Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald
Monahan, Sam Drake, Mario Blaum, Ed Jackson, Martin Reinders, County
Parks visitors Jan Shriner and Julie Lee
- Treasurer's report: our bank balance is $422.57. Expenses
are $295.39. Deposits are $1000 from the CAP Grant. Matching/in-kind
donations: $767.11 in value. Balance: $1127.18. We voted to approve the
- CAP Cycle 23 ended yesterday. Cycle 24 begins today.
- Our CAP Grant for Cycle 23 included money for event
insurance, which we didn't need. Instead, Mike requested a funds
transfer to cover newsletter expenses. He covered printer toner
expenses. The CAP Grant also requires matching funds, which can include
volunteer hours or in-kind donations. Other expenses for toner count as
- Several CAP Grant recipient groups were investigated. We
were one of them. They were impressed by our by-laws and were deemed to
be eligible. They were impressed by how much we have been able to do
with so little money.
- Ron showed pictures of the Carnivorous Plants Movie Night
on 6/12 at the Bernal Ranch, the Rancho San Vicente hike on 6/18, and
Festival in the Park on 6/26. He showed pictures of the Norred Trail,
the Joice Trail, and the Ohlone Trail. The Ohlone Trail above the golf
course is getting overgrown.
- Jan Shriner talked about Family Fandango on August 21 from
5-8 pm at the Bernal Ranch. It will cover the period of 1770-1870. Paul
Bernal will be there showing family photos. The Bernal Family will have
a reunion in the park before the celebration starts. Frank Martinez has
moved, so he won't be there. Ruben Reyes will be doing pottery again.
Delfina and Francisco Garcia will have their display of ranch
artifacts. Elena Robles and her dancers will be there. The Calicanto
Singers will provide entertainment. FOSTP will help pay for them with
the CAP Grant. The Muwekma Ohlone will doing the food. They have a
trailer for providing food. It will be parked in the parking lot. FOSTP
will have a booth. We will have an activities table and information
table in the same area, like last year. Jan needs help for setup and
cleanup. She needs greeters at the welcome table and in the ranch
house. Heidi McFarland will get helpers to clean up the site the day
before. STFNA won't be there this year. Come at 2:00 or later to help
with setup. For publicity, Elena Robles has been telling people in her
group at the Children's Discovery Museum. The Mercury News has been
running ads for the County Parks, listing activities. It will next
feature Fandango. Ads will be running in Spanish-language newspapers
and Bay Area Parent. The budget for the event will be shared with
Chitactac-Adams Family Day and the Holiday Bazaar Christmas Event at
Almaden Quicksilver. Last
year, 50 volunteers were fed. To save money, we recommended just
providing drinks and snacks for the volunteers.
- Jan talked about Ecometro
Ecoguides. They are coupon books with maps and information. They
are sold for fundraising at $20 each, with the selling organization
keeping up to 50%.
- Jan Showed a parks banner with a place for us to put a
poster where we could acknowledge our grant.
- We were asked to provide information about our membership
for the County Parks. Sam will help out and find out what is required.
- There was some spam on Yahoo Groups. Ron cleaned it up.
People can have their e-mail addresses stolen and used to send spam. It
can be stolen from someone else's address book.
- Sam was wondering if settings for our Yahoo Groups site
should be changed. Now, when someone posts a message to the groups
site, if you reply to the message, thinking it's a private reply, it
actually goes to the groupsite and everyone on the groupsite who has
chosen to receive e-mail. This can be changed, but it makes it a little
more inconvenient if you want to reply to the group. Sam will post a
note to the group asking for opinions.
- Mike has been trying to get in touch with someone from the
Water District who can tell us more about the dirt heaped up on the
Coyote-Alamitos Canal. So far, he hasn't been able to find someone.
- We need more volunteers to help out with the cleanup at the
ranch every 3rd Tuesday morning of the month.
- The Santa Teresa
Community Fest is in September. It's on the same as Coastal Cleanup
Day. We'll participating in Community Fest, so we won't have an
activity for Coastal Cleanup Day. However, there will be an event on
Los Alamitos Creek at Almaden Quicksilver.
- We talked about the inventory for historic buildings in the
County Parks. Dana Peak in the County Planning Department has a list of
all the historic buildings in the county. The County Parks list will be
a subset of the list, including just the buildings that in the County
Parks. The buildings will be prioritized. The Grant Ranch house will
likely be #1.
- The solar lights at Santa Teresa Spring still don't work.
Trees around the spring have been cut and trimmed.
- Ed says that people have been going up by the spring and
smoking. He's afraid they'll start a grass fire because of all the tall
grass near the spring. Drew Merry can address that.
- We talked about the interpretive sign on Coyote Peak. We
can go up and see the signs on Boccardo Peak. Kitty will ask Open Space
if we can get access from Sierra Road.
- Mike and Kitty are going on a trip to see Mt. Umunhum on
July 31. They can't go on the grounds of the peak because of
contamination, but they can go nearby and look down. They leave New
Almaden around 9:30 and return around 2:00. They will ask about a
future trip for FOSTP. They'll see if they can get 3 potential dates
and we can choose among them.
- Next Tuesday July 6, Sam is doing an interview with a
reporter from the Gilroy Dispatch on geocaching. He will be taking her
on a geocaching hike on the Mummy Mountain Trail in Coyote Lake,
starting from the Mendoza staging area at 9:00. She is interested in
talking to families with children about geocaching, so they are
- Kitty said the Adopt-a-Trail procedures are done. They have
a list of trails and those who have adopted them. In August, they will
verify the list and send out forms. We'll get ours at our September
- Ron edited the new newsletter. It's on the website. It's 8 pages
(so far). At Festival in the park, we passed out a 1-page flyer with a link to it.
- Mario said the Vista Loop is in bad shape. There's a lot of
vegetation and the footing is uneven.
- One of the signs on the Albertson Parkway was grafitti'd
and is missing, hopefully for cleaning up.