Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Greg Koopman, Joan Murphy, Marilyn
August, Steve Crockett, Ron
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. Mike sent out a meeting link for this Zoom meeting. Here's the agenda for today's meeting.
- There's a kingsnake event on 9/14 at the Bernal Ranch from 6:30pm-7:00pm, by Park Interpreter Rob McDonnell. It's already full.
certification, including proof of vaccination, is required for County
volunteers. Julie Lee sent out an online form to fill out and submit.
Joice passed away.on 8/18/21. He was the last rancher and
descendant of the Bernal Family at Rancho Santa Teresa, before selling
it to IBM, who later sold it to the County. Mike remembers Patrick
showing him places around the ranch, where his grandfather would take
him. He showed historic family pictures. His grandfather worked in the
Edenvale stables and married a Bernal family descendant. Patrick
built the house next to the BGJ Ranch, where his ex-wife still lives.
He came to several of the Fandango events and talked about what it was
like to live on the ranch. At the 2018 La Fuente, he brought his family
and showed old family pictures. We should send a card to his family.
our August 6 work day, we weeded the garden boxes and pruned the
pomegranate tree by the ranch house. Mike Boulland, Youngmee Kim,
Marilyn August, Joan Murphy and Ron Horii were there.
is no work day this Friday because of the Labor Day weekend holiday. We
moved it to the following week, 9/10/21. See the agenda for work items.
Jeremy Celaya of Park Maintenance said it's OK to use AC-powered weed
trimmers. Melissa Ortiz is in charge of maintenance at the ranch while
Jeremy is on leave. She was informed about the change of our work day.
We will leave the name of our work day as First Friday. We have to
inform Maintenance if we change it to another day. Our next work day is
10/1. Since that's before our next meeting, we'll have to email people
- We talked about removing the leftover power
lines and poles that used to go to the abandoned microwave relay
station on the Coyote Peak Trail. The building had become
vandalized and was torn down many years ago. Only a concrete pad
remains. The wooden power poles are still there, along with the wires.They are an eyesore, which is why we are proposing that they be removed. They detract from the natural landscape.
There are 10 poles, and they are numbered. Greg has pictures of the
numbers. The power lines are probably not energized. The poles are
along the hillside above the Rocky Ridge Trail and appear to eventually
go down to the private ranch at the end of Schillingsburg Avenue. An
old service road starts near the Country View Drive entrance, parallels
the Rocky Ridge Trail, and goes down to this ranch. Only the poles in
the park should be removed. The poles run close to the old road, but
most are not directly accessible from the road or trail. They can be
removed using ATV's. The poles are in sensitive serpentine habitats, so
removing them will have to be done with care and will probably need
involvement of the park department's natural resources manager. Ron
showed pictures of the old microwave station pad, Country View Drive,
the power poles, the Rocky Ridge Trail, the old road, and the ranch at
the end of Schillingsburg Ave. Jason Gorman in maintenance was asked
about the poles, but he said he needs help finding who owns them.
PG&E may have that information, as well as a map of the poles.
was concerned about the effects of the drought on wildlife. Many creeks
are dry. Animals have to travel farther to find water. Some creeks
still have water in them, like Calero Creek, and the creek below the
Pueblo Area. Parts of Santa Teresa that have cattle grazing have cattle
troughs, which have water. The horse trough at the Pueblo Area has
water, but the one at the Laurel Canyon Rest Area is dry. Joan
suggested trucking in water to help the wildlife and horses.
Coates-Maldoon, the Countywide Trails Program Manager requested
volunteer help to assess the signage along the Juan Bautista de Anza
National Historic Trail in the County Parks. The Ron has been
taking pictures in several parks, including Santa Teresa. The Anza
Trail in Santa Teresa mostly follows the Bay Area Ridge Trail from the
Stile Ranch Trail to Coyote Peak. Ron noticed a problem with the Anza
route, which was designated by the National Parks Service. The Coyote
Peak Trail from the Rocky Ridge Trail to the Country View Drive
entrance is part of the route. The Country View Drive entrance is a
dead end and not a legal entrance. It has turned into a dumping ground,
with trash and grafitti everywhere outside the park. Ron recommends
that the Anza Trail stop at Coyote Peak or at the Rocky Ridge Trail.
showed pictures: Patrick Joice at past events, our August work day, our
tool cabinet, the new staff member at the ranch: Katrina Semene,
graffiti on the rocks on the Rocky Ridge Trail, the new memorial bench
for garden designer Pat Pizzo at the native plant garden in Hellyer,
areas that need cleanup and have already been cleaned up around the
Bernal Ranch and the spring, views of the new trail, conditions on the
Norred Trail, tree and bush trimming on Bernal Road by the golf course,
and a new memorial bench on the Joice Trail.
Schimandle, manager of interpretive programs at Martial Cottle and the
Bernal Ranch, said that school programs have started again.
Bernal Ranch house is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.from 10
to 4. The problem is that the park is busiest outside those hours. Ron
wondered if the house would get more visitation if it were open earlier
- We have $1722.17 in our account. We need to pay
Yahoo for our website and Zoom, which is about $700. We need to
re-allocate funds in our BeautifySJ Grant account. We need to submit a
change request. For purposes of the grant, our activities need to be
- For the issue of parking fees at the
Pueblo Area, we need to know attendance data. Ron has counted cars, but
that varies greatly with the day of the week, time of day, and the
weather. Sometimes the lots are empty, then groups come in and fill up
the lots. The lots were full during the pandemic, when parking was
free. Usage declined when fees were reinstated, but that coincided with
relaxation of COVID restrictions, resulting in lower park attendance
everywhere, including parks that don't charge parking fees.
have been cleaning up the garden boxes so they can be planted, but who
is going to take responsibility for them? Originally it was 4H. Later,
it was the Girl Scouts. Some community members were planting some of
the boxes for awhile. The Master Gardners may be willing to help. Dave
Zitlow, who is the lead volunteet at Martial Cottle, is willing to talk
to us. We can invite him to our next meeting. Mike will set it up.
problem with the garden boxes is that Bermuda grass is invading through
the cracks. The boxes were orignally built from recycled park benches.
They are lined with weed cloth, but the weeds have been growing between
the sides and the cloth, then growing around or through the weedcloth
into the soil. We need to figure out how to keep the weeds from
- We have a tool shed at the ranch. It's an old utility
box that's full of tools. They haven't been used in years, so they need
cleaning and derusting. We could use a donation of tools.
and Joan are on the Curie Drive Trail Picnic Committee. When the trail
is complete, we want to have an informal celebration. Mike will give a
tour. We can give out snacks, sourvenirs, handouts, and newsletters. We
don't know the completion date. It was supposed to be in September, but
it's been pushed out to October.
- We need to work on our next
newsletter. Possible topics: the new trail, the history of the bull and
bear fights, a memorial to Patrick Joice, the memorial benches in the
park, our work days, and usage of the park during the pandemic. We
should emphasize our work for the community.
- The Parks
Department is looking for names for the new trail. Ron submitted a list
of potential names, with pros and cons. We talked about that list of
names and decided that we liked the Bear Tree Trail, Oso Trail, and
Muwekma Trail the best.
- Kitty said there is no New Almaden Day
because of the pandemic. They want to hold a Pioneer Day at the Casa
Grande to honor the members of NAQCPA who have passed away.
Casa Grande is open from 11-4 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They
have had air conditioning problems, which has made some parts of the
building unavailable for use, but the second (museum level) is open.
They are working on a volunteer plan.