Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Paul
Vincze, Jenel Vincze, Mario Blaum, Holly Davis, Sam Drake, Ed Jackson,
Woody Collins, Jan Shriner, Robin Schaut
- San Jose planning commissioner Ash Kalra asked about
getting a tour of the parks. Mike talked about planning a tour of Santa
Teresa Park, inviting Ash, other commissioners, Water Board
Commissioner Rosemarie Kamei, Lisa Killough, San Jose City Council
members, the Historic Heritage commissioners, and others. He wants the
Santa Teresa tour to include a presentation at Los Paseos School, where
teacher Margaret Rodriguez has a mural with Santa Teresa historical
scenes and students have made a movie on historical events here. He
wants the tour to include the BGJ Ranch, the Santa Teresa Historic
District, Coyote Peak, and other historic sites. Robin said he needs a
permit to take a vehicle on park trails and to check if there are other
events going on at the same time that will be using the trails. This
will be on a weekend, probably sometime this fall, preferably before
daylight savings ends on November 4.
- The planning commissioners and Lisa Killough will be taking
a van tour
of Almaden Quicksilver on August 19. Metka will be setting it up.
- We reviewed last meeting's minutes and voted to accept them.
- Jan and Robin came to talk about Ranch Spirit Day on August
25. Holly is planning our side of it. The volunteer form is on our Yahoo
Groups site under Files. Here's a copy
on our website. Sign up for activities by letting Holly know. Sam
will be handing out flyers. Jenel will be helping at bingo. Ed will be
helping with sign-up and clean-up. 4H will be doing seeds and plantings
like at last year's Fandango Day. Jason will have his rabbit on a
leash. Heidi can get more volunteers if needed. Steve Crockett and
other Trail Watch volunteers did gate-keeping and parking control last
- Mike talked about creating a "volunteers bill of rights,"
defining the rights and expectations for park volunteers. We talked
about the issues and concerns. He'll bring it up before the VCC.
- Doug Hutten came last month to talk about restoring the
corral at the Pueblo Area. He went to talk to the Santa Clara County
Horsemen. They agreed to provide money and labor. Doug is writing up a
- Holly gave the treasurer's report: We had $273.44,
deposited $60, paid $200 to the UNSCC. The Jackson's donated $100. Our
total is $233.44. Sam asked if we have to pay for our checking account.
We don't because we're a certified non-profit group.
- Ed brought some anti-graffiti materials. He said you can
pick up anti-graffiti supplies downtown. (See San
Jose's anti-graffiti program.) Ed painted over graffiti in the
Coyote-Alamitos Canal in Santa Teresa Park. There was some by Santa
Teresa Spring. Holly will be doing an anti-graffiti day with her
neighbors on Heaton Moor, where the canal is on their property.
- Paul talked about trails. He said the trails are dry, and
there are lots of horse droppings. He said the droppings makes it
hazardous for bike riders on some trails. Kitty said the adopt-a-trail
groups could help by clearing it off the trails as they are doing trail
- The adopt-a-trail signs need to be updated. There's an
intern handling the program now.
- Mario said the trails looked good. They cleaned up at
Coyote Peak. There's a new channel on old Bernal Road at the Ohlone
Trail crossing to drain off the runoff from Hidden Springs.
- Mike brought a class on an outing at the BGJ Ranch. They
walked on the Norred Trail. Paul Bernal came out and talked to the
kids. There are only 3 picnic tables at the BGJ Ranch by the barn, so
some kids had to sit by the chicken coop. There needs to be more picnic
tables to accommodate school groups.
- The money for restoring the old barn is in limbo. They are
working on developing the Cottle Ranch. They got state money to do it.
- 4H is done with their activities until September. They will
be recruiting more members at Ranch Spirit Day. They have a new member
who owns a ranch.
- Holly talked about the possibility of having a few calves
at the BGJ Ranch. They would be there from April to August, after which
they would go to market.
- Mike talked about putting an interpretive plaque in the
park. Coyote Peak is one possibility, though Mario was concerned about
vandalism. The Rancho San Vicente site by the Fortini Trail is another
possible location. There could be geology signs by the big landslide
areas in the park, like around Bernal Hill. The Clampers can put up
stone and bronze plaques, like the one at the Bear Tree Lot. They cost
about $7000. The laminated plaques, like the ones at Almaden
Quicksilver and the BGJ Ranch, don't last as long, but they can have
color pictures and only cost about $50 to replace.
- We talked about the historic area. The Bonetti House needs
to be maintained and occupied. They got a clearance to hook up to the
city sewer system, but haven't done it yet. Holly thinks the old wooden
horse stalls at the Bonetti Ranch should be torn down. The broken fence
around the Bonetti Ranch needs to be fixed. The Bonetti Ranch may be
turned into a parking lot. We had concerns that this could end up being
used as an overflow parking lot for Bernal School and could attract
vandals after hours. The "no parking" sign at the Bear Tree Lot was put
there to discourage overnight parking. Instead of no parking at all,
there should be limited-time parking or at least, no overnight parking.
The new master plan will address some of these long-term issues, but
repairs and changing the signs can be done at any time.
- We talked about Festival in the Park at Hellyer. Heidi said
about 80 volunteers. They didn't know how many people came, but it was
in the thousands. Jenel, Kitty, Mike, Mike's wife Dorene, and her
were helping out at the information booth. Sam was with other
geocachers at the geocaching booth. They got a lot of visitors, but
many came just to get the stamp on the form for free sandwiches. John
Dorrance, Brian Shiveley, Mary
Berger, and a new intern were at the County Parks booth. Woody, Steve
Crockett, and Chere Barger staffed the County Parks volunteer booth.
They had a FOSTP and NAQCPA banner and passed out flyers. Ron took
pictures and showed a slideshow of the festival.
- Volunteer Hours for June:
- Ronald Horii: 31 hours
- Mike Boulland: 40 hours
- Holly Davis: 6 hours
- Kitty Monahan: 3 hours
- Paul Vincze: 15 hours
- Jenel Vincze: 5 hours
- Mario Blaum: 12 hours
- Sam Drake: 15 hours
- Ed Jackson: 10 hours