I cannot believe that July has already passed. It’s time to relish the last bit of summer before schools start up again and the weather transitions into Fall. The students of District 1 are preparing to start the upcoming 2013/2014 school year the week of August 19th. I cannot wait to meet a whole new round of third grade classes on their yearly field trips to City Hall. I also want to recognize Mitty High School, as this year marks their 50th anniversary. I extend my congratulations, and hope that everyone can be proud of the quality schools and hardworking students throughout the District.
Gigante, the mascot for our San Jose Giants, is in the running for the best mascot in Minor League Baseball! He already won best mascot in the California League. You can help him win by voting now online. Voting started August 1st and runs until August 8th. So vote now!
The trial that will decide the fate of Measure B, the pension reform measure approved last June by San José voters, began on July 22nd in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The trial began with opening statements and wrapped up on July 26th after testimony from several witnesses including the City Manager. Members of my staff and I attended most of the trial last week. The case, which will likely be appealed, represents $68 million in yearly savings for the City. The full implementation of Measure B is extremely important for the recovery of San José and restoration of important City services. A decision is expected by October. You can read a more in-depth article HERE.
With the summer season bringing on the heat and more hours of daylight, concerns about crime have been rising. The San José Police Department has been responding through a coordinated effort. The San José Violent Crime Reduction Plan has been implemented to reduce gang presence and incidences of violent crime throughout the City. So far, this plan has been yielding positive results. If you would like to read more about the Violent Crime Reduction Plan, or find out what you can do to help keep crime out of your neighborhood, click HERE.
In addition to the Violent Crime Reduction Plan, neighbors are preparing to take crime prevention into their own hands by participating in the 30th Annual National Night Out tomorrow on August 6th. This special night each year is sponsored by the San José Police Department and the National Association of Town Watch. I, along with the District 1 staff, will be bouncing around trying to attend as many National Night Out events in District 1 as possible. I hope to see all you there! If you would like more information about this nation-wide event click here. To find out if a NNO event is happening near you talk to your neighbors or feel free to my office at 408-535-4901.
The 6th Annual Disability Awareness Day will take place on Friday, October 4th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. here at City Hall. This year’s theme is “Power & Strength Within” and the planning committee has decided to build a large community collaborative tree and we are requesting community participation ahead of time! This art project will allow individuals to represent and symbolize a moment in their lives where they have experienced power and strength within. For more information on how to participate in this year’s community art project please click HERE.
Korean Liberation Day is recognized in August each year, and we want to celebrate and honor the Korean Community here in San José. This year marks the second time that we have raised the South Korean Flag over San José City Hall. The event will take place on August 15th in the San José City Hall Plaza at 10:00 a.m. This flag raising commemorates the 68th anniversary of Korean liberation from Japan and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Korea. You can find a flyer HERE. Please be sure to mark your calendars!
Also, make sure to mark your calendars for our annual District 1 Shred-a-Thon! I host this event annually to celebrate National Protect Your Identity Week. This year’s Shred-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. This is a great chance to safely and securely dispose of all personal documents and electronic waste. Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming months.