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.
Please save the date for the upcoming community meetings on the Pruneridge Avenue Complete Streets Plan project. At this meeting the draft concept plans for the corridor will be presented to the community. Please attend and provide your feedback on the draft concept plans. The meetings will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 1 p.m. A link to sign up for one or both meetings will be provided soon.
If you are interested in hearing what was discussed at previous meetings, both community meetings were recorded. The Thursday, February 25 meeting can be accessed here and the Saturday, February 27 meeting can be accessed here. In addition, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation that was given at both meetings can be accessed here.
At both of these meetings, the City tried to answer as many questions from the attendees as possible. There were several great questions that arose multiple times from attendees at both community meetings. The City decided to put together the most Frequently Asked Questions along with City responses.
More than 1 million species globally are threatened with extinction. Art is one of the most powerful tools we have to draw attention to this crisis. That’s why we’re holding the Endangered Species Chalk Art Event!
From Friday, May 21st through Sunday, May 23rd, we’re inviting people around the world to create chalk art depicting threatened, endangered, or vanishing species. Not only is this a great way to celebrate wildlife, but you can also win prizes! More than $400 in prize money and chocolate bars will be given away in awards for the best artwork and at random to lucky participants.
This event is open to people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, and you can create your chalk art anywhere that is safe and legal, such as an indoor blackboard, a driveway, sidewalks, or other spaces.
To enter the competition and be eligible to win a prize, all you have to do is post a photo of your chalk art on Instagram between May 21st and May 23rd. If you include #EndangeredSpeciesChalkArt and tag @endangeredspeciescoalition in your post, we’ll include your art in the contest.
We want to share the City of San José’s upcoming Community Budget meetings. These meetings are a chance for the community to voice concerns about high-priority issues, which in turn will help City leaders shape the budget and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.
The first meeting will be on Thursday, May 13th 6-8pm, followed by Saturday, May 15th 10:30-12:30pm, and Wednesday, May 19th, 6pm-8pm.
Additionally, as a part of the budget engagement process, the Mayor’s Office created an online budget tool called the “Balancing Act” to gather resident feedback on their budget priorities. Click the image below to try it out!
You are invited to join Assemblymember Evan Low on Thursday, May 20th at 6:00PM – 7:00PM for a Mental Health Townhall with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists regarding general COVID mental health tips and dealing with anxiety of going back to “normal” as students and families are going back to school, work, and pre-pandemic routines.
Please register for this event in advance at bit.ly/AD28MayTownhall. Zoom link and FB details will be sent out upon RSVP.
San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata Please welcome our new Police Chief
San Jose Councilwoman Dev Davis What is happening in our district
State Assemblymember Evan Low What the state is doing for you
Opportunity Housing Proposal Debate Speaking for the proposal: Mathew Reed, Policy Manager at Silicon Valley@Home Speaking against the proposal: Pierluigi Oliverio, San Jose Planning Commissioner
About the debate: There is a proposal going to San Jose City Council in May which will amend the zoning restrictions on single family housing. This proposal will allow a developer to remove a single family home and erect a duplex, quadplex or hexplex. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?