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City Manager's Weekly Report: February 7, 2020

Post Date:02/07/2020 12:54 PM

Read below for a roundup of City of San José news and happenings this week.   

Annual Tet Festival at Vietnamese-American Cultural Center Welcomes the Year of the Rat: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Department’s Vietnamese-American Cultural Center (VACC) welcomed community leaders and families on Feb. 2 to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Over 100 attendees, dressed in Vietnamese garments known as áo dài, enjoyed cultural folk dances, a lion dance performance, and traditional red envelopes. The VACC is a place to promote and preserve Vietnamese culture and values by providing educational, cultural, and social programs and services benefiting the Vietnamese American community. It offers health and wellness programs for seniors, administers preschool programs, and hosts cultural events. For more information, contact Andrea Flores Shelton, Acting Deputy Director, at 408-535-3571.

Community Joined San Jose Sharks to Celebrate the Groundbreaking of the Library’s New Children’s PlaySpace: The San José Public Library’s Children’s Room was packed with nearly 400 people for the groundbreaking event for the Library’s new Wee Explore PlaySpace on Jan. 31. Children and their families enjoyed a story time presented by San Jose Sharks players, Evander Kane and Mario Ferraro, giveaways, and fun crafts. The new PlaySpace will be funded in part by the Sharks Foundation, which selected the San Jose Library Foundation as the recipient of their Community Assist Grant for the 2019-2020 season, and will provide $200,000 for the renovation. This new PlaySpace will ignite the imagination of children through a variety of educational elements designed to help develop important early literacy skills. Speakers included District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez, City Librarian Jill Bourne, and Sharks President John Tortora. Click here to view a video of the event. For more information about this project, visit or contact Nancy Macias, Public Information Representative, at 408-808-2092.

SJPD Hosts Women’s Boot Camp Series: The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) is proud to host a Women's Boot Camp Series during the month of March for any women with general interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Sessions will combine classroom instruction and customized workouts to improve strength, endurance, and overall fitness, and will cover a unique topic and workout with the goal of helping participants pass the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) physical agility test that is part of the Police Academy. This series is being offered at no cost and multiple sessions are available. Participants should wear proper athletic attire. For more information, contact the SJPD Recruiting Unit, at 408-277-4951.

Job-Search Workshops at Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library: The City’s work2future program is pleased to offer job-search workshops in collaboration with the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood library to better align resources, partner with the community, and increase access to services. This first endeavor will include a series of employment readiness workshops to assist individuals in identifying tangible and relevant skills to re-enter the workforce or advance their careers. Workshop topics include: Interviewing 101, Resume Development, and Job Searching in Silicon Valley. These workshops will expose participants to the tools they need to be successful and competitive in the workplace. The workshops will take place the last week of February. For more information and to register, contact Brandon Deg, Operation Support Specialist, at 408-794-1177.

Successful ‘Get Your Business Loan-Ready’ Bilingual Workshop:  Together, the City’s work2future program, Alum Rock Santa Clara Street Business Association, and special guests from the Opportunity Fund, hosted 40 small businesses at the Get Your Business Loan Ready workshop on Jan. 28. The workshop was conducted in Spanish, Vietnamese, and English. Attendees learned how to successfully borrow money for uses such as growth, expansion, relocation, or emergency expenses. This workshop is part of a series of City-supported workshops to advance small business resiliency. For more information, contact Dhez Woodworth, Economic Development Officer, at 408-794-1231.

Preparing for Artificial Intelligence Impacts to Employment: The City’s work2future program has launched a project to evaluate how best to prepare for the challenges and opportunities that automation and artificial intelligence are likely to bring to employers and the workforce in San José and surrounding communities over the next five years. With a key focus on better understanding the impact on paths to self-sufficiency for workers in lower-paying occupations, the project will help work2future stay ahead of regional labor market changes. The project will incorporate research reviews, local stakeholder interviews, and an advisory panel to examine the project's findings and develop recommendations. In late March, the work2future Board plans to review consultant recommendations and will publish a final report subsequently. For more information, contact Lawrence Thoo, Senior Executive Analyst, at 408-794-1170.

To stay up-to-date on events, visit the City’s online calendar.

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David Sykes
City Manager

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