Please make sure to mark your calendar for the 2016 African American History Month Flag Raising Ceremony and Reception that I will be co-hosting with Councilmember Kalra on Friday, February 5th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the San Jose City Hall Plaza and Rotunda. Event flyer with more information.
We will soon begin the process for creating an urban village plan for the Stevens Creek Urban Village. While work is already underway for the Winchester & Santana Row/Valley Fair Urban Villages, Stevens Creek Urban Village has yet to begin. I want to be sure to have a heavy involvement by our community members, and am committed to establishing a advisory board similar to the Winchester Advisory Group to help provide insight and input in creating this urban village plan. If you are interested in participating, please contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be other community meetings on this plan soon, and I will be sure to keep you posted.
Last year, a property owner from Rebecca Way came to my office with a problem — the driveway that her building shares with 13 other small apartment buildings was in horrible disrepair. The challenge was bringing all of the property owners together to agree to fix the problem. At first, this seemed like a monumental task given the number and the commitment to investment that was required.
After months of working with the various property owners and also working closely with the City’s Code Enforcement Department, my office hosted a meeting with all of the property owners where they have agreed to work together and fix the driveway. We will also be working with these property owners to establish a property owner’s association for their community. These small victories help unite our community, and help improve District 1.
As a former neighborhood association president, I believe strongly in the power of having all of our neighborhoods and communities organized whether that be an HOA, a neighborhood association, a tenant’s association, or a property owner’s association. If you know of any neighborhood or community that needs assistance in forming an association please contact us!
Project PASSION is an ongoing quality of life program that I started for District 1. PASSION stands for Public and School Safety In Our Neighborhood. The purpose of the program is to act as a liaison between schools, city departments, and residents.
In the winter and spring of 2015, we began this program with Challenger School in the Strawberry Park Neighborhood. We were able to make changes to school’s traffic patterns by adding a loading zone, a no parking lane, and asked SJPD to do some local traffic enforcement. These actions together made the neighborhood a safer and quieter place.
Last summer we began engaging with Mitty High School and this fall added Easterbrook Discovery School, Latimer Elementary School, and Moreland Middle School to our work plan. Now that we have laid the groundwork with Mitty High School, we are ready to engage the community in a discussion about traffic, parking, and safety around the school. While no program can guarantee complete success, our goal is to move the needle in the right direction and make the neighborhood a safer place for residents and school children alike.