Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Greg & Roxanne
Koopman, Monica Kress, Kim Gardner, Ron
Horii, Sam Drake.
volunteer program is moving from Muriel Wright in June, but they don't
know where. The County Health Dept. isn't ready to move into Muriel
Wright at this time.
- We discussed the issue of parking on Manila Drive. It's dirt on the
park side starting from the bus stop behind the east barn-. The issue with widening it are
the trees. Do they prevent the street from being widened? Would they
have to be cut down? Can the street be widened around them? There is a
huge heritage oak on Santa Teresa Blvd. near the library. The road goes
- Parking may be an issue with Fandango. It's the only
event at the Bernal Ranch that draws enough people to cause a parking
problem. There was a proposal to move Fandango to the Pueblo Area, but
they dropped that plan. It will stay at the Bernal Ranch.
suggested that participants in Fandango park at Pyzak's to reduce the
parking impact on Manila Drive. Ron suggested parking on Manila Way and
at the Bear Tree Lot, which are closer.
- A neighbor near Santa
Teresa Spring reported hearing shots and had to call several times to
get a response. 14 shell casings were found by the spring. Greg Koopman said he
heard rifle shots on the Mine Trail.
showed pictures: rainbows at our last meeting; picture of Mary Simonis,
who is working on the gardens; broken and repaired rails at Santa
Teresa Spring, waterfall in Laurel Canyon, wildflowers, the pond by the
Hidden Springs Trail overflowing, the new cattle trough by the Mine
Trail, water flowing over the Mine Trail, muddy ruts and grass growth
on the Rocky Ridge Trail, Anza Expedition hike to Coyote Peak, views
from the Fortini Trail, weeds overgrowing the Norred Trail, grass cut
around the Bonetti Ranch, broken fence at Pyzak, tall grass at the Bear
Tree Lot parking area, the area of our proposed trail from Santa Teresa
Spring to Manila Way, Bay checkerspot butterflies on Bernal Hill, Stile
Ranch Trail flowers, weed growth on the Ohlone Trail and Nature Trail.
- We received $740 from the CAP Grant. Our balance is $1018.50.
- There is a new system for filing state and federal taxes for non-profits, which we have to adhere to.
- We discussed March's meeting on neighborhood safety. Greg
talked to the sheriffs. When problems happen in the park, who gets the
call, SJPD or the sheriffs. They said the city and the sheriffs will
jump on it, but the sheriffs will always respond.
- Mike is preparing thank you letters to the officials who came to last month's meeting.
re-elected the current board of directors: Mike Boulland - President,
Kitty Monahan - Vice President, Greg Koopman - Treasurer, Ron Horii -
- We discussed finding grant funds to pay for the
extension of the trail from Santa Teresa Spring to Manila Way. Kim and
Mike have been meeting to organize the project..
- The current CAP
cycle runs from 9/1/15 to 8/31/16. This year's Fandango falls under
this year's CAP cycle. Our current CAP grant does not include money for
Fandango, except for publication expenses. We can request money for
next year's Fandango. Note that we are not allowed to fund raise at
Fandango. We could do a fundraising event earlier in the day, like a
race or walk. We could also do a fundraising event associated with the
volunteer's picnic. (Note that any such event would require permits and
- We talked about sponsoring parking in the park for
June-July. It would promote more usage of the park. We would need to
find out how much was collected last year.
- For our next
newsletter, we want to publish it and have it ready to distribute at
Festival in the Park at Hellyer on June 4. Deadline for the articles:
May 15. Mike has an article on Dorothy Wuss, who is 94 years old and is
a Bernal Family member. The San Jose Historical Museum is honoring her
with a May 1 party at the museum.Greg can write something about
mountain biking. Ron can write about Fandango and other events. Mike
can write a story about Phil Hearin and the rangers.
is on August 13 from 5 to 8 pm. We can help with setup and cleanup.
We'll have a booth. Ron will have posters with pictures and will take
picturs of the event. Dorene Boulland will be telling stories. Mike
will tell Bernal stories. Kim and Monica can handle the booth. We will
give out walk-away gift items or toys for kids. We voted to spend $20
- Van tours of the park have been cancelled. Phil Hearin is too busy.
mentioned that the Open Space Authority has community grants. He has
been going to meetings. It's a possible source of funding for the trail
extension. This is separate from the existing 20% grants that the OSA
gives to cities, which require detailed documentation. The new grants
are for community groups and are simpler.
- Monica said there is
a tamarisk bush near the entrance to the Bernal Ranch. Tamarisks are
invasive trees, which suck up water and extrude salts. Park maintenance
looked at it, but since it's on private property (owned by the Joice
Family), they can't touch it. It would take a backhoe to remove it.
Someone would have to talk to the Joice Family about it. Kitty knows
someone in the Joice Family. The bush could be replaced with a tree
from Our City Forest.
- There is a Calpine grant available for
$250K for the neighborhoods surrounding the power plant. It's for
neighborhood projects. Ash Kalra's office will have more information
- The Park Charter Fund is up for renewal. It is Measure A on the June ballot.
- There is a memorial for former park's director Lisa Killough at the Casa Grande on 4/30 at 1 pm.
are giving wildflower hikes on 4/16 at 10 am the Bernal Ranch and 4/30
at 9 am at Stile Ranch. Ron made a poster for these hikes, which have
been posted on mapboards.
- Ron is giving a photo class and hike
at Coyote Lake's Mummy Mountain Trail on May 7 at 10 am starting at the
Mendoza Ranch staging area on Roop Road.
- There is a wildflower scavenger hunt on the Wood Road Trail in Almaden Quicksilver on Saturday April 9 from 12 pm to 3 pm.