Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Sam Drake, Kitty Monahan, Paul
Vincze, Mario Blaum, Ed Jackson, Ken Silveira, John Dorrance, Kevin
& Darla Pietschker, Philomena Turner
- Sam set up a Yahoo group
so we can post messages and have people communicate with us. It's at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FoSTP/ We can see messages, meeting
notices, can send automatic notices. We can put files, pictures, or
documents on it. People has to be invited to join. Sam sent out
invitations to everyone. You must respond to become a member. Anyone
can find or read a message, but only members can reply to them.
- The deer ate the flowers at the BGJ Ranch.
- Last time we talked about the city putting signs in the
neighborhood pointing to the BGJ Ranch. Tina Monarrez said to
look for them.
Ron showed pictures of the park taken since our last meeting in June:
have been cleared from the top of Coyote Peak, weeds on the Hidden
Trail (since cleared), school bus driver practicing in the Pueblo Area,
new "No Parking" sign on Bernal Road, marker by the volunteer trail
the Mine Trail, cleared Ohlone Trail below the Hidden Springs Trail,
garden flowers at the BGJ Ranch, dying bushes at the BGJ Ranch that we
planted in the spring.
- There was a horsemanship trail trial event at Santa Teresa
on 8/21/05. Participants and their horses face 11 obstacles. They get
judged and get prizes.
- We have $603.44 in our account.
- We filled out a form and paid a $20 fee to keep our status
with the Secretary of State.
- Park conditions, news
- There has been vandalism at Santa Teresa Spring. The
wooden fence slats on the viewing platform have been broken. The fence
below the hill has been cut. Kids have been sliding down the hill on
cardboard. The neighbors reported seeing the lights on at the springs,
hearing people up there, hearing skateboarding in the canal, and seeing
kids throwing stones from the spillway.
- Neighbors reported most of the activity at the springs
happens between 8:30 and 9:30 at night. Ken said he'd check into it.
After school is also bad.
- Sam saw people yelling at deer on Manila. Someone threw
firecrackers at San on Manila Way.
- When reporting problems on the County Communications
number, say it's for "frequency 12." The dispatcher dispatches rangers.
- Rangers have been going out until 10 pm, though this
maybe be getting cut back. After that, calls go to the sheriff or the
- There has not been much vandalism at the barn or chicken
coop, mostly it's been at the springs. We suggested having a camera at
the springs. There was a "no stone-throwing" sign at the springs, but
it was thrown into the pond.
- <>Mike got a note from Joe Schultz's office. With the
Brockenhurst entry closed, the department plans to creat another access
and parking lot at Pyzak's. Since then, they have received a petition
to open the Brockenhurst entrance. There will be a CEQA hearing to discuss both
issues. The CEQA document is in the works. It will describe the
property, the changes proposed, and an environmental assessment. It
will be sent to the county clerk and presented to the community. Within
30 days of its release, a public meeting will be held to get input. It
goes first to the Housing and Land Use Committee, which reviews it and
decides whether it should go to the full Board of Supervisors for
approval.The reason the Brockenhurst entrance was closed was because it
did not go through the CEQA process to open it.>
- John Dorrance talked about the setup in the barn to give
presentations. He showed a 15-minute documentary on the history of
Santa Teresa. It was produced by professional-quality talent, at no
cost. A college intern did the digital recording. The filmmakers had
his own home studio. The narrator was a bilingual actress and teacher.
They will be doing a Spanish version.
- John will be setting up an industrial DVD player in the
barn to play videos. Visitors can select select what to watch.
- John needs an old VCR to copy tapes. He also needs a
stand-alone DVD player and burner. He wants to burn DVDs to give to
- They had Ghost Night at the Ranch. The Ghost Trackers came
and did a Powerpoint presentation on ghosts. Then they took a night
- On October 1, a spider wrangler will come to the barn to
show tarantulas. A tarantula horror picture will be shown.
- They will be showing "Young Frankenstein" in the barn at
- Eric Goodrich is in charge of the volunteer program while
Heidi is out on maternaity leave. She will be back in January.
- The Park Charter Fund will be on the next ballot in June
for Santa Clara County. 1.4 cents of every $100 in property taxes is
allocated to the county parks. 20% goes to acquisition. 80% is for
maintenance. It needs a simple majority to pass. It renews the existing
allocation. It does not create a new tax.
- Ron will be teaching a class in outdoor photography at the
BGJ Ranch on
Sept. 17 at 9:30 am.
Volunteer Hours (July/August):
Ronald Horii:: 24
Mike Boulland: 10
Kitty Monahan: 3
Sam Drake: 8
Paul Vincze: 10
- Mario Blaum: 10
Ed Jackson: 3 tot
- Philomina Turner: 3