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Happy Lunar New Year!


Dear Friends,


Please join our Asian American communities in celebrating the Year of the Rat at a variety of upcoming events.

At the County Government Center, we’ll have several events, including the Santa Clara County and the Hsinchu Sister County Commission’s annual lunar year poster contest. The imaginative and colorful posters of rats will be displayed from February 5 through February 14 in the breezeway at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street.


We’ll also have two flag-raising ceremonies at the County Government Center in the McEntee Plaza. The event, which is sponsored by the Vietnamese American Community Coalition of Northern California and my office, will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 25. The Vietnamese American Community of Northern California and my office will host a flag raising event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 26.

Also, in celebration of the Year of the Rat:

  • The Hoi Xuan San Jose Festival will be from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday, January 24, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, at Eastridge Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose.
  • The Vietnamese Tet Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose.
  • The San Jose Museum of Art will celebrate the Year of the Rat from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, with artmaking activities, cultural demonstrations and live performances. Visit the SJMA website for details on this free event.
  • The Milpitas Library will celebrate the Year of the Rat with crafts and lion dancing from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10 at the Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street, Milpitas. 
  • Join me and Supervisor Cindy Chavez in celebrating the Lunar New Year with an update about the Vietnamese American Service Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 7, at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose. Please click here to RSVP.

 Please check out the other activities, programs and events below. If you have questions, please call my office at 408-299-5030 or email me at       




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At an event at San Jose City Hall presented by the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, I visited tombstones representing the 161 unhoused people who died last year.




Presenting a Commendation for Healthier Kids Foundation for the organization’s vital role in the success of our children in Santa Clara County.



Speaking to veterans at the Veterans Housing Facility on Kirk Avenue about the County’s commitment to house homeless veterans.






Policy Updates

Our office has been busy addressing your concerns and I'm proud of what we've accomplished together. Thank you to the Board of Supervisors for supporting these efforts.



Changes to Intake Process for Children
Santa Clara County’s Receiving, Assessment and Intake Center (RAIC) is no longer processing or holding children who need foster care as the Department of Family and Child Services moves toward a new model, a reform that I called for in November. As of January 2, abused or neglected children who are removed from the homes of their parents or caregivers will be assessed at a few locations and then assigned to foster care placement within 24 hours.

Healthier Kids Foundation
The Board of Supervisors recognized and commended the Healthier Kids Foundation for continuing to play a vital role in the success of our children in Santa Clara County. The foundation has offered over 310,000 services to children and their families in the last six and a half years. Nineteen years ago, when Healthier Kids Foundation began serving families in Santa Clara County, one in six children did not have health coverage. Now, because of these efforts, 98% of kids in Santa Clara County are enrolled in health coverage.


Recognizing Domestic Partnerships
Currently, Santa Clara County relies on the certification of domestic partnerships provided by the State of California, which may not fully encompass all Santa Clara County residents who wish to be domestic partners and be recognized locally. Thank you to the Board of Supervisors for moving forward with my initiative to consider a voluntary county system that would allow Santa Clara County to act and operate independently in honoring and recognizing domestic partnerships, including honoring domestic partnership certifications in respect to employee benefits.

Strengthening the Open Government Ordinance
In 2011, as Board President, I brought forth to the Board the consideration of an Open Government Policy, which eventually became our County’s Open Government Ordinance. I’m proud of our County’s early commitment to openness and transparency in government. The Board recently decided to study my suggested updates to this Ordinance to strengthen our open government policies in new and innovative ways to ensure that the public’s trust in government remains high.



Events and Activities    



Events Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.


  • The African American Community Service Agency presents the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on Monday, January 20, 2020, with the theme “The Dream Is a Verb.” The event will take place at the Holiday Inn San Jose – Silicon Valley, 1350 North First Street, San Jose. Guests should arrive at 11 a.m. for the vendor display, and at noon for the luncheon. The guest speaker will be Michael Eric Dyson, a renowned professor, writer, preacher and lecturer. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets or call 408-292-3157.
  • Caltrain is once again providing free transportation for those wishing to attend events in San Francisco on January 20, sponsored by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK). The Celebration Train will provide free, ticketed service from San Jose to San Francisco, with stops in Palo Alto and San Mateo. Attendees must register in advance in order to receive a free commemorative ticket. Commemorative tickets will be valid for the Celebration Train and for one southbound Caltrain trip after 1 p.m. on January 20. Click here for more information, the train schedule and to register for tickets. Visit for information about other events.
  • Reclaiming the Real Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a 91st Birthday Commemoration, will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in the Fourth Street Lobby, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose. The event will feature speakers, multicultural drumming and a dance of peace. Click here for more details.
  • Diane Ferlatte brings her acting and musical skills to a program of stories and songs that honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at12: 30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20, at the Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way. Visit the CDM webpage for details or call 408-298-5437.






Volunteer to Prune the Roses

The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden’s annual volunteer event will be from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 11, at the Rose Garden at the corner of Naglee and Dana Avenues. Volunteers will learn how to care for and prune the 189 varieties of roses. No need to register. You can simply show up. For more information, call 408-595-3483.

Safety Workshops in San Jose City Council District 8
San Jose City Councilmember Sylvia Arenas and the City of San Jose are presenting a series of public safety workshops this month. A workshop on gang awareness will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, at Welch Community Center; a workshop on Vision Zero Initiative for pedestrian and traffic safety will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 17, at the Village Square Library; and a workshop called Business Watch will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, at the Evergreen Library.

At the Milpitas Library
The Milpitas Library will begin the year with ESL Class assessments so that you can enroll in the free ESL classes, which are tailored for high-level beginners to intermediate-level students. The library is also planning story times for very young children, Heartfulness Meditation, a family movie and many other activities for January. Click here for all the details.

Join Stewardship Day in North Coyote Valley
The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is hosting a Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful stewardship day at North Coyote Valley Conservation Area to help restore land that was recently purchased for preservation. The workday will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, and will focus on invasive plant removal and trash cleanup to improve wildlife habitat and visitor's experiences. Click here for all the details and to RSVP.


Grants Available to Mark Women’s Suffrage Anniversary
The County Office of Women’s Policy is offering $75,000 in small grants to Santa Clara County residents in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement. These grants are intended for community members and groups planning activities, events or projects promoting democracy as it relates to women’s suffrage. The grants will range from $200 to $2,000, and the deadline to apply is February 28. Click here for more information and an application. For questions, please contact the Office of Women’s Policy at 408-678-1499.


2020 Community Plan to End Homelessness Ready to Share
A draft of the 2020 Santa Clara County Community Plan to End Homelessness is ready for review. The plan was created based on feedback from community members, service providers, people with lived experience of homelessness, businesses, and other stakeholders. You can hear more about strategies, services, and resources included in the draft plan, and provide feedback for implementing the plan at a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 27, at the Roosevelt Community Center, 901 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose. Click here to register.


San Jose Women’s March Is Happening Soon
Registration is open for the San Jose Women’s March, which will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, at San Jose City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, and ending at the Arena Green near the SAP Center. Visit for more information and to register.


Nominate Your Behavioral Health Community Hero
The County Behavioral Health Board is seeking nominations for the 9th Annual Behavioral Health Community Heroes Awards, which recognize community members who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with behavioral health challenges. Nominations will be accepted through January 31. Click here for more information and to apply.


Help Make History by Working During the Election
The Registrar of Voters is recruiting paid volunteers to work at the new Vote Center facilities that will be open up to 11 days before the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. About 2,000 workers will be needed to operate the Vote Centers under the Voter’s Choice Act model -- a new way of voting that emphasizes convenience and greater flexibility for the residents of Santa Clara County. Click here for more information.


Census Bureau Needs Workers for the 2020 Count
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of temporary workers to fill 2020 Census jobs in Santa Clara County and elsewhere. The jobs are mainly for clerical and census-taker positions, but also include a few supervisory and recruitment outreach positions. In Santa Clara County, 2020 Census jobs pay from $27 to $30 an hour. Click here for details.


New Library Service for Those with Limited Mobility
The Santa Clara County Library District is making it easier for homebound residents to receive items they want from their county libraries. Those who are confined at home can now designate a person to pick up items for them at their local library or the SCCLD Bookmobile. Homebound residents can specify a Designated Borrower by filling out an
application on the SCCLD’s new website.

Explore Alum Rock Park’s Ecosystem
Join the Alum Rock Park BioBlitz where you and experts come together to explore the park and document observations of all living things in a short period of time. The event docents will help you identify what you see and learn how it fits into the ecosystem. The BioBlitz will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 12, at Alum Rock Park, 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, Mineral Springs Parking Lot, San Jose. Click here for more information and to register for the event.


Bair Island Restoration Volunteer Workday
The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Habitats Program is looking for 30 to 35 volunteers to help restore tidal marsh habitats at Bair Island from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, January 19. Volunteers will be guided by SFBBO’s staff and the Peninsula Open Space Trust to weed invasive plants or seed native species that will support Bair Island’s ecosystem. RSVP is required.

Sign Up Now for the 408K Race to the Row
Kick off your Super Bowl Sunday on February 2, 2020, with the San Jose 408K Race to the Row, an 8K (4.79 miles) run/walk that starts in Downtown San Jose and finishes at Santana Row. The course meanders through charming neighborhoods, the Alameda business district and the historic Rose Garden before ending up on “The Row.” The event is brought to you by Amazon and benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation. Visit for details and to register.


Vacancies on County Boards and Commissions
Santa Clara County would like you to consider applying for a seat on one of our Boards or Commissions. For residents of District 3, there are vacancies on the Moscow Sister-County Commission; the Florence, Italy Sister-County Commission and the Veterans Commission. Click here for more information on these commissions and application forms.


State DMV Issuing Real ID Cards

The State Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging residents to apply for new driver’s licenses and identification cards that can be used to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities. Current California driver’s licenses and ID card will continue to be accepted at airports and federal facilities until October 1, 2020. But after that, residents 18 and older will need a Real ID card, a passport or other forms of identification accepted by the Transportation Security Administration. Visit for details.


Superior Court Seeks Grand Jury Members

Recruitment has begun for volunteers to serve on the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, 2020-2021 Civil Grand Jury. Grand jurors have the independent authority to examine all aspects of county and city government, school districts and special districts. The Civil Grand Jury is also empowered to inspect adult and juvenile detention facilities. Applicants must have lived in the County for one year, be U.S. citizens and 18 years old or older. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2020. The one-year term begins on June 18, 2020. Click here for more information and to apply.


County Mobile App Helps You Report Problems
The County has a Mobile Citizen App to help you report illegal dumping, graffiti, problems with streetlights or traffic signals and other service requests to the County Roads and Airports Department. Click here to find out how to download the app. For illegal dumping complaints, call the hotline at 408-299-5770.

Sign Up Now for County Alert System
AlertSCC is a County emergency warning system that can send messages directly to your cell phone, mobile device, email or landline in case of flooding, wildfires and other disasters. Click here for more information on how to sign up.



Last updated: 1/13/2020 5:26 PM