City of San Jose & District 7 Updates
May 27, 2016 - In This Issue:
From the Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Tuesday, City Council approved a Wage Theft ordinance in an attempt to protect our hardworking residents from
wage theft in San Jose.  This new ordinance will hold city contractors accountable for wage violations they have yet remedy.  While the vast majority of San Jose employers comply with the law, some employers are violating basic labor laws, harming San Jose workers and their families. The Office of Equality Assurance helps to ensure that contractors and businesses maintain compliance. To learn more click  here

On June 4th, I will be hosting a community meeting for a proposed new linear plaza along Midfield Avenue between Scotty Road and Havana Drive. This is a great opportunity for folks to provide their input on the design. Park staff will be there to hear your ideas. The meeting is going to take place o Saturday, June 4th at OS Hubbard Elementary School, located at 1680 Foley Avenue, from 9am to 12pm. 

Lastly, San José City Hall and other City offices will close for Memorial Day Holidays and will reopen on Tuesday, May 31st. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

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
BRIDGES ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL VISITS CITY HALL
    
  

On Monday, I welcomed seventh and eight graders from Bridge Academy Middle School in Distirct 7 to City Hall. I had the opportunity to tell them my journey becoming a Councilmember and answer questions for their civics class. Out of the 22 students, 5 were new comers from Vietnam, 3 from Mexico, and 1 from El Salvador. I want thank Ms. Valdivia for taking the time to bring students from the Santee community to learn about city government. A special thanks to m y colleague Councilmember Carrasco for joining me.
4TH CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AT CITY HALL
  
  

Last week, I held the third candlelight vigil at city hall to continue with the momentum in bringing awareness to the toxic dumping by Farmosa Factory in Vietnam that has caused a mass of fish killed. Over 200 people joined us in this effort. I want to thank you all and  invite you on more time this weekend.  Please continue to be with us for the fourth candlelight vigil this month. The next candlelight will be this Saturday, May 28th, at city hall from 6pm to 9pm. I hope to see you there.
ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION AT THE SEVEN TREES COMMUNITY CENTER
     
On Saturday, I celebrated Asian American Heritage Month at the Seven Trees Community Center.
The celebration was welcomed by Hula dancers, followed by the special speakers, cultural performances, sample culture cuisines, balloon sculptures, and raffle drawings. A special thanks to Vice Mayor Rose Herrera, Councilmember Ash Kalra, and Supervisor Cindy Chavez for stopping by District 7. I can't end without recognizing Michelle Amores and the rest of the library staff for organizing this incredible event.
GRAND OPENING OF BASKIN ROBBINS ON STORY ROAD 
 
    
  
On Saturday, I was honored to participate in the ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Baskin Robbins. I want thank all who came out to support this new business in our beautiful District 7. Dozens of residents enjoyed music and delicious ice cream. Congratulations on a beautiful store. To my salvation, I discovered Baskin Robbins have ice cream without sugar, so I can enjoy life after all.
SEVEN TREES NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION- COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT

 

Last Saturday, the Seven Trees neighborhood association completed a community garden project
at the Seven Trees Community Center. The project was successfully completed with the help of dedicated volunteer-members that worked very hard Saturday morning to get the first community garden in the Seven Trees Community Center. I want to thank Jasmine Shone for spearheading this project and all the volunteer-members. This neighborhood association is a great example of self-motivated individuals getting things done in the neighborhood. 
COYOTE CREEK CLEAN-UP AT COYOTE CREEK LONE BLUFF 

 
 
Saturday morning, I joined Deb Kramer with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and volunteers at a clean up at Coyote Creek Lone Bluff. With the help of 70 volunteers 3.4 tons of trash were removed , including 200  bags,  2.75 tons tipped,  1300 lbs metals and HHW, that's about  1500 feet cleaned.   I want thank all the volunteers for coming out bright and early and a special thanks to Deb Kramer for hosting this incredible clean up along District 7 creek.  For more events, click here
CITY NEWS UPDATE
SAN JOSE CITY HALL OFFICES TO CLOSE FOR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
   

San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. All City offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 31. The Police and Fire Departments, along with other critical City services, will remain unaffected by the closure.

Customer Contact Center: The City's Customer Contact Center will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers during the holiday. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.

Library Schedule: All City libraries will be closed and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 31. 

Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holiday. Community Center information is available at www.sanjoseca.gov/prns  or in the Citywide Activity Guide.

Garbage and Recycling Service: Collection will occur as normal on Monday, May 30. Contact your garbage, recycling or yard trimmings collection company to report missed collections, damaged carts, service issues or to change your cart size. Go to www.sjenvironment.org/lookup  to find your waste collection company.
MEDIA ADVISORY: 
COUNCILMEMBER TAM NGUYEN WILL SPEND THE NIGHT 
AT RIGHT 2 DREAM TOO CAMP FOR HOMELESS IN PORTLAND, OREGON

   


WHO: Tam Nguyen, Councilmember, City of San Jose 

WHEN: Friday, May 27, 2016 - Saturday, May 28, 2016

WHERE: Right 2 Dream Too, Portland, Oregon

Councilmember Tam Nguyen will travel to Portland, Oregon on Friday, May 27 to meet with the founder and organizers of Right 2 Dream Too, a nonprofit organization who provides refuge and a safe space to rest or sleep undisturbed for the homeless community in the City of Portland, Oregon.  He will be spending the evening camping with homeless residents, learning about the success of the operations, and discussing the issues and challenges they face.
 
The City Council has directed staff to consider similar programs in the City of San Jose. This visit will be an opportunity to gain direct feedback on the efficiency of these facilities to combat homelessness in our community.  San Jose has a large homeless population, including 2,800 unsheltered on any given night.  Councilmember Nguyen hopes the efforts of Right 2 Dream Too will help to create better housing policy, and raise sympathy and compassion for those least fortunate among us.
 
Councilmember Nguyen will debrief members of the media and various stakeholders on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 2:00pm, Committee Room 120, City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose.
 
About Right 2 Dream Too:
Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) was established on World Homeless Action Day, October 10th, 2011. R2DToo is a nonprofit organization (501(c)(3) charitable organization) operating a rest area which provides refuge and a safe place to rest or sleep undisturbed for Portland's unhoused community members who cannot access affordable housing or shelter. The mission of R2DToo's rest area is to be a low barrier for unhoused adults so that they can get the sleep they need. They provide space for unhoused adults to get up to 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep at a time.

For more information contact Council District 7 at (408) 535-4907.
SUCCESSFUL SJSU SWAP/DROP MOVE-OUT EVENT: MORE THAN 500 ITEMS REUSED OR RECYCLED, NOT DUMPED INTO LANDFILL
  

As the school year ended last week, the San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) held the first-ever "Move-out Swap or Drop" event at the San Jose State University (SJSU) campus. The free, convenient and eco-friendly attraction allowed students to get rid of or swap their unwanted clothes, food and furniture instead of filling dumpsters.

The event was led by the City of San José Environmental Services Department in partnership with SJSU, Center for the Development of Recycling, CommUniverCity, Goodwill of Silicon Valley, Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Cityteam.

More than 120 students and South University Neighborhood residents brought more than 500 items to the swap or drop event, which was part of the City's strategy to prevent illegal dumping.

Although the City provided dumpsters, they were hardly used as most items ended up being reused or recycled. Items included textbooks, calculators, clothes, shoes, microwaves, DVDs, TVs, food, and toiletries.

"As we keep looking for ways to reduce and reuse instead of filling landfills, it's great to see SJSU students step up by donating and recycling so many items," said Kerrie Romanow, director of the San José Environmental Services Department. "We just had to secure a cool venue with help from our strong partners."

"All of the items are going to people who can use them, or recycled, rather than into garbage," said Shannon McRae-Magic, donations developer with Goodwill of Silicon Valley. "We're very happy to be involved in this event, and look forward to partnering again in the future."

Students also disposed safely household hazardous items including 35 pounds of batteries, 17 printer ink cartridges, and 40 light bulbs. Due to the high level of student interest, ESD will continue to work with SJSU to promote reuse and recycling and prevent illegal dumping.

"After classes end, students moving out may be tempted to dump reusable and recyclable items in the trash or on the street," said James Saechou, SJSU environmental studies major and event co-organizer. "This event proved your trash may be another person's treasure."

Additionally, the City contracted with the recycling company, GreenTeam, to do a special large item collection route around the university neighborhoods, resulting in collection of 36 mattresses for recycling, and four tons of other large items.

Free resources for recycling and waste disposal:
  • San José Environmental Services Large Item Collection Program (www.sjenvironment.org/largeitems) - first curbside collection of up to three large items is free
  • Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program (www.hhw.org) - free drop-off locations throughout Santa Clara County
  • Recyclestuff.org - a resource to help identify where to recycle and donate items near you
For full news release click here
GOT JUNK?? IT'S EASY & FREE TO RECYCLE YOUR JUNK  
  

It's easy & FREE to recycle your junk..

Residents in single-family homes can have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and more) collected curbside by their recycling collection company. Up to 3 items large items.  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
SENIOR SAFARI- 5/28, 6/25, 8/27, 9/24

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Happy Hollow introduces their early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sites and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again. FREE admission and parking to seniors and free parking on the dates of
5/28, 6/23, 8/27, 9/24.

Animal Meet & Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase.

For more information please call (408) 794-6400 or visit hhpz.org
FREE VETERAN COMMUNITY BREAKFAST- SAT 5/28
     


On Saturday, May 28th Councilmember Manh Nguyen and Opening Doors will be serving a FREE breakfast to veterans and their families in honor of Memorial Day. The event is open to the public, so please come by. The event will start at 9am to 11am. If interested or for more information, contact Council District 4 at (408) 535-4904.
PARENTS IN READING FREE INFORMATION MEETING-WED, 6/01


     
Join Partners in Reading (PAR) learn to read and write better on Wednesday, January 1st from 6pm to 8pm. This FREE tutoring services for adults will take place at Joyce Ellington Branch Library, 491 Empire Street.  Come improve your reading and writign, work at your own speed, flexible hours.

What Does Partners in Reading Do?
  • Helps adult learners improve their reading: Free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults. Adults must have reading or writing skills that are below the ninth grade level. To qualify, an adult Learner needs to speak and understand English at a conversational level.
  • Connects tutors with learners: Trained volunteers provide tutoring at the King Library, a San José Public Library branch, or another public site in San José. Tutors and learners must commit to meet three hours per week for six months.
  • Promotes family learning: Through Together We Read, adult learners and their families learn the joy and value of reading and learning together.
  • Provides technology coaching: Adult learners build essential technology skills in the computer lab. Technology coaches instruct in sending emails, applying for jobs, as well as using smart devices.
For more information call  (408) 808-2361 or to reserve your seat. 
3RD ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT "DOOR TO OPPORTUNITY" -THURS, 6/02

    
You're invited to the 3rd Annual Small Business Summit "Door to Opportunityon Thursday, June 2nd.There will several workshops , networking opportunities, and resources for your business. Our workshops will  cover the hottest online marketing topics, tools, and local procurement developments, while you network with other local businesses and find resources. The workshop will run from 8am to 12pm at the Santa Clara County Building, 70 W. Hedding Street.  Brought to you by the County of Santa Clara and Small Business Development Centers in Silicon Valley.  To register, click here
MIDFIELD AVENUE LINEAR PLAZA COMMUNITY DESIGN WORKSHOP MEETING- SAT, 6/4
   
      
Councilmember Tam Nguyen invites you to join him in a community design workshop on the proposed new linear plaza along Midfield Avenue, north of Havana Drive. Come share your ideas on how to design the new linear plaza. The meeting will be held on  Saturday, June 4th at OS Hubbard Elementary School, located at 1680 Foley Avenue, from 9am to 12pm.   For more information contact Council District 7 at ( 408) 535-4959 .

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REUNION DE DISENO COMUNITARIO PARA LA NUEVA PLAZAA LO LARGO DE MIDFIELD AVE

El Concejal Tam Nguyen los invita a una reunión de diseño comunitario para el nuevo propuesto de la nueva plaza a lo largo de Midfield Avenue, norte de Havana Drive. Venga y comparta sus ideas sobre cómo diseñar la nueva plaza. La junta se llevara acabo el proximo sabado, 4 de enero en la escuela de O S Hubbard Elementary School, ubicada en 1680 Foley Avenue, de 9am a 12pm.  Para mas informacion llame a Johanna Rodriguez al (408) 535-4959
JANE'S WALK: MEET THE BIRDS, PLANTS, AND ANIMALS OF COYOTE CREEK - SUN 6/5

     
Ever wondered about the birds, plants and critters around Coyote Creek? Join us for a terrific outing on Sunday, June 5th from 8:30 to 11 AM at Hellyer County Park - Cottonwood Lake, 985 Hellyer Avenue. Join   Alie and Bruce Victorine as they share their love of birds on a short walk along Coyote Creek trail. California Native Plant Society's Joe Cernac will provide identification of the plants we encounter along the way. 

Registration required at KeepCoyoteCreekBeautiful.org.
DINE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT WEEK- 6/10-6/19

     
Downtown diners can experience a new hot spot every night over 10 days this June, when restaurants offer specially priced, three-course meals for Dine Downtown.

From June 10 to June 19, downtown restaurants create special menus for Dine Downtown. Options include new up-and-coming restaurants and recognized, award-winning downtown icons. There's a meal to meet every want - from Hawaiian to Asian-inspired comfort food to steakhouses, Italian food and beyond. See all of the restaurants and menus at http://dinedowntownsj.com.

Since food is also about community, the dining experience isn't just for the joy of a great meal. Dine Downtown sponsor Sysco will donate $1 to Martha's Kitchen for every meal purchased. Martha's Kitchen has provided hot meals to the hungry for 35 years.

Dine Downtown is a great week to explore all the area has to offer - from great food to arts. Be sure to check out these great events downtown at the same time:
  • You and I: Play-goers "take the leap into an unexpected friendship" with a poignant and insightful story about two teenagers. City Lights Theater. www.cltc.org
  • The Art of Fashion: A special preview of a collection that will be shown at Anne & Mark's Art Party. http://pivot-artfashion.com 
  • Third Thursday: After-hours with live music, food, drinks and, of course, art at the San Jose Museum of Art. http://sjmusart.org/calendar
  • Wild Party: A musical and whodunit set in the Roaring 20s. The Stage Theater Company. http://www.thestage.org
For a full list of downtown events, visit www.sjdowntown.com/events .

Arts, giving and great food: That's what great community and Dine Downtown are about.
 
Reservations taken through Open Table:  http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?pid=365&m=4
DIGITAL ARTS CAMP 2016-SEVEN TREES AND ROOSEVELT COMMUNITY CENTERS

     
Are your children looking for something fun and creative to do this summer?  If so, the SJ Digital Arts Program is offering some great camps this summer!

SJ Digital Arts provides hands on-opportunities for youth ages 13-24, to learn and explore their creativity. Youth engage in activities such as songwriting, beat production, music recording and editing, audio engineering, design, photography, film production and more. The program has a variety of partnerships to help enhance students' learning, including a partnership with a professional recording studio, Suspect Studios in San Jose.  

Currently, SJ Digital Arts has 2 program sites at Seven Trees and Roosevelt Community Centers.  During the summer the program offers Digital Arts Camps at both sites in the areas of Music, Film, Photography, Beat making, Dj-ing and Art.  You can view the SJ Digital Arts website at www.sjdigitalarts.org
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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