Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Sam Drake, Woody Collins, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Ron
Horii, Kim Gardner, Debbie Porras, Senior Ranger Frank Weiland, Boy Scout Andrew Yanogacio and his mother Janet
Weiland is the senior engineer for Hellyer, Santa Teresa, and the north
Coyote Creek Trail. He has been a ranger for 18 years. He talked about
Santa Teresa Park. Eagle Scouts have contacted him for work in parks.
The rangers are under-staffed. Hellyer takes a lot of resources.
Hellyer and the Coyote Creek Trail are closed due to flood damage. They
need to assess the damage and repair it. They had trees falling,
blocking roads, creeks, and trails. They hope to re-open by Easter.
Santa Teresa Park held up well. There is a small slide on Bernal Road.
For projects, there are difficulties when they involve moving soil.
There could be problems with cultural resources, conflicts with the
master plan, and soil disturbances.
- Andrew Yanogacio is a
Boy Scout. He wants to do an Eagle Scout project in Santa Teresa Park.
His initial proposal to build a trail from Santa Teresa Spring to
Manila Way was turned down by the Parks Dept. He has a new proposal to
work on the Laurel Canyon Nature Trail. His plan is to repair the
tree/bush ID posts, create weblinks for more information about them,
remove graffiti, remove the fallen tree, level the trail to improve
drainage. Andrew needs to complete the project before he turns 18 on
4/20. Jorge Porras is his scoutmaster. Possible dates to do the work:
3/25, 3/26, and 4/1. Andrew needs to get approval from the scouts and
Frank. Frank needs to see the full proposal. The repairs to the ID
signs must be identical to the original signs, otherwise, they have to
follow new standards and need further approval. There could be a link
somewhere to a webpage with information about the subjects of the
signs. We can host it on our website. We're sponsoring the project as
an FOSTP project. Andrew is doing it. The Boy Scouts have event
insurance to do it. We don't have event insurance for the project, but
can get it. The scouts can pay for it.
- National Night Out is on
Tuesday August 1. John Dorrance said it's OK to have it at the Bernal
Ranch, but he won't be there. We need an organizer. Eric McKinley is
interested in doing it. Greg, Kim, and Debbie Porras can help. The Boy
Scouts can get involved. Food trucks can provide food.
report from Greg Koopman: We had a balance of $757.50 in February. We
paid $58 for our PO box. We reimbursed $342 for printing and
publication costs. The $1150 CAP Grant was deposited. Our current
balance is $1686.15.
- Though the Parks Dept. did not approve the trail for the Eagle Scout project, we can still do it.
Councilmember Sergio Jimenez and his assistant Helen Chapman are
planning to attend our next meeting. The topic will be the widening of
Curie Drive in association with the Historic Site Plan development. We
need community support. We can talk about Manila Drive concerns. Mike
will check with Sergio about what he expects to talk about in the
meeting. Ron can announce it on Next Door. Greg & Roxanne can make
up flyers to pass out at Bernal School.
- Mike gave a walking tour at Santa Teresa Spring.
talked about parking spaces at the Bernal Ranch. The residents of the
Caretaker's House take a couple of spaces. John Dorrance takes one when
he's there. The Park truck takes another.
- Ron showed pictures: waterfalls in Laurel Canyon, effects
of the drain overflowing at the Bernal Ranch, Boy Scout cleanup
projects at the Bernal Ranch, overlow at Santa Teresa Spring, signs on
the Nature Trail, new benches by the Hidden Springs Trailhead,
conditions on the Ohlone Trail, Norred Trail, Mine Trail, Ridge
Trail, Joice Trail, and Hidden Springs Trail.