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Councilmember Chappie Jones
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Housing Crisis Hits District 1's Very Own
I would like to thank Councilmember Jones and the District 1 staff for giving me the opportunity to share why I left San José and my position in the District 1 office as Legislative & Policy Director. My husband and I decided to leave San José and relocate our family to Denver due to the rising rents and housing prices in the Bay Area. Moving to California, particularly the Bay Area, was our goal for many years, and we had always envisioned building a life in the area. It is where we got married, grew professionally, and had our first child. After 4 years of moving around to various cities to obtain the education and job experience to warrant a move to the Bay Area, San José was the first place we lived that felt like home. The housing crisis hit our family hard the past few months – a new baby, two adults, and an eager canine do not fit in a 650 sq. ft. apartment. We looked all over the Bay Area for affordable options. We were excited to find a small house listed for $750K but were disheartened to learn at the open house the home would sell for over a million dollars. Throughout our housing hunt, we thought about other families in the Bay Area who may be struggling. There is little room in the Bay Area for financial slip-ups. Although we loved our community, it was increasingly difficult to be a part of a neighborhood with homes that are beyond ownership for us and most other families. It has been incredibly hard to say goodbye to our community in San José. I will miss the relationships I have built with many of you in District 1 during the many hours of community meetings and important discussions on the future of development in West San José. I was consistently in awe of your energy and dedication to your community. I hope you all continue to stay involved and I look forward to visiting West San José in the future. Please feel free to reach out and connect via email (Christina.Valerino@gmail.com) or let me know if you are ever in Denver!
 
Best,
Christina Pressman
District 1 Events & Activities
D1 Decides Voting Day

Cast Your Votes!

Your City. Your Vote. D1 Decides is a participatory budgeting exercise where you get to decide how to use $200,000 in public funds for your community. The submissions are in, the ideas have been vetted, and now it's time to vote! You can vote in person at Cypress Community & Senior Center on Monday, May 14th, 3pm - 7pm or vote online beginning Friday, May 11th. 
API Heritage Month Proclamation & Celebration

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, I helped to kickoff National Asian & Pacific-Islander (API) Heritage Month alongside Councilmembers Lan Diep and Tam Nguyen with a proclamation. We recognized the organizations Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) and Asian Law Alliance for their hard work in the community serving vital healthcare services and free legal services to the API community. We will be having a celebration on Thursday, June 7th, 12 pm - 2 pm in the City Hall Rotunda. For questions, contact Mason Fong in my office at mason.fong@sanjoseca.gov

D1 Parks Bike Ride

Join the District 1 Leadership Group & San José Parks Foundation for a Bike, Ride & Roll Tour of District 1 Parks on Saturday, May 19th, 8:45 am - 12:30 pm! Visit your local parks, enjoy special treats and fellowship, and experience great learning along the way. More information and sign-ups can be found on the flyer or D1LG website. Tempo Bicycles will be giving free water bottles to the first 100 registrants and will be offering a free test ride of their hybrid electric bikes!

Nearly 300 Volunteers Come Out for the Great American Litter Pick-Up

On Saturday, April 21st, we had nearly 300 volunteers at Country Lane Elementary School, Starbird Park, Hamann Park, and the Moreland West Neighborhood come out to keep our community clean! It was great to see District 1 residents of all ages working together to benefit our own neighborhoods. 

13th Annual Senior Walk a Success!

Thank you to the over 60 vendors, 300+ participants, and our volunteers for coming out and making this event yet another success! A special thank you to Westfield Valley Fair for hosting us each year and to Alameda Family Services for the donation of water bottles. 

Local Warriors S.T.E.A.M Project Engages Our Youth
On April 23rd, I joined the African American Community Service Agency, Golden State Warriors, and PG&E as they delivered their S.T.E.A.M activities to 50 San José youth. Students had the opportunity to participate in rotations that included learning about digital design, coding, and building solar suite cases (which will be deployed to schools in Kenya to light up study halls for students who don't have electricity at home). 
Policy and Neighborhood Updates
Council Updates City's Rent Control Policies
On Thursday, April 24th, 2018, the City Council voted to amend the City’s Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO), Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO) and Ellis Act Ordinance to the following:
  • ARO

    • Clarify that the pass-through of utility charges to tenants are not allowed (Ratio Utility Billing System (RUBS) and other related methodologies)

    • Allow landlords that currently retain RUBS policies to petition for a one-time rent increase to offset losses in costs resulting from discontinuing RUBS

  • TPO

    • Prohibit landlords from disclosing or threatening to disclose a tenant’s immigration or citizenship status to authorities with the intent of retaliation

    • Add “Criminal Activity” as a separate just-cause basis for eviction for tenants who are “held to answer” in a court of law for a serious or violent felony committed during tenancy within 1,000 feet of the premises

    • Other items to return to Council for further consideration

  • Ellis Act

    • Subject redeveloped properties to a 50% re-control of ARO units

    • Allow an exemption of said requirements if 20% of new construction is voluntarily-restricted affordable rental housing built on-site.

      • 15% to meet the Inclusionary Ordinance

      • 5% to be restricted at 100% Area Median Income (AMI)

I was proud to have the Council accept my memo on the TPO to improve public safety within our communities. Often times, a community may be afraid to come forward and testify against a tenant that may be causing harm. The "Held to Answer" criminal activity provision gives communities another tool to address crime and improve their quality of life.


For more information, please see the City’s Housing website on Rent Control policies.
BART Single Bore

On Thursday April 26, 2018, the BART Board of Directors voted 5-0 in support of the Single-Bore tunneling method. I, along with my colleagues on the VTA Board of Directors, voted in support of Single-Bore on April 5th, 2018, and I am ecstatic to see our two agencies working together to bring much needed public transit infrastructure to San José.

Murdock Park Update
On April 16th, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) and my office hosted a community information meeting to discuss the application of Fumitoxin and other available options for squirrel abatement in Murdock Park. The park currently has an overpopulation of ground squirrels, with numbers expected to increase due to the impending breeding season. Squirrels cause significant damage to our park turf, trees, and cemented pathways. Staff's evaluations show that trapping and relocation are not the most effective method for abatement. The application of Fumitoxin at this time will allow staff to maintain and employ less aggressive forms in the future.

We are postponing California Ground squirrel abatement at Murdock park until Murdock-Portal school is closed for the summer. To ensure the abatement is effective, treatments will take place several times in early summer. The goal is to ensure public safety and a quality park for all to enjoy. For questions, please contact Tori O'Reilly in PRNS at tori.o'reilly@sanjoseca.gov or David Gomez in my office at david.gomez@sanjoseca.gov
Pueblo Update
My office had received some concerns regarding the overall appearance and lack of maintenance of the Pueblo de Dios Park site. Thank you to Jeff Gomez and his team - Joshua Saavedra, Frank Maldonado, Daniel Carillo, Raul Chairez, Ismael Jimenez, Joe Hernandez, Armando Barragan, Mike Lopez, Ryan Sommers, Chris Cuevas, & Daljit Dhindsa - for their hard work to maintain this site. They gave the site some much needed TLC and will continue to receive service on a weekly basis. 
Success Story

My office receives requests for assistance with district issues often, and I am delighted to report about our successes this month: 

  • A constituent contacted my office noting that black & white street signs on Hamilton had been removed but the poles were still in place. Contacting the Department of Transportation to relay the concern, my staff was able to successfully have the poles removed from the neighborhood
  • We removed a port-a-potty from the corner of Payne Avenue & Klamath Drive
  • We had a broken streetlight on Alderbrook Lane fixed. 

If you have any issue you need assistance with, please contact my office at district1@sanjoseca.gov or submit your request on the My San Jose app. 
Announcements
Traffic Signal Installation at Henry Avenue and Stevens Creek Boulevard. Work will include new concrete sidewalks, curb & gutter, roadway pavement, and traffic signal and striping. Estimated start date is May 2018. 
Learn about the Housing Department's proposed schedule of fees for the Rent Stabilization Program at the Housing & Community Development Commission on May 10th at 5:45 p.m at San José City Hall. 
San José's Budget Study Sessions and Community Budget Meetings will begin on May 10th and continue throughout the month. View the community meeting schedule for dates near you and 2018-2019 Budget Proposal
Upcoming City Council Meetings
May 8th - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

May 15th - 1:30 p.m. 

May 22nd - 1:30 p.m .and 6:00 p.m. 

May 29th - Cancelled due to Memorial Day Holiday 

City Council meetings are held at San José City Hall Council Chambers. If you are unable to attend in person, you can live stream the meeting

Check out Council meeting agendas, minutes, and additional information

Check out the City Council meeting calendar for January - June 2018.
Events & Activities in Your Neighborhood
Events at Cypress Community & Senior Center

Mother's Day Event - Members will enjoy a lunch and activities on Friday, May 11th. 

Resource Fair - Learn about services available to you on Thursday, July 12th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Annual Volunteer Luncheon - Saturday, September 22nd, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

*Contact Cypress Center staff at (408) 244-1353 for additional information on events & activities. 

Events in Your Library

The West Valley and Calabazas Branch libraries have events and activities for all ages, from toddler storytime to ESL Conversation Club to Tutoring services. Check out your local library for more information on upcoming events. 

West Valley Branch Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Road
(408) 244-4747 | wv.sjpl@sjlibrary.org

Calabazas Branch Library, 1230 S. Blaney Avenue
(408) 808-3066 | cz.sjpl@sjlibrary.org 

Events in Your Community

Join the Movers and Shakers ride on Bike to Work Day on May 10th. Click here for more information or to RSVP.

Attend the Annual Health and Housing Fair on Saturday, May 12th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Latimer Elementary School. Hosted by West Valley Community Services as part of Affordable Housing Week, this event provides free dental & vision screenings, housing resources, and fun activities & food trucks. See flyer in English and Spanish

May 14th is Mother's Day! Spend some special time by taking your mother out to the Municipal Rose Garden. Located at Naglee and Dana, the rose garden is open from 8 a.m. until just before sunset. This gorgeous 2 1/2 acre garden carries over 3,500 roses of at least 140 different varieties. Contact Warren Gannon, master volunteer of the San José Rose Garden at warrengannon@me.com

The 8th Annual Caregivers Count! Conference will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 8:30 am - 2 pm at the Campbell Community Center. Topics include self-care and compassion fatigue, hospital discharge planning and advocacy, and a caregiver panel. Find more information here or on the flyer.

Make Music San José is on June 21st! This free, outdoor day of music will include performances taking place from sunrise to sunset. There is no cost to register or attend. Check out www.MakeMusicDay.org/SanJose to register to participate and check out what is happening near you. See flyer for details. 

International Summer Homestay in Okayama, Japan, July 24 - 30 - Up to 7 San José middle and high school students have been invited to participate in a homestay in Okayama, Japan. Students will be joined by 45 students participating from cities in Bulgaria, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Guam. To request an application, contact Kathy Sakamoto with San José-Okayama Sister Cities at sjokayama1957@gmail.comSee flyer for details

iCreaTV 2018 Summer Media Camp - Unleash the digital storyteller in your creative 13 to 18 year old. There will be 2 sessions to choose from: Documentary and Feature Film Production. Register by June 1st. Space is limited. 
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.
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 with upcoming dates, times, and locations.
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