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

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WGNA July 2018 Board Meeting & Presentations

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

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WGNA Approves Two Position Papers, first on the wireless antenna in Gardner

WGNA Approves Two Position Papers
— the first on a w
ireless antenna slimline monopole in the Gardner Neighborhood;
— the second on the Page Street Development by Charities Housing

Two Position Papers were approved by the WGNA Board of Directors at their June 14th, 2018 meeting.  The first position paper, referring to the antenna in the Gardner neighborhood, is finalized and now published here online at our website.  The second paper will be drafted soon and relates to a position in support of the Page Street development project by Charities Housing.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Click here for a PDF formatted copy of the position paper endorsed on 2018, June 14, ref. Mobilitie Wireless Antenna — the position paper references 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...


June 21st Meeting in Gardner re. Wireless Antenna Slimline Monopole

The canvassing flier in the below will be handed out to residents in the greater Gardner neighborhood. 
This is for a special meeting on June 21, 2018, at the Gardner Community Center, which will occur prior to our regular WGNA Board meeting on June 14th at the Willow Glen Library (Minnesota Avenue).  Both meetings are an open house for everyone.  

A position paper will be discussed at the June 14th meeting, as well as presentations.

For questions, 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.

 

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June 2018 Meeting

NEXT WGNA Meeting & Presentation 
on Thursday 14 June 2018, 7:00 PM

Location: Willow Glen Library, Community Room; 1157 Minnesota Avenue

SUMMARY:

Board Meeting (re. official WGNA board affairs): 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Action Items (three): approve last month’s minutes; two position papers

Recomendation 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): Presentation, & Community Discussion: 7:20 - 8:15 p.m.

  • Destination:Homes, 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.

Final discussions, closing remarks, & adjournment: 8:45 - 9:00 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.


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June 21st Meeting in Gardner re. Wireless Antenna Slimline Monopole

The below canvassing flier will be handed out to residents in the greater Gardner neighborhood.  
This is for a special meeting on June 21, 2018 at the Gardner Community Center, which will occur prior to our regular WGNA Board meeting on June 14th at the Willow Glen Library (Minnesota Avenue).  Both meetings are open house to everyone.  

A position paper will be discussed on the June 14th meeting, as well as presentations.

For questions, 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.

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Willow Glen Schools Gifted Invitation to Earthquakes Soccer Game

Several students at our Willow Glen Neighborhood Schools will receive prize tickets to the soccer game — The San Jose Earthquakes versus Los Angeles FC at the San Jose Avaya Stadium — scheduled for June 9th, 2018 at 7:15 PM.


Participating schools include:

Willow Glen Elementary
River Glen School K-8
Ernesto Galarza & Hammer Montessori
Gardner Academy 

The game tickets are courtesy of Stakeholders for Safe Green Village (SGV), purchased by the co-sponsorship of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA); Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA); and the Table Restaurant.

We also thank the Earthquakes for their free giveaways, school assembly demonstrations, mascot appearances, etc.  Together, we have promoted Safe Routes to School, and community pride.  We invite you to enjoy “Willow Glen Neighborhood Night” with the Earthquakes!  And enjoy your end-of-year summer vacation!

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"No On Measure B", WGNA Position Paper

Willow Glen Neighboroood Association supports a NO on B” position, referencing San Jose Ballot Measure B, a.k.a. Evergreen Senior Homes.  

The measure is on the ballot for the June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary Election.  As listed by Santa Clara County, referencing the local measures, and per the official ballot entry, the City of San Jose Measure B (Ordinance and General Plan Amendment Majority Vote) reads as follows:

Shall an initiative measure be adopted: (1) changing San José’s General Plan to create a Senior Housing Overlay to allow conversion of land designated for employment use to senior housing citywide; and (2) changing the Evergreen-East Hills Development Policy and Municipal Code, and adding a Specific Plan to allow development of up to 910 residential units on an approximately 200-acre Industrial Site in Evergreen for individuals 55 and over and other qualifying individuals? [vote] Yes/No

 

See this position paper in PDF format; as well as go to the list of our other position papers at the page, http://www.wgna.net/position_papers

 

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The New 2018-2019 WGNA Board

Results from the WGNA Board Election for the 2018-2019 Term

On Wednesday 16 May 2018, the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2018-2019 term was completed.  The new WGNA Board President is Elizabeth Estensen.  Richard Zappelli will be step down as President and continue as a simple board member/director.  To see the rest of the new board officers, directors, and the Nomiminating Committee, click here (on the attached PDF document).  The new term begins June 1, 2018 and continues to May 31, 2019.

 

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WGNA Board Election 2018

WGNA Board Election Ballot — Download & Print Document


The Election Ballot for Willow Glen Neighborhood Association's "Membership Elected – Nominating Committee Recommendations" is available for download and printing here, in PDF format.  

For the eligibility to vote, see the WGNA Bylaws and Policies on our website, and particularly "ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP; Section 4. VOTING RIGHTS".

NOTE: We would need members to print the ballot and return it in person at the Election on WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018, 7:00 PM at the Willow Glen Public Library inside the Community Room, at 1157 Minnesota Avenue.

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May 2018 Meeting & Presentation

NEXT on WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018, 7:00 PM

Note: This is not on our usual day, due to our political forum that was just held May 10th.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING & URBAN LIVING SERIES: This coming meeting at the Willow Glen Public Library includes a presentation by Sandra Heredia of Charities Housing Development Corporation. She will share the insights on the Page Street Development in the W. San Carlos Urban Village Planning Area nearby Willow Glen.  (See our prior speakers in this series, noted below or in the News section of our website)

TRAILS UPDATE: Additionally, we will get another Trails Update from Yves Zsutty, Trails Manager of the San Jose Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) department. He will talk about the improvements around the Coe Avenue area, as well as points in the greater trails network.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Finally, we will engage a discussion on the underserved areas, and with particular regards to the long proposed Fire Station #37. Neighborhood Commissioners from District 6 are invited to speak and answer questions.

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