District 10 News (Mid-March)

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Dear Neighbors, 

Later this year, when we receive our new property tax bills, we will all see a significant increase from several new tax and bond measures that were approved by the voters last year. If you’re a senior, or meet other criteria, you may be eligible for an exemption from some of these new taxes. Two tax measures that were approved contained exemption language, and a third, older tax measure, also has an exemption available: 

2017 Tax Measure 


Type of tax 




San Jose Unified  

Parcel Tax 


8 years 


McKinley School District  

Parcel tax 


9 years 

Each exemption has different qualifications and must be applied for separately. Neither the Santa Clara County Assessor nor the Santa Clara County Tax Collector administers the application process for exemptions. This is done by the respective school district. 

Several people have asked us how one goes about obtaining the exemption, so we are providing the following helpful information: 

Measure Y  

  • People who are qualified to receive an exemption: 

  • Individuals who will be 65 years of age prior to July 1 of the tax year, owns a beneficial interest in the parcel, and occupies that parcel as his or her principal place of residence 

  • Individuals receiving supplemental security income for a disability, regardless of age, and occupying said parcel as a principal residence 

  • Receiving social security disability insurance benefits, regardless of age, whose yearly income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United State Department of Health and Human Services 

  • Exemption Procedure 

  • To request an exemption form call (408) 535-6444 or email your name, mailing address, and phone number to They'll send you a form that you will need to return to them in order to qualify for the exemption. 

Measure HH 

  • People who are qualified to receive an exemption 

  • Pursuant to CA Government Code Section 50079 (b), any owners of a Parcel used solely for owner-occupied, single family residential purposes and who are 65 years of age or older, may obtain and exemption from the education parcel tax by annually submitting an application, by June 15 of each year, to the Board of Trustees of the Franklin-McKinley School District in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Board 

  • Parcels which are (i) contiguous; (ii) used solely for owner-occupied, single family residential purposes; and (iii) held under identical ownership may upon annual application be treated as a single parcel for purposes of the levy. 

  • Exemption Procedure 

  • Contiguous Exemption - The contiguous parcel exemption allows a property owner to combine adjacent parcels (parcels that share a common border) into one taxable unit. These combined parcels must also have the same primary purpose (i.e., a residence, a business, vacant land, etc.). Property owners need to complete the Application for Contiguous Parcel Exemption and bring the form to the Business Services Department. 

  • Questions or Comments? If you have any questions please contact Sandy Guevara, Executive Assistant to Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, at (408) 283-6020 or email her at

Measure CC 

  • No exemption is listed in the documentation for the Campbell Union School District's Measure CC from 2017 (this is a correction to the information provided previously). There is, however, an exemption available for seniors and other qualified individuals from the 2015 Measure B parcel tax. 

  • People who are qualified to receive an exemption: 

  • Property-owners age 65 and older, or those who receive S.S.I. benefits 

  • Exemption Procedure: 

  • Obtain exemption forms at local library branches (Campbell, Saratoga, Bascom, Willow Glen, Los Gatos), request by phone 408-341-7043, or at the District Office 155 N. 3rd St., Campbell, or obtain forms online:  

  • Mail or deliver the signed, completed form with copies of the three (3) proof of eligibility documents noted above (age, residence and ownership) to: Campbell Union School District - Parcel Tax Exemption 155 N. Third Street, Campbell, CA 95008 


Preserving Santa Teresa Ridge 

I am very happy to share that on Thursday, March 9th, the elected board of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) voted in favor of acquiring the Pfeiffer Property, consisting of 51.78 acres, located atop the Santa Teresa Ridge. This area is within the Southern Santa Cruz Mountains Conservation Focus Area and is located between Blossom Valley and Almaden Valley. This purchase, along with the prior acquisition of the 8.79 acre Sanfilippo property, moves us closer to the goal of preserving the beautiful Santa Teresa Ridge for posterity.  

The comments that Open Space Authority General Manager, Andrea McKenzie, made after the Sanfilippo property acquisition certainly ring true today, following the most recent acquisition. She said, “Acquiring these parcels is a first step toward implementing the community’s vision of Santa Teresa Ridge as a public open space corridor and establishing an interconnected network of parks, open space and trails. This network will link Calero, Santa Teresa and Almaden Quicksilver County Parks with the Authority’s Rancho Cañada del Oro and Coyote Valley Open Space Preserves and greatly expand opportunities for urban residents to connect with nature and enjoy its many health and recreational benefits.” 

The Pfeiffer property has a long and rich history, as this land was once a quarry and the quarried materials were used to help build Stanford University. Acquiring and protecting this property has been a goal of OSA for 30 years. With the passage of Measure Q a few years ago, it’s good to see OSA keeping their promises for the use of Measure Q funding by pursuing and purchasing the properties they said they would – for that I am grateful.  

Acquiring the land along the Santa Teresa Ridge is a high priority of mine as your elected representative. When a proposal to build homes along Winfield Boulevard was brought forward last year that would have incorporated the acquisition of some of the land of the foothills, I opposed it because of past promises made to preserve the land as open space. Instead, I am encouraging the OSA to continue to pursue acquisition of the Winfield land as part of their efforts to keep the ridge preserved as open space for all to enjoy. 

I encourage you to let the OSA know what you think of their efforts to preserve the Santa Teresa Ridge and to find out more about OSA by visiting their website at 

Great American Litter Pickup 2017

Join Councilmember Johnny Khamis and residents throughout San José 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 three locations to choose from (After you register, please call or email our office to let us know which location you would like to be at to help us plan for appropriate amounts of supplies) 

1. Pioneer High School - 1290 Blossom Hill Road (Meet at the rear school parking lot) 

2. Vista Park - 465 Hyde Park Drive (Meet at parking lot) 

3. Comanche Park - Shawnee Lane & Comanche Drive 

Register HERE: 

On-site registration/supply pick-up: 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM  
(Comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes are recommended) 

Clean up: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM 

Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Event includes: 

  • Light morning snack & lunch for all volunteers 

  • Supplies, such as trash bags, pick-up sticks, gloves   

  • Community service hours credits for students 

This year, Mayor Liccardo's Office will be awarding up to $1,000 to the three high schools in San José that have the most student volunteers!  

Have questions or need more details? Call Dora Gonzalez, with the Office of Councilmember Johnny Khamis at (408) 535-4982 or email her at

We look forward to seeing you on April 22nd!


Other Announcements

Almaden Valley Senior Association Luncheon 

Each month the Almaden Valley Senior Association picks a location to have lunch together.  This month, they met at Red Lobster.  Here is a photo of the group! 

Everyone is welcome to join the luncheons.  For more information, visit their website at

Vacancies on San Jose’s Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) 

Calling all housers! Are you a resident of San Jose? Do you want to help shape housing policy in your City? Interested persons from Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 9 can apply. While registered voters from all Council Districts are eligible, the Commission is working to recruit low-income residents (or people who represent low-income people) and a tenant of a rent-controlled apartment. 

For more information about the Commission or the application process, please reach out to Anh Tran at the City Clerk’s office via email at or at (408) 535-1260. 

Mustang Stampede Annual Fundraiser

Even though it's recently been quite wet outside, please consider taking a moment to assist with this annual golf fundraiser for the Piedmont High School Athletic Booster Club.
They are excited to see a number of online registrations confirmed in recent weeks for this year's stampede on 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 their 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 the City of San José website. 

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

Do you have junk, such as old mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, or tires, cluttering up your home or garage? San José residents in homes with garbage cart service (single-family homes, most townhomes and condos, and mobile homes) can now schedule two free junk pickup appointments per year of three large items each.

Call to schedule your pickup:

* Homes with garbage cart service in downtown, north, east, and south San José, call California Waste Solutions at (408) 213-7800

* Homes with garbage cart service in West San José, call GreenTeam of San Jose at (408) 282-4400 * Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company at

* Residents in apartments and most condominiums should contact their property manager or GreenTeam directly at (408) 282-4400 to arrange for free junk pickup Visit for more information, frequently asked questions, and a list of eligible items. Help keep our neighborhood clean by reporting illegal dumping: 408-535-3500 and visit to report blight and beautify San José throughout the year!

SJPD Hiring Crossing Guards for District 10 schools! 

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 Mid - March Newsletter! Be sure to check the sidebar for important upcoming events and other announcements!

Upcoming Events 


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Latest Happenings  

Once again the Assyrian Flag Raising Ceremony was a great success!

Honored to judge and taste some wonderful chili at Holy Spirit School's first annual Chili Cook-Off!

A big thank you to the Gunderson Swim Team for helping keep our District beautiful! They dedicated a morning to help clean up the area around SR 85/SR 87 at Santa Teresa and Oakridge Mall. With their combined efforts they filled a couple dozen trash bags with litter!

I had the privilege of attending the groundbreaking ceremony for Second Streets Studios, the largest permanent supportive housing project in the City of San Jose that will get people off the streets and into homes.


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

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