November 2016 Meeting

The next  WGNA Board & Membership Meeting will be open to the public on Thursday 10 November 2016 at the community room of the Willow Glen Library.  Aside from the regular business of the Board of Directors, guest speakers will include Nancy Pyle and Betty Ramirez on the topic of the San Jose Youth Commission.  Afterward, Dave Mitchell from San Jose's department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) will be speaking on topics relating to changes in Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park.  Finally, the electee of San Jose's 2016 campaign race for Council District 6 has been invited to speak.  The meeting agenda will be posted on the website, here.


Please note, there's typically no monthly meeting for the month of December.


October 2016 Meeting

The WGNA Board & Membership Meeting was open to the public on Thursday 13 October 2016 at the community room of the Willow Glen Library.  The following meeting will be scheduled for 10 November, and there's typically no monthly meeting for the month of December.

The last guest speaker for October was Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA). Rod Diridon, Sr. also appeared as a special guest.

There was a discussion regarding alternate plans for California High-Speed Rail to enter Willow Glen "above grade", or, in other words, above the CalTrain tracks with sound walls.

Following, there also included a brief talk from the Election 2016 candidates for San Jose Unified Board of Trustees. Pam Foley and Olivia Navarro will address residents and members (15 min each).

See for all our meeting updates and related materials.



September 2016 Meeting & Presentations

WGNA's monthly Board & Membership Meeting occurs Thursday 22 September at 7pm at the Willow Glen Public Library.

Hear our guest speakers on issues pertaining to Urban Ecology. Dorsey Moore represents Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, and Steve Holmes is from South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition.

Members of the San Jose Police Department and San José Police Officers' Association will answer questions about police patrolling, suspicious activities, curfews, and other public safety issues in and around Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park; that's in addition to general care and safety issues in the greater neighborhood, such as Evans Lane, Boccardo Center, neighborhood watch, etc.

WGNA began working with Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (Stakeholders for Willow Street Park) on Bramhall Park earlier this summer, namely with the June 2016 presentation; whereas top issues there (as expressed by residents and membership) have been the ecological greenprint and the police patrolling of the park.

Lastly, District 6 candidate Devora "Dev" Davis will be making a brief talk that's followed by questions. Her opponent, Helen Chapman, spoke during the last August meeting.

#WillowGlen #SanJose #UrbanEcologyWGNA #UrbanEcology#OpenSpace #SCVOSA #SouthBayCleancreeks #SBCCC #FLGC



Forum: San Jose District 6, Chapman v. Davis


Make your decision for City Council Member.  See Helen Chapman versus Dev Davis in a political forum at Starlite Banquet Hall at 680 Minnesota Avenue (near W. Alma Avenue, Lelong Street, & Guadalupe Highway 87).

The candidate forum starts at 7 p.m. Meet Chapman and Davis before (6:30), or after (approximately 8:30).


The event is sponsored by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (SGV); Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA); United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County (UNSCC); and District 6 Neighborhood Leaders (D6NL).

#WillowGlen #SanJose #District6SJ #StakeholdersSGV #WGNA #D6NL#UNSCC#Election2016


24th Annual Food Festival, 20-21 August


The 24th Annual Festival is happening this Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, from 11am to 9pm. Enjoy traditional Assyrian foods with exotic teas, coffee, pastries, and a wine bar. There will be live music, dancing, and entertainment. Visit history exhibits, vendors from around the world. There will also be a fun filled kid's zone.

You can also win a raffle with a grand prize of $10,000!

The event occurs at the Assyrian Church of the East - Mar Yosip Parish, located at 680 Minnesota Avenue, near Hwy 87 and Alma Avenue.

FREE admission, shuttle, and parking.

Visit for more info!

Social media hashtags: #‎WillowGlen #‎SanJose #‎AssyrianFoodFestival #‎SeasonsInTheGlen#‎MarYosipParish #‎EatHereWG



AUGUST 25, 2016, 7pm at the Willow Glen Public Library - Community Room.

The theme of this meeting is "Public Safety", including issues:
1) San Jose Fire Department update, emergency response times, improvements.
2) San Jose Police Department, emergency response times.
3) Evans Lane, update, covering neighborhood concerns, from June meeting. Canoas Gardens. 


Follow-Up Meeting in the Park, 01 Aug 2016


Join Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village tonight, Monday 01 August 2016 at 7pm in the Britton Picnic Area of Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park for a follow-up meeting. Since the 28 July presentation, we'll be continuing the discussion. Today's meeting will primarily concern the structural changes in the amphitheater area and the new concession building which will include extra restrooms and storage. In part, our talk should involve contracts in the park by various stakeholders.

Please feel free to drop by and join us, as this should be a more casual get together and conversation.

Also follow the Facebook page at Stakeholders for Willow Street Park.

For the location of the Britton Picnic Area, see the Facebook post and album.


Canvassing: Structural Changes in Willow Street Park


Look for our canvassing leaflet 

Willow Neighborhood Association and Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village will be canvassing door to door around the Willow Street Park area during the weeks from 17 to 27 July 2016.

[Originally posted at the home page.]




Board Meeting & Presentation for 28 July 2016

 WGNA BOARD MEETING: THURSDAY 28 JULY 2016 The next WGNA Board Meeting will be at the community room of the Willow Glen Public Library (1157 Minnesota Avenue) at 7pm. It's an open meeting and everyone from the neighborhood is welcome.

THURSDAY 28 JULY 2016, 7 pm

Open House & Membership Participation

The next WGNA Board Meeting will be at the community room of the Willow Glen Public Library (1157 Minnesota Avenue) at 7 pm. It's an open meeting and everyone from the neighborhood is welcome.  A presentation will be made about planned developments in Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park, including community organizing, and a brief history of the park.  The guest speaker will be from Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village (SGV).  Updates on the park are now being shared on WGNA online media, as well as on a dedicated web page of Stakeholders SGV. In addition, there is also a Facebook Page, Stakeholders for Willow Street Park (@StakeholdesWSP), specifically for all topics related to the park.

Please see the Agenda (second revision as of 25 July 2016).

Poster the meeting on 28 June 2016

[Originally posted at the home page]




A new Facebook main page has been created at

WGNA's main and original Facebook Page at is not yet restored.

Also, see WGNA's alternate Facebook Pages that are back online:

Willow Glen Neighborhood Association's current Board of Directors (2016-2017) are currently restoring the organization's media devices, including Facebook, Twitter, the website at and email accounts.

Twitter: Alerts, notifications, meeting reminders and current events are now being shared on Twiter. Please subscribe at

To contact WGNA Board of Directors by email, please use the new

To share media content on social networks and websites, please contact

For official business with WGNA, correspondence should be directed solely to the 2016-2017 Board President, Richard Zappelli.   He can be found online at Facebook, as well as through the above emails.

Hashtags: #‎WGNASJ #‎WGNA #‎WillowGlen #‎SanJose


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