A Word from the Councilmember..


Dear Neighbor, 

Welcome to the District 6 monthly newsletter! It is a privilege to be serving District 6 as your Councilmember, working to improve the quality of life for all our residents. Thank you for all the support and encouragement so far. Through this monthly newsletter, I will keep you updated on the latest news in our neighborhoods and across the city. I look forward to working with you this year to complete many great projects. 

Our new District 6 staff are both passionate and dedicated to assisting you: 

Mary Anne Groen - Chief of Staff Maryanne.Groen@sanjoseca.gov 
Christina Garavaglia - Council Assistant Christina.Garavaglia@sanjoseca.gov 
Philip Fernandez - Council Assistant Philip.Fernandez@sanjoseca.gov 
Christina Mauro - Council Assistant Christina.Mauro@sanjoseca.gov 
Jude Massaad - Council Assistant Jude.Massaad@sanjoseca.gov 

I welcome your questions, concerns, or comments. You can reach me or my team by calling 408-535-4906 or via email at dev.davis@sanjoseca.gov or district6@sanjoseca.gov

Best regards, 

Councilmember Dev Davis
Reminder: Register for the District 6 2017 Priorities Setting & Community Meeting!
Don't forget to join me for my first community meeting of the year, where we will be discussing ideas and priorities for D6 in 2017. I look forward to seeing you there! Continental breakfast will be served. Sign-up here .
Free 'California Building Code Changes' Public Workshop

The City is holding a Free Public Workshop on the significant changes in the 2016 California building codes on February 24, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at San Jose City Hall, Wing Committee Meeting Rooms 118-119.

City staff will highlight the significant changes to the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Residential, and Fire codes as well as CALGreen and Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards and related local San José Municipal Code amendments. You may attend any of the topical sessions that are of interest to you. A Q&A session will follow each topic. Coffee and water will be provided, and parking validation is available. 
RSVP to sarah.shull@sanjoseca.gov  or call Sarah at 408-535-7722.
Junk Pickup Program: Free & Easy

Residents in single-family homes can have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, and tires) picked up curbside by their recycling collection company. Each pickup includes up to three large items, and the first two pickups are free each year. You may schedule a free junk pickup appointment by calling your recycling company to get a date for your pickup. To find your recycling collection company, please use the Residential Services Lookup.  Residents in apartments and most condominiums with garbage dumpster service should contact their property manager or GreenTeam directly at (408) 282-4400 to arrange for free junk pickup.
The 12th Annual Santa Clara County Veterans Resource Fair Registration is OPEN!

The San Jose Vet Center Resource Fair Advisory Council is pleased to announce the upcoming 12th Annual Veterans Resource Fair to be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Resource Fair will be held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Fiesta Hall from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Over the years the Veterans Resource Fair has served thousands of veterans and their families and brought attention and support to the San Jose Vet Center in Downtown San Jose, by providing information, counseling and supportive services.
The services the Veterans Resource Fair will offer this year are: veteran benefits counseling, employment opportunities, medical and housing needs, community agency support services and education benefits. The attendees are offered a luncheon, child care and parking at no cost.
In order to be considered as a possible service provider participating in this event, please visit our new online registration website. If you are interested in applying, apply online here.
The service providers' application deadline is March 17, 2017, and space is very limited. If you have any questions, please contact veterans@regathon.com .  

District 6 Youth Commissioner Job Opening
A new D6 Youth Commissioner will be appointed in June 2017. Please see below for some information on the job position and its duties:
To foster greater involvement of youth in municipal government, specifically to
study youth related issues, activities and concerns relating to municipal policies,
programs, and/or projects of the City of San José.
Make recommendations to San José City Council and Parks, Recreation and
Neighborhood (Community) Services on youth related issues. Conduct forums to
involve youth in the governmental decision-making process, and co-sponsors
the Annual City of San José Youth Conference.
Youth Commissioners are encouraged to develop working relationships with their
civic partners, (Municipal constituency) and their peers.
Must be between the ages of 14 - 20, reside in the district he/she is
representing, have the drive to bring awareness of youth issues and represent
approximately 185,000 + youth within the City of San José.
Commissioners are expected to attend all Commission meetings. Unexcused
absences from any three consecutive regular meetings are deemed to have
resigned from the Commission.
Two-year terms with a possibility of a one-term reappointment.
Youth Commission meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30pm at City
Hall. Meetings are open to the public and follow Robert's Rules of Order. In
addition to regular monthly meetings, Commissioners may spend an additional five
hours per month attending subcommittee meetings and/or their own District Youth
Advisory Council (YAC) meetings.
There is no compensation for serving on the Youth Commission. However, the
active leadership role, relationships built and experience obtained are intangible benefits for their future.
You may call (408) 793-5559 for more information

Our City Forest (OCF) is Recruiting 

Local environmental non-profit, Our City Forest, is recruiting now for service-oriented people to join their award winning AmeriCorps team. Positions begin in mid-March and are full-time with a 6-month commitment. Visit ourcityforest.org/americorps  to learn more about the program, positions, and how to apply.
Our City Forest (OCF) also has weekly volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. You may visit ourcityforest.org /calenda r  to see upcoming events and how to sign up. 
If you are interested in becoming a dedicated volunteer, OCF is hosting a new Tree Amigo course for those who want to commit to greening their community. The class is part online, part in-person and begins Feb. 11. You can learn more and apply at ourcityforest.org/tree-amigo.

Got a Vacant Lot under One Acre?

The Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone program approved by the City Council in November, enables a contract between the City of San José and  property owners of vacant, unimproved, or blighted parcels under one acre; whereby the property owner agrees to keep the property in active agricultural use for a period of five years, in exchange for a property tax benefit. The site must meet a range of criteria including: no dwellings allowed on-site and the site must have water service. Visit www.sanjoseca.gov/UrbanAgZone  for details and to find the application form.
CPUC Pilot Program Loans iPads to those with Speech Disabilities to Aid in Communication

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) launched an 18-month pilot speech technology program called Voice Options, which will offer iPads with speech applications to people with speech disabilities for short and long-term loan through 10 demonstration centers throughout the state.
Using an iPad with a speech application may make being understood easier and allow people with speech language disabilities to speak independently. Speech applications designed for iPads will allow users to control an alternative voice. Users enter what they want to say on the iPad, and it is voiced through the speakers.
Californians who are not able to speak or have difficulty speaking may borrow iPads with speech applications to determine if using an iPad will increase their ability to communicate. All program iPads are equipped with the following speech apps: Go Talk NOW Plus, LAMP words for Life, Predictable, Proloquo4Text, and TouchChat.  Individuals may borrow an iPad for up to 30 days to determine if using a speech app increases their ability to communicate.  If the user determines a speech app on the iPad works well for them, they may apply for a long-term loan of the device and their favorite speech app. Long-term loans require a verification of disability status by a designated professional.
The pilot program is associated with the passage of Assembly Bill 136 (Beall, 2011). It is administered by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers and funded through the CPUC's Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program.
Individuals can participate in this program by visiting one of 10 Demonstration Centers operated by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers in the following cities: Anaheim, Grass Valley, Los Angeles, Redding, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, and Santa Ana, or by visiting  http://VoiceOptions.org , calling toll-free (800) 390-2699, or emailing info@voiceoptions.org.

HomeFirst: Essential Services Program
HomeFirst's Outreach Team provides assistance to homeless individuals who are looking for support services. Their team can help find emergency shelter, showers, laundry, meals, medical services, case management, employment training, and more. You may call them at 408-510-7600 or email them at outreach@homefirstscc.org.  

Address: Boccardo Reception Center, 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose, CA 95125 
Homeless Services: Search for Affordable Housing
You may search for affordable housing b y visiting www.scchousingsearch.org or calling 877-428-8844.  
City of San Jose | Office of Councilmember Dev Davis | 408-535-4906 
| dev.davis@sanjoseca.gov,  district6@sanjoseca.gov |