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City Manager's Weekly Report: February 14, 2020

Post Date:02/13/2020 4:52 PM

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

San José Fire Department Hosting Women’s Boot Camp March 7: The San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) is hosting its Second Annual Women’s Boot Camp on Saturday, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the SJFD Training Center. Women interested in learning more about a career in the fire service are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with SJFD at this event. Participants will engage in a 90-minute circuit training workout followed by female firefighters sharing their career journey, a Q&A session with the women of SJFD, and “hands-on” experience with firefighting tools and equipment. The goal of the SJFD Women’s Boot Camp is to orient women to the fire service career path through physical fitness education, information sharing, and professional mentorship. This free event will be open to 60 participants age 18 years and older. Registration will begin Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM via Eventbrite. For more information, contact Erica Ray, Public Information Manager, at 408-794-7045. 

SJFD Educates and Engages With “Ask a Dispatcher” Event: SJFD’s dispatch team is currently recruiting and invited the public to “Ask a Dispatcher” what a career in dispatch is all about at the first of four “Ask a Dispatcher” events held on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Several interested community members joined our dispatch team at Fire Station 13 to meet with SJFD dispatchers, learn what happens when you call 9-1-1 in the City of San José, and hear more about the duties of a San José Fire Public Safety Dispatcher. Three more “Ask a Dispatcher” events are planned Feb. 20, 22, and March 3 at various times and locations across the City. For more information, visit or contact Erica Ray, Public Information Manager, at 408-794-7045. 

2020 Census Poster Contest Winner: The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and the City of San José are thrilled to announce the design submitted by Tran Minh Tien Le, a student at Evergreen Valley Community College, was selected as the winning design in the 2020 Census Poster Contest. Le’s design will promote the 2020 Census on VTA-operated buses, trains, and transit real estate. Honorable Mentions include designs by Fiona Morris of Santa Clara University and the collaborative team of Andy Ngo and Richard Dinh of San Jose State University. The Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City’s census efforts and VTA, invited Santa Clara County college students to submit original poster designs to promote participation in the 2020 Census. The theme of the 2020 Census promotional campaign is “Everyone Counts,” which emphasizes inclusivity and encourages everyone to take part in the census, regardless of age, gender, or immigration status. Le’s playful cartoon figure design captured the spirit of the theme and was unanimously selected by a panel of experts to promote the 2020 Census. The posters are scheduled to be installed in late February. An awards ceremony will be held on March 4 at City Hall. Starting March 12, residents will be able to complete the census questionnaire online at or over the phone. For more information, contact Vilcia Rodriguez, Project Manager, at 408-535-5602.

Nearly 200 City Staff Participate in 2020 Language Access Training: The City Manager's Office of Immigrant Affairs, in partnership with the City’s Human Resources Department, recently hosted six half-day Language Access trainings from Feb. 4 through 6. Approximately 200 staff from 11 departments participated. Training participants were selected on the basis of having work that often brings them in contact with City residents. Topics covered included Language Access laws, the City’s Language Access Policy, Best Practices for Language Access, and how to work with Limited English Proficient (L.E.P.) customers, professional interpreters, and certified bilingual staff. Staff also learned about language access resources available to assist City staff in their work. For more information, contact Zulma Maciel, Assistant to the City Manager, at 408-535-8146. 

work2future Hosting Job Fair Featuring 25 + Employers at Mexican Heritage Plaza: The City’s work2future program in partnership with the Bay Area Council will host a job fair Feb. 20 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. More than 25 employers from Government, Finance, Manufacturing, Construction, and other industries will be onsite recruiting for over a hundred open positions. Free online pre-registration is encouraged, and a complete list of participating employers and open positions can be found at For more information, contact Huong Tran, Business Services Program Manager, at 408-794-1163.

Camping is Easy at Family Camp at Yosemite: Experience the great outdoors with Family Camp at Yosemite by reserving your tent today. This all-inclusive camping experience offers activities ranging from stargazing hikes to nature-oriented arts and crafts. Enjoy the beauty and nature of the Sierras with the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Department from mid-June through mid-August. For more information, contact Avi Yotam, Acting Deputy Director, at 408-535-3573.

Regional Wastewater Facility CIP Monthly Status Report Program Summary: The Monthly Status Report summarizing the progress and accomplishments of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) is now available online for November 2019. The public can subscribe at to receive notice each time a program summary is posted. Past reports can also be found at For more information, contact Mariana Chavez-Vazquez, Deputy Director, at 408-635-4038.

Community Talents Showcased at Inaugural Open Mic Night: The Recording Arts Academy program at Seven Trees Community Center hosted its first Open Mic Night on Feb. 6. Performers included singers, rappers, dancers, and spoken word artists. PRNS’ Recording Arts Academy at Seven Trees Community Center is a safe place for teens to engage in creative activities that are otherwise out of reach for families in the surrounding marginalized community. For more information, contact Andrea Flores Shelton, Acting Deputy Director, at 408-535-3571.

Access to SJ Recreation Preschool Expanded with an Increase in Scholarships: To ensure access to quality education and recreation preschool, San Jose Recreation Preschool (SJRP) is offering a scholarship of 75% off the total program cost for San José families that qualify during the 2020-2021 school year. SJRP prepares children, ages 3-5, for kindergarten success in a safe and welcoming environment through a curriculum that includes imaginative, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. The scholarship aims to ensure families in low-income communities can participate in early education which helps children thrive in school. For more information, contact Andrea Flores Shelton, Acting Deputy Director, at 408-535-3571.

Recreation Leaders Trained to Excel in Out-of-School Time Programs: The PRNS department’s Out-of-School Time team hosted the 2nd Annual Winter Recreation Leader Training on Feb. 8 at Camden Community Center. Over 150 part-time staff from 46 Out-of-School Time programs, including R.O.C.K. Afterschool, After School Education and Safety (ASES), and Teen Centers attended the training. The workshops align with the California Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs, ensuring staff are equipped with the resources and knowledge to effectively lead safe, supportive, inclusive, and enriching out-of-school time programs. The PRNS department keeps over 4,500 youth, ages 5-18, safe and engaged in these programs annually. For more information, contact Andrea Flores Shelton, Acting Deputy Director, at 408-535-3571.

Community Feedback Sought on Design of the Rotary PlayGarden Expansion: The public is invited to provide input on the expansion of the all-inclusive playground Rotary PlayGarden on Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meeting attendees will learn more about the exciting play features and will provide feedback on the proposed design. The meeting will take place at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, located at 438 Coleman Ave. For those who cannot attend, a survey will be posted @sjparksandrec on Facebook and Twitter, after the meeting. For more information, contact Rob Tidmore, Parks Manager, at 408-535-8433.

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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