Safe Routes "Walk to School" 2019


NATIONAL SAFE ROUTES "WALK TO SCHOOL DAY" RETURNS THIS 16th OCTOBER 2019 IN WILLOW GLEN

On Wednesday 16 October 2018 at 7:00 a.m., students, parents, and teachers will meet together in celebrating "Walk to School Day".  A morning reception will be hosted before we continue to our respective schools.  Meet at the Bank of America Parking Lot on Lincoln Avenue at 1245 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125 (see Google map here).

The program and events are free of cost to all the participants.

Participating schools include Willow Glen Elementary School; River Glen K-8 Two-Way Immersion School; Ernesto Galarza Elementary; Hammer Montessori School, and others.

All students in any of the other nearby schools are invited to participate, such as Blackford, Booksin, Gardner, Schallenberger, and Washington. Also, private schools BASIS, Sacred Heart Nativity School, San Jose Christian School, and Valley Christian.

Team mascots appear, including "Q" of San Jose Earthquakes, "Gigante" of San Francisco Giants/ San Jose Giants, and "Stomper" of Oakland Athletics.  Area students and families are invited to participate, along with other area dignitaries.   We have snacks and giveaways for the participants.

Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village sponsors and organizes our annual National Safe Routes to School“Walk to School Day”. Co-sponsors include Willow Glen Neighborhood Association - WGNA and other groups. 

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

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

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

  • 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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September 2019 Meeting

WGNA's Next Open House monthly meeting will be held on September 26, 2019, at the Willow Glen Community Center (2175 Lincoln Avenue).  A presentation will be made about the fourth part of our “Urban Living" series, "Crane Watch Willow Glen", a discussion about new real estate developments in Willow Glen.  Project updates will be given on...

  • The Ohlone 
    • Condominiums and mixed-use development
    • 800 units
    • Developer: Green Republic LLLP
  • Tamien Station
    • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
    • 569 units (24% affordable)
    • Developer: UrbanCo Tamien LLC
  • Park and Laurel
    • Affordable Transit-Oriented Development
    • Laurel – 82 family units, Park – 100 senior units
    • Developer: Santa Clara County, Housing Authority
  • Page Street Development
    • Affordable housing
    • 81 studio apartments
    • Developer: Charities Housing
  • Misc. Local Developments

 

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Candidates Forum 2019

WGNA Electoral Candidates Forum

— Candidates' Forum for the California Senate, District 15

 

 

 

The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association is hosting this nonpartisan forum to introduce the candidates for the District 15 Senate seat in the upcoming 2020 election.

The format of the event will be equal time Q&A with time for audience questions at the end.

Confirmed candidates for this event are:

 

Date & Time Thursday 17 October 2019 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location Starlite Banquet Facility,
680 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
Directions See the Google map and get directions to the site here
RSVP & volunteer (online)

On the WGNA website http://www.wgna.net/event_registration

Or offsite through Eventbrite 

 

About the California State Senate — 15th District

Senate District 15 is comprised of 950,000 residents and encompasses a large portion of Santa Clara County, stretching from Cupertino east to Mount Hamilton and from Los Gatos north to San Jose’s Alum Rock District. The cities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and the San Jose communities of Willow Glen, Almaden, Evergreen, East San Jose, and Downtown are included within the district. The district also contains vast rural expanses of unincorporated areas that extend to the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Stanislaus County border.

  • District 15 is currently represented by Jim Beall, who has served from the year 2012 to the present. Beall's term ends in the year 2020, whereas one of the above candidates will become our new state senator.
    • See the regular map of the district
    • See the zoom map, focusing on San Jose.

 

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National Night Out — August 6, 2019

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JOIN US ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 6th for NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2019

The event returns to Willow Glen at our usual location, 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. The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association will be organizing the event with our co-host.

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."

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June 2019 Meeting

 

The next WGNA Monthy Meeting for June 2019 will feature two guest speakers and an open forum with public comments and discussion.

Starting at 
7:05 p.m., guest speaker Jonathan Fleming (returning guest) will speak on Laura’s Law, AB 47, AB 57, and AB 109.

Next, at 7:15 p.m., DeAnna McNeal Mirzadegan, a neighborhood resident, will speak about a petition for a homeless encampment at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

From 7:25 p.m to 8:25 p.m, an open forum, and public comments will be heard on the homeless, needs for transitional housing, crime and safety, addiction and health, impacts on the environment, and the state of the city.

A full hour will be given to the WGNA Board, membership, and the open community to discuss and understand the issues related to homelessness, transitional housing, crime, and addiction, as well as the impacts on residential quality of life, the environment, the economy, social services, etc.

There should be no "assumed" conflation on any of these matters. They are not necessarily all one and the same.

 

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New The New 2019-2020 WGNA Board

The New 2019-2020 WGNA Board

— Results from the WGNA Annual Board Meeting & Election

On Thursday 23 May 2019, the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2018-2019 term was completed.  The incumbent WGNA Board President, Elizabeth Estensen, will continue for a second term that starts June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020.  Konstantin Voronin, incumbent First Vice President, and Rod Brittner, incumbent Second Vice President, will also serve a second term within that same duration.

The new WGNA Treasurer will be Mitchell Ehrlich as of June 1, 2019.  Archie Moore completes his term as Treasurer on May 31, 2019, and will continue as a regular board member and director.

The new WGNA Secretary will be Kathleen Almoslino as of June 1, 2019.  Silvia Filipponi completes her term as Secretary on May 31, 2019, and will continue as a regular board member and director.

To see the rest of the new board officers, directors, and the Nominating Committee, click here to open the attached PDF document.  The new term for all Board Members and the Nominating Committee begins June 1, 2019, and continues to May 31, 2020.

Annual Meeting & Election poster:  see a PDF version of the document here.  For the JPEG version, see here.

WGNA bylaws at http://www.wgna.net/by_laws_and_policies
WGNA News (blog) page at http://www.wgna.net/news;
or see the specific news entry for on the Annual Meeting & Election at http://www.wgna.net/annual_meeting_2019

The slate of candidates for the Annual Meeting & Election in PDF document format here.
For the JPEG version, see here.

Agenda for the Annual Meeting & Election on May 23, 2019, in PDF format document here.
Election Ballot — Annual Meeting & Election Ballot for May 23, 2019
(Membership Elected – Nominating Committee Recommendations) here (PDF format).

Announcement of the new 2019 – 2020 WGNA Officers, Board Members & Nominating Committee: see the attached PDF document here. For the JPEG version, see here

To see a copy of the meeting agendas, see our web page at Meetings > Meeting Agendas and then click the link for that month. This provides a document in PDF format that can be viewed online, as well as printed.  Agendas are posted once we come closer to the meeting date.

 

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WGNA Slate of Candidates for 2019-2020; Annual Meeting & Election

 


DAY of the ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTION: Candidates will be elected at WGNA’s Annual Membership Meeting on May 23, 2019, at Willow Glen Community Center from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

 

See a PDF version of the above poster here.  
For the JPEG version, see here.
See the complete WGNA bylaws at http://www.wgna.net/by_laws_and_policies
See the News (blog) page at http://www.wgna.net/news;
or the specific news entry at http://www.wgna.net/annual_meeting_2019

See the slate of candidates, PDF document format here

For the JPEG version, see here.

See the meeting Agenda for the Annual Meeting & Election on May 23, 2019 in PDF format document here.
See the Election Ballot — Annual Meeting & Election Ballot for May 23, 2019
(Membership Elected – Nominating Committee Recommendations) here (PDF format).
To see a copy of the meeting agendas, see our web page at Meetings > Meeting Agendas and then click the link for that month. This provides a document in PDF format that can be viewed online, as well as printed.  Agendas are posted once we come closer to the meeting date.

 

 

MEETING LOCATION

Willow Community Center

2175 Lincoln Avenue

San Jose, CA 95113

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Annual Membership Meeting & Election, May 2019

Annual Membership Meeting and Election

Thursday 23 May 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The Nominating Committee of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) is seeking candidates for the 2019-2020 term of Board Officers, Directors, and Nominating Committee members.

Candidates will be elected at WGNA’s Annual Membership Meeting on May 23, 2019, at Willow Glen Community Center from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Any member meeting the qualification for office who has submitted a statement of interest to the Nominating Committee in the announced time frame (as scheduled in the below) shall be included on the ballot.

All WGNA Board candidates must be current WGNA members, and Officer Candidates are required to be members for at least 1 year prior to the Annual Meeting and Election. Candidates must agree with the WGNA Bylaws, Values, Non-Discrimination and Conflict of Interest and Policies 

Schedule & Procedures

  • REQUEST APPLICATION: Interested candidates must request an application from the Nominating Committee by the deadline on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at noon (12 o’clock daytime).  Submit requests by email to Nominations.WGNA@gmail.com.
  • SUBMIT APPLICATION: complete and sign the application to the WGNA Nominating Committee by the deadline on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at noon (12 o’clock daytime), and send it to Nominations.WGNA@gmail.com

Provide contact information and be prepared to answer questions like:

      • Why you are interested in being a Board member?
      • What experience and skills can you offer?
      • Which committees, activities, and events would you like to be involved? Why?
      • What ideas do you have to improve programs, address public issues, engaging communications to the community?
  • REVIEW of APPLICATIONS & CANDIDATES: Any member meeting the qualification for office who has submitted a statement of interest to the Nominating Committee within the announced time frame shall be included in the ballot.  The WGNA Nominating Committee will meet and review all the applications and determine if the applicants have met all the qualifications for the position for which they are applying on the WGNA Board or the Nominating Committee.
  • PUBLISHING of BALLOTS, & CASTING VOTES : The 2019-2020 ballots will be posted online at WGNA.net or emailed to the membership on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and must be returned by email to the Nominating Committee at Nominations.WGNA@gmail.com by the deadline on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at noon (12 o’clock daytime); or the voting membership can deliver their ballot to the Nominating Committee by the deadline of 7:30 pm on May 23, 2019, on the site of the Annual Membership Meeting.
    • Proxy voting shall not be permitted on any manner put to vote of Board or membership.” per the WGNA bylaws.
  • DAY of the ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTION: Candidates will be elected at WGNA’s Annual Membership Meeting on May 23, 2019, at Willow Glen Community Center from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

 

See a PDF version of the above poster here.  
For the JPEG version, see here.
See the complete WGNA bylaws at http://www.wgna.net/by_laws_and_policies
See the News (blog) page at http://www.wgna.net/news;
or the specific news entry at http://www.wgna.net/annual_meeting_2019

See the slate of candidates, PDF document format here

For the JPEG version, see here.

See the meeting Agenda for the Annual Meeting & Election on May 23, 2019 in PDF format document here.
See the Election Ballot — Annual Meeting & Election Ballot for May 23, 2019
(Membership Elected – Nominating Committee Recommendations) here (PDF format).
To see a copy of the meeting agendas, see our web page at Meetings > Meeting Agendas and then click the link for that month. This provides a document in PDF format that can be viewed online, as well as printed.  Agendas are posted once we come closer to the meeting date.

 

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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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