OTHER NEWS: You’re invited to the second annual D4 in the Neighborhood event on October 31st (Halloween). This fun filled event will be from 11 AM – 2 PM, at Wilson High School in Santa Clara. There will be music, a puppet show, flu shots (for those 8 years and older) and much more. Costumes are encouraged. One of the most impactful opportunities is to support unhoused youth by donating new socks directly to the Bill Wilson Center.
Subject: We Need Your Input About District Boundaries!
Good morning Neighbor,
The City of San José needs your input on how to redistrict neighborhoods into the 10 City Council districts. Redistricting happens once a decade and is the process of redrawing political boundaries for elective offices. The current draft maps substantially change the boundaries for District 6 as well as many other districts.
To view map drafts or submit a draft of how you think the City districts should be drawn, click here. FYI, some of the current draft maps move part of North Willow Glen out of District 6 into District 7.
The Redistricting Commissions have virtual meetings every Thursday at 7pm where you can provide feedback on the maps.
Below are the upcoming meetings you can join via Zoom: Thursday, 10/21 @ 7pm. Thursday, 10/28 @ 7pm. Thursday, 11/04 @ 7pm.
Although it’s better to attend the meeting and comment publicly, you can also send an email to the Redistricting Commission. The District 6 Redistricting Commissioner is Andrew Ditlevsen. If you have any questions or suggestions about how the City should redistrict boundaries, you can email Andrew.
Cory Dumpster Day! Saturday, October 16 Starting at 8am (proof of residence required)
Join the Cool City Challenge! Are you interested in getting to know your neighbors better while working together on fighting climate change, getting ready for natural disasters, and strengthening your community?Kat Wilson, from Mayor Liccardo’s Office, will provide a short presentation on this program at our next meeting. By signing up to participate in the Cool Block program you’ll get support to do all that, plus you’ll be helping our city become eligible for $1 million in funding through the Cool City Challenge grant! The City of San José has teamed up with Acterra to apply for this grant, and has just been named a finalist. Come to our next meeting to learn more.
What: Agrihood Ceremonial Groundbreaking Hosted by The Core Companies
Where: 90 North Winchester Boulevard, Santa Clara (Please park in the Westfield Valley Fair lot)
When: September 15, 2021, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Who: The Core Companies
The Agrihood groundbreaking celebration is one week away!
Join The Core Companies as we commemorate the start of construction of Silicon Valley’s first-of-its-kind urban farm community, connecting contemporary urban living and affordable housing in the tradition of Santa Clara’s agricultural heritage, with special remarks from Mayor Lisa Gillmor, Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, Senator Bob Wieckowski, and more!
Our community’s health and safety are paramount and we request that all guests wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.
I want to update you about some actions the City Council took last Tuesday regarding housing. These items were approved unanimously.
First, we voted to allocate $30.5 million to two new affordable housing developments with the overall goal of addressing homelessness and providing rent-restricted housing for our low-income individuals and families. The two new complexes are the McEvoy and Algarve Apartments. In total, 315 new units will be built with 136 of the units being designated as permanent supportive housing (PSH) units. If you’re not familiar with that term, PSH units are for formerly homeless people who need a caseworker to help them stay housed and address the underlying issues that led to their homelessness.
City Council also passed an Affordable Housing Siting Policy with the goal of creating more mixed-income neighborhoods across the city. Building affordable housing throughout the city, as opposed to concentrating it in specific areas where it already exists, allows residents to have more choice about where to live. Before the vote, I asked a lot of questions about the likely impacts of the policy on our housing development pipeline as well as how many developments we are likely to get in areas of the city that don’t currently have affordable housing.
One of my concerns with the policy is whether it will prevent the development of much-needed new affordable housing by adding an additional layer of regulation. While I was not completely satisfied with the answers from City Housing staff, they did commit to frequently update the Council during the first three years of implementing the policy, which will allow time to gather data about the effectiveness of this policy. I will be watching this issue closely.
If you’d like to learn more about this Affordable Housing item, please view Tuesday’s night’s recording of the discussion and vote.
To learn about the two new apartment complex locations and who will be developing them, please see this information from Destination: Home.
San Jose Police Captain Brian Shab Meet our Police Captain
San Jose Councilwoman Dev Davis What is happening in our district
Our City Forest Violet Awwad Do you need a tree?
San Jose Environmental Services Linden Skjeie How to recycle in San Jose
Valley Water Barbara Keegan Providing water services to San Jose
The Cory Neighborhood Association welcomes our new board member! Steve Bowman – long time resident of Cory neighborhood, living on Homewood Drive, has rejoined the board as a General Member. He has been on the board in the past and was once the President. His dedication and hard work will be greatly appreciated.
Introducing the Cory Neighborhood Art Showcase! We have seen so much wonderful artwork around our community that elevated our spirits during these tough times, and we wanted to give it a spotlight on our website. If you or your family have artwork that you would like to appear on our webpage, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
For almost 20 years, the community has wanted to make sure the 17 acre (now 6 acre) land in Santa Clara across the street from Valley Fair can best serve the public. In the past seven years, the community focused its energy on the front six acres. The result: the Agrihood. It is the County’s first (likely the State’s) first mixed-use, mixed-income, inter-generational housing community centered around an urban farm. It makes the public space the “anchor tenant” of the development, thanks to the wise words of Fred Kent of Project for Public Spaces. And for our seniors, it creates a place where they can stay active, engaged and independent. And as a community, we can celebrate change/disruption when the change is great!
Thanks to Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez for hosting a brief press event on the launch of this project, that included Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor, VP of Core Chris Neale, local activist Kirk Vartan, and others. Here is a story in the San Jose Spotlight on this event and the link to the video of it. Thanks for everyone’s support over the years!
As you may be aware, California is experiencing yet another unprecedented drought. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your water consumptions and help with both the drought and your next water bill!
Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap until the water gets cold. That saves time and water!
Always sweep your driveway with a broom; don’t use water to wash the leaves away.
Washing the dishes while leaving the water running can use up to 20 gallons of water, but filling the sink or a bowl and closing the faucet saves 10 of those gallons.
If you turn off the water while brushing your teeth, you save water. Newer faucets use about 1 gallon per minute, while older models use over 2 gallons.
Water leaks account for 12% of water use in California homes. Check indoor and outdoor faucets & toilets often.