City of San Jose & District 7 Updates
April 8, 2016 - In This Issue:
From the Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This weekend, San Jose Police Department will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint around city limits looking for people who are driving drunk, not wearing their seat belts, or otherwise violating traffic laws. Everyone is affected when you drink and drive. Before drinking make sure to  arrange a designated driver or be prepared to call for a taxi or plan to use public transportation.Be safe and smart about drinking and driving.

Please save the date and remember to join Councilmember Tam Nguyen, the District 7 team, and fellow community members at the District 7  Great American Litter Pick Up  on Saturday, April 23, 2016. This is a fun way to clean up District 7 and meet your neighbors.  We will be meeting at the Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, from 8-12:00pm. Community service hours and lunch will be provided!!  Register  here

Lastly, mark your calendars for the District 7 Community Budget Meeting on Monday, May 2nd. The meeting will take place at the Leininger Center t Kelley Park, Okayama Room, located at 1300 Senter Road, from 6-8pm. This is your opportunity to provide your input and share your ideas on the budget. 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
SJPD TO HOST DUI CHECKPOINT- SAT, 4/9


     

San Jose police have scheduled a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location within city limits, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Police say such checkpoints help to prevent fatal alcohol-related crashes and also catch people driving without a license.

Research has shown that crashes involving impaired drivers can be reduced by 20 percent when DUI checkpoints are announced and held routinely.

In 2013, 867 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes and more than 20,000 people suffered serious injuries, according to research.

Such statistics appear to have prompted law enforcement agencies as well as Bay Area bars to step up their efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

Some bars have included themselves in the new DDVIP app, an app that has a list of bars and restaurants that offer perks for designated drivers. The app also offers a quick way to call Uber or Lyft and get a safe ride home if, for any reason, the designated driver is no longer feeling up to the task.

For news report, 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
CITY OF SAN JOSE HOSTS WHITE HOUSE REGIONAL CONVENING ON NEW AMERICANS 

     

The City of San José recently hosted a White House Regional Convening on New Americans that brought together multiple sectors and levels of government to further strengthen welcoming and immigrant integration efforts in the greater San José area.

Held on Friday, April 1, 2016, the White House Regional Convening included more than 100 federal, state, and local officials along with service providers, the private sector, and local community leaders. One of several convenings held across the United States, San José was selected to host the one-day event in order to help highlight the region's efforts at welcoming and integrating immigrants from all over the world.

 "We are a city of immigrants," said Mayor Sam Liccardo, who delivered welcoming remarks at the convening. "Our immigrant community is a critical thread of our DNA, and while San José is well on its way to becoming the most successful multi-cultural city on this planet, we still have work to do."

Here are a few statistics about the local immigrant population: 
  • 39 percent of San José's adult population are foreign-born 
  • 44 percent of the immigrant population in Santa Clara County has college degrees 
  • 25 percent of the immigrant population in Santa Clara County has less than a high school degree 
The primary goals of the Regional Convening were to strengthen the federal/regional infrastructure to support welcoming and integration efforts, highlight best practices, and expand current multi-sector partnerships at the local level to advance civic, economic, and linguistic integration efforts. 

A panel discussion, moderated by Doua Thor, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, focused on the Silicon Valley landscape from multiple perspectives, especially highlighting the "Tale of Two Cities" - San José as the home of immigrant communities who are low-income, under-educated and under-employed who struggle to make ends meet in stark contrast to the highly educated, highly skilled tech workers of Silicon Valley. 

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
HEPATITIS B SCREENING & WORKSHOP- SAT, 4/9

    
 
Did you know that in the U.S., It is estimated that as many as 5.3 million Americans are living with viral hepatitis,  with up to 75 percent of them unaware of their status and are not seeking treatment. Asian Americans comprise more than ½ of the known population living with HBV in the U.S., and consequently, have the highest rate of liver cancer among all ethnic groups. 

Congressman Mike Honda encourages everyone to join him in getting a FREE screening on Saturday, April 9th at the Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Center, 100 South Mipitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035. Program will begin at 1:00 pm. 

For questions, please contact Huong Nguyen at  huong.nguyen@mail.house.gov .
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS RESOURCE FAIR- WED, 4/13
 
Vice Mayor Rose Herrera invites you to learn more about San José's Boards and Commissions. Learn about how you can provide input on important community issues affecting your city, receive a 30 minute workshop on board members' and commissioners' roles, and get the chance to increase your civic engagement by learning more about how your local government functions.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13th at the  San José City Hall West Plaza, from 3:30-5:30pm.  For more information contact Rose Dhaliwal at (408) 535-4908 or   rose.dhaliwal@sanjoseca.gov .
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
APARTMENT RENT ORDINANCE: FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS COMING TO CITY COUNCIL- TUES, 4/19


 
In June 2015, the City Council identified potential modifications to the City's Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) as San Jose's second highest policy priority for FY 2015-16.  On September 1, 2015 the City Council directed staff to implement this policy priority by analyzing the ARO and to bring back recommendations for potential modifications for Council Consideration.
 
After more than seven months of research, analysis, and public engagement including eleven meetings with the ARO Advisory Committee, the Department of Housing has developed the final recommendations for amendments to the ARO. These  recommendations were developed after careful consideration of multiple sources of input in order to meet the public purposes of the ARO. The final recommendations can be found  here
 
The San Jose City Council will hear these recommended amendments during the April 19th City Council meeting. The item may be heard any time after 3:00pm. Staff anticipates that the item will be heard well into the evening. Members of the public are invited to come before the City Council to provide comments on the recommendations at that time. If you cannot attend the Council meeting in person, you can view it live on the  City's livestreamed public meeting website , or on Comcast cable channel 26. 
 
San Jose City Council Meeting
April 19, 2016
Item begins at or after 3:00pm
San Jose City Hall, Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose
 
The comprehensive ARO update website containing all of the information related to this process can be found  here .
   
If you have general questions regarding this process, please contact Wayne Chen at 408-975-4442 or  wayne.chen@sanjoseca.gov . To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact Ann Grabowski at 408-794-7472 or    ann.grabowski@sanjoseca.gov  or 408-294-9337 (TTY) as soon as possible, but at least three business days before the meeting.
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.
EARTH DAY "GO GREEN" WITH SAN JOSE GIANTS - FRI, 4/22

  
 
The City of San José's Environmental Services Department invites you to the "Go Green" Earth Day event at Municipal Stadium on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 pm.

Watch the San Jose Giants take on the Modesto Nuts and learn about:

* Large Item Collection at Curbside
* Recycling Services
* Household Hazardous Waste
* Litter Reduction Efforts
* Green Gardening

Earth Day is an international event celebrated yearly on April 22 to encourage all to live more sustainably. Millions worldwide observe Earth Day and learn more about conserving resources and reducing waste. The Environmental Services Department will have numerous programs on hand to help you "go green."

Professional sports are among the millions who participate in celebrating Earth Day. The sports world is making efforts to be more environmentally friendly by adopting green practices.

Limited FREE tickets are available; email  esdzero@sanjoseca.gov for tickets. Groups are encouraged to attend. Please specify if you are a group of 5 or more.
DISTRICT 7 GREAT AMERICAN LITTER PICK UP- SAT, 4/23
    
 
SAVE-THE-DATE for the 2016 Great American Litter Pick-Up on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016! 

Join Councilmember Tam Nguyen and fellow neighbors to help clean up our district. Be a part of a national beautification project by volunteering for the Annual Great American Litter Pick Up. We will be meeting at the Seven Trees Community Center, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided along with community service hours. Register here. For more information contact Johanna Rodriguez at (408) 535-4907  or  johanna.rodriguez@sanjoseca.gov.
 
 
RESERVE LA FECHA para la Gran Recogida De Basura en America este sábado, 23 de abril 2016!
 
Únase al Concejal Tam Nguyen y compañeros de los vecinos para ayudar a limpiar nuestro distrito. Sea parte de un proyecto nacional de embellecimiento como voluntario. Nos reuniremos en el Centro Comunitario de Seven Trees, de 8:00 am a 12:00 pm. Desayuno y almuerzo se proporcionará junto con horas de servicio comunitario. Registrese aqui. Para mas informacion contacte a Johanna Rodriguez al  (408) 535-4907  or atravez de correo electronico al 
 
 
HÃY ĐỂ DÀNH NGÀY Thứ Bảy, ngày 23 Tháng Tư, năm 2016 để tham gia chương trình nhặt rác 2016 Great American Litter Pick-Up!
 
Xin mời quý vị cùng Nghị Viên Tâm Nguyễn và các cư dân chung sức làm sạch khu vực của chúng ta.  Hãy góp phần vào phong trào làm sạch đẹp khu phố của toàn quốc bằng cách tình nguyện tham gia chương trình được tổ chức hàng năm có tên là Annual Great American Litter Pick-Up.  Chúng ta sẽ gặp tại Trung Tâm Cộng Đồng Seven Trees, bắt đầu từ 8 giờ sáng đến 12 giờ trưa.  Điểm tâm và thức ăn trưa sẽ được cung cấp cho các tình nguyện viên.  Để ghi danh xin
bấm vào đây.  Muốn biết thêm chi tiết, xin liên lạc cô Johanna Rodriguez:  (408) 535-4907 .
SCIENCE AT SEVEN TREES: SCIENCE KITS FOR KIDS

    
 
Science Experiment Kits for Kids are now available at Seven Trees Branch - As part of the STEAMstacks program, the Seven Trees Branch has prepared 10 science experiment kits made available for checkout as of April 1st.  With these science kits, children can learn while having fun.  Each kit contains the materials and supplies needed to experiment with robots and electrical circuits, bridges and structures, laws of physics, natural sciences and much more. 

Each kit contains materials and supplies to perform science experiments and activities. Have fun experimenting with:
  • Robots and Electrical Circuits
  • Bridges and Structures
  • The Laws of Physics
  • Natural Sciences
  • And many more!
 For more information, click here
VITA FREE TAX ASSISTANCE 
 
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).  Service Offered at More than 40 Locations in Santa Clara County. 
 
Seven Trees Branch Library
3590 Cas Drive 
February 6- April 16
Saturdays from 10-12pm

CalWORKs Social Service Agency
1879 Senter Road #10
January 13- April 14
Wednesdays 10-1:30pm Thurs 10-1:30pm

For more information about the tax preparation schedule and VITA sites near your house or work, call 2-1-1 or click here.  
HOUSING DEPARTMENT- DROP IN HOURS AT SANTEE- 1ST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH

 
 
Referral Drop-in Hours now available for residents who have questions regarding the City of San Jose Rental Right's  Program, Code Enforcement or Fair Housing.   The goal is to educate residents on services from parking compliance to rental rights. Residents will also have the opportunity to learn how to document issues and complaints and to guide them to the proper resource. Drop-ins are scheduled the 1st Tuesday of the month  t the FMCI Building, 1399 Santee Drive, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 
 
For more information contact Cirilo Rosales at  (408) 975-4423   or email at Cirilo.Rosales@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.
DISTRICT 7 COMMUNITY BUDGET MEETING- MON, 5/2

    
 
On Monday, May 2nd mark your calendars for District 7's  Community Budget Meeting. Yes, it's the time to think about putting together the annual budget.  This is your opportunity to share your ideas and provide your input on the budget.  The budget meeting is going to take place at the Leininger Center at Kelley Park, Okayama Room, 1300 Senter Road, from 6-8pm. 

For more information please call my office at  (408) 535-4907 .
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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