Bike to School Day 2018


Seasonally, every year, Bike to School returns in the spring, and Walk to School returns in autumn.  This national event is organized locally by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (Facebook) in partnership with the National Center for Safe Routes to School (Facebook), and Willow Glen Neighborhood Association – WGNA (Facebook) is a regular co-sponsor.

BIKE TO SCHOOL occurs this May 2018.

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

— Bringing a sense of joy and fun!
— Encouraging children’s next stage of independence
— Promoting psychological well-being and alertness
— Fostering maturity and responsibility
— Creating habits of activity, empowerment and thinking differently
— Teaching children an awareness of what’s ahead “down the road.”

#BikeToSchool #SafeRoutes #StakeholdersSGV #WillowGlen #SanJose#WGNA



Election 2018


WGNA will be hosting on Thursday 10 May 2018 at the Starlite Banquet Facility, Willow Glen/San Jose, 680 Minnesota Ave, 95125.

All candidates are participating, including Mike Alvarado, Jason Baker, Dominic Caserta, Susan Ellenberg, Maria Hernandez, Pierluigi Oliverio, and Don Rocha.

The moderator will be Teresa Alvarado.


April 2018 Meeting on Affordable Housing

WGNA's next Board & Membership meeting on Thursday 12 April 2018 will include CORE Builders as the guest speakers on the topic of Affordable Housing projects in our area.  This is part two of our "Urban Living" presentations.  Paul Ring, V.P. of Development at Core Companies, will be the presenter.

Our meeting will be hosted at 7:00 PM in the community room of the Willow Glen Public Library, located on Minnesota Avenue. It's an open house meeting, and everyone is invited to join.

One of the major projects to be discussed by the guest speaker will be the Laurel Grove Family Apartments, located adjacent to the San Jose Diridon Transit Center, a major transit hub with access to both regional and local transportation, as well as free shuttles to the downtown core.  Laurel Grove is the first project in Santa Clara County to be awarded funding from the state's Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) loan and grant program, which is administered by the Strategic Growth Council and implemented by the California State Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD).  Laurel Grove also received a loan from HCD's Transit Oriented Development program.  This is the first housing project in San Jose to be Bay-Friendly Landscaping rated by ReScape California, a nonprofit organization that recognizes excellence in sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance practices. 

CORE Builders will also present the nearby Race Street and Tamien Station Housing projects.   Race Street includes 206 units of 100% Affordable Housing in Midtown San Jose.  Tamien Station Housing is a mixed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) with affordable units for seniors and veterans.  

The guest may also talk about other area projects, such as the Delmas Park Apartments, Agrihood, Sparq, etc.  

Established in 1989, The Core Companies is a major builder in the San Francisco Bay area.  Since its inception Core has developed more than 400 single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, as well as 2,300 apartment units all within the South Bay region. In the last decade, Core has developed 17 properties with a total development cost of approximately $500 million.



March 2018 Meeting

Next Open House Board & Membership Meeting 

March 8,2018 Thursday; Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Subject: Urban Living — Market Rate Housing; Midtown & Willow Glen; comprising aprox. 1,540 units total

Presenter: Konstantin Voronin, Republic Urban Properties, Inc.

Developing projects around the Willow Glen Planning Area:
  • Meridian at Midtown, condominiums, approx. 220 units
  • Ohlone Towers (3), condominiums, approx. 880 units
  • Del Monte Park, soccer field, and dog park
  • Tamien Station Towers (2), approx. 440 Units
    • A Transit Village, with daycare center
    • Tamien Neighborhood Park 

Presentation begins at 7:40 PM to 8:10 PM



February 2018 Meeting & Speaker

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

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

Join us for this "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 has been changed for this particular event.

Halberstadt will talk 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 will particularly focus 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.


Safe Crossings on Bird Avenue



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



January 2017 Meeting

Speak Out on California High Speed Rail —
Rail Transport Right-of-Way into San Jose

Join us at the next Board and Membership Meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association.  This will be an "Open House" meeting on the second Thursday 11 January 2018 at 7:00 PM in the community room of the Willow Glen Public Library [also see the location on Facebook].

The guest speaker will be none other than the California High-Speed Rail Authority [Facebook].

Raise your questions and issues — sit in, listen in, and speak out on the rail transport right-of-ways into San Jose and how it will impact your neighborhood. What are your concerns? What do you want to say? This is your time to give feedback to the rail authority without the fuss of big city hall proceedings. You have your opportunity right here in your neighborhood to discuss with your neighbors and the authority that oversees rail development. [Also see the Facebook event]

See the meeting Agenda here.

Suggested video for viewing, "Opt 1 Lick Quarry to Pacheco Pass" (offsite on YouTube).


Town Hall Meeting in Gardner Neighborhood (December 2017)



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.





Canvassing flier

Canvassing flier (Spanish)



NOTE: this was not our usual meeting location.  Instead, this particular meeting occurred at the Gardner Academy school at 502 Illinois Avenue, San Jose 95125.

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Holiday Lights Tour 2017

Willow Glen Neighborhood Association & Archie’s Army invite you to join fellow neighborhood seniors on an escorted bus tour and walkthrough of Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose; and a bus tour through the Fantasy of Lights at Vasona Park.  🍕PIZZA PARTY & beverage social before at 3:30 PM🍕

Participating residents of ❄️ THE VILLAGE of WILLOW GLEN ❄️ SUMMERCREST ❄️ SIENNA senior living facilities.  Escorted by docents.

Charter buses depart at 4:30 pm from the Village of Willow Glen, 465 Willow Glen Way, San Jose, CA 95125.  Activities should finish by 8:00 pm.

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November 2017 Meeting

WGNA's next Monthly Board & Membership Meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday, 09 November 2017 at the Willow Glen Public Library branch at 7:00 pm.

Our guest speaker will be talking about all the ways that we connect people and provide solutions to travel and a better quality of life. Brandi Childress is the current Media and Public Affairs Manager at the Valley Transportation Authority of Santa Clara County. 

How do you make your daily transportation connections? That's whether it's by a car on the streets and highways, VTA light rail, or by regional transportation systems like BART, ACE and Cal Train?  What about the future California High-Speed Rail?

More of us are traveling to the area using the local bikeways, if not walking and jogging on the public trails.

If you're like many people in the San Francisco Bay Area, you probably make use of several modes of travel.  We will discuss how to make those transportation connections in what's become a modern-day multi-modal environment.  That's whether it's in the traditional neighborhoods, or in the newer transit-oriented developments (TODs) and urban villages.  We'll talk about your own community ties-in with the various neighborhoods in the city, county, and greater region.  Learn how your neighborhood works within the greater context of the regional urban ecology, and how our local hub connects within the greater transportation system.

Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area has a developing transportation hierarchy of which there are many options and layers.  Do you mostly choose a single occupancy vehicle and commute daily on the congested highways?  Do you carpool with family members, co-workers, or fellow students?  We'll consider what determines our individual choices and options.

We will discuss the current availability and growing demand for multi-modal travel, including everything from bicycle routes to the public transit options.  Wherever we currently live or desire to move, can we all work-in with the "complete streets" and "livable communities" initiative?  More people want to live and work in complete neighborhoods that include all the amenities of quality of life, reduced commuter distances, etc.

Young or old, healthy and green ways of life are in demand as more people find ways to fit in hiking, jogging, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School.  It's part of the daily routines of modern-day work, family, and social life.

The proximity to transportation lines and public trails — plus safe and efficient routes — is affecting residential and commercial land values because more people are seeking their accessibility.  It's part of the greater question concerning livability as we all realize the great squeeze in the Bay Area's jobs-housing balance.

Even when we're on our day off from work — or taking an extended holiday or business trip — the San Francisco Bay Area has a significant and growing interest in travel and tourism.  That's especially as it relates to our national heritage region; business and conventions; trade and distribution; etc.  Transporation from the airport, to train stations, and into the neighborhoods is a significant part of our travel plans, which is either for business or leisure.

All of these areas of interest and more will things to think about at our next meeting.  We encourage your participation, including questions, concerns, and feedback. 


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