MARCH 2019
Dear neighbors,
It is budget season at City Hall. Over the next few months, the Mayor's March Budget Message and the City Manager's Budget Request will provide policy direction and a framework of priorities for the City of San José's 2019-2020 Proposed Budget.

Some policies and recommendations that are important to the District 2 community include:
  • South San Jose Police Substation Activation (utilizing the Substation for its intended purpose as a fully operational substation)
  • Leveraging State Dollars for "Missing Middle" Affordable Housing (enabling San Jose to build more housing for workers of modest incomes)
  • Strategies that address blight and will help us achieve #D2CleanStreets (Beautify San Jose, Removing And Preventing Illegal Dumping (RAPID) Program, Transitional Jobs, Dumpster and Beautification Days, improving freeway maintenance, & more)
  • Coyote Valley (our goal is to preserve Coyote Valley from development, thereby protecting our drinking water from contamination, reducing downstream flooding, mitigating wildfire vulnerabilities, expanding recreational and trail opportunities, and securing key wildlife corridors)

My office will continue to share ways you can participate in our budget process, including how you can let us know your budget priorities for the upcoming year. Please visit and participate in the interactive online budget balancing exercise and provide us with your input on our City's upcoming 2019-2020 budget. We would like to get your input online no later than April 26, 2019. The online tool is also available in Spanish and Vietnamese .

We look forward to hearing from you. This is just one way we can work together to move our City forward and make our neighborhoods more inclusive and welcoming.

In community,

Sergio Jimenez
D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments
San Jose City Council sets new policy priorities

On Tuesday, March 5, the City Council set new policy priorities. The process involved making difficult decisions on a variety of very worthy policy items. After extensive public comment and Council deliberation, the following items will move forward as policy priorities for City staff to work on:

1. Family Friendly City: Paid Family Leave
2. Childcare & Early Education
3. Universal Development Fee
4. Cannabis Land Use and Regulatory Provisions
5. Cannabis: Equity Applicant Program
6. Wage Theft Prevention Policy

I am very excited that my recommendation to expand our existing Wage Theft Prevention Policy to cover all major construction projects -- both public and private -- was selected by Council as a priority.

There were three items I put forward that were not selected: Updating the City’s Abandoned Shopping Cart Ordinance, Traffic Calming, and Storage Lockers for the Houseless . Though the process was very limiting, I am still optimistic about the future, and I am committed to working diligently on issues that affect the quality of life in District 2.

My team and I will continue looking for ways to:

- update the City’s Abandoned Shopping Cart Ordinance to keep abandoned carts off our streets;
- update traffic calming policies for residential neighborhoods to provide greater opportunities for streets and intersections to qualify for speed bumps, enhanced crosswalks, and other traffic calming measures; and
- create a pilot project for a temporary storage locker program that serves our houseless residents and reduces blight.

Should you have any questions or require more information on Priority Setting or the items presented, please contact Vanessa Sandoval, .
Monterey Road Clean Up update

Beginning February 19, staff from the Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department (Anti-Litter Program), the Department of Transportation (Infrastructure Maintenance Team) and the Housing Department (Homeless Response Team) began the cleanup of the Monterey Road Corridor. The cleanup between February 19 – February 28 focused on removing litter, trash, and illegally dumped items outside of the current homeless encampment. To date the teams have collected more than 3.5 tons of trash and debris. There is still trash that needs to be removed that is located close to and on the other side of the railroad tracks that will be accessed after we have a “Right of Entry” and a flagger for safety (this right of entry must be granted by Union Pacific, which owns the property along the railroad tracks). The goal is to remove this debris in March. As part of the clean up, an intra-Department maintenance strategy will be implemented through the remainder of the fiscal year.

Next Steps:

PRNS (Anti-Litter Program), DOT (Infrastructure Maintenance Team), Housing (Homeless Response Team), and the Environmental Services Department (RAPID Response Team – illegal dumping) will implement a 90-day maintenance strategy to address litter, trash, illegal dumping, and graffiti. The next steps are as follows:

-           Meeting with Union Pacific to develop an immediate Right of Entry Memorandum of Understanding (to address graffiti, litter, trash) and develop a long-term ongoing Maintenance MOU
-           Weekly abatement of litter/trash, illegal dumping
-           Monitoring of encampment activity located along the Monterey Corridor (Housing Department)

In addition, I have been appointed as Vice Chair of the Monterey Corridor Working Group alongside Councilmember Esparza.
Work begins on record-setting Pavement Projects in San José

Nearly 300 miles of San José streets will get a renewed lease on life in 2019. This year’s pavement maintenance program, the most extensive on record by far, will roll out new asphalt and spread slurry seal on streets in every corner of the city, thanks to voter-supported fuel and sales tax increases and city funding from construction fees.

Work will begin with installation and retrofitting of curb ramps and other concrete work in late March. Work in the roadway is expected to begin in late April and continue through November.

Frequent updates will be posted at , on Facebook , and on Twitter . View a map of current pavement projects here .

We're looking forward to beginning a nine-year paving effort that will reach every local and neighborhood street in San José!
March 20, 2019 City Council Meeting update: Fighting wage theft and exploring public banking

On Tuesday, March 20, 2019 the City Council took a stance against Wage Theft, which is unfortunately all too common in corporate America. While discussing the City’s Banking Services, the City Council voted to explore the feasibility of establishing a public bank in the years ahead. 

For years, the City of San Jose has been limited to doing business with Wall Street financial institutions like Wells Fargo, which have been linked to illegal business practices such as wage theft and environmentally-destructive investments such as the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

I am proud to have joined colleagues on the Council in a unanimous vote to explore the idea of ensuring our public dollars are used for the good of our planet and community. Additionally, the establishment of a public bank has the potential to lead to millions of dollars in savings brought about by the elimination of interest obligations we currently have. I intend to provide you and the community with progress we make and as this process moves along. 

Thank you to the community members and leaders who supported this vote, as it shows our City's dedication to the welfare of our working families as well as our natural resources.

Letter to VTA: Eliminating bus lines deeply concerns our community
5801 Cottle Road (former Carl's Jr. building) remodeling

District 2 constituents have inquired about this building. My office reached out to the City's Planning Department, which provided us with the following information: The space formerly occupied by Carl’s Jr. at 5801 Cottle Road is being remodeled into a multi-tenant building. The plans are posted at in file PDA79-085-03. As of now, the building is identified in the building permits as “spec space only,” meaning no tenants have been identified. 
Talking about taxes and how they affect you

At our meeting held at the Hayes Mansion, County Assessor Larry Stone gave an informational presentation and answered residents’ questions about taxes. One of the most relevant and important topics he addressed was:

“Affordable housing has never ever lowered property values. And I don't believe it ever will.” - Larry Stone

We hope you learned something valuable from my Tax Town Hall. I will continue planning engaging meetings on topics relevant to our community. If you missed it, you may view the entire Tax Town Hall meeting here .
The Trash Punx host Monterey Road clean up despite wind and rain

This is one dedicated crew. The Trash Punx and Echo Church South San Jose brought out more than 30 volunteers on March 2 to pick up litter along Monterey Road.

I am continually impressed by their leadership, creativity, and resilience (they were committed to cleaning our community, even in the cold and wet weather)! I want to say thanks again to this group and the volunteers they united. It is strong partnerships like this that help us #BeautifySJ and achieve #D2CleanStreets!

View the March 2 clean up photos and highlight video .
Honoring Captain Fong and wishing him all the best in his retirement from SJPD

After nearly 30 years of public service, SJPD Captain Johnson Fong has said goodbye... but not without a lively crowd at City Hall to send him off!

Capt. Fong has been a leader in community policing and has attended hundreds of meetings across the City. He is loved and respected by all the residents who have had the pleasure of meeting him. Capt. Fong's honor and selfless commitment have made our City safer.

The City of San Jose will truly miss Capt. Fong, his entertaining sense of humor, zest for life, enthusiasm, charm, and valued friendship. Thank you for being the epitome of a public servant. May you enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
D2 Community Leader Spotlight: RLEI Neighborhood Champions

District 2 residents like Boris and Terri are our vigilant eyes, ears, and changemakers in the community.

I was humbled to be able to congratulate them for their recognition from The Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative (RLEI) for keeping their communities safe and vibrant.

Our residents and RLEI work alongside neighborhood leaders, law enforcement, and local government to hold property owners accountable for the upkeep of their properties in order to maintain the well-being of the community. Thank you to everyone involved for your invaluable time and selfless dedication.
D2 Community Leader Spotlight: Darryl Ospring

District 2's Darryl Ospring, president of the Coyote Creek Neighborhood Association and volunteer for Adopt-A-Park at Shady Oaks Park, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the community by the California Parks and Recreation Society. She is a 10-year volunteer who has ensured that the park she advocated for remains safe and green by leading a group of Adopt-a-Park volunteers in beautifying the park. Recently, she helped with the design and construction of the 1.1-mile loop trail that is now a part of Shady Oaks Park. We're proud to be your neighbor and partner, Darryl!
The diverse faces of our new, blossoming District 2 leaders

The Project Hope Neighborhood Academy kicked off in January 2019 with a series of workshops and a goal of educating and organizing a Neighborhood Association in the Roundtable Neighborhood. My team and I saw the lessons and bonds created from the Neighborhood Academy implemented throughout the District. Congratulations to our Neighborhood Academy graduates! I look forward to supporting you as you impact your community.
A Look at More Community Stories
I spent a wonderful Saturday in community with my Santa Teresa Little League family!

With over 60 teams, this league is the glue of our local neighborhoods. It bonds our children and creates a safe, fun place for them to grow.

Thank you to all the volunteers and board members who make Opening Day happen each and every year.

This year was especially memorable for me, as I had the honor of throwing out the first pitch!
I had a great meeting with San Jose State University students on policy items they’re interested in moving forward. The future is bright with folks like this in our world!
It was a pleasure to share information regarding my proposal to update San Jose's Shopping Cart Ordinance with the Neighborhood Commission this March. Thank you for your service to our City.
Senior citizens enjoyed breakfast, exercise routines, health resources, and prizes at our annual Senior Winter Walk. Councilmembers Johnny Khamis, Pam Foley, and I were happy to host this upbeat event in the community for residents and businesses/organizations to come together.
What a good looking group of community volunteers! Thank you, Oak Grove Neighborhood Association, for organizing your neighbors (and feeding them donuts & coffee) to #BeautifySJ at Chynoweth Park. We appreciate your monthly litter pick up efforts and your dedication to #D2CleanStreets!
On Tuesday, February 26, I was honored to invite the South Bay Trombone Choir to give the invocation at our City Council meeting. Thank you for sharing your musical talent with us!
Our Roundtable Neighborhood clean-up and dumpster day was made successful by residents, Project Hope staff, Mayor Liccardo's Office, and the San Jose Police Department. Thank you!
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Join the Citywide Celebration of Music! Make Music San José, returns on Friday, June 21, 2019
Make Music San José is open to anyone who wants to take part. People get together in their neighborhoods and create musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion. Venues can be anywhere and performers can be anyone.
Interested performers and venues can register online at  Make Music San Jose . Registration closes May 21.
With free events and performances across the city from sunrise to sunset, there is something for everyone.  No cost to register or attend. All events are free and open to the public.
Make Music San José is a program of the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs.
The San Jose Earthquakes are hosting “South San Jose Day” in which residents within the community are given special experiences at the Quakes' March 30 th match against Los Angeles FC here at Avaya Stadium at 12:30PM.
Residents who are at least 9 years old who get tickets through this South San Jose Day package get to go on the field during the National Anthem as part of the opening Flag Ceremony! Kids ages 5-8 also get to experience the “High Five Tunnel” outside the Quakes locker room! Finally, the package includes the commemorative “San Jose Day Pennant” with each ticket.
For Your Information
Click on flyer for more information

In partnership with the AARP, the City of San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites adults ages 50 and up to register for free tax assistance at their local community center by contacting the center directly.

In District 2, this free program will run:
February through April 2019 
Mondays: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Southside Community Center, 408-629-3336

For more information about classes and services PRNS provides for older adults, visit
Free tax services for community members earning less than $55,000 a year - please click on flyer for more information

Tax-Aid is a nonprofit organization that provides free income tax preparation services for people who earn less than $55,000 a year. More information about Tax-Aid is available on the website

In San Jose, we will be offering free tax preparation at the MLK Library/SJSU at 150 E. San Fernando Street and Roosevelt Community Center at 901 E. Santa Clara Street.
Be in-the-know about local ongoing transportation projects

VTA 2019 Transit Service Plan

Caltrain Business Plan

San Jose Better Bike Plan 2025
Styrofoam & pizza boxes go in the garbage! More garbage/recycling tips:

For your information: Pizza boxes should go into garbage cart, not the recycling bin. They are cardboard materials; however, most of the time the pizza boxes are greasy which contaminates the recycling process. Example of other nonrecyclable items that residents often place in recycling cart are soiled napkins, tissue paper, to-go containers, etc. 

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:
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 depending on the number of attendees.

Please visit my website for more information.

Upcoming Office Hours:

Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Edenvale Library, Study Room B

Monday, April 15
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Teresa Library, Study Room B
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