D10 News: October 2016 

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Dear Neighbors, 

Local Measures that Affect Property Taxes 
After receiving many requests to explain local measures, I asked my staff to research our local Bond measures that will have an effect on your wallet if you are a homeowner or property owner in San Jose. When a bond is described in the ballot summary, it will list the total amount of the bonds. The bond repayment is funded with a tax applied to your yearly property tax bill. The tax information is not typically provided in the ballot summarybut it is included in the full ballot information that you will receive.

When bonds are issued, the cost of the bonds is spread over the taxable property within the jurisdiction of the entity issuing the bonds. This cost is then added to your property tax bill as a new assessment on the value of your property (an ad-valorem tax).

We  have taken a look at each local measure that may have a direct effect on your finances and illustrated what it would cost for someone who owns a $500,000 condo and what it would cost someone with a median-priced San Jose home of $822,700 (from, in the following chart


By adding up the relevant cost estimates, you can calculate the total effect on your household budget were each of these measures to pass. For example, if you live in San Jose (which is within Santa Clara County), within the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District, the East Side Union High School District, and the Oak Grove School District, and own a property assessed at $500,000, you could pay $439.55 in additional tax each year ($63.30 + $94.75 + $149.50 + $132.00). If you own a home valued at the median price of $822,700, you could pay $638.04 in new taxes ($104.15 + $155.90 + $245.99 + $132.00). If you are not a property owner, but you rent, the additional property-based taxes that your rental property provider is paying can have an effect on your own monthly rent when you next renew your lease, or more quickly if you are a month-to-month renter.

In addition to the new parcel and property-value-based taxes that you will vote on other local measure that may affect your household budget, so be sure to review your ballot information carefully. Measure G, for example, increases the business tax for most businesses within San Jose, but provides new exemptions for small businesses and those who earn a little extra money from self-employment. You may read more details about Measure G in the City Attorney’s impartial analysis of the measure.

However you decide to vote on the numerous ballot measures on the November ballot that you will consider – be sure to get fully informed and know how these measures will affect you, your friends, and neighbors before you make your decision!

Ballot Measures Forum hosted by the Almaden Valley Community Association (AVCA) 

 On Monday, October 10th, the Almaden Valley  Community Association (AVCA) is hosting a Ballot  Measures Forum.  There are at least twenty-three  different City, County, and State measures and  propositions on the upcoming November 8th election  ballot. AVCA has selected five local measures and one  State proposition and will provide a forum for  supporters and opponents of each to present their case and take questions from the audience.  Councilmembers Johnny Khamis and Pierluigi Oliverio will be presenting arguments for and against Measure F, the City’s Pension Modification measure.

The forum will be held at WestGate Church, 6601 Camden Ave., San Jose, CA 95120. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event starts at 6:30 p.m.  For more details, see their flyer: 

Chynoweth Avenue Project Update

In November 2006, California voters passed Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act. It provides $1 billion for Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Planning and Implementation. In September 2013, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) awarded the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) full funding for 19 projects, including San José’s Chynoweth Avenue Green Street Demonstration Project.  ABAG serves as the lead grantee with DWR, and is establishing Local Project Sponsor Agreements (LPSAs) with each project sponsor, including the City of San José.  The San José City Council adopted a resolution on June 17, 2014 to allow the negotiation and execution of a LPSA with ABAG to effectuate a $2 million grant with City matching funds of $250,000 for the Chynoweth Green Street project.
The Departments of Environmental Services (ESD) and Transportation (DOT) chose Chynoweth Avenue as a potential project site due to the need to reduce the street width by installing a median, while providing a separate parking area for Martial Cottle County Park. In addition, the location of this project was ideal for the implementation of a Green Street, where low impact development (such as bio-retention or “rain garden”) infrastructure can be installed to improve the quality of stormwater runoff and provide an educational experience for the surrounding community about Green Streets. The project area, along Chynoweth Avenue, is bounded by Snell Avenue and Canoas Creek. The Department of Public Works (DPW) was tasked with designing and delivering this project for ESD and the community. 
City Council District 10 (D10) staff collaborated with DPW, ESD, and DOT to host a community meeting on December 1, 2015. City staff provided a visual rendering of the project to the community that showed the improvements, such as those to the median and the bio-retention areas. In addition, the rendering showed pedestrian improvements such as parking, sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian ramps. In the meeting, two major concerns were raised by the community:  (1) reducing speed limits and (2) improving street lighting conditions at the east end of Chynoweth Avenue.  
On August 17, 2016, City staff presented D10 staff with the completed designs that incorporated residents’ concerns as expressed at the December community meeting.
Upon project completion, the residents can expect the following improvements:

  • A median island that will delineate a separate access to the residential side along Chynoweth Avenue and a separate access for direct use of the Martial Cottle County Park
  • Street parking adjacent to Martial Cottle Park with water quality features
  • Sidewalks along Martial Cottle Park
  • Crosswalks for the residents to safely cross to Martial Cottle Park.
  • Re-striping of the roadway to narrow lanes and therefore, reduce speeding
  • Trees and landscaping
  • A new streetlight at end of Chynoweth Avenue (near Canoas Creek) to enhance the lighting conditions at the east end of the street
Expected Project Schedule Timeline:
  • Complete design and advertise – late October 2016
  • Bid and Award – mid January 2017
  • Start of Construction – late March 2017
  • Construction Completion – late July 2017

Halloween Costume Donations Needed!

This Halloween I am starting a new tradition of collecting costumes for children living in the Hoffman - Via Monte Neighborhood. The median annual household income of the families living there is $44,673, while the median income in the surrounding neighborhoods range from $69,000 to $143,000. 

Since being elected, I have been working to help the neighbors and property owners who are dedicated to improving the neighborhood by dedicating staff resources and working with our police department on a comprehensive plan to improve the safety of the neighborhood. Residents of low-income neighborhoods deserve to live in housing and in an environment that is healthy for bringing up families. I am happy to report that we are making progress in improving the quality of life for the residents living there. 

While you are out shopping for costumes this year, please consider buying an extra one for a child between the ages of 5 to 13. Costumes may be dropped off at my District 10 office hours or at the church office of Almaden Hills United Methodist Church at 1200 Blossom Hill Road.

May you all have a safe and happy Halloween!!!


What's the Buzzzzzzz? 
When we think of the major items that our economy is dependent on, the first thing many of us think of is oil; we do not usually think of bees. However, honey bees pollinate about $19 billion worth of agriculture crops a year and about one-third of all of the food we consume is dependent upon bees.
Did you know that without bees we would not have strawberries, chocolate, or almonds? That cotton would be hard to come by and coffee, as well as many medicines (from flowering plants), would be hard to find? The fact is, our entire world is depends on the pollination that only bees can do.  
Recently, bees have been getting much-needed attention. They are having a hard time staying alive with the use of pesticides, diseases, and a dearth of flowering gardens in urban areas.  
Below are facts about bees provided by Happy Hollow Park and Zoo here in the City of San Jose. You may also purchase local honey at the gift shop at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo! Also know that when you purchase honey, you are also helping a severely endangered species survive – the Mountain Gorillas of the Democratic Republic of Congo - since all honey profits help maintain their habitat. Visit the
Happy Hollow website at to learn more about how you can help our bee population.
  • Honey bees have been around for at least 25 million years.
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produces food eaten by humans.
  • A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth, to collect 2.2 pounds of honey.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip and it takes over a million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  • The queen bee can live up to 5 years, and her role is to fill the hive with eggs.
  • Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for members’ identification.
  • A bee’s wings beat 190 times a second; that’s 11,400 times a minute!
  • The queen bee will lay around 1,500 eggs a day.
  • Honey has natural preservatives so that it won’t go bad.
  • There are lots of different types of honey which taste different depending upon the flowers used to make it.
How can you help to ensure a healthy population of happy honey bees? Be sure that your garden, patio garden, or hanging pots contain plenty of bee-friendly flowering plants! 

Considering an Addition to Your Home? San Jose's New Video Can Help! 

Now on the San Jose Permit Center YouTube channel
Designing an Addition to Your Single-Family Home

In this video, a professional planner visits a home and guides the owner through the considerations for making the home bigger. It includes live links to all the related resources you need: Finding Your Zoning, Finding a Tract Map, Calculating Your Floor Area Ratio, and more. Spanish and Vietnamese subtitles are included.

Message from San Jose Water Company (SJWC)

 SJWC will begin delivering fluoridated water to customers  starting December 5, 2016, as a result of the Santa Clara Valley  Water District’s efforts to fluoridate its water supply.  The  District will fluoridate the water supply at its Santa Teresa  Water Treatment Plant initially and follow at its other facilities in the future.  This phased approach will mean that certain customers in our service area may receive water with added fluoride while others will receive water with no added fluoride or only low levels of naturally-occurring fluoride.
Keeping customers informed is important to SJWC and the attached letter will be delivered with water bills starting September 21 through November 21, 2016.  The SJWC website also contains information on this effort : CLICK HERE 

Customer inquiries regarding the public health aspects of water fluoridation will be handled by the California Department of Public Health via a toll-free number (1-844-435-8420).  All public health related questions will be referred to this number as SJWC will not be able to address them. 

 A Special Pumpkin Patch Sponsored by the Episcopal Church in Almaden (ECA)  

The Episcopal Church in Almaden is embarking  on a very special Pumpkin Patch event. They are  having a Pumpkin Patch in the tree lot next to  their church from October 8 th through  31st from 11 am to 7 pm on Monday to  Saturday, and 1 pm to 7 pm on Sundays. The  church is located at 6581 Camden Avenue and is  a small and uniquely designed building with a  copper colored roof. This is a family-friendly  offering for the neighborhood to enjoy.  All proceeds from the pumpkin sales will go to help children and families in need through existing programs at ECA.

  ECA is participating with a 30 year-old  organization (Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers  that is faith- based. Their pumpkins are grown only for  fundraising for charitable purposes, and are sustainably  grown, both agriculturally and socially. They farm 1200  acres on the Navajo reservation in Farmington, NM and  their field workers and full time staff are 100% Native  Americans. The organization has a positive and lasting  impact on a region that experiences 42% unemployment.
The Pumpkin Patch will have 25 varieties of premium quality pumpkins that includes fun and unique gourds to chose from. They will even have Swan Pumpkins. ECA will provide displays regarding their programs that support children and families in need, and will provide fun for small children and families. 
ECA has organized and planned this event and have asked for volunteers to help to staff the Patch, but they didn’t stop there – the Marines are coming to help unload approximately 700 pumpkins on the morning of October 8th. Other community organizations are also being invited, such as the San Jose Police Department, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and other community-based organizations, to volunteer as well!

Please come and have fun and buy a pumpkin to help support those in need! If you have any questions or would like to help. Please contact ECA at

Trail Count 2016 Survey 

San Jose’s tenth annual count of trail users occurred on Wednesday, September 14th, at nine different stations. Trail users were asked to take an on-line survey via postcards offered along the trails, social media, the trail program website, and advocacy organization web sites. Overall, trail usage increased significantly over 2015, with our own Los Alamitos Creek Trail, south of Almaden Lake Park, being used by 12.8% more people than last year. This Fact Sheet summarizes the major findings:

Help Us Fight Graffiti!
Download the free San Jose Clean app to your smart phone and help City staff in their efforts to keep our City graffiti-free! When you use the app, a work order is automatically created and goes straight to our techs, making it easier to locate and abate the vandalism. The Anti-Graffiti department receives so many reports on a daily basis that they are extremely difficult to locate and track via email.  When using San Jose Clean, be sure your GPS is turned on and wait a few moments at the site of the graffiti in order for the GPS to get a reading of the location. This will make the vandalism easier to locate and eliminate quickly.
One caveat to this plan is graffiti on private property. Unfortunately, the City cannot remove graffiti from private property - that is the responsibility of the property owner. Many privately owned buildings have out-of-area owners who may not be aware of the graffiti, but Code Enforcement has the ability to contact them and inform them of the problem. If you see graffiti on private property, and it’s not removed quickly, visit the Code Enforcement website at and contact them by phone, or fill out the online form.  You can also track your request on that site. 
The quicker graffiti is eliminated, the more discouraged graffiti artists get, and the faster they move on to another place, where their “art” has a longer lifespan. You are on the front lines every day, and with your help, we can keep our City clean!

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


Councilmember Johnny Khamis 

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Latest Happenings  

Congratulations to the Almaden Super Lions Club for a very successful Night Out in Almaden! 

I was honored to speak at last month's VTA Hispanic Heritage Month Symposium. 

In September we also recognized our Office of Emergency Services work as the City Council proclaimed National Preparedness Month. 

This year, another awesome Heart in the Park event was organized at Jeffrey Fontana Park by the Martin Fontana Parks Association. Thank you for all the adorable entries in the dog parade! 

There was great food and fun entertainment for the children at this year's 8th Annual International Children's Festival in the Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose! 

My family and I joined fellow Kiwanis and Pioneer Key Club members at the September cleanup of Parma Park. 

In late September, it was wonderful to join the Persian community at Santana Row to celebrate their Fall Harvest Festival. 

On September 22nd, I joined Senator Bob Wieckowski in welcoming Layton Construction to San Jose. 

It was so much fun hanging out with our City's Seniors at the monthly Senior Safari at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo! 

I was excited to travel to the World Bank in Washington, DC, to participate in their global conference on pensions and retirement savings.  

Last  month, Gunderson High School took the initiative to take VTA's pledge to "Stay Safe, Stay Alive" in honor of Rail Safety Month. 

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

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