Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Greg & Roxanne
Koopman, Kitty Monahan, Marty Reinders, Ron
Horii, Kim Gardner, Steve Brown.
- Mike proposes we take a tour of historic Monterey adobes and the Berryessa Adobe in Martinez. Date TBD.
Historic Heritage Commission meeting, 6:30 at 70 W. Hedding, to discuss
the Mt. Umunhum tower. Come to the meeting to speak about the
commission granting historic landmark status to the Mt. Umunhum radar
- The City of San Jose has Take pART Grants.
They are awarded to support arts activities and programs. They range
from $2K to $5K. Mike thinks we might be able to get a grant to support
an art activity at Fandango, getting teachers and students involved.
There were workshops last year on Dec. 1 and 7. Applications are due
Feb. 8, 2016. It's probably too late for us to apply this year, but we
should look into applying for it next year.
- The City of San Jose has the Festival, Parade, and Celebration Grants.
Mike was thinking of applying for it to fund the completion of the
trail from Santa Teresa Spring to Manila Way. The deadline to apply for
it was 1/26/16, so we missed it for this year. However, Phil Hearin
approved the trail. Kim Brosseau may be able to get funding and CEQA
approval, so we may be able to get it done with County Park funding.
met with San Jose Chief of Police Eddie Garcia and wants to meet with
Sgt. Schneider, who is in charge of our district. If we have questions,
e-mail them to Steve, who can bring them up and get some answers before
our next meeting. Sgt. Schneider may show up at our next meeting.
said that staffing of the police department is a big problem. We need
60 cadets in 3 academies per year to fill the demand. The last class
had about a dozen. Recruits are not interested in coming to San Jose.
Jose hired 50 CSO (Community Service Officers). They assist the police
and take police reports. We don't know how many are assigned to our
- There is only 1 SJPD detective assigned to
investigate burglaries. There has been no increase in the number of
patrols in our district since 1990, even though the population has
- We have $350.52 in our bank account
- The CAP
Grant payment has been delayed. They wanted the original copies of the
application forms signed, not electronically transmitted. Mike sent
- The minutes were approved.
- Ron showed a
slideshow: pig damage around the Pueblo Area, waterfalls in Laurel
Canyon, the condition of the Nature Trail and signs, gardens at the
ranch and a new volunteer tending them, a memorial to one of the young
volunteers and friend of John Dorrance's son who died of a mysterious
disease, graffiti and broken rails at Santa Teresa Spring, condition of
the spring and altar, the Norred and Joice Trails after the rains, the
full pond on the Hidden Springs Trail, new drainage and trail
conditions on the trails to Coyote Peak, graffiti at the back of the
Coyote Peak sign, wildflowers emerging, Coyote Peak views.
big community meeting is next month, 3/3/16 at 7:00 at our usual
location. The purpose is to meet with park rangers and law enforcement
officers to discuss neighborhood safety and vandalism concerns. We need
to come early to set it up and make sure the heating works. We should
serve coffee and tea (we need donations). We need to publicize
the meeting and pass out flyers. The target neighborhood should at
least be Curie and Manila Drive between Cottle Road and San Ignacio. A
notice should be posted on the Next Door website. Marty has access.
Mike has a questionnaire form that can be used in advance of the
meeting. Ranger Phil Hearin is coming and will bring one of the
sheriffs. Someone from San Jose PD should be coming.
- We need to have an e-mail address for our organization instead of using personal e-mails. Ron will look into it.
Muriel Wright Center will be used for community mental health purposes.
The sheriffs will stay and will take over the whole facility. The
volunteer office will move to Sanborn.
- For our next newsletter,
we can report on the results from next month's community meeting. Mike
will have articles on Sunol and the New Almaden mural at Los Gatos High
School that has a scene that looks like the legend of Santa Teresa
Spring. Greg can write about biking in the park. Ron can talk about the
spring events. The next event to distribute a newsletter would be at
Festival in the Park in June. We should shoot for a May deadline for
- Greg said the trails in the park are muddy and
unrideable by bikes. Ron said a trail section that really gets muddy
and needs more rocks is a 1/10 mile section of the Mine Trail between
the Rocky Ridge Trail and the Fortini Trail.
- We'll vote on the board next month.
- We'll have an Ohlone Trail workday sometime in the spring.
- Upcoming events:
- Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00
Lichen: A Closer Look Santa Teresa - Fortini Trailhead.
- March 19, 2016: Anza Expedition Hike, Pueblo Day Use Area,
4/16/16, 10 am to 1 pm, Santa Teresa's Historic Bernal Ranch. Bernal
Hill History and Wildflower Hike. Park docents with the Friends of
Santa Teresa Park will lead a hike up to view the spectacular
wildflowers on Bernal Hill. Before the hike, we will tour the historic
Bernal Ranch and Santa Teresa Spring with the park's interpreter.
4/30/16, 10 am to 1 pm, Santa Teresa Park. Pre-Mother's Day Healthy
Trails Wildflower Hike. Bring your moms and the whole family out to
enjoy a 2.6-mile spring wildflower hike led by park docents from the
Friends of Santa Teresa Park. Explore the park’s geology and history
along the Fortini, Mine, and Stile Ranch Trails. Meet at the park’s
Stile Ranch/Fortini Trailhead at the Fortini Road and San Vicente
- There will be a big cleanup day at multiple parks in April.
5/7/16, 10 am to 2:30 pm, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear. Join docent and Park
Photographer Ron Horii for a photography class and 3.7-mile hike on the
spectacular Mummy Mountain Trail at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch
County Park. Learn outdoor photography techniques and take pictures of
the breathtaking scenery. Bring a camera or smartphone, sturdy hiking
shoes, snacks or lunch, water, and sun protection. Meet at the Mendoza
Ranch parking lot on Roop Road, bring a camera.
- Fandango, 8/13/16, Bernal Ranch. (Check with Chris Carson.)