WGNA Board Meeting & Presentation 
next on Thursday 12 July 2018

Our next board meeting on Thursday, July 12, 2018, will include Willow Glen Planning Area updates on a number of items, and including Bramhall-Willow Street Park, and the Greater Gardner Area.

The Willow Glen Planning Area is one of fifteen large sub-areas in the City of San Jose's "Greenprint".  The Planning Areas are used by the city in a number of ways, including how the Planning Division or the Parks Department monitors the supply and absorption of vacant land and to track and forecast development activity.

The Greenprint, in itself, is "a long-term plan that sets goals and strategies for how San José's parks, trails, and community centers will change over the next 20 years.  City staff and policymakers use the Greenprint as a guide as they explore the ways the parks system can help people in San José be healthier and happier.  The City is working on a major update of its existing Greenprint, which was accepted by City Council in 2009. The new Greenprint Update is expected to be complete in Spring 2018."

The 2009 version of the Willow Glen Planning Area and "Greenprint" is what defines the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association's area of membership and advocacy, as noted in our Bylaws and Policies.  See the "Planning Maps" page of our website, and an annotated 2009 Willow Glen Planning Area here.  

Two years ago, in WGNA's July 28, 2016 Board Meeting, issues relating to Bramhall-Wilow Street Park were presented by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village, then with a follow-up walk-through of the park happening that August.  By November 2016, Dave Mitchell from San Jose's Department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) visited WGNA's Board Meeting for a response and presentation.  This July 2018, we will now review the issues from the last two years, give updates on the progress, and engage feedback on current and future needs in the park.

WGNA's Greater Gardner Committee will give an update on issues since our last Town Hall Meeting on December 14, 2017, with Jim Beall, Jr., California State Senator (15th District).  Recent items have included a sound wall (concrete fence) behind the Gardner Academy; neighborhood traffic calming and street paving initiatives (especially on W. Virginia St.); California High-Speed Rail right-of-ways into the area; playground and other improvements inside Biebrach park; freeway/Caltrans cleanup issues; homelessness; Gregory Street area needs; impacts from the proposed Google-San Jose development; plus, the most recent proposal (application) for a wireless cell phone tower on Prevost Street near Jerome Ave.

Note that WGNA meetings typically occur on the second Thursday of the month.
Our regular meeting location is Willow Glen Library, Community Room, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

See the meeting Agenda here.

In the following August 2018, WGNA will be hosting National Night Out.

#WillowGlen #WGNAsj #SanJoseCA #GreaterGardner #WillowStreetPark. #BramhallPark #StakeholdersSGV #StakeholdersWSP


National Night Out 2018

National Night Out returns to Willow Glen on Tuesday 07 August 2018.   The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association will be organizing the event with this year's host, the Willow Glen Creamery, at the Willow Glen Town Square on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street.   Thanks to the creamery and frozen yogurt shop, free ice cream will be offered to every guest that participates, 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

National Night Out is a national program (trademarked) by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).  It occurs annually on the first Tuesday of August.  NATW describes the event as "an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live."  

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide

Coordinated by local police departments and grassroots organizers in every city across the United States, this is a community-based event with the purpose of awareness-raising, partnership, and neighborhood development. 

In agreement with National Night out themes, WGNA regularly addresses issues related to public health and safety (police, fire, emergency response, coverage areas, public welfare, etc.). We frequently invite guest speakers from the San Jose Police Department on the topic of neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

"National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances." 

#NationalNightOut #WillowGlen #SanJoseCA #SanJose #WGNA #WGNAsj #SJPD #WillowGlenCreamery #PublicSafety#NeighborhoodWatch #WillowGlenCares #EyesOnTheStreet#WillowStreetSJ #LincolnAvenueSJ #NNO


A Special June 21st Meeting in Gardner
ref. Wireless Antenna Slimline Monopole

Thank you for participating in our special meeting on June 21, 2018, at the Gardner Community Center with the City of San Jose, and the project applicant, Mobiltie LLC.

WGNA Endorses a Position Papers on the 
Wireless Antenna Slimline Monopole

See the paper endorsed on 2018, June 14 — regards a City of San Jose Special Use Permit to allow the installation of a new 60-foot Wireless Communication Antenna Slimline Monopole within a new 6-foot block wall compound along the perimeter landscaping on a 0.45 gross acre site. The project location/address is at the northeast corner of Prevost Street, and Jerome Street, San Jose.  The Applicant is Mobilitie, based in San Juan Capistrano, CA.  The city's project Reference Number is SP17-044; and number 2017 039775 DV.  The WGNA position paper was endorsed by the WGNA Board and reads in part: 

Mobilitie LLC proposes a cell tower installation for T-Mobile in a site 80 feet from the nearest residential property line. This will affect Gardner neighborhood residents, even if they are not directly benefiting from the wireless service...  

See Our New Page for the WGNA Greater Gardner Committee

To find more information concerning this project, and all matters relating to WGNA's Greater Gardner Committee, see our new web page at http://www.wgna.net/greater_gardner_wgna

WGNA and the members of its Greater Gardner Committee also share regular developments on our social media pages and other Facebook groups.  Please see our social media options to follow us there.

Note, this June 21st was a special committee meeting, whereas our last regular WGNA Board meeting was on June 14th at the Willow Glen Library (Minnesota Avenue), and our next regular board meeting is on Thursday 12 July 2018.  These meetings have all been an open house for everyone.  

A canvassing flier was handed out to residents in the greater Gardner neighborhood, and our position paper has since been presented and discussed at both the June 14th and 21st meeting.  We also share these items on the website and in the social media.  They are recorded with the San Jose City Clerk, and various city departments for public record.

For an official business with WGNA, please contact the Board President, Elizabeth Estensen.  For general questions regarding Gardner, please contact WGNA Board Members Jeremy Taylor and Rowan Pike, who live in Gardner, or contact WGNA's Greater Gardner Committee by email at gardner.wgna@gmail.com

Also see a PDF formatted document of the above flier here.  And our news entry at http://www.wgna.net/gardner_wireless_antenna.

 


Summary from the previous WGNA
Monthly Board & Membership Meeting 

on Thursday 14 June 2018

The last Monthly Board and Membership Meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood AssociationLocation occurred at the Willow Glen Library (Community Room) on Minnesota Avenue and endorsed two position papers.

SUMMARY:

The following action items were approved in the June 14th, 2018 meeting, including two position papers...

Recommendation of Two Position Papers:

    1. Ref. The Page Street Development: a project development by Charities Housing;
      (Action) Recommendation to approve the draft of a position paper in support of the Page Street Development project (after tonight’s guest speaker’s presentation).  This draft item was postponed after the last WGNA Board meeting for May.
    2. Ref. Mobilitie Wireless Antenna: a San Jose Special Use Permit to allow the installation of a new 60-foot Wireless Communication Antenna Slimline Monopole within a new 6-foot block wall compound along the perimeter landscaping on a 0.45 gross acre site.  Location: Northeast Corner of Prevost Street, and Jerome Street, San Jose.  City of San Jose Planning Reference Number: SP17-044.
      (Action) Recommendation to approve a draft Position Paper that is due for a separate Greater Gardner meeting on June 21 at the Gardner Community Center.

Guest Speakers (two) included Presentation, & Community Discussion from 7:20 - 8:15 p.m.

  • Destination: Home, re. Housing for the homeless; and
  • Charities Housing Development Corp., re. Affordable Housing

WGNA Greater Gardner Committee: re. discussion and position: 8:15 - 8:45 p.m.


For a review or download of the meeting agenda, please see the dedicated page at http://www.wgna.net/meeting_agendas, or go directly to the PDF document here


Letter to the City & Decision at City Hall —

WGNA Request to SJ City Council Districts 3 & 6 
re. Safe Crossings on Bird Avenue

TO: Councilmember Raul Peralez (D3) & Dev Heinert Davis (D6)

SUBJECT: Improve Public Safety for primary school children attending Gardner Academy School on Illinois Avenue at Auzerais Avenue. Two major intersections along a California State Roadway — Bird Avenue — are unsafe crossings. First, there is Auzerais at Bird Avenue; and secondly, Virginia Street at Bird Avenue.

ACTION REQUESTED:

California State Senator Jim Beall, Jr. is requesting that the City of San Jose, Department of Transportation (DOT), conduct a traffic study of these two intersections. Once the studies are completed, the state of California will take on the necessary improvements to make these intersections safe for primary school children to cross. The timing of these two studies is very important.

Please get back to me within the next twelve working days with a resolution. That is, confirm a date and time when these two studies will be scheduled and expected to be completed. We would appreciate a copy of any correspondence sent to the San Jose DOT team, and their responses.

The Bird Avenue roadway has become increasingly busy, and with all the recent developments beginning at the north of the intersections, West San Carlos Street at Bird Avenue/ Montgomery Streets traffic will increase dramatically. The intersection of Auzerais Street, Bird Avenue and Interstate 280 (i.e., the on and off ramps) is already very dangerous.

 

See a JPEG version of WGNA's letter to the city here.

NOTICE: This item was be decided at the Rules and Open Government Committee in San Jose City Hall,
on the Agenda for 2/14/2018' item ROGC 18-094;
title "Autumn, Montgomery and Bird Corridor Study" (Peralez/Davis); 
Joint Meeting for the Rules and Open Government Committee and Committee of the Whole;
 1.
Memorandum, 2. Letter from the Public

 


Welcome to WGNA online! — An introduction to the website

We've made it even easier for you to follow along with all of the latest events and happenings here in the Willow Glen area of San José, California.

If you're joining us for the first time, welcome! The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association was established in 1973. The organization has kept residents informed on a range of issues from traffic to neighborhood safety, all for the sole purpose of creating a stronger and more tightly-knit neighborhood for people of all ages to enjoy.

This website includes great resources for both residents and occasional visitors. Learn about the history of the area, see what types of businesses and other projects are in development, hear about events where you can meet fellow neighbors and get engaged on critical issues, and become a member to lend your voice to the neighborhood and contribute to the future of Willow Glen.

We organize special community events throughout the year, as well as monthly meetings that often feature guest speakers from around the city. We also work closely with other neighborhood organizations in the area that share our core values. There are numerous ways for you to get involved, and we'd love for you to join us.

Thanks for stopping by, and if there's anything else you'd like to see, don't hesitate to contact us!

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