D10 News: Mid-November 2016 

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**Have you ever wondered how I voted on a particular issue or why I voted a certain way?

Dear Neighbors, 

As we approach Thanksgiving this year, I am reminded of the many things to be thankful for; a strong, engaged district, a welcoming community, an outstanding volunteer base, school districts committed to progress and success, my hardworking staff, and, most importantly, my loving family. Whether your family observes Thanksgiving or not, may this time of year be a reminder to be thankful for the support and love surrounding you and your families. Wishing you all health and happiness! Happy Thanksgiving!

Your Curbside Collection Services Are Ready To Help With The Holiday Cleanup! 
Collection schedule changes
During Thanksgiving week, if your usual garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings collection, or street sweeping day falls on  Thursday or Friday (November 24 or 25), your collection and sweep day will be one day later during that week. This year, there are no collection schedule changes the week of Christmas or New Year’s.

Recycle your holiday tree
Curbside collection of holiday trees is on your collection day beginning December 26, 2016 through January 27, 2017. Remove stands, tinsel, and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces. Set out on the curb near your carts by 6:00 a.m.

Too much holiday trash?
Use Extra Garbage Stickers, available at City Hall, libraries, Lucky, and Safeway stores in San José. Place extra garbage in a 32-gallon plastic garbage bag labeled with an Extra Garbage Sticker on the curb near the garbage cart on your collection day.

Questions about recycling?

Go to to view, print, or order a copy of the Recycling Guide, available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

For service questions
Contact your recycling, garbage, or yard trimmings collection company to report missed collections, replace damaged carts, report service issues, or change your cart size. Go to to find your collection company and pickup day, to get street sweeping information, and for the schedule of neighborhood cleanups.

VTA UPDATE: Contract Termination with Outreach & Escort Inc, Transition Plan, and New Access Paratransit 

On November 3rd, the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant on Outreach & Escort, Inc., the VTA’s third party paratransit broker. This caused a major disruption to service for paratransit clients as well as other communities of concern that rely on this service. 

Following Board direction, the VTA had already developed a Transition Plan to bring in another service provider on short notice, if needed. This plan was instituted on an urgency basis and the VTA is now directly providing this service. During the transition period, there are expected to be challenges.  The VTA staff asks for patience during this transition period. Until further notice, calls for service should be placed to VTA at (408) 321-2300. In a life-threatening emergency, clients are advised to dial 911.

Please CLICK HERE for a detailed UPDATE 

CalTrans Update 
Over the past couple of months I have heard from many of you who have noticed a recent spike in graffiti and illegal dumping along our Highways. These highways are the responsibility of the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans). After expressing our dissatisfaction with CalTrans’ turnaround times, Senator Jim Beall made us aware that some of the CalTrans delay was due to them being in negotiations with the graffiti abatement contractor for the San Jose area. They were scheduled to begin their work on November 16, 2016. Mayor Sam Liccardo’s staff has also asked CalTrans to make the junction of Highways 85 & 87 one of their first priorities. People should continue to report graffiti to CalTrans via the online maintenance service request (MSR) form on the CalTrans website:

Additionally, Senator Jim Beall feels as passionately as I do about transportation and keeping our highways clean. As a result, he recently authored a letter to California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Doughtery expressing his dissatisfaction with the state of our highways within the Northern California region. A few weeks after, Director Doughtery sent the following promising response.

I thank Senator Jim Beall and his staff for working closely with our local government and being very responsive. We still have much work to do and need the residents to be our eyes and ears in the community. I encourage all of you to help keep CalTrans accountable by submitting MSR forms online through the CalTrans website: and by following up with Senator Beall’s office. when graffiti and illegal dumping MSRs are not addressed in a timely fashion.

Homeless Concerns Hotline  
The Homeless Concerns Hotline, formerly operated by HomeFirst, is now being managed by the City’s Housing Department. The hotline is for residents, business owners, and other community members to report issues related to homelessness. Housing Department staff will respond to callers and emails within three business days to acknowledge receipt of the concern and collect any additional details needed. An outreach team will then be deployed to assess the situation, offer services to homeless individuals in the area, and determine the next steps to resolve the reported concern. To report a concern to the Homeless Concerns Hotline, call 408-975-1440, or email

San Jose's Immigrant Welcoming Program Continues  

At the October 18th Council meeting, the City adopted the Welcoming San Jose immigrant integration plan, making ours the first major city in California to formally pass and publish a comprehensive, multi-sector plan on this important issue.

As of 2014, more than 38% of the City's population are immigrants, and the three-year plan sets forth goals and strategies that will help facilitate and accelerate their integration into our community. It laid out a plan for civic, economic, linguistic, and social inclusion and demonstrated the dedication of the City to creating a future where immigrants and refugees are engaged, respected, and have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
For more information on what resources are available to immigrants, you can look at the San Jose Office of Immigrant Affair
s website or the County's Immigrant Information Website

Upcoming immigration events:
  • SIREN's DACA Workshop - Monday, Nov 28, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., 300 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara (Mission College, Main Building Room E2-302)

Recreational Marijuana Sales Ban  

On Tuesday, November 1st, the City Council passed an emergency ban on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana. On November 8, 2016, the voters of California voted to legalize the recreational, adult use of marijuana by those 21 and older. Proposition 64 (the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act) took affect the following day.  The ban provides City staff and the City Council with the time needed for policy formulation, analysis, discussion, and implementation. The work will include conducting the required environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), community outreach, Planning Commission hearings, and City Council hearings, prior to a vote on whether to allow and regulate the sale, cultivation, manufacture, and delivery of recreational/adult use cannabis.

The urgency ordinance confirms that non-medical marijuana cultivated for personal use is restricted to six living plants and that non-medical marijuana must be grown indoors, or in a secure accessory structure, in alignment with Proposition 64. It also requires that the personal use cultivation is compliant with applicable fire and building codes. You may view the memorandum

You Don't Have to Wait For The Next Dumpster Day!

You don’t have to wait for the next Dumpster Day….it’s Easy & FREE for you to get rid of your Junk! The City’s large-item collection program offers two free collection appointments per single-family home per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items that will be picked up curbside by your recycling collection service provider. Eligible large items include mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, and tires, but not propane tanks or construction debris. Apartment and condominium residents may contact their property managers, or GreenTeam,  directly, at 408-282-4400, to arrange for free large item collections.
Additional large-item collections are $27.23 (for up to three items), paid directly to your recycling collection company. For more information please visit for Frequently Asked Questions in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Residents may call to make a collection pickup appointment, and these appointments are typically scheduled within two weeks:
  • For downtown, north, east, and south San Jose, call California Waste Solutions at 408-213-7800
  • For West San Jose, call GreenTeam of San Jose at 408-282-4400
  • Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company at
San Jose residents are also encouraged to report illegal dumping by calling the Customer Contact Center at 408-535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at 408-277-8900. Dumping trash bags or furniture on the street is illegal and can result in fines of up to $10,000.

Benefit Concert  
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 8:00 PM
City National Civic, 135 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95113

This Classic Christmas rock show benefits
 Downtown Streets Team, a Bay Area nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness by providing people with the resources they need to secure permanent housing and employment. All ticket sales and sponsorships will be donated to Downtown Streets Team. Enjoy your favorite Christmas carols, together with classic hits, a spectacular light show, bell ringers, choirs, and a drum line. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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

Upcoming Events 

18 -
Jan 16

See website for hours of operation


See website for times


All Day Event! 


Santa in the Park FREE event, get a picture with Santa at the Vista Park Community Room (475 Hyde Park Drive)


SJPD Presents Coffee with a Cop at Blvd Coffee of Almaden (2055 Meridian Ave)

Questions: Contact Sgt. Rebecca Marques at 408.277.5271 or 






Latest Happenings  

This week, my Council colleagues and I proclaimed Nov. 26th Small Business Saturday. But you don't have to wait until the 26th to shop locally. San Jose businesses help your tax dollars stay local and help the City provide you with essential services. 
Thank you to the March of Dimes for inviting me to your Annual Signature Chefs Event - it was a fun way to raise funds for an important cause - helping children in the earliest stages of life!

On November 12th, the turnout was great for at the 2nd Annual Dave Fadness Beautification Day! Thank you to all who participated and helped beautify the neighborhood!

I was honored to participate in the San Jose Veterans Day Parade with active military personnel,  military veterans, and many others from our community. Thank you to all who have served in the armed services throughout the years to ensure that our freedoms endure.
On November 11th, the YMCA hosted their annual Red Triangle Dinner honoring their top volunteers - congratulations to all of the deserving honorees! 

Honoring our local heroes at the 2nd Annual Santa Clara County Law Enforcement Awards Dinner, presented by the San Jose Police Foundation, on November 10th. 

 Another great celebration at this year's Hmong New Year event! 

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

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