JUNE 2017

Get this peaceful view: Take a hike by Santa Teresa County Park!
Dear neighbors,

Happy June! As a father of three, I know that this time of year is filled with excitement for our children as they dive into that long awaited summer vacation. In this spirit, I invite you and your family to join us as we kick-off summer at our 1st Annual SummerFest at Southside Community Center this Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.!

Spend the day outdoors with family-friendly activities, giveaways, health related resources from more than 25 local organizations, food trucks and a performance by Folklórico. Also, meet Gigante and local public safety officers. Of course, you will not want to miss the opportunity to dunk Assemblymember Ash Kalra, County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis and yours truly!

Back to business: Budget season is on the verge of wrapping up and we are actively working with City departments and the Mayor’s Office to bring much needed resources to District 2. We are happy to announce that we will be bringing the open streets model to our district in hopes of activating and engaging the community like never before. Securing more funding for our parks is also something that our office has been heavily engaged in. I expect that funding for park maintenance is slated to get a decent size appropriation in this year’s budget. Similarly, we have been working to secure more funding for the RLEI (Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative) program as we know the value it brings to our community. 

Over the course of the last few months, my team has also been working diligently on community-wide issues such as blight in our neighborhoods. The ever popular Dumpster Day has taken place around the community. We are still working on several additional events for those neighbors that have yet to host one.

Lastly, we know transportation concerns impact all our lives. I am happy to report that after lengthy discussions with the High Speed Rail Authority, they are slowing down their timeline and allowing more community participation through their community working groups. I believe the additional time will allow residents and City staff to study alternatives to what has been proposed thus far. I feel confident that the project will finally take shape in a way that meets our community’s needs and desires. You may also have noticed some pavement repairs taking place. The passage of Senate Bill 1 earlier this year will guarantee approximately $17.5 million annually for City roads. Also, the passage of County Measure B will allocate approximately $19.4 million annually for San José. Suffice it to say that in time, we will all notice improvements to the conditions of our roads!

As always, please let my office know how we can help and please stay engaged in our community. Together, let's continue making our slice of San José a wonderful place to live.

In community,

Sergio Jimenez


D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments

‘JUST CAUSE’ Urgency Ordinance gives residents housing stability

A key factor in addressing the City’s housing crisis is guaranteeing that renters have stability in their rental units.

Last month, the City Council passed a Tenant Protection Ordinance that included “Just Cause” eviction protections for all renters. This measure will prohibit arbitrary evictions by landlords who want to raise the rent. These new protections took effect on May 9, 2017 through an urgency ordinance. 

This is an important step to ensure that San José is a place where everyone can belong and feel a sense of security.

Click on the picture or visit the City's website for more information. 

Councilmember Jimenez's District 2 Budget Priority Requests 

Every year, each Council District submits funding requests for programs and capital improvements as the City assembles a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Here are some of Councilmember Jimenez’s priority requests for Fiscal Year 2017-2018:

D2 Open Streets The successful citywide Viva Calle San José event invites residents to explore their neighborhood and local businesses in a safe, fun and family-friendly way. It encourages the use of active transportation and healthy living, and has a goal of giving residents an opportunity to rethink our streets as public space. Councilmember Jimenez requested additional funding to expand this program and initiate a District 2 Open Streets program modeled after the citywide event.

D2 Viva Parks / Park Activation Viva Parks provides programming and park activation to reduce gang activity and vandalism. This program creates momentum for neighborhoods to reclaim their parks. Councilmember Jimenez requested funding to benefit parks in District 2.

D2 Project Hope This proposal would coordinate a broad range of City services to reduce gang activity and neighborhood blight. It would fund a Community Coordinator position and a Community Activity Worker position to address community needs and concerns, focusing on the Roundtable/Great Oaks neighborhood area.

Edenvale Community Center Extended Hours To enhance neighborhood safety and meet the increasing demand for recreational activities, Councilmember Jimenez requested funding to provide additional programming and expand operating hours at the Edenvale Community Center.

Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative (RLEI) RLEI is a successful program that engages neighbors and landlords to resolve disputes, including security issues, code violations and safety concerns. This funding request would allow RLEI to expand its caseload.

Bringing Everyone's Strengths Together (B.E.S.T) and Safe Summer Initiative Grant (SSIG) The B.E.S.T and SSIG programs serve high-risk and gang-involved youth and their families. B.E.S.T. provides a coordinated continuum of prevention, intervention and suppression resources. SSIG enhances recreational and educational opportunities during the summer months, ensuring a safe environment that keeps participants active and engaged. Councilmember Jimenez requested a modest cost of living increase to help sustain these programs. 

We are excited many of our budget requests were approved. View the Mayor's June Budget Message.

Beautify SJ gives residents the chance to re-imagine our city

Mayor Sam Liccardo launched #BeautifySJ in his 2017 State of the City speech to rally residents to reclaim their public spaces and empower the community to aesthetically demonstrate their pride in our city. To sign up, join this program, apply for grant funding (for park clean ups, dumpster days and more), and learn about volunteer activities, visit beautifysj.org.

OGHS wins $1,000 for GALPU success

Congratulations to D2's Oak Grove High School! They had one of the City's largest student volunteer turnout for the Great American Litter Pickup on April 22 and received a $1,000 grant from the Mayor, which the D2 office was happy to match. Thank you again for coming together on Earth Day 2017 to clean our neighborhoods and #BeautifySJ! 

Council rejects mobilehome park closure policy

On May 16, the City Council passed a motion to decline the staff recommendation to enact a Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance. Council has also directed staff to research and recommend possible amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Code, as well as other policy proposals that could further the protection of mobilehome parks in San José.  

Current Goals, Policies, and Actions in the General Plan, as well as provisions in the Zoning Code, offer some level of protection to existing mobilehome parks from conversion to other uses. Council now seeks to strengthen the City's policies and regulations for the preservation of an adequate supply of mobilehomes as housing that can be affordable to residents in the City, taking into consideration that such housing is not subsidized deed-restricted affordable housing.

[Pictured: Mobilehome park advocates at the City Council meeting]

SJPL's summer program feeds kids and fuels success

EATING & READING (Two of the best things in life, right kids?): That's what San José Public Library is bringing to District 2's Edenvale Branch Library, the latest location for their Free Summer Food Program! It aims to engage 20,000 local children by providing them with books, fun activities and healthy meals to keep their bodies and minds active.

Councilmember Jimenez was happy to be part of the program's launch along with Mayor Sam Liccardo, City Librarian Jill Bourne, the San José Giants, (other programs) and of course, many excited kids!

D2 Participatory Budgeting Round 2

Voting for the D2 Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting Round 2 is underway. If you live within the areas south of Bernal, north of Bailey, east of the Santa Teresa Foothills and west of Highway 101, we highly encourage you to participate in our PB process and improve our community through your vote!

You may visit our Participatory Budgeting website to find complete PB information and vote for your favorite projects online from June 3, 2017 to June 24, 2017.

A Look at More Community Stories
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
You, family and friends are invited to spend the day outdoors with us at our 1st ANNUAL
D2 Dumpster Day: Roundtable, Great Oaks, Hellyer-Christopher Neighborhoods 
Saturday, June 17
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location to be announced
This Dumpster Day will be for residents in the Roundtable, Great Oaks and Hellyer-Christopher Neighborhoods. Please visit our District 2 Community Calendar and Nextdoor for updates.

D2 Dumpster Day: Oak Grove, Santa Teresa, Basking Ridge Neighborhoods  
Saturday, June 24
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location to be announced
This Dumpster Day will be for residents in the Oak Grove, Santa Teresa and Basking Ridge Neighborhoods. Please visit our  District 2 Community Calendar and  Nextdoor for updates.
For Your Information

D2 pavement maintenance   

On May 2, City Council approved the construction contract 8381 – 2017 Street Sealing Project to Graham Contractors, Inc. This project was on the Council Agenda as Item 6.1. We would like to inform you of the construction dates for the following streets: 

  1. Curie Dr. between Snell Ave. to San Ignacio Ave. Construction will start on 06/06/2017 and end on 07/05/2017.

  2. Santa Teresa Blvd. between Cottle Rd. to San Ignacio Ave. Construction will start on 06/06/2017 and end on 07/05/2017.

  3. Hayes Ave. between Lean Ave to East End. Construction will start on 06/13/2017 and end on 07/11/2017. 

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.

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.

GET YOUR BLOCK PARTY PERMIT FEE WAIVED: For the first 50 applicants, the City of San José is waiving the $175 permit fee for block parties scheduled July 1-4, 2017. You must apply by June 18 I sjpd.org/StreetClosureForm I 408.277.4452

Thank you for planning to celebrate safely!

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

Join Our City Forest's AmeriCorps team

Would you like to be a force for real, positive change in your community? Would you like to see your efforts grow to benefit generations to come? Join Our City Forest’s AmeriCorps team! 

Help make Silicon Valley a greener, healthier place to live, work and play. Service members earn a living stipend while serving and receive an education award upon completion of the term. Dare to do something extraordinary! 

Learn more and apply online: ourcityforest.org/americorps

Vietnamese and Spanish speakers highly encouraged to apply.

Street Captains needed in the Cottle-to-Lean neighborhood

The Cottle-to-Lean Neighborhood Association is in need of several Street Captains to help maintain vital two-way communications between neighborhood participants and association leadership. Being a Street Captain is a fun, rewarding and easy job with minimal time investment. The N.A. needs a volunteer captain for each of the following streets: Omira Drive, Manton Drive, Beegum Way, Belden Drive, Lean Avenue, Chris Drive and Falon Way. For more information, contact Street Captain Coordinator Steven Spivak on (408) 590-5901 or sgsmail@comcast.net.

Spotlighting the Community
  D2 Artist of the Month
   Chloe C.

"When creating art, one of my favorite subjects is strong female characters. The astronaut in this piece wasn't inspired by any specific woman, but I wanted to portray a woman in a position many look up to. I wanted to give the impression of a strong, capable woman traveling all over, [a woman who is] admired and respected by many. Instead of showing a single event, I gave the digital painting a dreamlike quality to hint at a narrative." - Artist Chloe C., Santa Teresa High School

We want to showcase and appreciate the talent of D2 high school students, who are the future of our community. If you would like a chance to have your artwork featured along the 18th floor of City Hall hallway where the Mayor, Councilmembers, and hundreds of community members and leaders walk through each month, please send a photo of your piece to  District2@sanjoseca.gov.

D2 Local Business of the Month: Scarnecchia Real Estate Service

Vito Scarnecchia heads Scarnecchia Real Estate Service, a family-owned business. This local family and Adopt-A-Park sponsor for La Colina Park believes volunteering and outreach improve the overall value of our community. These grassroots efforts are the foundation of Scarnecchia Real Estate Service’s mission statement. They believe in pass through savings while personalizing many of the high-end services like International listing syndication, professional photography, staging and more. 

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.

More Community Events
Friday, June 9
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
San José City Hall - 200 E. Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95113
All San José high schoolers are invited to this free conference to understand how our differences help us build a community. For more information, please contact Youth Outreach Specialist Betty Ramirez.

Saturday, June 17 - Sunday, June 18 
12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Plaza de Cesar Chavez - 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San José, CA 95113
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This festival features food, art work, retailers, community services and local business. 

Wednesday, June 21
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Citywide locations
Make Music Day is a free, outdoor day of music open to anyone, from sunrise to sunset.  It aims to bring people together in their neighborhoods to create their own musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion. 

Thursdays: June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Happy Hollow Zoo - 1300 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112
Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world  in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again!

Saturday, July 8
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Reid-Hillview Airport - 2500 Cunningham Ave., San José, CA 95148
This family event combines airplanes, military equipment, cars and robotics along with an emphasis on the STEAM related education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, Arts & Mathematics).

For more information, please enlarge and click on the photos below or contact (408) 629-3336. 
Sergio's Office Hours  

Come meet your councilmember to ask questions, share concerns or simply have a conversation. 

Together, let's make District 2 an even better place to live, work and play.

Edenvale Library, Study Room B
First Saturday of every month
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Santa Teresa Library, Study Room A
Last Saturday of every month
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