City of San Jose & District 7 Updates
May 20, 2016 - In This Issue:
From the Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As a reminder, the City of San Jose has two city measures on the June 7th ballot. The two measures are Measure B and Measure C. To  find out the city's position on each measure and for more information, click herePlease take the time to read on these two measures to carefully prepare for Election Day. 

Lastly, a new crosswalk on Lucretia Avenue is scheduled for construction to begin the end of this month and be completed by the end of June. This new crosswalk will provide  a safe passage for the hundred of families and children attending Rocketship Elementary School. Please stay tune for updates. 

I f you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on how we can improve our community, feel free to contact me at  (408) 535-4907  or email me at  district7@sanjose.gov .

Sincerely,  
  
Tam Nguyen 
Councilmember, District 7

DISTRICT 7 HIGHLIGHTS
2016 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER- VIET THANH NGUYEN 
 
On Tuesday, I welcomed Pulitzer winner novelist, USC professor Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the award-winning "The Sympathizer." Dr.  Viet Nguyen grew up in San Jose, attended St Patrick and Bellarmine, then UC Berkeley where he obtained his PhD in 1997 at age of 26. He now teaches at USC. Viet and his parents escaped from Vietnam in 1975 when he was 4 years old. He sets a wonderful example for immigrants success story. 
RIBBON CUTTING FOR HAPPY HOLLOW PARK & ZOO NEW RIDE 
  
 
On May 11th, I had the honor to participate in the ribbon cutting for a new ride at Happy Hollow & Zoo. Dragon Flyers is the  first  new ride  since  Happy Hollow  reopened in 2010. Happy Hollow & Zoo is a gem of San Jose with more than 460,000 people attending a year and growing. The new ride is a wonderful addition to the other amenities of Kelley Park,that provides an anchor for Council District 7, and is iconic part of this community. I hope you will take some time to check it out the new ride in the near future. 
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AT CITY HALL
 
  

Last week, I held a press conference and candle vigil at city hall to bring awareness to the toxic dumping by Farmosa Factory in Vietnam that has caused a mass of fish killed.  This environmental disaster has poisoned thousands of fish, birds, and other animals who've had their ecosystem decimated off the coast of Ha-Tinh Province. Another candlelight vigil will be held this Saturday at 6pm in front of San Jose City Hall. I hope to see you there.
CITY NEWS UPDATE
STREET CLOSURE NOTIFICATION - ARMED FORCES DAY RUN- 5/21 
     

 
On May 21st from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm the streets listed below will be closed. The street closure notification is associated with the outdoor special event: The Armed Forces Day Run San Jose. 

  1.  White Road (Southbound) between Cunningham Avenue and Tully Road - Closed from 7:30 AM until 9:30 AM on Saturday May 21, 2016.

If you have any questions please contact Jim Peterson, Events Coordinator with the City of San José, Office of Cultural Affairs at (408) 793-4345 or by e-mail at: jim.a.peterson@sanjoseca.gov.
SUNOL VALLEY TRAFFIC ADVISORY- CALAVERAS ROAD CLOSURE POSTPONED
        

The SFPUC has postponed the start of the closure of Calaveras Road, which was originally planned to begin on June 1, 2016.  

We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the timing and status of the closure, which we hope to start later this summer.

It is important to note that there is still truck traffic on Calaveras Road now between I-680 and the entrance to Calaveras Dam. The speed limit is 25 mph on Calaveras Road in construction zones. Please ride and drive safely on the narrow portions of Calaveras Road.

Thank you for your ongoing patience. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Follow the Calaveras Road closure updates online at sfwater.org/calaverasroad.


 
Road Closure Details
  • Where: Calaveras Road just south of Geary Road (entrance to Sunol Regional Wilderness) to Oakridge Road - near the Alameda / Santa Clara County line.
  • When: weekdays ONLY from June 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017
  • The road will be swept of debris before opening at 6 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
  • The road will be closed every Sunday evening at 11:00 p.m.
  • Gates: Two gates will close Calaveras Road just south of Geary Road and at Oakridge Road.
  • Emergency First Responders will have access through the closure at all times.
  • The entrance to East Bay Regional Park District's Sunol Regional Wilderness will be open at all times from the north.
The road will be open:
  • On Weekends
  • For specific Cycling races: the AMGEN Tour of California (if route includes Calaveras Road) and the Fremont Freewheelers Primavera Race
  • Major holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Holidays that fall on a Saturday shall be observed on the preceding Friday and holidays that fall on a Sunday shall be observed on the following Monday
Learn more and sign up for updates http://sfwater.org/calaverasroad


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LOCAL LEADERS LAUNCH COMPETITION TO DEVELOP GRAFFITI REMOVAL DEVICE


     

City of San Jose, Caltrans, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Silicon Valley Community Foundation come together to engage bright minds in effort to eradicate graffiti in the community

Mayor Sam Liccardo launched a competition today with Caltrans and Silicon Valley Community Foundation that challenges Bay Area students and entrepreneurs to develop a device to rapidly eradicate graffiti from hard-to-reach locations while dramatically reducing costs for the effort.
 
"Silicon Valley has given us personal computing, search engines and social media-all within recent memory," said Mayor Sam Liccardo. "Now, we're turning to these same innovators to dramatically reduce the costs of graffiti eradication and cure a big headache for cities around the world."
 
Removing graffiti from overpasses, freeway signs, sound walls and railroad trestles is most intensive and expensive. For example, a recent effort to clean graffiti along a two-mile section of Highway 101 required closing freeways lanes for three nights, the mobilization of large bucket cranes and other equipment, and dozens of city and state personnel - ultimately costing $60,000.
 
In addition to the huge expense, the complexity of coordinating such an effort often means that the graffiti will remain for weeks or months before it can be removed. And, the efforts have so far proved ephemeral, with graffiti reappearing rapidly after authorities repaint the tagged areas.
 
"Graffiti is a problem on many levels," said Caltrans District 4 Director, Bijan Sartipi.  "It drains our resources as most tagged locations reappear shortly after they are cleaned. Graffiti is not only unsightly and causes neighborhoods to look blighted and distressed but also hazardous when freeway signs are covered and are obscured for motorists. Caltrans welcomes this engagement with bright minds to move us in a positive direction in our fight against graffiti."
 
The competition will occur in two phases. Today, the mayor and partners launched the first phase, where participants can submit their ideas for a graffiti removal device, asking for materials including concept drawings, a project budget and more. A panel from partner agencies will judge the proposals. The groups who submit the most promising ideas will share $20,000 in funding to prototype their devices, which will compete against one another for the grand prize of $5,000 and assistance in obtaining a patent.
 
The local Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will support the challenge by offering 1-on-1 assistance for the basics of patent application and search through its public workstations.
 
The City of San Jose and Caltrans will also be the first customers for the invention, receiving free use during a two-year beta-testing period.
 
More information on the competition parameters is available here:  https://herox.com/sjgraffiti.

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"SUCCESS WITH PERMITS" EVENT EMPHASIZES HOME REMODELING WITH SAFETY IN MIND 
   
Discuss your remodeling ideas with experts at City Hall Rotunda, May 25th 6:00-8:00 p.m.

If the sunnier days of May inspire you to take on a home improvement project, then think, too, about making your home safer as well as more beautiful. May is Building Safety Month, and San José is joining cities around the world to promote the building codes that make our homes and buildings safer, more energy-efficient, and more durable.

While the typical home remodeler is focused on floor plans, finishes, and amenities, San José's development services staff focus on the code requirements for safety, fire prevention, earthquake standards, and energy- and water-efficiency through the issuance of permits and follow-up inspections.

"Through permits and inspections, we make sure that your project results in a home that is safe and healthy to occupy," said Harry Freitas, director of the San José Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (PBCE). "Whether you're adding a second story or installing a new water heater, permits and inspections bring a second set of expert eyes to your job to ensure that electrical, plumbing, mechanical, or structural work is done according to codes."

Every year PBCE joins with other city departments to host an open house where residents can learn about the permit and inspection process in a relaxed, open house setting. Attendees may bring their plans or ideas to discuss with city experts at the event.

Chu Chang, San José's Chief Building Official, encourages people to talk with his staff-always available by phone or in-person at San José's Permit Center during business hours-to learn what they should show on their plans for a smooth-sailing project.

"We're here to support your success with permits and inspections," said Chang.

Joining experts from PBCE are staff from the Fire Department and departments of Public Works and Environmental Services; all will be on hand to provide information on setbacks, allowable sizes of additions, flood zones, utilities, and important home services such as free large item pickup and household hazardous waste drop-off.

The public is invited to attend the May 25th "Success with Permits" Open House at the San José City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street in downtown San José. Validated parking is provided by parking under the City Hall Tower. For more information, visit www.sanjoseca.gov/building.

For full news release click here.
SAN JOSE ELECTRIC VEHICLE OWNERS CAN NOW GET A CHARGING STATION PERMIT ONLINE   
   


Getting a building permit for the installation of a residential electric vehicle (EV) charging station in San José is now more convenient and less costly through the city's online permit service at sjpermits.org.

The online service offers a $40 discount on permit costs and can be accessed from any computer or mobile phone. Customers can also obtain the permit in person at the Permit Center at San José City Hall. No appointment is required.

Applications for permits for installing EV charging stations are on the rise, reflecting the increasing popularity of plug-in electric vehicles. According to the California New Car Dealers Association, more than 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles are registered in California and the Bay Area has the highest concentration of these vehicles in the state.

During fiscal year 2014-15, the City issued 186 permits for EV charging stations, a 56 percent uptick from the prior year.

 "We're seeing a steady increase in permit applications for EV charging stations," said Harry Freitas, director of the San José Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement. "These are relatively simple projects, but entail electrical work so for safety reasons it's important that people secure a permit and inspection. Offering the permit online makes it easier and less expensive for our residents to do this."

To get the permit in person, an applicant needs to visit the Permit Center, fill out a form, and pay a $222 fee. The new, more convenient alternative is to go to sjpermits.org, enter the property address, describe the EV charging station project, pay the discounted fee of $182 online, and download the permit. The Building Division's Bulletin 263 provides additional information on the EV charging station permit.

When the charging station installation is finished, the applicant can use sjpermits.org to request an inspection. The cost of inspection is covered by the permit fee.


For full news release click here.
GOT JUNK?? IT'S EASY & FREE TO RECYCLE YOUR JUNK  
  

It's easy & FREE to recycle your junk.. This pilot program will end on June 30, 2016.

Residents in single-family homes can have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and more) collected curbside by their recycling collection company. Up to 3 items large items.  Schedule a pickup before June 30, 2016.  The first collection of up to three large items will be at  no extra charge . Additional large item collections are available for $27 (up to three items). 

Visit  www.sjenvironment.org/largeitems  for more information about eligible items. Apartment and condominium residents can contact their property managers directly to arrange for large item collections, also at no additional cost. Help keep your neighborhood clean. To schedule a pick-up or to report illegal dumping call (408) 535-3500.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA-SAT, 5/21
  

In April and May, the City of San José will be holding Neighborhood Meetings in all ten City Council districts and at City Hall to discuss the subject of medical marijuana in San José and the citizens' initiative on the local ballot in June. If passed, the local initiative (Measure C) would replace the City's current medical marijuana program.

Topics include:
  • Where medical marijuana businesses are allowed to locate
  • The rules medical marijuana businesses must follow
  • The citizens' initiative regarding marijuana (Measure C) that was placed on the local ballot in San José for the June 7, 2016 election.
For more information  about the meetings and the City's Medical Marijuana Program, please contact Michelle McGurk at (408) 535-8254 or michelle.mcgurk@sanjoseca.gov, or visit the City's website atwww.sanjoseca.gov/medicalmarijuana.
ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE FESTIVAL AT SEVEN TREES COMMUNITY CENTER- SAT, 5/21
  

Join Councilmember Tam Nguyen in celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Seven Trees Branch Library on Saturday, May 21st from 2-5pm. We will have a fun-filled afternoon of exciting cultural performances, arts & crafts, refreshments, special guests, community resource vendors, and giveaways.  For more information call (408) 808-3056 .
BASKIN ROBBINS GRAND OPENING IN DISTRICT 7- SAT 5/21

  

Join Councilmember Tam Nguyen and the District 7 folks in celebrating the Grand Opening of Baskin Robbins on Story Road. The event will take place on Saturday, May 21st at 779 Story Road, from 12-4pm. The celebration will include  entertainment, prizes, and special deals for the entire family. For more information call (408) 326-9984 .
STEPS TO SUCCESS FOR YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AT SAN JOSE BUILDING PERMITS OPEN HOUSE- WED, 5/25 
  

Event:     Home remodelers, builders, and the general public are invited to the annual Building 
      Permits  and Home Safety Open House hosted by the San José Department of Planning,         Building and Code Enforcement and its partners. At this event you can:
  • Bring your plans or ideas to discuss with permit and plan review experts
  • Get help from electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspectors
  • Make your home safer with tips from our Fire Department
  • Get advice on flood zones or projects that affect utility lines
  • See how to get discounted simple permits using sjpermits.org 
  • Get tips to save water, protect your pipes from clogs, and more!
When:     Wednesday, May 25, 2016
               6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
               City Hall Rotunda, San José City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San José 

Cost:      Free, validated parking available under City Hall Tower


Background: This annual event coordinates with international Building Safety Month.  

For full news release click here
FREE VETERAN COMMUNITY BREAKFAST- SAT 5/28
     


On Saturday, May 28th Councilmember Manh Nguyen and his office will be serving a FREE breakfast to veterans and their families in honor of Memorial Day. The event is open to the public, so please come by. The event will start at 9am to 11am. If interested or for more information, contact Council District 4 at (408) 535-4904.
SENIOR SAFARI- 5/28, 6/25, 8/27, 9/24

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Happy Hollow introduces their early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sites and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. 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. FREE admission and parking to seniors and free parking on the dates of
5/28, 6/23, 8/27, 9/24.

Animal Meet & Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase.

For more information please call (408) 794-6400 or visit hhpz.org
PARENTS IN READING FREE INFORMATION MEETING-WED, 6/01


     
Join Partners in Reading (PAR) learn to read and write better on Wednesday, January 1st from 6pm to 8pm. This FREE tutoring services for adults will take place at Joyce Ellington Branch Library, 491 Empire Street.  Come improve your reading and writign, work at your own speed, flexible hours.

What Does Partners in Reading Do?
  • Helps adult learners improve their reading: Free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults. Adults must have reading or writing skills that are below the ninth grade level. To qualify, an adult Learner needs to speak and understand English at a conversational level.
  • Connects tutors with learners: Trained volunteers provide tutoring at the King Library, a San José Public Library branch, or another public site in San José. Tutors and learners must commit to meet three hours per week for six months.
  • Promotes family learning: Through Together We Read, adult learners and their families learn the joy and value of reading and learning together.
  • Provides technology coaching: Adult learners build essential technology skills in the computer lab. Technology coaches instruct in sending emails, applying for jobs, as well as using smart devices.
For more information call  (408) 808-2361 or to reserve your seat. 
JANE'S WALK: MEET THE BIRDS, PLANTS, AND ANIMALS OF COYOTE CREEK - SUN 6/5

     
Ever wondered about the birds, plants and critters around Coyote Creek? Join us for a terrific outing on Sunday, June 5th from 8:30 to 11 AM at Hellyer County Park - Cottonwood Lake, 985 Hellyer Avenue. Join   Alie and Bruce Victorine as they share their love of birds on a short walk along Coyote Creek trail. California Native Plant Society's Joe Cernac will provide identification of the plants we encounter along the way. 

Registration required at KeepCoyoteCreekBeautiful.org.
DISTRICT 7 NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS SCHEDULE 

Become  a member of your neighborhood association. Want to register a new Neighborhood Association with the City of San José?  Anyone interested in organizing or reviving their neighborhood association or updating their groups' information can contact Johanna Rodriguez at (408) 535-4907  or via email at  Johanna.Rodriguez@sanjoseca.gov .
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DISTRITO 7: HORARIO DE LAS ASOCIACIONES DE VECINOS
Conviértase en un miembro de su asociación de vecinos. Quiere registrarse a una nueva Asociación de Vecinos? Cualquier persona interesada en organizar o la reactivación de su asociación de vecinos o actualización de la información de sus grupos pueden ponerse en contacto con Johanna Rodríguez al (408) 535-4907 o por correo electrónico a Johanna.Rodriguez@sanjoseca.gov.
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Johanna.Rodr iguez@sanjoseca.gov.
District 7
408.535.4907
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