Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 9/3/15


  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Sam Drake, Ed Jackson, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Ron Horii, Kim Gardener, and Monika Kress.
  • Fandango will not happen this year because the parks department is short on interpreters.
  • Last month's minutes were approved.
  • Treasurer's report: $520.75 balance, with 10 receipts pending. We approved the treasurer's report.
  • At the Park Commission Board meeting, the strategic capital plan for the next 2 years was shown. The widening of Curie Drive is in the plan.
  • Ed said that the sheriff's said not to paint over the graffiti on the canal because they need to take pictures of it for evidence. There was a truck that came, and a contractor painted the canal with a power sprayer, but his hose wasn't long enough to get all the graffiti. Ed doesn't paint over trees or wood.
  • Ron showed pictures: sunset at the Stile Ranch trailhead, graffiti on the boulder by the Ohlone Trail, graffiti on the Ohlone/Coyote Peak sign, cattle fencing on the hills, gate on the Coyote Peak Trail, dead trees, oak galls, Bernal School students practicing cross-country, trail conditions on the Norred Trail (good), BBQ in the Norred Barn, views from the Vista Loop,  painted-over graffiti on the canal and tree by Santa Teresa Spring, burned holes in the sign by the spring, vines and dirt in front of the spring.
  • We will have a cleanup day at Santa Teresa Spring, clearing away the dirt and thorny blackberry vines from in front of the spring's font and shrine on 9/26 from 9 am to 12 pm. Bring tools and heavy gloves. We will have a potluck lunch afterwards.
  • The next Historic Heritage Grant cycle is March 2016. We need to prepare a proposal for saving the Pyzak House, which is in a state of arrested decay.  It has termites and water damage, which stopped the initial restoration. We need to make a project proposal. Mike did some research on the history of the house. It was the wedding present for Jacoba Bernal, daughter of Ygnacio Bernal. She married a Fisher, from the Coyote Valley. Kim Brosseau, who is acting head park planner, needs to approve the plan. Julie Lee can advise.
  • The second Parks for Life Challenge ended recently. The number of teams increased from 254 to 380. The next Parks for Life Challenge runs from 10/1 to 12/15.
  • Greg passed out samples of graffiti removal kits, consisting of wipes and gloves. The wipes work on smooth non-porous surfaces, like signs.
  • Ed said there were 2 drug busts at the spring. There was graffiti on the canal walls by the spring. Ed used to get paint from the San Jose graffiti office, but they closed. He uses his own paint.
  • The latest "Play Here" guide is out, available online and in hardcopy form.
  • Sept. 12: Night of the Reptiles, Bernal Ranch, 7:30-10:00 pm. Herpetologists will bring snakes and lizards. The classic movie "Godzilla" will be shown.
  • Sept. 17: Oak Grove School District cross country race at the Pueblo Area, Santa Teresa,
  • Sept. 19: Ash Kalra's District 2 Village Fest, Coronado Ave @Village Oaks Shopping Center, 11am-3pm. Sam will have a booth for the Umunhum Conservancy. 501c3 organizations get to have a free booth, otherwise there's a charge. Since we have other events to go to that day, we don't have anyone to man our booth, so we won't have one.
  • Sam will have an Umunhum Conservancy booth at the Almaden Art and Wine Festival on 9/20, and Day on the Bay in Alviso on Oct. 11.
  • Basim Jaber will give presentations on the Almaden Air Force Station at the Morgan Hill Library on 9/30 (660 W. Main St., 7pm) and at the Casa Grande on 10/25 (also 12/20/15 and 2/21/16).
  • Sept. 19: Chitactac Family Day, Chitactac-Adams County Park, 10am-2pm.
  • Sept. 19: Coyote Valley Harvest Feast, 11am-3pm, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve.
  • Sept. 27: A Taste of Archery, Santa Teresa Archery Range, 8:30am-10:30am
  • Oct. 17: Geocaching class, Wood Road Trail, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-12pm
  • Oct. 17: Volunteer Recognition Barbecue, 12:00-2:00 pm, Pueblo Group Area, Santa Teresa. Volunteers with at least 5 hours of volunteer time will be invited. Submit outstanding hours online or to before Aug. 31.
  • Oct. 17: Outer Limits Night, Bernal Ranch, 7:30-10:30 pm. Bay Area astronomers will bring telescopes for stargazing. Episodes of the TV series "The Outer Limits" will be shown.
  • Nov. 14: Ron Horii's Introduction to Outdoor Photography class, Bernal Ranch, 10am-1pm.
  • March 19, 2016: Anza Expedition Hike, Pueblo Day Use Area, 10:30am-1:00pm.
  • There will be a big cleanup day at multiple parks in April.
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   Created 8/6/15  by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park