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.


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 will be decided at the Rules and Open Government Committee in San Jose City Hall, on the Agenda for 2/14/2018.  See the particulars in the below table:

File #: ROGC 18-094    Version: 1 
Type:  Rules Committee Reviews, Recommendations, and Approvals 
Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/8/2018
On agenda:  2/14/2018 
In control: Joint Meeting for the Rules and Open Government Committee and Committee of the Whole
Title:  Autumn, Montgomery and Bird Corridor Study. (Peralez/Davis)
Attachments: 1. Memorandum, 2. Letter from the Public


Open House Monthly Board & Membership Meeting
With the February Guest Speaker

Local historian April Hope Halberstadt was the guest speaker at the Board and Membership Meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association - WGNA [also see us on Facebook]

This was an "Open House" meeting on the second Wednesday 07 February 2018 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the community room of the Willow Glen Public Library [also see the location on Facebook].

Note: Our meetings are usually on the second Thursday of the month, but the schedule was changed for this particular event.

Halberstadt talked all about Willow Glen History, as well as the surrounding areas, with a few other new stories that are not included in her original book, "The Willow Glen Neighborhood, Then and Now". She was particularly focused on the early pioneers, including some of those who are often overlooked. This should be an interesting follow up to Halberstadt's previous work.

You can also add the Facebook Event to your calendar: Facebook.

Notes now published online from
the Gardner Town Hall Meeting 

Willow Glen Neighborhood Association hosted a special Town Hall Meeting in the Gardner Neighborhood on the second Thursday, 14 December 2017 at 7:00 pm.  

  • The Town Hall Meeting Agenda can be found here.
  • The Town Hall Meeting Notes can be found here.


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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