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Participatory Budgeting: Submissions Are Now Live! 

You can now submit your ideas for D1 Decides! Have an idea on how to improve your community? Submit it online and check out what others have submitted

Informational Video: Designing an Addition to Your Single-Family Residence 

The Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement is providing informational videos to residents on important city services. Check out this month's video, which tells you how to design an addition to your single-family residence. Subscribe to San José Permit Center to stay informed on future videos, which will include starting a small business, constructing modular housing, and accessory dwelling units. 

Neighbor Nights at Calabazas Community Center 

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) has launched "Neighbor Nights" across the city! Neighbor Nights will occur on the 2nd Friday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at locations across the city, including our very own Calabazas Community Center. 

The events will have family-friendly activities, including arts & crafts, movies, music, dancing, and more. Check out the flyer for more information & future dates, and make sure to #SJNeighborNights when you attend and post on social media. 

African American History Month Flag Raising Celebrates Our Diverse Community

On Friday, February 2nd, I joined the San José/Silicon Valley Chapter of the NAACP in kicking off Black History Month. We raised the U.S. and Pan-African flags and heard from Keynote Speaker Robert L Harris, Esq, Closing Speaker Aileen F. Casanave, Esq, and from Reverend Jethroe Moore II, President of the NAACP. 

Thank you to Akoma Arts for performing the libation ceremony and providing cultural entertainment during the reception, to Khristian Kissoon-Walker for singing both national anthems, and to Prentice Powell for your inspiring spoken word. A tremendous thank you to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard for raising our flags. 

This year, I dedicated the flag raising to all the immigrants of African descent who have come to our country from far and wide, making important contributions to our great nation every day. I specifically dedicated the flag raising to Private Emmanuel Mensah, who sacrificed his life by rescuing inhabitants of his Bronx apartment building this past December when a fire broke out. He was posthumously awarded the Soldier's Medal by the Army for his heroism, and he is a great example of the values and heart our community members from all walks of life possess. 

Thank you to all who attended and supported our event, including the African American Community Service Agency, San Andreas Regional Center, San Francisco 49ers, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - Eta Rho Omega Chapter, California Alliance of African American Educators, Comcast, Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators, SEIU Local 521 – San José Afram Caucus, and Councilmember Lan Diep, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – San José Alumnae Chapter, Councilmember Dev Davis, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity – Eta Sigma Lambda Chapter. A special thanks to the NAACP Executive Board - Hellen Simms, Antonio Walker, and Rev. Jethroe Moore II.

Addressing Increased Crime

Many of you have contacted me regarding the increase in crime in our district. Our Police Captain did confirm that there has been a rise in property crimes being committed by juveniles. This includes residential burglary, vehicle theft, or vehicle “smash and grabs." Some of those juveniles live in neighboring cities as well as San José. Hearing this information is very concerning to me, as I strongly feel that preventative programs play a major role in the choices our youth make in the future. I have reached out to the County, the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force, the San José Police Department, the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit, local School Districts, and the District Attorney's office for assistance in formulating strategies and a plan to address the rise in juvenile crime. I will continue to update you on my progress as well as share opportunities for you to get involved.

I would also like to note the importance of community involvement. We have seen a lot of neighborhood associations disband, and an overall strong decline in attendance & support for neighborhood associations. The more engaged we are as a community and the more you connect with your neighbors, the more likely you are to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and crimes in progress. Please, don’t be afraid to report activity you deem as suspicious. Always follow your intuition and be proactive in making your neighborhood and community safer. Don’t be hesitant in calling 3-1-1 or 9-1-1 and share your reports with my office. If you have any questions regarding neighborhood associations, neighborhood watch, or volunteer opportunities, please do contact my office.

With that being said, I am pleased to report that we are seeing large increases in officer recruitment and retention. SJPD has made a significant number of arrests in our district and will continue to work and make our district and city safe. To report truancy, please contact the TABS (Truancy Abatement/ Burglary Suppression) Program at (408) 926-TABS (8227), as well as 3-1-1 or 9-1-1 when necessary.  

Save the Date: 13th Annual West Valley Senior Walk 

Please join myself, Councilmember Dev Davis, and Westfield Valley Fair for a fun-filled day dedicated to our seniors! This annual event will include a resource fair, free breakfast, warm-up and station exercises, raffle giveaway, walk around the mall, and more. 

The event will be held on Friday, April 13th, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Westfield Valley Fair Mall, located at 2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050. 

Those interested in registering as a participant or a vendor can register online

District 1 Streets Included in 2018 Pavement Maintenance Program

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Below is a list of the District 1 street segments set to have maintenance in 2018. This list may be updated with more streets in District 1 later in the year.

Street Sealing

  • Rainbow Drive in between Johnson Ave and S. De Anza Blvd

  • Saratoga Ave in between Williams Rd and Stevens Creek Blvd

Street Resurfacing 

  • Blaney Ave in between Prospect Rd and Bollinger Rd

  • Payne Ave in between Saratoga Ave and the City Limit

State of the City: Honoring our Tri-Village Advisory Group

On February 8th, Mayor Sam Liccardo hosted his 4th State of the City Address, where he spoke about his priorities to broaden opportunity for our residents, restore & enhance city services, and build a sustainable city. Each year, we honor an individual or group from the Council Districts that have made impactful contributions to the community. This year, I chose to honor our Tri-Village Advisory Group, known individually as the Stevens Creek Advisory Group and Winchester Advisory Group, for the important work they did for over two years in developing an Urban Village plan that reflects the community's vision for the area. 

You can read Mayor Liccardo's entire speech or watch the video on Facebook or via the City of San José website

Homeless Encampments

Homelessness has significant impacts to our community, our environment, and those members of our community without a roof over their heads. Addressing the issue of homelessness is a constant balance between respecting the rights and needs of residents, as well as homeless individuals.

District 1 has seen a significant increase in homelessness and homeless encampments. Due to housing and economic factors, we continue to see and feel the effects first hand. I am aware of several encampments in our district as well as encampments on the Northbound and Southbound 280 corridors. My staff has been in contact with several agencies to assist with these encampments, especially those that are in very dangerous locations. Although we do our best to identify and report encampments in our district, we can’t locate them all. I would like to ask for your assistance in reporting homeless encampments. 

There are no easy solutions to ending homelessness. Solutions to this complicated social problem require long-term commitments and partnerships. Solutions require more resources for services, prevention, and affordable permanent housing than are currently available. Your thoughts and input are critical and appreciated.

To report a concern for a homeless individual or homeless encampment in San José, please contact the Homeless Response Team at (408) 975-1440 or To report encampments on CalTrans property, please fill out an online service request at For emergencies and any activity deemed to be illegal, please call 9-1-1. Please continue to reach out to me and my office with your issues and concerns at or (408) 535-4901.

Save the Date: Great American Litter Pick Up

The 18th Annual Great American Litter Pick-Up will be on Saturday, April 21st from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Earn volunteer hours and celebrate Earth Day by keeping your community clean! Volunteers will receive all clean-up supplies, a light breakfast, and lunch. 

San José high schools are also eligible for the Mayor's High School Challenge! Those schools with the most number of students participating will receive $1,000 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place) to go towards their school. 

Stay tuned for location and sign-up details or contact the District 1 office at or (408) 535-4901. Group registrations are welcome. 

City Policy on Lunar New Year Fireworks

As a reminder in preparation for Lunar New Years, the City's policy on fireworks is that you need to secure a professional pyrotechnician and a permit in order to host a legal fireworks display. All other uses are illegal. Violators can be fined up to $1,000.00.

Should you need to report illegal fireworks in your community, contact (408) 535-5600 or go to

Notice available in English, Vietnamese and Chinese. I hope everyone has a safe and spectacular celebration as we enter the Year of the Dog!  


Chúc mừng năm mới

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

February 2018 City Council Meetings 

February 13th - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 
February 20th - Cancelled due to President's Day Holiday
February 27th - 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. 

**City Hall and other city offices, with the exception of critical city services, will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of President's Day.**

Events in the Community 

Town Hall: Climate Smart San José (CSSJ) - Attend a Town Hall on February 20th at San Jose City Hall Council Chambers, 7pm - 8pm to learn about the initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure a long-term water supply. CSSJ will make San José a climate leader and has three components: energy, mobility, and water. You are encouraged to provide your feedback before City Council considers adopting the plan on February 27th. 

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Dog - Children's Discovery Museum will be hosting special programming on Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th from 12 pm to 4 pm. Join members of our Asian community to kick off the Year of the Dog, try your hand at traditional crafts, and enjoy displays & performances. See calendar for details


Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) grants available for small businesses: CIIF is taking applications to provide $2,000 - $8,000 in support to arts-based commercial businesses involved in the production and distribution of the arts. The deadline to apply is March 12th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Projects must be completed between May 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. 

San José Arena Authority (SJAA) Board of Directors Vacancy - SJAA is seeking volunteer candidates to submit their resumes for a current vacancy on the Arena Authority Board of Directors, an at-large representative position that is appointed by the Mayor. The 19-member SJAA Board of Directors convenes monthly to identify and address issues relating to the management and operation of SAP Center at San José, Solar4America Ice at San José, and San José Municipal Stadium. More information can be found in the notice. Submittal deadline is February 28th, 2018. 

Plan Your Perfect Summer Job by Applying Now – Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply now for fun and rewarding summer jobs with the San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS). PRNS is seeking lifeguards, instructor lifeguards, and recreation leaders at local pools, community centers, and park facilities. PRNS is also recruiting counselors to work at Family Camp at Yosemite. For more information, please contact Avi Yotam, PRNS Division Manager, at 408-535-3573. Apply online and select Open-Competitive Recruitments.

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. 

Board and Commission Vacancies - The City of San José is accepting applications for multiple board and commission vacancies. See notice for further details. Deadline to apply is April 8th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Thos interested can apply online

New Income Threshold Increases Access to Childcare - Through legislation passed last fall, additional Santa Clara County children and families have access to affordable childcare. AB 2368, authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D- Menlo Park), authorized the Individualized County Childcare Subsidy Plan, which waives certain state rules and allows Santa Clara County to determine county-specific family eligibility criteria, family fees, reimbursement rates, and methods of maximizing the efficient use of subsidies instead of relying on state rates and criteria.
In Santa Clara County, a family of four with a monthly maximum income of $5,922 and a maximum annual income of $71,064 now qualifies. Children who qualify must be at least 2 years, 9 months old through 4 years old. See flyer available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese or news release for more information. 

Giving Youth a Voice in Water - The Santa Clara Valley Water District Youth Commission applications are now open. High School youth ages 13 - 18 who reside in Santa Clara County are eligible to apply for appointment to get involved in issues and activities relating to water supply, conservation, flood protection, and stream stewardship. See flyer for details and download an application online. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. 

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.

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.
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