City of San Jose & District 7 Updates
May 6, 2016 - In This Issue:
From the Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  First off, let's begin with the fact that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day . Cinco de Mayo commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla against France on May 5, 1862. The Battle of Puebla occurred more than 50 years after their independence. Cinco de Mayo is a fun, festive, joyous occasion--but truly, just for Americans. So if you're celebrating this fun and festive holiday, please don't drink and drive. Plan ahead to designate a sober driver before going out.

On Monday, I held Distinct  7 Community Budget meeting. It was a great event, with more than 60 community members in attendance. Residents had the opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas directly to staff from the Office of the City Manager, the Department of Transportation, Housing Department, San Jose Police Department, and the Mayor's Office. We had several discussions on homelessness, transportation, and new housing developments. I want to thank everyone that attended the budget meeting and city staff for staying after the meeting to answer questions. 

Lastly, 
on Tuesday, City Council will be voting on more changes to San Jose's  Apartment Rent Ordinance. As you already know, two weeks ago, the City Council voted 6-5 to lower maximum annual rent increases on rent controlled units from 8 percent to 5 percent. Please make sure to come to voice your concerns. For more information click here. 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

DISTRICT 7 HIGHLIGHTS
DISTRICT 7 COMMUNITY BUDGET MEETING

 

On Monday, I held the annual District 7 Community Budget meeting with Mayor Sam Liccardo. M ore than 60 residents had the opportunity to provide their input on the budget. Representatives from the Mayor's Office, City Manager, and I addressed many questions and concerns asked by residents. Some of the discussions we touched on included the following: homelessness, traffic, and new housing developments.  Thank you for everyone that showed up and too all the city representatives. 
CITY NEWS UPDATE
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
SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS PRAISED SAN JOSE-SANTA CLARA REGIONAL WASTEWATER FACILITY TOUR 
 
On Saturday, April 30, the  San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) resumed public tours, after almost five years. The RWF has relaunched public tours in celebration of 60 years of successful nonstop wastewater treatment operations and environmental protection for the waters of San Francisco Bay. 

About 75 interested residents from all over the South Bay participated in the two tours on Saturday and found the tour to be interesting and a good learning experience. After the tours, participants shared many positive remarks, including:
  • "I have a much better appreciation for wastewater treatment and where my tax money goes. Thank you for offering this tour!"
  • "Kudos for holding these tours. It's good to be aware of how our infrastructure works."
  • "[The tour was] fascinating and eye opening."
Tour attendees learned about the essential role the RWF plays in protecting public health, safeguarding San Francisco Bay and wildlife, and supporting the local economy.

During the 45-minute tour, participants viewed how wastewater is treated and some of the major improvements that are part of the 10-year, $1.4 billion RWF Capital Improvement Program to rebuild and modernize the aging facility.

Pictures of the tour can be found on the San José Environmental Services Department's Flickr page

When:  
The next tours will be held on Saturdays, June 25 (full), August 27, and October 29. Register at: www.sjenvironment.org/RWFtours
Where:  
San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, 700 Los Esteros Rd. San José 95134
Who:  
The public tours are led by staff from the San José Environmental Services Department, which operates and administers the RWF. Anyone 12 and older residing within the RWF service area is invited to participate in a tour. 

For full news release click here
SAN JOSE ANNOUNCES EPLAN SERVICE FOR  HIGH-RISE DEVELOPMENTS 
 
San José, Calif. - Developers of high-rise projects in San José now can submit their building plans to the city electronically, making the application process less costly and more convenient for applicants.
Instead of bringing multiple sets of plans-sometimes weighing as much as 120 pounds in total-to the Permit Center at San José City Hall, customers who require plan review can submit their documents online with the new "  San Jose Eplans" service.

Initially, the eplan service is accepting plans only for high-rise developments, which require significant plan review and entail very large plan sets with many pages of drawings and documents. Multiple plan sets can be costly to produce by permit applicants, and the new service will reduce these costs and save resources.

Later this year the San José Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (PBCE) will expand the service to other types of projects, including smaller commercial, industrial, and multifamily projects.

 "Eplans provide significant savings in plan production costs as well as time savings for both customers and our city plan reviewers," said PBCE Director Harry Freitas. "We're able to use electronic tools to mark up and comment on plans more rapidly, and then get those comments back to our customers quickly."

According to Freitas, eplan technology will help the department better handle the high levels of permit and plan review activity occurring in San José. In 2015, PBCE issued more than 40,000 building permits and conducted more than 10,000 plan reviews. Activity in recent years is similar to and in some sectors greater than that experienced in the years preceding the Great Recession.

 "I wish to thank the development community as well as home remodelers for collectively infusing more than $3 billion in new construction and improvements in San José's commercial, industrial and residential buildings during the past two years," said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo. "We're committed to using technology that helps expedite plan reviews, permits, and inspections, and provides superior service to our customers. This launch of the Eplan service for high rise development represents a step forward in our efforts to develop a comprehensive integrated permitting system that will seamlessly serve our customers."

Eplans are an example of technological improvements envisioned in the Mayor's   Smart City Vision adopted by the San José City Council in March this year. The city is currently upgrading its permit and project tracking system, called AMANDA 7, which is an $8 million investment scheduled to come on line in 2017 to further enhance and expand the city's capabilities for better customer service by PBCE.

About San Jose Eplans. San Jose Eplans enables electronic submittal of plans that need to undergo the plan review process. It is currently accepting high-rise development projects, and will expand to accept other commercial, industrial, and multifamily projects later this year. Applicants interested in using San José Eplans should contact Marc Garcia at 408-535-7822 or marc.garcia@sanjoseca.gov.

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.  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
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.
 ALL THE WAY HOME CAMPAIGN-MON, 5/16

   

Do you have a room apartment or house for rent? Please consider renting it to a homeless veteran. There are 703 homeless veterans in Santa Clara County, which is nearly 10 percent of the homeless population and among the highest number of unsheltered veterans in the U.S.   Join our  All the Way Home Campaign  launched by the City of San Jose and the County, which is offering incentives to landlords who house veterans.

You are invited to a meeting at 11:30 am on Monday, May 16th, at the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS.  This event is complimentary and lunch will be held and hosted onsite.

For more information or to register click here
14TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO BUS TRIP- TUES, 5/17
    

It is with great enthusiasm that President of the Santa Clara County Board Supervisor Dave Cortese invites you to join him to the 14th Annual Sacramento Bus Trip for Education on Tuesday, May 17th.
 
Since it first began, the Bus Trip has increased from a handful of concerned residents advocating for public education funding to 165 in 2015 who were navigating through the new local control funding formula.   Education advocates, parents, students, community and neighborhood leaders throughout Santa Clara County have joined us over the years.
 
Participants  have the opportunity to meet directly with dozens of state officials, senators, and assembly members to ask questions and voice their concerns about public education.  Also, learn about legislative proposals as well as the state's recommended budget before it is signed into law. Participants will have an opportunity this year to voice their concerns about other issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, immigration, environmental stewardship, economic growth and development.
 
This year's Sacramento Bus Trip will be on  Tuesday, May 17, 2016 . The buses will leave at 6:30 am from the VTA Transit Center at the Eastridge Mall in San Jose and return to the same location at about 5 p.m.
 
The Bus Trip is  FREE  for everyone. A light breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
 
To register or for more information, please contact Mario Lopez at (408) 299-5030
or via email  Mario.Lopez@bos.sccgov.org .
"CHINESE COUPLETS" FILM AT MLK LIBRARY-THURS, 5/19

    
 
Join the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library for a free screening of "Chinese Couplets" a film by Felicia Lowe. The screening will be on  Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:00pm at the MLK Library Room 225.

In this film Felicia attempts to reconcile the experience of her mother's emigration to America during the time of the Exclusion Act against her own, growing up as Chinese American, experiences perhaps many in our community can relate to. Following the film, there will be a Q&A session with the director herself. 
 
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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