Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 4/6/17


  • Our regular meeting room was locked, so we held our meeting at Emperor Norton's Restaurant. We were expecting San Jose District 2 City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez and his legal advisor Helen Chapman to come, but Helen could not make it, and Sergio was going to be late, so we asked them to come to our May meeting instead.
  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Ron Horii, Kim Gardner, Kevin Pietschker, Eric McKinley, and Roland LeBrun.
  • We talked about the Santa Teresa Historic Site and street improvements on Curie Drive near the Pyzak/Bonetti Ranch. We need to find out who is responsible for widening the street. Is it the city or the county? The county can't spend Park Charter funds on city streets. The city can build roads on county property. Roland said the city's jurisdiction runs to the canal. The county needs to present plans when they are ready to implement them. We need to meet with the parks director to find out what their plans are for the historic site and widening Curie. Roland gave a tour of the property to Sergio Jimenez.
  • Roof tiles were removed from the Pyzak House when it was being renovated. They are historical. What happened to them?
  • The wet winter has kept people out of Santa Teresa Spring. The neighbors are concerned about people hiding out at the spring and hitting houses when the homeowners leave. There were 3 shooting incidents last year. Some were drive-by's.
  • National Night Out (NNO): we want to have one at the Bernal Ranch. It will give the rangers and sheriffs a chance to meet with the community near the park. It's on August 1. Roland said his group did one at a house. They needed insurance and coordination with police and fire. They put signs on the Albertson Parkway. John Dorrance is responsible for Fandango at the Bernal Ranch, on August 5. He was also assigned to National Night Out. He doesn't think he can handle both, but if he doesn't have to open the barns, it will be less work for him. We're not planning to use the barns or stay after dark. It will run from 3-8 pm. The fee to use the park is $150. We hope to get that waived in exchange for volunteer hours. If we can't do it at the Bernal Ranch, we may be able to do it at a home. We need to talk to people on Manila Drive. We could do it on the Albertson Parkway, which is city park property. It may require a city application and paying a usage fee. We could ask Sergio Jimenez about it. We want to come up with a plan in 2 weeks. Kim will organize it. The CAP Grant will pay for insurance, publications, and refreshments.
  • Roland said that at the Neighborhood Leadership Council meetings, they announce where and when block parties will be held. Sergio will publish the list. They started planning at the last meeting.
  • Roland's organization uses the San Jose Parks Foundation as a fiscal agent. We are a non-profit organization, but not a 501c3 corporation. We could use another 501c3 organization as a fiscal agent to handle donations, and they would be tax-deductible.
  • Treasurer's report (Greg): We have $1565.15 in our account. We got the money from the CAP Grant. We have $500 to spend on Fandango and NNO. Debbie Porras, who is with the Boy Scouts, wants to get children's games for NNO.
  • We had an Eagle Scout project on the Ohlone and Nature Trails, organized by Boy Scout Andrew. Jorge and Debbie Porras and Troop 227 helped. Work days were on 4/1, 4/2, and 4/9. We put waterbars on the Ohlone Trail, cut back parts of a fallen tree and erased the graffiti by the waterfall on the Nature Trail. Greg and Roxanne donated lunch.
  • Ron showed pictures: slideshow showing FOSTP accomplishments (meant to show to Councilmember Jimenez), the Eagle Scout project, Santa Teresa Spring, the proposed Santa Teresa Spring to Manila Way Trail, connection to the Albertson Parkway, narrowing of Curie Drive, the Bear Tree Lot,  Pyzak-Bonetti Ranch, Norred Ranch, Norred Trail.
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   Created 4/17/17  by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park