Councilmember Kansen Chu | San Jose City Hall | 200 East Santa Clara Street 18th Floor | San Jose, CA 95113
tel. (408) 535-4904 | fax (408) 292-6459
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Dear District 4 Neighbors,

Budget Update
As the City begins discussions regarding next year's budget, I want to keep our residents up-to-date on what the City is doing and encourage District 4 residents to learn about, and personally impact, the 2011-2012 Budget.

The City of San Jose continues to face significant fiscal challenges. Our current estimated general fund shortfall is approximately $115 million. The City Council will face many challenges and tough choices in the coming months as we look to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2011. The City Manager released her proposed budget on Monday, May 2, 2011. Two community budget meetings took place in District 4 on May 3, 2011 at the Alviso Youth Center and May 10, 2011 at the Berryessa Branch Library. Budget study sessions took place May 11-19, 2011 where the City Council discussed the upcoming year's budget.

Council Budget Documents

Each year, the Mayor's Budget Office asks each Council office to submit budget documents by May 25th.  These cost-saving ideas are presented in budget documents submitted to the Mayor’s Budget Office to guide the Mayor's June Budget Message. Some of the budget documents I submitted include recommendation to reinstate funding to support Youth Intervention Services and the Park Ranger Program as well as cost saving ideas for School Crossing Guards and a School Traffic Safety Program.  For links to these budget documents, please visit my website at

Mayor's June Budget Message

The Mayor released his June Budget Message on Friday, June 3, 2011.  This document incorporated the recommendations from the City Council and proposes a balanced budget for the next year.  Feedback from community members during our discussions over the past few months were also considered and incorporated in the budget message. 

Memo in Response to the Mayor's June Budget Message

Today, I released a memo in response to the Mayor's June Budget Message regarding Mayor and Council Office re-budgets. I recommended to revise the Mayor's recommended re-budget amounts for Council Offices to reduce the amounts for each office by $50,000 as opposed to the current recommendation of a capped amount of 1/3 of the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 proposed base budget.

I felt that the recommendation to cap the re-budgets for Council Offices at 1/3 of the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 proposed based budget creates disparity between the ten Council Districts in how we spend our resources. It is not fair to the Council Offices who have spent their individual budgets carefully and it is not fair to you, our constituents, who can benefit from the carryover funding that is used to support community outreach efforts, constituent services, and various activities in the district.

We should not penalize Council Offices who were more reserved in their spending and reward offices who have spent the majority of their budgets. It is only fair to ask each council office to reduce their carryover budget by the same amount.

To read the memo and to see a chart of the potential cost savings, please visit:

Final Public Hearing on Monday, June 13, 2011

The final public hearing on the proposed operating and capital budget will take place on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The City Council is expected to review and adopt the Mayor's June Budget Message on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 and to adopt the FY 2011-2012 budget on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.  For more information, please visit:

I appreciate hearing your thoughts, concerns, and priorities over the past few months as the City Council moves forward in preparing the FY 2011-2012 budget.  Your feedback has given me valuable insight during the budget process as I work with my colleagues on the City Council.

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Summer Reading Program Kicks Off on Saturday, June 18, 2011
As school ends, the push for summer reading begins.  I encourage District 4 residents of all ages to participate in the Summer Reading Celebration sponsored by the San Jose Branch Libraries and to continue reading over the summer.  This year's theme allows participants to travel to a foreign destination through their neighborhood library.  This six-week long program encourages recreational reading as a family activity, offering fun prizes and rewards for reaching each reading milestone.  Programs are available for kids, teens, and adults.  Please stop by your local library, beginning June 18, 2011 to register.

For more information, please visit:

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Library In-Service Day
On Thursday, June 9, 2011, all library staff will attend a library in-service training from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. San Jose Library Branches will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The King Library will open at 8:00 a.m. and services will be available as usual.

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District 4 Youth Commissioner Update
I would like to take this opportunity to commend our outgoing District 4 Youth Commissioner Kasey Ong for her two years of service on the San Jose Youth Commission.  Kasey recently graduated from Piedmont Hills High School this May and will be attending UCLA in the fall. 

Kasey is an inspiring young leader who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the strength of her community through leadership, academic achievement, and participation.  During her tenure on the San Jose Youth Commission, Kasey not only learned more about her community but gained exposure, experience, and insight working with local government.  Within her first year, she was elected Second Vice Chair of the Youth Commission and served as Chair this past year. 

It has been a pleasure working with Kasey over the past two years. Since her appointment to the San Jose Youth Commission, Kasey has worked closely with my office to engage youth in District 4 to be more involved in our community.  Through her leadership with the District 4 Youth Advisory Council, Kasey was instrumental in getting her peers to participate in policy recommendations concerning youth.  Most notably, her efforts to engage youth in the City’s budget discussions and providing feedback to me and my colleagues on the City Council with their recommendations is valuable in our final decisions. 

I would also like to take this time to welcome and congratulate Max Chen as our newly appointed District 4 Youth Commissioner.  Max is an incoming Junior at Independence High School and looks forward to working to engage the youth in our community.  For more information or to join the Youth Advisory in District, please email

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Contacting the District 4 Office
My office is available to answer questions, receive ideas and suggestions, and solve problems and issues. If you have something that you would like to bring to my attention or something that you would like to discuss with me, please do not hesitate to contact my office or email me. You can also visit the District 4 website  for more information. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

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District 4 Calendar of Events

Final Public Hearing on Proposed City Budget

Monday, June 13, 2011

7:00 p.m.
San Jose City Hall - Council Chambers
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA  95113

Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council

Monday, June 13, 2011

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Berryessa Community Center
3050 Berryessa Road 
San Jose, CA  95132

Meeting topics include:

  • Update from Captain Esquivel from SJPD regarding crime and safety in Berryessa
  • Berryessa Business Association Update
  • Neighborhoods Commission Update
  • Presentation on Redistricting of San Jose City Council Districts and the State of Education - SJ2020
District 4 Youth Advisory Council

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Berryessa Community Center
3050 Berryessa Road 
San Jose, CA  95132

Alviso Water Task Force and Lower Guadalupe Collaborative

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Alviso Branch Library
5050 North First Street 
Alviso, CA  95002

Going Solar: Overview of Technology, Financial Incentives Available, and How to Get Started

Use more sun this summer and save on your electricity bills!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

11:00 a.m.
Register to attend:

With solar, you can pay yourself, not the utility companies, while generating clean energy from the sun. Now, as residents of District 4, you can save even more with the City Alliance Solar program from SunPower.

Save up to 50% off when you combine the 30% Federal Tax Credit, plus local PG&E rebates and the additional solar rebate from SunPower. Learn more and sign up for a free solar evaluation at:

For a limited time, a solar rebate of up to $2,000 will be provided. For more information, sign up for the free education session on June 15.

Gang Violence, Prevention, and Awareness Community Dialogue


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
San Jose City Hall - Council Chambers
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA  95113

This meeting is co-sponsored by Councilmember Chu and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley and will feature  presentations by Pastor Sonny Lara from Firehouse, Jose Salcido from Mayor Reeds Office, Deputy Chief David Cavallaro from SJPD, and Mario Maciel from the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force.

Berryessa Business Association Meeting

Thursday, June 16, 2011

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Panera Bread
1706 Oakland Road
San Jose, CA 95131

Growing your Business with Social Media

Thursday, June 23, 2011

7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
San Jose City Hall - Rotunda
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA  95113

The City of San Jose and have developed an event to provide Small Businesses interested in leveraging Social Media with an understanding of the offerings of the large Social Media outlets as well as some of the newest concepts coming on the market. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend workshops (beginning and intermediate tracks will be offered), discuss particulars at resource tables and even use a computer lab to enroll or begin taking the first steps the same day.

To Register:

For more information, please visit:


National Night Out

Deadline to register your neighborhood is Friday, July 22, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on August 2nd, many neighborhoods throughout San Jose will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties. National Night Out has been a successful partnership between the community, the Police Department, and the City of San Jose.

To register your neighborhood, please contact the San Jose Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at (408) 277-4133 or visit  by Friday, July 22, 2011.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office by calling 408-535-4904 if you need any assistance planning and coordinating an event in your neighborhood.

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Community Volunteer Opportunities

Housing 1000 Call for Volunteers

Monday, June 27, 2011 through Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On June 27th, 28th and 29th, approximately 500 community members and civic leaders will be trained and then will go out before dawn on three consecutive days to survey and register homeless individuals, using a survey tool that is designed to identify and assess those chronically homeless persons who are most vulnerable to an early death. The data gathered for the registry will be analyzed and prioritized, matching those people in the greatest need to appropriate housing and services with the goal of directly assisting the most vulnerable individuals into permanent housing, including the necessary social services to address their individual needs, in the months following the Registry Week. We can not do this without you.

Please join us during Registry Week to walk the streets, make new friends, and ensure that we are able to reach every vulnerable chronically homeless person in our county.

We are also looking for volunteers to enter data the same day it is collected. There are multiple opportunities and several ways to be part of Housing 1000’s Registry Week. We need approximately 500 volunteers to fill 2 critical volunteer roles. To sign up and for more information, please visit:

The deadline to sign up is June 20th! All volunteers are required to attend one of the scheduled trainings. Volunteer Training will take place the week prior to Registry Week.   

  • Wednesday, June 22nd, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at EHC LifeBuilders Boccardo Reception Center, 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose 95125
  • Thursday, June 23rd, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the InnVision Georgia Travis Center, 297 Commercial Street, San Jose, CA 95112
  • Friday, June 24th, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Volunteer Headquarters, main auditorium at WestGate Church, 1735 Saratoga Avenue in San Jose, CA
  • Friday, June 24th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Volunteer Headquarters, main auditorium at WestGate Church, 1735 Saratoga Avenue in San Jose, CA


Vacancy on the City of San Jose Elections Commission

Deadline to apply: Friday, July 8, 2011

The San Jose Elections Commission is accepting applications for appointment to the San Jose Elections Commission.  The San Jose Elections Commission monitors compliance with all campaign and ethics ordinances in the San Jose Municipal Code. The Commission reviews and investigates allegations of violations of the Code and makes recommendations for enforcement action where appropriate.

The Elections Commission also makes recommendations to the Council with regard to campaign and ethics regulations and policies. The San Jose Elections Commission is charged under Chapter 12.04 of the San Jose Municipal Code to investigate complaints alleging violations of  Title 12  of the San Jose Municipal Code and take enforcement action. Formal regulations are adopted by the City Council to ensure that all interested parties are apprised of and understand the procedures by which a fair hearing will be conducted.

There will be one vacancy on the Commission to each fill a four-year term ending March 1, 2015.  Applicants must be registered voters in the City of San Jose and if appointed and must remain so throughout the term of office.  While serving on the Commission, no member can hold any other public office nor publicly endorse any candidate for City office or engage in any political or campaign activity on behalf of any candidate for City office.  Further, no member can participate as a candidate in any election to public office for a period of one year before and after tenure on the Elections Commission.

All  applications  received by the deadline will be submitted to the Mayor and Councilmembers who will notify the City Clerk as to which applicant they would like to interview.  Applicants receiving four or more such indications of interest will be notified and asked to appear during a regular or special Council Meeting to be interviewed by the Mayor and Council. Applicants must receive a two-thirds vote of Council (8 votes) to be appointed to serve on the Elections Commission.

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Please pass along this information to anyone who you think might be interested.

Councilmember Kansen Chu | San Jose City Hall | 200 East Santa Clara Street 18th Floor | San Jose, CA 95113
tel. (408) 535-4904 | fax (408) 292-6459