JULY 2018
Dear neighbors,
My District 2 team and I hope your summer is going wonderfully! As many of you are enjoying vacation, the San José City Council is observing a July recess. Our office is taking this time to reflect on what we have accomplished as well as evaluate our goals and aspirations for the months ahead. As always, we are working hard both at City Hall and in our District 2 community while staying accessible to all of you. 

Summer in South San José is exciting because we have a lot of free fun and games planned for you, your family, and your neighbors! Please learn (and see) more about Viva Parks, Village Fest, and Viva Calle in this newsletter! It gets even more action-packed as we move into August and host a Caltrans Community Meeting to discuss litter and homelessness. Find more details about all these events on my  website, Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

Also in this newsletter, look for updates about negotiations with Union Pacific to clean up the Monterey Road train tracks, road repairs on Santa Teresa Boulevard, the sale of Hayes Mansion, and more topics important to our community.

If you are ever in need of City Resources or Contacts, here is a great place to start:

Report on  MySanJose :

Graffiti  (866) 249-0543
Illegal Dumping (408) 794-1900
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Outages (408) 794-1903
Speak with a live Customer Service Representative (408) 535-3500

Additional Resources:

(408) 975-1440 

(408) 535-7770

(408) 534-2900

(408) 793-5510 

We look forward to seeing you and collaborating with you. Together, let's continue making our slice of San José a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

In community,

Sergio Jimenez

D2 News: Updates & Accomplishments
Giant games, family-friendly activities, and fun prizes bring together D2 community at our local parks

We are bouncing, jumping, rolling, kicking, playing, and running around District 2 parks all summer long! Everyone is invited to our District 2 Viva Parks events, where we are embracing the meaning of summer fun and transforming our local community. Viva Parks provide free food, games, entertainment, and resources at local parks on 9 different weekday evenings from June - August 2018 . View our flyer for exact dates, times, and locations.

Join your neighbors for great company and activities, including: Inflatable Obstacle Course, Bike Track, Zorb games, Dart Soccer, Sumo Suits, Extreme Air, Climbing Wall, Arts & Crafts, and more!

I would like to thank the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department and community leaders who make it possible for neighbors to gather in a safe and fun space.
Sale of Hayes Mansion for $30 million relieves City of large debts

On June 26, the City Council approved the sale of the Hayes Mansion, located in District 2, for $30 million.

Since I took office in December of 2016, I have been working diligently with City Staff in the Office of Economic Development to create a sale agreement that allowed us to pay our outstanding debt, protect the workers — many of whom have served at the Mansion for over ten years — and preserve community access to the Mansion.

Here are the positive outcomes of the sale to JMA Ventures, LLC:

- The City will receive $30 million, which will be used to pay outstanding bond debt from restoration and renovations.
- JMA Ventures has expressed commitment to maintain the current no-cost City and community use of conference space. This means that community events like National Night Out and Neighborhood Association Meetings will continue free of cost at the Hayes Mansion.
- JMA Ventures has signed a labor agreement with Unite Here to preserve the employment, protections, and benefits of current employees. This was a victory for our workers. I appreciate JMA for recognizing the value that Hayes employees add to the hotel, restaurant, and conference center. 
- JMA Ventures will assume the responsibility for maintenance, repairs, and improvements to the parking lot adjacent to the Hayes Mansion. 
- The Edenvale Garden Park is not included in the sale and will remain open to the public.
- The Hayes Mansion will continue to be a Historical Landmark.

The Hayes Mansion is a historical gem. Though I am sad to see the property change hands, I know that this sale is necessary for the financial stability of our City and the future viability of the Mansion.

For more information on the sale of the Hayes Mansion, please read my full statement and detailed background information.
City begins negotiations to ensure the Monterey Rd. train tracks get cleaned up

Union Pacific (UP) owns the train tracks running along Monterey Road, and the City of San José needs permission to go onto UP’s property to clean up the area.

On June 26, the City Council unanimously approved a memorandum from my colleagues and I to start the process for the City to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with UP. I thank my dedicated team for taking the lead role in bringing this issue to the forefront.

The negotiation will include obtaining regular access to the tracks for clean-ups and public safety enforcement, getting regular reports from UP about their clean-up efforts, adding new fencing to improve public safety, and adding signage with information for residents to contact UP to report issues.

As community members who are impacted by the cleanliness of Monterey Road, you are encouraged to report illegal dumping, litter, and graffiti along the railroad tracks to:

Union Pacific
Response Management Communication Center (RMCC)
24-hour Dispatch Center for reporting the following:
Encampments, illegal dumping, unusual or suspicious occurrences.
Phone: 1-877-877-7267

Fixing potholes in D2 this summer

On Tuesday, June 19, the City Council approved the 2018 San José Pavement Project, which grants us $6.5 million to improve our City streets.

In District 2, you can look forward to the repaving of Santa Teresa Boulevard from Cottle Road to Dunn Avenue. Construction is anticipated to start in July and be completed by November.
Riding in Waymo's self-driving car and talking about how technology impacts San Jose

Two of my staff members and I were in for a treat: We got to ride in one of Waymo's self-driving vehicles!

The technology both inside the car (such as the computer system and intuitive animated screen on display for passengers) and outside (such as the sensors and camera you see on the hood of this minivan) safely navigated us throughout neighborhood streets, across intersections, and between cars and pedestrians.

I enjoyed discussing the future of Waymo's autonomous vehicles and how this technology could potentially impact San José's laws, streets, businesses, workers, and more.
Volunteers & ESD staff are the driving force behind D2 Dumpster Days

From hardworking Environmental Services Department staff to kids to seasoned volunteers to neighborhood leaders, our diverse #SJD2 Dumpster Day team made it possible for hundreds of residents to clean out their junk and keep trash off our streets!

Volunteers in the Santa Teresa Foothills neighborhood and Metcalf neighborhood braved the heat to greet residents, direct traffic, help folks unload their cars, and even provide refreshing lemonade. Thank you for being present and active faces of our community. This is what teamwork looks like. We appreciate you!
A Look at More Community Stories
D2 and You: Upcoming Events
Please click on the photos/flyers below for more information:
National Night Out: Your neighborhood can team up with SJPD for a crime & drug prevention event on August 7th!

Your neighborhood is invited to participate on Tuesday evening August 7, 2018, with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of  National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out  is designed to:
▪ Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
▪ Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
▪ Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
▪ Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

REGISTRATION IS DUE ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018. Join us today by registering your event at  SJPD.ORG, and a team of the San José Police Department will join you and your neighbors! You can also find  event Questions & Answers, event ideas, important deadlines, and more at SJPD's website.
Viva CalleSJ 2018 (Open Streets) comes to District 2 neighborhoods in South San Jose!

Viva CalleSJ is a free program that temporarily closes miles of San José streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. 

Each year's event opens upwards of six miles of streets, through some of San José's most iconic neighborhoods for people to come out and play for the day!

Sunday, September 23
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In District 2, Viva CalleSJ will be coming down Monterey Road and turning on Branham Lane!
For Your Information
Not all blight you see is on City property. Find out which agency you need to contact to get the job done -- it might be on Union Pacific property or Caltrans property:

All reporting is tracked at each agency and forwarded to the appropriate response team for action.

Union Pacific (usually the property around the railroad tracks)

Please use the Response Management Communication Center (RMCC) 24 hr. Dispatch Center for reporting the following: Encampments, illegal dumping, unusual or suspicious occurrences, and safety hazards.
Call: 1-888-877-7267

Caltrans (usually property surrounding / adjacent to freeways and highways)

A Maintenance Service Request (MSR) form at  https://csr.dot.ca.gov/  is required to be filled out for any area in question. The purpose of the MSR is to track and prioritize schedule maintenance, as well as direct the information to the appropriate department. 

Need to report abandoned vehicles, street light outages, and more? Use MySanJose: Our quick & easy tool to request City services

Want to get that pothole or street light fixed? Need to report graffiti, illegal dumping or an abandoned vehicle? Have a different question for the City? With the new state-of-the-art MySanJose  app  and  website , it is now a breeze to file and track a City service request or reach one of our customer representatives. It is super easy to use – see our zippy  tutorial

Download the MySanJose app today:  www.sanjoseca.gov/mysanjose
Please don't leave your large items on the side of the road. It's easy & FREE to get rid of your junk!

San José residents can schedule FREE appointments to have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and  more ) picked up by their recycling collection company. 

Visit the San José Free Junk Pick Up website to schedule your free appointment today!

Thank you for keeping our City clean and combating illegal dumping!

Learn how to   report and prevent illegal dumping . Let's work together to stop trash that is illegally dumped in public spaces, sidewalks, streets, etc.!
Join us in welcoming our D2 Intern Mehek!

Mehek is a California native who loves reading, writing, and listening to the soundtracks of various musicals on repeat. She attends Lynbrook High School, and she is currently a rising senior. When she graduates, she wants to pursue a double major in English Education and Psychology. Beyond that, she is still unsure of her next step, but she hopes it involves inspiring young people and making a difference. She is really excited to work with Councilmember Jimenez's office to help the community grow and progress.
Students, get involved! My District 2 Team is looking for Fall 2018 interns!

Join our team and make a difference in the community! The Office of Councilmember Sergio Jimenez welcomes college or graduate school students interested community engagement, public service, policy research, and local government to apply for our District 2 Internship. 

This unpaid internship provides students with an immersive experience in day-to-day operations of a City Council office that serves about 100,000 residents. 

Student interns are expected to:
Communicate effectively with others
Adapt and work in a fast-paced environment
Have a willingness to learn and apply academic training to required job assignments
Commit a minimum of 15 hours per week

How to apply:
To be considered for the District 2 Internship, please:
1. Complete the District 2 Internship Form 
2. Upload your District 2 Internship Form, along with your Resume and Cover Letter, to the District 2 Internship Application
Community Resources
Have a D2 question or concern? Contact my team!

You may have met them at City Hall, Neighborhood Meetings, or just out and about in our community! In addition to supporting me at meetings and events -- or attending on my behalf -- my team members follow specific policy areas and have other responsibilities. They are happy to speak or meet with you regarding your questions or concerns!

Get involved: District 2 Neighborhood Associations

Neighborhood Associations (N.A.s) are groups of community members who meet and collaborate to work towards common goals such as: beautification/clean-up efforts, safety enhancements, and social events. N.A.s serve as a connection between the community and City Hall. We are here to support N.A.'s by providing direction, resources, grants, help with outreach, models for success, and more.

View the interactive map of D2 N.A's on my website to find your N.A. or work with my office to start a N.A. in your area!

Reserving meeting space as an N.A.

As an established Neighborhood Association, you may reserve space for community use directly with Libraries and Community Centers in our District. As long as the meeting takes place during regular hours of operation, there is no charge to to your N.A.

If your event goes beyond the hours of operation, there is a charge for staffing. Our office is happy to accommodate 2 uses per N.A. per year for N.A.’s by paying for the staff time. Any additional uses outside of this would require your N.A. to cover the cost. 

Please contact the District 2 Office for more information!
Beyond San José: Get the latest news from your other elected officials

Read your Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman's Newsletter

Read your Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese's Newsletter

Read your California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra's News/Updates

Read your California State Assemblymember Mark Stone's News/Updates

Sergio's Office Hours 

Office Hours are a time to come ask questions, share concerns, or simply have a conversation! Please visit my website for more information.

Upcoming Office Hours:

Saturday, August 4
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Edenvale Library, Study Room B

Monday, August 30
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Teresa Library, Study Room B
City Resources

Report on MySanJose :

Graffiti (866) 249-0543
Illegal Dumping (408) 794-1900
Potholes (408) 794-1900
Streetlight Outages (408) 794-1903
Speak with a live Customer Service Representative (408) 535-3500

Additional Resources:

(408) 975-1440 

(408) 535-7770

(408) 534-2900

(408) 793-5510 

Vanessa Sandoval – Chief of Staff
Helen Chapman – Policy & Legislative Advisor
Maribel Villarreal  – Policy & Legislative Analyst
Lucas Ramirez  – Policy & Legislative Analyst
Laura Nguyen – Community Relations & Web Coordinator
Kimberly Hernandez  – Executive Assistant