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2018-2019 Upcoming Budget

Mayor's March Budget Message & 5-Year Forecast

Each year, to begin the annual budget process, the City Manager releases a budget request and a five-year forecast. The budget request provides a framework for what the proposed budget for the following year will look like. The five-year forecast is important because it is an incremental estimate of what the revenue to the city will look like over the next five years. The projections just released show several years of deficit. These deficits are manageable, but they mean that the city is unlikely to be able to significantly increase the services that it offers.

Following the Forecast and Budget Request, the Mayor releases a March Budget Message that provides further direction to the City Manager in creating the Proposed Budget. There are several key areas that will continue to receive attention and funding.

  • Pavement Repair and Maintenance - One-time funding of $17.7 million, and also an additional $36 million from the funds from the county transportation measure, as well as increased state funding from SB1. I also asked that the city look at a bond measure that would allow us to pave all of the streets in the City that are rated as “poor condition.” This would include many neighborhood streets that have not seen pavement repair in quite some time.

  • Added Police Officers - We continue to increase our police staff leveling to meet the approved and fund level of officers. The Budget Message adds funding of $7.7 million to add 41 officers to the current level of 1,109 in July 2019.

  • Reduced Homelessness - Increases ongoing funding from $2 million to $4 million, doubling our rapid re-housing services and homelessness response.

There are additional items funded, but I wanted to highlight these important inclusions in the Mayor’s March Budget Message. Despite the anticipated deficit, the City is able to focus our resources on areas of great importance to residents. You can read the Mayor’s full March Budget Message here.

San José Park Rangers

Recently, the 2017 Park Ranger Program Annual Report was presented to the Public Safety, Finance and Strategic Support Committee (PSFSS). Staffing for the Ranger Program remains below pre-recession levels, and we are currently seeing a 26% vacancy rate. Back in August of 2017, my colleagues and I approved a 9.13% salary increase that would allow us to retain and aggressively recruit new Rangers with a competitive pay structure that is equal to that of the market average. Currently, our Ranger Program is overseen by our Parks, Recreations and Neighborhood Services Department. It would make sense that they would be housed and managed by that department as a majority of their work involves ensuring a safe and enjoyable park experience as well as protecting our waterways and trails. Our Rangers are dealing with challenges on a daily basis and we tend to rely on them more for enforcement, particularly when it comes to protecting our regional parks, creeks, and waterways. Some of these areas that they patrol are very hard to locate and are in very dense and heavily vegetated areas. My concern is for the overall safety of our Rangers when patrolling these areas. They encounter drug dealing, chronically homeless individuals, and individuals with severe mental health issues. This is a serious problem and Rangers are armed with just pepper spray and a collapsible baton. I do not feel as though they have the right equipment or tools to defend themselves when dealing with a combative individual or when patrolling in remote areas that may be difficult to locate.

City Council will be hearing this report at the April 17th Council meeting. I will recommend that the supervision of our Ranger Program move under the Police Department and that staff explore the option of arming our rangers with a sidearm. It’s important to note that our Rangers do receive firearms training equal to that of many of our sworn officers.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Gomez at (408) 535-4901 or district1@sanjoseca.gov

Mayor's March Budget Message - Pavement Maintenance

 

Due to budget cuts in past years, the current deferred maintenance backlog for street pavement is $453.4 million to bring 2,434 miles into compliance, a significant decrease from the previous year’s backlog. Although the City has done a great job at decreasing this backlog, our City still needs to invest more funds into repairing our local neighborhood streets.

At the March 20th, 2018 City Council meeting, I successfully made a friendly amendment to the Mayor’s March 2018 Budget Message to direct staff to more closely study possible pavement maintenance funding measures through local bond initiatives.

These measures could include:

  • Increasing the Mayor’s proposed $300 million general bond measure to allocate more funding towards pavement maintenance

  • Creating an individual bond measure to specifically fund the repair of our “poor condition” streets, which right now amounts to $270 million to repair roughly 400 miles of local neighborhood streets.
     

City staff will now poll local residents to see whether or not a separate bond measure solely for pavement maintenance of our local neighborhood streets is feasible. I encourage everyone to participate in this poll when it becomes available. 

Murdock Park Improvements Community Meeting

 

The City of San José's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services will be moving forward with a planned application of FUMITOXIN (Aluminum Phosphide) for the purpose of Ground Squirrel abatement at Murdock Park. A community meeting will take place for staff to discuss the application procedure and address any community concerns during the process. 

The community meeting will take place on Monday, April 16th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at West Valley Branch Library, located at 1243 San Tomas Aquino Road. 

For more information, please contact Torie O'Reilly at torie.o'reilly@sanjoseca.gov

 

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.

San Tomas Park Update

The Parks Department will begin exterior repairs to the San Tomas Park Community building, weather permitting, beginning this month.  Below you will find information on the scope of work to be done, a tentative timeframe for the beginning of each phase, and an expected completion date. A reminder that these dates and times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and any unforeseen circumstances. 

  • Roofing - March (1-2 weeks)

    • There may be some limited closures in work areas for tear-off and supply loading.

  • Abatement (Inside of building) - Early April (1-2 days)

    • Main building will be closed during this period.

  • Wood Repairs (Including female restroom privacy partition) - April (1-2 weeks)

    • There may be some limited closures.

  • Painting (Including interior, exterior and restrooms) - May (1-2 weeks)

    • There will be 2-4 day closures of building and restrooms.

For questions, please contact my office at (408) 535-4901 or via email at District1@sanjoseca.gov



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!

BART Single Bore Tunneling Method Meetings



Save these Dates and Participate!

  • VTA Board of Directors April 2018 Meeting

    • Date: Thursday April 5, 2018 at 5:30pm

    • Location: Santa Clara County Board Chambers - 70 W Hedding St, San Jose, CA 95110

    • Watch Online Here

  • BART Board of Directors April 2018 Meeting

    • Date: Thursday April 26, 2018 at 9:00am

    • Location: BART Board Room, Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall - Third Floor, 2040 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612

    • Watch Online Here


I will be supporting VTA’s directive to choose the Single Bore Tunneling Method for BART Phase II. This method is the most cost and time efficient method of bringing rapid public transit to San José as soon as possible.
 

I invite all of you to attend both of these meetings and provide public input to get BART here. For more information, you can visit VTA's website

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. 


Project Hope

The Project Hope Pilot Program Final Report was brought to the Public Safety, and Strategic Support Committee (PSFSS) on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, Project Hope was a Pilot Project that had been funded through a budget request from my office. The Pilot was to run from July 2016 through December 2017. I asked for additional funding in the 2017/2018 budget cycle to fund Project Hope for an additional 6 months, at which time we would begin transitioning Project Hope in June 2018 to District 2. I am pleased with the successes we have had in the Cadillac Winchester Neighborhood and would like to continue to work and build a stronger community. I will be submitting a Budget Request for additional funding for a Maintenance Program. This Maintenance Program would ensure that staff and additional resources would be able to assist the community if guidance or resources are needed. I’d like to thank the Cadillac Winchester Neighborhood Association for coming to speak before the PSFSS Committee and City Council to advocate for Project Hope and the Cadillac Community. We have come a long way and I will do what I can to assist in your continued success.

For questions, please contact my office at (408) 535-4901 or via email at district1@sanjoseca.gov

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

Moreland West Neighborhood (in front of Moreland Middle School) 
Pick up supplies at the intersection of Student Lane & Mossbrook Avenue

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. 

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 www.shfb.org 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 www.nextdoor.org 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 www.sanandreasregional.org 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 www.ACouchIsNotaHome.org. For more information, visit www.billwilsoncenter.org 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 www.catholiccharitiesscc.org 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 www.php.com 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 www.svilc.org 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 www.ywca-sv.org 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 www.aaci.org to learn more. 

If you have a community organization you would like to include in this newsletter, please contact rose.dhaliwal@sanjoseca.gov

Upcoming City Council Meetings

April 2018 City Council Meetings 

April 3rd - 1:30 p.m.
April 10th - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
April 17th - 1:30 p.m.
April 24th - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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

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.

Timpany Center Open House - The Timpany Center will be hosting their 1st Annual Open House on Sunday, April 15th from 9 am-3 pm!  This therapeutic recreation facility boasts a warm water, therapeutic indoor pool as well as multiple fitness and wellness programs that cater to the unique needs of our community. Free land classes, aqua classes, and swim lessons will be offered throughout the day, as well as raffles and lectures. For more information and a schedule of the Open House classes, please visit the website

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. 

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.

2018 Tax Help - See if you’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and FREE tax preparation services. To get started, text TAX to (408) 669-4830.

AARP is Calling for Applications for the AARP Community Challenge - In 2017, AARP launched the first AARP Community Challenge and funded 88 efforts representing all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Those projects improved housing, public spaces, and transportation. The Community Challenge grant program is an important part of AARP’s work to promote livable communities, in which they support the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties nationwide to become great places for people of all ages. The program is open to nonprofit community organizations and government entities; other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications for AARP Community Challenge grants will be accepted from March 21 until 5 p.m. ET May 16, 2018. All applications must be submitted through www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge and all projects must be completed by November 5, 2018.

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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