FAQ for Emergency Interim Housing

The City put together a FAQ from many of the emails they received regarding the subject matter (Interim Housing sites at Bernal/Monterey and Rue Ferarri/101). See the pdf file here.

If your questions are not addressed within the FAQ, or at the city website, here , please be sure to make comments at the meeting tonight.

Reminder: Zoom Town Hall tonight at 6;00 p.m. re subject matter.

Bridge Housing Community Locations

In reference to the Zoom Town Hall meeting on April 27, 2020. The topic of discussion is the Emergency Interim Housing Development located within District 2. Both sites are relatively close to our neighborhood as depicted below in a snapshot of Los Paseos marked in green. The proposed sites at Bernal/Monterey and Rue Ferrari/101 are marked in red.

Zoom Town Hall Monday 4/27/2020

Message extracted from a D2 email issued on Sunday 4/26/2020…
This is most likely the last opportunity for residents to provide public comments on the matter concerning Emergency Interim Housing residing within D2 at Bernal and Monterey or Rue Ferrari and 101.
Please join Mayor Liccardo, City staff, and Sergio Jimenez for a meeting on Monday 4/27/2020 about interim housing development in District 2:
Monday, April 27, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
During this meeting they will present the most up-to-date information on site plans and management, answer questions, and share information on how you can be involved in this monumental effort to protect the health and safety of our City.
They will also let you know as soon as a website, FAQ sheet, and additional contact information is available.

Scam prevention

Expect to receive a flyer in the US mail today, April 25, 2020, from the US Postal Inspection Service. It is a PSA regarding scams related to the pandemic, but also references other scams related to stimulus checks, tax filings, etc. It is of special interest to the USPIS if any scams use the postal service to perpetrate these scams. The link on the flyer,, provides PSA videos, and links to resources on how to identify, avoid, and report these scams.

NOTE: The page is slow to load due to heavy system load. It is not your Internet connection, or your PC experiencing issues. It is their site inundated by requests.

Prevent Plumbing Problems

To avoid sewer pipe issues, flush only toilet paper down the toilet. Everything else goes into the trash!

Here are some common non-flushable items that can cause pipe backups and hazardous sewer overflows, or end up at the San José -Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Instead of flushing these items down the toilet, here are ways that residents can help not clog up the sewer system:

    • For wipes (even ones labeled flushable), paper hand towels, rags, feminine hygiene products,  and most items, dispose of them in the trash.
    • For pharmaceuticals, take them to a drop off bin. Here is a list of drop off pharmaceutical containers in San José (Set items aside until the shelter-in-place order is lifted) 
    • Items that cannot go into regular garbage, recycling, or compost because they are hazardous waste or contain hazardous materials
        • electronics
        • paints
        • motor oil
        • pesticides
        • batteries
        • mercury containing items like thermometers and light bulbs

should be disposed of at County Household Hazardous Waste. (Set items aside since HHW has suspended drop-offs and events in response to COVID-19.)

If these items do not clog your pipes and somehow manage to make their way to the waste treatment facility, the risk of clogging or damaging the processing equipment is probable. It requires intensive labor resources to monitor and clean debris away from machinery, or repair equipment. Let’s all do our part to minimize these problems during the pandemic.

Silicon Valley Strong

#SiliconValleyStrong: Help for those in need & a centralized location for critical resources
A Community Response to COVID-19:
As the response to this public health emergency escalates, many residents will feel direct economic impacts from business closures, event cancellations, and layoffs.
We’re doubling down on mitigation to protect our community–slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reducing the number of people infected.
Silicon Valley Strong calls on the community to stay informed and look out for each other. This landing page serves as a hub with critical updates and resources for vulnerable neighbors–accepting tips for additional information at This page is updated daily and is currently being translated into Spanish and Vietnamese.
We seek community members interested in lending a caring hand. Sign up to volunteer with assistance and recovery efforts through Silicon Valley Strong

COVID-19 Resources

Need more information about what is happening regarding COVID-19?

The City of San Jose publishes notifications on a daily basis on their website. On this page, you can sign up with the City to receive these notifications in your email, as well as review past notifications within their archive.

City of San José Facebook:
City of San José Twitter:
Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations
– General Inquiries about City Facilities/Operations: 3-1-1 (408-535-3500)
– San José City Hall, located at 200 E. Santa Clara St., is closed to the public.
All Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) facilities, including community centers, are closed to the public and therefore all programming is suspended until further notice. For updates on PRNS closures and cancellations, please visit:
Public Meetings: City Council meetings and Rules and Open Government Committee meetings will continue as planned. The Planning Commission will be held virtually, as needed. All other Council Committees, Commissions, and Board meetings are cancelled through May.
– Eviction Moratorium provides residents relief from evictions for nonpayment of rent due to impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Get Business Support by emailing for businesses, employers, workers, owners, and managers who need business-related information or support during the COVID-19 crisis.
Department of Transportation Parking Compliance is suspended. Downtown parking garages will continue to operate, with limited staffing, allowing the public access to essential services, such as restaurants with take-out options.
– The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County (Spanish video, Vietnamese video) continues its operations and stands ready to protect community members targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Call 408-290-1144 immediately for assistance from Rapid Response volunteers and immigration attorneys.
Frequently Asked Questions about “Shelter in Place” order 
Additional resources from the County:


If you prefer to receive County updates, sign up to their AlertSCC program for alerts sent directly to your cell phone or mobile device, landline, or email. Alerts can include:

    • Fire
    • Earthquake
    • Severe weather
    • Crime incident that affects your neighborhood
    • Instructions during a disaster​
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Facebook:
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Twitter:
California is issuing daily updates on COVID-19. To see the most recent update, visit the CDPH News Release page and the California Department of Public Health website.
Visit the website to learn more about: The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines, HHS COVID-19 News, the Federal Government Response to COVID-19, and more. 
Visit the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for more information about: What You Need to Know, How to Protect Yourself, Resources for the Community, Information for Healthcare Professionals, Latest Updates, and more.
Local schools are providing free to-go meals for all children ages 1-18, regardless of what school or community you live in. CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT.
– For more information, times, and locations at Oak Grove School District sites, visit
– For more information, times, and locations at East Side Union High School District sites, view this document on their website
Visit the link above for information about: What you need to know, Getting care in Northern California, Protecting yourself and your family, Kaiser Permanente preparedness and response, General COVID-19 information
Visit VTA’s website for updates about what VTA is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as updates to paratransit: 
The Open Space Authority will be closing its office, administrative staff are working from home, and all docent-led and volunteer stewardship events are canceled through April 30, 2020. 

This post will update as more resource information becomes available.

Tele-Town Hall on COVID-19 in Santa Clara County

Received an email today from Zoe Lofgren’s office regarding a Teleconference Town Hall on COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. The relevant portions of the message are detailed below:


On Tuesday, March 24, I will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) and Reps. Eshoo, Khanna and Panetta. We want to facilitate an open and honest conversation about how COVID-19 is impacting our Santa Clara community.

WHAT:     Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19

WHEN:    Tuesday, March 24 2020 — 1:00pmPT

WHO:      Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
Santa Clara County Public Health Department

JOIN:      Call 855-962-1194 at the time of the event

If you have questions about the event itself, please call my office at (408) 271-8700. We will be collecting your questions about COVID-19 in our community during the call itself; we will not be collecting questions ahead of time.

If you need help with an emergency health matter, including regarding COVID-19, please call SCCPHD at (408) 885-3980.

Zoe Lofgren
Member of Congress

Native Plant Garden for Los Paseos Park

Update 3/20/2020 – This event has been postponed indefinitely due to the current public health crisis from the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent shelter in place orders issued by the Santa Clara County Health Officer and followed by the Governor statewide stay at home order.

Stay home! Stay safe!


Los Paseos Neighborhood Association has a grant from the City of San Jose to start a native plant garden in Los Paseos Park this year. I am leading the project along with Hita Bambhania-Modha, and we are looking for volunteers to help us plan and implement the garden. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the community and meet like-minded neighbors. We are going to start getting our hands dirty with a volunteer event on

Sunday, March 29th

If you are interested in helping, please contact me by email at


Barbara Canup

Treasurer, Los Paseos Neighborhood Association

Updated mobile App for San Jose

The mobile device app, My San Jose, used to report issues to the city has a new name, look, and features. It is now called San Jose 311 and offers the additional following features:

    • Quicker access to paying bills
    • Clearer instructions to help you describe the issue
    • Updated map to make it easier to choose a location
    • Improved user experience and simpler language
    • Modern look and feel

Get San Jose 311 at the App Store, Google Play

Do not use this App for actual emergencies! For actual emergencies or crimes in progress, dial (408)277-8911 for direct access to  SJ emergency dispatch for police, fire, or medical response. Dialing 911 from a mobile device is first routed to CHP and then back to San Jose delaying response times.