City of San Jose & District 7 Updates
April 29, 2016 - In This Issue:
From the Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you had a great week. It was another busy week for my office. 

District 7 Great American Litter Pick Up kicked-off last Saturday. We had a successful event with more than 100 volunteers all over our district.  I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules (especially on a Saturday morning), for having participated and volunteered.  District 7 is cleaner and more beautiful because of YOU!  You can view all the pictures taken during the event by visiting my Facebook or District 7's website.Thank you for your commitment in keeping our streets, parks, and neighborhoods clean.

As a reminder, on Monday, May 2nd please join Mayor Sam Liccardo and me at our annual District 7 Community Budget meeting. The budget meeting will held at the Leininger Center at Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road,  from 6-8pm.  Yes, it's the time to think about putting together the annual budget. We will have various representatives from the City Hall to address questions and concerns.  This is your opportunity to provide your input on the budget and share your ideas.  

Finally, on Tuesday, May 3rd, City Council will be hearing the 2015 Independent Police Auditor Year End Report.  The IPA report summarizes  the work of the  Independent Police Auditor and staff during the 2015 calendar year. It also highlights police conduct, complaints made by the public,community outreach and  updates to the IPA's 2014 recommendations.  The IPA report is crucial because it ensures and promotes transparency and credibility to the complaint process and the IPA department.  You can view IPA report  here

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
OUR CITY FORREST- NATIONAL ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AT KELLEY PARK


This morning, I celebrated National Arbor Day by planting one of 40 trees at Kelley Park. It was a great honor and pleasure to  welcome volunteers and staff that were ready to plant trees ain our d istrict. A special thanks to Stave Hammack of PRNS, Rhonda Berry of Our City Forrest Org, my colleague Councilmember Johnny Khamis and all staff and volunteers. 
DISTRICT 7 GREAT AMERICAN LITTER PICK-UP 

Seven Trees Community Center
70 volunteers 


Alma Neighborhood Association                      Sims Metal Management
7 volunteers                                                        10 volunteers


Kelley Park Disc Golf Course                           Coyote Creek with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
45 volunteers                                                     40 volunteers
  

District 7 Great American Litter Pick Up was a total success. Over 100 volunteers came together to clean up different parts of the district. Together we collected 100 bags of litter, 17 carts, 1 tire, 2 batteries, 2 rugs, bed spring, water filter, and a small sink. Thank everyone who took part. District 7 is clean because of YOU!!
AUSTISM SPEAKS WALK AT HISTORIC PARK


Over the weekend, I had the honor to speak at the  Autism Speak  Walk at Historic Park I t was a touching experience to see families with autistic children and their walk teams. I must admit the big crowd sure knew how to make it fun, especially with all the Hollywood movies characters. I want to thank all the families and residents from all over San Jose for participating in this walk. 
REBUILDING TOGETHER SILICON VALLEY IN DISTRICT 7

On Saturday, April 23rd, I joined Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley at their Annual Fall Rebuilding Day effort. Volunteers from Seagate and Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley arrived early to help repair a home in La Salle Mobile Home Park in District 7 at no cost. I want to thank all the volunteers for their extraordinary work they continue to do for District 7 and San Jose. Their efforts not only transforms someones home but aids individuals with peace and pride.
CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR FESTIVAL AT TULLY BRANCH LIBRARY 
 

On Friday, April 22nd, I joined several residents at the Tully Branch Library to celebrate the Cambodian New Year Festival. Residents enjoyed beautiful dance performances, arts and crafts, and food. We also had the chance to have author, Daryn Reicherter and illustrator, Christy Hale read their book, " The Cambodian Dancer." I want to give a special thanks to Michelle Amores with the San Jose Public Library for coordinating this great event and everyone for stopping by. 
ELK ADOPT A HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP
 

Elk'k highway crew cleaned highway sections:
 
Highway 85 South
Stan Greenblat - 85s Camden Av Fish Hook OFF Ramp and ON Ramp 2 bags.
Vikki Prichard - 85s Leigh Av Overpass south to Camden Av OFF ramp [Sun. 4/17]
David Bartels - 85s Camden Av OFF Ramp Three bags of trash and lived!
John Prado - 85s Los Gatos Blvd to Union Av w/son Chris [end of month]
John Lenzi - 85s Union Av OFF/ON Ramp/Crew Supplies w/son Joseph. 3 bags
Carlo Pedron - 85s Camden OFF ramp to Union ON ramp/87s Crew Suppllies w/son Paul 4 bags.

Highway 87 South
Marcus and Gina Pelletier - 87s Branham Ln to Capitol Expwy ON ramp 5 bags
Jerry and Sue Kimber - 87s Branham Ln to Santa Teresa OFF Ramp. 2 bags
Ken Fry - 87s Capitol Expwy OFF Ramp [4/18 or 19]
Andy Stout - 87s Capitol Expwy ON Ramp
David Butt - 87s Santa Teresa OFF Ramp Only one bag for our section.

Total est. 25 bags
CITY NEWS UPDATE
CITY MOVING FORWARD WITH SEVEN-FIELD COMMUNITY SOCCER FIELD PROJECT AT GUADALUPE GARDENS

Late Friday, the City of San Jose reached agreements with San Jose Earthquakes, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and other stakeholders which will allow the partners to formally pursue a seven-field community soccer field project at the Guadalupe Gardens.
 
Following is a statement from Mayor Sam Liccardo:
 
"We're moving forward on a transformative opportunity for our city and for generations of our kids.
 
The Guadalupe Gardens site provides an ideal location for this project, with space to accommodate seven fields and a soccer academy that will serve the growing number of soccer-crazed kids in our community. The proposed development of a 6-acre park alongside the soccer fields will also enhance the overall beauty and amenities offered in the larger Guadalupe River Park, and ensure that this park serves as a recreational destination for people of all ages and interests.
 
I'd like to thank the San Jose Earthquakes for agreeing to help fund this project and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy for their ongoing collaboration. I'd also like to thank the FAA for coming to an agreement with our Airport that will allow us to utilize the site, with special gratitude to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren for her critical advocacy during this process.
 
Finally, I'd like to thank our dedicated City staff for the countless hours they spent working on this issue and coming up with a viable and fiscally-sound plan that ultimately is going to allow us to provide the community with a larger and better project than we had originally envisioned."
 
For more information on this project, please view the following Information Memo from the City Manager.
CITY OF SAN JOSE STEPS UP EFFORTS TO CURB ILLEGAL FIREWORKS IN CITY LIMITS


The City of San José is making it clear: fireworks are banned in San José and those who sell, use, possess and/or store fireworks will face stiffer penalties. 

During the Tuesday, April 12 meeting, the City Council approved a pilot program that will increase enforcement efforts in neighborhoods and parks during Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 5, 2016 when illegal fireworks activity is most likely over the Independence Day holiday weekend. The goal is to encourage safe celebrations, eliminate fireworks-related injuries, and prevent fires caused by fireworks. 

"As fireworks have become larger, more dangerous and more readily available, it's important that we increase penalties and our enforcement efforts," said Mayor Sam Liccardo. "Yesterday's action is another step we can take to address the dangers posed by illegal fireworks, and both deter and punish bad behavior." 

To address residents' concerns about illegal fireworks usage in their neighborhoods, an online illegal fireworks reporting tool will become available on the City website, www.sanjoseca.gov, in the coming months. The online form will make it easier for the public to report illegal fireworks immediately and anonymously, if desired. 

As a result of City Council action, the fines for illegal fireworks-related violations are increasing: 
  • 1 st Violation: $500 
  • 2nd Violation: $700 
  • 3 rd Violation: $1,000 
Property owners will be held responsible for the sale, use or storage of fireworks on their property. Guardians of minors will also be liable for the public safety costs associated with responding to the unpermitted use of fireworks. The new Fireworks Ordinance and fines take effect Thursday, May 26, 2016.

For full news release, click here
SAN JOSE EXTENDS WATER RESTRICTIONS TO MAINTAIN 30 PERCENT WATER CONSERVATION TARGET

    

Water conservation measures will remain in effect for San José residents and businesses for the time being. During yesterday's meeting, the City Council approved extending the 30 percent water reduction restrictions until June 30, 2016. The restrictions, put in place on April 21, 2015, were originally set to expire on March 31, 2016.

Although water levels have improved due to community-wide savings, coordination among water retailers, and rainfall from the El Niño winter, the results are not significant enough to recover from the drought in one year.

California's state water restrictions, originally set to expire in February 2016, have been extended until October 2016. Once statewide evaluations of water supply levels are completed this spring, the State Water Board is expected to propose updated water conservation targets by May of 2016.
To align with the state and regional targets to be set, San José City Council may choose to update the City's water conservation target for the remainder of the year. 

San José's current water restrictions only apply to potable (drinking) water, not gray water (used water from baths, sinks), or recycled water.

The current restrictions for outdoor watering in San José include:
  • If using a sprinkler system, residents and businesses can water outdoors on only two designated days, and only before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
    • Odd numbered addresses may water on Mondays and Thursdays;
    • Even numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays and Fridays;
    • Properties without an address may water on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • If using a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle or a drip irrigation system, residents and businesses can water outdoors before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m., without a designated day restriction. Watering in the cooler hours of the day helps reduce evaporation and allows plants and landscape to absorb more of the water.
  • If done in an efficient manner, and before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m., public parks, playing fields, day care centers, golf courses (greens only), and schools are allowed to water outdoors for maintenance; nurseries can water plants and trees for sale.
  • Watering outdoors at other times is not allowed.
The emergency declaration also prohibits:
  • Residents from washing cars at home with potable water. Instead, car washing can be done with gray water or at a commercial car washing facility, which uses a recirculation system.
  • Refilling residential swimming pools or outdoor spas more than one foot and no initial filling with potable water, with the exception of existing pools that are drained to make leak repairs.
For more information on water conservation rules, tips, and resources, 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.  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
2016 ARBOR DAY - GREENING SAN JOSE WITH 600 FREE TREES 

    
 
   
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is teaming with the City of San José and The Arbor Day Foundation to help green our neighborhood and celebrate Arbor Day with 600 free trees. This event is a great way to get in touch with your local community while helping our environment.
 
Come enjoy your free tree, help save the environment and get to know your local community. 
Planting a tree can beautify your neighborhood, improve air quality, and result in energy savings. To learn more, visit pge.com/treesYou don't want to miss out on this special community event!
 
How to get your free tree:

1. Logon to arborday.org/pge
2. Enter your San José address and use the online tool to
determine the best place for your tree to maximize the shade
3. Pick up your free tree at Emma Prusch Farm Park,  647 S King Rd
   Saturday, April 30
   8 am to 12 pm

*Call 811 at least two days before you dig and have the underground lines marked for free so you can dig safely
DISTRICT 7 COMMUNITY BUDGET MEETING- MON, 5/2 
    
 
Join Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmember Tam Nguyen for the annual District 7 Community Budget Meeting on Monday, May 2nd. The b udget meeting will be at the Leininger Center at Kelley Park, Okayama Room, 1300 Senter Road, from 6-8pm.  Various representatives from the city will be present to address questions and concerns. This is your opportunity to share your ideas and provide your input on the budget. 
 
For more information please call my office at    (408) 535-4907   or via email at district7 @sanjoseca.gov.


REUNION DEL PRESOPUESTO DEL DISTRITO 7

Únase con el Alcalde Sam Liccardo y Concejal Tam Nguyen para la Reunión Del Presopuesto del Distrito 7 este lunes, 2 de mayo. La reunion se llevara acabo  el Centro de Leininger en Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road, de 6-8 pm. Varios representantes de la ciudad estarán presentes para responder a preguntas y preocupaciones. Ésta es su oportunidad de compartir sus ideas y dar su opinión sobre el presupuesto. Esperamos verlos.

Para mas información por fa
vor llame a mi oficina al (408) 535-4907 o por correo electrónico a district7@sanjoseca.gov .


Hãy tham gia cùng Thị Trưởng Sam Liccardo và Nghị Viên Tâm Nguyễn vào buổi họp cộng đồng Khu Vực 7 thường niên về ngân sách vào ngày 2 Tháng Năm.  Buổi họp về ngân sách sẽ được tổ chức tại Trung Tâm Leininger trong Công Viên Kelly, phòng Okayama, 1300 Senter Road, từ 6 đến 8 giờ tối.  Đại diện cho các ban ngành của Chính Phủ Thành Phố sẽ giải đáp các thắc mắc hoặc quan tâm của quý vị.  Đây là cơ hội để quý vị đóng góp ý kiến và nêu lên cảm nghĩ của mình về ngân sách của Thành Phố.
 

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL (FREE CONCERT)- THURS, 5/5




Councilmember Tam Nguyen invites you to an International Musical Festival (FREE concert) on Thursday, May 5th at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara Street. The concert will from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Make sure to bring your lunch and enjoy a FREE two hour concert of opera and dance performances. 

For more information call Council District 7 at (408) 535-46907.
5TH SUMMIT ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION- FRI-5/6


On May 6th your invited to the 5th Annual Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation that brings together Silicon Valley business and City leaders, assistance organizations, and entrepreneurs to encourage business growth in Silicon Valley. The summit is going to be held at San Jose City Hall Rotunda from 8am-1pm. 

The event will include workshops on Accessing Capital, Understanding Financials for Borrowing, and Using Technology and Social Media for your Business, with simultaneous translation in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Registration is requried.  Register here. Dis cover new tools and perspectives to allow your company to grow. Parking validation will be available. For more information, click here
CANOAS CREEK PROJECT PUBLIC MEETING INVITATION- WED, 5/11

  

The Santa Clara Valley Water District invites you to a public meeting regarding upcoming construction that will repair banks and levees along Canoas Creek on May 11, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at Canoas Elementary School, 880 Wren Drive, San Jose, CA 95125.

This project is required in order to offset severe damage caused by burrowing animals who have created a series of tunnels and holes along Canoas Creek, potentially compromising the integrity of its levees and embankments. This project includes portions of Canoas Creek in District 7, between Narvaez Avenue and Hillsdale Avenue. 

To RSVP or for more information contact Tony Mercado at (408) 630-2342 or via email at rsvp@valleywater.org.
STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE-SAT, 5/14

   

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 marks the 24th Anniversary of one America's great days of giving - the Nation Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, 5/14 and your letter carrier will pick it up. For more information click here.
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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LỊCH TRÌNH HỌP CÁC HỘI CƯ DÂN KHU VỰC 7
Muốn thành hội viên hội cư dân hàng xóm. Muốn ghi danh hội cư dân hàng xóm mới với thành phố San Jose? Quí vị thích thú muốn tổ chức hoặc làm sống lại hội cư dân hoặc bổ túc thêm thông tin cho hội của mình có thể liên lạc Johanna Rodriguez tại 
(408) 535-4907 hoặc email

Johanna.Rodr iguez@sanjoseca.gov.
District 7
408.535.4907
district7@sanjoseca.gov
 
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