August Message from Councilmember Constant

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.

Your neighbor,

Pete-Sig-Med

July Message from Councilmember Constant

Wow, what a hot way to begin the summer! I hope you and your family have been able to enjoy some time together despite this hot weather, especially with the 4th of July coming up. The 4th of July is a great holiday for our nation and reminds us how lucky we are to live in the United States. For those of you looking for a fun way to celebrate, I have compiled a list of events happening throughout the area. This list contains celebrations taking place at all times of the day. All events are family friendly and low-priced if not free to attend. As you celebrate with your friends and family please remember to be safe! Here are some safety tips from our Police and Fire Departments. I hope you all enjoy your holiday!

Another great way to celebrate the summer is to gather your neighbors and enjoy one of my favorite American pastimes- Barbeque. A few District 1 neighborhood associations and community members have already started to plan for BBQ and happy-hour events. Most of our District 1 parks have fantastic picnic areas equipped with public BBQ grills to help make your event possible. If you would like more tips and tricks on hosting neighborhood events or would like to view one of my new favorite recipes, click here.

This year will mark the second year that we raise the South Korean Flag at San Jose City Hall. Join us on August 15 in the San José City Hall Plaza at 10:00 a.m. as we honor South Korean Liberation Day. This flag raising event 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!

July is the start of the City’s new fiscal year, and the City Council approved the Mayor’s June Budget Message last month. You can read a more in-depth article about the budget and the Mayor’s June Budget Message in my Budget Update from June. Our priority continues to be public safety and to continue to hire new police officers as well as providing additional public safety resources. The City is also directing more resources toward addressing homeless encampments throughout the City. As this budget season has concluded, please feel free to share with me your thoughts and concerns about the approved budget. Providing me with on-going feedback for how new initiatives are working, or not working, is very helpful.

Calabazas Library is officially open! We had an awesome turnout to the opening of Calabazas on Saturday, June 8th.  If you haven’t already stopped by, I encourage you to check out the new library. I know you will be very impressed with the new building especially the Children’s Reading Area, which was a very popular fixture at the old Calabazas Library. Currently, Calabazas Library is open Monday through Thursday. You can view some photos here!

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up your neighborhood for National Night Out on August 6th! National Night Out is a yearly national event where neighborhoods are asked to spend the evening outside with their neighbors and police. To register your neighborhood simply visit this page on SJPD.org. You must register by July 26th. This is a great event every year and I hope to see you all out on the evening of August 6th!

Your Neighbor,

Pete-Sig-Med

June Newsletter Message from Councilmember Constant

Summer is finally here! A great way for families to kick off the summer vacation is to stop by the Calabazas Library Grand Opening event on this Saturday, June 8th at 11:00 a.m. I hope to see you there! We are still continuing to raise money for this new branch and we need you to donate in order to make this library successful. Your donations will help further improve the library and help make sure it’s fully stocked with the latest materials. You can donate money to Calabazas Library through our San José Library Foundation at http://www.sjplf.org/contribute.html.

Mayor Reed has released his June Budget Message, which will go before the City Council on June 11th. The Mayor’s June Budget Message is the final stage of our City budget process. There are a number of changes, but overall the Mayor’s June Budget Message does not make any major chang
With schools finishing up their last few days of classes and students eagerly awaiting summer vacation, I want to make sure to congratulate the schools and community members that have made some great accomplishments this school year. I want to take the time to recognize Eesha Khare from Lynbrook High School and the A+ Building Crew from Meyerholz Elementary School for their academic excellence. When I heard of their accomplishments, I was truly blown away and wanted to commend them for their notable achievements, which you can hear more about here.es to the Proposed Budget released by the City Manager at the beginning of May. You can read more about the Mayor’s June Budget Message in latest Budget Update article here.

We have a new neighborhood association in District 1 – Westgate Village Neighborhood Association. I was happy to attend and speak at their first kick-off meeting last month at Westgate Church. Their kick-off event was a great success with over 100 people in attendance. I am helping their new organization start with $1,000 from two grants from my office. I know that with all of the great resources we have in District 1 that this group will be a great success. Neighborhood associations are an essential part of our community and city. Please join me in welcoming them to District 1!

I would like to thank those of you who came out to the very first District 1 Health and Safety Fair at Hamann Park. The event was a great success with many residents and local representatives in attendance. The community was provided with various health education resources and participated in activities to encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle. I would also like to thank all of the community groups and organizations that hosted a resource table along with the Fire Department for the CPR demonstrations and Studio Tai Chi for the demonstration that attendees definitely enjoyed! You can view pictures of the event here.

Another way to continue to promote safety within your neighborhood is to consider hosting or participating in a National Night Out Event. This is an event which promotes neighborhood unity and

partnership with local law enforcement in our fight for safer neighborhoods. District 1 always had a great amount of participation for this event and we are aiming for an even bigger turn out this year. If you would like some tips or trick on how to host your own National Night Out event or if you would simply like more information click here.

I hope that you all have a wonderful summer. If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by and enjoy the newly renovated John Mise Park or reserve one of the upgraded picnic sites at one of our parks. I am lucky to be taking a family vacation later this month. When I return I look forward to running into many of you as we enjoy the beautiful weather out in the District!

Pete-Sig-Med