June 2018 Meeting

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

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


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 step down as President and continue as a simple board member/director.  To see the rest of the new board officers, directors, and the Nominating Committee, click here (on the attached PDF document).  The new term begins June 1, 2018 and continues to May 31, 2019.



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.





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.



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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Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA)
A Community Organization serving Willow Glen since 1973