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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Monte SerenoCandidate for City Council

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Javed I. Ellahie

735 votes (18.63%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Actively assess the fire threat to Monte Sereno and put in place resources to eliminate/reduce the threat and to provide emergency evacuation shelters and timely information
  • Engage adjacent cities (Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell) to mutually put in place actions that provide the most benefit to all, including applying resources for satisfying the State housing element requirements
  • Maintain Monte Sereno's unique character and stand up to developers who may believe that with Monte Sereno having approved one development, there is an open season on Monte Sereno property



Profession:Attorney - Mediator
Partner, Ellahie & Farooqui LLP (2009–2018)
Owner, Ellahie Law Firm (1977–2008)
Trustee, West Valley Mission Community College — Appointed position (1992–1994)


Golden Gate University Law School L.L.M. (Honors), Taxation/Estate Planning (2008)
Santa Clara University Law School J.D., Law (1974)
California State University, Fresno B.S.E.E., Electrical and Electronics Engineering (1970)

Community Activities

Director, San Jose Center for Poetry and Literature (1998–2000)
Trustee and Executive Committee Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association (1994–1998)


Preliminary thoughts:

My wife and I have resided in Monte Sereno since 1987. During this period, we have raised four children in this wonderful town. My son Ali and Umar attended Los Gatos High where Umar played football. My daughter, Huma is a lawyer and my youngest Faraz, a stand-up comedian. As a family we appreciated the nurturing and supporting environment of Monte Sereno and It is time for us to give something back to Monte Sereno.


I started my career as an Electronic Engineer, and while working at Fairchild enrolled at Santa Clara University Law School where I received my J.D. I also obtained an L.L.M. in taxation from Golden Gate Law School.

  I have practiced law for over forty years – Martindale-Hubbell has given me an “AV-rating” and considered a “Top Rated Lawyer” by “Super Lawyer”.   I have conducted educational seminars for other attorneys related to Bankruptcy Law and Estate Planning.

I  serve as a Mediator (appointed as a Resolution Advocate by the Bankruptcy Judges) and have helped many litigants resolve their issues without going to trial.

 I have been admitted to the U.S Supreme Court. I have also taught Trial Advocacy classes at Stanford Law and USF.

 I have previously served as a Trustee for the West Valley Mission Community College District, and as an Executive Committee member for the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and as Director of the San Jose Poetry & Literature Center. 

 My extensive experience as a Mediator and as a lawyer should provide insights to the Monte Sereno City Council as it is faced with the myriads of issues that come before it, insights that should help in resolving issues before litigation expenses are incurred

Additional Memberships/Activities:

·         American Inns of Court (Don Edwards Chapter)

·         Arbitrator National Arbitration Forum (2006 to 2014)

·         Former Judge Pro-Temp, Santa Clara County

·         Participant Team in Training Marathons (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)

·         Recipient Human Development Foundation Award

·         Recipient South Asian Law Association Award


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Former Mayor Lon Allan

Elected Officials (4)

  • Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Congresswoman
  • Mayor Burton Craig
  • Councilman Marshall Anstandig
  • Councilman Curtis Rogers

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

"Good better best. Never let it rest

'Til your good is better and your better is best"


While Monte Sereno is the best city in the Bay Area, t we must strive to make it even better.  Individuals who move to Monte Sereno tend to stay in Monte Sereno. As they age, have families, their needs change and Monte Sereno must endeavor to provide not only for their present needs but also plan for their future needs.

Monte Sereno City Council should have an open-door policy so citizens can communicate with the City Council, and with each other. The   Council's work should be transparent and open, and done in a manner that gives its citizens ample opportunity to understand the issues, provide insights to the City and address their concerns to the City.

Monte Sereno is a city which is surrounded by two larger cities, Los Gatos and Saratoga, and must build a friendly neighbor relationship with these cities and the citizens of these cities.  To do this it must take into account how its actions effect these neighbors and invite them to express their concerns to Monte Sereno.  It is through mutual discussions that joint action plans can be developed to tackle issues that concern all these cities; issues such as: fire safety, beach traffic, speeding and the rise in car break-ins.

Monte Sereno also has to find long term solutions to satisfy the State's housing element requirements. It cannot do so by forcing zoning on property owners, who do not want to rezone, but it also cannot open the lands of Monte Sereno to developers who may think that Monte Sereno, having approved a multifamily development, is an easy prey and that there is now “open-season” on Monte Sereno.  The Citizens of Monte Sereno have resoundingly made the City aware that they do not want multi-family housing in Monte Sereno and their wishes must be respected.

Monte Sereno has sought to satisfy the State's housing element requirement by encouraging "Granny" units where appropriate. It needs to go a step further and provide additional information, quicker permit processing and inspections, to homeowners so they can build such units as expeditiously as possible. Homeowners are not developers and may not be aware of issues until they are in the middle of a building project. Monte Sereno should have resources available for these homeowners that help them jump the hoops of building auxiliary units.

Monte Sereno also needs to be vigilant in monitoring potential fire dangers. It needs to take a census of property where shrubbery and dead or dying tree exist. It may need to come up with incentives to get rid of trees that pose a fire hazard.  It also needs to put in place resources that are readily  available in case of fire or other emergency.

The cities adjacent to Monte Sereno report an increasing number of cars being broken into. Monte Sereno, for the most part, is crime free but needs to keep an eye on this trending criminal activity and be prepared to respond to the same.

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Cofee and Cadidates/Javed Ellahie — October 16, 2018 KCAT TV

Dr. Larry N. Gerston interviews Monte Sereno City Council candiates

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