Dear neighbors,
Together, we have accomplished a lot in the two years that I have been in office. I am fiercely committed to advocating for a better, more equitable San José for all our residents each and every day.

Let’s reflect on some of our most monumental victories in 2018:

52 grants to community organizations that benefit D2 residents

The organizations I am proud to support include: our D2 Neighborhood Associations, Santa Teresa Little League, The Trash Punx, Committee for Green Foothills, CreaTV, Oak Grove High School AFJROTC, Red Cross, SIREN, and other San José foundations and community organizations.

40 memoranda, including my policy proposals, stances on crucial issues & other recommendations

The memoranda I wrote, which voiced my positions on many high-profile and important issues, include:

  • Actions Related to Google in the Diridon Station Area
  • Tenant Protection Ordinance
  • Apartment Rent Ordinance
  • Mobilehome Opt-In
  • Memorandum of Understanding Between the City of San José and Union Pacific
  • Audit of Homeless Assistance Program and Annual Report on Homeless Programs and New Funding Opportunities
  • Vehicle Abatement Audit
  • General Obligation Bond Ballot Measure: Disaster Preparedness, Public Safety, and Infrastructure Bond

40 D2-hosted meetings & events to educate, unite & engage the community

These include my:

  • bi-weekly D2 Office Hours
  • Viva Parks (park activations with games & activities) & Movie Nights
  • Annual D2 Village Fest
  • Viva Calle San José - Open Streets & mini festival in D2
  • Parks Town Hall on Trends & Funding
  • Housing Town Hall
  • Fire Safety Town Hall
  • High Speed Rail Town Hall
  • Caltrans Community Meeting
  • Coffee with the San José Police Chief
  • Wildflower Community Hike
  • Holiday Appreciation Party & Sock Drive, and more.

24 clean up events, beautification days & #D2CleanStreets Initiative projects

These include:

  • my #D2CleanStreets collaboration with Downtown Streets Team and Project Hope
  • my office’s push to get the Caltrans property near Tennant Ave./Monterey Rd. cleaned up
  • my team’s boots-on-the-ground mission to clear litter and blight along the four corners of Blossom Hill Rd. & Snell Ave.
  • the annual Great American Litter Pick Up at Oak Grove High School, Santa Teresa High School, and St. Gabriel Ethiopian Othodox Church
  • the annual D2 Community Clean Up with Blossom Valley Neighborhood Association and Oak Grove Neighborhood Association
  • Neighborhood Dumpster Days / Clean Ups / tree plantings, and more.

15 successful initiatives completed in our community, thanks to our strong partnership with our residents & other City departments

These include: Project Hope Neighborhood Academy to strengthen our D2 Neighborhood Associations, outreach to Edenvale Plaza Businesses & Monterey Road Businesses & businesses at and the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & Snell Ave., our Faith Leaders Breakfast, Bernal to Bailey Participatory Budgeting, support of the D2 Neighborhood Leadership Council, support of D2 Neighborhood Associations’ National Night Out events, and mobilization of the Walnut Mobile Home Park, Havens, and Serenade areas.

10 commendations, invocations & proclamations in which I invited influential community members to present at City Council meetings

These ceremonials include: recognizing Father Abiy Demilew, Pastor Micaiah Irmler, Father Saju, Albert and Virginia Beck with the Blue Tarp Project, Walter Wilson, Jalen Butcher, the Ledesma School Safety Patrol, and more.

5 approved Budget Documents that secured money for District 2 community programs & capital improvements

I was thrilled that my following budget priority requests were approved to make District 2 a better place for our residents. I secured: $1.5 million for the San José Police Department South Substation, $250,000 for Census 2020 in San José, $90,000 for the Downtown Streets Team (DST) Monterey Road Clean-Up, $32,500 for District 2 Fire Station Improvements, and $915.00 for Signage for Identification of Wildlife Crossing on Monterey Road.

1 more remarkably productive year in the books!

I take pride in being able to use my platforms -- including my website , Facebook , Twitter , Nextdoor , and this monthly newsletter -- to share with you both our office and community’s hard-earned successes. With every post I publish, it is my goal to provide transparency and invite you to see behind the scenes of everything my team and I do.

From community events that bring people together to neighborhood discussions that move policies forward, thank you for being part of what makes District 2 a safe and thriving community. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read about our work in our District, San José, and beyond.

You can find more details, photos, and resources for our efforts and accomplishments -- including my 2017 year in review -- on my website in my newsletter archive .

I have big plans for 2019, including strengthening community outreach and establishing new projects for my #D2CleanStreets Initiative, my ongoing multi-faceted approach to combating the trash and blight plaguing our streets. I hope you will join me in moving our City forward as we work together to make our neighborhoods a more inclusive place for people like you who call San José home.

In community,

Sergio Jimenez
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
For Your Information
A Message from Valley Transportation Authority: VTA is developing a new transit service plan

A changing financial outlook has made it clear that the Next Network Plan that was planned to be implemented when BART service to Santa Clara County begins is not financially sustainable.

VTA’s Board of Directors has asked staff to develop a new plan, which we are calling the 2019 New Transit Plan, that would cost about 4 percent less to operate than the Next Network Plan and would place a greater emphasis on increasing ridership.

VTA staff have developed a draft of the 2019 New Transit Plan that builds on the thousands of points of input VTA received while developing the Next Network Plan.

The Draft 2019 New Transit Plan proposes a number of changes while attempting to uphold Board direction and minimize impacts to current riders. We welcome your feedback and participation.

A message from the Santa Clara Valley Water District:

The winter season is here – are you flood ready? The Santa Clara Valley Water District is committed to keeping residents and businesses safe through its flood protection programs. During storms, our crews actively monitor hot spot locations countywide. Parts of our county are historically prone to flooding and at risk during heavy storms. The water district wants residents to be aware of existing flood risks and be prepared with the help of our flood safety resources on www.valleywater.org/floodready. On our flood ready pages you can determine if your house is in a flood zone, learn about flood insurance, find out where to get sandbags, and sign up to receive emergency notifications through AlertSCC, Santa Clara County’s emergency warning system. You can also keep an eye on streams with our Flood Watch Tool.

The Flood Watch Tool is a helpful stream monitoring map that features information from stream gauges. This tool provides real-time data on stream and reservoir levels, with information on flood risks per stages. View a brief video on how to use the Flood Watch Tool here.

For questions or concerns, email us at info@valleywater.org

Additional resources to share or link in your newsletter:
·         District flood protection resources: https://www.valleywater.org/floodready
·         FEMA Map Service Center: https://msc.fema.gov/portal
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 to have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and  more ) picked up by their recycling collection company. 

Visit the San José Free Junk Pick Up website to schedule your free appointment today!

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

How to apply:
To be considered for the District 2 Internship, please:
1. Complete the District 2 Internship Form 
2. Upload your District 2 Internship Form, along with your Resume and Cover Letter, to the District 2 Internship Application
Community Resources
Have a D2 question or concern? Contact my team!

You may have met them at City Hall, Neighborhood Meetings, or just out and about in our community! In addition to supporting me at meetings and events -- or attending on my behalf -- my team members follow specific policy areas and have other responsibilities. They are happy to speak or meet with you regarding your questions or concerns!

Get involved: District 2 Neighborhood Associations

Neighborhood Associations (N.A.s) are groups of community members who meet and collaborate to work towards common goals such as: beautification/clean-up efforts, safety enhancements, and social events. N.A.s serve as a connection between the community and City Hall. We are here to support N.A.'s by providing direction, resources, grants, help with outreach, models for success, and more.

View the interactive map of D2 N.A's on my website to find your N.A. or work with my office to start a N.A. in your area!

Reserving meeting space as an N.A.

As an established Neighborhood Association, you may reserve space for community use directly with Libraries and Community Centers in our District. As long as the meeting takes place during regular hours of operation, there is no charge to to your N.A.

If your event goes beyond the hours of operation, there is a charge for staffing. Our office is happy to accommodate 2 uses per N.A. per year for N.A.’s by paying for the staff time. Any additional uses outside of this would require your N.A. to cover the cost. 

Please contact the District 2 Office for more information!
Beyond San Jose: Get the latest news from your other elected officials

Read your Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman's Newsletter

Read your Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese's Newsletter

Read your California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra's News/Updates

Read your California State Assemblymember Mark Stone's News/Updates

Sergio's Office Hours 

Office Hours are a time to come ask questions, share concerns, or simply have a conversation. Meetings are first come, first serve and time may be limited to 15 minutes per person.

Upcoming Office Hours:

Saturday, February 2
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Edenvale Library, Study Room B

Saturday, March 2
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Edenvale Library, Study Room B

(Office Hours on Monday, February 18 are canceled due to the Presidents' Day holiday)
City Resources

Report on MySanJose :

Graffiti (866) 249-0543
Illegal Dumping (408) 794-1900
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Outages (408) 794-1903
Speak with a live Customer Service Representative (408) 535-3500

Additional Resources:

(408) 975-1440 

(408) 535-7770

(408) 534-2900

(408) 793-5510 

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