Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Save the Date: June 6th High Speed Rail Community Meeting

This may be the best opportunity we have to learn about the plans California High Speed Rail has for passing through Willow Glen and specifically Gardner and North Willow Glen. At the request of several residents, councilmember Peralez's office has set up a CHSRA community meeting near our neighborhood.

The current program alignment calls for additional tracks passing through a widened rail corridor with a number of eminent domain property acquisitions including Fuller Park, a house of worship, and other parcels. The aerial route over 87 and 280 is currently listed as an alternative. If you have a preference among these options or any others you may want to attend and voice your preference and concerns.

Time: TBD
Date: Monday, June 6
Location: Gardner Community Center, 520 W Virginia St, San Jose, CA 95125

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Take a book, return a book

Terry Woo and Laura Herse were inspired to participate in the Lending Library movement when they encountered a Free Little Library in Japantown. After investigating littlefreelibrary.org, they loved the idea of encouraging literacy through neighborhood connections. 

Rebecca Adams wanted our neighborhood to have a second Little Free Library to serve the many kids in the neighborhood. The excitement her kids have to stock and maintain the little library is an extra bonus. 

There are many great books to choose from at 585 Coe and 477 Snyder. With the philosophy "take a book, return a book," all books are free to enjoy and exchange. 

A special thank you to our neighbors expanding our community through literacy.

Monday, May 09, 2016

High-Speed Rail Open House Meeting

California High-Speed Rail Authority is in the process of planning the route that would carry trains along the corridor south of Diridon Station. The preference of CHSRA is to lay an additional track along the existing corridor currently used by Caltrain and UPRR. This alignment would necessitate the eminent domain acquisition of several parcels of land including those currently used by Fuller Park and the San José Word of Faith Church among others. Alternate alignments considered include an aerial route over CA87 and I-280 as well as an underground approach. If you would like to learn more or possibly voice your concerns, CHSRA is holding a community open house meeting.

Berryessa Community Center
5:00 to 8:00pm
3050 Berryessa Rd.
San José, CA 95132

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Willow Glen neighborhood garage sale June 11

From Willow Glen Charm:
Every year hundreds of houses participate in the phenomenon that our neighborhood yard sale has become, and “garage sailors” from all around the south bay swing through Willow Glen to score sweet deals on secondhand stuff.
You just hold your yard sale on Saturday, June 11, and register so we can add you to the map.
We will feature your sale as part of an interactive map on the web and promote the overall event via email and Facebook.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

WG Farmer's Market perhaps opening in June

From the Mercury News:
'Last year, former Willow Glen Farmers' Market directors Mel Defe and SuEllen Sterling announced their departure after more than 18 years. The news generated considerable speculation about the market's future and who would operate it. 
A new director has not yet been announced, and Willow Glen Business Association executive director Valerie Merklin told The Resident that the market will start a bit later than usual this year 
"We are still ironing out details on the farmers' market," Merklin wrote in an email. "Because of the transition, the only news is that it will not be able to start the first weekend in May as it has in the past, it will likely be June."'

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hands-on Native Plant Gardening & Tour

Native & Drought Tolerant Plants - Instructor: Sherri Osaka

Learn how and why drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Discover the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving your garden’s water-efficiency. Dress for the elements! Wear garden boots, a hat, gloves, and bring water and your hand pruners, along with any other garden tools you like. Tools will be available for those who don’t have them.

Register online for this free class

Additional Directions: Free parking on Seymour St. To find the demonstration gardens, walk north of the grassy knoll towards the cross streets of Taylor and Walnut. 

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)
Where: Nature's Inspiration Gardens & Guadalupe Gardens Court Yard - 411-421 Seymour Street, San Jose, CA 95110

VTA wants your input for our next transit network

From Valley Transportation Authority:

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is embarking on the important task of re-designing its current transit system to accommodate the growing needs of Santa Clara County in the coming years. Next Network is a component of VTA’s Transit Ridership Improvement Program. The Transit Ridership Improvement Program is an agency-wide effort to make public transit faster, more frequent and more useful for Santa Clara County travelers. Through Next Network Project, VTA is planning to redesign its transit network in order to accomplish three goals:

1. Better connections to future BART stations in Milpitas and Berryessa
2. Improve overall system ridership
3. Improve VTA's farebox recovery rate.

This effort will potentially be one of the largest transit network revamps in VTA’s history, involving a much larger and robust outreach campaign throughout Santa Clara County. Through summer 2016, VTA will seek community input on network design concepts through a series of public meetings and online tools. Community input will be analyzed in Fall 2016 and a draft network design concept that incorporates community input will be shared in early 2017 for more review. VTA’s Board of Directors is expected to adopt the Next Network service plan in April 2017.

Visit www.vta.org/nextnetwork today, to view conceptual network designs and other information that will guide VTA's conversation with the community throughout the summer.


Monday, April 25, 2016
Milpitas Public Library
160 North Main Street
Milpitas, CA
(6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Berryessa Community Center
3050 Berryessa Road
San Jose, CA 95132
(6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Feedback from the community is important at this step in the process. VTA encourages you to join the conversation. Visit www.vta.org/nextnetwork to find out more ways you can participate! For more information contact VTA's Community Outreach Staff at (408) 321-7575 or community.outreach@vta.org.

How would you invest $6 billion in transportation?

From Valley Transportation Authority:

If you had $6 billion for mobility projects in Santa Clara County, how would you invest it?

That’s the central question behind VTA’s updated and improved Transportation Challenge at http://www.envisionsv.org/challenge. Please check it out, submit a budget, and share it widely!

Envision Silicon Valley is a process in which VTA is engaging the community in discussions to identify current and future mobility needs, solutions and funding priorities to make sure we maintain livability and a vibrant economy. These efforts will help us prepare for a possible sales tax measure on the 2016 ballot. Learn more athttp://www.vta.org/envision.

If you've submitted a budget through the site before, you can submit another now and have the option to allocate your leftover funds to your favorite program area. Your previous budget and input was recorded and shared with our Board's Committee on Envision Silicon Valley.

Learn about SJ's Boards, Commissions - Tomorrow

From Vice Mayor Rose Herrera:
Vice Mayor Herrera invites you to learn more about San José’s Boards and Commissions! Learn about how you can provide input on important community issues affecting your city, receive a 30 minute workshop on board members’ and commissioners’ roles, and get the chance to increase your civic engagement by learning more about how your local government functions!
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 13th at 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at San Jose City Hall, located at 200 E. Santa Clara St.

Neighborhood Commission spot available

There are two vacancies on the Neighborhoods Commission for District 6. If you have an interest in quality of life issues in your neighborhood, consider applying today. The commission meets 10 times a year in the evening.

More information is available on the city's web site. You can apply online.

How North Willow Glen uses our parks

In preparation for a working session with the City Council yesterday, NWGNA prepared a summary of how our residents use our parks, Hummingbird Park and Fuller Park. Take a look and see the excellent work that your neighbors do to bring all of us together, have fun, and keep our parks beautiful.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

This week: TWO meetings about high-speed rail

There will be two High-Speed Rail meetings next week.
  • The Working Group Meeting: Tuesday. April 12. Membership is by invitation. The public may observe and give testimony. Please note: they will be discussing alignment alternatives and station locations. The meeting will be held at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library (921 South First Street San Jose, CA 95110) from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

    During the Tuesday meeting, Authority staff will provide foundational information about the program, while obtaining feedback from participants about alignment alternatives and station locations that are currently under consideration.
  • Community Information Meeting: Wed April 13. At the request of the office of Councilmember Peralez, Ben Tripousis of High-Speed Rail will talk about the business plan and answer questions. 6 to 8pm. Martin Luther King Library Room 255. 

PRNS study session: Monday

San Jose City Council is hosting a study session on Monday, April 11, at City Hall Council Chambers, 1:30 – 4:00PM regarding San Jose Parks, Community Centers and their services. This is an opportunity to voice your opinion on park needs and funding (general or regarding a specific park), and to be physically present to show your support. If you can’t attend, you can also send email to the City Council for inclusion with the public comments.

The Study Session was driven by a request by the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Committee (PRNS). This is the first step in a process to convince Mayor and Councilmembers that constituents really do care about parks and that it is time to give parks more financial support.

Staff will make a presentation followed by public comment and council discussion. The PRNS Agenda includes: Vision and Impact, Employees and Service Areas, History and Performance, and Opportunity and Focus Areas. The agenda, staff reports and public comment can be found online at sanjoseca.gov

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Island living

Lots of people would like to have their own island, but in North Willow Glen, it can come true. You, too, can adopt an island or other public area and help clean it up periodically. Today, Dan and Bill did an amazing job turning the island at Willow and Delmas into an oasis that any one of us can adopt.

If you’re interested in making this cozy getaway your own or helping out in our neighborhood in other ways, send an email to board@nwgna.org and we will connect you with the right folks.





Piling up the achievements

Two devoted, hard-working neighbors

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Park clean-up postponed

Due to the wonderfully rainy weather, we are postponing the cleanup in Fuller Park. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.