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Learn about a few of the projects I have initiated to beautify District 2, and join our community efforts! #D2CleanStreets

Dear neighbors,

Community members consistently approach me about the cleanliness, or lack thereof, of our City streets. Like most issues, there is no single, all-encompassing solution to our challenges with blight. The reality is that trash is a drain on City resources, and it impacts how we feel about our community. 

Making our community cleaner is a priority for my office, which is why I have secured nearly $200,000 from the City’s budget to kick off several programs that are part of my action plan to help #beautifySJ, starting with District 2.

My team and I are launching the #D2CleanStreets Initiative in South San Jose, a multi-faceted approach to combating the blight plaguing our streets. This initiative starts with these projects:

Downtown Streets Team

I know that we have notoriously blighted areas in District 2. I am hoping to change that by enlisting Downtown Streets Team (DST), a non-profit organization that contributes to a cleaner community. DST will launch their empowering work experience program that engages homeless and at-risk individuals by having them clean up trash, litter, and graffiti while providing them with basic-need gift cards and hygiene kits.

This project is a one-year agreement with DST to clean-up along Monterey Road from Branham Lane to Ford Road three days a week and the corner of Blossom Hill Road and Snell Avenue one day a week.

Additionally, the project shall have measurable benchmarks for items such as the amount of trash collected and the number of individuals engaged. DST will work with the District 2 Council Office to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the project.

If you would like to volunteer at our Downtown Streets Team Launch on Thursday, October 18 or participate in regular clean up days, please contact .

Project Hope

My office is also kicking off efforts to build community resilience and activation along the high-need area of Roeder Avenue and Roundtable Drive through Project Hope.

Project Hope is a community-driven initiative led by the City's Anti-Graffiti & Anti-Litter Program. It is a unique and innovative neighborhood engagement and improvement program that aims to improve the quality of life in the Roundtable Drive area by addressing challenges comprehensively and collaboratively. Project Hope's objective is to develop strong new community leaders and action-oriented neighborhood organizations.

Starting Saturday, September 8, program leaders have dedicated the next year to meeting with residents and getting them involved.

If you share my vision of making our neighborhoods safer, cleaner, and more engaged, please contact .

Monterey Road Sound Wall

Over the years, District 2 has struggled with clearing graffiti along the Monterey Road soundwall. The greatest obstacle in tackling this problem is gaining permission to access the train tracks, which are Union Pacific property. Though I recognize the courage of neighbors who have taken it upon themselves to paint over the graffiti, we need a long term solution to this ongoing problem. My City Council colleagues and I have directed the City Attorney to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with Union Pacific to gain access to the train tracks. Having this access will allow us to clean the fence and potentially abate unsafe homeless encampments along the tracks. This is just one of my many long term solutions to making Monterey Road the “grand boulevard” our community deserves. 

Join a Neighborhood Clean Up or organize your own!

Neighborhood Litter Cleanup 

Get connected to your District 2 Neighborhood Association (N.A.) to find out when the next clean up in your area is! N.A.'s are groups of community members who meet and collaborate to work towards common goals such as: beautification/clean-up efforts, safety enhancements, and social events.

If you would like to organize your own Neighborhood Clean Up in District 2, sign up here to join the thousands of volunteers who have already removed tons of trash from the City's public space. We provide each volunteer an Anti-Litter Kit that contains: one litter stick, one pair of gloves, one volunteer vest, two garbage bags, and two litter stickers for free garbage bag pick up. For more information, call (408) 975-7233. 

Anti-Graffiti Volunteer Opportunities

The Anti-Graffiti Program recruits volunteers ages 18+ to assist with graffiti removal, beautifying San José for all residents and visitors. We provide possible cleanup locations, or you can become a long-term volunteer, by adopting your own neighborhood. Sign up here to volunteer and receive an Anti-Graffiti Kit containing safety gear, chemical gloves, safety glasses, an 8 oz bottle of solvent, a sponge, and rags. Volunteers must call for an appointment to pick up supplies. Supplies can be picked up Monday-Thursday, 8am-3pm and Friday, 8am- noon. For more information regarding the program, please call (408) 975-7233.  

You can help keep San Jose safe and clean!

District 2 San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez Help keep San Jose safe clean report blight homelessness