April 2019 Meeting

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JOIN US ON THE NEXT WGNA MEETING FOR APRIL 2019:
HOMELESSNESS, HEALTH & SAFETY, THE ENVIRONMENT, & THE GUADALUPE RIVER

Date: Thursday at 7 pm on 25 April 2019

Location:
 Willow Glen Community Center
, located at 2175 Lincoln Ave.San Jose, CA 95125 (between Malone Rd. & Curtner Ave.)

 
PANEL DISCUSSION:
— Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese
— San Jose Police Captain Heather Randol
— San Jose Neighborhood Leaders from Council Districts 3, 6, 7 & 9
 
COMMUNITY RESPONSE & TALKING POINTS
 
Engage and participate, give us your feedback on
 
— Homeless encampments, and the neglected population
— Opioid Epidemic, and the effects of substance abuse
— Fire damages to natural brush, woodlands, and city infrastructure
— Gangs, loitering, and criminal activities
— Urban ecology and the spread of biohazards
— Blight on residences, business, and economic development
— Financial buildup on taxpayers and enterprise
 
#WGNAsj #SanJoseCA #WillowGlen

 

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Safe Routes "Bike to School" Month, May 2019

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Seasonally, every year, Bike to School month returns in the spring (usually May), and Walk to School Day returns in the autumn.

Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village sponsors and organizes our annual National Center for Safe Routes to School"Bike to School" activities, the next occurring in May 2019.  Co-sponsors include Willow Glen Neighborhood Association - WGNA and other groups.

Through the year, and as part of the celebrations, students at our elementary schools receive bicycles, helmets, and razor scooters.

This national event is organized locally by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village in partnership with the National Center for Safe Routes to School.  Our regular co-sponsor is the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association - WGNA.


WHO: PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS for the Willow Glen event include:

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

Join children & adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of biking and walking to school:

  • Encouraging a child’s next stage of independence
  • Physical activity
  • Teaching safe pedestrian & bicycling skills to children
  • Awareness of how walkable & bikeable community improvements can be made
  • Concern for the environment Reducing traffic congestion, pollution & speed near schools
  • Sharing time with community leaders, parents & children
  • Creating joy and fun!
  • Promoting psychological well-being and alertness
  • Fostering maturation and responsibility
  • Creating habits of activity, empowerment and thinking differently
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SCVWD & City of San Jose Forgo the Relocation of Hope Village to Willow & Lelong Streets

UPDATE as of  Monday 18 March 2019

The Hope Village Relocation to Willow & Lelong Streets was defeated on Monday 18 March 2019.
In a meeting at Gardner Community Center that evening (7:00 PM), Councilmember Dev Davis and Mayor Liccardo announced that a decision at the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) earlier that afternoon (3:00 PM) would prevent the use of this site for a homeless encampment.  The relocation project had also received tremendous disapproval by area residents and stakeholders.

Subsequent meetings on the topic of the Hope Village Relocation to Willow Glen have since been canceled.


WGNA Issues Position Paper on
Hope Village Relocation to Willow & Lelong Streets

SUBJECT: WGNA Position Paper opposing the Hope Village Relocation Proposal at the site of Willow and Lelong Streets.

TO: Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD)

OUR POSITION: The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) strongly urges the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) to deny the requested permit and the use of this site for Hope Village or any similar homeless transitional housing projects.

 

See the position paper here in PDF document form.

 

 

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WGNA Position on Hope Village Relocation

WGNA Issues Position Paper on
Hope Village Relocation to Willow & Lelong Streets

SUBJECT: WGNA Position Paper opposing the Hope Village Relocation Proposal at the site of Willow and Lelong Streets.

TO: Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD)

OUR POSITION: The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) strongly urges the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) to deny the requested permit and the use of this site for Hope Village or any similar homeless transitional housing projects.

 

See the position paper here in PDF document form.

 

 

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March 2019 Meeting

Next WGNA Meeting for
Thursday 28 March 2019,
7:00 PM

The next open house meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association will be 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 will have 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.

We will be updating this page with more information on this meeting, so please stay in touch.

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Hope Village Relocation Meeting with WGNA

 * * * UPDATE: as of Monday 18 March 2019 * * *

The Hope Village Relocation to Willow & Lelong Streets was defeated on Monday 18 March 2019.
In a meeting at Gardner Community Center later that evening (7:00 PM), Councilmember Dev Davis and Mayor Liccardo announced that a decision at the Santa Clara Valley Water District earlier that afternoon (3:00 PM) would prevent the use of this site.  The relocation project had also received tremendous disapproval by area residents and stakeholders.

Subsequent meetings on the topic of the Hope Village Relocation to Willow Glen have since been canceled.  


Tomorrow night's meeting on Wednesday 13 March is hosted by Willow Glen Neighborhood Association - WGNA at the Elk's lodge.

It's an open house meeting, whereas the city councilmembers, county supervisors, representatives, and departments are invited to attend and speak. The WGNA Board has encouraged Councilmember Dev Davis to participate along with all of the stakeholders in our community in an open house forum.

As a resident, if this issue is important to you, and you cannot get a reserved seat in the city-sponsored meeting on March 20th, nor a confirmation for the second meeting on the unsaid date, then you are encouraged to attend Wednesday's meeting organized by WGNA and the Elk's Lodge on March 13th.

Per the City of San Jose's flier, the Hope Village Relocation project is still considered a "proposal" at the Willow & Lelong Street locations; so, we would like to give residents the opportunity to review the issues, express their concerns, and speak out on what they think is important. That also includes the voice of, and the particular interests directly relating to, the homeless in our community.

See WGNA's Facebook page at Willow Glen Neighborhood Association - WGNA, as well as here on WGNA.net.

Questions or other matters, please email editor.wgna@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to the board.

 

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February 2019 Meeting

Next WGNA Meeting for
Wednesday 13 February 2019,
7:00 PM

The next open house meeting of the Willow Glen Neighbmeeting of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association will be at the Willow Glen Community Center (2175 Lincoln Avenue, between Malone Rd. & Curtner Avenue.

The meeting will begin with a brief review and update of issues by the 2019-2020 Legislative Session by the staff from California Senator Jim Beall's office in the 15th District.

The second part of the meeting will include several updates on the Diridon Station Area and the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan, a collaborative effort to redesign and expand the station.  The four partner agencies working together on the Concept Plan include the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), Caltrain, Santa Clara County's Valley Transit Authority (VTA), and the City of San José

In the past, WGNA has also hosted meetings on the Google/Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP), whereas we will continue to expand on that topic here.  Google is working on an application for a master plan development, and the City of San José is preparing to review their application in conjunction with an update to the DSAP.  Leading the discussion will be Lori Severino, Civic Engagement Program Manager for the city's DSAP.  

 

 

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January 2019 Meeting

NEXT WGNA & UNSCC MEETING
—  Caltrain Modernization Program" or "CalMod"

Wednesday 09 January 2019

 

NEXT WGNA MEETING on the Caltrain Modernization Program" or "CalMod", including its electrification and system upgrades. This meeting is sponsored by UNSCC-United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County.
 
DATE & TIME: Wednesday 09 January 2019 at 7:00 PM.
 
LOCATION: Gardner Community Center,
520 W. Virginia Street, San Jose, CA 95125
(Two blocks from Bird Avenue)
 
United Neighborhoods is sponsoring - CalTrain San Jose Electrification’s first public meeting where Caltrain representatives will answer questions about how this affects your neighborhood, homes, and businesses.
 
We expect a large audience since blended Caltrain - High-Speed Rail system specific details are still being incomplete.
 
They will discuss Overview, Plans and Construction Timelines for 880 - Diridon, Diridon - Tamien and Monterey Road Sections, which potentially will have the greatest impact on San Jose neighborhoods.
 
Please submit your concise detailed questions to ViceChair@unscc.org by 6 PM on Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. We will forward a summary of all submitted questions to CalTrain on Monday morning, so they can be well prepared to answer your submitted questions.
 
You can submit questions at the meeting but questions submitted at public meetings many times are not fully answered since the presenter did not anticipate your questions or have an appropriate public answer.
 
What Affects One Neighborhood Affects Us All.
 
#SanJoseCA #WillowGlen #CalTrain #UNSCC #WGNAsj

Note that WGNA meetings typically occur on the second Thursday of the month.  This meeting occurs on Wednesday.

SEE THE AGENDA OF RECEIVED QUESTIONS from the public (as of Tuesday 08 January 2019): click here.

For a review or download of the WGNA Board Meeting Agenda, please see the dedicated page at http://www.wgna.net/meeting_agendas

 

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Holiday Lights Tour 2018

Holiday Lights Tour

Join Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village on Wednesday, 19 December, 4:30 - 8:00 PM for the annual Holiday Lights Tour - 2018 for the Christmas in the Park and the Fantasy of Lights, Vasona Park in Los Gatos. 

We invite you to join fellow neighborhood seniors on an escorted bus tour and walkthrough of Christmas in the Parkin downtown San Jose; and a bus tour through the Fantasy of Lights at Vasona Park

Holiday Feast & Socialstarts at 3:30 PM. All Activities should finish by 8:00 PM.

Participating residentsof The Village of Willow Glen; Summercrest; and Sienna senior living facilities. Escorted by docents.

Charter buses board promptly at 4:30 pm from the Village of Willow Glen, 465 Willow Glen Way, San Jose, CA 95125. 

  • Meet at the Village of Willow Glen

Co-sponsors with Archie's Army include Archie's Army, Inc. - San JoseWillow Glen Neighborhood Association - WGNAMartha's KitchenStakeholders for a Safe Green Village.

Please contact us to RSVP.

 

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WGNA Approves Position Paper on Google, October 2018

At the Board and Membership Meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) on October 11, 2018, the board members issued a position paper to Mayor Sam Liccardo, and the City of San José's Planning Departmentsupporting the Google Campus proposal & Diridon Station Area Plan.  

The paper relates to the project on the Diridon Station Area Plan and Google, the Silicon Valley technology company that intends to develop a major transit-oriented campus in the core of the city, expanding the present-day downtown San José.   This potential mixed-use master plan development includes offices, residences, retail shops, restaurants, and open spaces, and it's estimated that Google will employ 15,000 to 20,000 people.  

On September 13, 2018, the 
representatives from Google visited with the City of San José in the Willow Glen neighborhood to tell us more about its plans, and how that fits in with the City of San José's Diridon Station Area projects.  See that news story here, as well as in the below page flip in this article.

The WGNA position paper was endorsed by the WGNA Board and reads in part:

The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) would like to offer our support and endorsement for the Google Village project in the Diridon Station area in San Jose. As you may know, WGNA – the oldest neighborhood association in San Jose celebrated 45th anniversary in 2018 -- was established for the sole purpose of creating a stronger and more tightly-knit neighborhood. Our Board of Directors is comprised of established professionals with expertise in various fields, including, but not limited to, public safety, education, land development, small business and many more, with the ultimate goal to keep residents informed on a range of topics pertinent to the life in Willow Glen and to act as an agent of positive change by getting involved in advocacy activities on behalf of our members.

 

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Celebrating 45 Years — Serving San José, CA since 1973