October 18, 2019
San José Offers Money Saving Opportunity: Business Tax Amnesty Program Underway
The City of San José’s Finance Department is offering a Business Tax Amnesty Program to individuals and entities that have never registered their business, are behind on paying their business tax, or have underreported their employee counts, square footage, or number of rental properties. Under the Amnesty Program, individuals and entities that pay certain past-due taxes will benefit from the forgiveness of all penalties and interest. The period to apply for amnesty runs through March 27, 2020. To learn more about the Amnesty Program and qualifying business tax exemptions, visit the City’s business tax website at www.sanjoseca.gov/businesstax or call 408-535-7055. For additional information, contact Rick Bruneau, Deputy Director, at 408-535-8310.
San José’s Solar Permitting Program Garners Federal SolSmart Gold Award
For its streamlined solar permitting program for single-family/duplex homes, the City’s Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department’s Division garnered a SolSmart Gold Award from the federal Department of Energy (DOE) at the Bay Area Home Electrification Expo in San José on October 14. Exemplifying the program’s efficacy, in 2018, the City issued roughly 2,400 photovoltaic permits with 90% of these issued online at www.sjpermits.org, saving time, enabling on-site plan review, and reducing emissions associated with driving to City Hall. In presenting the award, DOE’s Philip Kreycik noted how the Building Division worked with solar system vendors to create a program with features such as contractors being able to schedule same-day inspections for multiple projects within a geographic area. The promotion of solarpowered energy is a key goal of Climate Smart San José. The award includes providing the City with 100 hours of solar-related technical assistance from experts, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. For more information, contact James Son, Deputy Director, at 408-535-7746.
Fire Explorer Program Seeks Youth Volunteers
The San José Fire Department Explorer Post 888 is a program open to youth ages 16-18 enrolled in high school. The program helps young adults prepare for a career in the fire service by learning hands-on firefighting techniques and basic medical skills. In addition, participants acquire leadership and self-discipline skills while earning community service hours. Explorers meet monthly for required training and have the opportunity to participate in ride-a-longs at various fire stations to get a better understanding of what it takes to become a firefighter. This unique program provides vocational and leadership training for youth and has limited capacity for their next class. Interested youth should email a letter of interest to San Jose Fire Explorer Post 888 by October 31. For more information, contact Corey Condren, Firefighter, at 408-794-7000.
October Code Connection Newsletter Highlights News for Multifamily Properties
The October issue of Code Connection, published by the Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department’s Division, is now distributed and available online. This issue highlights heat pump water heaters, the new Housing Payment Equality Ordinance, the Rebuilding for Heroes loan program, and the San Jose Clean Energy program. The fall newsletter is mailed with the Residential Occupancy Permit to approximately 6,700 multifamily permit owners or managers and emailed to 433 subscribers. Join the mailing list, or for more information, contact Mollie McLeod, Division Manager, at 408-535-7785.
Small Businesses Build Resilience through Alum Rock Santa Clara Street Business Association and City Workshop Series
On October 15, more than 50 representatives of small business, business assistance organizations, and community stakeholders came together at the Mexican Heritage Plaza for the first in a series of workshops hosted by the Alum Rock Santa Clara Street Business Association, supported by the City’s Office of Economic Development. The workshop focused on helping attendees understand commercial lease agreements. It was led by an expert who offers pro-bono legal services through Start Small Think Big. This organization and other BusinessOwnerSpace.com partners will be collaborating with the Business Association to connect with small businesses citywide to offer free or low-cost assistance to help build their resiliency. The next workshop, “Legal Considerations for your Small Business” will be offered on November 21. For more information, contact Dhez Woodworth, Economic Development Officer, at 408-794-1231.
Firefighters Play Stickball for a Cause
San José firefighters competed in the 2 nd Annual Charity Stickball Tournament organized and hosted by International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 230 at San Pedro Square this on October 13 in an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Teams consisted of firefighters, police officers, sheriffs, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians from various local agencies that joined together for a day of fun and banter which raised over $6,000. Proceeds from this event and ongoing t-shirt sales will be donated to The Pink Fund, a non-profit breast cancer organization that provides assistance to breast cancer patients in active treatment. To purchase a San Jose Fire Department Breast Cancer Awareness for Charity t-shirt or sweatshirt, please visit the online shop. For more information, contact Corey Condren, Firefighter, at 408-794-7000.
Regional Wastewater Facility CIP Monthly Status Report Program Summary
The Monthly Status Report that summarizes the progress and accomplishments of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) is now available online for August 2019. The public can subscribe at www.sjenvironment.org/cip to receive notice each time a program summary is posted. Past reports can also be found at www.sanjoseca.gov/CIParchive. For more information, contact Marianna ChavezVazquez, Deputy Director, at 408-635-4038.
Thursday, October 24, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Adults age 50+ are invited to take over Happy Hollow Park & Zoo — no kids allowed — for a spectacular morning of animal encounters, activities and tours. Admission and parking are free from 9 to 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.happyhollow.org.
Saturday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 31, 1 to 4 p.m.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo invites you to experience a Green Halloween, with family-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts, creepy crawly critters and eco-friendly Halloween delights. Come in costume for a $5 discount per person on either date. Learn more about these events and Happy Hollow's safe costume guidelines at www.happyhollow.org/green-halloween. For more information, contact Justin Long, Deputy Director, at 408-793-5579.
Sunday Series Volunteer Events, Times Vary
Join the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department’s Volunteer Management Unit each week for their Sunday Series of park cleanup events. Volunteers visit a different park each Sunday. No registration is necessary — just join the fun. Find the current schedule here.