Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Paul
Vincze, Jenel Vincze, Mario Blaum, Holly Davis, Ed Jackson,
- Ed has been patrolling around Santa Teresa Spring and
painting out graffiti.
- Holly is planning to get her neighbors on Heaton Moor
around Norred Court together to clean up the Coyote-Alamitos Canal
above their houses. They are planning to do this on National Night Out
on August 7. Neighborhoods can sign up for this. The police and Forrest
Williams will stop by. The neighbors want to talk to the police. There
have been houses robbed and cars vandalized on Heaton Moor.
- Ranch Spirit Day, August 25
- Robin said we could have information on geocaching and
the Albertson Parkway on the FOSTP table.
- Paul Bernal will be coming.
- We need to find out if we need to bring tables and chairs.
- We need a San Jose permit to pass out flyers. The permit
is for the organization.
- Should we set up on Saturday during the day instead of
- The Santa Teresa Community Fest has usually been in
mid-September. We haven't heard anything about it yet. Ron will find
out about it.
- Cathy Reinhard of NatureGraphic Design and Illustration in
Davis is designing 3 interpretive panels for the Albertson Parkway. One
of the panels will include the history of Santa Teresa Park. The others
will be on Gary Albertson, whom the parkway was named after, and water
sources. She got some information from Ron, and talked to Mike and John
- Mike is working on organizing a tour of Santa Teresa Park
and nearby areas, originally in response to a request from San Jose
planning commissioner Ash Kalra to find out more about the local
history. Mike can't use County Parks vans because the tour will include
areas outside the parks, but he may be able to get Water District vans
and drivers. The plan is for a 3-hour van tour with 10-20 people. It
will include the Los Alamitos and Coyote Creek watersheds, habitats,
conditions, and historical development. They will go up to Coyote Peak,
down the Fortini Trail to Almaden Quicksilver and back. Mike is looking
at doing this the first weekend in October. Can we provide lunch?
- New park commissioner Daniel Murillo will be working on the
Santa Teresa Park Master Plan.
- At the park commission meeting, Lisa Killough reported on
the Norred Trail. She said they have been getting complaints about
poison oak on the trail. They can't spray it, so crews have to remove
- There's a new electric gate at the Mounted Ranger unit,
with a pedestrian bypass. Woody said there's not enough room to turn
around between the gate and the Brockenhurst drive entrance, and it's
hard to back out. He also wondered if the CDF has access to the gate,
as they may need to get into the MRU to fight fires. Ron said the
pedestrian gate makes a loud clang when it closes, which may annoy the
- Treasurer's report (Holly): deposited $160, paid the $200
UNSCC membership dues, leaving a balance of $233.44.
- The state requires us to submit a corporation form. They
need to have a contact name. Mike usually puts his. It also requires a
$20 fee. We voted on and approved paying the fee.
- Ed talked about activity around Santa Teresa Spring. He
says nighttime activity has increased during the summer. There's no
more graffiti, but there are more beer bottles. The neighbors on Manila
Drive have been cleaning up the litter. Rangers have not been
responding to calls, and dispatchers still don't know where Santa
Teresa Spring is.
- There was a breakout at the Muriel Wright Center about 3
weeks ago. 3 people escaped. Helicopters were looking for them.
Escapees wear greenish clothes, which they quickly discard. The
facility can't be locked for fire safety reasons. The law has been
changed to allow chasing the escapees.
- The old barbed wire fence along the Fortini Trail was
removed by volunteers. There are old piles of barbed wire in the area
that need to be removed.
- The old wire fence around the Bonetti Ranch at Curie and
San Ignacio has been broken for months. It needs to be removed or
replaced. A split rail fence would be better.
- We'd like to reseed the Norred Trail sides with native
wildflowers. We need to ask Don Rocha about it.
- We will form a committee for designing an interpretive
plaque in the park: Mike, Kitty, and Ron. Some ideas: one on Coyote
Peak, showing what the valley used to look like, and a sign or two
along the Mine Trail near the Hidden Springs Trail junction, talking
about the Bernal marl mine and the mining remnants on the other side of
the valley. We need to make a list of possible places and topics for
- The CAP grant is due next April. We can start working on it
early. We need a grant to pay for the UNSCC dues and the 501c3
application fee. We can ask for a grant to get inner city kids into
parks and teacher training on parks.
- Our 501c3 application is being reviewed by a lawyer. It's
26 pages. There's a $500 application fee. There's also a user fee based
on our average gross income for the past 4 years.
- New Adopt-a-Trail signs have been made by an intern, but
haven't been put up yet. There will be one for the Norred Trail.
- We're going to adopt the Norred Trail. It's in good shape,
so a trail work day isn't needed yet.
- We should also adopt the trails around Santa Teresa Spring.
- Holly reported on 4H: they are at the County Fair. They had
a big dance under the tent in the livestock arena. On Sept. 13, they
will be enrolling new members and starting new projects. The Coyote
Grange is getting new members. They will be having more social
activities, like dances and dinners.
- We pay for our website. We should look into getting
sponsors to help pay for it. We could paid ads on it.
- Woody said he cut teasel in the Pueblo area and cut
thistles by the traffic circle on top.
- The old abandoned outhouse at the junction of the Rocky
Ridge Trail and Coyote Peak Trail has been on its side for a long time.
It should be removed. The old abandoned communications building next to
it is private property, which is why it is fenced off, and why it can't
be removed by the parks department.
- Mike wants to add to include volunteer rights to the park's
- Ron showed a slideshow of the wash day and scorpion night
at the BGJ Ranch, Chitactac Day, the trail volunteers picnic at Vasona,
recent pictures of the Norred Trail, and wild turkeys flying up onto
neighbors' houses and trees on Manila Drive.
- Volunteer Hours and activities for July:
- Ronald Horii: 29 hours, park photography, FOSTP &
- Mike Boulland: 20 hours, trails
- Kitty Monahan: 8 hours, FOSTP meeting
- Paul Vincze: 20 hours, FOSTP meeting, trail work
- Jenel Vincze: 3 hours, FOSTP meeting, planning Ranch
Spirit Day, 4H
- Mario Blaum: 8 hours, trails
- Ed Jackson: 6 hours, Santa Teresa Spring work, painting
- Woody Collins: (hours reported separately), trail crew
- Holly Davis: 6 hours, 4H
- Sam Drake (not in attendance): 6 hours, geocaching, trail