Monday, September 29, 2014

Help Keep North Willow Glen Looking Great

Over the years as the city has cut back on services, citizens have taken an ever increasing role in maintaining and improving their neighborhoods. Nowhere in San Jose is that more evident than in North Willow Glen. Our neighbors are responsible for maintaining so many great things we see around us such as the plantings and signature fences at our gateways, plantings at our many traffic calming islands, and decorations around the holidays. Neighbors are also responsible for what we don't see. By pitching in for the unglamorous tasks such as weeding, collecting litter, and removing graffiti, North Willow Glenners refuse to let our neighborhood become blighted.

In addition to those who work on a constant basis to keep North Willow Glen we can also use volunteers on our annual Beautification Days. This surge of volunteers working together can make a sizable difference in the appearance of our little area in a short amount of time. Please consider joining your neighbors in keeping North Willow Glen a great place to live. Contact us at with ideas you have to beautify a part of North Willow Glen you'd like to improve.
 Or simply arrive at the corner of Delmas and Fuller with your favorite gloves and tools and we will make you part of the crew.

NWGNA Beautification Day
Sunday, October 5th, 9 am -12 pm
Meet at the corner of Delmas and Fuller

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mayoral Debate Thursday

What are your priorities for city government? What issues are important to San Jose neighborhoods. This is perhaps your best chance to hear our final two candidates for mayor speak in a live forum and so close we can walk to it; Thursday, October 2nd at Starlite Banquet Hall, 680 Minnesota Ave. at 6:30pm. Learn about the candidates' visions for San Jose's next four years and beyond.

The event is moderated by the League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by District 6 Neighborhood Leaders and United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Are you missing this cat?

This kitty was spotted on Spencer between Willow and Atlanta today and may have an abscess that affects her ability to chew. If you are missing her, check out this area.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Friends & Neighbors Meeting Tuesday

Great meeting coming up next week. Check your doorstep for a flier in the coming days. 

Tuesday, September 23 
6:30-8:00 pm 
Word of Faith Church 
Delmas & Fuller 

Emergency Response 
SJPD and SJFD officials will be on hand to answer questions and update us on new developments including the implementation of Community Service Officers. 

NWGNA Board Elections
Help continue making North Willow Glen one of the best neighborhoods in San Jose. Contribute to our community in a new way by nominating yourself for a leadership position on the board.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Please take the CalTrain survey

Caltrain is conducting a survey now about service and the newer train cars themselves, but there is also an area for additional comments at the end. Please consider taking the survey at

VTA Open House - Tamien parking project

There are two open houses this week to learn more about VTA projects, including the Tamien parking structure project.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
Location is served by VTA Bus lines 23, 77 and 522.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
VTA Downtown Customer Service Center
55-A West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Location is served by VTA Light Rail and Bus lines 22, 23 and 522.

More information is available on the VTA's web site.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Missing child

A message from CITY OF SAN JOSE This is the San Jose Police Department with an Alert SCC with an At Risk Missing Juvenile broadcast. The juvenile is missing from 2920 Rorty Drive in San Jose. He is a Sergio Rogelio Zepeda Jr. Light Skinned Hispanic Male, 4'00ft tall, 40lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, rash or burn mark on the left corner of his lip, blk short sleeved Super Mario Brothers T-Shirt with White, Red, and Baby Blue writing. He may also be wearing a diaper and is known to take off his clothing. Not currently on medication, but autistic and non-verbal, He can utter words but can't communicate in sentences. He is not aware of his surroundings. If you locate the child please call 9-1-1 or 408-277-8911 immediately.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

See you at next year's Produce Share

This summer's produce share in Hummingbird Park has finished up and we will re-start next spring. If you still have excess fruits and veggies to share, feel free to use either our Facebook page or the Yahoo! Groups email list to offer it to neighbors for pick-up from your porch. Thanks again for a bountiful year!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Emergency regulation to control water use during drought

From San Jose Water Company and the State Water Resources Control Board:
The Board has determined that the following water use activities by San Jose Water Company customers are not allowed:
  1. Watering outdoor landscapes in a way that causes “runoff” onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
  2. Washing a vehicle with a hose without a shut-off nozzle or other device that will immediately stop the flow of water when not in use.
  3. Using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks.
  4. Using drinking water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is recirculated.
Violation of any of these four prohibited or restricted water use activities may be punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occurs. These violations are defined as infractions under Water Code section 1058.5(d) and therefore enforceable by local law enforcement, or public agencies charged with enforcing the mandatory use restrictions.

Read more on the water company web site.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Produce Share this Sunday!

What can you bring to this Sunday's produce share? Let us know and we'll see you on Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 in Hummingbird Park.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Produce Share this afternoon!

What can you bring to today's produce share? Let us know and we'll see you 1:00 to 3:00 in Hummingbird Park.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bikeways Meeting Tonight, 6pm

Curbside bike lane, painted & parking buffer.
Photo: People for Bikes
The City of San José Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to discuss proposed bicycle‐related street improvements for the area west of downtown San Jose tonight, August 13, 2014, 6:00 PM, at Gardner Community Center, 520 W. Virginia St. 

How do you think bikeways could be improved in our area? Do the lanes we have get you where you need to go? Does it strike you as odd that Bird has a large painted buffer between auto traffic and the median and yet the bicycle lane is right up against traffic? Is it strange that the lane ends abruptly at Virginia rather than continuing on over 280 to popular public transit destinations such as the CA-17 Shuttle stop or to the existing Enhanced Bicycle Lane on San Fernando that could take you to Diridon Station? Would you like to see the Willow Street Bicycle Lane upgraded to an Enhanced Bicycle Lane with green paint and/or a buffer that could get us more safely to downtown Willow Glen? How about a bike lane up Prevost to Virginia to the Guadalupe River Trail along with a ramp to ascend Virginia's enormous curb. If you'd like to see these changes or any others you've dreamt up happen sooner rather than later, here's your chance to communicate that to the people in charge of these matters.

The following is a brief overview of the upcoming planned bikeway improvements.

Stockton Avenue:
add Bicycle Lanes between The Alameda and Emory Street

Julian Street:
add Bicycle Lanes between The Alameda and Guadalupe River Trail

Park Avenue:
add new and improve existing Bicycle Lanes from Market Street to the Santa Clara city limits

Lincoln Avenue:
add Bicycle Lanes between Willow Street and San Carlos Street
add Shared Lane pavement markings and signing between San Carlos Street and Park Avenue

add Shared Roadway pavement markings between MacArthur Avenue and Los Gatos Creek Trail

You can find more comprehensive details of the above plans in the full contents of the DOT flier by clicking here to download the Acrobat file.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Development at the Old Valero on Willow and Lincoln

The Mercury News recently ran a brief article on the plans for the now-closed Valero station down the road on Willow.

Valero station in Willow Glen to be replaced with retail 
By Leeta-Rose Ballester

The corner of Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street will no longer be home to a gas station as crews begin to remove structures and underground piping. 
The removal and cleanup of the Valero station will take about three months, said Brian Mason of Colliers International, co-leasing agent for the property at 1096 Lincoln Ave. Mason's partner is David Bider of Cypress investments.
"To close out a gas station means we've got to take everything out of the ground," Mason said. "It's a detailed and controlled process."
Once the all clear has been given by the city and there has been soil testing, Mason said, there are plans for a smaller retail development. 
The new retail area will probably house no more than two tenants and will be some 4,000 square feet to in order to limit the impact on parking in the area. 
"It's a popular corner, and we're going to be very selective," Mason said, adding that tenants will "fit the surroundings." 
Between cleanup of the existing Valero station and acquiring permits, construction of a new building won't begin for approximately another six months, he said.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Party in the Park: NOW!

Live music, food, games, food, candidates, food, mmm. Party in the Park going on until 7:00.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Party in the Park is Tomorrow, Starting at 4:30

Tomorrow is the last Sunday evening before school starts for many of the little ones in North Willow Glen and that's the signal for NWGNA's Party in the Park. We've got so much going on this year. We will try to wrap it all up in this post.

We have live music from North Willow Glen's own Johnny the Piano Man. He has a background in a diverse range of musical styles including classical music, jazz, rock and roll, experimental/electronic music, rockabilly and blues. We're looking forward to what surprises he will have in store for us.

Our own District 6 Councilmember, Pierluigi Oliverio has generously donated hotdogs to keep us all fed and happy. But that's not all. Willow Glen Meats & Smokehouse on Delmas is providing us with sausages too. Between all that and the side dishes neighbors will bring you might get pretty full, but you'll definitely want to save some room.

Willow Glen Creamery has donated two tubs of ice cream, including the wildly popular Mango and Chocolate Fantasy flavors. However will we choose?!

There will also be our special guests. Dave Cortese and Sam Liccardo will be on hand from 5:30-6:00 pm to briefly address the audience, share their views on the mayoral race, and learn what's important to us here in North Willow Glen.

Your kids will no doubt want to check out the crafts and activities we have planned as well, you know, in between eating, swinging from the monkey bars, and chasing each other around.

We hope to see you there.

Party in the Park
Hummingbird Park (corner of Bird & Fisk)
Sunday, August 10th, 4:30-7:00 pm

Please be sure to visit our great sponsors Willow Glen Creamery and Willow Glen Meats & Smokehouse and thank them for their contributions to Party in the Park.