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D10 News: Mid-October 2015


*Don't miss all of the updates in the District 10 Mid-October newsletter! Be sure to check the side bar for important upcoming events and other announcements
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Dear Neighbors, 

October is Crime Prevention Month. With darkness coming earlier each night and the holidays approaching, it is a good time to raise community awareness of the steps we can take to stay safe and to help deter crime. Property crimes, such as burglaries, tend to rise in the winter months, as well, and we want to ensure that people are prepared.

To help you and your neighbors prepare, you are invited to join Councilmember Khamis at the District 10 Public Safety Forum to be held this coming Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Almaden Community Center, 6455 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95120. The doors to the main Community Room will open at 5:30 PM and the program will begin at 6:00 PM. SJPD Southern Division Captain Ed Schroder will be presenting along with staff from SJPD Crime Prevention. Bring your family and a friend or neighbor so that they can benefit from the helpful information that will be presented. We look forward to seeing you there!

In other Public Safety-related matters, thank you to those of you who came to the Rules Committee a week ago to support my efforts to empower owners and residents in higher-crime, multi-housing neighborhoods by allowing them to participate in a Crime Free Multi-Housing program (to view the discussion CLICK HERE) and click on item 3 beneath the video. This is best viewed using the Explorer browser. The Crime Free Program trains residents to Report serious crimes so that police can respond and landlords can quickly remove the perpetrators. It allows for more peaceful and secure neighborhoods where serious crime is not tolerated and where children and their parents can feel safe from gang recruiters, meth dealers, and violent criminals. My proposal was referred to committee at the Rules Committee meeting but it will need to come back to Rules on Wednesday, October 21 to be re-directed, since the committee that was to hear the proposal is ineligible to do so to avoid any potential Brown Act violation. The public will have another opportunity to speak out on the proposal at 2 PM on the 21st. The Rules Committee typically meets in the Wing rooms 118/121 of City Hall and you may view the agenda HERE. 



Auditor Reveals "Holes" in City Golf Course Profitability 

In September, the City Auditor’s office published a report entitled “Golf Courses: Loss of Customers and Revenues Requires a New Strategy”. Their findings include detailed information about the three City-owned golf courses, including the number of rounds of golf played each day, how much each round of golf is subsidized by your tax dollars and the impact each course has on the General Fund. Of the three courses, only Muni is having a positive impact on the General Fund, providing $400,000 in revenue in 2014-2015. The other two courses, Los Lagos and Rancho del Pueblo, suffered a combined $600,000 in operating losses. In addition, they were not able to cover the debt service on their financing, so the City had to use $2.2 million (M) from the General Fund to make the principle and interest payments on the debt.

To put that into perspective, $2.2M could fund approximately thirteen police officers, the opening of all 22 of our branch libraries for a seventh day each week, or building one new soccer field. When the City Council originally voted on the lease revenue bonds used to finance the building of Los Lagos and Rancho del Pueblo, the sport of golf was at its peak in our nation. Back then, a simple majority was all that was needed to approve Lease Revenue Bond financing – a policy I have since succeeded in persuading my colleagues to change to a 2/3 vote requirement. Since rosy revenue projections were expected to cover debt payments and operating expenses of the courses, as well as contribute revenues to the General Fund, the financing plan was readily approved. Today, however, golf is on the decline nationally, and over the last fifteen years the courses have required subsidies totaling $19.2M from the City’s General Fund. The 2015-2016 projected subsidy would add another $2.6M to the total.

The City Council and City Staff are looking at various options as we consider this report. Some want to do nothing. Some want to sell one or both courses for housing and other types of sports fields such as soccer or baseball. I am looking at all options carefully. For example, there may be a way to sell off a portion of Rancho del Pueblo for housing in order to pay off the golf course debt while at the same time preserving the driving range and a few practice holes so that the First Tee youth program may continue. Perhaps a soccer field or two could be built, as well. Ultimately, I do not want to take usable open space away, I want more people to play.

Prior to this report, I heard several times from youth soccer organizations that they desperately need more fields to play on. In fact, the report indicates that there is a need for 153 soccer and baseball fields throughout the City. Considering that golf courses serve approximately 1.3 people per acre and soccer fields serve approximately 82.3 people per acre, it seems that converting at least one golf course to soccer fields would provide recreational access to considerably more residents.

I encourage you to read the report at http://bit.ly/GolfAud. This is a City-wide issue that affects everyone because the money is coming out of the General Fund and people from throughout the City use the golf courses. There are a lot of complex issues involved, but I believe we cannot afford to keep subsidizing the relatively few users of the Los Lagos and Rancho courses at the rate of over $2.5M each year. I also believe we can do more to look at different opportunities. We need to stay open minded and work together to find a solution to this issue. Selling a portion of either course is not popular, but may be the best option. Despite an improving economic climate, the City of San Jose still has billions of dollars in unfunded retirement liabilities and several pressing needs that could be helped by using the funds that are now flowing to the golf courses. Whatever path we choose, we must have as our objective bringing the huge subsidies we are providing to the golf courses to an end. We must be fiscally responsible and make the land more usable for more people.



October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month  

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation, and it’s an annual reminder that domestic violence is a serious issue that affects families in every community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Although domestic violence affects people regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race or religion, women are much more likely than men to be victimized by a current or former partner.

Domestic violence is defined as a range of behaviors used to establish power or exert control by one intimate partner over another. The range of behaviors can include psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, and physical abuse, as well as stalking and threatening behaviors.  We all deserve to live a life free of violence.  Please take a moment to increase your awareness of this issue.

Here in Santa Clara County we have a number of resources available to provide information and support. These include:
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, you can get help by calling one of the 24-hour crisis hotlines; in an emergency, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.


Sunshine Baby 

What comes to mind when you hear the words “Sunshine Baby”? Well, it’s not a new suntan lotion or the lyrics to a lullaby. Sunshine Baby is the name of a company started by one of our very own District 10 residents, Marti McCurdy!
 
On Monday, October 13th, I was honored to join Mayor Sam Liccardo and Marti McCurdy, founder and CEO of Sunshine Baby, as we announced the launch of Marti’s important, life-saving invention, the iRemind.  The iRemind is a small device, designed to look like a cute bear face, but with an important mission. It attaches to your child’s car seat and will alert your smart phone if you walk away from the car and leave your child behind.
 
About 40 children die each year from having been left in a hot car. These deaths are tragic – often caused when a busy parent who may be burning the candle at both ends has a moment of forgetfulness and leaves his or her child behind. These deaths are completely preventable, and can be prevented with the iRemind.
 
The iRemind Car Seat Alarm is available through Amazon.com. It is designed and manufactured locally, and Marti is busy finding investors to grow her business here so that she bring the product to retail stores throughout the U.S. and beyond.

We wish Marti success with her new venture! For more information, visit www.SunshineBabyAlarm.com.



Santa Teresa Foothill Association General Meeting   

You are invited to attend the General Meeting of Santa Teresa Foothill Association (STFNA) on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Southside Community & Senior Center located at 5585 Cottle Road (near the intersection of Cottle and Poughkeepsie), San Jose, CA 95123 in the multi-purpose room
 
The Featured Guest will be the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to discuss all things public transit. Be sure to mark your calendars! I will be there, and I encourage you to attend and to bring along your family and friends.
 
For more information, visit the STFNA website at stfna.org or call my Council Assistant, Denelle Fedor, at 408-535-4910 or email her at denelle.fedor@sanjoseca.gov.



 
For more District 10 information, visit www.sjd10.com or email us at district10@sanjoseca.gov.

 
Sincerely,
 
Johnny

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*Don't miss all of the updates in the District 10 Mid-October newsletter! Be sure to check the side bar for important upcoming events and other announcements



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Announcements 

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Happy Halloween
The District 10 office wishes everyone a fun and SAFE Halloween this year. Please take a few moments to read over this “Halloween Safety Tips” flyer created by the SJPD Crime Prevention team.


Spooktacular Family Fun 
9th Annual Harvest Festival & Holiday Boutique @ Almaden Community Center  



Large Item Collection
Residents in single-family homes can have large items (such as mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, tires, and more) collected curbside by their recycling collection company. Through June 30, 2016, the first collection of up to three large items will be at no extra charge. Additional large item collections are available for $27 (up to three items).



You're Invited! Community Open House 


Bass Pro Grand Opening
Right across the border, in Council District 9, the Bass Pro Shop will be having their Grand Opening on Wed, Oct 28. Ceremony Begins at 6PM. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.
Almaden's Bass Pro Shop also invites you to join them for their Grand Opening TAILGATER before the Ceremony, MORE DETAILS HERE!


 
SCCDineOut Mobile App 
Download the County’s new SCCDineOut mobile app HERE to find out whether or not a local restaurant is in compliance with food safety laws. It is currently available for Apple iOS devices. The Android version will be available in early 2016. For more information CLICK HERE


VTA Envision Silicon Valley Community Open Houses 
CLICK HERE for VTA’s flyer for Envision Silicon Valley Community Open Houses.  
Additional information on Envision Silicon Valley is available on:  www.vta.org/envision
Budget tool challenge is available on:  www.envisionsv.org



Applications are now being accepted to fill the following vacancies:
-APPEALS HEARING BOARD
-CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
-COUNCIL APPOINTMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION
-HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
-SENIOR CITIZENS COMMISSION
You may apply online at: http://sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=330



San Jose Stage Company
San Jose Stage Company Presents the Regional Premiere of RFK by Jack Holmes Starring David Arrow directed by Randall King thru Oct. 25 www.thestage.org



Small Business Seminar 
Join BusinessOwnerSpace, work2future, and San Jose Office of Economic Development for the November 2015 Small Business Seminar


SAVE THE DATE: NOV 14th
VEP Neighborhood Association is planning a Dave Fadness Memorial Beautification Day. More details to come in the November Newsletter... 


 
Latest Happenings 

Another milestone for San Jose International Airport was achieved as Lufthansa announced that they will begin offering direct flights to Frankfurt, Germany five times a week starting on April 29, 2016. This is the third international carrier announcement this year, and we are proud of the work of City staff and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for their work to connect San Jose with the world. 



Thanks to the persistence of former Mayor Reed and support from our local congressional delegation, City staff, local business leaders, and the City Council, on Oct 15th we were able to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Silicon Valley U.S Patent and Trademark Office at San Jose City Hall. This new office brings the important services of the USPTO from our nation's capital right here to the Capital of Silicon Valley. The USPTO will now be easily accessible to our area's premier researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs!
 

 

On Oct 11th, the City of San Jose hosted the first Viva Calle event, opening several miles of streets normally reserved for vehicle traffic exclusively to human-powered activities. It was a fun day to slow down and get a different perspective on the sights to see along some of our City's main thoroughfares.



It was heart warming seeing so many caring people on Oct 11th for the 3rd annual run for Omar's dream Foundation, benefiting terminally ill youth. 



We enjoyed attending the Oct 10th Celebration of Diwali, an ancient fall Festival of Lights celebrated throughout India and in many other places, at the Almaden Community Center.




On Oct 6th I welcomed a business and government delegation from Australia's capital of Canberra to the Capital of Silicon Valley. It's exciting to see their businesses expanding to San Jose. 


Our October 5th celebration of the opening of Almaden Lake Park on Mondays, for the first time in six years, was a great success with folks jogging, riding their bikes, walking their dogs, and playing Bocce in the park. The Monday opening was made possible by a grant from Councilmember Khamis' District 10 office budget.



A great time was had by all who attended this year's Heart of the Park celebration on Oct 4th, thanks to the great work of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association members! 




We are so proud of Sunday Friends for all the work that they do to help families move forward. On Oct 4th we were honored to share in the celebration as they opened their third location, at Santee Elementary




We were very happy to see Councilmember Chappie Jones continue a great District 1 tradition, started by Councilmember Pete Constant, the Annual Disability Awareness Day event held on Oct 1st! 









Office of Councilmember Johnny Khamis
200 E Santa Clara Street - 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

408-535-4910 - district10@sanjoseca.gov - www.sjd10.com