DISTRICT 7 WEEKLY UPDATES April 30, 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 After 10 straight years of budget deficits, the City has projected a small surplus in the coming fiscal year. On April 25th, the Community Room at the Tully Library was filled with residents and city staff along with Mayor Chuck Reed and Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen for the District 7 Townhall Meeting to discuss the upcoming budget. Although there is a small projected surplus for FY 2012-2013 the upcoming years are projected to have deficits if strategic approaches and reforms are not made. We’d like to thank all of the neighborhood groups and residents that were present for their important feedback. We encourage everyone to stay involved in the budget process in these next few months as there will be many meetings throughout the city, and if you have any questions feel free to call my office at (408) 535-4907. 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. Seven Trees Community Center has several great upcoming activities and events! What is your family planning to do this summer? Why not sign up for summer camps, or a summer class at Seven Trees Community Center? Seven Trees is a brand new facility with activities for all ages. For children, chose from our traditional day camp, Camp San Jose, or a variety of specialty camps and classes including; cooking, art, music, dance and more. For the adults we have a state of the art fitness center and incredible fitness classes. We also have a great teen center, and an amazing Senior
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Important Phone Numbers Call Center: (408) 535-3500 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
Center! Classes and camps are affordable, and there are scholarships available for both children and seniors. For more information please contact Seven Trees Community Center at 408-7941690, or visit us online at www.sanjoseca.gov/PRNS. You can also “like” us on Facebook for center updates! 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: firstname.lastname@example.org • Moses Ramirez – McLaughlin Corridor Neighborhood Association: MosesCR1@aol.com • Robert Sandoval – West Evergreen Neighborhood Association: email@example.com • Kenneth Huynh – Youth Advisory Commissioner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic Violence Ctr.: (408) 277-3700 Independent Police Auditor (408) 794-6226
Spring Flea Market Dept. of Transportation: (408) 535-3850 Gang Hotline: Gang Investigation
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
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
Horton email@example.com or 408 227-1399 (for Espanol--Spanish contact: Silvia Perez firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Affordable Housing San Jose's rental market is tightening and rents are rising. The good news is that several affordable housing developments have units available. Below is a list of developments that are currently accepting applications: • • • • •
Betty Ann Gardens - 945 Lundy Avenue Belovida at Newbury Park - 1777 Newbury Park Drive* Curtner Studios - 701 Curtner Avenue Fourth Street Apartments - 1460 N. 4th Street (Opens in June 2012) Rincon de Los Esteros - 1780 Oakland Road *ADA Units Available
The following list are developments that have open waiting lists: • Brookwood Terrace Family Apartments - 1350 E. San Antonio Street • Casa De Los Amigos - 967 Lundy Street • Casa Feliz Studios - 525 S. Ninth Street • Craig Gardens Senior Housing - 2580 S. Bascom Avenue • Eden Palms - 5398 Monterey Road • Edenvale Special Needs - 5340 Monterey Road • El Paseo Studios - 4980 Hamilton Avenue • Gish Apartments - 35 E. Gish Road • Hillview Glen Apartments - 3220 Pearl Avenue • Ohlone Chynoweth Commons - 5300 Terner Way • Parkside Glen Apartments - 800 Hillsdale Avenue In addition to the developments listed above, scchousingsearch is another easy and accessible tool to search for available rental housing in Santa Clara County. You are invited to use scchousingsearch which provides FREE housing services for tenants and property providers to locate or list available and affordable housing throughout Santa Clara County.
Airport Traffic Down in March Passenger activity at Mineta San José International Airport was down 4.8 percent for the month of March compared to the same period in 2011. The largest decrease in flights was a result of the consolidation of United and Continental Airlines. United picked up Continental’s route to Houston, but reduced the frequency from three times a day to twice a day. United also reduced frequency to Denver and Los Angeles by one daily flight to each destination. American, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2011, reduced frequency to Dallas and Chicago compared to last year continues to affect traffic counts negatively. Delta has also reduced frequency to Minneapolis by one daily flight. “Let’s Have Lunch…with more choices!” Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is pleased to announce more lunch options for participants of San José’s popular Senior Nutrition Program. Based on feedback received from the lunch program’s members, the City’s current vendor, Bateman Senior Meals, will provide additional lunch choices to all Senior Nutrition Program sites, beginning May 7, 2012. Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ commitment to increase the lunch program’s capacity will allow seniors the opportunity to call in their reservation and lunch orders 48 hours in advance, with the option to select from five different lunch choices: entrée of the day; sandwich or salad of the day or vegetarian sandwich or salad of the day. We invite you to visit your local Senior Nutrition Site and find out what’s for lunch! To find the nearest City of San José Senior Nutrition Site, please visit www.sanjoseca.gov/prns. Trail Construction Signs: Saving Money and Material Public projects typically include a construction sign to inform the public about a project’s scope, cost, funding source, point of contact and other information. Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and Public Works have been critically assessing how projects get delivered for opportunities to save money, time and energy. The first deployment of a new construction sign has occurred with the Highway 237 Bikeway project now underway. The sign is 66% smaller than prior signs but provides all of the same data. The smaller form factor saves money, reduces use of material and offers less “canvas” for possible graffiti vandalism. A QR (Quick Response) Code is provided so Smart Phone users can get direct access to the program’s website where frequent construction updates are posted. The sign will remain in place during project construction. An image is posted at: http://www.sjparks.org/trails/ConstructionUpdates/images/ConstSign.jpg. Information about the Highway 237 Bikeway project and other current trail construction projects can be found at: http://www.sjparks.org/Trails/ConstructionUpdates/ConstructionUpdates.htm. Building Communities Through Spring Time Activities Individuals connected with their community and lives were enriched through a variety of events taking place at community centers this spring. Mayfair had a special celebration honoring Cesar Chavez. Families participated in the spring egg hunts took
at Camden, Southside and Berryessa. Senior boutiques were held at Willow Glen and Southside and children were physically engaged during spring camps at Roosevelt, Almaden, Evergreen, Camden, Berryessa and Cypress. The spring fling celebrations at 10 hub sites gave seniors the opportunity to socialize with their friends and Seven Trees provided youth a safe and fun gathering place for a Hip Hop Show. Don’t miss out on the fun happening in your community centers, sign up now for summer activities. San José Rangers Elected to Board of the Park Rangers Association of California For the first time, two San José Park Rangers have been selected by their peers to serve on the Board of Directors for the Park Rangers Association of California at the same time. Park Ranger Mike Peasland was elected to represent Region 2, comprised of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties; and Park Ranger Pam Helmke was elected as President of the Association. Established in 1976, the Park Rangers Association of California (PRAC) is a professional organization for park rangers and other uniformed park employees of municipal, county, special district, state and federal agencies in California and Nevada. PRAC is a volunteer organization; the elected officers are working professionals who volunteer to benefit other park professionals. PRAC provides uniformed park professionals with a statewide voice in the management of parks, open space areas and natural resources. PRAC seeks to establish statewide professional standards for rangers through legislation and interagency cooperation and works jointly with the California State Park Rangers Association to produce the annual California Parks Conference and Training. We wish both Pam and Mike success on their recent selection. 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 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: • 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 email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org •
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 email@example.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 http://www.sanjoseca.gov/planning/calendar to view Meetings upcoming meetings and events. Homebuyer For upcoming classes please visit: Education http://www.sjhousing.org/program/homebuyer.html Classes