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Be Prepared for Any Emergency

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With winter coming, it's important to be prepared for any emergencies that may arise. If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to sign up for AlertSCC. This is a free and easy way for anyone living or working in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings directly to your cell phone, email, or landline. So whether there is flooding, a wildfire, or crime in your neighborhood, you will have easy access to the information necessary to keep you and your family safe. 

San José's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is also dedicated to ensuring the safety of all our residents through disaster planning and recovery assistance. On November 3rd, City of San José and Santa Clara Valley Water District staff co-presented a Joint Emergency Action Plan to ensure both agencies work together when flooding is predicted, imminent, or occurring. You can read the full action plan to learn more about the steps being taken.

You, too, can take steps to ensure your safety. Ready.Gov provides you with information on how you can prepare for winter weather, home fires, severe weather, power outages, and more. You never know when disaster will strike so it is important that you and your family are well prepared and have a plan in place. 

D1 Decides: Participatory Budgeting for District 1

How would you spend $200,000 in District 1?

On October 19th, I hosted a kick-off for District 1 Participatory Budgeting. This is a democratic process designed to engage the community in the budget process. Residents will have the opportunity to propose ideas, participate in active discussion, and vote on which neighborhood projects should receive $200,000 of public funds. But we can't do this without you! If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please visit

You can serve on the steering committee, become a budget delegate, or outreach to your neighborhoods to encourage idea-sharing. Please also keep an eye out as the idea submission phase will begin soon. 

For further questions, please feel free to contact the District 1 office at or (408) 535-4901. 

Holiday Safety Tips

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The holidays can be a very exciting yet busy time of the year. There is a lot of decorating, holiday parties, family visitors, traveling, and shopping - especially online shopping.  Unfortunately, this is also an opportune time for certain crimes. It’s important to be very cautious and alert in order to stop those burglars, pickpockets and “porch pirates” from turning you into a grinch this holiday season!

The San José Police Department has created a list of holiday safety tips to ensure you celebrate safely this holiday season: 

  • Take precautions when traveling, including getting an automatic timer for your lights, temporarily stopping mail delivery, and asking your neighbor to check in on your home.
  • Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside and ensure all doors and windows are locked, especially if you plan on going out for the evening.
  • If you're shopping, park in a well-lit area and hide your shopping bags and gifts in your trunk
  • If a stranger comes to the door asking for donations, make sure you ask for identification and know where your funds will be going - don't give anything if you aren't satisfied with the response. 

Please make sure to check out more tips for holiday safety provided by SJPD.

District 1 Development Map Update

Below are new projects recently proposed in District 1:

3754 Williams Road


Conditional Use Permit to allow the conversion of a single-family residence to child daycare of up to 48 children on a .42 gross acre site. You can review the City Council Policy for Daycare facilities.

397 Saratoga Avenue

Special Use Permit to allow the demolition of a commercial building on a 0.9-gross acre site.  

Upcoming Community Meetings

Proposed Hotel at 5659 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Monday, December 11th
Open House: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM   |   Public Comment & Questions: 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Cypress Community Center
403 Cypress Avenue, San José CA 95117

Public Hearing Re: Proposed Site Development at 751 S. Winchester Blvd.

Wednesday, December 13th
9:00 a.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara Street, San José, CA 95113

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

Apartment Rent Ordinance and Tenant Protection Ordinance Updates

The Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) controls rent increases on apartments that are covered by the ordinance, or apartments with three or more units that were built and occupied before September 7, 1979. Rental housing developments exempt from the ordinance include single family homes, in-law/granny flats/accessory dwelling units, duplexes, hotels, townhomes, hotels, and boarding houses. To determine if a property is rent controlled, you can view a map of rent-controlled properties.

The Tenant Protection Ordinance was adopted by City Council on May 9, 2017, and outlines landlord responsibilities and tenant rights regarding notices to terminate. Under the Tenant Protection Ordinance, landlords of multifamily dwellings, guesthouses, and unpermitted units will only be authorized to terminate a tenancy under the listed causes. You can review the listed causes.


On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the City Council took action and updated both the Apartment Rent Ordinance and the Tenant Protection Ordinance.  Below are changes approved by City Council:

Amendment to the Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO):  

- Include dependent child; foster child; minor in the tenant's care; spouse or domestic partner; or parent of a tenant under exempted categories of additional family members allowed under TPO's Just Cause reason for material or habitual rental agreement violation; and

- Reduce the maximum occupancy limit for adults to the number allowed by the rental agreement or two adults per bedroom, whichever is greater.

Revised Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) and Regulations:

- Retain the limit on annual general increases as 5% with no banking;

- Implement a capital improvement passthrough petition process for specified capital improvements;

- Defer action on Ratio Utility Billing System (RUBS) to March 2018 with additional research from staff;

- Continue to exclude duplexes from the ARO;

- Allow tenant buyout agreements; and

- Maintain the rent registry as recommended by staff.

Staffing Plan and Associated Fee Increase:

- Approve Phase I and Phase II of the proposed staffing plan for the Rental Rights and Referrals Program with a fee increase effective on January 1, 2018.

I was in support of staff’s recommendations for both the draft Apartment Rent Ordinance, and also the Tenant Protection Ordinance, and particularly was in support of maintaining the 5% cap on rent increases. City Council has been discussing the appropriate cap on rent increases since 2015, and the 5% cap represented a culmination of many hours of deliberation and discussion, and also represented a middle ground between the positions of tenants and property owners. Additionally, I felt it was important to maintain a fixed cap on rent increases because keeping a fixed annual rate makes administration much easier, and provides more predictability for both tenants and property owners. To read more about my perspective on the Apartment Rent Ordinance, please see my memo

If you have further questions, please contact the Housing Department at 408-975-4480 or the District 1 office at or 408-535-4901.

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.

Pilot Residential Parking Permit Program - December Update 

The Department of Transportation (DOT), along with the District 1 Office, hosted a meeting in the Eden Neighborhood on November 9th to discuss the neighborhood's parking restriction options. Based on the parking data collected in October by DOT, the Eden neighborhood now qualifies for a Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Zone under the new RPP policy developed as a part of the pilot. The neighbors at the community meeting were supportive of moving forward with an RPP zone for Eden. The next step is to collect signatures from residents and property owners. At least 50% +1 of residents and property owners must affirm their support for an RPP for it to move forward, and if someone does not sign, it is counted as a “no” vote. Below is a map of the streets in Eden that qualify for the RPP zone.

The Lynhaven RPP zone is currently being installed, and will not be enforced until January. Residents in this zone should have received permit applications in the mail and can purchase permits via mail or in person on the 8th floor of San José City Hall.

Cadillac - Winchester Dumpster Day 

We had a wonderful turnout at our Cadillac - Winchester Dumpster Day. With the holidays fast approaching, residents seized the opportunity to dispose of unwanted furniture, appliances, and mattresses. It truly does take a village and I want to take the time to thank the following individuals for their continued support:  Mayor Sam Liccardo, San José Police Department, Deputy Chief Mata, Captain Troy, PRNS, CWNA, Home Church, Pastor Danny Sanchez, Greg Cajina, Liz Guzman, Gabriela Banks, Ines Ortega Barrera, Eva Martinez, Chris Ratana and all those from the community that came out to support Project Hope...We thank you!

In-N-Out Proposed in City of Campbell at 499 E. Hamilton Avenue

The District 1 office has been receiving phone calls and emails regarding the In-n-Out proposed at 499 E. Hamilton. Although the proposed location is in Campbell, due to the close proximity to San José, we would like to provide information on the project. In-N-Out is proposing to demolish the existing Elephant Bar restaurant to construct a new drive-through restaurant at 499 E. Hamilton Avenue (located at the corner of Almarida and Hamilton). The proposed plans, which you can access here, illustrate a 3,800 square foot restaurant building with a 22-vehicle drive-through and 60 on-site parking stalls. The proposed restaurant is currently under review by the Campbell Planning Department, and no public hearings have been scheduled at this time.

Although the City of San José does not have the discretion to dictate the planning process or review of projects in neighboring cities, we have been in contact with the Campbell Planning Department and City officials. The Hamman Park Neighborhood Association is also tracking the project.  Please contact if you would like more information on their efforts. If you have further questions about the project, please visit the City of Campbell’s website.

Community Spotlight: Holiday Giving

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The holidays are a time for joy and spending time with loved ones. However, many of our fellow community members don't have a roof over their head or a family to come home to. This holiday season, I encourage you to take some time out to give to your local community. Whether it is by hosting a blanket drive, volunteering your time at a shelter's kitchen, or simply donating money, you can be a part of making someone's day just a little bit brighter. 

Here are some suggestions for places that could use your help: 

West Valley Community Services - "Gift of Hope" will provide necessary goods and toys to homeless and low-income families

Bill Wilson Center - The Adopt-A-Family Holiday Giving Program gives gifts to Santa Clara County foster children

Community Solutions - The Holiday Giving Program provides gifts and essentials to over 500 local children and families

Shop with a Cop Silicon Valley - Each year, over 100 under-served children have the opportunity to go on a shopping spree with a local Bay Area police officer.

Bridge Housing: December 12th City Council Meeting

On Tuesday, December 12th, City Council will hear from Housing staff about the Bridge Housing Communities program. Council will vote on the proposed scoring matrix that will create a prioritized list of viable sites, approve the city-wide and site-specific community engagement plan, and provide input on the design, structure, operations, and implementation timeline. You can read the full staff memo for additional details. The item will be heard no earlier than 3 p.m. You can find the most up to date information on Bridge Housing Communities here.

If you are unable to attend the Council meeting, you can watch it live.

For questions or concerns, please contact

African American History Month Flag Raising

Save the Date for the 7th Annual African American History Month Flag Raising & Reception! This year's theme is "Let America be America ... Where Every Man is Free" and will celebrate the great accomplishments of the African American community in San José. 

Friday, February 2nd, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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

For more information, please contact Rose Dhaliwal at or (408) 535-4901. 

Chappie's Favorite Holiday Dish: Mac n' Cheese

The holidays are a time where we enjoy the company of our loved ones, decorate our homes, give to those less fortunate, and bake delicious goodies. It is also a great time to eat your favorite holiday dishes! My favorite dish is my wife Kelli's 3-cheese Mac n' Cheese. I hope you will try it and enjoy!

Ingredients (makes 3 servings):
1/2 pound Gemelli pasta (or whichever shape you prefer) 
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp Moutarde Violette de Brive mustard (Dijon works as well)
3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
3/4 cup grated cheese mixture of choice (Recommend Cheddar)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for topping)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Use a medium/large pot to boil the pasta in boiling, salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the white pepper and flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 - 4 minutes. Don't let the flour brown; lower the heat if it does. 

Add the mustard and milk and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken; if too thick or glue-like, add more milk. 

Add the cheese mixture/cheddar, parmesan, and gruyere. Remove from heat and stir until they melt. (Return the pan to low heat if needed.)

Carefully stir the pasta into the cheese sauce until well-incorporated. Place the pasta in 3 individual baking dishes (Kelli likes to use creme brulee dishes). 

Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese over the top. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden and cheese is bubbling. 


Curbside Recycling Holiday Schedule

With the holidays around the corner, your collection days will be affected! During the weeks of December 24th and December 31st, collection will be one day later. You can refer to the chart for details: 

Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your regular collection day from December 26th, 2017 - February 2nd, 2018. Please make sure to remove any stands, tinsel, and decorations before setting out. Trees must be cut into 5-foot pieces and set out by 6:00 a.m. on collection day. 

For further information or a reminder of what you can recycle, please check out the San José curbside recycling website

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. 

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

Upcoming City Council Meetings

December 2017 City Council Meetings 

December 5th - 1:30 p.m.
December 12th - 1:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
December 19th - 1:30 p.m.
December 26th - Cancelled due to holiday closure

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 beginning Monday, December 25th, 2017 and will re-open on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018. **

Events in 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, will kick-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

Public Safety Town Hall - Join Councilmembers Don Rocha and Johnny Khamis for a town hall on Saturday, December 9th to get the latest holiday safety and crime prevention tips. You will have the opportunity to meet your emergency responders and learn how to plan for an emergency. Please see flyer for more information. 

Holiday Celebration at Cypress Community Center – Join the holiday fun at Cypress Community Center and enjoy a delicious hot meal, ballroom dancing and live music provided by The Jerry Jay Trio Band. The celebration will be held on Saturday, December 9th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Cypress Community Center at 408-244-1353.

Partners in Reading New Learner Orientation - If you are an adult looking to improve basic reading and writing skills, you can participate in free one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, computer lessons, and more at the San José Public Library. Orientation will be held on Monday, December 11th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on 150 E. San Fernando Street. See flyer for details.

Partners in Reading Tutor Orientation - Are you interested in helping adults improve their basic reading and writing skills? Then sign up to be a volunteer tutor at the San José Public Library! Next orientation is on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Joyce Ellington Branch Library on 491 E. Empire Street. See flyer for details

38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon - Join the African American Community Services Agency on Monday, January 15th, 2018 for the 38th Annual luncheon celebrating the life and work of Dr. King. This year's theme is "I Still Have a Dream" and will feature Emmett Carson, Ph.D., founding CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, as keynote speaker. Master of Ceremonies will be Marcus Washington, anchor of "Today in the Bay" and "NBC Bay Area News at 11." Information on tickets, sponsorship, or being a vendor can be found here


Introducing The Great 408 - On San José's 240th birthday, Mayor Liccardo and Sal Pizarro, Mercury News Columnist, launched The Great 408, a campaign to celebrate the gems, history, and culture that have helped make San José the great city it is and set the tone for our future. You are encouraged to submit your ideas on the website. Public submissions will be added each week. You can watch Sam and Sal's video and use the hashtag #Great408 on social media. 

San José's Christmas in the Park breaks a Guinness World Record - The downtown San José tradition set a world record with 600 illuminated Christmas trees in one location. You can enjoy the trees, music, and hot cocoa through January 7th, 2018. 

Survey on Small and Local Business Participation - Earlier this year, the Silvy Group was one of two consulting firms selected to explore ways to improve the inclusion of small and local business participation in its Capital Improvement Program construction and consultant contracting. To better understand the challenges facing contractors in working with the City of San José and other public agencies, they have developed a quick survey. This survey is strictly anonymous and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. You can find it here

ESD Quarterly Newsletter: November 2017 - Find out what the Environmental Services Department has been up to in their quarterly newsletter, "Green Matters." In this issue, staff discusses the Capital Improvement Project, Coastal Cleanup Day, and helping flood-damaged communities. 

San José Police Department Academy welcomes over 100 new recruits - Last month, Police Chief Eddie Garcia addressed over 100 police academy cadets poised to be sworn in December 2017 and April 2018. SJPD continues to grow, with numbers at 1,016 officers, the first time it has been about 1,000 since 2015. The City of San José looks forward to seeing a continued increase in our police ranks.

SJPL Bound Winter Issue Now Available - Download the newest edition of the San José Public Library's free event and service guide. You can also pick up the magazine at your local branch library. 

Hour of Code - A global movement designed to introduce computer science, demystify "code", and show anyone they can learn the basics, "Hour of Code" will take place during Computer Science Education Week, December 4th - 10th. SJPL is proud to be a part of this movement and invites students of all ages to take part in their programs, offered at 11 branch libraries this year. 

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!

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