D10 News: Mid-April 2016 

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Dear Neighbors, 

Extinguishing Illegal Fireworks in San Jose

This past week the City Council acted on one of my public safety initiatives  to help end the scourge of illegal fireworks in our community. My colleagues and I took action on a plan to reduce the harm that has come to children and adults in our community and the threats to our property from illegal fireworks.

City staff presented the new plan to issue administrative fines to those who use illegal fireworks and Assistant Fire Chief Dellinger and Police Captain Schroder outlined the efforts the SJFD and SJPD will undertake to curtail their use.

The plans include:

• Administrative fines of $500 for the first offense, $700 for the second offense and $1,000 for subsequent offenses involving illegal firework use.
• Allowing code enforcement, fire inspectors, and park rangers to issue administrative citations
• Criminal citations to be issued by police officers, park rangers, and arson investigators.

Other efforts include an online reporting pilot program from July 1st through the 5th. Residents will be able to submit a form from the City’s homepage reporting illegal fireworks. Code Enforcement officers and Fire Prevention inspectors will be deployed to address those complaints.

Please encourage your neighbors to participate in the public fireworks displays which have returned to our community. Fireworks can be viewed at the Fourth of July Family Fun Fest at Almaden Lake Park hosted by my District 10 office, the Rotary fireworks in downtown San Jose, and the San Jose Giants stadium fireworks.  There are many options to celebrate Independence Day without disturbing your neighbors and panicking their pets with illegal displays. Not only can you be a part of these great public celebrations, or just watch from a distance, you can have a hand in presenting the Fourth of July Fun Festival by donating or volunteering.  Please contact Denelle Fedor in my office at or 408-535-4910.

Safe Communities Pilot Program Moves Ahead

 Last September, I introduced a memo with my colleague, Councilmember Tam Nguyen, requesting that the City look into a Crime Free Multi Housing Program for the Hoffman Via Monte neighborhood.   

The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) and the Housing Department embarked on several community outreach meetings throughout the City to introduce the program and obtain feedback from residents living in multi-housing units. After listening to residents, advocates and other stakeholders, Police Chief Eddie Garcia is ready to roll out San Jose’s own version of Crime Free – the Safe Communities Multi-Housing Pilot Program. Mayor Liccardo and our colleagues on the City Council Rules Committee unanimously agreed to move this new program forward and it will soon be heard by the Council’s Public Safety, Finance, and Strategic Support Committee.

The San Jose version of a crime free program will entail community-oriented policing and problem solving through partnerships between property owners, property managers, management staff, residents, police, and other government and community-based service providers. It will be a voluntary, solution-oriented and educational program used to address crime and quality of life issues in multi-housing communities. The program will expand the San Jose Police Department’s, and other participants, knowledge and experience in meeting the challenges specific to high density living within San Jose. These challenges include, but are not limited to, population density, mixed public/private-use spaces, resident turnover, inconsistent property oversight, and resident fear of community involvement.

The goals of the program are to improve the quality of life for residents, decrease police calls for service, and provide crime prevention education and support for property owners, managers, and residents.  Topics that will be addressed will include Neighborhood Watch, child safety, senior safety, identity theft, mail theft, gangs, drugs, home security, vehicle security, and on-line safety. Crime prevention specialists will assess the properties through a crime prevention environmental design lens and make recommendations on how to make the neighborhood safer.

Upon completion of the pilot program plan, the multi-unit community will be considered an active Safe Communities location. Crime prevention staff will provide appropriate signs designating the property as part of the Safe Communities program and will stay engaged with the residents into the future. Patrol officers will patrol and/or walk the multi-housing community as a team beat assignment and proactively develop solutions to immediate underlying conditions threatening the neighborhood’s public safety. They will also engage and develop positive relationships with residents in an effort to build trust with one another.
The target for implementing the program will be June 2016 with a pilot program evaluation scheduled for the summer of 2017.

My staff – Jose Salcido in particular – and I have been working diligently to improve the quality of life for the residents in Hoffman Via Monte through coordination between owners and organizing residents. I am looking forward to seeing the positive, transformative effects that this new police partnership will have in the Hoffman Via Monte neighborhood and hope that we are developing a model that can be replicated in other areas that have challenges similar to those experienced in this neighborhood.

Register for the Great American Litter Pick Up!

Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at the District 10 Great American Litter Pick-Up!  Join neighbors and the D10 team to clean up litter and beautify our parks and neighborhoods.  All volunteers are invited to a celebration lunch after the event.  Students can earn community service hours by volunteering. This event will be held rain or shine. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1.  Sign up to volunteer at ALMADEN LAKE AREA
2. Sign up to volunteer at COMANCHE PARK AREA  
3. Sign up to volunteer at PIONEER HIGH SCHOOL AREA 
4. Sign up to volunteer at VISTA PARK AREA 

Almaden Community Center & Library's 10th Anniversary Celebration

Everyone is invited to celebrate Almaden Library and Community Center’s 10th birthday party! The celebration will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:45 AM to 3:00 PM, with a petting zoo, balloons, a ventriloquist, cake, crafts, local leaders, and the Castillero Orchestra!  

Innovation Ed: Big Changes, Local Action

Discover how innovative people, programs, and organizations are transforming education and inspiring new ideas for teen learning. Hear from visionary local leaders including Gever Tully (Brightworks School), David Blake (Degreed), Brett Schilke (Singularity University), Amir Nathoo (Outschool), Erica Cosgrove (Khan Lab School), and more!
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Location: Microsoft, Mountain View, CA
Hosted by: CoderDojo Silicon Valley

Registration is now open!  Early Bird pricing ends April 20th. For more information about speakers, event schedule and how to get tickets, please visit the Innovation Ed event website. Teens interested in having their voices heard at the Innovation Ed event can 
request video submissions here.

Family Camp Registration Is NOW OPEN 
San Jose’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground. 

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. Reserve your tent today for the 2016 camping season (June 10 - August 7). For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or


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




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Upcoming Events 








Latest Happenings

On April 5th Supervisor Cortese and I hosted the Scottish Flag Raising in honor of Tartan Day. 

April 9th was the First Annual Veggie Fest at Martial Cottle Park!

A big THANKS to Beautiful Day Organization for beautifying Parma Park this month. 

It was so exciting to see thousands of people this weekend attend the Grand Opening of the Village Square Library in Evergreen! 

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

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