Electoral Candidates Forum
— Candidates' Forum for the California Senate, District 15
The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association is hosting this nonpartisan forum to introduce the candidates for the District 15 Senate seat in the upcoming 2020 election.
The format of the event will be equal time Q&A with time for audience questions at the end.
Confirmed candidates for this event are:
- Nora Campos https://www.noracamposforsenate.com/
- Dave Cortese https://davecortese.com/
- Tim Gildersleeve http://www.alternativevoiceforcalifornia.org/
- Johnny Khamis https://www.johnnykhamis.com/english-1
- Ann Ravel https://ravelforca.com/
|Date & Time||Thursday 17 October 2019 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM|
|Location||Starlite Banquet Facility,
680 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
|Directions||See the Google map and get directions to the site here|
|RSVP & volunteer (online)||
On the WGNA website http://www.wgna.net/event_registration
Or offsite through Eventbrite
About the California State Senate — 15th District
Senate District 15 is comprised of 950,000 residents and encompasses a large portion of Santa Clara County, stretching from Cupertino east to Mount Hamilton and from Los Gatos north to San Jose’s Alum Rock District. The cities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and the San Jose communities of Willow Glen, Almaden, Evergreen, East San Jose, and Downtown are included within the district. The district also contains vast rural expanses of unincorporated areas that extend to the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Stanislaus County border.
District 15 is currently represented by Jim Beall, who has served from the year 2012 to the present. Beall's term ends in the year 2020, whereas one of the above candidates will become our new state senator.
February 2019 Meeting
Next WGNA Meeting for
Wednesday 13 February 2019,
The next open house meeting of the Willow Glen Neighbmeeting of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association will be at the Willow Glen Community Center (2175 Lincoln Avenue, between Malone Rd. & Curtner Avenue.
The meeting will begin with a brief review and update of issues by the 2019-2020 Legislative Session by the staff from California Senator Jim Beall's office in the 15th District.
The second part of the meeting will include several updates on the Diridon Station Area and the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan, a collaborative effort to redesign and expand the station. The four partner agencies working together on the Concept Plan include the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), Caltrain, Santa Clara County's Valley Transit Authority (VTA), and the City of San José.
In the past, WGNA has also hosted meetings on the Google/Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP), whereas we will continue to expand on that topic here. Google is working on an application for a master plan development, and the City of San José is preparing to review their application in conjunction with an update to the DSAP. Leading the discussion will be Lori Severino, Civic Engagement Program Manager for the city's DSAP.
WGNA Presents a Certificate of Recognition to Dave Mitchell, San José PRNS
The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association presented a certificate of recognition to Dave Mitchell, a senior Park Planner and Project Manager that has served the City of San Jose's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) for almost two decades.
The certificate was presented on the event of National Night Out in Willow Glen on Tuesday 07 August 2018, in honor of Mitchell's "commitment to serving the community and encouraging neighborhood camaraderie". With thanks and appreciation from the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA), it was issued by Elizabeth Estenson, WGNA Board President.
The Certificate was introduced and handed to Dave Mitchell by David Zappelli, a member of WGNA's committee on Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park.
National Night Out's venue was the Willow Glen Creamery, at the Willow Glen Town Square on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street. 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."
That same night, Willow Glen Neighborhood Association was given a Certificate of Recognition from California State Senator Jim Beall. The certificate from the Senator in the 15 District recognized the association "For efforts in unifying the community and standing up to crime, it is your dedication and commitment to the public that is making our community a safe place."
WGNA Recognized by State Senator Beall
— re. National Night Out 2018
During the last National Night Out hosted in Willow Glen on Tuesday 07 August 2018, California State Senator Jim Beall issued a Certificate of Recognition to Willow Glen Neighborhood Association. The certificate from the Senator in the 15 District recognized the association "For efforts in unifying the community and standing up to crime, it is your dedication and commitment to the public that is making our community a safe place."
National Night Out was organized by The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association with the year's host, the Willow Glen Creamery, at the Willow Glen Town Square on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street.
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."
In agreement with National Night out themes, WGNA regularly addresses issues related to public health and safety (police, fire, emergency response, coverage areas, public welfare, etc.). We frequently invite guest speakers from the San Jose Police Department (SPJPD) on the topic of a neighborhood watch and other anti-crime efforts.
This coming November 8th, we will be joined by the County Santa Clara District Attorney's Community Prosecution Unit and the SJPD. (See the separate post).
Election 2018 — October Candidates Forum
WGNA's October 2018 Meeting with Mayor Liccardo
Meet San José Mayor Sam Liccardo
— on the next WGNA Board & Membership Meeting, October 11th, 2018
You are invited to come and meet Mayor Sam Liccardo, hear his address, and participate in the public discussion.
We are hosting an open house and community address on the next Board & Membership Meeting of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association - WGNA.
Join us at 7:00 to 9:00 PM on October 11th, 2018 at Willow Glen United Methodist Church.
The church is located at 1420 Minnesota and Newport Avenues, across from the Willow Glen Library.
Note that WGNA meetings typically occur on the second Thursday of the month.
See Mayor Liccardo's web page at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/mayor
#SanJoseCA #SiliconValley #WGNAsj #MayorLiccardo #WillowGlen
For a review or download of the meeting agenda, please see the dedicated page at http://www.wgna.net/meeting_agendas
"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
FORUM for SANTA CLARA COUNTY
re. SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 4 CANDIDATES
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.
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|
|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|