SJ Council Hearing on Mayor’s Proposed Budget
Tuesday, March 21, around 3:30 p.m.
Mayor Matt Mahan has put forth his FY 2023-2024 Budget Message focused on community safety, clean neighborhoods, and helping to end homelessness. Residents are encouraged to participate in the public hearing in person or by Zoom and to voice support for these priorities. You can also call (408) 535-4901 or email email@example.com share your thoughts with our Council representative, Vice Mayor Rosemary Kamei. Council meeting agenda: https://sanjose.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=1074309&GUID=173EF656-25F4-4606-B2BB-C7BF0F1377DF
Vice Mayor Kamei’s Community Office Hours
Wednesday, March 22, 6-7 p.m.
Our SJ Council representative for District 1, Vice Mayor Rosemary Kamei, will be available online to answer questions and hear concerns from residents. Zoom registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udu6sqDgrHNXQIpASVdCRuX3yd4wGALka. If possible, email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 535-4901.
Westmont HS Musical: Into the Woods
March 23, 24 & 25 at 7 p.m. (and 1 p.m. on March 25)
Don’t miss this local student performance of Into the Woods, a stage musical composed by Stephen Sondheim and scripted by James Lapine, retelling the classic fairy tales “Jack and the Bean Stalk,” “Rapunzel,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Cinderella,” and interconnecting them with the quest of a baker and his wife. Westmont TABS Newsletter: https://tabswestmont.wixsite.com/so/2bORUne4q?languageTag=en&cid=79f89bdd-2d1c-46ce-882c-bd3d99676f85
Moreland West NA Meeting
Thursday, March 30, 6:30-8 p.m.
Join neighbors at the Moreland West NA Meeting at the Moreland Community Center, located at 1850 Fallbrook Ave. We’ll share community updates and announcements, talk with SJ Vice Mayor Rosemary Kamei, learn about recycling and composting in San Jose, and meet with Campbell and San Jose police officers.
Prospect HS PTSA’s E-Waste Collection & Goodwill Donation Drive
Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Support Prospect’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association by donating household goods, clothes, toys, accessories, books, and small appliances. Also collecting electronics & e-waste (working or not): computer monitors, hard drives and parts, audio and stereo equipment, VCRs & DVD players, video cameras, telephones, cell phones and other wireless devices, fax and copy machines, and video game consoles. No batteries, please. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished or recycled. Prospect High School, 18900 Prospect Ave, Saratoga.
Growing Natives Garden Tour
Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Are you interested in gardens that are waterwise, low maintenance and attractive to humans as well as birds and butterflies? Come learn and be inspired at the annual Growing Natives Garden Tour organized by the CA Native Plant Society’s Santa Clara Valley Chapter. Info: https://www.gngt.org/GNGT/HomeRO.php
Latimer School Mod Pizza Fundraiser
Thursday, April 6, All Day
Enjoy a meal from local Mod Pizza (5263 Prospect Rd) and support Latimer students! Mention the fundraiser at checkout. You can also order online (modpizza.com) or with the MOD app and apply the digital code MODGIVES20. Thank you!
22nd Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Easter Parade
Saturday, April 8
Come join us for the 22nd Annual Bunnies & Bonnets Parade in Downtown Campbell! This annual Easter Parade tradition features marching bands, dancers, animals, community groups, local organizations, and more. It’s a wonderful Campbell tradition the entire family can enjoy! Info: https://www.downtowncampbell.com/event/bunnies-and-bonnets
MGSCC Spring Garden Fair
Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Enhance your home garden with a visit to the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County Spring Garden Fair! Join us for our sustainable gardening showcase, premier plant sale, and educational fair at Martial Cottle Park in San Jose. Shop our huge variety of tomato, pepper, herb, and flower seedlings, plus a beautiful array of succulents. We grow varieties not readily available elsewhere, selected for outstanding taste, beauty, and performance in our soil and climate. See our website for more information, including schedules of talks, tours, and activities: https://mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu/events-calendar/spring-garden-market/
5th Annual Taste of Campbell Fundraiser for Campbell CERT
Saturday, April 15
Enjoy an afternoon experiencing local wines, beers, cuisine, and live music at the 5th Annual Taste of Campbell Fundraiser. All wine will be sold below retail; snag some deals at the silent auction! Have fun while supporting Campbell CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Event info: https://www.downtowncampbell.com/event/2023/04/5th-annual-taste-campbell-fundraiser-campbell-cert
Moreland West Neighborhood Litter Pick Up & Plant Sale
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-Noon (Save the Date!)
Post-Storm Cleanup Continues with Public’s Help
The recent series of atmospheric rivers that slammed the greater Bay Area left our streets battered and messy. Rain and wind toppled trees, punctured our pavement, and deposited debris. Requests to the City of San Jose for service involving fallen trees increased ten times over what we would get in a typical storm, and nearly 70 times over a typical day’s requests. Pothole repair requests have increased by about five times over a typical day. Now that the skies have cleared, we have gotten to work cleaning up the mess and fixing what broke. The same dedicated crews who were working through the storm are now on the lookout for debris and damage. They’re surveying known hotspots and noting issues as they travel between work sites. But San José is a very large city. We have roughly 2,500 miles of streets spread across 180 square miles. We need your help spotting and reporting issues! Please call 408-794-1900 to report the following storm-related issues: Trees or tree branches blocking the street, bike lane, or sidewalk; Potholes; Buildup of debris in bike lanes; Broken traffic signals; Clogged storm drains; Sewage or standing water in the street; Debris slides or slope failures onto city streets and roads. Property owners should keep their gutters clear of leaves and other debris. Sweep up yard trimmings that remain behind after your weekly green waste collection; don’t pile them back up. Instead, save them for next week’s collection. This keeps leaves from clogging downstream storm inlets. Together, we’ll get San José picked up and patched quickly!
Opposition to Proposed Costco Warehouse at Westgate West
Many residents of Country Lane and other neighborhoods adjacent to Westgate West believe it’s not an appropriate location for a Costco. It’s an oversized warehouse on an undersized site that’s likely to generate 10,000+ new vehicle trips per day in an already congested area. Given the proximity of Prospect HIgh School, the 1,400 housing units to arrive across Prospect Rd, and other major development expected in the area, shoehorning a Costco into Westgate West will result in traffic gridlock, elevated pedestrian and cyclist safety concerns, and late night delivery truck noise impacting nearby neighbors. A Costco Warehouse also doesn’t align with the City’s vision to transform Westgate into a pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented Urban Village. Local residents have mounted a campaign to oppose the Costco proposal, urging neighbors to sign a petition and contact City Council members. Visit savewestvalley.org for info and to sign the petition.
SJ Mayor Matt Mahan Wants to Connect With You!
- Have a question, concern or suggestion? Email email@example.com.
- Interested in participating in cleanup and beautification events around the City? Sign up at bit.ly/SJInaugur-Action
- Want to stay updated on City resources, events and services? Sign up at bit.ly/SubscribeToJSNewsletter
- Read Matt’s March Newsletter
San Jose 311
Need to request a junk pick up? Report abandoned vehicles, shopping carts, street light outages, potholes, or graffiti? Visit sanjoseca.gov/311 or download our City’s 311 app for services!
Santa Clara County Board President Susan Ellenberg — State of the County & Newsletter
- Listen to Susan’s 2023 State of the County address (starts at minute 36:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLt4XeUsOKo
- Read in the February Newsletter about allocation of $20M for childcare and early education infrastructure and workforce development programs, as well as the groundbreaking for a first-of-its-kind in the County behavioral health center on the Valley Medical Center campus. The 77-bed facility will provide compassionate medical and behavioral health care for children, adolescents and adults. It’s a key piece in expanding the system of care for mental health across many levels: acute hospital beds, long-term sub-acute beds, residential treatment homes, substance use treatment facilities, as well as community based, outpatient care and supportive housing.
City of San Jose: New Homelessness Funding & Outcomes Dashboard
This 3/7/23 memo details a new public dashboard including homelessness program outcomes and funding from the City of San José. https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/95143/638137740687104033
Join the Moreland Preschool!
Are you looking for a preschool program for your child? Moreland School District has its very own play-based preschool open to three and four-year-old children in the community. Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open! To learn more, visit us at moreland preschool.moreland.org or contact Sophia Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org at (408) 874-2945. Tours are available!
Campbell Summer Camp, Swim Lesson & Pre-School Registration Now Open!
As of March 15, registration is open for summer camps and swim lessons for Campbell residents and non-residents: www.downtowncampbell.com/news/2023/03/summer-camp-swim-lesson-pre-school-registration-begins-next-week
Safely Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
The Hazardous Household Waste Program for Santa Clara County can help you safely dispose of e-waste, batteries, propane tanks and more. Visit HHW.org or call (408) 299-7300 to make a free appointment at a drop-off location.
Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. It is undetectable to the human senses and you may not know that you are being exposed. Accidental CO poisoning is associated with faulty or improperly used appliances such as generators, furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu but without the fever. The most common symptoms are headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. For more cold weather safety tips, visit PrepareSCC.org/ColdWeather.
Looking to Electrify but Don’t Know Where to Start? Begin Here!
The Switch is On provides the resources you’ll need to electrify your home. Explore the benefits of an all-electric home and learn about how you can swap from gas to electric: https://switchison.org. Incentives are available. Learn more here: https://incentives.switchison.org.
What is a Gun Violence Restraining Order?
A Gun Violence Restraining Order is a court order that prohibits someone from having a gun, ammunition or magazines (ammunition storage and feeding devices). It can order someone to: 1) Not have (possess or own) a gun, ammunition or magazines; 2) Not buy a gun, ammunition, or magazines; and 3) Turn in any guns, ammunition and magazines to the police, sell them to or store them with a licensed gun dealer. If you are afraid someone close to you may use a gun to hurt themselves, or another person, learn more about how to ask for a gun violence restraining order. If you are concerned about someone’s immediate safety, call the police or 9-1-1. Other resources to prevent gun violence: National Domestic Violence Hotline (available 24 hours a day in over 100 languages), 1-800-799-SAFE or thehotline.org; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Santa Clara County recently closed its COVID-19 mass vaccination and test sites. It will remain a COVID-19 resource for all County residents online at www.sccfreevax.org and through Valley Connections at 1-888-334-1000.
Volunteer for Downtown Campbell!
Downtown Campbell is home to year round events that are engaging and make the Campbell area one of the most attractive communities in the South Bay. These events can only happen because of a network of volunteers helping at all levels of the activities. We have a wide variety of volunteering opportunities that you can register for. Let us know the kind of events you want to help with and what type of things you’re able to do and we’ll contact you when the right volunteering opportunity arises. Learn more: https://www.downtowncampbell.com/news/2023/03/volunteering-fun-downtown-campbell
Volunteer for Parks!
Volunteering is a great way to help keep your community beautiful, and there are multiple park volunteer events happening this spring. Volunteer events serve as great opportunities to earn community service hours, build community or simply volunteer with others who enjoy our local outdoors. No experience is necessary, and all tools will be provided. To learn more and to register, please visit sanjoseca.gov/prns-volunteer