District 6 Newsletter 
December 2018
Dear Neighbors,

Have you seen the video circulating on Facebook where a man wakes up covered in holiday wrapping paper and tears it off his face, then tears the wrapping paper off his wife's face smiling widely at the prospect of just being alive? He continues to unwrap "presents" around the house including his kids, the light switch, the water faucet, the shower, his breakfast, a briefcase, and his car - all while expressing gratitude for having all these things we so often take for granted. The message reminded me to be thankful for what I have and know that I am blessed to live in a city and community where my family and I have clean water, electricity, jobs, caring neighbors, and each other.
 
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District 6 Spotlight
Unanimous City Council Decision to 
Sell City-owned Properties to Google

On Tuesday, December 4 th, the City Council discussed the agreement with Google for the sale of city-owned properties in the Diridon Station Area. It was an unanimous decision and my Council colleagues approved my motion without amendments.

Mayor Liccardo, Vice Mayor Carrasco, Councilmember Arenas, and I co-authored a memo to approve the staff recommendation to include the land sale agreements and Memorandum of Understanding about the development process going forward. The purchase & sale agreement is $100 Million plus an option for a minimum of $110 Million for additional property.

The City will immediately commence discussions with Google regarding the amount and purpose of a Google Community Benefits fund, prioritizing, among other needs to include:
  •  Affordable Housing - priority for those displaced by rising rents
  • Educational opportunity - with an emphasis on college tuition and fee assistance, middle and high school career pathways for local schools focusing on San Jose youth from low-income families in high-risk neighborhoods and programs for job-shadowing and internships to develop foundational skills
  • Job training - with an emphasis on careers in construction trades, and IT-enabled jobs not requiring a college degree
We also included a provision for the completion of the Los Gatos Creek Trail through the current Fire Training property, or immediately adjacent property, as part of the Diridon Station Area Plan Update.

The City will reconvene the Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) to hold public discussions on topics prior to any Council decision such as:
  • A Final Community Benefits Agreement
  • Development Agreement(s)
Thank you to the many residents who wrote, called, and attended the Council meeting to show your support for the Google project. And thank you to Google for being a good partner in this process. I will share new information with you as we continue the discussions.

Trash Talk Recap


I recently hosted my Trash Talk event on Friday, December 7th. We picked up a total of 15 bags of litter. Thank you to Zanotto's Family Market and 7-Eleven for being partners!

I will host the Trash Talk series on a monthly basis in areas of the District that need additional support. No RSVP's required, just show up! All litter supplies and equipment will be provided.
2019 College Football National Playoff's 

Let the countdown begin! The 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game is on Monday, January 7th at 5:00 p.m. at the Levi's Stadium!

San Jose will host a variety of events, attractions and fun the weekend before the big game! You don't want to miss it!

Fire Station One and the Pink Engine Visit - 11/5

I visited Fire Station One and met the Pink Engine! The City of San Jose recently approved the donation of four fire engines to the San Jose Fire Museum. One of those engines, a 1986 Pierce Pumper, is slated to become the Breast Cancer Awareness Engine; possibly the first for Santa Clara County. 

The Pierce will be painted pink in honor of Cindy Hawke, a San Jose Fire Communications dispatcher who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008. The engine will be given the name "Cindy" and will be available for parades, public education events and recruitment efforts.

Donations to the Pink Engine are tax deductible as the museum is 501c3. Checks can be made payable to the San Jose Fire Museum with the memo noting the Pink Engine.

You can mail checks to the San Jose Fire Museum, 1662 Senter Road D1 San Jose, CA 95112.


Tour of Laurel Play Gardens- 11/8

Laurel Play Gardens is an initiative of Teknol Inc, formed by a group of education entrepreneurs seeking visible change in the educational space in Silicon Valley. Laurel Play Gardens is a preschool and kindergarten program. They are a play-based school with a blended curriculum using Montessori and Waldorff techniques.

Laurel Play Gardens is located at 1050 Park Ave.


Downtown Ice Opening Ceremony - 11/20

I joined my Council Colleagues and Kristi Yamaguchi in celebrating the opening of Downtown Ice!

Downtown Ice will be open:
Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays - 5:00 p.m. - Midnight
Saturdays - 12:00 p.m. - Midnight
Sundays - 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Special hours apply to the holidays and may change around the big events.  

Christmas in the Park Tree Decorating - 11/20

The District 6 team decorated our Christmas in the Park tree with San Jose Sharks and San Jose Earthquakes decorations! Our tree is located right behind the reindeer sleigh photo booth. Don't forget to stop by during your visit to Christmas in the Park!

Visit San Jose's annual holiday tradition, Christmas in the Park! See all of the glittering lights, the 60-foot Community Giving Tree, and hundreds of decorated Christmas Trees. 

Enter Winter Wonderland and enjoy all of the rides, foods and fun!

Christmas in the Park will conclude on December 25, 2018.


Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting Ceremony - 11/23

My Council Colleagues and I celebrated the Tree Lighting at Christmas in the Park!


Boy Scout Troop 286's Visit to City Hall - 11/29

Boy Scout Troop 286 visited City Hall for their Citizenship in the Community requirement. It was a full house on the 18th Floor and I enjoyed talking with them about important issues in our community.


City News & Updates
San Jose Clean Energy

San Jose will soon have a new, cleaner choice for the electricity that powers our homes and businesses: San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE). Operated by the Community Energy Department of the City of San Jose, SJCE will buy cleaner electricity for you at competitive prices, from sources like solar, wind and hydropower. PG&E will deliver the electricity over existing utility lines, and continue to do maintenance, billing and customer service as they always have.

As a City Department, any revenues that exceed costs will be used to keep rates low and invest in programs, such as local clean energy generation projects and assistance with energy efficiency. SJCE is governed by the San Jose City Council, who voted unanimously to create it in May 2017.

San Jose Clean Energy electricity service will begin February 2019 for residents and businesses. Starting with their February bill, residents and businesses will be enrolled in GreenSource, San Jose Clean Energy's default power offering.

Greensource has cleaner energy sources and rates 1% cheaper than PG&E service. The Council-approved power mix for GreenSource includes 45% renewable energy from solar and wind and 35% carbon-free hydropower, and is overall 80% carbon-free. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from GreenSource service is like taking 35,000 cars off the road.

Customers can also upgrade to San Jose's Clean Energy's TotalGreen offering for 100% renewable energy on the website or by calling 833-432-2454. Choosing TotalGreen will cost the average home about $5-$10 more per month. Accounts can opt out to remain entirely with PG&E.

2018-2019 Holiday Collection Schedule

If your usual garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection or street sweeping day falls on or after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day, your collection and sweep day will be one day later during that week.

Go to www.sjenvironment.org/lookup to find your holiday collection and street sweeping day.

Recycle Right and Green Tidings for the Holidays

We rely on you to Recycle Right!
Prevent food waste this holiday season!
  • Plan ahead to reduce your household food waste. For tips, visit www.sjenvironment.org/foodwaste. All food scraps belong in your black garbage cart and will be removed for composting.
Recycle your holiday tree
  • Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your regular collection day from December 26, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Remove stands, tinsel and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces and set out by 6:00 a.m.
For Service
  • Contact your recycling, garbage, or yard trimmings collection company to report missed collections, service issues, replace damaged carts, or to change your cart size. Go to www.sjenvironment.org/lookup to find your service provider, collection and street sweeping day.
Google Science Fair 2018 - 2019

Now until December 12th, students ages 13-18 can submit projects individually or in a group. This year, students will be competing for a $50,000 grand prize scholarship. We hope to show teens that every idea has the power to shape our world; and science, technology, engineering and math can be used to make a real impact on the issues they care about.

Get Fit Eat Well Community Challenge

Last month, I took the City Councilmember pledge in support of the Get Fit Eat Well Community Challenge. Get Fit Eat Well offers health programs based on medical research that has been used in local communities to reach optimal health.

Join us during the December San Jose Neighbor Night on December 14th at Bascom Community Center to learn about how you can participate in the Get Fit Eat Well community challenge.
Caltrain Business Plan

I serve as one of three representatives for Santa Clara County on the Caltrain Joint Powers Board. Caltrain is currently going through a comprehensive process to envision the future of electrified train service from San Francisco to San Jose. Stay up to date on the Caltrain Business Plan by visiting their website.
YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Awards - Nominations

YWCA Silicon Valley's Tribute to Women Awards honors the brightest and boldest women leaders in our community.

These women excel in their fields and make significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community in executive and professional roles.

Nominate your colleague, mentor or neighbor by January 19, 2019.

Free Junk Pickup

Schedule a FREE junk pickup with the City of San Jose! Just follow these easy steps:
  1. See the list of acceptable junk items.
  2. Enter your address in the Residential Services Lookup map to find your Recycling Company (they will pick up your junk).
  3. Call the recycling company to schedule your appointment. Have ready the list of items you want to get rid of.
  4. Set our your items up to 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
Schurra's and Willow Glen Sweet Shoppe

We all miss Schurra's storefront on The Alameda. But Schurra is excited to announce their new retail partnership with Willow Glen Sweet Shoppe, conveniently located in downtown Willow Glen at 1140 Lincoln Ave. #6.

The friendly staff will help you pick your favorite Private Reserve truffles, Showpiece truffles, Buttercreams, Caramels, Chocolate Dipped Apricots and more!

2019 Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy  (LEAD) Program

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is excited to share the recruitment period for the 2019 Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy (LEAD) Program. LEAD is a youth leadership program that aims to build the pipeline of socially and culturally conscious leaders and empower underrepresented youth to impact positive change in our community.

They are recruiting high school youth interested in civic engagement, public service, leadership, and/or social justice. The program runs from March through August 2019. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 22, 2019.

Community Events
San José Public Library Events

Date and Time
Event
Library
December 11th, 3:15 p.m. Science 4U: Life Science!
Rose Garden
December 7th, 9:00 a.m.
Professionals in Job Transition
Bascom
December 12th, 3:30 p.m.
Teen Ornaments
Bascom
December 15th, 11:00 a.m.
Bascom
December 20th, 10:30 a.m.
Bascom
December 22nd, 1:00 p.m. Fratello Marionettes: Peter & the Wolf
Bascom
December 22nd, 4:00 p.m.
Fratello Marionettes: Carnival of the Animals
Rose Garden

Mommy & Me and Daddies Too Kids Club, Celebrate the Season
Tuesday, December 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Santana Row - Park Valencia (in front of Maggiano's)
377 Santana Row

Get into the holiday spirit! Meet at the Park Valencia in front of Maggiano's, for a morning of holiday entertainment with Andy Z & The Magical Elves, Photos with Santa Claus, holiday planting, special themed arts & crafts and so much more!

Please bring a new or gently used coat to donate to One Warm Coat.

Willow Glen Community Center Breakfast with Santa "Hawaiian Style"
Saturday, December 15th, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Willow Glen Community Center,
2175 Lincoln Ave.

Santa Claus is coming to the Willow Glen Community Center and wants everyone to join him for breakfast, games, and fun holiday crafts "Hawaiian Style"! It will be a merry and memory making time for the entire family before Santa hits the North Pole. 

Santa will be taking photos and giving out prizes to all little ones in attendance. Hurry and sign up today, space is limited!

$12 for adults and children older than 1 year.  Purchase your ticket today!
Holiday Rummage Sale
Saturday, December 15th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center,
938 The Alameda

You can reserve a table to sell items for only $10. To donate items and/or to reserve your table, email fabulous@defrank.org
Bascom's Blissful Wonderland!
Saturday, December 15th, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bascom Community Center,
1000 S. Bascom Ave.

Join us at Bascom's Blissful Wonderland, where you can enjoy the cinnamon breeze! Get creative while building a gingerbread house, sip on some hot chocolate/cider and end your visit with a picture with Santa Claus!

$5.00 per person. Purchase your ticket today
Holiday Movie Nights at Christmas in the Park
Every Saturday, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Market St. between San Fernando and San Carlos St.

Come on over to Christmas in the Park each Saturday starting at 6:00 p.m. for your cherished holiday favorites! Lucky of California will have free milk and cookies, so come join the fun!

December 15th - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 22nd - Santa Clause 2
Willow Glen Christmas Lights Tour and Toy Drive
Saturday, December 15th, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
1261 Lincoln Ave.

Join Goombahs Car Club and decorate your classic car for a fun car show starting at 5:00 p.m. followed by a tour of the neighborhood lights at 7:00 p.m. All donations from the Toy Drive will be given to the Family Giving Tree for the undeserved youth in our community. No fees or registration required. 

Santa Run Silicon Valley
Sunday, December 16th, 3:30 p.m.
Downtown San Jose,
225 W. Santa Clara St.

Santa Run Silicon Valley is benefitting Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice. This 5K Run/Walk is fun for the whole family and we encourage you to dress up as your favorite holiday character or tradition. The race course winds through downtown San Jose and concludes at Christmas in the Park, where you can enjoy the festivities with Santa's milk and cookies!

5K Santa Run/Walk: 3:30 p.m.
Kids Reindeer Dash (ages 2-7): 2:30 p.m.

Greater Rose Garden Certified Farmers' Market
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lincoln High School Parking Lot, 
577 Dana Ave.

The Greater Rose Garden Certified Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. beneath the Lincoln High School parking lot solar panels. Support local vendors and spend time with your neighbors!

More community events can be found on our District 6 website
Office of Councilmember Davis | 408-535-4906 |  district6@sanjoseca.gov | www.sjd6.org