MAY 2017

The picture-perfect view from our District 2 Coyote Ridge Community Hike
Dear neighbors,

Greetings! As summer fast approaches and children begin to wrap up their school year, at City Hall we are just beginning conversations about the City budget. As with most budgets, there are challenges and opportunities. It is my belief that budgets are not accounting documents, but rather a statement of values. 

This is our office’s first budget season, and we are working hard to ensure our residents' needs and desires reverberate throughout the process. Broadly speaking, we’ll be fighting to bring more money to our parks as well as evaluating opportunities to increase public safety and community engagement. 

Recently, there has been significant publicity about me and my colleagues passing "Just Cause" eviction policies. "Just Cause" is a concept that is critical to providing stability for renters throughout the City. Stated simply, it puts tenants on equal footing with landlords because moving forward, landlords must provide a reason for deciding to evict a tenant. Prior to this change, landlords were able to arbitrarily evict tenants for “no cause.” Most landlords do right by their tenants, but there are many who have taken advantage of current laws to evict tenants based on a bad “hunch” or to increase rents. Our decision does not change the eviction process and in my opinion does not make it overly burdensome for landlords to evict problem tenants. Likewise, it will not increase crime and is only applicable to about 100,000 rental units across the City. In my mind, this decision was desperately needed to protect tenants.

Another action with budgetary implications is the sale of the Hayes Mansion. The sale continues to move forward and an agreement was adopted for use of the parking area. I expect this will help facilitate the sale by the end of June 2017. The sale revenue, which is more than the City owes on the property, will be enough to cover the outstanding debt and will allow us to move forward in retiring other City debt, such as the debt associated with golf courses.

Last month, I spent some time sharing my journey with students from San José State University and Bernal Intermediate School. Having children of my own, I recognize the importance of being present in our youth’s lives and giving them a sense of what’s possible. I believe these actions are essential to support our children's growth into successful adults who care about their community. I strive to make City Hall accessible to school-age youth so they learn about our local government and understand the vital role they play.

As always, our office welcomes you to get involved, come meet us at events and contact us any time. We look forward to seeing you!

In community,



D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments

‘JUST CAUSE:’ Sergio champions stronger protections for renters

On April 18, the City Council voted to ensure that San José is a place where everyone can belong and feel a sense of security. A full just-cause measure was passed and will protect more than 450,000 renters in our community from no-cause evictions. Ellis Act protections also passed to provide relocation benefits to renters evicted from rent-controlled complexes.

(From Councilmember Jimenez) Residing here in Silicon Valley is very complicated. To me, what's not complicated is leveling the scales of justice and equality. I am proud of everyone who came together to support this -- to support San José residents.

Great American Litter Pick Up mobilizes volunteers of all ages to make a positive impact

D2 students, families, local groups, neighborhood associations, firemen and other rockstar volunteers joined us on Earth Day 2017 to clean our neighborhoods and #BeautifySJ! We are proud that this event brought together community members of all ages at Oak Grove High School, Santa Teresa High School, Great Oaks Park, the Hellyer Christopher neighborhood and the Blossom Valley neighborhood. Together, we filled more than 200 trash bags! We would like to thank our generous sponsors: Kaiser Permanente San José, Vitality Bowls, Starbucks and Assemblymember Ash Kalra. 

Coyote Ridge Community Hike showcases D2's blooms and beauty

Yes, photos of this stunning, vibrant scenery were captured in D2’s own backyard: Coyote Ridge! Our team spent quality time with great folks learning about the flowers, animals and insects that thrive there... while gazing in awe at Mother Nature's spring beauty. We learned how important it is to protect and preserve the limited wildlife we have left. We want to give another huge thank you to Open Space Authority and Craige Edgerton for guiding our hike. To experience open preserves for yourself, visit OSA’s website to learn more. 

Black April: Illustrating the parallels between refugees' past and present challenges 

(From Councilmember Jimenez) I had the privilege of standing by our Vietnamese American community to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the fall of Saigon. As my honorable colleagues said, history is being written by those who refuse to give up -- those who are blessed to be here today. The struggle for home is a collective struggle. Thank you, Vietnamese American Roundtable for reminding us that we live in a vibrant country of refugees and immigrants, and that we must inspire action to ensure today's refugees are given the same opportunities as those years ago.

César Chávez's home and workplace offers visitors a deeper understanding of history

(From Councilmember Jimenez) As I leave this special place, I go back to my city with a stronger conviction and deeper appreciation for folks in this world who seek dignity and respect. I was reminded that the struggle is not tied to one decision or one election; it's ongoing and requires us to renew our commitment to people who seek justice, respect and acknowledgement… not to monied interest nor to the powerful. Thank you Supervisor Dave Cortese for hosting this trip to César E. Chávez National Monument for local leaders and community members. La cultura cura! ("The culture cures!")

New resources for the latest Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting updates 

Round 2 of participatory budgeting is underway. We will keep the community up to date as progress is made. Please visit our Participatory Budgeting web page for the latest and most complete information. We thank our community for their patience as we move forward. 

A Look at More Community Stories
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Community Budget Meeting in D2
Monday, May 8 
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Santa Teresa Branch Library Community Room 290 International Circle, San José, CA 95119
Hear from the Mayor and join the conversation in your neighborhood. For more information about meetings and the City’s budget process, contact  Lisa Tulee at (408) 535-8119 or visit the City’s website.

Save the Date: D2 Dumpster Day 
Saturday, May 20
Time to be announced
Location to be announced
This Dumpster Day will be for residents in the Cottle to Lean neighborhood. Please visit our District 2 Community Calendar and check emails from your Neighborhood Association for updates.

Save the Date: D2 SummerFest!
Saturday, June 10
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Southside Community Center - 5585 Cottle Rd, San José, CA 95123
Our office's goal is to promote a healthy living and a safe, fun summer by providing health resources, entertainment and food. Want to table, volunteer or share suggestions? Please email us!
Friday, May 5
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
San José City Hall Rotunda - 200 E. Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95113
This event is hosted by the City's (BOS) and this year's theme will again focus on the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners in our local economy. 

Saturday, May 6
10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5283 Snell Ave., San JoséCA 95136
Experience Santa Clara Valley's agricultural past, present and future on the land the Cottle family farmed for more than 150 years. Admission is free; parking is $6.

Tuesday, May 9 
6:00 p.m.
Mexican Heritage Plaza - 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José CA 95116
Provide input about major items that the VTA Board will consider for the Proposed Budget, including  fare increases and route changes.

June - July 2017
255 W. Julian Street, Suite 100, San José, CA 95110
Students can learn digital media storytelling in 3 sessions: Talk Show Production (June 19-23), Documentary Production (June 26-30) & Feature Film Production (July 10-21).  More details at CreaTV.

For Your Information
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 Businesses of the Month: Vitality Bowls and Kaiser Permanente

Vitality Bowls and Kaiser Permanente: Thank you for promoting healthy lifestyles in the community and supporting our beautification efforts by sponsoring D2's Great American Litter Pick Up!

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

D2 Artist of the Month: Your artwork could adorn the walls of City Hall!

D2 high school students, we would like you to help decorate the front of our office on the 18th floor of City Hall. Your masterpiece could be hung along the hallway where the Mayor, Councilmembers, and hundreds of community members and leaders walk through each month.

We want to showcase and appreciate the talent of D2 youth, who are the future of our community. If you would like a chance to have your artwork featured, please send a photo of your piece to

UPDATE: Office Hours CANCELED on May 6 (the first Saturday of the month) 

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

Starting May 27, Office Hours will resume to the following schedule: 

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) 277-8900

Park & Trail Concerns  
(408) 793-5510 

Anti-Graffiti & Anti-Litter 
(866) 249-0543 

Illegal Dumping 
(408) 535-8550 

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
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