Newsletter

From the SUN President
Welcome to SUN new residents and long term residents alike. SUN (South University Neighborhood) is the neighborhood association for the streets from 4th to 11th and San Salvador to I-280. The Neighborhood Association is for everyone who lives in this area. Renters, university students, property owners, businesses, fraternities, sororities. All are welcome and encouraged to take part in our neighborhood!

How do we make our neighborhood a better more vibrant place to live? The answer to this is simple. Get to know your neighbors by attending the SUN general meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 00 pm from September through June. Attend our special events and socials that occur throughout the year. In addition, strike up a conversation with the dog walkers as they pass in front of your home, chat with your neighbors on both sides of you, and even pick up a few pieces of trash as you walk by them.

Do not hesitate to report crime, or call code enforcement. If you do not speak up no one else will. With everyone's help we can all pitch in and continue to improve our great neighborhood.


Clarice Shephard
President

MACLA Presents New Community Art

posted Nov 28, 2010, 12:29 PM by Sun Secretary   [ updated Jan 15, 2011, 7:19 PM ]

SUN resident and graphic artist, Monica Limas took all the SUN neighbors' photos with photographer Curt Fukuda and designed two billboard community posters. Both are currently displayed in our neighborhood at MACLA on 1st Street, at the comer of 8th & E. William Streets, and on 6th and E. William Streets. Funding was provided by a grant through MACLA.



Resource List

posted Nov 28, 2010, 12:12 PM by Sun Secretary   [ updated Nov 14, 2011, 5:02 PM ]

 VARIOUS SERVICES 

211 Santa Clara County
Many Social Services Resources
Language Bank - Tell them your language
Call 211

 FOOD 

Second Harvest Food Bank 1-800-984-3663
Senior Brown Bag Family Harvest & Emergency Food

Second Harvest Food Bank Produce Mobile at:
Olinder Elementary School
890 East William Street San Jose Ca 95116
3rd Monday of the Month - 8-9:30am

Bread can foods packaged foods etc
Olinder Elementary School
890 East William Street San Jose Ca 95116
Every Mon & Fri 8-9:00am arrive by 7am

1st Immanuel Lutheran Church
121 East San Salvador
408 286 8413
Food Pantry — Groceries Tues & Wed 1-3:30pm Thurs 6-8pm
Clothing — Tues & Wed 1-3pm Thurs 6-7 30pm
Brown Bag for Seniors — (2nd Harvest) Thurs 8-10:30am

 MEDICAL 

Gardner Health Services
195 East Virginia Street,  San Jose
408-918-5500
Family practice, OB/GYN, pediatrics, nutrition education, Comprehensive Prenatal Services
Program (CPSP) and Women Infants and Children (WIC)
— By appointment Low income
     Un-insured sliding scale fee

Centro de Bienestar (Center of Well Being)
160 E Virginia St San .lose CA 95112
408-287-6200
— Gardner Behavioral Health Programs by referral

Rotacare Free Clinic of San Jose
Located at Washington School
100 Oak St (on Edwards St behind school)
408-715-3088
Open Wednesdays 5:30pm, Arrive at 1pm
          Serving uninsured
Walk in 1st Come 1st Serve

San Jose Foothill Family Community Clinic
2880 Story Road
408-729-4282
Mon Fri 9-5 Saturday 9-1 Walk-in or appointment
Low income sliding-scale

 EMPLOYMENT & IMMIGRATION SERVICES 

Center for Employment Training CET
701 Vine Street San Jose
408 534 5360
— Employment job training placement Immigration & citizenship program — Free to low cost immigration & legal services and assistance with citizenship

 EMPLOYMENT 

Work2Future
1290 Parkmore Ave San Jose
408 794 1100
Job Assistance Referrals Resumes Job skill upgrades

 EARN BY GIVING BACK 

Sunday Friends (The working alternative to charity)
Parents & children develop self-sufficiency & earn needed & wanted Items
— Dally consumable basic necessities, school supplies etc.
— Earn and select holiday presents
— Attend workshops on Financial Literacy Legal Rights
and Nutrition
Location Lowell Elementary School
              625 South 7"‘ Street San Jose Ca 95112
When: 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month
              Arrive at 11:45am

 ART 

MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana)
— Free art gallery
510 South First Street, San Jose CA 95113
408-998-2783
Hours Wed &Thurs 12-7pm Fri & Sat 12-5pm

 TEEN SERVICES  

Sobrato House
408-298-2660
Services for homeless teens ages 12-21
— Information and referral
— Basic needs
— Transitional housing

 HOUSING RELATED 

EHC Life Builders
Housing Services Partnership
408-510-7527
— Emergency Rental Assistance
— Security Deposit Assistance
— Housing Search Assistance

 HOUSING 

Sobrato House

408-298-2660
— Services for homeless teens ages 12-21
— Information and referral
— Basic needs


Important Numbers To Know

posted Nov 28, 2010, 11:45 AM by Sun Secretary   [ updated Jan 15, 2011, 7:14 PM ]

CITY of SAN JOSE - Phone Numbers  
 City Auditor  (408) 535-1250
 Code Enforcement  (408) 277-4528
 Financial Crimes Unit (Identity Theft)  (408) 277-4521
 Police Service (Emergency)  (408) 277-8911 or 911
 Police Service (Non-Emergency)  (408) 277-8900 or 311
 Code Enforcement  (408) 277-4528
 Anti-Graffiti Hotline  (408) 277-2758
 Street & Traffic  (408) 277-4373
 Stray/Injured Animals  (408) 518-7297
 Building Permits  (408) 535-3555
 Planning Permits  (408) 535-3555
 Cat Spay/Neuter  (408) 501-2144
 Abandoned Vehicles:  
 On The Street  (408) 277-5305
 On Private  (408) 277-4528
 Free Tow Private Only  (408) 277-4931
 To report abandoned carts on the street or sidewalk please call the City of San Jose's Customer Service Call Center at (408) 535-3500 or email customerservice@sanjoseca.gov  
 Non-City Contact Phone Numbers  
 Better Business Bureau of Silicon Valley  (408) 278-7400
 California Bar Association  (415) 538-2000
 Contractors State License Board  (800) 321-2752
 Department of Consumer Affairs  (800) 952-5210
 District Attorney of Santa Clara  (408) 299-7400
 Identity Theft  
 Federal Trade Commission  (877) IDENTITY or (877) 438-4338
 Internet Fraud  
 Federal Bureau of Investigation  (415) 553-7400
 Internet Crime Complaint Center  N/A
 United States Postal Service  (415) 778-5800
 Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers  (408) 947-STOP or (408) 947-7867
 Social Security Fraud  (800) 269-0271
 Social Services - Santa Clara County  (408) 928-3650
 Tax Fraud  
 Internal Revenue Service  (800) 829-1433
 Welfare Fraud  
 Department of Social Services  (800) 344-8477


DISASTERS/EMERGENCIES
To report an Emergency call 9-1-1. During a disaster, stay off the phones except to report emergencies and make sure your phones are properly hung up. The San José Prepared! program encourages you, your family, and your neighborhood to be prepared before the next disaster happens. You should be prepared at home, in your car, at school, and at work. The City will not be able to respond to every citizen's needs during or immediately following a disaster.

The City of San José's Office of Emergency Services can provide you with information on earthquake preparedness and how to prepare for other disasters. Office telephone number is (408) 277-4595. San José Prepared! telephone number is (408) 277- 4598.

FLOOD ZONE IDENTIFICATION

The Federal government has designated certain areas as potential flood hazard zones. Call (408) 535-7803 for recorded information, and leave your name, address, parcel number and telephone number. City staff will research your information and return your call. For flood elevation certification, call (408) 535-6517.

GAS LEAKS
If you smell gas either indoors or out in the street, call the Customer Service Department ofthe Pacific Gas and Electric Company -- any time of the day or night -- at 1-800-743-5000. If the leak is so severe as to pose a danger of imminent fire or explosion, call 9-1-1.

HELPLINE (Natural Disaster)
In the event of a natural disaster, the City Help line (408) 277- HELP (4357) is a ready source of infonnation on road closures, evacuation centers, and disaster recovery infomration.

POLICE
To report a crime in progress, call 9-1-1 (from a cell phone, dial (408) 277-8911). Non emergency 3-l-1 (from a cell phone, dial (408) 277-8900).

CRIME PREVENTION
The San José Police Department offers programs that educate residents about crime prevention and safety measures. Many of the 32 programs offered are school based intervention programs. For information, call the Community Services Unit at (408) 9421- 9046.

DRUG HOTLINE
If you have information on any illegal drug activity, call the Drug Hotline at (408) 971-DRUG. The Crime Stopper telephone number is (408) 947-STOP All calls are strictly confidential.

HOMELESS COMPLAINTS
If you are concerned about activities conducted by homeless people that you believe to be illegal, call the San José Police Department Metro Unit at (408) 277-4937.

INDEPENDENT POLICE AUDITOR’S OFFICE
The three primary functions of the Independent Police Auditor's Office are: 1) serve as an alternative forum where residents may file complaints; 2) review the investigations of resident complaints by the Professional Standards and Conduct Unit; and 3) promote public awareness of a resident's right to file a complaint. Office telephone number is (408) 794-6226.

POLICE REPORTS
Police Reports can be made by calling 3-1-1 or (408) 277-4141 (press 0). Information about police reports may be obtained from the Police Department at (408) 277-4143 or online at www.sjpd.org.

VICTIM WITNESS PROGRAM
After reporting a crime, victims needing supportive assistance can call the Victim Witness Program at (408) 295-2656. The San José Police Department has a trained advocate that can be reached at (408) 277-5550. For additional information visit our website at www.victim.org.

SERVICES l STREETLIGHTS
There are approximately 50,000 street lights throughout San Jose. They are repaired and maintained to ensure adequate night time visibility at street intersections and along major streets. The DOT crews replace bumed out lights as they are reported. Please allow 1 to 14 working days for completion of the street light repair. To report a burned out street light, follow the procedures below:

I. Obtain information

  1. Street light pole number, located on streetlight pole at eye level facing the street (an alphabet letter is located in the middle of the number).
  2. Street name and address where street light is located. Indicate if pole is in front of, across from, or in-between the address given.
  3. Nearest cross street.
  4. Your name, spelling (if calling) and day time phone number.
II. Report Information to any one of the following:

  1. Street Light Recording Phone #: (408) 277-5517. The recording  is available to you 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week and messages are transcribed each business day.
  2. Voice Mail: (408) 277-5571. Speak slowly and clearly and give all necessary information.
  3. E-mail: street.lights@sanjoseca.gov
  4. Fax: (408) 277-3164 (include your daytime phone #) District 3 Phone: 408-535-4903 Email: District3@sanjoseca.gov

Graffiti Busters Unite!

posted Nov 28, 2010, 11:39 AM by Sun Secretary   [ updated Jan 15, 2011, 7:14 PM ]


ANTI GRAFFITI PROGRAM

Graffiti is on the rise and showing up all over out SUN Neighborhood. Here's How To Fight Back

The purpose of the Anti-Graffiti Program is to further beautify San José by preventing and removing graffiti through community empowerment, education, eradication and enforcement.

To volunteer and receive free paint to cover up graffiti or to report graffiti - Call (408) 277-3208. To report graffiti - Call the 24-Hour Hotline at (408) 277-2758.

GRAFFITI ENFORCEMENT

Now You Can Upload Photo Evidence Online - New Tools For A Persistent Problem The San Jose Police Department vigorously enforces serial or repeated "tagging". When sufficient evidence exists, graffiti “taggers" are actively investigated, arrested and prosecuted in the City of San Jose. If you have photos of graffiti that may be useful to investigators as evidence, please Click on the link below and be prepared to upload the images from your computer to our online graffiti evidence database.

GO TO:
http://www.sjpd.org/_forms/GraffitiFAQ.asp Councilmember: Sam Liccardo


SAFE SUN's Top 10 Initiatives

posted Nov 28, 2010, 11:34 AM by Sun Secretary   [ updated Jan 15, 2011, 7:10 PM ]

(From the 2009 Newsletter, by Sandra Soellner. See the results of the meeting here)

In November SUN will have our most Important meeting of the year.

We will have the opportunity to vote on our Neighborhoods top priorities again. These Neighborhood priorities will eventually go to the City Council and help determine the direction our neighborhood will take for the next several years.

Our top priority from our last vote was SAFE SUN, an initiative that covers several programs that we feel will make our neighborhood a safer place to live. Some of the items under the Safe SUN umbrella have been completed, some are in progress and others need to be done. We are happy to report that one item on last year's list, the planting of fast
growing trees to help soften the sound of traffic along highway 280, was completed in May.

Following is the list of most of the items you will be able vote on in November. It is possible that other items may be added at the October meeting.
  • Support the creation of a Safe Neighborhood initiative
  • Create a neighborhood landscape/beautification plan the addresses the removal of concrete from front yards, parking strips and a home facade improvement grant program,
  • Additional neighborhood park or Community Center
  • Downtown Hospital
  • Coyote Creek Trail Expansion
  • 10th and 11th Street lane reductions
  • Complete 0’Donncll's Gardens Park with gazebo, benches, tables and horse watering trough
  • Complete installation of historic streetlights in designated locations
  • Create a plan with the downtown, City and adjacent neighborhoods that addresses the impact oi large/medium size events and nightclub activity
  • Increase housing opportunities
  • Encourage the production of a greater mix of housing types in the University Neighborhoods, including more opportunities of for-sale units to encourage more owner-occupancy
  • Update Zoning Code: Review existing zoning code and where necessary update the Code to permit and encourage uses of a type and intensity that are compatible with the neighborhood, and to prohibit uses which are not compatible

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