City of San Jose & District 7 Updates
April 1, 2016 - In This Issue:
From the Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This Tuesday, City Council approved the  Mayor's March Budget Message, which included many important items.  The main theme was tightening our belt as the next few year's budget forecast anticipates deficits ranging from $5 to $15 million dollars over several years.  However, the Mayor is recommending additional funding for neighborhood cleanups and blight removal, which I have been working hard to see more of in District 7.  Service restorations beyond the modest proposals the Mayor outlined is a goal we all would like to see, but much of that will be contingent upon the success of approving an additional 1/4 cent sales tax the council placed on the June ballot.  On May 2nd, I will be hosting our annual District 7 budget meeting, which will be an opportunity to provide feedback on budget items important to you.  So please save the date, and I look forward to seeing you there.

Council also deliberated on regulations for Medical Marijuana, which has been a very big issue for some of our business districts in the past.  I believe maintaining the currently land use restrictions we have approved is crucial for safe and successful access to medical marijuana for patients who truly need it.  I encourage you to come out Monday, April 4th to a community meeting to discuss the medical marijuana program in San Jose. The meeting will be held at the Tully Branch Library, 880 Tully Road, starting at 6:30 pm. This will be your opportunity to learn about the rules medical marijuana collectives follow, where San Jose allows them to locate, and about Measure C that is on the June 7th ballot. For more information click here.

I am also happy to announce we approved an implementation plan for inclusionary housing at council this week as well.  As many of you know this was tied up in courts for a while, but we now are planning to move forward with this program.  Affordable housing is certainly needed in our district and across Silicon Valley, and our council has been working hard to address the need in many different capacities.  Be on the lookout for information to come in the next few weeks about the update to our Apartment Rent Ordinance, another important step in maintaining affordable housing in San Jose.

Lastly, I will be out this Saturday hosting a clean-up at Bellevue Park with the Kiwanis Club and our Alma neighbors. We will kick off at 9:00 am and be laying over 100 yards of fibar around the playground to improve safety and landscaping. Community service hours and lunch will be provided to volunteers who join us. I hope to see you there.  

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

CITY NEWS UPDATE
DROUGHT ALLOWED SAN JOSE TO REACH DECADES- OLD TRASH IN CREEK BOTTOMS DURING LITTER CLEAN-UP ACTIVITIES  
    

SAN JOSE, Calif. - With very low water levels in San José creeks due to the prolonged drought, San José volunteers have been able to reach trash in local creek beds that had been previously inaccessible for years.

Along with volunteer-organized litter cleanups, San José conducts annual cleanup and litter sorting activities at 32 creek "hotspot" locations.

As a result, last year San José was able to increase trash collection from litter hot spots by 73 percent compared to 2014. Much of this increase is due to "legacy trash" that has been building up for decades.

To help clean up trash and create a cleaner community, San José has partnered with community groups and volunteers to conduct litter cleanups with a focus on local creeks. Legacy trash included computer monitors from the 1980s, floppy discs, radios with cassette tape decks, old toys, and typewriters.

"There aren't many positive aspects from the California drought, but this silver lining has allowed our teams to make San José a cleaner place," said Kerrie Romanow, director of the San José Environmental Services Department. "It also helps us to better see the long-lasting negative impacts of illegal dumping and litter."

When trash misses the garbage can and lands on our streets, it makes its way to a storm drain and eventually our local waterways. The combined cleanups have had a dramatic impact on the quality of life and environment in the South Bay by removing litter and pollutants that harm creek habitat and cause environmental damage as they move through the Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

More than 6,100 volunteers participating at 109 cleanup events collected 626 tons of litter from streets and creeks throughout San José in 2015. That's the equivalent to the volume of about 42 semi-trucks.

"The work our cleanup volunteers do is invaluable," said Steve Holmes, Friends of Los Gatos Creek project manager. "Beyond the immediate impact on local wildlife, a cleaner San José also provides benefits for the environment throughout the Bay Area."

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

    

SAN JOSE, Calif. - 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
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR MILITARY VETS WITH SJPD  
  

he San José Police Department recently announced its Military-in-Lieu of Education Recruiting Program.

Effective immediately, SJPD will allow potential recruit candidates with an honorable discharge from the United States military, including the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard, to substitute up to four years of their military service for the Department's education requirements of 40 semester college credits or 60 quarter college credits.

SJPD deeply appreciates the importance of our nation's military personnel and the value of their experience gained in the armed services. Veterans offer a high level of experience, training, and expertise that are relevant to local law enforcement. SJPD understands that law enforcement offers an excellent career opportunity for veterans leaving the military.

Although a college education remains critical for building a well-rounded police force committed to learning, service, and community, the training and experience of veterans are recognized as an appropriate exchange in lieu of SJPD's application requirements for a college education. The Department will continue to support ongoing professional development throughout our officers' law enforcement careers, including opportunities that can help San José police officers complete their college degrees while serving on the police force.

"This is a great way to honor our military veterans by acknowledging their service and dedication to this country and to pave the way to a career in law enforcement with the San Jose Police Department" said Chief Eddie Garcia.

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
BELLEVUE PARK CLEAN UP- SAT, 4/2

  
 
On Saturday, April 2nd, please join the Councilmember Tam Nguyen, Kiwanis Pueblo De San Jose and the Alma Neighborhood Association as they host a clean-up at Bellevue Park.  Everyone is invited to help the community. Community service hours, light lunch will be provided to volunteer.  Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring your own filled water bottle.  All volunteers need to complete a Volunteer Service Agreement. Those under 18 years of age must have their parents signature too.  All tools and training provided.  We appreciate your time and energy.
 
 Saturday, April 2, 2016
 8:45 Registration
 9:00 Kick-Off
          12:00 noon Project Completion
Bellevue Park: Bellevue Avenue at Sanborn Avenue, 95110
 
For more information call (408) 595-3483 or email ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov
CITY OF SAN JOSE TO HOLD NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS REGARDING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    

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.
 
Councilmembers will provide remarks and staff from the City Manager's Office will present and answer questions. Topics include:
  • Where medical marijuana businesses are allowed to locate;
  • The rules medical marijuana businesses must follow; and
  • The citizens' initiative regarding marijuana (Measure C) that was placed on the local ballot in San José for the June 7, 2016 election.
District 7 Meeting
Monday, April 4th at 6:30 pm
     Tully Community Branch Library
880 Tully Road     

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 at www.sanjoseca.gov/medicalmarijuana.
 
Information about ballot measures on the June ballot, including the City Attorney's impartial analysis of Measure C and arguments in favor and against the measure, may be found on the City Clerk's local election webpage
FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR LOW INCOME, ELDERLY, DISABLED, LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKING TAXPAYERS


Service Offered at More than 40 Locations in Santa Clara County. Click here for full VITA sites and service details.  

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF  -- Filling out income tax forms may be an overwhelming experience, especially for tax payers who are not fluent in English or lack resources to pay for professional guidance. The County of Santa Clara is encouraging low income, elderly, disabled, and limited English speaking taxpayers who may need help in preparing their tax returns to take advantage of VITA, the free nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  VITA is available now at County libraries in Campbell, Cupertino, and Milpitas, and the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency CalWORKs Employment Connection Center.
 
For more information about the tax preparation schedule and VITA sites near your house or work, call 2-1-1. Visit http://www.211scc.org/vita and click on the map to see locations throughout Santa Clara County.   
9TH ANNUAL SAN JOSE YOUTH CONFERENCE "BUILDING OUR FUTURE"  FRI, 4/15


 
Each year, in an effort to empower youth across the City of San José, The Youth Commission hosts a citywide Youth Conference. The 2015 Youth Conference, entitled "Building our Future," aims to inform, inspire and empower youth to overcome obstacles and barriers in order to become the   agents of change in their community.  The event is going to be held on Friday, April 15th at San Jose City Hall, from 9-4pm. 

Youth throughout the city will experience an interactive, engaging and inspiring atmosphere by participating in the 8th Annual Youth Conference where they will learn from:
  • Workshops
  • Prepare for a shark-tank style competition
  • Listen to inspirational and motivational speakers 
     
  • Interact with their peers from throughout the city
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to network and interact with local resources agencies and other youth led clubs. During the Community Engagement session, attendees will hear from those who know first hand how involvement with the community can bring upon a positive change. 

Space is limited so please RSVP  and click on the 2016 Conference tab.   If you have any questions, feel free to contact Commission Staff, Betty Ramirez at (408) 793-5559 or at youthcommission@sanjoseca.gov
CREATV SAN JOSE- CHANGING BOUNDARIES: THE HISTORY OF SAN JOSE 

    
 
CreaTV San Jose is pleased to announce that the documentary "Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose" is now available to view and download for free on our website at http://www.creatvsj.org/watch/changing-boundaries/.
 
Since it's premiere in January of 2015, the intention has been to make this first-of-its kind film available to the widest audience possible including for use in the classroom. The film covers 200 years of the history of one of the most important cities in California; from the establishment of the first Spanish town, to the first state capital, to the center of the Valley of Hearts delight and into the modern era of being the urban Capital of Silicon Valley.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD "READ FOR THE RECORD" SAT, 4/16


 
The City of San Jose and Vice Mayor Rose Herrera invites you to break a Guinness World Record for the most languages read aloud from the same children's book, entitled "The Colors of Us." Don miss the chance to  be a part of history by participating. The event will be on Saturday, April 16th starting at 11:00 am.  Interested readers can register here
FAMILY CAMP AT YOSEMITE- SUMMER CAMP 2016 


 
Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is proud to announce that Family Camp is offering 5 tents, free of charge, to each City Council District Office for the nights of June 21 and 22. Tents are available for families who are new to Family Camp, with a maximum of 6 people per tent. The purpose of this promotion is to raise awareness about Family Camp and introduce new families to camping in hopes they will make Family Camp a yearly tradition.  For questions contact Jena Sorrells at:  (408) 794-6524  or  Jennifer.sorrells@sanjoseca.gov

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. It's a great experience the whole family will enjoy, so join us this summer and reserve your tent today.

Reserve your tent today for the 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208  or  familycamp@sanjoseca.gov.
SPRING 2016 BOARDS & COMMISSIONS RECRUITMENT

 
Boards and Commissions are important in that they enable citizens to participate in San Jose's government processes.  Their activities help shape and influence public policy, because they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the City Council to consider. Applications are now being accepted. 

Recruitment Closing Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016.  To apply or for information click here.
MET NORTH APARTMENTS- APPLICATIONS FOR LOTTERY LIST

 
 
Charities Housing announces a Lottery For Met North Apartments. A New Family Affordable Rental Housing Development At 2112 Monterey Road. 

Met North Apartments applications will be available on Wednesday, March 30th until Friday, April 22nd between 9am to 4pm. Residents interested in applying are encouraged to apply. You can pick up and drop off your application at the temporary office,  Paseo Senter Community Room, located at  1898 Senter Road. Applications are also available online

For more information call or email them at (408) 550-8329 or metnorth@charitieshousing.org.
SAN JOSE VIVA CALLESJ OPEN STREETS PROGRAM TO RETURN IN 2016
 
 
Viva CalleSJ is back for 2016! The City of San José's Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) has officially announced that Viva CalleSJ, the Open Streets program that last year brought more than 35,000 residents out to walk, bike, skate and play, will return on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Last October, the inaugural Viva CalleSJ - pronounced Vee'-va Ka'-yeh Es'-jay - opened up six miles of city streets, converting them into a lively place where participants could explore some of San José's rich, vibrant neighborhoods from the East Side to Downtown. For this year's program, residents can expect a new route and different neighborhoods to explore. The 2016 route will be formally announced as part of National Bike Month in May 2016.

"Programs like Viva CalleSJ allow people of all ages to experience their community in unique and exciting ways," said Mayor Sam Liccardo. "I'd like to thank the Knight Foundation and Santa Clara County Public Health Department for providing the funding necessary to bring this type of event to our city, and I look forward to seeing tens-of-thousands of our residents out exploring San Jose's many wonderful neighborhoods once again." 

To view news release click here

Click here if you wish to sign up for our email list and get information about the 2016 event, from announcement of the route to ways to get involved. 
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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