forever protected. This purchase by the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is a victory for environmentalists and all who care about the future of our water quality, natural habitats and wildlife. Preserving Coyote Valley is essential to the quality of life in San José.  Learn more about this essential open space buffer that rare species and others depend on.

Neighborhood volunteers help make much-needed D2 Dumpster Days possible for hundreds of grateful residents

Bringing a community together takes purposeful effort by individuals who humbly and generously serve their neighbors. These radiant volunteer leaders (and others not pictured) made Dumpster Day possible at Roundtable, Great Oaks, Hellyer-Christopher, Oak Grove, Santa Teresa and Basking Ridge neighborhoods! Thank you for your time, dedication and positive attitude. Because of you, hundreds of residents were able to do their part in cleaning and beautifying D2!

Ballot processing begins for D2 PB Round 2, results to be announced in August

Voting in-person and online has officially ended! Residents and neighbors, thank you for participating in District 2's Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting Round 2. Please expect results for PB Round 2 to be announced mid-August 2017 through our website and social media outlets, which include Nextdoor, Facebook and the Los Paseos Neighborhood Association. To learn more about the PB Round 2 projects and rules, please visit bit.ly/D2PBROUND2. If you have any questions, please contact Maribel Villarreal at (408) 535-4923 or Vanessa Sandoval at (408) 535-4925.
A Look at More Community Stories
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Family-friendly 4th of July events

Along the Alameda
Join the community celebration of fun and patriotism. You can even decorate bikes, wagons and trikes. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and the festival will run from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

6099 Winfield Blvd. 
San José, CA 95120 
Here, people of all ages and backgrounds have a safe place to celebrate Independence Day. This patriotic, fun-filled event where no alcohol is served or allowed is a great way to celebrate. 

180 Woz Way 
San José, CA 95110
Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. The free Symphony Summer Pops music begins at 5:30 p.m. This event promotes safe fireworks in our community. [Photo: Rotary Fireworks]

588 E Alma Ave.
San José, CA 95112 
The San José Giants Independence Day Celebration will take place at Municipal Stadium. Visit the San José Giants website for more information and to purchase tickets.  
Saturday, July 1 
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds - 344 Tully Road, San José, CA 95111  
This is a fresh spin on the festival experience where you can shop, play games, win prizes, eat amazing food, learn, make memories and experience tales -- but do it all cruelty free.

Coyote Creek Cleanup
8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Locations: Watson Park and TBD
Help keep Coyote Creek beautiful! Join members of your communty for a trash cleanup along Coyote Creek. Meeting locations: Watson Park on  Saturday, July 8  and TBD on  Saturday, July 22.

Tuesday, July 11
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Southside Community Center - 5585 Cottle Road, San José, CA 95123
SJPD's Crime Prevention Unit and SCC's District Attorney Community  Prosecution Unit are presenting information about burglary trends in San José, how to prevent residential crimes and more. 

Saturday, September 2 ( and additional dates here
2:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.  ( and additional times here )
Edenvale Branch Library - 101 Branham Lane, San José, CA 95111 (and additional locations here)
Take the hassle and worry out of applying for citizenship: let IRC's experienced staff handle all the paperwork, forms, and follow-up. Just reserve your spot online, or text/call (408) 658-9206. 

Celebrate National Night Out on 8/1: Register by 7/21! 

Your neighborhood is invited to join millions of neighborhoods around the U.S. for National Night Out on Tuesday evening, August 1, 2017 .

Register your neighborhood and start planning for this year’s NNO today! The deadline to register is July 21, 2017. 

NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It is is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San José Police Department. 
National Night Out is designed to:
Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Registration is free and gives police and other city representatives an opportunity to attend local events as time and circumstances permit. National Night Out is for everyone!  

For the application form, additional ideas or questions, contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit (408) 277-4133 and online at SJPD.ORG.
For Your Information

Make this summer safe & fun for everyone

DON'T USE FIREWORKS: All fireworks are illegal in San José. They are explosives that have caused injuries, property loss from fires, lost pets and many neighborhood disturbances. They put our residents and especially our youth at risk of serious injury.

Please visit the City's website to report illegal fireworks, read about the Fireworks Ordinance, learn about stiffer penalties for illegal fireworks, and share the flyer in  EnglishSpanish and Vietnamese.

Thank you for planning to celebrate safely!

San José Minimum wage jumps to $12 in July   

Minimum wage employees who work in San José will receive $12.00/hour starting July 1, 2017, an increase over the current minimum wage of $10.50/hour. The increase reflects the phased approach unanimously passed by Council in November 2016 to reach a $15/hour by January 1, 2019. Information and resources on the San José minimum wage law, including wage posters, frequently asked questions, and how to file a complaint, can be found at the city’s website and in this news release.

D2 Street Sealing Project construction dates   

On May 2, 2017 City Council approved the construction contract 8381 – 2017 Street Sealing Project to Graham Contractors, Inc. We would like to inform you of construction dates for the following streets:         

1.San Ignacio Ave between Bernal Rd to Endmoor Dr Construction will start on 07/03/2017 and end on 08/07/2017.

2.Great Oaks Blvd between Santa Teresa Blvd to Southern Entry of 1st Building West of HWY 85 Construction will start on 07/07/2017 and end on 08/14/2017.

7 days prior to construction the contractor will place message signs informing motorists of the future project and to expect delays. The contractor will provide residents, business, and schools two written notifications. The first notification will be mailed at least 7 days prior to the start of work. The second notification will be hand delivered by the contractor 48 hours before constructions. Tow-Away permits will be posted along the corridors. Graham Contractors, Inc. will coordinate this operation with the City of San José parking compliance. During construction, the contractor will maintain proper traffic control allowing traffic to move in at least one lane in either direction.

Immigrant rights and information

Everyone living in the U.S. has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution. Undocumented immigrants have these rights, too. 

If you find you have to deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other law enforcement officers at home, on the street, or anywhere else, remember that you have these rights and learn how to assert and protect them:

Resources in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Korean
Immigration Legal Services referral sheet

Family preparedness plan in English and Spanish

Spotlighting the Community
D2 Local Business of the Month: A Rental Center

Since 1977,  A Rental Center has been providing party rentals and equipment for all types of events. It was a pleasure for our office to work with them. The folks on Cottle Road provided friendly service and generously delivered and set up our dunk tank at SummerFest! Thank you for contributing to D2 community engagement. 

Do you or someone you know own a business that influences the D2 community? Please share a little bit about the business with us by emailing District2@sanjoseca.gov.

Sergio's Office Hours  

Come meet your councilmember and have a conversation!

Saturday, July 1
Edenvale Library, Study Room B
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Office Hours will resume Saturday, August 5 at:
Edenvale Library, Study Room B
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
City Resources

Homeless Concerns
(408) 975-1440 

(408) 535-7770

Abandoned Vehicles  
(408) 277-5305

(408) 534-2900

Park Concerns  
(408) 793-5510 

(866) 249-0543 

Illegal Dumping 
(408) 794-1900 

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
San José District 2 |  Office of Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
(408) 535-4902  |  District2@sanjoseca.gov | sanjoseca.gov/district2