County Supervisor Candidate Forum October 11, 2018 6:30-7:30pm
Bascom Library Community Room, 2nd Floor 1000 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose 95128
Enter via the exterior stairs or elevator.

Notes From The President

First, thanks to the 100 or so people who showed up throughout the evening of our Ice Cream Social on August 9, 2018 at the KaBOOM! Playground on Leigh and Fruitdale. We always are delighted to see familiar faces and lots of new ones. A special thanks to Theo and Al who organized the event and did some pretty yucky pre-event clean up on the site.

Theo and Al also took on our SONA Saturday on August 18, 2018, walking the entire length of Fruitdale with Councilmember Dev Davison a very hot day. As you know, we expect to see some major changes along the corridor.

If you want to take a walk through your neighborhood, Theo has another one lined up on November 3, 2018 (see page 4). Also, if you want to do a mini clean up or trash pick-up, we have vests, tools, bags and gloves to make it easier. We want to help you make our neighborhood a better place to live in.

Our October11 meeting is being jointly held with adjacent neighborhoods to act as a forum for the two candidates running for County Supervisor District 4.With Ken Yeager ending his final term, we will have new representation at the county level for at least the next four years. As residents who live adjacent to or near the county hospital, and as residents who live in or adjacent to unincorporated county pockets and business districts, we face a different set of issues than any other area in the county. This is your chance to meet the candidates up close and personal in something other than a huge forum held in a large venue.

SONA was able to utilize part of our San Jose Beautifulgrant money this year, but we are returning the bulk of it at the end of the grant cycle this month. We lost several board members last year and the death of one meant we were not functioning at capacity. We still managed to convene meetings and events and are gearing up for 2019. If you want to participate or if you have any questions, please contact us.

Our newsletters will slowly be gearing to online only. While we have stalwart teams of people willing to continue delivering door to door, we can reach more people this way. Look for changes after the first of the year. If you’ve asked for the newsletters to stop being delivered, please be patient. Our volunteers are often rotated.

Moorpark Ave has been a vexing ongoing problem. There is simply no getting around it. When the camp at Menker caught fire, we hoped it would be cleaned out completely. It wasn’t and not only is there debris left over, there is no structural integrity along the guardrail system. And, yes, it’s occupied. We have worked with Caltrans, the city and our state elected officials. There are at least a dozen complaints on file with Caltrans and nobody can explain why only part of the debris was cleared out. This site is not on the list of those to receive attention with the additional money allotted to Caltrans. If this cannot be resolved this month, if the crews do not come back (agencies are working on that) and finish the job, we will be moving to a very pro-active and coordinated campaign to draw attention to the safety hazards.

See you at the meeting….Randi

Election Notes

POLL WORKERS NEEDED: The Santa Clara County Registrar is looking for paid poll workers.This job varies depending on the need, but we always wind up short handed. You could be checking people in at a local polling station or working at the sorting department, transporting materials or doing any number of jobs. Clerks earn $115-$145 and Inspectors earn $170-$200. Training is provided in classes or online. You must be 18 years of age and a registered voter or a legal permanent resident of the U.S.  If you speak a language other than English, your skills are most definitely valued.


  • Must be 18 by election day (November 6, 2018)
  • S. Citizen and Resident of California
  • Not currently imprisoned or on parole for a felony (visit the website for more info)
  • Pre-register for the next election if you are 16 years or older and meet the criteria above. This automatically registers you for the first election when you are 18.
  • Check the link to make sure you are registered correctly at your current address, change your voter status or ask for an absentee ballot
  • The last day to register to vote is October 22, 2018. The last day to request an absentee ballot is October 23, 2018.

 DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE SCCVOTE APP: All of the information you need on your phone or other mobile device. Find the candidates, read up on the items on the ballot or find your polling place. On election day, people often find themselves rushing to get to the polling station before closing. Sometimes there is a polling place closer where you can file a provisional ballot. Find all polling stations and directions easily and then watch the election results as they come in.

VOTE EARLY: Vote Absentee and your ballots will be mailed beginning the week of October 6, 2018. Postage is pre-paid so you can simply fill it out and drop it in the mailbox. Must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after election day. The Registrar of voters encourages in person early voting at locations throughout the county.You can pop into the Registrar’s office beginning October 9, 2018. Other locations begin early voting beginning October 27. Hours vary, so check the website or call. This allows you to vote on a weekend if you do not have an absentee ballot. You can also turn your absentee ballot in at these locations. All close at 6pm on Election Day.


For More Information contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, 1555 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 299-POLL(7675) www.sccgov/org/sites/rov


We all have watched the Moorpark area turn into a semi-permanent parking lotfor commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers and boat storage. Expect changes to this in the coming months. San Jose Evergreen Police Department has been working to resolve this problem to make it safer for the campus and neighborhoods. Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted in August to limit parking along both sides of Moorpark. You can expect the county to install signs in the next few months. Parking on both sides of Moorpark between Bascom and 400ft east of Leland will be designated 2-hour parking from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and no parking from 12am-6am any day. This runs right up to the “no vehicle over 6’” parking that is on the city portion of part of Moorpark.

The campus and Supervisors are aware that this may have an adverse impact, but until it happens, we can’t predict the full impact. We will let you know when the signs are due to be installed so we can monitor in the neighborhood. One impact might be daytime parking is reduced in the neighborhood. When we know the timeline, we will survey to obtain before and after information.

San Jose City College has hired private security for a pilot programto augment campus police due to a large jump in burglaries and break ins on campus this summer. They are also completing the installation of security cameras around the campus.

Bascom Library has an incredible line up of ongoing programs.Make sure you check them out. From kids activities and reading times to knitting, senior excursions, tutoring, ESL, AA and so much more, this is truly a fantastic local resource. Want to learn basic computer skills or enhance your current skills? Try Bascom. Citizenship classes? Bascom. Kids games (LEGOS!) and adult games? Bascom. It is truly a blessing to see what we fought for grow into the resource we wanted. And, if you are looking for volunteer work…Bascom Library.

September is National Disaster Preparedness month. Do you have an emergency plan? Do you have emergency water, food, batteries and supplies? Now is the time to refresh all supplies and make sure you are ready. Update medical records that you keep with your supplies, if you have clothes stashed, make sure kids have not outgrowing them. Check with your neighbors, especially those who are elderly, infirm or who have children or pets because you might just be the person who can make a difference in evacuating or securing them safely. Make sure that baby sitters, nannies and care takers are part of developing your plan.

Many homes installed carbon monoxide alarms yearsago when the alarms were mandated. San Jose Fire Department handed out boxes of them at SONA meetings before the law passed and you may have one. If so, they should have been replaced it in July of this year. So, head off to our local hardware store (while we still have on) to buy a replacement. If you are in doubt, replace. Don’t take chances when it comes to keeping your home safe. Apartment residents, check with your landlord! Every home and apartment should have working smoke and carbon monoxide units. If you don’t, now is the time to correct that.

Thinking of adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), otherwise known as in-law units or granny flats? Changes in local codes allow an easier path to this and you can receive a free assessment from the city before initiating any plans. You can check out the new rules at You can visit the permit center on the first floor of city hall to obtain advice from the Planning Department. There is an online form that allows you to gather information before you go, or just drop in with your questions. Free parking at City Hall is underground, enter through the driveway on 6thstreet.

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