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First Hundred Days

Dear Neighbors,

While the newness of 2017 has already faded, the privilege of serving as your Councilmember in District 4 is still as fresh and exciting, even 100 days in. I’m still learning and acclimating to my new lifestyle but I’m also as committed as ever to improving the quality of life in District 4.
 
My first 100 days as your Councilmember have not been days of furious activity. Rather, it’s been a time of intentional learning, contemplation, and assessment. In addition to serving on the City Council, I’ve been appointed by the Mayor to 14 additional committees, subcommittees, and boards, each with a unique function, goal, and objective, requiring significant preparation and thoughtful participation. Within San José I serve on the Transportation and Environment Committee, the Community and Economic Development Committee, and the Smart Cities and Service Improvements Committee. Of note regionally, I serve on the board of the Valley Transit Authority and the Association of Bay Area Governments.
 
In addition to acclimating myself to my council duties, I’ve made efforts to maintain a strong connection to our district and our neighborhoods. In my first few weeks in office, I held a community town hall meeting with Supervisor Dave Cortese at the Noble Library. I’ve joined my fellow freshmen councilmembers – Sergio Jimenez, Dev Davis, and Sylvia Arenas – at various forums organized by SPUR, Sacred Heart Community Service, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Just two weekends ago, I joined Congressman Ro Khanna and Mayor Sam Liccardo at a town hall meeting at the Berryessa Community Center. And of course, my staff and I have attended as many regular community meetings as possible, such as those with the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council, Alviso Neighborhood Group, River Oaks Neighborhood Association, Berryessa Business Association, and Penitencia Creek Neighborhood Association
 
My team and I have heard your concerns about homeless encampments, rising crime, increased traffic, and poor road conditions in our neighborhoods. We are doing our best to work with city staff and our city’s limited resources to see what can be done.

Finally, I've gradually assembled a team to help me serve you. Rather than staff up immediately at the start of my term, I intentionally took the time to find qualified people with complimentary skills and personalities. I believe I have that team now.
 
As I begin to hit my stride, you will see more of me and my team at events in the District and we will begin to organize some of our own. We remain ready to serve you and look forward to hearing from you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
 
Be well,

 

 

Events and Meetings

Where to go and where to be in District 4 and San José

The Great American Litter Pick Up!

 








In District 4, a place of
immeasurable promise, a foe threatens to derail all progress. The Litter Bug!!! But even in these threatening times, community members and students will come together on April 22nd to slay this environmentally unsound villain. Join Councilmember Lan Diep and his staff in vanquishing this litter to back from whence it came. Here are links to Nextdoor events for each location:
You can also sign up on our Eventbrite page. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the event begins at 8:30 AM. Please visit one of these pages to print out and complete the city's volunteer participation form.

Please contact Chris Rork if you have any questions or want to organize a group to attend (408-535-4939 or District4@SanJoseCA.gov)

 

 
Neighborhood Association Meetings in District 4
  • Berryessa Citizen Advisory Council, 4/10 @ 7pm, Berryessa Community Center
  • Alviso Neighborhood Group, 4/12 @ 5:30pm, Alviso Branch Library

Public Meetings

Free Tax Preparation Assistance!

Free tax preparation services are available at numerous Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites for individuals and families whose annual income is less than $54,000. This service will be available until April 15. For more information, click here or contact Nancy Macias, SJPL Public Information Representative, at 408-808-2092.

 

San José Celebrates National Library Week

San José will celebrate National Library Week, April 9 - 15, to honor the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. The theme this year is “Libraries Transform.” San José Public Library provides broad opportunities to people of all ages as it offers valuable services to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams. For more information, contact Nancy Macias, Public Information Representative, at 408-808-2092.

Comic Con Flag Raising and Proclamation

Join us on Tuesday, April 18 at this Council District 6 hosted event where we will hold a Comic Con flag raising and proclamation. You can register here and find a link to register for the Silicon Valley Comic Con from April 21-23 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Our City Forest Tree Planting at the Regional Wastewater Facility 



On April 15th, Our City Forest will be planting over 80 trees with 200+ volunteers at the San José - Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. They'll be returning on April 29th to plant another 80+ trees. Volunteers are encouraged to gather at 9AM at 700 Los Esteros Road on either day or drop by any time during the project.

For More information contact Rob Castaneda, Project Manager at (408) 998-7337 ext. 113 or rob@ourcityforest.com

Berryessa Art and Wine Festival 

You had me at "wine"! Now an official event for the City of San José! Come on down!
 

iCreaTV Summer Media Camp

Announcing iCreaTV Summer Media Camp for 12-18 year olds! Students learn digital media storytelling from the experts in three sessions including: Talk Show Production (June 19—23), Documentary Production (June 26—30) and Feature Film Production (July 10—21).

For more details, including course descriptions and fees, how to register and to apply for a scholarship, visit creatvsj.org and click on the home page link. Take one session, or all three. Space is limited, so act now! Content from all sessions will air on Classrooms Channel 28 on Comcast.

Community Updates

Flood Recovery, Community Leadership, and Looking Ahead

Legislative Accomplishments and Updates

  • One of the City Council’s important decisions this year has been raising police officers’ salaries. Investing in our police force, including a recent increase in funding for training, will strengthen our ability to serve our residents by retaining talent and attracting new recruits. At 9 officers per 10,000 residents, San José has the lowest ratio of police officers to residents of any major US city. By comparison, San Francisco and Los Angeles have 25 officers per 10,000 residents.You can find the agenda item, which I voted 'Yes' on and which passed 8-2-1, on February 7, 2017, here
  • The Council greatly aided renters by eliminating a practice known as "banking", where landlords could save unused rent hikes for rent controlled housing and apply them at a later time. You can read more about it here.
  • The BART station in Berryessa is on time and under budget. It's expected to open in December 2017 and will be a game-changer for the neighborhood. We're focused on smart, focused development for the area, creating a unique space in District 4 that serves our residents, and ensuring current residents have access to parking.

Joint Meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Water District and City Council

It's clear now that the City of San José's response to the floods that struck our city failed in many respects; notification came too late or not at all, we lacked the resources and systems to communicate to our residents, and we communicated poorly with other agencies. Within the city staff, we're committed to repairing existing systems and building new measures where needed so that we are prepared when the next disaster strikes.

That said, there's still an investigative process that needs to take place. We're still not clear as to why estimates for when it would flood were inaccurate or why there were not flood abatement activities completed. We'll continue to press for accountability, transparency, and progress because significant questions remain and the people of San José deserve answers and concrete plans for the future.

Join us for a joint meeting of the San José City Council and Santa Clara Valley Water District. Details will be sent out shortly.

Flood Recovery Updates

 

From advocacy to direct assistance and connecting our constituents with resources, my team and I are here to serve you and our City. We are proud that more than 4,000 volunteers have come forward to aid residents affected in the Roosevelt, Rock Springs and Old Oakland Road neighborhoods, and to work in parks that were affected by this event. Approximately $6.25 million has been donated to the San José Flood Victims Relief Fund administered by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
 
If you or someone you know needs help, below are some useful updates and resources.
Flood victims can find a wide variety of information and resources regarding legal rights, property tax relief, cleaning and repairs, and food and health through the City’s Office of Emergency Services. Information is available in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
 
Interested in volunteering? The City still needs help with park and neighborhood cleanups, interpretation assistance in Spanish and Vietnamese, and other areas. Sign up at www.helpindisaster.com/sanjose/. There are also meetings this month on flooding and flood risk prevention efforts, hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Water District on April 12 and 17. See flyers in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Want to donate? You can donate to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation San José Flood Victims Relief Fund, which is helping the local American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart Community Service, and Salvation Army to provide relief. If you want to help in other ways, there are opportunities to provide housing assistance to flood survivors,  donate cars through Goodwill Silicon Valley at 408-279-7900, and donate goods and supplies to victims through the Salvation Army at 408-282-1165 - all of which can be found here
 
Need more information? The Office of Emergency Services’ (OES) main page on the Coyote Creek Flood covers basic information and the Coyote Creek Flood: Information and Updates section contains the most current updates. If you’d like to subscribe for the latest updates, go to www.sanjoseca.gov/NotifyMe and select “2017 Coyote Creek Flood Recovery” bulletin under News Flash. 
 
Emergency Preparedness
 
San José’s OES is an active participant in the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association (EMA)
and serves as staff to the City's representative on the Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council (OAC). FEMA's emergency management assistance funds are allocated to Santa Clara County cities through the OAC on the advice of the Operational Area Signatories (OAS) committee. If you’d like to receive emergency notifications through your mobile phone, you can register through the Alert Santa Clara County System.

 

Alum Rock Park Re-Opens Earlier Than Expected

After damage from winter storms, staff in Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services were pleased to open Alum Rock Park on April 1, well ahead of Easter (this year on April 16) which is traditionally the busiest day for the oldest park in San José. With spells of dry weather providing opportunity to work, crews performed critical repairs. Some repair work will be ongoing and visitors should follow all safety signs and barricades. Online picnic reservations are available for the park. For more information, contact PRNS at (408) 793-5510.

Recognizing Michael Kraus of the Penitencia Neighborhood Association

Last month, we presented Michael Kraus with a Council commendation for his initiative in resolving an issue of community concern in the Penitencia Neighborhood. His efforts resulted in an improved quality of life in his neighborhood.
Recognizing Will Ector, Jr., Superintendent of the Berryessa Union School District as Citizen of the Year
 
On March 13, the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council recognized Superintendent Ector as Citizen of the Year, and we presented him with a Council commendation in recognition of his advocacy for school funding, student achievement, and community development. 

Recognizing Rock Canyon Circle at the State of the City

At February's annual State of the City event, the City of San José recognized neighborhood groups from every district, including our own, Rock Canyon Circle. When free parking became limited near their Alum Rock Park neighborhood, Sharon Root, Janet Houde, and Kathy Rose worked with the City on a pilot program to reduce the number of cars parking in their neighborhood, affecting 100 families. Their proposal was to make 122 additional free parking spaces available inside the park, resulting in increased safety, litter reduction, and mitigated parking congestion. Given its success, the proposal is now being considered as a permanent solution by the City. 

Have Something You Wanted in the Newsletter?

Worry not. More newsletters will be sent out and we want to hear what you have going on! Are you organizing an event? Let us know! Do you know of something important that wasn't listed? Do you want to hear an update about an issue that wasn't listed? Let us know!

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Office of Councilmember Lan Diep, City of San Jose
District4@SanJoseCA.gov
(408) 535-4904

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