D10 News: Mid-June 2016 

*Don't miss all the updates in District 10 Mid-June Newsletter! Be sure to check the sidebar for important upcoming events and other announcements

Dear Neighbors, 

Happy Father's Day to all fathers. The last week reminds us of the importance of family and I hope that all of you who are celebrating today enjoy your time together! 

The past week has been absolutely heartbreaking, beginning with news of the horrific attack that killed 49 and injured scores more at an LGBT Latin Night event at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who lost someone they loved and to all of those recovering from their wounds as a result of the worst mass-shooting in our nation’s history. I stopped by the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center on Sunday night to offer condolences and attended a moving observance at City Hall on Tuesday evening in memory of the Orlando victims. To assist the victims and their families, contributions may be made via the OneOrlando fund established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer -

On Tuesday, while City Council was in session, we received the somber news that one of our City of San Jose family, SJPD Motorcycle Officer Michael Katherman, had been fatally injured when a driver made a left turn into the officer’s path, throwing him from his motorcycle. We mourn the loss of this veteran officer and our hearts go out to his family - especially the wife and two children he has left behind. Our community will be joined by law enforcement personnel from around the nation at an End of Watch memorial for Officer Katherman on Tuesday at 11 AM at the SAP Center. For more information on the memorial, visit A family-sponsored fund has been set up to support the wife and two young sons of the fallen officer. Donations can be made online at The San José Police Officers’ Association is also accepting donations online at or by mail with checks payable to the SJPOACF at 1151 North Fourth Street, San José, CA 95112, with “Michael Katherman” in the memo line of the check. We are grateful for Officer Katherman’s dedicated service to our community and, as City Manager Norberto Duenas so eloquently stated, “(We) respectfully call upon you to remember Officer Katherman in your heart and in your actions as we work together to create a better city for all.”

Finally, on Wednesday, we woke up to news of the fire that tore through the Cahalan Square Shopping Center, displacing over a dozen small businesses, which I write about later in today’s newsletter.

It’s important on difficult weeks like this one that we set our political and other disagreements aside and offer love, support, and comfort to one another. We are a resilient people who have faced hardships in the past and will face them again in the future. It’s easier to face life’s challenges when we know that we are not alone, so reach out a hand, give a hug, make a donation, or do what you can to be a good neighbor.


I Want Some Mo's!

You've seen the “Now Hiring” sign and the lights glistening through the windows at the corner of McAbee and Almaden Expressway in Almaden Valley - chairs, tables, big screen televisions, and more, all  ready to go. According to the owner, who is also a District 10 resident, Mo’s will be opening Tuesday, June 21st at 8 AM!!  

I know that you are as excited as I am to see Mo’s Almaden open, reinvigorating a prominent retail corner in Almaden. Mo’s will be open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their specialty cocktails and full bar complement their excellent menu. Mo’s can seat up to 150 people on the outside patio and more inside. Although the Almaden Mo’ s website is not up yet, you can get a taste of Mo’s by visiting the website for their Campbell location here

Bringing Together District 10 Faith Leaders to Talk Homelessness

Many District 10 residents are concerned about homeless people and the encampments that seem to frequently spring up throughout the area. They often ask me about what the City is doing to address the problem and help the homeless. Please visit my website for a comprehensive look at what the City and County have done, and are doing, to care for the homeless in our community.

In addition to all of the efforts you will see described on the SJD10 website, I recently hosted the second District 10 Faith Leader’s Lunch, where leaders from fifteen different churches and faith-based organizations came together to discuss the issue of homelessness. Father Brendan McGuire, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and School spoke on his congregation’s experience of participating in the City’s church shelter pilot program. Some members were a little uncomfortable at first, but in the end, over 600 members and friends of the parish volunteered to help. It was so successful, and had such a positive impact on the congregation, that they made a short video to describe their experiences and have asked the City Council to expand the program in order to provide for summer heatwave sheltering, as well.

Maya Esparza from Destination:Home presented the Housing One Hero program, where faith-based institutions are each asked to find creative solutions to house one homeless veteran in San Jose. Currently there are approximately 700 veterans who are homeless in Santa Clara County, and 260 of those already have vouchers for housing, but they have nowhere to use them. The idea is that if every faith congregation in San Jose came up with a solution to house just one of the 700 veterans, they would all be housed. Some groups have offered to pay for the difference between the voucher and market rent, and one church has purchased a condominium that can be shared by two veterans. The most important part of the program is the care and support that these congregations provide to the veterans, welcoming them into their community and becoming their family.

There was quite a bit of discussion between this group of faith leaders, Mayor Liccardo, and me. The attendees were very excited about each of these programs as they see caring for the homeless as an important part of their work in the community. I am grateful to the members of Holy Spirit and the other congregations who opened their doors and their hearts to participate in this pilot program. It was a wonderful to meet with so many of our faith leaders from District 10 and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future. Government may be able to provide support and sustenance but it is the faith community that is able to provide the heart and hospitality that people need to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. 

Cahalan Squre Shopping Center Destroyed by Fire

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 14th, a 4-alarm fire ravaged the Cahalan Square Shopping Center.   The San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) arrived immediately with approximately 70 firefighters on scene.  Although the entire building is within ten feet of residential homes, no homes or lives were lost.  The picture of the sound wall and burnt building shows how close the fire was to residential properties.

From what has been shared with me, the fire started in a dumpster behind the building, then jumped to catch ignite the building. The fire then travelled through the attic area at an extremely rapid pace, destroying the building. The only business in the plaza that remains open within the building is 7-Eleven.  The Wine Rack and Calco Gas Station were also saved from damage.

I went to the shopping center on Wednesday morning to empathize with the displaced business owners and the two property owners over their loss. I alerted the City departments that would be involved in any rebuilding efforts such as Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement and the City’s small business team from the Office of Economic Development has been in contact to lend their services to assist the displaced businesses. The property owners have informed us that they are interested in rebuilding as soon as possible and my office and the City will be there to be of assistance to them and the business owners so that they can get up and running as quickly as possible.

Three Creeks Trail Clean-UP

You are invited to attend the summer creek clean-up events and help keep trash from flowing to the Bay and into the ocean. These clean-ups take place in the Willow Glen area, but many D10 residents enjoy that part of the trail and have participated in the past. All are welcome to join in the fun!

Location: Willow Ave., South to Minnesota Ave. (AKA the South 40)
Dates: Second Wednesdays, June to September 2016 (June 8, July 13, Aug 10, and Sept 14)
Time: 6:30 PM until sunset
Bird Ave., South of Willow Ave.
1299 Delmas Ave.
1338 Milton Way
709 Minnesota Ave.

District 10 Student, Stuti Vishwabhan, Receives Jefferson Award

I am pleased to announce that Stuti Vishwabhan, a recent graduate from Presentation High School who founded Teach Seniors Technology in 2013, has received the prestigious Jefferson Award for her service to the community. 

Stuti started Teach Seniors Technology in 2013. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Seniors (people who are 50+ years old, not high school Seniors!) how to use technology (iPads, computers, etc.) on topics ranging from “surfing the web” and using sites like Pinterest, to setting up new email accounts. Stuti and her group of volunteers have been very successful. There are now Teach Seniors Technology programs in countries throughout the world.   

This year, at the Mayor’s 2016 State of the City Address, I recognized Stuti with the Community Award given, each year, to one outstanding person or group within District 10. She and members of her group, made up of high school students, are symbols of what the young generation is already doing to make this a better world.

This exceptional young woman will soon begin her studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Major) and Management (Minor) at MIT. We wish her the best in all of her future endeavors - she is certainly off to a fantastic start! To learn more about Teach Seniors Technology, visit their website at:

"I am so honored and humbled to have received the Jefferson Award in the Bay Area. I believe this award serves as a testament to the effort and time that Teach Seniors Technology members put in toward helping the local community. Receiving this award only inspires us to continue with our work and expand the organization, so that we can make a difference in the lives of more seniors. District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis has been so instrumental in helping this organization grow. Not only has he and his team provided us a platform to conduct our classes, but District 10's constant support and encouragement furthers the organization's road to success."  Stuti Vishwabhan

Celebrate the 4th Safely and Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals 

All fireworks, including so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, are illegal in San José. In April, the City Council approved higher fines for the sale, use, possession, or storage of fireworks. Now, the fines for fireworks-related violations are $500 for a first violation, $700 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation. The City of San José will increase enforcement for illegal fireworks use over the 4th of July holiday weekend. During this period, residents will also be able to report violations online by visiting
Local residents can still enjoy fireworks at large public displays that are permitted and run by professional pyrotechnicians. Fireworks shows happening Monday, July 4, include the Rotary Fireworks Show at Discovery Meadow in Downtown San Jose, the July 4thFamily Fun Festival and Fireworks Show at Almaden Lake Park, and the San Jose Giants Independence Day Celebration at Municipal Stadium.

"Go Solar" and Our July 4Th Fireworks & Family Festival Gets $200! 

Want to help raise needed funding for the July 4th fireworks and festivities at Almaden Lake Park?
SolarCity has stepped-up and is ready to help you 'Go Solar' while supporting this great annual event!

Here's all you have to do (easy as 1, 2, 3):
1) Click on the link below and fill in the online form.
2) Speak with a SolarCity representative about whether rooftop solar is right for your household.
3) If you 'Go Solar', SolarCity will donate $200 to help support the 3rd Annual July 4th Fireworks & Family Fun Festival.

Thousands of your neighbors have chosen to use clean, solar energy for their household needs.
It's easy to do, and typically costs a lot less than electricity from the public utility, so check out this link and see if it's right for you!

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 land leased 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


Councilmember Johnny Khamis 


*Don't miss all the updates in District 10 Mid-June Newsletter! Be sure to check the sidebar for important upcoming events and other announcements!

Upcoming Events 


Mo's Grand Opening 
7-8 PM


5:30 - 8:30 PM 


Movie Night at Almaden Lake Park 
Call  (408)927-0868  for details 


2:00 PM


Call  for Makers - Apply NOW! 


Latest Happenings  

This month we celebrate the many contributions of our immigrant community by declaring the month of June Immigrant Heritage Month

On June 4th, we had a successful tree planting thanks to Our City Forest at Martial Cottle Park.  

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

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