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. 


October 2017 Meeting

WGNA's next Monthly Board & Membership Meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday, 12 October 2017 at the Willow Glen Public Library branch at 7:00 pm.

A guest presentation will feature Devin Gianchandani and Heba El-Guendy, program managers of the City of San Jose's Department of Transportation (DOT). Together, they will provide us information on the Vision Zero and Street Smarts programs, and how the city is creating transportation improvements in the neighborhood, as well as safe, livable streets.

Devin Gianchandani will answer questions pertaining to the City of San Jose's bicycle/pedestrian program and adult encouragement programs, which is in addition to providing an overview and schedule of the Department of Transportation's paving and complete street project on Willow Glen's Minnesota Avenue. He will lead a discussion of safety concerns at Minnesota/Hicks and Minnesota/Lincoln Avenues.

Devin Gianchandani has dedicated his professional career toward efforts that promote environmental and transportation sustainability. He has an educational background in Environmental Science and a Masters of Science in Transportation Management.  Gianchandani currently leads the City of San Jose's "Transportation Options Program" which includes an "Encouragement and Education" team that encourages the use of alternatives to driving alone, such as transit, carpooling, walking and bicycling; and a "Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities" team that is focused on planing and implementation of high quality pedestrian and bicycle facilities to support the City's ambitious mode shift and safety goals.  Prior to working for the City, he worked as an Associate Planner and then as the Regional Rideshare Manager with RIDES for Bay Area Commuters, and prior to that, he worked as a Transportation Planner with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency.

Heba El-Guendy will describe the San Jose Vision Zero Program including its core principles.  She will also present information on collisions data and trends, along with the City’s efforts to address safety issues in terms of engineering, education, evaluation and enforcement efforts.  

Heba El-Guendy is San Jose's Vision Zero Program Manager and has over 25 years of transportation experience in both the public and private sectors.  Her experience is in the areas of transportation planning, traffic engineering and roadway design including:  complete streets, bicycle/pedestrian improvement projects, safe routes to school programs, traffic calming, ITS, traffic impact analyses, and grant application/administration.  She is also experienced in community outreach, and educational and engagement programs.  El-Guendy has a Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on Transportation Planning, and she is a licensed Traffic Engineer in California. 


"A traffic safety initiative to eliminate deaths and severe injuries on our roadways as soon as possible!  One traffic death is one too many.  Vision Zero is our City's commitment to prioritize street safety.  Achieving the Vision Zero goal will Take All Of Us!"

Go to the City of San Jose's official Vision Zero web page:

Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety initiative aiming to achieve a road and highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries.  The movement began in the 1990s in Sweden, was approved by their parliament in 1997 and has since been implemented across Europe, as well as many major cities in the United States and other nations of the world.

"A core principle of the vision is that 'Life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society' rather than the more conventional comparison between costs and benefits, where a monetary value is placed on life and health, and then that value is used to decide how much money to spend on a road network towards the benefit of decreasing how much risk."

Go to the official Vision Zero Network web page: (also on Facebook)


"The City of San José started the STREET SMARTS program for schools and neighborhoods. This traffic safety education program is designed to get people thinking to help make our streets safer. 

"Whether you’re a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a driver, your behavior plays a huge role in keeping our streets safe. The STREET SMARTS program brings education into the equation by building awareness, offering safety tips, and reminding all of us to take responsibility for our actions on the road.

"Street Smarts is focused on:

  • Speeding
  • Red light running
  • Stop sign running
  • School zone safety
  • Crosswalk safety and compliance

"The first three behaviors are the leading causes of accidents in San José, and the last two address our most vulnerable populations — school kids and pedestrians. Our goal is to encourage people to adopt new attitudes and behaviors that will make our streets, roads, and highways safer and friendlier for everyone who uses them. It’s just another way we can respect the community in which we live!"

Go to the City's official Street Smarts web page:


We invite you to attend with all your questions and comments... and to participate. 



National Safe Routes “Walk to School” on Wednesday 11 October 2017 in Willow Glen

Seasonally, every year, Walk to School returns in autumn, and  Bike to School in the spring.  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.



WHO: PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS for the Willow Glen event include:

Willow Glen Elementary; River Glen School K-8; Ernesto Galarza Elementary; and Hammer Montessori Elementary.  (Note: in the below, also see a separate event and venue for nearby Washington Elementary School).

WHEN & WHERE: At 7:00 AM on Thursday 11 October 2017, students, parents, and teachers will meet with others in the community at the Bank of America Parking Lot on Lincoln Avenue. We will all “Walk to School” from that location after a morning reception.

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 & bikable 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






WGNA's next Monthly Board & Membership Meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday, 14 September 2017 at the Willow Glen Public Library branch at 7:00 pm.

A guest presentation will feature Rosalynn Hughey, Interim Director of the City of San Jose's Department Planning, Building & Code Enforcement. She will provide us with information on the topic of Participatory Planning, and the Jobs-Housing Balance. 


"By far, the most egregiously imbalanced cities in the Bay Area are San Jose, which has 203,576 more jobs than housing units, and San Francisco, which has 154,595 more jobs than housing units. By comparison, the imbalance for the entire rest of the Bay Area is 692,864 more jobs than housing units. So, those two cities alone account for 34% of the Bay Area’s jobs to housing imbalance."

Quoted from Curbed SF (also on Facebook).  See the below-related article from their website and blog: We Found which Bay Area cities aren't pulling their weight on housing: An exclusive analysis of regional jobs and housing with surprising conclusions by Scott Lucas, October 12, 2016.

PARTICIPATORY PLANNING is "an urban planning paradigm that emphasizes involving the entire community in the strategic and management processes of urban planning; or, community-level planning processes, urban or rural. It is often considered as part of community development. Participatory planning aims to harmonize views among all of its participants as well as prevent conflict between opposing parties. In addition, marginalized groups have an opportunity to participate in the planning process."

See here from Wikipedia:

We invite you to attend with all your questions and comments... and to participate. 



WGNA Board supports Teacher Housing in newly issued Position Paper

The 2017-2018 Board Members of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association voted in favor of issuing a new position paper in favor of Affordable Teacher Housing at 2119 Lincoln Avenue, assessor’s parcel #439-08-059, and San Jose General Plan project file #GP17-005.  The text of that letter is copied in the below, as well as that it can be viewed and downloaded in a PDF document format from our website at the "Position Papers" web page.  From our home page, see the tab for Position Papers, as well as look for the tab and pull down option on Meetings>Presentations to see the Board Meeting presentation on this topic.   Sarah Chaffin, owner of the property and the leader of "Support Teacher Housing" (the cause) has appeared at WGNA meetings, as recorded in WGNA Board Meeting agendas and minutes.


Subject: Affordable Teacher Housing

Mayor Sam Liccardo, and San Jose City Council,

San Jose is Capital of Silicon Valley, and our tech and knowledge companies need more educated tech workers, entrepreneurs, and startups which are produced by the graduates of our local schools.  We need students who develop and can be hired as workers and professionals in Silicon Valley like all the other globalized talent that's employed in our world-class city and its greater region.

Our very diverse multi-language families need great teachers to educate all of our children, not just children that are fortunate to attend better schools rather than the low performing schools.

The basis of great education for future well-paying employment opportunities starts in elementary school and continues through high school and beyond. Unfortunately, many of our children do not receive the needed education for better-paying jobs. So, San Jose is where Silicon Valley comes to find low-income service workers.

Currently, many teachers start their teaching careers in San Jose but leave for better-paying teaching and other jobs in the neighboring, wealthy local cities.  Otherwise, they move to other California cities — if not other U.S. states  — because they cannot afford to rent or buy a home, even in San Jose’s lower income neighborhoods.

Our federal, state, and local governments do not have money to provide sufficient affordable teaching or entry level government employee housing; so, private individuals and companies are building teachers' housing in other cities. 

San Jose provides tens of millions of dollars in tax subsidies to residential housing developers, as well as that our city makes exceptions to zoning and the city's general plan for cases of “public good”.  Likewise, the City of San Jose can benefit its residents by doing the same for private developers who are proposing a project for teachers and entry-level government employees.  This project benefits the very persons who provide valuable services for our residents and our children; therefore, in that sense, this too is a “public good”, especially when it has no (or very small) cost to the City of San Jose and its taxpayers.

The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association supports the San Jose Planning Commission recommendation to support Affordable Teacher Housing at 2119 Lincoln Avenue, assessor’s parcel #439-08-059, and San Jose General Plan project file #GP17-005.  We urge the City Council to approve this project.


Richard Zappelli, Board President, WGNA




This cause for affordable teacher housing is asking for your support, as well as for you to show up in good numbers at city hall.  
Join teachers, educators, neighborhood parents, and students!

San Jose City Council Decision (Council Agenda item)
Tuesday, August 8th @ 6:00 PM

City of San Jose Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113




WGNA's next Monthly Board & Membership Meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday, 10 August 2017 at the Willow Glen Public Library branch at 7:00 pm. 

A guest presentation will feature Mini Le from the San Jose Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit. She will provide us with information on the topic of "Community Safety". 

This is a participatory meeting and presentation with the related theme of "Eyes on the Street", a popular phrase coined by Jane Jacobs, who is the well-known author and activist in urban studies and sociology. Jacob's reference takes community safety and neighborhood watch programs to the next level, adding that sense of personal care and attention, or what we often call "natural surveillance". 

The idea is that, in a well designed urban ecology, people can participate and"keep eyes on the street" so as to be caring and mindful of each other, and thus keeping each other out of harm's way. It's about creating a caring environment.

We invite you to attend with all your questions and comments... and to participate. We'll keep an eye out for you! See you there!

#WillowGlen #SanJoseCA #SanJose #WGNA #WGNAsj 
#SJPD #WillowGlenCares #PublicSafety #EyesOnTheStreet 
#JaneJacobs #NeighborhoodWatch  #UrbanEcologyWGNA
#UrbanEcology #Police #UrbanDesign #WGNAUrbanDesignVision
#UrbanSociology #CrimePrevention



Support Teacher Housing at SJ City Hall on August 8th



This cause for affordable teacher housing is asking for your support, as well as for you to show up in good numbers at city hall.  
Join teachers, educators, neighborhood parents, and students!

San Jose City Council Decision (Council Agenda item)
Tuesday, August 8th @ 6:00 PM

City of San Jose Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

"Support Teacher Housing" won the first round, but now the real fight begins. On Tuesday, August 8, the San Jose City Council will hear the case and deliver a final vote on whether the project can continue. If the mayor and council members vote against Support Teacher Housing, the project will be terminated.  It's the only project of its kind known in San Jose at this time, while other cities in the region, the state, and the nation are making similar plans.  If SJ City Hall votes in support, then the city joins a statewide and national movement to improve teacher recruitment and retention, our city's and county's teacher diversity, and the overall quality classroom experience. 

The cause is not yet over and "SUPPORT TEACHER HOUSING" asks you to sign-on, sit-in, speak-out, and spread the word. 
For additional information email: [email protected]   Sign on at the website, and see the Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates.

On Wednesday 24 May, a community of teachers, parents, and local families took on the Planning Department and won.  In addition to the first 300 people who signed up as supporters online, and the 80 who came to the hearing to show their support, and the 50 who spoke at the hearing, Support Teacher Housing is still campaigning its cause, and they're campaigning for real crowd numbers in the showing at city hall, or letters to the council members and mayor.

FYI: comprehensive review of Support Teacher Housing can be found at the website of Stakeholder's for a Safe Green Village, here.

#WillowGlen #SanJose #SantaClaraCounty #SJUSD 
#SanJoseCA#LincolnAvenueSJ  #SJCityHall #SJCityCouncil
#StakeholdersSGV#WGNAsj #WGNA


Apúntense — Acompañanos — Haga Oír Su Voz

AYUNTAMIENTO de SAN JOSÉ — Cámaras del Consejo

#SupportTeacherHousing #ViviendasDeMaestros #ApoyaViviendasDeMaestros#WillowGlen #SanJose




National Night Out on Tuesday 01 August 2017 at the Willow Glen Creamery on Lincoln Avenue

National Night Out returns to Willow Glen on Tuesday 01 August 2017.   The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association will be organizing the event with this year's host, the Willow Glen Creamery, at the Willow Glen Town Square on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street.   Thanks to this year's host, free ice cream will be offered to every guest that participates, 6:30 to 8:00 PM..

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 will also host its next Board Meeting and guest speaker presentation on Thursday 10 August with 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." 


June 2017 Meeting

WGNA's next Monthly Board & Membership Meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday, 08 June 2017 at the Willow Glen Public Library branch at 7:00 pm.

A guest presentation will feature the city of San Jose's Trail Manager, Yves Zsutty, of the department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS).   He will provide us with a Trails Update for the Willow Glen Planning Area and its connecting areas.   This is a participatory meeting and presentation, and we invite you to attend with all your questions and comments.

#WillowGlen #SanJoseCA #SanJose #WGNA #WGNAsj 
#PRNS#SanJosePRNS #Trails #Parks  #UrbanEcologyWGNA
#UrbanEcology #ThreeCreeksTrail #LosGatosCreekTrail#GuadalpeTrail



Today the San Jose Planning Commission will decide whether to approve or deny our teacher housing project.
Thank you for offering to include your voice in our coalition of teachers, parents and local families that are standing up for our teachers.
We'll be at San Jose City Council Chambers, 200 East Santa Clara Street from 6:00PM.
The Commission meeting starts at 6:30PM sharp, and we are first on the agenda so please get there as early as possible.
Remember to wear pink! So all the commissioners know we're coming!
We will have talking points available at the hearing for anyone who needs a helping hand with their comments.
If you have any questions feel free to call, text or email.
See you tonight!
Israel Molina
Support Teacher Housing


Support Teacher Housing is an organization working to build affordable, teacher housing. Our mission is to help teachers live where they work, help schools recruit and retain teachers, and create a model that other towns and cities can replicate.

HOWEVER, the San Jose City Planning Commission intends to vote against our project at the Planning Commission Hearing on Wednesday, May 24.

Parents, teachers, and community members overwhelmingly support this project. We must make it clear to the Planning Commission that affordable, teacher housing is good for San Jose and good for the Bay Area - we need your help to drive this point home.

Join us at the Planning Commission Hearing on May 24th and show your support for teacher housing.


Wed, May 24, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

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WGNA Annual General Meeting & Board Election on 25 May 2017

The Annual General Meeting and Board Election for the 2017-2018 term was rescheduled for Thursday 25 May 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, but a Nominating Committee Report was made by Ed Rast, Chairperson on the 11 May 2017 monthly meeting. 

  • Below, see an image of the information poster used for public notice of the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term; or, click here to view it as a downloadable PDF formatted document.
  • Click here to view the Agenda for the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term, which has been expanded from what's seen on the poster.
  • Click here to view to Minutes for the Annual Board Meeting & Election for the 2017-2018 term.  [Note: minutes will be posted when approved by the board and nominating committee]. 


[EDITOR'S NOTE to the original article: The Annual General Meeting and Board Election for the 2017-2018 term were rescheduled for Thursday 25 May 2017, but a Nominating Committee Report was made by Ed Rast, Chairperson at the 11 May 2017 monthly meeting.  May 11th was the originally scheduled date for the Annual General Meeting, but it was moved to May 25th because a number of board members were away from town, or on sick leave; therefore, the board could not meet a necessary quorum.]


San Jose Community Budget Meeting, May 2017

The city will be hosting its annual Community Budget Meeting for 2017-2018 this upcoming Thursday 18 May 2017 at the Bascom Community Center (Multipurpose Room).  This is the scheduled day and location for the Willow Glen Planning Area, although other dates are made available for participation. 

The meeting will occur from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the 1000 S. Bascom Avenue address (San Jose, CA 95128), where the community center is situated.  Get directions from Google Maps here

#WillowGlen #SanJose #ParticipatoryBudgeting #BascomAvenueSJ  



Bike To School Day, 10-12 May 2017; local participation in the National Safe Routes to School program

WGNA is currently planning for the annual Bike to School Day, now scheduled for Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 May 2017 (depending on the school).  This is part of the National Safe Routes to School program, which is coordinated locally by Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village with the partnership of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and other neighborhood sponsors. WGNA has participated in the program since the year 2010 with other groups like Willow Glen Lions Club.

Participating schools are to include Willow Glen Elementary School; River Glen School K-8 School; Ernesto Galarza Elementary School; Hammer Montessori Elementary (at Hammer); and possibly other schools.


#BikeToSchool #SafeRoutes  #Bicycle #WillowGlen #SanJose #WalktoSchool #SafeRoutesToSchool  #WGNA #WGNASJ #StakeholdersSGV BicycleWG  #SJUSD #WillowGlenElementary #RiverGlenSchool #ErnestoGalarzaElementary #HammerMontesori


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