Parcel Tax Exemptions

2017 Parcel Taxes

Tax information

San Jose City Councilmember Johnny Khamis has released some information about some local parcel taxes that have exemptions available for senior citizens.

These exemptions are not automatic.  You must apply for those that apply to you by June 30th of the year the tax will be added to your property taxes.

You only need to request an exemption from those taxes that actually apply to your property.  Enter your address into the form on the County Registrar of Voters web site to find out what districts you live in.


Measure CC – Campbell Union High School District

A bond issue measure for the Campbell Union High School District was approved on November 8, 2016. 

The tax rate estimated to be about $12.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

Home owners who are 65 years or older may request an exemption from the tax. The exemption request must be filed no later than June 30th for the current tax year. The exemption must be renewed every eight (8) years.

You can find the Exemption Forms at the school district web site.


Measure HH – McKinley School District

This parcel tax will be levied in the amount of $72 per parcel within McKinley School District, per year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending nine years later.

An exemption from the proposed tax is available upon annual application for any parcel that is used only for owner-occupied, single family residential purposes by a person 65 years or older.

Measure HH Senior Parcel Tax Exemption Information

You must repeat the request for the exemption every year.


Measure Y – San Jose Unified School District

A qualified special tax in the amount of $72 per parcel per year beginning on July 1, 2017 and ending on June 30, 2025 (8 years).

The tax measure states that an exemption from the proposed tax may be
granted upon application for any parcel that is owner-occupied for

  1. A person 65 years or older;
  2. A person receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability regardless of age;
  3. A person receiving Social Security Disability benefits whose yearly income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.


Exemption Procedure

  • Download the application from the district web site
  • To receive an application by mail: Call the Public Information Office at (408) 535–6444
  • To receive an application by email, send an message to [email protected] with subject line: “Measure Y Exemption Application Request”
  • To apply in person: Go to 855 Lenzen Ave., San José, CA 95126, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm

If your request is approved, you will not need to renew the exemption; it will automatically be renewed until the parcel tax expires in 2024–25.

Walk The Coyote with a Ranger

Five Wounds Trail Bridge

Take a tour on the Coyote Creek waterway and see local wildlife up-close and personal with the Kelley Park rangers. Park rangers and interpreters will lead you on nature walks (total distance less than 1⁄4 mile) along Coyote Creek to examine local wildlife, while narrating stories with fun and games. The evening ends on a perfect note with S’mores around a campfire.

The events are free and open to the public.


The evening hikes on Friday, June 9, July 7, August 4, and September 1, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kelley Park are hosted by the City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS), Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, and the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority.

The Kelley Park parking lot at 1300 Senter Road, will be available for attendees. After 7:00 p.m., event parking is free. The walks begin at the Kelley Park Amphitheater and signs will be on hand to direct you.

Contact Information;

For further event information, please contact Park Ranger Roger Abe at (408) 277-5254. To request an accommodation for City-sponsored events or an alternative format for printed materials, please contact Ranger Abe at (408) 277-5254 or (800) 735-2922 (TTY) as soon as possible, but at least three business days before the event.


Senior Safari Walkabout

Senior SafariExclusively for ages 50 and over
Free Admission and Parking – and stay for the day!

The Health Trust has partnered with Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Happy Hollow Foundation and the City of San Jose to present this year’s Senior Safari Walkabout!

On the 4th Thursday of every month from May – October.

May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26
9:00 – 10:00 am (and stay for the day)

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again!

Senior SafariThe Health Trust sponsors the Senior Safari Walkabout






7th Annual Caregivers Count Conference

Anxious woman taking care of husband

The Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County invites you to the 7th Annual Caregivers Count Conference. This conference is tailored specifically for family or informal caregivers who are caring for older adults. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from informative speakers as well as visit resource tables to learn about supportive services in the County.

Date and Time

Sat, May 6, 2017
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM PDT


Orchard City Banquet Hall
Campbell Community Center
1 West Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

Topics covered will include:

Self Care & Communication;  Presented by Vicki Schmall, Gerontology & Training Specialist
Medication;  Presented by Dr. Gary Steinke, MD
Legal Needs;  Presented by Deborah Radin

About the Presenters:

Deborah Radin is a partner in the Kramer Radin, LLP law firm where the emphasis is on preventive law to ensure each estate plan is understandable and accurately reflects our clients’ wishes. She is a Certified Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. The practice concentrates on estate planning, trusts, wills, post-mortem trust administration, probate, trust management, estate dispute resolution, charitable giving, tax planning, Medi-Cal planning, elder abuse avoidance and end-of-life planning. She received her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. Before returning to the Bay Area, she practiced law in Washington, D.C. in the areas of elder law, estate planning, taxation and corporate law.

Dr. Gary Steinke co-founded the local nonprofit, Respite and Research for Alzheimer’s Disease, in 1984. Dr. Steinke’s discussion will cover medications for Alzheimer’s or dementia. See his talk about what’s being done to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia (starts at 1 min 25 sec in video). He graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in 1971. He works in San Jose, CA and specializes in Internal Medicine – Geriatrics. Dr. Steinke.

Dr. Vicki Schmall aka “Ask Vicki” is Executive Director and Gerontology & Training Specialist with Aging Concerns in West Linn, Oregon. She is also Professor Emeritus of Oregon State University, where she worked for nearly 25 years, serving as the Director of the OSU Program on Gerontology and the Gerontology Specialist in the OSU Extension Service. She specializes in topics such as family decision-making, communication and caregiving issues; aging and health-related changes; mental health issues; sensitivity training on aging-related changes; learning and memory in later life; late-life sexuality; and instruction/curriculum design and training.

Aging Services Collaborative
Phone: (408) 260-3915
On-site care:

On-site care will be provided by the Alzheimer’s Activity Center (limited spots available). For more information please call Ayanna at (669) 272-8101.


Walkability Is Key – Part 2

In my previous posting (Walkability Is Key for Transit Use), I used as an example the lack of a sidewalk on Parkmoor Avenue near the Race Street Light Rail Station . This really bothered me because, from my perspective, adding a sidewalk would have been trivial.  Unfortunately, it would have involved a major “no-no”, the reduction of space for use by cars.

If you look at the street in the photos below, you will see that the right hand lane is about two lanes wide.  The existing red curb already precludes parking in that area, leaving a large area of wasted space.  My guess is that they were reserving the ability to expand the road to three lanes at some point in the future.

Parkmoor Ave - without sidewalk
Without Sidewalk
Parkmoor Ave - with sidewalk
With Sidewalk


My recommendation is simple:

Move the sidewalk out into the street, as shown in the first two pictures.  If you look at the aerial pictures below, you will see that the remaining street area would still be wide enough to add a bike lane.

Parkmoor Ave - without sidewalk - top view
Without Sidewalk
Parkmoor Ave - with sidewalk - top view
With Sidewalk


My questions:

So, my questions for you are simple.

  1. How would one identify the actual agency responsible for this stretch of road?
  2. How would one go about getting this on the list of things to do for that agency?


Most Dangerous Metros for Pedestrians

From the linked report;

The way we design streets is a factor in these fatal collisions. Many of these deaths occur on streets with fast-moving cars and poor pedestrian infrastructure. People walk along these roads despite the clear safety risks—a sign that streets are not adequately serving everyone in the community.

Everyone involved in the street design process—from federal policymakers to local elected leaders to transportation engineers—must take action to end pedestrian deaths and make roads safer for everyone. So long as streets are built to prioritize high speeds at the cost of pedestrian safety, this will remain a problem. And as the nation’s population grows older on the whole, and as we become more diverse both racially and economically, the need for these safety improvements will only become more dire in years to come.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Rank:       48
Deaths:    271
PDI:          75 .1

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Rank:       85
Deaths:    618
PDI:          31.4

PDI is the rate of pedestrian deaths relative to the number of people who walk to work in the region.

Circle of Care Conference

12th Annual Circle of Care Conference for Families

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Registration opens at 8:00, Conference 9:00 – 4:00
Crowne Plaza, 1221 Chess Dr., Foster City, Ca

This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. It is also for professionals who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, the challenges and hope for the future.

  • Adapting Caregiving: Communication and other techniques to manage typical dementia behaviors, Alexandra Morris, MA, Professional Training Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Using Creativity, Playfulness, and Intellectual Engagement to Inspire Joyful Moments,Kari Rogenski, RDT, MA, MFTi, Director of The Hummingbird Project
  • Resources: Both New, and Tried and True,Lisa Choquette, Helpline Manager, Alzheimer’s Association; Daniel Trigub, Strategic Account Executive, Lyft; Kate Hoepke, Executive Director, San Francisco Village; Stefanie Bonigut, Family Care Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Be Prepared – Lessons for the Living; A Presentation About Palliative and End of Life Care, Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author, Director, Palliative Care Program, Jewish Family and Children’s Services/Seniors at Home
  • Play’s the Thing!Robert Sarison, LMFT, RDT, Program Manager, Irene Swindells Alzheimer’s Residential Care Program, California Pacific Medical Center



For more information, contact:

Blanca Vazquez, Program Specialist, 408-372-9922

For questions about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact:

Pauline Martinez, Education Services Manager, 408-372-9951


University students live rent-free next to elderly residents

Human Warmth Builds Health

According to a 2012 report by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, both social isolation and loneliness in older men and women are associated with increased mortality.  The latest rule of thumb is that a lack of good friends is roughly as damaging to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

In an attempt to reverse that trend, the Humanitas care home for the aged in Deventer, Netherlands, allows university students to live rent-free alongside the elderly residents as part of a project aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging.

student with resident
Jurrien with 93-year-old Joke van Beek. (Humanitas/Boudewijn Bollmann)

When Gea Sijpkes became Humanitas director in 2012, she wanted to create “the warmest house there has ever been”.  By “warm”, she means the lovely but untranslatable Dutch word gezellig.[1]

Students Bring the World Inside[2]

“The students bring the outside world in, there is lots of warmth in the contact,” Sijpkes said.

Six students from area universities Saxion and Windesheim share the building with approximately 160 seniors. They are allowed to come and go as they please, as long as they follow one rule: Do not be a nuisance to the elderly.

The students also agree to spend at least 30 hours per month acting as “good neighbors” to the other people who live there.  Officials at the nursing home say students do a variety of activities with the older residents, including watching sports, celebrating birthdays and, perhaps most importantly, offering company when seniors fall ill, which helps stave off feelings of disconnectedness.[3]

Similar intergenerational programs exist in Lyons, France and Cleveland, Ohio, according to the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing.[4]  One program that began in Barcelona, Spain in the late 1990s has been replicated in more than 20 cities throughout the country.

In Switzerland, CURAVIVA has put forth a vision in which the role of providers is to enable people in need of long-term services and supports to live in their preferred home environment. The 2030 Residential and Care Model of CURAVIVA Switzerland stresses the importance of community and maximizing the ability of people to live a “full life” in their preferred social setting and living space.[5]

The Original Report

Here is the original SBS Austrailia report,[6] published May 3, 2016.














  1. [1]The Times Magazine (UK): Is this the world’s coolest old people’s home?
  2. [2]Dateline Shorts: My 93-year-old Flatmate
  3. [3] Dutch nursing home offers rent-free housing to students
  4. [4]IAHSA: Intergenerational Living
  5. [5]IAHSA: Rethinking Age Care, Services and Supports
  6. [6]SBS Dateline: My 93-year-old Flatmate

Walkability Is Key for Transit Use

It is my experience that in Santa Clara County, walkability is missing from too many transit stations. For safety reasons, my wife and I make it a point of trying to understand the walking patterns around the places we go to via bus or train.  The main pattern that I consistently see, is that all decisions appear to be in favor of the car.  Walkability often does not seem to have been considered.

Walkability Is Key for Transit Use, Says New Study

A new study by nonprofit transit advocacy group TransitCenter confirms a piece of conventional wisdom city dwellers have long known: If a transit stop is not within walking distance, it’s not likely to be used very often. The report is called Who’s On Board, and, by forming focus groups and surveying transit riders in 17 metropolitan areas across the U.S., the organization was able to collect information about how commuters and tourists use transit from sea to shining sea, with the goal of helping shape transit policy.

A look at the Race Street light rail station

Here is an example related to the Race Street light rail station at Parkmoor Avenue. I believe there was a simple solution to a dangerous walking situation, yet it does not appear to have been considered. If you go on Google Maps and look closely at the intersection, you will see that the rail crossings make the intersection quite complicated.

Parkmoor Map Immediately West of the light rail station, at 1401 Parkmoor Ave., is the San Jose Children’s Musical Theater, The College of Adaptive Arts and Silicon Valley FACES.  What you can’t really see is that the sidewalks end at the bus stop shown in the middle of the map when walking from the light rail station.

Parkmoor Bus StopParkmoor Sidewalk MissingThe condition of the land along the route doesn’t lend itself to safe walking.  Anyone traveling along this route would be forced to walk in the street.

If you look back at the map, there is only one alternative route available to them.

They would need to cross Parkmoor Avenue at Race  Street and walk all the way to Meridian Avenue. Then they could safely cross back over Parkmoor Avenue and walk to their destination.  I doubt if anyone has done that more than one time. The next time they would follow my example, and walk in the street.

Apparently, the sidewalk wasn’t installed in this location because there is a protected tree blocking the way.Parkmoor Street Scene Parkmoor Street Scene

The curb at the bus stop, shown in the above pictures, perfectly aligns with the part of the curbing that sticks out in the street in the picture on the left side.

After passing the protected tree, the street is allowed to widen out far enough that there is plenty of room for on street parking.


It seems to me that ending the sidewalk was not necessary.  they could have moved the sidewalk into the street, until it passed the tree, and then moved it back.  The only thing you would have lost was street parking, in an area where the curbs are already painted red.