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.



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