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August 24, 2020

The City of San Jose General Plan Task Force voted on August 20th to start the process of eliminating single family zoning throughout all San Jose neighborhoods. This would allow the conversion of your neighbor's home from a single family house to a four-plex development. This is in addition to the two accessory dwelling units allowed under state law.   

This would be allowed "by right", which means no community meetings or public hearings; instead on any given day a house would be demolished and construction would start on four to six units. This would result in families being outbid for a house against a profit-motivated buyer who would obtain a higher rate of return from renting or selling four to six units.

This would forever change the character of our beloved neighborhoods throughout San Jose.  When residents bought a house on a block with similar houses the expectation was and is that it would remain that way, not that it would be converted to a four-plex. 

Many of our streets are narrow and street parking may already be tight. Since California state law does not allow cities to limit the number of cars per dwelling, the result of this proposed change would increase the number of vehicles competing for street parking exponentially. 

Before our neighborhoods are irreparably changed, San Jose should complete the existing Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan which shields neighborhoods and locates housing along transit corridors such as the approved developments on Meridian Ave of 233 low income housing units and 365 low income housing units on West San Carlos among others.

Please join Council member Devora "Dev" Davis, Council member Pam Foley, and the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association by supporting the existing General Plan which preserves the character of our cherished neighborhoods.  

Please act now to save our neighborhoods by completing this petition which will be sent to Mayor Sam Liccardo and San Jose City Council. 

The petition can also be found on our website http://www.wgna.net/save_single_family_houses.

Due to COVID we are unable to host in-person meetings to share this information but hope to resume so in the future.

Representing our Neighborhoods,

Willow Glen Neighborhood Association

Please consider becoming a member and following us on Facebook

 

References:

WGNA Letter to City in Opposition to General Plan Task Force's Proposal

Board Member Pierluigi Oliverio Mercury News Op-Ed

 

Proponents of eliminating single-family zoning from the task force that are marketing this concept as "Opportunity Housing":

Sylvia Arenas, Councilmember City of San Jose District 8

Juan Estrada, District 5 United 

Linda LeZotte, Boardmember Santa Clara Valley Water District

Jessie Solis, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Megan Fluke, Green Alliance

Jeff Buchanan, South Bay Labor Council

Luis Arguello, Union Local 270

Jesus Flores, District 5 representative

Sam Ho, San Jose City College

Shiloh Ballard, SV Bicycle Coalition

Kevin Zwick,  Housing Trust

Leslye Corsiglia, SV@Home

Ray Bramson, District 7 representative

Dave Bini, Building Trades Union

Teresa Alvarado, SPUR

Simina Patel, District 2 representative 

Tamiko Rast, District 3 representative 

Susan Graham, District 9 representative 

Jason Su, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Andre Luthard, PAC SJ

Karl Lee, Chinese Realtors Association

Vince Rocha, Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG)

Steven Solorio, AFSCME union

 

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January 23, 2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first public meeting of 2020.  We had a great turnout, over 80 people last night!

WGNA wants to give a special thank you to guest speakers SJPD Chief Garcia and Lt. Steve Donohue Badge# 3699 as well as D6 Councilwoman Dev Davis who spoke on crime trends in our community, policing efforts, crime prevention, neighborhood watch and the status of SJPD.  They also answered pressing questions from our members about public safety. Check out NBC News coverage of the meeting. We are also working on posting a video of the meeting.  Crime and safety is an important focus for the new board of WGNA. We recently spoke to the Mercury News regarding our concerns about crime in Willow Glen.  

Also a special thank you to Ruben Navarro, candidate for D6 council, who spoke to the crowd about his candidacy. 

Finally, a special thank you to West Coast Beef Company for their generous donations of food (Roast Beef sandwiches) that the crowd really enjoyed.  Long time and much appreciated sponsor, Zanottos donated water.

We also appreciate our District 9 Councilperson Pam Foley attending our meeting and telling us about the security camera rebate program in her district. 

We look forward to seeing you at all our next public meeting in April. Please visit our Meetings page for updates.

 


Jan 23 WGNA Meeting


BUY YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW!

We have some exciting news about our WGNA Memberships.  With any one year membership purchase, you will receive a 2020 Willow Glen Card which gives you some great discounts at local businesses. 
As an added bonus, if you purchase a $50 two year household membership, you will receive the Willow Glen Touring Book.
Willow Glen Card Full Detials

Three Creeks Trail Clean-up 

The 3 Creeks Trail is a busy walking/biking/running pathway in Willow Glen. 

This will be the first volunteer clean-up of the new trail, so please join us as we trim back lots of ivy growth, clean up the iris garden, cut suckers and pull a few weeds that are popping up!  

There is a lot of work, so bring a friend and make a difference! 

 

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 

Time Registration: 8:45 AM Kick-Off: 9:00 AM Project Complete: 12:00 noon 

Meeting Location 3 Creeks Trail at Broadway Avenue [just east of Lincoln in Willow Glen] 

 

Parking There is free parking on the residential streets. Please be careful not to park in a driveway. 

All tools and supplies provided, including work gloves. 

We will be working on the entire trail, from Coe to Minnesota. 

Please: 

+++Wear closed-toe shoes 

+++Bring a filled water bottle 

+++A hat and sunscreen are recommended 

 

The event goes on: rain or shine! 

Teens: Earn your community service hours at this event! 

Families: Begin the holiday season by volunteering together, for just a few hours! 

 

This event is sponsored by the City of San Jose, Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, along with Save Our Trails 

There is no pre-registration, simply show-up and help-out! 

Questions? Please email ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov or text/call (408) 595-3483 


Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Bill Rankin, Chair, Save Our Trails

http://www.saveourtrails-scc.org/


WGNA Open House Meeting

— Thursday, October 24, 2019

 

GOOGLE MIXED-USE FRAMEWORK PROPOSED PLAN for
WEST DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE

The Next WGNA Open House Meeting — Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7 p.m.

  • Presentation by the Google team on their Google Mixed-use Framework Proposed Plan (Downtown West development at Diridon Station Area)
  • District 6 City Council Candidate Marshall A. Woodmansee Introduction
  • The unveiling of The Willow Glen Discount Card
  • Mini Redwood Forest project in Willow Glen

Google Downtown West Project Description:

ℹ️ The Downtown West Mixed-Use Project proposes construction of approximately 6,500,000 gross square feet (GSF) of office space (with a maximum of 7,300,000 GSF), including approximately 1,000,000 GSF on the previously entitled San Jose Water Company Building site east of Los Gatos Creek; approximately 300,000 GSF event space; hotel use and limited-term corporate accommodations; on-site utilities and approximately 15 acres of publicly-accessible open space.

 

See here for the Meeting Agenda on October 24th. 

 

MEETING LOCATION

Willow Community Center
2175 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95113

(See Google Maps Directions here)

WGNA's open house Monthly Meetings
are typically held on the fourth Thursday of the month.

 


More info on our previous meetings and activities...

 

WGNA ELECTORAL CANDIDATES' FORUM — California Senate, District 15

The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association hosted a nonpartisan forum to introduce the candidates for the District 15 Senate seat in the upcoming 2020 election.

See a VIDEO
of the forum here,
directing off-site on YouTube.  Opening comments for the forum are in a separate video, here.

Candidates for this event included:

 

About the California State Senate — 15th District

Senate District 15 is comprised of 950,000 residents and encompasses a large portion of Santa Clara County, stretching from Cupertino east to Mount Hamilton and from Los Gatos north to San Jose’s Alum Rock District. The cities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and the San Jose communities of Willow Glen, Almaden, Evergreen, East San Jose, and Downtown are included within the district. The district also contains vast rural expanses of unincorporated areas that extend to the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Stanislaus County border.

District 15 is currently represented by Jim Beall, who has served from the year 2012 to the present. Beall's term ends in the year 2020, whereas one of the above candidates will become our new state senator.

See the regular map of the district

See the zoom map, focusing on San Jose.

 

 

URBAN LIVING SERIES: "CRANE WATCH WILLOW GLEN" — SEPTEMBER 2019

WGNA's last open house monthly meeting was held on September 26, 2019, at the Willow Glen Community Center.  The presentation included the fourth part of our “Urban Living" series, "Crane Watch Willow Glen", a discussion about new real estate developments in Willow Glen.  Project updates were given for The Ohlone condominiums and mixed-use development; Tamien Station, a transit-Oriented Development (TOD); Park and Laurel, an affordable transit-Oriented development; Page Street Development affordable housing; and other misc. local developments.  See our news (blog) feature for more information.  See the Meeting Agenda for September 2019, here. Topic series: Urban Ecology; Urban Design & Vision/Planning


WGNA's ADDRESS ON HOMELESSNESS CONTINUES...
A previous WGNA Monthy Meeting in June 2019 featured two guest speakers and an open forum with public comments and discussion.

Starting at 7:05 p.m., guest speaker Jonathan Fleming (returning guest) spoke on Laura’s Law, AB 47, AB 57, and AB 109.Next, at 7:15 p.m., DeAnna McNeal Mirzadegan, a neighborhood resident, spoke about a petition for a homeless encampment at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. From 7:25 p.m to 8:25 p.m, an open forum, and public comments were heard on the homeless, needs for transitional housing, crime and safety, addiction and health, impacts on the environment, and the state of the city.

A full hour was given to the WGNA Board, membership, and the open community to discuss and understand the issues related to homelessness, transitional housing, crime, and addiction, as well as the impacts on residential quality of life, the environment, the economy, social services, etc. There should be no "assumed" conflation on any of these matters. They are not necessarily all one and the same.


SAN JOSÉ CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM & INITIATIVES — MAY 2019

Presentation (viewable online, PDF format): San José Clean Energy program and initiatives.Speaker: Kate Ziemba, Senior Public Information Representative, San José Clean Energy (SJCE), City of San Jose; joined with Todd WebberSummary: San José Clean Energy, or SJCE, is the City of San José’s new electricity supplier—charting our path to a greener future. We are the Community Energy department of the City of San José, dedicated to creating a more sustainable future for our community and future generations. SJCE plays a crucial role in Climate Smart San José, the city’s climate action plan. The San José City Council unanimously voted to create SJCE in May 2017, and we began serving residents and businesses in February 2019.
Topic series: Urban Ecology; Urban Design & Vision/Planning

 


PLANED FIRE STATION #37 in WILLOW GLEN — MARCH 2019

The last open house meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association was a Town Hall Meeting with a panel discussion on issues relating to the San Jose Fire Department's proposal to build the new fire station #37 in Willow Glen, long planned on the site near the community center on Lincoln and Curtner Avenues.   The panel members will include San José Fire Chief Robert Sapien, Jr.; Councilmember Pam Foley, District 9 (South Willow Glen); and Councilmember Dev Davis, District 6 (Central Willow Glen).

Additionally, we had a chat on the San Jose Fire Museum in downtown San Jose, with its mission on educating the public about the history of the San Jose Fire Department.

 


 

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A Community Organization serving Willow Glen since 1973