City of San Jose & District 7 Updates
April 22, 2016 - In This Issue:
From the Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Earth Day!!

This week, City Council debated  late into the night on Tuesday on updates to the  San Jose's Apartment Rent Ordinance that will continue further on May 10th. On a  6-5 vote, Council approved to  lower  the annual allowable rent increases to 5 percent from 8 percent. This means that units built before 1979, which is about 44,000 units in San Jose, will see a rent increase of only 5% a year moving forward.  Council will continue discussions with regard to adopting an Anti-Retaliation Ordinance and an urgency ordinance to limit rent spiking.  I hope you will continue following along and remember to reach out to Council with any questions and concerns.

During the April 12th meeting, Council voted to increase fines for the usage of illegal fireworks. As of May 26, 2016, fines for a first violation will be $500, a second violation will be $700, and a third violation will be $1,000. Also, a pilot program was approved to increase enforcement efforts in neighborhoods and parks. The goal is to encourage safe celebrations, eliminate fireworks-related injuries, and prevent fires caused by fireworks. 

Finally, come join me and other neighbors to celebrate Earth Day by spending an hour or two at the District 7 Great American Litter Pick-Up. The annual Earth Day clean-up is this Saturday, April 23rd.  We will meet at 8:00 am at the Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive. Come meet new people, see old friends and all to beautify our district. Community service hours available.  T he clean  up  will be followed by a celebratory lunch and  raffle  prizes!  Register  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 .

Tam Nguyen 
Councilmember, District 7



Give yourself more time to get around downtown, starting Monday, April 25. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority announced that's when construction of downtown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations, located on Santa Clara Street between 1st and 2nd Streets, will begin.
According to VTA, crews will begin working on the north side, starting with sidewalk construction. The westbound bus stop will be relocated across 1st Street, in front of the VTA Customer Service Center.

Construction on the south side and of the City Hall BRT stations will be announced separately at a later date.

For more information, click here.

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,, 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

The City of San José and Facebook announced today a public-private partnership to deploy an innovative wireless distribution network to support an open, publicly accessible, gigabit-speed outdoor WiFi network to be deployed in Downtown San José in late 2016.
"Cities worldwide are searching for ways to ensure that all residents can enjoy the benefits of internet connectivity by broadening access to fast and affordable broadband service," said Mayor Sam Liccardo. "San José is proud to work with a global tech leader like Facebook to pilot a next-generation technology that can help us achieve these goals and support research to support communities around the world."
"Challenges attaining fast, reliable wireless internet can be found anywhere, even in the heart of Silicon Valley," said Tim Danford, Facebook's Network Deployment Product Lead "Terragraph is a Facebook Connectivity Lab project that seeks to bring fast, reliable and inexpensive connectivity to dense urban areas and we are excited to have the City of San José as our first partner to showcase this technology later this year."
Facebook's Terragraph wireless system utilizes distribution nodes to connect high-speed fiber, and send it to other distribution nodes throughout the downtown area using 60 GHz (also known as "V-band"). And, by utilizing commercial off-the-shelf components and leveraging the cloud for intensive data processing, the Terragraph system is optimized for high volume, low cost production. Read about the technical details of the Terragraph system
The City and Facebook will work together on a research pilot deployment of the Terragraph network that is street-level Wi-Fi and open to the public. Through the public-private partnership, Facebook will provide the hardware and software for the Terragraph system, and the City will provide access to its streetlights and other related infrastructure needed to build-out the network.
Facebook chose San José due to its existing free Wi-Fi infrastructure downtown and its willingness to become a demonstration city to showcase new technologies.
The Terragraph research project is aligned to one of the main pillars of the Mayor's San José's Smart City Vision, which the City Council adopted earlier this year. The plan seeks to demonstrate new technologies, while using big data analytics and other digital tools to improve city services and the quality of life for residents in San Jose. The plan's goal is to transform San José into the most innovative city in America by 2020.
"This project is yet another example of San José's commitment to becoming a true 'Demonstration City' and deploying the latest innovations and technologies in ways that can significantly benefit our community," said Shireen Santosham, Mayor Liccardo's Director of Innovation. "We look forward to expanding on our partnerships with the private sector to ensure we're continually improving the ways in which we serve the public."
The initial research trial deployment of the Terragraph distribution network will focus on the Downtown San José core, with a targeted launch for late 2016. The City of San José and Facebook are also exploring plans for deployments in underserved San Jose neighborhoods and transit innovation corridors.
"The future deployment of this advanced network will open up new opportunities to our residents, businesses and entrepreneurs," continued Mayor Liccardo. "And because we're piloting this network right here in the heart of Silicon Valley, I am also excited to see how our innovative community can leverage and build upon this deployment to advance the next big idea."


Like many U.S. airports, Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) has been experiencing longer than usual wait times at the security screening checkpoints for passenger screening.  This is due to reduced staffing by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which is a nationwide issue.

SJC and the TSA recommend travelers plan to arrive to the airport as follows:
- 2 hours early for domestic flights
- 3 hours early for international flights 
This advice is especially important for those departing during SJC's peak travel hours of 5:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
We apologize for any inconvenience this current situation is causing to our valued customers.  SJC continues to advocate to the TSA for improvement.

For more information, click here


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

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  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.
Come and join Councilmember Tam Nguyen for a festive Cambodian New Year Celebration  at the Tully Branch Library on Friday, April 22nd at 4:30 pm. We will have arts and crafts, cultural dance performance by  Cambodian Dance Troupe , and food. In addition, there will be a special book signing and reading of "The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany's Gift of Hope" by its author: Daryn Reicherter and illustrator: Christy Hale. 

For more information click here
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
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 .

Celebrate National Arbor Day and San José's trees with Our City Forest!

Join us for a special Tree City ceremony on Friday, April 29th at 10am with guest speaker District 7 Councilmember Tam Nguyen. Meet Our City Forest at Kelley Park near the Leininger Community Center and Happy Hollow Zoo, 1300 Senter Road.  Please park in lot off Senter Road. We will be at Jaguar Site Picnic near the entrance to Happy Hollow Zoo in Kelley Park Join uus agter the brief ceremony for a community tree planting throughout the park. .  

If you're interested in volunteering please contact Thibault at

For more information click here

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

For more information call Council District 7 at (408) 535-46907.

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

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 .
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
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

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