DISTRICT 7 WEEKLY UPDATES April 23, 2012
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“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. 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. This meeting is a key component of the community-based budgeting process launched by Mayor Reed to help residents learn more about the city's fiscal situation and share their thoughts directly with city leaders. 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. FREE Health Fair On Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, there will be a FREE health fair and community discussion on how to fight for your health care at Andrew Hill High School, located at 3200 Senter Road. FREE health screenings. Information on MediCal expansion and Valley Care eligibility under new federal law. Have your voices heard. FREE food, drinks, and door prizes. For more info, call 408-977-1275. Beautiful Day 2012 – April 28th Since its inception in 2004, Beautiful Day has sought to invest in communities with simple, direct and unyielding kindness. Each project is an act of no-strings-attached service for those who are otherwise unable to help themselves. When the time comes for the Beautiful Day team to spread across District 7, volunteers will pour into the community to make the neighborhood around Yerba Buena High School and Seven Trees shine. The projects targeted are: House painting, graffiti removal, street clean up and painting house numbers on the curbs so emergency crews know where to stop. Join us for a day where you can make a real difference in the lives of those living in this community. There is something for everyone to do and families are encouraged to sign up and serve together. If you’d like to sign up visit http://beautifulday.org/ or call 408-252-3700.
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, Important Phone Numbers it’s impossible to be successful without a basic understanding of computers. From job Call Center: listings to homework – the computer is at the center of our world now and it’s (408) 535-3500 important that everyone learn how to use one. Caltrans Service Request
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
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 Independent year! Contact your D7 Neighborhood Commissioners for more information on how you Police Auditor can join and help improve your neighborhood and the City of San Jose. (408) 794-6226 • Bertha Ward – Meadows Neighborhood Association: firstname.lastname@example.org Dept. of • Moses Ramirez – McLaughlin Corridor Neighborhood Association: Transportation: MosesCR1@aol.com (408) 535-3850 • Robert Sandoval – West Evergreen Neighborhood Association: email@example.com Gang Hotline: Gang • Kenneth Huynh – Youth Advisory Commissioner: Domestic Violence Ctr.: (408) 277-3700
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
Healthy Kids Day On Saturday, April 28th from 10:00am to 2:00pm East Valley Family YMCA invites families to celebrate Healthy Kids Day with a free community event at the East Valley Family YMCA located at 1975 S. White Rd. Join us for camp activities, games, family Zumba and nutritional snacks - all meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer - a critical out-of-school time for kids. For more information, contact (408) 715-6500. Spring Flea Market Please join the residents of the McLaughlin Corridor Neighborhood Association at their Annual Spring Flea Market On Saturday, June 16th from 8:00am- 3:00pm at the Umbarger Walkway on the corner of McLaughlin Avenue and Umbarger Road. Sign-ups for spaces are available starting May 1st, Please contact Renee Horton firstname.lastname@example.org or 408 227-1399 (for Espanol--Spanish contact: Silvia Perez email@example.com or 408 279-1837) for more information. Nourish your Garden Fruit, vegetables and yard trimmings can become food for your garden. Turn this material into a dark, crumbly, sweet smelling soil conditioner. Composting is easy! To find a FREE class near you, visit and sign-up at www.ReduceWaste.org/Classes Classes take place on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon or Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Discounted compost bins are available to San José residents with a valid ID or a Recycle Plus bill and picture ID. For more information or to register, call (408) 918-4640.
Housing: (408) 535-3860
San José’s Trail Count Featured in National Trade Publication This month’s issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine highlights San José’s annual Trail Count, lead by staff from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Trail Program. Founded in 1910, Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) is the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is the magazine of record for the landscape architecture profession in North America. Trail Count gathers data on the number of pedestrians and bicyclists using the trails, and surveys them on a wide range of topics to support better planning, design and maintenance. San José Trail Manager, Yves Zsutty, was interviewed about the effort he initiated five years ago in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Data gathered in the first few years created
awareness that trail users were seriously impacted by frequent downtown festivals and adjacent construction projects. Retaining access for trail users is now an important focus. In more recent years, San José has used Trail Count data to compete effectively for limited grant resources. San José is a national leader in trail development by making data-driven decisions and quantifying the value of trail development to granting agencies and the community. The article is posted on the Trail Program website: http://www.sjparks.org/trails/TrailNews.asp. Detailed information about Trail Count can be found at: http://www.sjparks.org/Trails/TrailCount.asp. Dogs on Leash Now Welcome at Lake Cunningham Regional Park On Saturday, April 14, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and District 8 Councilmember Rose Herrera celebrated Lake Cunningham Regional Park’s rule change that now welcomes dogs on leash with a ribbon cutting ceremony and dog walk around the park. The “No Dog Rule” had been in place since 1996. Increased community interest to allow leashed dogs in the park led to a public hearing in October 2011 at the Parks and Recreation Commission, which resulted in an implemented rule change on January 1, 2012. Approximately 20 dogs with their human companions socialized in the sunshine, met Huey the Sharpe-Pit Mix from the Animal Care and Services Adoption Program and spoke with Aborn Pet Clinic staff. A generous donation of a pet station and biodegradable bags was provided by DogiPot to support the “pick up after your dog” campaign. Throughout the day, dogs and their companions walked and jogged throughout the 202 acre park. Lake Cunningham Regional Park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to ½ hour after sunset. For more information, please contact Steve Hammack, Deputy Director, Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, at 408-793-5579. San José Hosts Assistant Attorney General During Recent Bay Area Visit On April 14, the City hosted Assistant Attorney General, Tony West, as part of his west coast visit to the Bay Area. The visit to San José included a meeting with Mayor Reed, followed by a group session with key members of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (MGPTF). The MGPTF group included representatives from the Mayor’s Office, District Attorney, Department of Probation, San José Police Department, the Department of Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services, as well as two community members. The meeting focused on the successes and challenges facing the MGPTF, as well as their recent participation in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. In Tony’s own words “Even on a rainy day, San José is beautiful and it’s good to be home.” Senior Wellness Initiative Grant Recipients Announced The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services in partnership with the Health Trust and the Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County is pleased to announce that the 2011-12 Senior Wellness Initiative grant funding has been awarded to ten agencies. Grant funding of $350,000 was predicated on the ability of applicants to provide impact in the areas of senior health and wellness, targeted to the underserved population with a preference at senior nutrition sites
operated by community-based organizations within San José. Grantees included Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Breathe California of the Bay Area, Catholic Charities, Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County, Korean American Community Services, Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities, Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, Self-Help of the Elderly, Senior Adult Legal Assistance and Yu Ai Kai. PRNS is very pleased to have aligned efforts with the Health Trust and Aging Services Collaborative in administering this funding for health and wellness services to the senior population of San José. Smart Start San José Wins Statewide Award The California Child Development Administrators Association, a statewide organization that supports publicly funded child development programs and their leaders, presented Smart Start San José with their annual award for Program Design in Support of Early Education. Smart Start San José was initiated in 1999. Smart Start promotes quality childcare programs as essential stepping stones for young children’s success in school and life by supporting ongoing professional development, training, quality program improvement activities, informational resources and community outreach. The new Smart Start Program Quality Guidelines provides a pathway for quality programming in childcare and early education programs. Spring Cleaning with the Large Item Collection Program San José residents can take advantage of the Recycle Plus large item collection program to help with their spring cleaning. Each year, over 8,000 residents use this convenient, affordable service to recycle unwanted, bulky items. For $25, a singlefamily household can have a total of three large items, such as furniture, appliances, tires, and televisions, collected at curbside. Residents scheduling a large item pick-up should call their recycling hauler directly and pre-pay them for the service. The City no longer bills for large item collections on the Recycle Plus bill. Residents can find out who their recycling hauler is simply by using the City’s new Collection Day Look-up tool at www.sjrecycles.org/lookup.asp. Residents unable to access their schedule online may call the Customer Contact Center at 535-3500. Those living in apartment or condo complexes should contact their property manager to arrange a special pickup.
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 hand-
written 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: • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com •
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 José 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 and reduced 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 1-855-8INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) 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 familyâ€™s home. For more information, please visit www.infant-heart.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 District 7 Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to Community Room- Tully Community April 25 8:00 p.m. Library 880 Tully Rd. Budget Meeting Andrew Health Fair
Hill Saturday, April 10:00 a.m. 28, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Andrew Hill High School 3200 Senter Road
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Visit http://beautifulday.org/ for more information
Healthy Kids Day
On Saturday, April 28th
10:00 a.m. to East Valley Family YMCA â€“ 2:00 p.m. 1975 S White Rd.