Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii,
Monahan, Roland LeBrun, Woody Collins, Sam Drake, Ed Jackson, Mario
- The Santa Clara Valley Water District has an Adopt-a-Creek
program. They require 2 cleanups a year. Ron said we should look
into adopting the Coyote-Alamitos Canal. Kitty knows the person in
charge and will look into it.
- Ron showed slideshows of the Santa Teresa Community Fest,
Coyote Peak, deer by Santa Teresa Spring, a lady feeding the deer
tortillas, oak galls, telescopes at the Bernal Ranch for Lost in Space
Night, flowers and views Rancho San Vicente from the Stile Ranch Trail,
the Norred Trail, the Pyzak Ranch, the Ohlone Trail, Ron's photo class.
- Shirin Darbani is no longer working in Ash Kalra's office.
- The Pedro Bernal House has a new awning.
- Sam showed a prototype model of viewing tubes that he made
from PVC pipe. It is for showing the sights from Coyote Peak. It is
similar to the viewing tubes on Mission Peak. Tube alignment is
critical. It needs to be aimed at an object that stands out.
- The Boy Scouts want to do a project. They need a project
that doesn't require CEQA approval. If they do a jajor project in the
park that requires moving objects, they need CEQA approval. If it's a
cleanup project, like weed abatement, they don't need to go
through the CEQA process. They need to get approval from the senior
ranger at Hellyer to do a project.
- Mario said we have no expenses this month.
- Manila Drive floods in the rain. There is one storm drain
on Manila Way and one at Camio Verde.
- On 10/9, Ash Kalra will take a tour of Santa Teresa Park.
They have permission to use the park van. John Slenter will drive.
Lynne Paulson, Sandra Soto, Rosemary Kamei, Drew Merry, Mike, Roland,
and Ash will go. The goal is to show Ash the history of Santa Teresa
Park. They will see the BGJ Ranch, Coyote Peak, the Fortini-Rosetto
Ranch, and the Almaden Valley. Ash is interested in history and trails.
- John Dorrance is working on a movie on the history of the
- The restoration of the old barn has been held up because of
the oak tree on the corner. The contractors said they would have to cut
down the tree. They've changed their plans, and now the project is back
on track. We have not seen the plans for the barn. Ask Jane Mark.
- We talked about the Pyzak House. We can't do anything to
it. Volunteers can't do building restoration. It needs to be protected
from water damage. What happened to the roof tiles? Can they be put
back on? The house has water damage. Replacing the roof may cause the
walls to collapse. We need to put together a story telling about the
value of the house. Kitty has information on it. It was built for
Jacoba Bernal by her father as a wedding present. We need a plan.
Roland will draw up one.
- Roland said there are 2 new signs between the barn and the
- Roland has concerns about putting in an orchard between the
DG path and Manila Drive. There needs to be visibility from the street
to the DG path for security reasons. There's no problem putting in an
orchard between the DG path and the canal.
- At one time, they did not cut the grass by the spring.
Coyotes were hiding in it and going into the houses. Roland lost his
cat to a coyote.
- We talked about becoming a 501c3. Roland said he could fund
it. If we become a 501c3, we can get donations, which would be
tax-deductible. We can ask for money from the Historic Heritage
Commission. They give out grants, but it is a complicated process. We
would be eligible for a bulk mailing permit. However, Kitty said it has
been getting more expensive for NAQCPA. They used to pay $30 for 700
copies. Now it costs $180 for 400 copies. NAQCPA was a 501c3 from the
start. It was started by a planner from the Board of Supervisors. They
wanted to have a large organization. They have 17 board members and 400
paid members. They needed to get insurance because they would be
driving in the park. They have $10K, mostly from memberships,
donations, and book sales. We voted to table the 501c3 issue.
- Ed said that he was told that the sheriff and rangers will
step up patrols of the park along Manila drive.
- Ed said he has not seen much grafitti. People are still
going into the park at night. There have been no break-ins.
- Sam taught a GPS class to the group that funded the GPS
purchase for the County Parks. He gave a class to thank them. 7 people
came to the class on Wood Road in Almaden Quicksilver last Saturday.
- Sam is giving a geocaching class at Calero on Saturday Oct.
17 at 8:45 am in the main parking lot by the stables.
- Kitty said the Adopt-a-Trail plan is done. The policy is up
for approval. VCC will work on getting signs up. We need to re-adopt
the Norred Trail. We need to fill out another form. We need to show
that we are walking and taking pictures of the trail. We need to put
names on the form and say who will be the liaison. Mario said he'd do
- On 10/3, there will be a trail day at Coyote Lake.
- On 10/7 at 4 pm, Mike will give a ghost tour for the
Kiwanis. They meet behind the Country Inn at Almaden Expressway and
- Mike will be giving a presentation on the Berryessa Family
history at the Berryessa Community Center on Oct. 12 in the evening.
- Pioneer Day will be on 10/10 at Almaden Quicksilver at
English Camp. They will dedicate the map room.