WGNA Board supports Teacher Housing in newly issued Position Paper

The 2017-2018 Board Members of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association voted in favor of issuing a new position paper in favor of Affordable Teacher Housing at 2119 Lincoln Avenue, assessor’s parcel #439-08-059, and San Jose General Plan project file #GP17-005.  The text of that letter is copied in the below, as well as that it can be viewed and downloaded in a PDF document format from our website at the "Position Papers" web page.  From our home page, see the tab for Position Papers, as well as look for the tab and pull down option on Meetings>Presentations to see the Board Meeting presentation on this topic.   Sarah Chaffin, owner of the property and the leader of "Support Teacher Housing" (the cause) has appeared at WGNA meetings, as recorded in WGNA Board Meeting agendas and minutes.


 

Subject: Affordable Teacher Housing


Mayor Sam Liccardo, and San Jose City Council,

San Jose is Capital of Silicon Valley, and our tech and knowledge companies need more educated tech workers, entrepreneurs, and startups which are produced by the graduates of our local schools.  We need students who develop and can be hired as workers and professionals in Silicon Valley like all the other globalized talent that's employed in our world-class city and its greater region.

Our very diverse multi-language families need great teachers to educate all of our children, not just children that are fortunate to attend better schools rather than the low performing schools.

The basis of great education for future well-paying employment opportunities starts in elementary school and continues through high school and beyond. Unfortunately, many of our children do not receive the needed education for better-paying jobs. So, San Jose is where Silicon Valley comes to find low-income service workers.

Currently, many teachers start their teaching careers in San Jose but leave for better-paying teaching and other jobs in the neighboring, wealthy local cities.  Otherwise, they move to other California cities — if not other U.S. states  — because they cannot afford to rent or buy a home, even in San Jose’s lower income neighborhoods.

Our federal, state, and local governments do not have money to provide sufficient affordable teaching or entry level government employee housing; so, private individuals and companies are building teachers' housing in other cities. 

San Jose provides tens of millions of dollars in tax subsidies to residential housing developers, as well as that our city makes exceptions to zoning and the city's general plan for cases of “public good”.  Likewise, the City of San Jose can benefit its residents by doing the same for private developers who are proposing a project for teachers and entry-level government employees.  This project benefits the very persons who provide valuable services for our residents and our children; therefore, in that sense, this too is a “public good”, especially when it has no (or very small) cost to the City of San Jose and its taxpayers.

The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association supports the San Jose Planning Commission recommendation to support Affordable Teacher Housing at 2119 Lincoln Avenue, assessor’s parcel #439-08-059, and San Jose General Plan project file #GP17-005.  We urge the City Council to approve this project.

Best,

Richard Zappelli, Board President, WGNA


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A HEARING FOR "SUPPORT TEACHER HOUSING" OCCURS on AUGUST 8th at CITY HALL
This cause for affordable teacher housing is asking for your support, as well as for you to show up in good numbers at city hall.  
Join teachers, educators, neighborhood parents, and students!

HERE ARE THE EVENT DETAILS:
San Jose City Council Decision (Council Agenda item)
Tuesday, August 8th @ 6:00 PM

City of San Jose Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

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AUGUST 2017 MEETING

EYES ON THE STREET: WGNA's 10th of AUGUST BOARD MEETING ON PUBLIC SAFETY

WGNA's next Monthly Board & Membership Meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday, 10 August 2017 at the Willow Glen Public Library branch at 7:00 pm. 

A guest presentation will feature Mini Le from the San Jose Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit. She will provide us with information on the topic of "Community Safety". 

This is a participatory meeting and presentation with the related theme of "Eyes on the Street", a popular phrase coined by Jane Jacobs, who is the well known author and activist in urban studies and sociology. Jacob's reference takes community safety and neighborhood watch programs to the next level, adding that sense of personal care and attention, or what we often call "natural surveillance". 

The ideas is that, in a well designed urban ecology, people. an participate and"keep eyes on the street" so as to be caring and mindful of each other, and thus keeping each other out of harm's way. It's about creating a caring environment.

We invite you to attend with all your questions and comments... and to participate. We'll keep an out for you! See you there!

#WillowGlen #SanJoseCA #SanJose #WGNA #WGNAsj 
#SJPD #WillowGlenCares #PublicSafety #EyesOnTheStreet 
#JaneJacobs #NeighborhoodWatch  #UrbanEcologyWGNA
#UrbanEcology #Police #UrbanDesign #WGNAUrbanDesignVision
#UrbanSociology #CrimePrevention

 

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Support Teacher Housing at SJ City Hall on August 8th

  

 

A HEARING FOR "SUPPORT TEACHER HOUSING" OCCURS on AUGUST 8th at CITY HALL
This cause for affordable teacher housing is asking for your support, as well as for you to show up in good numbers at city hall.  
Join teachers, educators, neighborhood parents, and students!

HERE ARE THE EVENT DETAILS:
San Jose City Council Decision (Council Agenda item)
Tuesday, August 8th @ 6:00 PM

City of San Jose Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

CURRENT STATUS, PROGRESS & TIMELINE
"Support Teacher Housing" won the first round, but now the real fight begins. On Tuesday, August 8, the San Jose City Council will hear the case and deliver a final vote on whether the project can continue. If the mayor and council members vote against Support Teacher Housing, the project will be terminated.  It's the only project of its kind known in San Jose at this time, while other cities in the region, the state, and the nation are making similar plans.  If SJ City Hall votes in support, then the city joins a statewide and national movement to improve teacher recruitment and retention, our city's and county's teacher diversity, and the overall quality classroom experience. 

The cause is not yet over and "SUPPORT TEACHER HOUSING" asks you to sign-on, sit-in, speak-out, and spread the word. 
For additional information email: info@supportteacherhousing.org.   Sign on at the SupportTeacherHousing.org website, and see the Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates.

On Wednesday 24 May, a community of teachers, parents, and local families took on the Planning Department and won.  In addition to the first 300 people who signed up as supporters online, and the 80 who came to the hearing to show their support, and the 50 who spoke at the hearing, Support Teacher Housing is still campaigning its cause, and they're campaigning for real crowd numbers in the showing at city hall, or letters to the council members and mayor.

FYI: comprehensive review of Support Teacher Housing can be found at the website of Stakeholder's for a Safe Green Village, here.

#SupportTeacherHousing 
#WillowGlen #SanJose #SantaClaraCounty #SJUSD 
#SanJoseCA#LincolnAvenueSJ  #SJCityHall #SJCityCouncil
#StakeholdersSGV#WGNAsj #WGNA

APOYA VIVIENDAS DE MAESTROS
http://supportteacherhousing.org

Apúntense — Acompañanos — Haga Oír Su Voz

AYUNTAMIENTO de SAN JOSÉ — Cámaras del Consejo
RESERVA LA FECHA — 08 de AGOSTO 

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National Night Out on Tuesday 01 August 2017 at the Willow Glen Creamery on Lincoln Avenue

National Night Out returns to Willow Glen on Tuesday 01 August 2017.   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 this year's host, 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 will also host its next Board Meeting and guest speaker presentation on Thursday 10 August with 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." 

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June 2017 Meeting

WGNA's next Monthly Board & Membership Meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday, 08 June 2017 at the Willow Glen Public Library branch at 7:00 pm.

A guest presentation will feature the city of San Jose's Trail Manager, Yves Zsutty, of the department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS).   He will provide us with a Trails Update for the Willow Glen Planning Area and its connecting areas.   This is a participatory meeting and presentation, and we invite you to attend with all your questions and comments.

#WillowGlen #SanJoseCA #SanJose #WGNA #WGNAsj 
#PRNS#SanJosePRNS #Trails #Parks  #UrbanEcologyWGNA
#UrbanEcology #ThreeCreeksTrail #LosGatosCreekTrail#GuadalpeTrail

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SUPPORT TEACHER HOUSING TODAY! WEDNESDAY 24 MAY, 6:30 PM AT CITY HALL

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Today the San Jose Planning Commission will decide whether to approve or deny our teacher housing project.
 
Thank you for offering to include your voice in our coalition of teachers, parents and local families that are standing up for our teachers.
 
We'll be at San Jose City Council Chambers, 200 East Santa Clara Street from 6:00PM.
 
The Commission meeting starts at 6:30PM sharp, and we are first on the agenda so please get there as early as possible.
 
Remember to wear pink! So all the commissioners know we're coming!
 
We will have talking points available at the hearing for anyone who needs a helping hand with their comments.
 
If you have any questions feel free to call, text or email.
 
See you tonight!
 
Israel Molina
Organizer
Support Teacher Housing
 
#WillowGlen#LincolnAvenueSJ#TeacherHousing#SanJose#Education


DESCRIPTION

Support Teacher Housing is an organization working to build affordable, teacher housing. Our mission is to help teachers live where they work, help schools recruit and retain teachers, and create a model that other towns and cities can replicate.

HOWEVER, the San Jose City Planning Commission intends to vote against our project at the Planning Commission Hearing on Wednesday, May 24.

Parents, teachers, and community members overwhelmingly support this project. We must make it clear to the Planning Commission that affordable, teacher housing is good for San Jose and good for the Bay Area - we need your help to drive this point home.

Join us at the Planning Commission Hearing on May 24th and show your support for teacher housing.


DATE AND TIME

Wed, May 24, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

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LOCATION

City Council Chambers

200 East Santa Clara Street

San Jose, CA 95113

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WGNA Annual General Meeting & Board Election on 25 May 2017

The Annual General Meeting and Board Election for the 2017-2018 term was rescheduled for Thursday 25 May 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, but a Nominating Committee Report was made by Ed Rast, Chairperson on the 11 May 2017 monthly meeting. 

  • Below, see an image of the information poster used for public notice of the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term; or, click here to view it as a downloadable PDF formatted document.
  • Click here to view the Agenda for the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term, which has been expanded from what's seen on the poster.
  • Click here to view to Minutes for the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term.  [Note: minutes will be posted when approved by the board and nominating committee]. 

 

[EDITOR'S NOTE to the original article: The Annual General Meeting and Board Election for the 2017-2018 term were rescheduled for Thursday 25 May 2017, but a Nominating Committee Report was made by Ed Rast, Chairperson at the 11 May 2017 monthly meeting.  May 11th was the originally scheduled date for the Annual General Meeting, but it was moved to May 25th because a number of board members were away from town, or on sick leave; therefore, the board could not meet a necessary quorum.]

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San Jose Community Budget Meeting, May 2017

The city will be hosting its annual Community Budget Meeting for 2017-2018 this upcoming Thursday 18 May 2017 at the Bascom Community Center (Multipurpose Room).  This is the scheduled day and location for the Willow Glen Planning Area, although other dates are made available for participation. 

The meeting will occur from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the 1000 S. Bascom Avenue address (San Jose, CA 95128), where the community center is situated.  Get directions from Google Maps here

#WillowGlen #SanJose #ParticipatoryBudgeting #BascomAvenueSJ  

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Bike To School Day, 10-12 May 2017; local participation in the National Safe Routes to School program

WGNA is currently planning for the annual Bike to School Day, now scheduled for Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 May 2017 (depending on the school).  This is part of the National Safe Routes to School program, which is coordinated locally by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village with the partnership of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and other neighborhood sponsors. WGNA has participated in the program since the year 2010 with other groups like Willow Glen Lions Club.

Participating schools are to include Willow Glen Elementary School; River Glen School K-8 School; Ernesto Galarza Elementary School; Hammer Montessori Elementary (at Hammer); and possibly other schools.

 

#BikeToSchool #SafeRoutes  #Bicycle #WillowGlen #SanJose #WalktoSchool #SafeRoutesToSchool  #WGNA #WGNASJ #StakeholdersSGV BicycleWG  #SJUSD #WillowGlenElementary #RiverGlenSchool #ErnestoGalarzaElementary #HammerMontesori


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May 2017 Meeting

UPDATE to the original article: The Annual General Meeting and Board Election for the 2017-2018 term are being rescheduled for Thursday 25 May 2017, but a Nominating Committee Report was made by Ed Rast, Chairperson at the 11 May 2017 monthly meeting.  The guest presentation by Don Weden had continued as planned.  (Last edited on Thursday 11 May 2017 at 11:37 pm).


The next WGNA Board Meeting is scheduled on Thursday 11 May 2017, and this will include the Annual General Meeting and Board Election for the 2017-2018 term. [Edited: see update in the above]

Please join us at the Willow Glen branch of the San Jose Public Library, inside the Community Room at 1157 Minnesota Avenue.

 

Guest speaker Don Weden will make a presentation on the topic of "Change, Growth, & Planning: Envisioning Santa Clara County 3.0."

"Santa Clara County is entering a new era in its physical development, driven by major demographic, economic, environmental, and geographic forces. It is becoming a more urban place.

Our population is projected to grow by about 300,000 people in just the next 15 years – the equivalent of adding two more Sunnyvales. The vast majority of that growth will be accommodated within existing urban areas, bringing major changes, challenges, and opportunities.

In addition, 2/3 of that growth is projected to occur in the 65 and older age group, as the Baby Boomers age. By 2030, 1/4 of our adult population will be 65+ and our county’s population will be the oldest it has ever been. That dramatic aging of our population will bring many challenges, including pressures for changes in our automobile-dependent land use patterns and the need for a wider array of housing and mobility choices.

Maintaining our quality of life, while adapting to these major changes will require responsible, visionary local land use planning – and community attitudes that support well-planned, appropriately-located, higher-density new development."

More information will be made available at WGNA.net, including the next meeting agenda and Walk to School information.

Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (see the menu for "Social Networking" on the right side of this page)

#WillowGlen #SanJose #UrbanDesign #UrbanPlanning #WGNA #SantaClaraCounty  #WGNASJ

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