January Newsletter - District 1
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2017 In Review

2017 was a busy year for the District 1 office. We set many goals and have seen great progress in the community.

Autonomous Vehicles on Stevens Creek Corridor 
I placed continued emphasis on this important transportation corridor. There is a pilot autonomous vehicle program being developed by the city, and VTA is in the early stages of conducting a transportation study of the corridor. 

Parks Improvements
Parks Maintenance staff conducted a park assessment in Spring 2017. San Tomas Park is near completion and some beatification at Saratoga Creek Park has begun. 

Pilot Residential Permit Parking Program Implementation
Three new residential parking permit programs (Cadillac, Lynhaven, and Eden) have been implemented or are in-progress.

Three Urban Village Plans Adopted by City Council
Working with the Winchester Advisory Group (WAG) and Stevens Creek Advisory Group (SCAG), the Urban Village Plans for the Winchester Urban Village, Santana Row / Valley Fair Urban Village, and Stevens Creek Urban Village were formally adopted by the City Council. This is the culmination of years of work by the city and community. 

Rent Control Ordinance & Tenant Protection Ordinance
After much deliberation, the Council adopted changes to the Rent Control Ordinance and created a Tenant Protection Ordinance.

Establishing Project Hope
During the 2016-2017 budget process, I made a budget request for “Project HOPE,” a pilot program in the Winchester/ Cadillac area. Project HOPE has implemented principles of community partnership, community development, neighborhood empowerment, and coordination of a broad range of City services to address neighborhood issues. It has been successful in creating its first-ever Neighborhood Association and hosted many successful community meetings and events.

Acquisition of New Park Land (formerly know as Pueblo de Dios)
The City of San José acquired property in District 1 designated for a new park in March 2017. The site is located at 3257 Payne Avenue, former home of Pueblo De Dios Church, a city community garden, and KaBOOM! Playground. This property will be able to accommodate approximately a 1.9-acre park in the future.

Kicked off D1 Decides Participatory Budgeting
In 2017, I decided to join Districts 3 and 5 by bringing participatory budgeting to District 1, which allows residents to decide how city funds will be used to benefit the community at-large. The process is underway and our first year will be complete in June 2018.

Events in District 1

In September, I hosted the 8th Annual Shred-A-Thon and E-Waste Recycling Event, which allowed over 200 residents to safely shred their confidential documents and dispose of their electronic waste. Thank you to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for your support each year. 

Nearly 150 volunteers joined me and my staff to pick up litter around Hamann Park, Starbird Youth Center, and the Cadillac Neighborhood for the annual Great American Litter Pick-Up. Together, we picked up nearly 180 bags of litter, recyclables, and green waste. It's great to see the community come together on Earth Day to #BeautifySJ! 

In June, my office hosted District 1 Eats, an evening where residents could come out to enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks, play fun games & activities, and learn about valuable city resources. 

Councilmember Dev Davis and I co-hosted the 12th Annual West Valley Senior Walk in April, which provided a healthy and educational day for 300 seniors. Westfield Valley Fair provided the venue, breakfast, and goodies for seniors to take home. Over 50 local organizations also provided important resources.

The 10th Annual Disability Awareness Day brought 1,000 people of varying abilities to City Hall for a day of awareness, empowerment, and education. It is so great to see folks showcasing and embracing the diversity of everyone in our community. 

The 6th Annual African American History Month Flag Raising & Reception brought over 200 attendees, 10 community organizations, and many community leaders. It is an honor to host an event that celebrates the rich heritage and essential contributions of the African American community. 

In February, I co-hosted an Emergency Preparedness Town Hall with Councilmember Rocha to inform residents on how the Office of Emergency Services (now called the Office of Emergency Management) coordinates agencies and what residents can do to keep themselves safe in disaster. 

It was my honor to host the 6th Annual Korean Flag Raising ceremony in June in remembrance of the 67th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. This year, we were joined by Deputy Consul General to the Republic of Korea in San Francisco Jimin Kim, the Korean War Meritorious Veterans League, and the Silicon Valley Ko-Am Federation. 

My office hosted Dumpster Days in the Moreland and Rainbow-West neighborhoods. Hundreds of residents were able to safely and legally dispose of furniture, electronic waste, and medication. Thank you to Senator Jim Beall for co-hosting one of these events with my office. 

While we have made significant strides in continuing to support our community, there is more to be done yet. I am committed to serving the District 1 residents as best as I can. Please continue to contact my office for any questions or concerns you may have in your neighborhood. 

African American History Month Flag Raising & Reception

On Friday, February 2nd, I will join the Silicon Valley NAACP in hosting the 7th Annual African American History Month Flag Raising at San José City Hall. We will raise the United States and Pan-African flags, enjoy live entertainment from local artists, and have delicious food catered by Sandi's CobblerCups. Robert L. Harris, Esq. will deliver the keynote speech. 

Please join us in celebrating the great accomplishments and contributions the African American community has made and will continue to make both locally and nationally. 

Friday, February 2nd, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Flag Raising
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Reception 

San José City Hall West Plaza & Rotunda
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San José, CA 95113

*Please park in the City Hall underground parking garage (entrance located off 6th Street across from Lee's Sandwiches). Parking will be validated at the event.

District 1 Development Map Update

For more information on projects, please visit our D1 Development Map.
Sign up for updates on new projects from the San José Planning Department.

MLK Luncheon

On Monday, January 15th, the African American Community Service Agency will host the 38th Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon in honor of Dr. King's life and legacy. The event will feature Dr. Emmett D. Carson, founding CEO of the SIlicon Valley Community Foundation, as keynote speaker and Marcus Washington, anchor of "Today in the Bay" and "NBC Bay Area News at 11" as Master of Ceremonies. 

If you are interested in attending, you can purchase your tickets online. 

Internship Opportunities

If you have a passion for government or serving the community, you can apply to intern for the Office of Councilmember Chappie Jones! Click here for more information or to apply.

D1 Decides: Participatory Budgeting

Real Money. Your City. Your Vote. 

Are you interested in being involved in the city budget process? Are there changes you'd like made in your neighborhood?

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process designed to engage the community in the budget process. It puts city funds in the hands of the community. You propose project ideas. You vote on which ideas will eventually get implemented. 

To find out more about the participatory budgeting process, check out or contact my office at (408) 535-4901 or

Project Hope: Starbird

As we begin the New Year, I feel it’s important to continue with projects that make District 1 such a great community to live in. One of the projects I am most proud of is Project Hope. My commitment to improving the quality of life of my constituents is one of my top priorities. I am happy to announce that we have launched Project Hope in the Starbird Neighborhood. Like the Winchester/Cadillac area, Starbird has been designated as a “Gang Hotspot” by the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.  We will apply the same principles used in the Cadillac neighborhood to address similar issues.

Those principles include:

  •   Using Project Crackdown principles of

    • Community Development

    • Neighborhood Empowerment

    • Community Partnership

  • Engaging residents, property owners, and surrounding businesses 

  •  Linking residents to city resources and providing education on how to use them

I am very excited to launch Project Hope: Starbird and look forward to meeting you at upcoming events. Like Project Hope in Cadillac/Winchester, I will update you regularly on our progress. For more information, please contact my office at (408) 535-4901 or

2018 State of the City Celebration

Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San José City Council cordially invite you to the 2018 State of the City Celebration. 

Mayor Liccardo will outline key initiatives, budget priorities, and opportunities for residents to get engaged to make San José a safer, smarter city. In addition to the Mayor's speech, the event will honor outstanding citizens from each Council District and exemplary city employees.

This year, I will be honoring the Tri-Village Advisory Group for their hard work during the planning process of Urban Villages in 3 locations across District 1: Winchester Blvd., Stevens Creek, and Santana Row/Valley Fair.

Event Details

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
6:30 p.m.

San José City College Main Gym
2100 Moorpark Avenue
San José, CA 95128

Register online

Saratoga Creek Park

In Spring 2017, my office and the District Park Maintenance team conducted a park assessment tour of the parks in our district. One of the parks that we assessed was Saratoga Creek Park, in which work has already begun. We as a district are very lucky to have Jeffrey Gomez and his maintenance team doing some amazing work in other parks in our district and I  look forward to seeing Saratoga Creek Park when complete. I will continue to update you on this beautification process.

Pueblo de Dios Site Update

As many of you know, District 1 is one of the most park-deficient areas in the City of San José, and is also almost entirely built out, with very little existing open land. Back in March of 2017, the City of San José had acquired property in District 1 designated for a new park. The site is located at 3257 Payne Avenue, the former home of the Pueblo De Dios Church as well as a District 1 community garden and KaBOOM! Playground.

This property will be able to accommodate approximately a 1.9-acre park in the future. The Community Garden will remain open and continue to be used by Community gardeners, and the City of San Jose will continue to honor the lease with the Academy of Mandarin Immersion.

Unfortunately, we cannot begin the community engagement process and discuss the planning for this park site.  Due to the flooding that occurred in February 2017, the Department of Public Works has to address the restoring and repairing of damages caused by the floods and continue working on projects across the city that were already in line and had to be put on hold. While we currently do not have a date for when community outreach and planning will commence on this park project, we will be sure to provide you with updates as soon as they are available.

New Staff: Mason Fong

Please join me in welcoming the newest member of District 1. Mason Fong joined my office in the new year as a Council Assistant specializing in Transportation policy. A Bay Area Native, Mason grew up in San Mateo and received his Bachelor's in Urban Studies and Planning with a minor in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) after transferring from De Anza College. He currently lives in Sunnyvale where he is an appointed Library Board Trustee.

Mason's passion for public service is rooted in his genetics. His father served as the first Asian American Chief of Staff to the first Asian American Supervisor for the County of San Francisco, the late Gordon Lau. His mother was the first urban planner at the now Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), and she also served as an Urban Planning Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown during his first term in office. His aunt has also served in several Presidential administrations, most recently as the Head of the National Economic Council to former President Obama.

Prior to joining my office, Mason served under both Congressman Ro Khanna and Congressman Mike Honda. Specifically, Mason specialized in the areas of Asian & Pacific-Islander affairs, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Housing, Labor, Technology, Trade, and Transportation. During his time in both offices, he helped with various federal casework inquiries helping constituents to reunite with family members, attain medical and fiscal benefits, especially for veterans, and also help clear up debt collection issues resulting in prevented home foreclosures. His expertise in both constituent services and public policy will no doubt be a great benefit to our district as well as the region.

In his spare time, Mason enjoys playing and watching basketball, attending concerts and comedy shows, as well as volunteering for various non-profit organizations, especially those involved in civic engagement.

Services in Your Community

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties provides food to over a quarter of a million people each month. A majority of the people served are seniors and low-income families with children. For more information, visit to find a location near you. 

Nextdoor Solutions to Domestic Violence provides innovative prevention and intervention services to all families in Santa Clara County, with a focus on client-centered and community-based solutions to eradicating domestic violence. For more information on services, visit or call (408) 501-7550. 

San Andreas Regional Center serves people with developmental disabilities by providing diagnostic & prevention services for pregnant women to help ameliorate developmental disabilities and case management & community services to those with intellectual or developmental disabilities that cause severe impairments in their daily lives. For more information, visit or call (408) 374-9960. 

Bill Wilson Center (BWC) provides housing, education, counseling, and advocacy services to over 6,300 children, youth, young adults, and families across Santa Clara County. BWC also reaches over 31,000 clients through Street Outreach and Crisis Line programs. BWC has recently conducted studies on youth homelessness. You can learn more at For more information, visit or call (408) 243-0222. 

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County serves over 54,000 people each year by providing job skills training & placement, older adult services, mental health & substance abuse counseling, housing assistance, financial education, immigration support, and refugee resettlement. For more information, visit or call (408) 468-0100. 

Parents Helping Parents provides children and adults with special needs the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training, and resources. For more information, visit or call (408) 727-5775. 

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center is a disability justice organization that provides Santa Clara County residents with all types of disabilities the support tools and resources needed to live interdependently, and advocates for policies that ensure equal access and opportunity for all. For more information, visit or call (408) 894-9041, TTY: 669-231-4793. 

YWCA Silicon Valley works to eliminate racism and empower women by promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity through counseling, support services, child care, and education & outreach. For more information, visit or call (408) 295-4011. 

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) serves to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals, families, and the Asian community by providing high quality health and human services, sharing expertise about the Asian community's needs and best service delivery practices, and providing Asian leadership in advocating on key health and human services issues. Visit to learn more. 

If you have a community organization you would like to include in this newsletter, please contact

Upcoming City Council Meetings

January 2018 City Council Meetings 

January 16th - Cancelled due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday
January 23rd - 1:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
January 30th - 1:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend a meeting in person, you can watch it live online. 

**City Hall and other city offices, with the exception of critical city services, will be closed Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.**

Events in the Community

Reclaiming the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - 89th Birthday Commemoration - Join a commemoration for the late Dr. King at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Saturday, January 13th, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy multi-cultural drumming and a dance of peace and hear from Dr. Clayborne Carson, Professor Scott Meyers-Lipton, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, and members of the community. 

Downtown Ice Open Through January 15th - The ever-popular Downtown Ice, which hosts thousands of families from across the Bay Area each year, kicked off the holiday season with opening night on Friday, November 17th at 6 p.m. The outdoor ice rink will be open until January 15th, 2018. Details on hours and pricing can be found at

Senator Jim Beall's Blanket and Coat Drive - Help residents in need this winter by donating new or gently used coats and blankets. Donations will be given to the Salvation Army. Collections will be on Tuesday, January 23rd and Thursday, January 25th, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., at the San José and Campbell District offices. See flyer for details. 

Give Good Campaign at Good Karma Bikes - Good Karma Bikes, in partnership with Stanford Blood Center, will be hosting a blood drive at 460 Lincoln Avenue on Saturday, January 27th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact or schedule your appointment online using sponsor code 2452. 

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Hosts Super Bowl Sunday Run - On February 4th, 2018, the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy will kick off Super Bowl Sunday with a 9 am Super Guadalupe River Run. The run begins at 438 Coleman Avenue and uses the park's trails. For more information, visit


Measure Q Environmental Education Grant Program - The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is announcing a new Measure Q Environmental Education Grant Program that is designed to advance literacy and nature-oriented experiences for children, adults, and families free of charge. The Authority encourages you to share the news with eligible organizations who provide environmental education programs. 

EZfare App - The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has unveiled a new, free mobile payment app called EZfare. The app is available for both Android and iPhone and allows transit riders to purchase single rides, day passes, and express passes. 

2018 - 2019 Civil Grand Jury Recruitments - The Civil Grand Jury serves as the County of Santa Clara's watchdog agency and examines all aspects of county and city government, special districts, and school districts. Applicants must be 18 years or older, United States citizens, residents of Santa Clara County, and be able to commit to an average of 25 hours per week. Deadline to submit an application is Thursday, March 29th, 2018. 

Safeway hiring Personal Shoppers - A Personal Hope Shopping Clerk is responsible for filling grocery orders that customers place online. Positions are open at 5146 Stevens Creek Blvd in San José. Additional information and the application can be found online. 

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 if you are interested in organizing a meeting.

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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