District 10 News (March)

*Don't miss all the updates in District 10 March Newsletter! Be sure to check the sidebar for important upcoming events and other announcements
**Have you ever wondered how I voted on a particular issue or why I voted a certain way?

Dear Neighbors, 

The last week of February reminds us all that we must be prepared for disasters.  We all woke up to the news that 14,000 of our neighbors had to be evacuated and we recently learned the damage from the flooding is estimated at $100 million.  If that isn’t enough warning to start taking emergency preparedness serious, I don’t know what else would make the point. 

Last year I requested that the City start investing more funding into the Office of Emergency Services and to focus on moving the Director of OES under the City Manager’s Office and out of the Fire Department.  I will continue to push for this to happen, but today I want to talk about how you can prepare your family for natural and man-made disasters.

The most important goal for you and your family is to be prepared for a disaster, together. If we have another 1989 earthquake or one of a higher magnitude, most City resources will be taken up where population is most concentrated. That means firefighters and emergency responders are going to initially be concentrated in the downtown area and neighborhoods are going to have to depend on their own resources until more help arrives. Please have conversations with your family members about how you will handle a flood, an earthquake, a terrorist act or any other natural disaster that may come our way. 

Here is the link from our Office of Emergency Services:   After you have reviewed the initial introduction on how to prepare yourself and your family, explore the website.  There is invaluable information on how to increase your chances of surviving a major event in our city.  All of their links are important and have valuable suggestions on emergency preparedness:

Child Preparedness: 

Winter Storm Preparedness:

Family Preparedness: 

Special Needs Preparedness: 

Pet Preparedness: 

Emergency Kits: 

Wildflower Walks - HEALTHY PARKS, HEALTHY PEOPLE brought to you by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Wednesdays, March 15 & 22, 10 AM to 12 PM
Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve, 9611 Malech Road, Morgan Hill, CA

Our newest preserve, Coyote Ridge, is known for its beautiful wildflower season. Join us for a gentle, 1.5-mile round-trip walk along a ranch road that winds through the amazing wildflowers. This Healthy People, Healthy Parks experience is for those interested in gentle exercise and observing wildflowers rather than a long, strenuous hike. Take Highway 101 to Bailey Avenue and head east. Just around the bend, you will find our event sign. Rain will cancel.
For more information and other events, contact the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority at 408.224.7476 or visit

Almaden Adults 50+ 

It is my pleasure to share with you the March Newsletter of the Almaden Adults 50+. Don’t let the name “Almaden” fool you - everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate!
In addition to the many fun, exciting and helpful classes on offer, a few new classes are highlighted below, so mark your calendars!
•    Medical Qi Gong April 10th - June 5th
•    International Cuisine - three new classes April 14th - April 28th 
•    Lifestyle cooking - Friday, May 12th

Please click here to view the newsletter in its entirety.   Please remember that the Almaden Valley Community Center will be closed on Friday, March 31, 2017 due to Cesar Chavez Day. 


Business Tax Modernization Gets Thumbs Up

In November, San Jose voters approved Measure G, the Business Tax Modernization ballot measure. The new provisions will take effect on July 1, 2017. The Business Tax is what many business owners commonly refer to as their annual business “ license” fee. What do the changes to the Business Tax mean for businesses? It means higher taxes for most but more generous exemptions for those with the smallest businesses or modest business income.

Measure G made a number of significant adjustments to the Business Tax, including:

• Increasing the base tax

• Increasing the incremental tax and making it more progressive

• Increasing the cap

• Updating the application of the tax

• Incorporating inflation-based adjustments over time (COLA)

• Adding a new financial hardship exemption for small business owners that have a household adjusted gross income that does not exceed four times (4x) the poverty level established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS").

Businesses will pay higher taxes in two ways:

(1) Businesses will pay an annual $195 business tax instead of $150.

(2) For businesses with employees, the per-employee tax will increase. For example, businesses will pay $25-$55 per employee with a cap of no more than $150,000 in total. The per-employee tax will now be indexed to the cost of living, with a maximum annual increase of 1.5 percent of the base rate per employee.

The Business Tax includes those who own property and rent that property to generate income. These folks include mobile home park owners, water companies, and commercial and residential property owners. The City of San Jose is extending the tax deadline from July 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017 for residential landlords of 1 or 2 units – which includes those who rent out a room in their home or accessory unit. These small-scale landlords will register with the City and pay the Business Tax owed as of July 1, 2017. As long as they pay by December 15, 2017 they will be subject to no interest or penalties.

As way of background, the City of San Jose Business Tax was first adopted on July 15, 1963. The methodology used for calculating the City's current Business Tax (Chapter 4.76 of the San Jose Municipal Code) was adopted in 1984, and, until Measure G was approved, the current tax rates remained unchanged for 30 years - since 1986.

For more information, please click on the link below:

**Please note— The City of San Jose Finance Department is still developing content for their outreach efforts which will include a refreshed business tax webpage**

Remembering Dave Fadness

February has been a month to honor and remember one of District 10’s most active volunteers, Dave Fadness. Dave dedicated much time and energy into making his community cleaner and more beautiful, from getting the sports fields from a closed elementary school turned into a park, getting palm trees planted in the median along Chynoweth Avenue from Pearl Avenue to Martial Cottle Park, to serving on various City and County boards and commissions.

Fiscal responsibility in government was a passion of his, and he believed that government officials, both elected and non-elected, must be responsible stewards of the money that citizens entrust to them through the taxes and fees we pay. In January 2011, Dave co-founded the San Jose-based Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility (CFR) whose mission it is to hold our local government officials accountable.

Earlier in February, we unveiled a new memorial bench in Dave's honor, and last night, at the VEP Neighborhood Association meeting, which Dave regularly attended, CFR honored Dave, and presented his wife, Aiko, with a commemorative plaque that will hang in the Vista Park Community Room. I was proud to be a part of this ceremony and appreciate that CFR honored Dave in this meaningful way.


Fourth Annual July 4th Family Fun Festival and Firework Show Community Giving Campaign (CGC)

I am excited about the Fourth Annual July 4th Family Fun Festival and Firework Show 2017. It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since I first started the festival at Almaden Lake! The event continues to attract more people each year and we continue to have an outstanding fireworks show provided by District 10 resident, Craig Cutright, and his family. In addition to Craig, other District 10 residents, Denelle Fedor (from my staff), and Bob Vonderwerth, are key players in making this a great event.

I know it’s only February, but community members often ask me how they can help, aside from volunteering. One of the easiest ways you, your family, friends, neighbors, businesses, and community groups can help is to make a cash donation. There are two ways to donate:

Visit  and click the donation button specifically for Festival donations. 

Write check out to:       AVWC
Mail check to:         City of San Jose 
            ATTN: Denelle Fedor
            200 E Santa Clara St, 18th Floor
            San José, CA  95113
This is the third year we have partnered with the fantastic volunteers of the Almaden Valley Women’s’ Club (AVWC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The AVWC serves as the fiscal agent for the Festival and their non-profit status ensures the tax deductibility of your gifts. 

This event uses no dollars from the City’s General Fund, which is why your donations are so very important. We rely on our generous sponsors – whether individual contributors or big, corporate contributors. They are the driving force that makes this event a reality.   

Sponsorships and donations will determine the success of the festival and scale of the of the fireworks show, so please contribute what you can to this fun, family-oriented community event!


Winter Walk Wrap-Up

Our 10th Annual Senior Winter Walk and Resource Fair was a great success! On Friday, February 24th, over 300 seniors, 50+ers, and seenagers joined me and my co-hosts, Councilmembers Donald Rocha & Sergio Jimenez, along with Supervisor Mike Wasserman and Assemblymember Mark Stone. We enjoyed the awesome Wesley Ukulele Band and Hula dancers, took an enjoyable walk around the Westfield Oakridge Mall, and talked with over 50 vendors about their services, clubs, and volunteer opportunities. And of course, we made some guests very happy with our Prize Drawing! I always appreciate this opportunity to visit with so many of our residents.

All this was made possible by our generous Sponsors:

Below are some great photos from the event!


Join Councilmember Johnny Khamis for the 2017 GREAT AMERICAN LITTER PICK UP event on April 22nd. Participate in a national beautification service day in celebration of Earth Day by volunteering!


We will have 3 locations (After you register, please contact our office to let us know which location you would like to be at, this will help us with supply counts)

1. Pioneer High School - 1290 Blossom Hill Rd (Meet at back school parking lot)
2. Vista Park - 465 Hyde Park Dr (Meet at parking lot)
3. Comanche Park - Shawnee Ln & Comanche Dr
Register HERE:
Clean up : 8:30AM-11:30AM
  • Light morning snack & lunch will be provided for all volunteers
  • All supplies will be provided, please wear comfotbale clothing and closed toed shoes
  • All ages welcome
  • Can count towards required community hours
This year, Mayor Liccardo's Office will be awarding up to $1,000 to the top 3 High Schools with the most student volunteers! (please inquire about further details)
Questions? - Call Dora Gonzalez, with the Office of Councilmember Johnny Khamis, at (408)535-4982 or email


VTA 2016 Measure B Citizens’ Oversight Committee Application

VTA is beginning the public process of recruiting applicants for its 2016 Measure B Citizens’ Oversight Committee. VTA is actively seeking individuals who bring important relevant experience to the 8-member committee. In November 2016, Santa Clara County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure B that enacted a thirty year ½ cent sales tax for transit and transportation improvements. The ballot measure specified that the revenues and expenditures would be reviewed by an independent citizens’ oversight committee appointed by VTA.

To be eligible for the 2016 Measure B Citizens’ Oversight Committee, members must be citizens of Santa Clara County and eligible to vote. The committee should include members with the following experience:

* A retired federal or state judge or administrative law judge or an individual with experience as a mediator or arbitrator.

* A professional from the field of municipal/public finance with a minimum of four years relevant experience.

* A professional with a minimum of four years of experience in management and administration of financial policies, performance measurement and reviews.

* A professional with demonstrated experience of four years or more in the management of large scale construction projects.

* A regional community organization representative with at least one year of decision making experience.

* A regional business organization representative with at least one year of decision making experience.

* A professional with four years of experience in organized labor.

* A professional with a minimum of four years of experience in educational administration at the high school or college level.

Membership will be limited to two consecutive terms only. For additional details about the application process and requirements, please visit The applicant submission deadline is Friday, April 21, 2017. Those interested in applying can do so online at Hard copies of the application are available by requests only. VTA will be reviewing applicant submissions throughout May and a staff recommendation will be made to the VTA Board of Directors in June. The first meeting of the 2016 Measure B Citizens’ Oversight Committee is scheduled in September.


Other Announcements
Boards and Commissions Vacancies

Please see the following link for current Boards and Commissions vacancies:

Mustang Annual Fundraiser

While it is wet outside, please consider taking a moment to assist with this annual fundraiser.
We are excited to see a number of online registrations confirmed in recent weeks for this years stampede Monday May 15th, 2017
Golfers, remember to consider adding a "mega ticket" along with your (individual or foursome) registrations to ensure you have ample foot wedge, mulligan and other coupons (secret to a winning score) - registering online takes less than 5 minutes 
Thank you to our new sponsors this year and returning sponsors - more details and online registration can be found here (many sponsor levels also include golf slots)

City of San Jose Community Services Aide Position NOW OPEN!

Please read the information below for an opportunity from City of San José Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services:

City of San José is recruiting for Community Service Aides (CSAs) for the summer! The position is posted on our City of San José website. Please feel free to distribute this to other agencies and youth that you may work with.

This is a great opportunity for your youth to obtain employment with the City and begin to build their resumes by working at local community centers, parks, and even Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. It is open for anyone that is 14+, so everyone is encouraged to apply! Applications will close once a sufficient amount of applications have been received.

FREE Large-Item Pick-Up Program

The large item collection program now offers two free collection appointments per household per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items.  For more information, please visit

Report illegal dumping in San Jose by calling the Customer Contact Center at (408) 535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, immediately call the San Jose Police Department non-emergency line at (408) 277-8900.  


SJPD Hiring Crossing Guards  

The San Jose Police Department School Safety & Education Unit is hiring for school crossing guards.  $21.39 Hourly (Part-Time/Un-benefited).

Minimum qualifications include ability to work 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon every school day during school start and end times, possession of a valid State of California driver's license, access to a motor vehicle, and other qualifications. To learn more, contact the School Safety & Education Unit at (408) 277-4553.

For questions, comments, or concerns you may reach my office at (408)535-4910 or

Councilmember Johnny Khamis 

**Have you ever wondered how I voted on a particular issue or why I voted a certain way? *Don't miss all the updates in District 10 March Newsletter! Be sure to check the sidebar for important upcoming events and other announcements!

Upcoming Events 


9:30-11:30 AM


1:00-3:00 PM


D10 Community Budget Meeting @ Almaden Hills United Methodist
3:30-6:00 PM


8:30-11:30 AM


Latest Happenings  

Happy to spend some time with local Boy Scouts from Pack 281!

I was delighted to spend time at the Walk 4 Assyria event in Willow Glen!

We had a great time  at our annual Winter Walk and senior resource fair at Oakridge Mall. Thank you Mike WassermanSergio A. JimenezDonald Rocha and State Assemblymember Mark Stone for your continued support.


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

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