Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Paul
Vincze, Ed Jackson, Holly Davis, Sam Drake
- There was no meeting in October.
- We talked about the new trail. Ron said he went to the
Bernal Ranch at noon today and saw the Sweco bulldozer cutting the
trail. The trail started from the Joice Trail and went along the
hillside. By noon, they had reached the corner above the Bonetti Ranch.
Paul said he saw it later in the day, and it had gone past the barbed
- Paul said he heard that the Ohlone Trail is officially open
to bikes. Also, the Boundary and Stiles Ranch, and Rocky Ridge Trails
will be closed when it starts to rain. Paul also heard that the Rocky
Ridge Trail will be
re-configured near the lower bridge crossing to make it less steep.
There is a new bridge on the Stile Ranch Trail on the east side. Part
of the trail near this bridge will be re-routed so it goes around the
hill instead of over the top. There was talk about putting in an
extreme mountain biking trail.
- The gate at the Bernal Ranch will be opened during
hours when the house is open.
- Ed reported that some people were arrested for trespassing
at a neighbor's house when the neighbor was away. He said the canal to
the left of the spring has been tagged. The response by rangers to his
complaints about late-night disturbances at the spring have sometimes
been quick, sometimes not. It varies.
- Mike said power outlets were added to the outside of the
Bernal barn, which should help with outdoor activities.
- Mike talked to Antoinette in the parks department about the
master plan. 8 firms have applied to do the planning and are being
interviewed. Hopefully planning will start in Spring of 2007.
- There was a fire in the hills near the archery range.
- There's a new parks recreation program being planned in
conjunction with Kaiser Permanente. Participants will get a brochure
describing trails. They sign up to walk the trails. When they do that,
they are awarded with a badge. Our help is needed in describing trails
for this program.
- Mike said the 5013c application is coming along. He filled
in a 26-page questionnaire, but needs to modify it to reflect the the
fact that we're a long-existing group. We also need to document our
budget for the past 5 years.
- We pay a $20 incorporation fee to the state of California
for being a non-profit group. We get the money back. If we don't send
it in, there's a $50 fine.
- Our budget balance is $213.44.
- Founders Fandango will be held at the Bernal Ranch on
Saturday November 18 from 11 am to 3 pm. Jan Shriner is organizing it.
Call her at (408) 846-5632 to volunteer to help. They need volunteer
helpers to act as greeters and setup the barn displays. We are going to
have a FOSTP information table. We need people to man the table.
Paul Bernal and Dorothy Wuss will share tables with us and have
displays on their family histories. Mike will bring the tables and
shade on Saturday morning. John Dorrance will give a tour of the
springs. Mike will help. Ron will take pictures. We should be there by
- Holly said 4H will provide heirloom seeds and will talk to
kids about life in the ranching days. There was some dispute about the
seeds not being old enough and whether they had enough background
information about them. This was resolved.
- There will be Spanish dancers at Fandango coming in period
dress. The public can come in period dress if they want, but park staff
and volunteers have been asked not to to avoid offending the
dancers. Heidi asked for Trail Watch volunteers to come to Fandango,
dressed in green shirts, not period dress.
- Kitty is in charge of Adopt-a-Trail. She identified people
who were in charge of trails at Santa Teresa and has been trying to get
in contact with them.
- FOSTP should adopt a trail. We should adopt the new trail.
- The new trail is listed in the 1992 master plan as the "Los
Alamitos Canal Trail." We thought people might get it confused
with San Jose's Los Alamitos Creek Trail in the Almaden Valley. We
discussed alternative names. We agreed on the "Santa Teresa Springs
Trail" and will recommend that the parks dept. change the name to that.
- Sam talked about geocaching. He helped draft the parks
policy. Now geocaching is allowed, but there are guidelines and
restrictions. Volunteers will monitor the geocache listings to look for
problems. Ron is monitoring Santa Teresa.
- Ed said that one of his friends saw some mountain lions
walking down the canal road to the springs around 4:30 am. Coyotes in
the neighborhood have been taking cats. Owls have been attacking
possums and small dogs.
- Jenel said 4H got the heritage garden planted. It took
about 3 hours. The flowers were planted in front of the Bernal Ranch
house. These are heirloom and native California plants. They were
planted about a month ago, and they haven't been eaten up by the deer,
though they did nibble off the monkey flowers.
- At the Parks Commission meeting, Mike, accompanied by Kitty
and Ron, presented awards of appreciation to Ken Silveira and Eric
Goodrich in appreciation of their support to friends groups. Ron showed
the presentation that Mike made. (You can download an edited version
here, note that it is 18 MB).
- Ron showed pictures of the new trail being built today.
Paul also showed pictures of the trail from later in the day.
- Ron showed pictures from the Santa Teresa Community Fest in
September and the Volunteer BBQ last weekend.
- The December 7 meeting will be held as usual. The
January 4 meeting will be a potluck at Mike's house.
- Volunteer Hours for September/October:
- Ronald Horii: 31, 26
- Mike Boulland: 10, 10
- Kitty Monahan: 10, 10
- Holly Davis: 6, 6
- Paul Vincze: 2
- Jenel Vincze: 12, 13
- Mario Blaum: 5, 5
- Ed Jackson: 3, 3
- Sam Drake: 3, 3