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DISTRICT 7 WEEKLY UPDATES March 26, 2012

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Table of Contents D7 Spotlight Events/ Announcements Weekly News Programs and Services Community Calendar

Online Services Vehicle Abatement Report Blight Street Construction Projects Traffic

“Like” us on Facebook We have a Facebook page! Make sure to “Like” us in order to receive the latest news, activities, programs, projects, and events happening in District 7 and the City of San Jose. Visit www.facebook.com/vicemayormadisonnguyen or click on the link on the left. Operation Prom Dress 2012 Families affected by the economic downturn are continuing to cut expenses to make ends meet. For many area high school girls, a reduction in family spending mean that plans for a fairytale prom may not happen. Since 2009, the office of Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen has given out more than 3000 dresses to girls through Operation Prom Dress---A prom dress drive to encourage residents of the City of San Jose to donate new or gently-used dresses for high school girls who may not be able to afford a dress for prom. The goal is to ensure that every girl gets a dress for prom and not have to worry about the expenses. New and gently used dresses can be dropped off at local libraries, community centers, and Comerica Banking centers throughout the City of San Jose. Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and her staff will distribute dresses to high school girls on Sunday, April 15, 2012 from 10am-2pm at Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose, CA 95111. COMMUNITY CENTERS Evergreen Community Center, 4860 San Felipe Rd. San Jose, CA 95135 Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Dr. San Jose, CA 95111 Willow Glen Community Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125 Cypress Community Center, 403 Cypress Avenue, San Jose, CA 95117 LIBRARIES Almaden Library, 6445 Camden Ave. San Jose, CA 95120 Berryessa Library, 3355 Noble Ave. San Jose, CA 95132 Cambrian Library, 1780 Hillsdale Ave. San Jose, CA 95124 Rose Garden Library, 1580 Naglee Ave. San Jose, CA 95126 Santa Teresa Library, 290 International Cr. San Jose, CA 95119


Caltrans Service Request

Tully Library, 880 Tully Rd. San Jose, CA 95111 Vineland Library, 1450 Blossom Hill Rd. San Jose, CA 95118 West Valley Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd. San Jose, CA 95117 Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave. San Jose, CA 95125 San Jose City Hall 18th Main Lobby, 200 East Santa Clara St. San Jose, CA 95113

Important Phone Numbers Call Center: (408) 535-3500

For more information please contact (408) 535-4961.

Enforcement

Emergency: 911 or (408) 277-8911 NonEmergency: 311 or (408) 277-8900 Graffiti: (408) 277 -2758 or (408) 277-3208 Child Abuse Reporting: (408) 277 -3700 Code Enforcement: (408) 535-7770 Crime Prevention: (408) 277-4133 Crime Stoppers: (408) 947-7867 Domestic Violence Ctr.: (408) 277-3700 Independent Police Auditor (408) 794-6226 Dept. of Transportation: (408) 535-3850 Gang Hotline: Gang Investigation

District 7 Townhall Meeting Please join Mayor Chuck Reed, Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and City Manager Debra Figone on Wednesday April 25, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, for a District 7 Townhall Meeting on the City Budget at the Tully Community Library, located at 880 Tully Road. During tough economic times, difficult decisions must be made to ensure vital services are available to our residents. It is important that we all work together to help find solutions and share ideas on how to solve the City’s budget constraints. Please join us in learning about the city’s budget, voice your concerns, and offer ideas to help our city better serve you. For more information, please contact Diego Inzunza at (408) 535-4962. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Hosts Wildlife Educators for Three-Day Conference From March 7 to March 9, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (HHPZ) staff hosted a three-day conference and training for members of the Association of Professional Wildlife Educators (APWE). APWE was founded to foster communication, professionalism and cooperation among those individuals who work with captive wildlife in educational programs through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation and peer education. Senior HHPZ Zookeeper Jennifer Sorrells took the lead in hosting the conference and was instrumental in the recruitment of speakers, coordination of group trips to California Academy of Science, San Francisco and Oakland Zoos, while securing accommodations for conference delegates. Attending delegates joined the Happy Hollow Crew on Friday, March 9, for green tours of HHPZ and sessions on professional development for animal training and lesson planning. The delegates also donated $740.00 to Happy Hollow’s conservation partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga CD, as the chosen conservation project for the conference. Upcoming Programs at the Tully Branch Library The Family Learning Center at the Tully Branch Library will host a computer orientation program for adults and children every Wednesday, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. This program will teach you how to use ESL (English as a Second Language) software, how to type, and help students with their homework. In today’s modern age, it’s impossible to be successful without a basic understanding of computers. From job listings to homework – the computer is at the center of our world now and it’s important that everyone learn how to use one.


Unit (408) 277-3835 Gang Tip Line (For Anonymous Tips) – (408) 293-Gang (4264) Garbage & Recycling: (408) 535-3500 Parking Enforcement: (408) 534-2900 Senior Programs: (408) 535-3570 Sewer Problems: (408) 794-1900 Sidewalks: (408) 794-1901 Street Lights: (408) 794-1903 Street Maintenance: (408) 794-1900 Street Sweeping: (408) 794-1902 Housing: (408) 535-3860

Seven Trees Community Center has several great upcoming activities and events! Seven Trees is now registering for Spring classes and Summer Camps! Register early to make sure you have a spot in all of our exciting programs. Spring classes include Crafts Galore, Ballet, Hip Hop, Kinder Classes, Chess, Guitar, Piano, Karate, Gymnastics and more. We also have specialty camps like Arts and Crafts, Basketball or Dance, and our traditional day camp Camp San Jose at Seven Trees. With all of these choices you are bound to find a class or camp that suits everyone’s interests! Nutritious Meals for Seniors Santa Clara County’s Social Services Agency wants to encourage seniors to join other older adults for lunch and laughs at one of 35 countywide sites – including the Alma Senior Center and the Iola Williams Senior Program. The Alma Senior Center will be offering FREE meals to all new members! Dining locations are open to everyone over age 60, and their spouses regardless of age. Each location is unique, offering one of 27 ethnically diverse menus that are monitored by registered dietitians. Transportation and nutrition education is also available. Older adults who are unable to travel to our dining locations, or are homebound and unable to obtain food or prepare meals for themselves, may be eligible for weekly deliveries of frozen lunch/dinner entrees and breakfasts under the Meals on Wheels program. To find a dining location or obtain information about receiving meals in your home or for donation inquiries please call 975-4860 or visit our website at www.sccgov.org/snp. For more information on the free senior meals at the Alma Senior Center, please call 277-5202. District 7 Neighborhood Commissioners Want to contribute to your neighborhood but don’t know how? You can attend important monthly neighborhood association meetings, meet your local neighbors, talk to city staff and representatives, and attend fun and exciting events throughout the year! Contact your D7 Neighborhood Commissioners for more information on how you can join and help improve your neighborhood and the City of San Jose. • Bertha Ward – Meadows Neighborhood Association: berthaward@gmail.com • Moses Ramirez – McLaughlin Corridor Neighborhood Association: MosesCR1@aol.com • Robert Sandoval – West Evergreen Neighborhood Association: robert_sndvl@yahoo.com • Kenneth Huynh – Youth Advisory Commissioner: d7youthcommission@gmail.com


work2future Job Fair work2future’s annual spring Job Fair is scheduled for March 28, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Rd., San José. There are 27 employers slated to attend. For more information call (408) 794-1129. UNSCC Neighborhood Spring Mixer United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County is holding a Neighborhood Spring Mixer on Saturday, March 31st from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Santa Clara Valley Water District - 5750 Almaden Expressway. PLEASE JOIN US AND ENJOY THE FOLLOWING… Tour Grounds of Environmentally Landscaped Water District Property, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Great Opportunity to Network with Neighborhood Leaders from throughout Santa Clara County, Variety of Informational Resource Tables, Eligibility for a Drawing for Several Great Prizes. If interested please RSVP by email to RSVP@UNSCC.org or Call Michael at (408) 564-2374 Attendance at the UNSCC Spring 2012 Mixer is City of San Jose CAP Grant Cycle 25 Class Eligible (Sign in is required) ANNOUNCING THE 18TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN MARKET The Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County invite you to the 18th Annual Spring Garden Market, Saturday, March 31, 9 am-2 pm, at beautiful History San Jose, 1650 Senter Rd., San Jose. (Directions | Parking Map) PLANT SALE AND MORE Summer veggies on sale! Loyal fans have been coming for years for the 75+ varieties of tomatoes and 100+ varieties of peppers, but now you can pick up beans, eggplant, collards, Chinese broccoli, amaranthus and kohlrabi and strawberries. We've also expanded our offerings to include herbs and flowers. Also for sale: Gently pre-used gardening items at the Green Elephant Sale ("From our garden shed to yours!"), and our favorite tools and books. Also: Gardening items of every sort are on sale in the Vendor Fair, with 40+ booths of plants, tools, clothing, garden structures, t-shirts and jewelry, bee-keeping equipment, soil amendments and fertilizer, raised beds ... LEARN ABOUT GARDENING We will be offering 50+ talks, Sustainable Gardening Tables, Plant Clinic, Hotline Table, and staffing other booths. Dozens of Master Gardeners will be on hand and happy to talk with you about any gardening questions - or to help you choose which tomato or pepper would work best for you. Look for us in our blue aprons! FOR MORE INFORMATION See http://mastergardeners.org/sgm for plant lists, descriptions of talks, and list of vendors -- and full details on this gala event. See you at the Market!


Purchase Assistance Loan (PAL) Program Informational Workshop The Housing Trust of Santa Clara County and the San Jose NSP2 Consortium invite you to attend a workshop to learn more about the Purchase Assistance Loan (PAL) program, a deferred second loan of 20% of the purchase price up to $50,000 to assist qualified homebuyers purchasing Foreclosed/REO properties in designated areas of San Jose. NSP2 funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will reduce the number of foreclosed and abandoned homes in the target areas and help to stabilize the housing market. Learn about the City of San Jose Dream Home Program and the Housing Trust's other first-time homebuyer programs. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM (Joyce Ellington Library, 491 East Empire Street, San Jose)

Please RSVP by email to jeanette@housingtrustscc.org. Presentation of Draft Seniors’ Agenda Report Be the first to provide comments and input to the Seniors’ Agenda that was commissioned by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. This report will help shape the priorities of our older adult population which is expected to double in the next ten years. Two dates scheduled: - Date: Monday, March 26, 2012 - Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Location: Santa Clara Senior Center, 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050 -

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Location: Social Services Agency, 333 West Julian Street, San José, CA 95110

More information: http:\\www.sccgov.org\daas or Carla Cisi – (408) 975-4848


Free Tax Service Need to get your taxes done? The Center for Employment Training (CET) is offering free tax service for qualifying individuals from February 11th to April 7th on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Center for Employment Training – 701 Vine Street. To qualify you must meet the following requirements: your income must be less than $50,000, and you cannot be married filing separate return. You must bring the following items with you; Proof of Identification: State issued PHOTO ID; Social Security Card or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN): For Yourself, Your Spouse, Your Dependants; Birth dates: For Yourself, Your Spouse, Your Dependants; W-2, 1099s, 1098s and any other tax forms you receive; Copy of last year’s Federal and State Returns - if available; Voided Check for Direct Deposit. Service available to English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cantonese. For information on other free tax sites, locations and hours please call: 211.

San José Hosts Statewide Public Works Officers The 2012 Public Works Officers Institute (PWOI) and Mini-Expo was held in San José at the Fairmont Hotel, March 20 through 22. The PWOI is a department of the League of California Cities and this is the first time the annual conference was held in San José. The conference is a great opportunity to network and learn about the latest industry trends and it was attended by approximately 300 city and county Public Works Directors from across the state. Solar power, electric vehicles, transformational technology, pavement strategies and succession planning were hot topics at the conference. Ben Tripousis, Department of Transportation, was a speaker on the topic of “Sustaining Our Streets.” San José to Host League of 13 California Cities Network On March 26, the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force hosted the League of 13 California Cities Network at the Roosevelt Community Center. The League of 13 Cities has built a statewide gang prevention network sharing best practices and influenced the development of State and Federal policies. San José is facilitating this first meeting to reaffirm the commitment to continue the great work by all thirteen cities, as well as establish the goals and format for this next year. Participating cities included San Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, Salinas, Sacramento, Stockton, San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland, Santa Rosa and San José.


Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Tours San José Parks and Trails On March 9, the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority (OSA) General Manager Andrea Mackenzie, Board and Citizen Advisory Committee members joined the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Acting Director Julie Edmonds-Mares, District 4 Councilmember Kansen Chu and San José Trail Program staff to visit projects that have been completed through OSA's significant funding support. Over the past eight years, OSA has provided millions of dollars to the City to acquire, master plan and build new trails. The group visited Albertson Parkway, Three Creeks Trail, Coyote Creek Trail (within Selma Olinder Park) and Penitencia Creek Trail. San José has one of the nation’s largest urban trail networks with about 54 miles open to the public. As an independent special district established to preserve key portions of the natural environment in order to balance continuing urban growth, OSA is an important partner as the City seeks to develop a 100-mile interconnected trail network per its Green Vision. Information about publicly accessible portions of the visited trail systems can be found on the Trail Program website: http://www.sjparks.org/trails/. Information about the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority can be found at: http://www.openspaceauthority.org/. PRNS Begins Obesity Prevention Initiative by Becoming “Sugar Savvy” On Tuesday, February 21, Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative hosted a Train-the-Trainer workshop educating Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services staff on how to make their programs “Sugar Savvy”. The training consisted of nutrition education on the added sugar found in popular food and beverages, its effects on rising obesity rates and provided materials for programs to utilize in combating childhood obesity. The 30 staff that attended the training will implement the curriculum into City-sponsored youth programs, which includes over 80 early childhood recreation classes, 17 afterschool program sites, 13 summer camp sites, five teen programs and many other programs. The training marks the beginning of the PRNS Soda Free All Year campaign and also serves as a milestone for the ‘Get Fit. Be Strong. Eat Healthy.” wellness campaign, as part of the PRNS Obesity Prevention Initiative funded by the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Grant. Airport to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Response Exercise Mineta San José International Airport will conduct its triennial full-scale emergency response exercise on Monday, March 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. A full-scale exercise is required every three years under federal aviation regulations to test the SJC emergency plan and coordination among emergency response agencies. Participants include SJC staff, SJPD, SJFD, Santa Clara County Rural Metro, SJC airlines with particular assistance from Southwest and Hawaiian Airlines and volunteers from the Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley and the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter. The exercise will take place at the old ACM hangar and ramp at 1455 Airport Blvd. Observers are welcome to attend. Parking is available next to Airport Fire Station 20.


Airport Traffic Down in February Passenger activity at Mineta San José International Airport was down 2.6 percent for the month of February compared to the same period in 2011. Fiscal- Year-To-Date is currently down 1.2 percent. It is interesting to note that while traffic was down 2.6 percent, the number of flights in February 2012 was down 9.1 percent compared to 2011. That means that the remaining flights are considerably fuller this year that last. The largest decreases in flights were from Alaska with its reduction to Austin and Seattle, and from American with reduced flights to Dallas and Chicago. Airport Hosts Russian Ministry of Transport Mineta San José International Airport and FAA representatives hosted a meeting last week to discuss the future of the NextGen modernization of the U.S. air traffic system with four members of the Russian Ministry of Transport. The visitors included the Head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency and members of the Moscow Air Traffic Control Center. Airport Operations and Southwest Airline Personnel Assist Stranded Family Last week, City and Southwest Airlines employees at Mineta San José International Airport demonstrated the best that San José has to offer. A family of seven, including four children, aged 6 to 14 years, and an elderly gentleman with a service dog, were stranded at Terminal B after flying from Hawaii to relocate in North Carolina. TSA agents brought the group to the attention of our Terminal Management staff during their morning rounds. The family was sharing a single box of dry cereal for breakfast, after having spent the night in the baggage claim area. They had intended to drive to North Carolina, but found they were short of funds and unable to rent a car. Over the course of the next few hours, Airport Operations staff coordinated with others throughout the airport to get the family what they needed: a lunch of sandwiches, chips and drinks left over from a chartered flight; dinner from McDonalds, purchased and brought in by an Airport police officer when he came on duty (he’d been called by another officer already at work in Terminal B), and even kibble for the dog. Airport Operations staff also researched airfares, trying to find some means of getting the family to their destination. There was a Southwest flight to Baltimore, which would get the family within a couple of hundred miles, but nothing that went directly to North Carolina, and the Baltimore flight was still a bit beyond the family’s financial means. Undaunted, an Airport police officer approached an agent at the Southwest ticket counter and explained the family’s situation. The Southwest agent began work to bring the flight cost within the family’s budget and succeeded! By day’s end, the family was on their way. Hopefully, they met with people in Baltimore who are as caring and resourceful as our staff in San José. Parents Helping Parents Conference The Parents Helping Parents Conference/Youth and Adult/Dislocated Worker Programs was held on March 15. There were over 85 agencies and 300-400 students and parents in attendance. The Parents Helping Parents conference was provided in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, High School Special Education programs and Alternative Schools.


Veterans’ Career Technical Training (VCTT) Program This program is for post 9/11 Veterans to provide scholarships for job training at the Central County Occupational Center (CCOC), valued up to $6,000. I n addition, Veterans enrolled in the VCTT program will receive case management, job counseling and up to $1,500 in supportive services to assist Veterans with their occupational skills training and job placement. Records Clearance Project A records clearance clinic was held on Wednesday March 14, at the McKinley Neighborhood Center as part of an ongoing partnership with the City and CommUniverCity. Justice Studies students from San José State University collaborated with visiting Columbia Law School students to provide free legal assistance in an individual setting to community members that are taking the initial step in clearing their records. Students provided assistance during the drop-in clinic. The day before the clinic was held, students from San José State University assisted with court hearings to clear records for individuals looking for a promotion or job opportunity. Sixteen resident’s records were cleared for individuals who have demonstrated that they have rehabilitated themselves.

Give to Local Schools through DonorChoose.org DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. You can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school. You'll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $50, you'll also receive handwritten thank-you letters from the students. At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy. To give to local San Jose Schools Click Here. CalFresh Application Assistance at Tully Library! Second Harvest Food Bank can assist low-income individuals with a CalFresh (Food Stamp) application and submit it to Social Services. We will be at the Tully Library 1st Wednesday of every month 1:00-5:00 pm and 3rd Wednesday of every month 3:007:00 pm. A family of 5 can receive up to $793/month! Call 1 (800) 984-3663 for eligibility prescreening and an appointment from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop-in visitors will be seen as possible. We will also be in the following locations throughout the month:


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Health Trust Dental Clinic: 1153 S. King Rd, 1st Tuesday, 10:00-12:00 pm; 1st Wednesday 10:30-1:30 pm VIVO: 2260 Quimby Dr, 2nd & 4th Friday, 9:00-12:00 pm Crossroads Community Church: 990 South Capital Ave, 2nd Thursday 12:302:30 pm True Vine Baptist Church Pantry: 505 S. White Rd, 2nd Friday 10:00-2:00 pm Our Lady of Guadalupe Pantry: 2020 E. San Antonio St, 1st & 3rd Wednesday 9:00-12:00; 2nd & 4th Thursday 2:00-4:30 pm Loaves & Fishes, Maria Goretti: 2980 Senter Rd, Last Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm Tully Library: 880 Tully Rd, 1st Wednesday 1:00-5:00 pm; 3rd Wednesday 3:007:00 pm East Valley Medical Center: 1993 McKee Ave, 2nd Saturday 8:30-11:00; 3rd Tuesday & 2nd Wednesday 1:00-4:00 pm; 4th Wednesday 9:00-12:00 pm Gloria Dei Pantry: 121 S. White Rd, 1st & 4th Wednesday 11:00-2:30 pm Pacific Free Clinic: 1835 Cunningham Ave, 2nd Saturday 8:30-12:30 pm Most Holy Trinity Church: 2040 Nassau Dr, 3rd Sunday 8-12:00 pm & following Monday-Wednesday, 9-3:30 pm

O’Connor Hospital Health Benefits Resource Center The O’Connor Hospital Health Benefits Resource Center (HBRC) provides families free confidential assessments, referrals, and assistance in completing applications for free or low cost health insurance programs. Medi-Cal: Free or low-cost health, dental and vision coverage for eligible qualifying families. Healthy Families: Low-cost health, dental and vision coverage for children from birth up to age 19. Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM): A low-cost health coverage for pregnant women who are not eligible for Medi-Cal. Healthy Kids Program/Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan: A free or low-cost health insurance coverage for children from birth up to age 18 who are not eligible for Healthy Families or full coverage Medi-Cal. Food Stamp Program (CALFRESH): A nutritional food stamps program for low-income households. Community/Support Services and Referrals: Free assistance in finding family support services, educational classes and much more. Health Benefits Resource Center (877) 904-HBRC(4272) Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm Appointments Available (walk-ins welcome) Services in English, Spanish and Vietnamese


Skills to Succeed! – Center for Training and Careers The Skills to Succeed program provides FREE supportive services to eligible women to help them overcome life’s obstacles and successfully complete a job training program in a non-traditional occupation. The goal of the Skills to Succeed program is to provide women with the information, skills, and support to be self-sufficient and to enter into a non-traditional career of Construction Pre-Apprenticeship with a ‘green’ focus! Or lets see what else might interest you. Our assessment will put you on the right track for employment. ELIGIBILITY----Female ex-offenders (jail or prison) who are over 18 years of age OR currently incarcerated waiting for release. Call 213-0961 ext 26 for more information. Home Repair Assistance Program The City’s Housing Department is pleased to offer a special home repair assistance program for eligible San Jose homeowners who live in the City’s Strong Neighborhood Initiative (SNI) areas. The repairs can include roofing, electrical, heating, plumbing, and accessibility modifications. Income-qualifying households may receive up to $100,000 in assistance to fix up their homes depending on the amount of eligible repairs. For more information, call the City’s Housing Department at 408.975.4440, or e-mail housing@sanjoseca.gov. For a map of the City’s SNI, visit: http://www.strongneighborhoods.org/strongneighborhoodareas.htm 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds For only an hour a week, you can change the life of a child! The 1,000 Hearts for 1,000 Minds Initiative connects caring adults with young students to inspire academic improvement. We partner with nonprofits operating proven, effective tutoring and mentoring programs, focusing on elementary and middle school students from underserved communities in Santa Clara County. Within four years, we strive to help 1,000 children improve their academic performance and self esteem. Help us meet this goal! Join us at “1,000 Hearts for 1,000 Minds” to volunteer with one of our great nonprofit partners. For more information, visit www.hearts4minds.org. Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program Begins Enrollment The Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program has begun enrollment for their summer session that launches on May 5, 2011. The program provides free tattoo removal and lifestyle alternatives to ex-gang members between the ages of 14 to 25 in exchange for a commitment to education, employment, and community service activities. Participants must be San José residents and are required to attend a life skills support group and complete community service hours. Email: cleanslatetattooremoval@sanjoseca.gov •

Clean Slate Program: 1694 Adrian Way San José, CA 95122 Phone (408) 794-1660 Fax (408) 923-5215


Medical Clinic for Low- Income Residents Founded in 2003, Pacific Free Clinic is a Stanford University affiliated student-run health clinic providing FREE and complete health assessments for low-income, uninsured adults in the east San Jose area. They are a new drop-in clinic where patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis with follow-up appointments scheduled as needed. Services include complete health assessments through the administration of a comprehensive health questionnaire, appropriate laboratory testing, and physician visits. They will also provide FREE blood draw services and laboratory testing for patients under their care. If additional long-term care is needed, Pacific FREE clinic will provide referrals to an appropriate health center including, but not limited to, primary care providers and other specialty services. They also provide personalized and group health instruction services with a focus on hepatitis B and cardiovascular disease patient education and disease management classes. The clinic is open to all regardless of immigration status. The clinic offers on-site medical services in Vietnamese, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin Chinese. The Pacific FREE clinic is located at Overfelt High School, located at 1835 Cunningham Avenue. For more information, please call 1-888-321-9972. If you require medical assistance but do not have insurance, please visit their site at Overfelt High School. Get The Lead Out! Bay Area counties and environmental groups are collaborating to keep our kids safe from lead poisoning. Visit www.getleadout.org to find out about safe children’s products at http://getleadout.org/consumer-safety/. Find out about new rules for leadsafe home repair and painting, as well as new rules for contractors, at http://getleadout.org/housing-safety/. For more information contact your county program at (408) 792-5558. SCCHousingSearch.org The City of San JosÊ and the County of Santa Clara are pleased to announce SCCHousingSearch.org, a new affordable rental housing listing for San Jose and Santa Clara County. The free-to-use website is designed to give renters, landlords, housing professionals, and social service providers access to real-time rental housing information. The SCCHousingSearch.org website offers 24-hour access to managing, adding, and updating property listings. Detailed property listings let landlords highlight amenities and special features, as well as add photos. Landlords can also use the property search feature to make neighborhood and pricing comparisons. All property providers in the County are encouraged to list rentals on SCCHousingSearch.org as soon as possible. If you are looking for affordable housing, this website will have a compiled list of all the available low-income housing in the City of San Jose and Santa Clara for you to FREELY access. There is no cost. You can visit the website or call them at 1-877-428-8844 from Monday to Friday, from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Food Stamps (CALFresh) by phone by Calling Food Connection Food Connection can assist low-income individuals to initiate the Food Stamp application process with Social Services. A family of 5 can receive up to $793/month! Call 1 (800) 984-3663 for eligibility prescreening and application assistance from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Prescreening and initial application assistance can be done by phone. For more information, please call, 408-266-8866 ext. 294. Northwood Family Resource Center In partnership with First 5, SJB Child Development Centers, and The Health Trust, our Northwood Family Resource Center aims to provide valuable school-readiness information to families with children 0-5 years of age on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 2760 E. Trimble Rd, Suite 700 San Jose CA 95132. For more information contact, please call (408) 464-7144. Kids NOW Program Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kids NOW Program meets the needs of low-income children and families by providing them with nutritious and easy to prepare food to take home on weekends and over school vacations when other resources such as free or reduced-price school lunches are not available. All food is provided free of charge. The Food Bank, in partnership with the YMCA’s and Boys and Girls Clubs in Santa Clara County provide the Kids NOW program which gives low-income children 8-10 lbs. of groceries each weekend. The Food Bank delivers food every week throughout the year as long as the partner site is open. Partner Agencies are Boys & Girls Clubs (Daly City, two sites in Redwood City, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, two sites in San Jose); YMCA (Scott Lane Elementary in Santa Clara and Rocketship Academy in San Jose); Project We Hope in East Palo Alto; and Bayshore Childcare Services in Daly City. Call Food Connection Hotline at 1-800-984-FOOD (3663) to find food programs in your neighborhood. Staff members speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Fast Affordable Home Internet Service The world has gone digital. Internet service has become essential for success. In order to bring the power of the internet to more students and families, Comcast has created Internet Essentials. It is available to households with children who receive free school lunches under the National School Lunch Program and include Internet Service for $9.95/month plus tax, a low cost computer for $149.99 plus tax and free internet training. For more information please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-8468376) or visit www.internetessentials.com


Free Heart Screening for Children with Hearing Loss Some infants and children with severe to profound hearing loss MAY have a serious heart problem. A simple, non-invasive test (an EKG) may be able to identify children at risk. A two-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, makes it possible for all qualified children to be screened free of charge. The brief screening appointment can be held at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, or at the family’s home. For more information, please visit www.infant-heart.com or email jlnsresearch@yahoo.com or call (408) 885-4415 or toll-free (877) 221-8210.

Event Date Time Location Planning Division Due to the volume of community meetings conducted by the Community Planning Division, please visit Meetings http://www.sanjoseca.gov/planning/calendar to view upcoming meetings and events. Homebuyer For upcoming classes please visit: Education http://www.sjhousing.org/program/homebuyer.html Classes Walk for Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Almaden Lake Park Thought: March 31 2:00 p.m. Arroyo. Anticipated attendance: 200. UNSCC Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to Santa Clara Valley Water Neighborhood March 31 12:00 p.m. District - 5750 Almaden Spring Mixer Expressway. Home Wednesday, Composting April 11 Workshop and Compost Bin Sale:

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Purchase Tuesday, April Assistance Loan 17, 2012 (PAL) Program Informational Workshop

6:00PM 8:00PM

Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Visitor Center, 438 Coleman Avenue, San JosĂŠ.Registration is required. Register online at http://www.grpg.org/Educati onSignUp.shtml or call 298-7657 for more information. Joyce Ellington Library, 491 East Empire Street, San Jose


Operation Dress

Prom Sunday, April 15th

District 7 Wednesday, Community April 25 Budget Meeting

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Seven Trees Community Center – 3590 Cas Drive

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Room- Tully Library 880 Tully Rd.


D7 Weekly Updates 3/26