Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Monahan, Paul &
Jenel Vincze, Mario Blaum, Lynne
Paulson, Ed Jackson, Sam Drake, Elizabeth Cord
- Kitty Monahan could not come. She is recovering from an
- The Mine Trail is very muddy between the Stile Ranch Trail
junction and Bernal Road. You can't go around the muddy spot.
- We have a new senior ranger at Santa Teresa and Hellyer:
Julie Lee. She was not able to come tonight.
- We would like to have someone from the park's department
come to the meeting.
- Paul talked to Greg Bringelson about the creek crossing at
the Rocky Ridge-Mine Trail junction. It' gets muddy. The crossing used
to go under the trail through a culvert, but it got damaged and was
removed. Now the creek crosses the over the trail. Greg said he would
have the crossing filled with rocks.
- The sheriff has been catching kids at the spring. A ranger
caught kids coming down from the hills at night. The kids were dressed
- Ed would like to see the weeds along the Coyote-Alamitos
Canal road cut back. Kids can use the weeds to hide by the canal.
- The canal was almost full with all the rain we've had.
- There is a trail work day this Saturday, May 6 on the Rocky
Ridge Trail. Meet at the Pueblo Area parking lot.
- We need to get a sub-committee together for input to the
- There is a notice dated 3/1/06 posted at the Brockenhurst
gate. There will be an electric gate installed to allow the rangers in.
It will also have a self-closing gates with stiles for non-vehicular
access. It will have fencing to prevent pigs from exiting.
- Mke got a sample 5013c application. We can modify it for
- Ron Horii taught an outdoor photography class at the BGJ
Ranch on April 22. About 30 people showed up. He led the class on a
tour of the ranch and Santa Teresa Spring, then led a hike up Bernal
- There was a GPS class at Almaden Quicksilver this weekend.
Ron went on it. It was led by Steve Wood from REI. Steve also led a
school class on a geocaching expedition in Santa Teresa.
- REI will be giving GPS receivers to the parks.
- Lynne Paulson talked about a proposed large house for the
west end of the Santa Teresa Hills. It is off Miracle Mountain Drive.
The land is zoned agricultural, so they need a zoning change to build
the house. It is on city property, so it needs a San Jose City permit.
The property owners put up story poles to show the hieght and location
of the proposed home. You can see the permit on the city website: https://www.sjpermits.org/permits/permits/.
Click on the link to find permits by permit/reference number. Enter PDC04-014. Click on "Get
details." You can click on "submit
comments" and enter your comments.
- Ron showed pictures of the Volunteers Recognition Dinner,
the wildflower walk that led, wildflowers on Bernal Hill, the Rocky
Ridge Trail, Coyote Peak, the Stile Ranch Trail, and the flooding on
the Coyote Creek Trail and the Los Gatos Creek Trail.
- Elizabeth Cord talked about the Santa Teresa Community
Fest. It's in its 7th year. Last year 25,000 people attended it. The
STCAG organizes it. They hand out flyers to school kids. The City of
San Jose sponsors it. It will be held on Sept. 16th.
Exhibitors must be setup by 9 am. We have had a booth there in the
past, though not last year. We'll try to do it this year if we can get
people to commit to helping with it.
- There is a ballot measure on the June ballot to renew the
parks bond. It is not a new tax. It allocates a portoin of the county
budget to parks.
- We need to give Jim McGrath a thank you gift.
- Mike put his, Kitty's, and Ron's name on the organization
forms that have to be sent to the state.
- Elections: Mario nominated last year's slate of officers
for re-election. The motion was seconded and approved.
- There been break-ins in the neighborhood around Curie.
Burglars have been going through side doors of garages. They have been
breaking into cars to get at garage door openers.
- Jenel said a heritage garden will be going in at the BGJ
Ranch. It will be 100% native plants. They will provide protection from
deer, which ate the last planting.
- Mike has a new book on New Almaden that he wrote with Art
- Volunteer Hours for February, March, and April:
- Ronald Horii: 27, 16, 41
- Mike Boulland: 10, 20, 30
- Paul Vincze: 15, 15, 15
- Ed Jackson: 4, 4, 4
- Mario Blaum: 12, 12, 12
- Lynne Paulson: 3, 3, 4
- Sam Drake: 5, 5, 5