City of San Jose & District 7 Updates
March 25, 2016 - In This Issue:
From the Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Saturday, I hosted a very successful District 7 Dumpster Day at Yerba Buena High School with Mayor Sam Liccardo. With the help of over 150 residents we filled 7 dumpsters with trash from all over the district . Thank you very much to all who came out to dump their trash in an effort to keep our neighborhood a much cleaner place. A very special thank you as well to our amazing, hardworking volunteers and host school (Yerba Buena High School) who not only provided the parking lot for our dumpster day, but provided volunteers and support as well. 

This Monday, I joined children and families at OB Whaley Elementary to kick-off the Walk N' Roll program. This program inspires hundreds of children and families in San Jose  to choose an alternative to driving every day.  Through this program walking and bicycling have increased by nearly 40% in San Jose. It has also helped i mprove bike and pedestrian safety around schools by reducing vehicles within the school and reducing traffic congestion. I am happy to announce that OB Whaley has become the 7th school in District 7, and number 53 in the San Jose enrolled. 

On Monday, 3/28 we will be holding a public hearing on the  Mayor's March Budget Message  at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity for residents to provide their thoughts on the budget and what they would like to see on the priority list for this upcoming fiscal year. I urge you to join us in the process of putting together this budget. Hope to see you there.

As a reminder, San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Thursday, March 31st in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. All City offices will reopen on Friday, April 1. 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
VAN THO LAC VIET PEN CLUB COMMENDATION 
     
On Tuesday during Council, I was proud to present a commendation to Van Tho Lac  Viet Club for promoting literary creative. Through their mission they have created   forum for people to exchange ideas and dialogue and ensure freedom, democracy, and civil liberty for all people. I want to thank the founders for coming out to Council it was a great honor. 
WALK N' ROLL AT OB WHALEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KICK-OFF EVENT
   
   

On Monday, we kicked-off the Walk N' Roll program at OB Whaley Elementary School. This program is great because it promotes healthy alternative means of transportation to school, creates a level of community engagement, and reduces traffic congestion around schools. Before cutting the ribbon with Principal Tanya Trim and SJPD Captain Matta, the kids had fun chanting with me: "I come because I care...!"
DISTRICT 7 DUMPSTER DAY AT YERBA BUENA HIGH SCHOOL
     
On Saturday, I hosted the District 7 Dumpster Day at Yerba Buena High School. We had an incredible turnout by resident through out our district. With the help of 150 residents we filled 7 dumpsters with trash. I want to thank all the residents for coming out to the event and all the volunteers from Yerba Buena High School and our neighborhood associations. Stay tune for our next Dumpster Day. 
CITY NEWS UPDATE
SAN JOSE CITY HALL, CITY OFFICES TO CLOSE FOR CESAR CHAVEZ DAY  
  

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Thursday, March 31 in observance of César Chávez Day. All City offices will reopen on Friday, April 1. 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 Friday, April 1.
Community Centers: Residents should check with their local community center for hours of operation during the holidays. 

Community Center information is available at www.sanjoseca.gov/prns or in the Citywide Activity Guide.

Garbage and Recycling pickup will occur as normal on Thursday, March 31.

Garbage Bills or New Accounts: 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.

If you have any questions about City services, please call (408) 535-3500.
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
SEVEN TREES MONTHLY CLEAN UP- SAT, 3/26

On Saturday, March 26th please join the Seven Trees Neighborhood Association for their monthly clean up. The meeting location is in front of the Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, starting at 9:00 am. Clean up supplies along with community service hours will be provided. For more information call Kristy at  (209) 471-8829 or via email at  klrday55@att.net.
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.   
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.
HOUSING DEPARTMENT- DROP IN HOURS AT SANTEE

   
 
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.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 30th at the FMCI Building, 1399 Santee Drive, from  8:30 am to 11:00 am. 

For more information contact Cirilo Rosales at (408) 975-4423 or email at Cirilo.Rosales@sanjoseca.gov
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
VIOLENCE FREE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES- FRI, 4/1

   
 
Join us for a special community awareness program,  Violence-Free, Resilient Communities Panel. Come and  learn the role we all play in creating violence-free, resilient communities and what is needed for our community to thrive, despite ongoing challenges, and how we can help address the needs. The event will be held on  Friday, April 1st at San Jose City Hall, Wing Rooms 118-120, from 11: 30am to 1:00pm.  This event is free and open to the community so please feel free to share it with your contacts.  Light refreshments. Free parking in City Hall Parking Garage (entrance on  6th street).

For questions or to RSVP please contact Diane Fisher at  diane@jvalley.org.
COYOTE HOWL CONFERENCE FOR SOUTH BAY CREEKS- SAT, 4/9


 
Join us for a half-day conference as we share ideas about the South Bay creeks' pollution problem, wildlife struggles, and neighborhood concerns.The event will be hosted on Saturday, April 9th at San Jose City Hall, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Free Expo from 12-2:00 pm featuring the CHEER Garbage museum, art about creeks, and community tables about wildlife and activities.  Lunch included for registered conference attendees.

For more information and to register, visit  CoyoteHowl.org.
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 Saturday, April 30th 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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LỊCH TRÌNH HỌP CÁC HỘI CƯ DÂN KHU VỰC 7
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(408) 535-4907 hoặc email

Johanna.Rodr iguez@sanjoseca.gov.
District 7
408.535.4907
district7@sanjoseca.gov
 
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