Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 6/1/17


    • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Sam Drake, Jorge & Debbie Porras, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Marilyn August, Paul Vincze.
    • Saturday June 3 at 10:00 am is the Rancho San Vicente dedication on McKean Road at Rakstad Road. It will be a dedication of the new Lisa Killough Trail, but it will not be an opening. Rains delayed construction of the parking lot, and permits to complete the Cottle Trail were delayed. The park will open in the fall. Ron will help lead a hike there. Mike will help.
    • Ranger report: Frank Weiland assigned Ranger Justin Everts to be a representative at our meetings. He couldn't come to this one, but he sent a report:
      • The Junior Range Campout will be held at Santa Teresa Park from 6/3 to 6/4. There will be about 40 kids attending.
      • There will be a controlled burn led by the San Jose Fire Department on 6/6-6/7 from 8am to 5pm at the Pueblo Area. 
      • Santa Teresa will get a new ranger around mid-August, David Hamblin. Until then, they have 2 ranger vacancies.
    • The Santa Teresa Golf Club is turning the Upper Banquet Facility, where we meet, into a BBQ restaurant. It opens on Tuesday, 6/6 at 11:30 am. It will be open from Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 to dusk. We will still hold our next meeting there for now. We can put an ad for the restaurant in our newsletter.
    • Treasurer's report (Greg Koopman): no change, balance $1686.15.
    • We normally publish our newsletter in June to coincide with Festival in the Park at Hellyer, the first event where we can distribute it. Festival in the Park has been retired. The next event will be our National Night Out on Aug. 1 and Fandango on Aug. 5. We want to get articles by the end of June so Ron can put together the newsletter in July. Possible articles: Greg on poison oak, Jorge on scouting, Andrew on his Eagle Scout project, Kitty on Ranger Justin Everts, Mike on Curie Drive, Bernal School involvement, and National Night Out. 
    • Mike and Ron will meet with Sergio Jimenez tomorrow (6/2) at the corner of San Ignacio and Curie tomorrow at 9:00 to talk about the Curie bottleneck, the Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan,National Night Out, and the proposed house on the hill above Bayliss. 
    • Mike and Ron met with the principal at Bernal School, Dr. Jamal Splane. He has been at the school for 2 years. He is concerned about the safety of students and supports the Curie project. He also supports students visting the Bernal Ranch and learning about the area's history. The school's Hispanic Club has taken field trips there.  Dr. Splane would like Mike and Ron to give presentations at Bernal.
    • Mike talked to the City of San Jose's Planning Dept. about Curie Drive. The unpaved part along the Pyzak/Bonetti/Bear Tree Lot is not in the city. 
    • The County Parks accepted our application to hold National Night Out at the Bernal Ranch on Tuesday August 1 from 5pm to 7pm. We got approval from the County Health Department to serve packaged ice cream bars, but only if we buy them and distribute them the same day. We need to bring popup shades, tables, and chairs. We will not need to have access to the barns or ranch house. John Dorrance will not be there. Mike is getting event insurance from the UNSCC. Jorge will handle safety and security. We might not be able to give out bottled water due to County rules. We can bring cups and have people fill them up at the water fountain. Eric & Kevin from the neighborhood may be able to help out. We need someone to be a street monitor and control parking at the gate and allow for emergency vehicles. We can promote the event on our website, on Next Door, and post flyers at places like the Santa Teresa Library.
    • Fandango is on Saturday Aug. 5. John Dorrance is organizing it, with help from Bridgett Orcutt. For food, if it hasn't been decided already, maybe the Santa Teresa Golf Course, with their new BBQ restaurant, might want to cater it. That's if they can do it remotely. 
    • Jorge suggested making glasses etched with our logo on it that we could distribute at Fandango. We could ask for donations. They cost about $1 each. We voted to buy 72 of them. If we can't use them for fundraising, we could use them for other purposes.
    • We will have a field trip to Martinez to tour the Martinez Adobe at the John Muir Historic Site on 8/26. It opens at 10 am. It takes about an hour to get there. We should meet and leave before 9. We need to find a place to eat in that area.
    • There will be a NAQCPA tour of the Roberto Adobe in Willow Glen on 6/10 at noon. 
    • Greg & Roxanne said there was poison oak on the wall along Manila Drive next to the ranch house. They were also concerned about the lack of parking in the parking lot.
    • Ron showed pictures: bike demo day, late-season wildflowers, soaproots blooming, Norred Ranch and Trail, Pyzak Ranch, Bear Tree Lot, Ridge Trail, graffiti on rock by the Ridge Trail, amphibian night at the Bernal Ranch, upcoming carnivorous plant night, Ohlone/Nature Trail work, graffiti next to the Nature Trail waterfall, the Pueblo Area before fire training on June 6-7, STFNA meeting, Joice Trail, Bernal Hill Trail, proposed house above Manresa Court and the Laguna Seca Community Garden, BBQ's at the banquet facility, Santa Teresa Spring with ducks and heavy plant growth, wet areas around the spring.
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       Created 6/1/17  by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park