Councilmember Chappie Jones
District 1 Newsletter
New District 1 Team Member
Please join me in welcoming Rachel Davis to the team! Rachel is a South San José native. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from San José State University where she had numerous leadership roles in on and off campus organizations. In her previous role at Team San José, she helped lead efforts to tell San José’s story and increase tourism in the City by working closely with community partners, managing the organization’s social media, and assisting in public relations efforts. Rachel has always been passionate about public service and is thrilled to be serving District 1 residents.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys traveling, writing (she is a self-published author), reading, and re-watching West Wing.

District 1 Events & Activities
D1 Eats at Calabazas Park
Join my office and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services on Friday, August 10th at 5 p.m. for D1 Eats: A Luau in the Park! 

This fun and festive event will include food trucks for purchase, games & activities, a resource fair, arts & crafts, face painting, a basketball tournament, giveaways, and more. We'll end the night with a family-friendly movie at sunset. 

You can vote for which movie you'd like to see! Vote on this poll for your choice between Lilo & Stitch and Moana. More event details to come.
National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO) is a special event that brings communities from across the nation together to support crime and drug prevention efforts. This event is sponsored across the country by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San José Police Department. NNO encourages neighbors to plan evening events (ice cream socials, driveway parties, BBQs, etc.) to show that our neighborhoods are active and united. This year’s event will take place on the evening of Tuesday, August 7th, and I am encouraging all District 1 neighbors to participate. This year marks the 35th anniversary with over 38 million people across the country expected to participate - you won’t want to miss out on the fun!

Celebrations can be as large or small as you want. Registration is due on or before Friday, July 27, 2018. My staff and I try to stop by as many of the District 1 NNO events as we can, so please make sure to send over your event details as soon as they have been confirmed. You can email my office or call (408) 535-4901 and we will add you to our list. For questions, please contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit at (408) 277-4133. I hope to see you all out there for this very important evening!

11th Annual Disability Awareness Day
Join us for the 11th Annual Disability Awareness Day on Thursday, October 4th at San José City Hall! This year's theme is "Expanding Our Horizons" and will celebrate diversity, awareness, and empowerment for persons with differing abilities. 

The event will include a resource fair of non-profit, government agencies, and local businesses that provide services, live entertainment, games & activities, a Paralympic Experience, an Art Display, and food trucks. New this year is the ReelAbilities Film Festival, where we will feature 2 films at the Hammer Theatre focusing on disabilities. More information to come. 

Join us for a day of education and empowerment! 
7th Annual Korean Flag Raising Commemorates Korean War
On Monday, June 25th, I was joined by the Silicon Valley Korean American Federation, Honorable Deputy Consul General Jimin Kim, and the Korean War Meritorious Veterans League as we raised the flags of the United States and the Republic of Korea. We host this event each year to commemorate the start of the Korean War in 1950. Thank you to the California National Guard for raising the flags and to the Bay Men's Choral for singing the national anthems. Thank you also to Irene Suh for presiding over the event as translator. This event also featured cultural entertainment from the Korean Culture Center Urisawe and the Korean Young Dream Orchestra. 
Residents Enjoy D1 Parks at Bike, Ride & Roll Tour
On Saturday, May 19th, District 1 residents rode their bikes through District 1 parks from Hamann Park to Calabazas Park. It was a day of fun-filled activities and learning about our parks! 
Murdock Park Picnic Brings Neighbors Together
The Murdock Park neighborhood hosted their annual picnic on Saturday, June 16th. Thank you for hosting every year! 
Farewell Message from Rose

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

I will be leaving the City of San José and Office of Councilmember Jones to pursue my PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the University of La Verne in Southern California. 

It has truly been an honor to work alongside the many community partners and neighborhoods while serving the City these past 3 years. I have learned so much from each of our residents and my colleagues at City Hall. They have been great mentors, confidantes, and friends on this journey. While it is hard to say goodbye, I look forward to my new endeavors in graduate school, where I hope to use my experiences in public service to continue to give back to the community. I hope that our paths cross in the future and wish you all well. 

Rose Dhaliwal 
Policy and Neighborhood Updates

The 4th of July is this Wednesday and there will be several fun, family-friendly events happening throughout San Jose!

Remember that fireworks are illegal to possess and/or ignite in the City of San José; you can enjoy one of the professional events happening across the city on the 4th of July: 

Rose, White & Blue Parade

Hosted by the Alameda Business Association, this is an opportunity for you to enjoy a day filled with history, patriotism and roses! The parade will wind through the Rose Garden neighborhood and will feature live bands, dance groups, floats, antique cars, special guests and much more! The parade will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Visit the website for more information and to view the parade route. 

San José Giants Fireworks Extravaganzas

Who doesn’t enjoy watching a baseball game, especially when there are fireworks afterwards? Fortunately, the San José Giants will have a post-game fireworks show. The game will be played at the San José Municipal Stadium located at 588 E. Alma Ave. and is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at (408) 297-1435 ext. 15 or in person at the Stadium Box Office.

July 4th Fun Festival at Almaden Lake Park

This fun festival will be held at Almaden Lake Park and will include vendor booths, live music, kids’ games, a parade, food trucks, and a fireworks display! Event beings at 3:00 p.m. and a fireworks show is scheduled to begin 30 minutes after sunset. This event is free and open to the public. 

Rotary Club's San José’s Centennial Fireworks

Rotary San José will be hosting a 4th of July celebration and fireworks extravaganza and invite you and your family to enjoy another world-class fireworks display at Discovery Meadow in downtown San José. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Find out more information on transportation and event details.

I hope that you are all able to enjoy this Independence holiday with your friends and families. Remember that fireworks are illegal to possess and/or ignite in the City of San José unless one has a permit. These laws have been placed in order to keep everyone safe. Due to our recent droughts, the chance of accidental fires is extremely high. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


To report the illegal use of fireworks please visit

D1 Decides Results Are In!
Thank you to all the residents who participated in our first D1 Decides: Participatory Budgeting year. We received over 100 submissions and nearly 300 votes on projects across the district. Here are the projects that were voted in by you to be implemented: 
  1. Install Entry Markers in Eden Neighborhood 
  2. $1,000 Sports Equipment Grants for all Public Schools in D1
  3. $5,000 grants to West Valley and Calabazas Libraries
  4. Upgrade the Cypress Community Center's Computer Lab
  5. Tennis Court Resurfacing at Murdock Park
  6. Video Projector at West Valley Library
  7. ADA Ramps on Rainbow Drive
  8. Plant Valley Oak Trees at San Tomas Park
  9. Install Enhanced Crosswalk with Flashing Beacons on Saratoga Avenue & Latimer Avenue
  10. Install Choker Islands for Pedestrian Safety
  11. Sports Equipment Grant for Starbird Youth Center
  12. Evergreen Trees at Phelps and Walton 
  13. Art Box on Bollinger & Johnson
  14. Art Box on Doyle & Saratoga 
My office will work with City staff for implementation of these projects. For questions, please contact my office at or (408) 535-4901. 
2018-2019 Fiscal Year Budget Gets Approved

Last month, the City Council approved the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that runs from July 2018 - June 2019. As outlined in the newsletter last month, the budget for next year provides targeted funding for increases in key city services such as homelessness response, pavement maintenance, and public safety. The city is also anticipating a funding deficit in the next budget year, and the current budget sets aside money in a rainy day fund to alleviate the impact of any shortfalls next year. There were several key highlights related to District 1.

  • South De Anza Urban Village Plan - Pursue planning grant opportunities through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission or other State/Local agencies to fund the preparation of the South De Anza Boulevard Urban Village Plan.

  • D1 Decides - Participatory budgeting will continue in District 1 next year. After a successful first run this year, we will continue this process where residents can propose funding one-time projects in District 1 and then vote on them.

  • Pilot Residential Parking Permit Program - A limited six-month extension of the pilot program to address any issues related to the zones already established as a part of the pilot.

  • Library Youth Fine Reduction Pilot -  A one-year pilot program that allows late fees to be eliminated for youth patrons to encourage continued library usage.

You can find the Mayor’s full June Budget Message here.

City Council Approves Zoning Amendments for Accessory Dwelling Units

On Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, the City Council voted unanimously to relax restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to make it easier for residents to construct them. The changes:

  • Allow two-bedroom secondary units on lots 9,000 feet or greater

  • Allow a second story on all new secondary units provided they do not create sight lines that invade a neighbor’s privacy

  • Decrease the minimum lot size from 5,445 feet to 3,000 feet

  • Simplify the application process and digitize it to be more accessible online

The Council also directed the City Manager to create a proposal for an amnesty program that would encourage homeowners with illegal ADUs to come up to building code.

The Mayor has set a goal of building more than 25,000 new homes by 2022, and this policy will help our City reach that goal. I am proud to be a supporter of ADUs as they help to further provide affordable housing within our city.

More information is available on the City’s Housing Website.

Success Story
Streetlight Repair Ensures Safety in Neighborhood
Providing assistance to District 1 residents has been an important role that I have prioritized in my time in office. Last month, we were able to help a resident get his nearby streetlight repaired. The streetlight was important because of its positioning at the end of the court. The light provided the only lighting to a large area. I am very pleased we were able to get this resolved quickly for our neighbors.

When issues like this come up please contact me at or by phone at 408-535-4901. You can also always stop by my twice-monthly evening office hours as well.
Reminder: There will be no monthly office hours during the month of July. Please see flyer for August - December dates. 
Boards and Commissions Vacancies for the Historic Landmarks, Housing & Community Development, and Learning & Early Education Commissions. Apply online.
San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is coming to town August 10th - 12th. Check out for the lineup. 
Upcoming City Council Meetings
*City Council on recess throughout the month of July*

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 August - December 2018.
Events & Activities in Your Neighborhood
Events at Cypress Community & Senior Center

Special BBQ Lunch - Enjoy a special lunch on Wednesday, July 4th!

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

Hawaiian Luau - August 10th 

Advisory Council Meetings occur on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Upcoming meetings are scheduled for July 12th, August 9th, and September 13th. 

*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 |

Calabazas Branch Library, 1230 S. Blaney Avenue
(408) 808-3066 | 

San José Public Library kicked off the 5th annual Free Summer Food Program. Seven branches will be hosting lunch for children and teens from June 11th to August 10th, 2018. Find the complete list and more information here

Friends of the West Valley Library Book Sales will be happening on July 14th & 15th, September 15th & 16th, and November 17th & 18th. Contact library for more information. 

Events in Your Community

The Senior Safari Walkabout is Back! On select Thursdays through October, Seniors ages 50 and up will enjoy free admission and parking and early entry to the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. See flyer for more information on activities

PRNS hosts Summer Camps for Youth with Differing Abilities throughout July & August at Mayfair & Seven Trees Community Centers. Register in person or online

Restaurant Week is July 13th - 22nd! Check out for information on restaurants. 

Christmas in July will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 5:30 p.m. at History Park San José! Enjoy live music, a zip line, buffet dinner, auction and more. Visit the Christmas in the Park website for more information. 

Join Senator Jim Beall for a Creek Cleanup on Saturday, August 18th at 8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Park. See flyer for details
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 José
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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