Sunday, February 28, 2010

Background information for HSR meeting on Tuesday

Information about this week's high-speed rail meeting from Jean Dresden:

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., High Speed Rail plans to present a bunch of workshops on various topics. We know for sure that tunneling will be one of the topics. Here are some handouts that might help you create questions.  Be sure to ask why other places with wet soil can build a tunnel and HSR has been saying they can't. Also be sure to ask whether they are selecting the *best* underground alignment to analyze.

(If the links don't work, please cut and paste into your browser.)

COWI   Simple talk with great photos that explain tunneling. Examples from around the world.

LOVAT   Tons of short Tunnel Boring Machine articles from around the world put into a company newsletter. Easy reading.

An index to projects involving Herrenknecht  tunnel boring equipment. Follow the links to see details on any one project or go to the Herrenknecht main site to learn about tunnel boring. Lots of transit tunnels. Interesting.

Rapid Excavation Tunnel Conference Pages 10-21 short descriptions of projects around the world that were described at conference, including how BART will come down West Santa Clara Street.  They had another conference in 2009, too.

Greater Gardner SNI Coalition Meeting Wednesday

The Greater Gardner Coalition is meeting Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Gardner Community Center, 520 West Virginia Street (near Bird).

Agenda items include:
  • Special Use Permit, Mortuary
  • Board of Directors elections
  • Community Reports

Friday, February 26, 2010

High-Speed Rail Meeting on Tuesday: More Details

South of Diridon Station to Tamien Station Alternatives Analysis Community Workshop

Attend a community workshop hosted by the San Jose to Merced Section of the California High-Speed Train (HST) System.
Learn more about the HST alternatives being considered for San Jose including information on the tunnel options being evaluated.
Share your thoughts on the alternatives being evaluated with a panel of local leaders.
San Jose
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Gardner Community Center
520 West Virginia Street

Meeting Format
Interactive Open House: View maps, learn more about tunneling technologies and talk with members of the project development team
Presentation: Project staff will discuss the above and below ground alignment alternatives and design options for the south of Diridon Station area
Panel Discussion/Q & A: Local, regional and community representatives will join High-Speed Rail Authority staff to respond to questions and discuss community issues

To make a request for special accommodations, please email or call 1-800-881-5799 at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information, please call 1-800-881-5799, or visit

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Neighborhood Watch Meeting: Great Turnout!

Big thanks to the more than 30 residents who attended the neighborhood watch meeting at Gardner Community Center last night. Even bigger thanks to Liz Ortiz for the City of San Jose and the San Jose Police Department for their help and great information.

From Trash to Treasures : Garden Art

Begin spring-cleaning this year with a new attitude and a keen eye for creative possibilities. Be inspired to give new life to landfill-destined items as art for your garden. Presented by the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County. Free admission.

Saturday, March 20, 1-3pm
Room 257
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 808-2397

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Help needed with flier distribution: High-Speed Rail Meeting

We need help getting the word out for the upcoming HSR meeting on Tuesday March 2 at the Gardner Community Center, 520 West Virginia Street (near Bird). We need fliers distributed by the end of the day on Sunday, so we need help quickly. If you can help drop off fliers at local homes, let us know.

- Fuller (between Gregory and Prevost) - 86 homes
- Warren, Shepherd, and Snyder - 61 homes
- Fisk, Willis, Brooks, and Marshall - 71 homes
- Bird (both east and west sides) - 64 homes
- Hull (between Bird and Prevost) - 71 homes
- Spencer and Delmas (between Willow and Fuller) - 108 homes
- Atlanta and Coe - 105 homes
- Willow from Bird including Bird and Willow appartments to Minnesota, Prevost, and the apartments at Prevost and Willow - 64 homes

Please let us know how you can help! Please call Bill at 408-893-6684 or

High-Speed Rail Informational Meeting

High-Speed Rail Informational Meeting
Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Gardner Community Center
520 West Virginia Street (near Bird)

Learn about how high-speed rail might affect your neighborhood, Fuller Park, the church, neighbors’ homes along the track, noise levels, and the look of the neighborhood.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Neighborhood Watch Meeting TUESDAY

Join your neighbors at this important meeting with police department representatives and learn:
  • about recent crimes in your area
  • how to work together to prevent crime
  • how to recognize & report suspicious activity
  • and much more....
Day/Date: Tues., Feb. 23, 2010
Time: 6:30 PM
Host: Liz Ortiz
Location: Gardner Community Center: 520 W. Virginia St.
RSVP: 408-297-9135

Only persons in attendance for the entire meeting will receive a neighborhood watch sign and other materials.

Due to the nature of this meeting and limited space available, only adult members of your household should attend. This is an official police presentation and alcohol consumption is inappropriate.

There must be at least 10 homes confirmed. Please RSVP to the host to prevent cancellation of this meeting.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Upper Guadalupe Flood Protection Project: Public Meeting

There will be a pre-construction meeting about the Upper Guadalupe Reach 6 Flood Protection Project that stretches from Interstate 280 to the Union Pacific Railroad bridge crossing.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sacred Heart School, Room 104
325 Willow Street

For more information:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Budget prioritization survey results

San Jose Budget Prioritization Survey results from District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio are available online. What do you think of the results?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Greater Gardner SNI Meeting Minutes Available

The minutes from the February 3, 2010 Greater Gardner Strong Neighborhoods Initiative meeting are available on the North Willow Glen Yahoo! Groups List, under the "Files" section,

Monday, February 01, 2010

Jan 2010 meeting minutes posted

Minutes from the January 26, 2010 general meeting are posted on the Yahoo! Groups site.Many, many thanks to Lila Kakuk for her great scribing skills.