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Council Passes Climate Smart San José Plan

During the February 27, 2018 City Council meeting, the Climate Smart San Jose Plan was presented to and approved by City Council. In 2016, City Council directed staff to develop a sustainability action plan to address the issues of climate change.

The Climate Plan outlines four core principles and nine strategies to work toward a sustainable and climate-smart city, a vibrant city of connected and focused growth, and an economically inclusive city of opportunity.

The Climate Plan is not a sacrifice, but rather a creation of the “Good Life 2.0” for our community. The Plan addresses concrete issues that will improve our community. San José is a national leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions; with this plan, the City will continue to lead the nation in addressing climate change.

To learn more, read the meeting transcript and read the memos presented by staff and councilmembers. For additional questions, please contact Rose Dhaliwal with the District 1 Office at rose.dhaliwal@sanjoseca.gov

Commissioner Vacancies

The City of San José currently has vacancies for many appointed Boards and Commissions. These volunteer opportunities allow residents to advise the City Council through ongoing input on policies and issues affecting the future of our community.

Most current vacancies have a deadline to apply of April 8, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.You can apply here

Education Town Hall w/ Sen Beall 

Have concerns about the future of K-12 education? On Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., get those questions answered. Senator Jim Beall will host an Education Town Hall at Cypress Community & Senior Center. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear a California Legislative Analyst address common concerns and answer questions regarding the future of K-12 education.

Participatory Budgeting: D1 Decides

Your City. Your Vote. Participate in D1 Decides – a participatory budgeting project where you get to decide how to use part of the public budget. You can work and engage with the government to see changes that impact your life. If you have an idea that would improve the community, submit your proposal online at D1 Decides. Join in on the process that builds community and connectedness within San José.

Family Camp at Yosemite invites guests of all ages to take part in fishing, hiking, swimming, organized programs to relax during summer 2018. This all-inclusive campground is perfect for anyone interested in camping and is a great experience for the whole family. Reserve your tent today!

City Adopts New Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Transportation Policy

In an effort to more accurately measure the overall impact on traffic resulting from proposed developments, the City has changed its metric for transportation analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) from Level of Service (LOS) to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).

Through the new VMT analysis, traffic will be evaluated based on the impact of vehicle miles traveled to a destination rather than the traffic impact experienced at any specific individual location. This change attempts to more accurately portray the traffic impact of development and subsequently address that impact through more detailed and regional traffic mitigation. This change has been implemented in order to comply with State Senate Bill SB-743 (Steinberg), and the City of San Jose is the first in Santa Clara County to move forward with VMT. Oakland and San Francisco have also already transitioned to this new metric.

This change in metrics intends to:

  1. Streamline CEQA review for projects that improve infrastructure and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit-riders while reducing the need to travel exclusively by automobile

  2. Facilitate residential, commercial, and mixed-use infill projects that improve air quality by reducing the number of miles driven by automobiles

  3. Focus CEQA transportation mitigation on pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities, as well as transportation demand management

Certain projects will not require VMT analysis if they meet screening criteria, that is if the project’s impact under VMT would be less-than-significant. These projects include transportation projects that reduce or do not increase VMT; small infill projects; local-serving retail; local-serving public facilities (libraries, community centers, parks, fire stations, etc.); transit-supportive development in Planned Growth Areas with low-VMT that are served by frequent transit; and transit-supportive restricted affordable housing in any Planned Growth Area with frequent transit.

I took lead in motioning support of the change to VMT and was happy to support staff’s recommendation in addition to most of Councilman Jimenez and Rocha’s amendments.

For more information, please see the memorandum on VMT.

Proposed Mixed-Use Project at 4300 - 4360 Stevens Creek Boulevard - "Fortbay"


A mixed-use project has been proposed at 4300 - 4360 Stevens Creek Boulevard, located on the southerly side of the Stevens Creek and Lopina intersection. A community meeting is being hosted by the City of San José Planning Division and the project applicant. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about the proposal and provide your input. City staff will consider all comments at this meeting as well as those made by phone or submitted in writing during the evaluation period. 

Monday, March 26th, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cypress Community Center (Multi-Purpose Room)
403 Cypress Avenue, San José, CA 95117

For more information, please see the notice. Comments or questions about this project can be directed to the following: 

Planning Project Manager: Tracy Tam
Tracy.Tam@sanjoseca.gov or (408) 535-3839

Interfaith Group Works to Provide Shelter

The City of San José recognizes the importance of sheltering houseless individuals to save lives and improve our community. The possibility of loss of life is greatest at night and during the winter months, but our community does not have enough shelter resources to protect all unhoused individuals. Faith communities are working together to serve the individuals in need of shelter. The Winterfaith Collaborative, an interfaith movement dedicated to helping the houseless community, offers ways for communities to help, including overnight sheltering, daytime drop-in centers, and safe parking for those who live in their cars. Churches no longer need to obtain permits to offer shelter, and the City recently expanded the Sheltering Ordinance to allow more buildings to house the homeless.

The D1 Interfaith Association has been meeting every month to discuss ways they can manage emergencies to serve the community at large and recently held a workshop in collaboration with the Winterfaith Collaborative to talk about sheltering the houseless. If you are interested in attending future meetings or learning more, please contact Vicky Clark at clark.vickyk@gmail.com.

RLEI Recognition

 

Congratulations to the members of the Winchester Cadillac Neighborhood Association on receiving the Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative (RLEI) Neighborhood Champion Award. Your service and leadership in the community is truly inspiring. Thank you for your willingness to be proactive in making your community a safe and beautiful place for future generations. I appreciate your commitment and service to our great City.  

Great American Litter Pick Up 

Celebrate Earth Day 2018 at the 18th Annual Great American Litter Pick-Up, hosted by my office at Country Lane Elementary School and Starbird Park. Get volunteer hours and enjoy a light breakfast and lunch while keeping your community clean. San José high schools can take part in a competition to win some money and recognition for your school. The top three high schools with the most student volunteers will win $1,000, $500, or $250. Thank you to all our volunteers who have participated in the past. I look forward to seeing you on Earth Day!

When? 
Saturday, April 21st, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where? 
Country Lane Elementary School
5140 Country Lane, San José, CA 95129

Starbird Park
100 Boynton Avenue, San José, CA 95117


Interested in hosting your own clean-up site during the month of April? Contact my office at rose.dhaliwal@sanjoseca.gov or (408) 535-4901 to learn how you can get the resources and support to do so. 

Public Safety Tips

Recently, there was a purse snatching at Westgate Mall. Public safety is one of my top priorities and my office has been in direct communication with Westgate Mall Security and Westgate Management to work on proactive measures that will prevent incidents like this from occurring in the future. Due to the ongoing investigation, I cannot speak on the specifics of the case. However, I do want to give you some tips on how you can avoid being the victim of a purse snatching or similar incident. 

Tips for purse snatchings provided by the San José Crime Prevention Unit: 
  • Leave your purse at home. Carry any necessary items (ID and money) in a wallet tucked safely in your pocket. Alternatively, you can carry your personal items in a bag that wraps around your stomach and can be hidden from view or in a backpack that is strapped to both shoulders and more difficult to snatch. 
  • Bring only what you need. Don't carry any more cash or credit cards than you absolutely need for the day. Have the customer service number for your credit cards written down in a safe place so you can report a stolen or lost card immediately. 
  • Walk in busy, well-lit areas. You may think you are exposing yourself to more purse snatchers, but they are more likely to strike in dark, isolated areas to avoid getting caught. Walk briskly and confidently. Bring a friend. 
  • Be aware of the area and the people around you, especially if you find yourself having to walk in an isolated or lightly populated area. Look at the person who may approach or pass you if you have suspicions, and do not look away. Look directly at their hands or what they might be carrying. Snatchers prefer to strike and run without being recognized. If you do not appear to be vulnerable and could potentially provide their description, they will likely avoid targeting you. 
  • Hold your purse/bag tightly and close to your body, whether on a bus, train, or walking. If possible, wear your bag underneath a coat or jacket and ensure the latch/zipper is secured. You might be tempted to wear your purse diagonally across your body or loop the strap around your wrist to prevent snatching, but keep in mind that a hard yank on a tightly wound purse strap can cause injury to you. Shorten the strap so you can carry it tightly between your elbow and your body.
  • If you believe someone is following you, don't turn around. Use a shiny/reflective object, like a car mirror, window, or phone screen, to look back. 
  • Remember that you come before your bag. If someone pulls it away from you, let it go!  it is important to avoid injury and never fight to keep your bag. 
  • Report anything or anyone suspicious. If you suspect someone is lurking someplace they do not belong, contact security if you are at a mall, or the manager if you are at a supermarket. Better to report your suspicions and be wrong than to ignore it and be robbed or hurt. 

Mail theft is also a huge threat to your property and identity: your passport, tax receipt, and cash could easily become the target of thieves if not properly protected. Here are the top things you should do to prevent mail theft: 
  • Invest in a Security Camera. Preventing theft and catching thieves can be easy with a high-quality security camera mounted in a visible place on your property.
  • Collect your mail in time. A rule of thumb is to never leave items in your mailbox overnight. If you don't pick up your mail, someone else may do it for you. If you are not home, arrange for a trusted neighbor to pick up the mail for you. 
  • Upgrade your mailbox. Traditional mailboxes can be fished by hand or pried open with a screwdriver in seconds. A more solid mailbox with a special locking system or other anti-theft technology can aid in prevention. 
  • Do not use the mailbox flag. A raised flag signals an opportunity for mail theft. If you have something you'd like picked up by the postal carrier, you can place it in your mailbox right before the postal carrier arrives or place it in a secure USPS mailbox available to the public. 

What to Do About Mail Theft
Have you been the unfortunate victim of mail theft? Don't panic. There is still a chance you can retrieve your lost items and catch the mail thieves by following these steps: 
  1. Call 9-1-1 and Report the Theft. Mail theft is a crime and you can call 9-1-1 directly to report this to the police. Any evidence you can provide, such as security camera footage, will be helpful to provide. 
  2. Call the Postal Inspector. USPS deals with mailbox vandalism issues. Reporting any mail theft to the United State Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) is an effective way to prevent future thefts. In 2015, approximately 1,400 cases of mail theft were investigated nationwide and resulted in 2,335 arrests. File a complaint by calling 1(800) 275-8777 or 1(800)-ASK-USPS. 
  3. File a complaint with the USPIS online


For more information, please contact my office at (408) 535-4901 or District1@sanjoseca.gov

13th Annual West Valley Senior Walk

Join Councilmember Dev Davis and me at Westfield Valley Fair for the 13th Annual West Valley Senior Walk. This fun-filled event includes a walk around the mall and the chance to talk with various vendors at our resource fair. Enjoy free registration, free breakfast, prizes, and more.

When?
Friday, April 13th, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

Where? 
Westfield Valley Fair Mall
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd. 


Your Voice in Washington D.C.

On February 27th, I flew to Washington D.C. with other elected officials and business leaders as part of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Washington D.C. advocacy trip. We went to share the needs and desires of our residents in Silicon Valley with the federal government. We all know the challenges we face with affordable housing, traffic and transportation, homelessness, and our environment. The federal government plays a key role in addressing these issues. 
 
In meetings with Congressional Members and their staff, we were able to make our case on the important role that the federal government can make in providing funding and resources. We made the case that Silicon Valley is an economic driver for not just the region, but for the nation. The region generates billions of dollars in tax revenue to the federal government and it is in their best interest to see that we continue to be successful. 
 
The delegation focused on several issues that were of importance to the region. We broke up into teams and each team spoke to an issue. Some of the important issues addressed were BART funding, immigration, cybersecurity, basic research, taxes, and education.
 
It is too early to know how effective our efforts were, but if we don’t make sure our voices are heard in Washington, we can’t expect to get the support we need to improve the quality of life in San José, Silicon Valley, and the entire region.

Events in the Community 

Lamb of God 2018 - This inspiring and exquisite Easter oratorio features members of the Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Soloists. A joyful effort of the Interfaith Community, the San José showing will be on Saturday, April 7th at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. 

16th Annual Going Native Garden Tour -  A free, self-guided tour of home gardens featuring California Native Plants that are water-wise, attractive, low maintenance, low on chemical use, and bird and butterfly friendly. A variety of home gardens landscaped with California native plants will be open to the public Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm. Locations throughout Santa Clara Valley and Peninsula. Talks and native plant sales at select gardens. Free admission; registration ends at 3pm on April 8th and is required. Volunteers receive a T-shirt and invitations to visit native gardens throughout the year. For more information, visit www.gngt.org or email info@gngt.org.

9th Annual International Children's Festival - Celebrate at the International Children's Festival, to be held at Discovery Meadow Park, on April 21st, 2018 at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Pacifica Institute and BAYCC, this fun-filled event will include a Kids' Land, stage show, ethnic food & dance, and so much more! Visit www.childrensfest.org for more information. 

Youth Connections Foundation hosts Casino Night - Attend this fundraiser for Youth Connections Foundation on April 21st, 2018, 6pm - 10pm. Event will be held at the Camden Community Center, located at 3369 Union Avenue. For ticket information, call (669) 444-0775. 

Announcements

Free Tax Assistance for Ages 50+ at Local Community Centers – Now through April 15th, the Tax-Aide Program of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is offering tax assistance to people ages 50+ at multiple community centers across San José, including Cypress Community Center on Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. For more information, please call 408-535-3508. 

New Americans Fellowship Program - Santa Clara County is hosting its second New Americans Fellowship Program and invites all eligible applications to apply for this full-time, 10-week paid internship opportunity during Summer 2018. Selected fellows will work on a research and/or community engagement project focused on immigrant integration. Fellows will be placed at a county agency, department, board office, or participating non-profit organization. Applicants must be current DACA recipients who live or work in Santa Clara County (must have currently valid DACA and Employment Authorization card), be an undergraduate or graduate student or a recent graduate, and must be seeking involvement in social justice for the immigrant community. Application deadline is March 16th, 2018. 

It's easy and FREE to get rid of your junk! Do you have old items you’ve been meaning to get rid of that don’t fit in your garbage or recycling cart? 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. Call your recycling company to schedule your pickup. Find out who your service provider is at sjenvironment.org/lookup. You can also keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping through the My San José app or by calling (408) 535-3500.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Introduces Original Bilingual Puppet Show - The Puppet Castle Theater at HHPZ debuts a bilingual show of adventure in English and Spanish named "Maya la Valiente." Maya, a shy 8-year-old girl with a big imagination is playing in her abuela's backyard with her snail friend, Speedy. When her older cousin Bianca taunts Maya, Speedy hides in her abuela's old shed. Bianca dares Maya to rescue Speedy by disobeying her abuela and going into the shed. Maya must show courage to save her friend. For more information, visit www.hhpz.org or call (408) 794-6400. 

Meet Your Councilmember

If you or your neighbors would like to organize a small gathering in one of your homes I would be more than happy to come and visit. It would be a chance for me to hear from you directly about your neighborhood and meet you face to face. Please email district1@sanjoseca.gov if you are interested in organizing a meeting.

Office Hours

Councilmember Chappie Jones brings City Hall to you! Come share your concerns, offer your insights, or ask questions. Remember, no appointment is necessary! Drop by one of the two locations in the District!

Printable flyer withupcoming dates, times, and locations.

My San Jose

is a newly launched smartphone application that allows any resident of San Jose to report common city requests such as graffiti, abandoned vehicles, illegal dumping, and many others! Download it today if you haven’t already. Available for iPhone and Android.
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