Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Mario Blaum,
Ed Jackson, Marty Reinders, Lynne Paulson, Rick Mandel.
- Our usual meeting place was
being remodeled, so we had to find a new meeting place. Marty Reinders
contacted Father Jon Pedigo of St. Julie's Church and was able to get
permission to use one of the rooms in the Sullivan Center, behind the
church. We'd like to thank St. Julie's Church and Fr. Jon for allowing
us to have our meeting there.
- We need to find our how long the
clubhouse remodelling will take to see if we need to move our next
- We renominated and re-elected
the existing board.
- We had $6 in expenses. Our bank
balance is $396.62.
- Mike talked to Sr. Ranger Aniko
Millan about the fence project around the Bonetti Ranch at Curie and
San Ignacio. She said the city needs to stripe a crosswalk on San
Ignacio and Curie. They will be pushing the fence back on Curie.
- Lynne pointed out that $250K has
been allocated for restoring cattle to Santa Teresa and wondered what
it was for. Ron said that cattle-grazing will be used to controlling
non-native grasses, which will help native wildflowers and the
threatened bay checkerspot butterfly to thrive. Mike said the money
will probably be used for water troughs, pumps, electricity, and
fencing. The price sounded high, so we'd like to get more details. Don
Rocha, who is the Natural Resources Manager for the County Parks,
should probably have more information.
- Kitty said that insurance money
for the fire at Santa Teresa many years ago was used to pay for the
arena at Calero. The horses are gone at Calero. The Calero Ranch
Stables are closed.
- The VCC (Volunteer Coordinating
Council) awards have been decided. They will be presented at the awards
banquet on 4/26 in Milpitas.
- Ron showed a slideshow of the Santa Teresa Library
Birthday Bash. Mike, Maureen, Kitty, Ed, Sam, Elaine, and Ron were
there. Sam had a table on geocaching and gave a talk and demo on it.
Ron made posters and slideshows and narrated a slideshow. The FOSTP
table was manned by Kitty, Maureen, Mike, and Elaine. Mike told Santa
Teresa legends and ghost stories with artist Katy Tyler.
- Ron also showed pictures of the
Upper Laurel Canyon waterfall, panorama and views from Coyote Peak, and
sunset pictures from the golf course and Pueblo area.
- Mike said we would be doing a
monthly lecture/presentation series at the Santa Teresa Library. Ron
would do a photography presentation. Basim would talk about Mt.
Umunhum. Mike would talk about the Berryessas.
- It was suggested that we
advertise our meeting at the Santa Teresa-Bernal Neighborhood
Association meetings. They have had 3 meetings so far. Mario and Marty
have been to them. There were about 20 people at the last meeting.
Roland LeBrun talked about the old barn project and moving the oak tree
at the corner of the barn.
- Work will begin on the restoring
the old barn at the Bernal Ranch this summer. They plan to build around
the oak tree in the corner. Roland called the parks commissioners about
moving the tree.
- Ron made a mock-up of the Coyote
Peak interpretive plaque. Mike showed it to Robin Schaut. She was
impressed with the pictures and the views. She had some suggestions: We
should finalize the wording and put in a theme. She liked the close-up
view, but we should reduce them so they take less space. Pointing out
important landmarks is OK. As for the CEQA process, if it's for
historic purposes or non-construction, it only costs $50 for a permit.
It can be done in-house. She wants us to get it done by the end of May
so she can get it to a graphic artist. Funds will come from the
interpretive program. They cost about $3K. Robin will put it in the
budget. The budget is tight this year. NAQCPA hasn't needed park money
to pay for signs for 3 years.
- Mike and Lynne met with Park
Commissioner Ann Waltonsmith. They met at Curie and San Ignacio, walked
the perimeter of the historic area, down Manila Drive, showed her the
canal, and walked up to the Norred Trail. They talked about
neighborhood concerns. Lynne brought along a copy of the Historic Site
plan. The plan says no dogs and horses will be allowed.
- People have been fined $140 for
walking on the canal with their dogs. It's not clear if it was for
walking on the canal or walking their dogs or both. The canal is Water
District property, but the Parks Dept. is responsible for enforcing no
- The signs about no dogs and
bikes around the Bernal Ranch entrances were ordered by Julie Lee 2
years ago and were sitting in an office. They were installed just
- Mike met with Ann Draper of the
Water District to talk about using the Coyote-Alamitos Canal. The Water
District wasn't opposed to it. She called Julie Mark, acting Director
of the Parks Dept., who said the department doesn't want to accept
responsibility for the canal.
- Ron and Mike worked on the CAP
Grant application for 2011-2012 and submitted it early. We asked for
$1000, the same as the last CAP Grant and for the same items. We asked
for money for the UNSCC membership, website fees, newsletter costs,
event insurance, and $500 for Fandango entertainment. The hardest part
about this year's application, which was online, was answering the
questions, but staying within the character count limits.
- The Baldwin Boy Scouts want to
help out in the park. Mike will take them on a wildflower hike.
- There will be a wildflower
scavenger hunt at Almaden Quicksilver on 4/9.
- The Pre-Mother's Day Hike will
be at the Stile Ranch Trailhead on May 7. Mike needs help.
- The canal levee is muddy. The
trails in the park are muddy.
- We need a work day on the Norred
- Mike said we need a monthly
Tuesday retirees work day. They'll do fence work.
- Ed said there has been a lot of
after-hours activity at the spring. He's called a couple of times. The
response time has gotten longer.
- John Dorrance and a helper have
been filling in the cracks in the ramp to the spring with sand.
- There is no new graffiti on the