Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Kim Gardner, Gus Letona, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Steve Crockett, Ron
Horii, visiting: Jonathan Fleming.
Fleming came to visit us. He is a candidate for San Jose City Council
District 2. He is originally from LA, grew up in Danville, went to De
La Salle High and Santa Clara U. He became a mechanical engineer and
designed defense equipment. He receipt recognition from a US senator
for his design of a seat to protect soldiers in vehicles from mine
explosions. He was in a car accident, and as part of physical therapy,
he started walking around the neighborhood. He recognized the need to
cleanup parks. He worked at SJSU from 2016-2018, in charge of the
senior capstone project for sociology majors, where they worked on
homelessness and cleaning up parks. He became Vice Chair of the city's
Neighborhoods Commission. He decided to run for City Council. He has solutions to problems on his website.
- Kelsi Ju will be starting raptor field trips at the Bernal Ranch for 5th graders. Steve and Mike will be helping.
- There will be raptor identification hikes for the general public on 9/7, 10/12, and 11/2, starting at the Bernal Ranch.
- Kelsi will be having work days at the Bernal Ranch for students from Bernal Intermediate School.
Gorman, senior park maintenance worker for Santa Teresa/Hellyer, still
needs someone to water trees in the Pueblo Area. Greg may do it.
Rosetto House (next to the Fortini Trail) is closed due to water
problems. We need to watch it to make sure it doesn't get
- We would like to tour the Grant House. Lisa
Pappanastos can lead the tour. Weekdays work best for her. We need to
pick a date. Gus proposes Nov. 14, 21, or 28.
- Greg has been
working with Mike on organizing our budget and reports. We currently
have $2142.87 today. Pending checks are $1734.60. Most have been
written. $699.03 will be left. $500 has been allocated: $300 for our
501c3 application, $200 for items needed by Kelsi Ju for her events at
the Bernal Ranch. $199.39 is unallocated.
- We submitted our application for the Beautify San Jose Cycle 3 grant. We are working on completing the Cycle 2 grant report.
- 11/7 Kitty will be giving a talk on the Almaden Mines. Come early to setup, around 6:15 (in the Upper Clubhouse).
- The 501c3 letter of recommendation has been written. We need endorsements by city councilmembers and supervisors.
- Greg bought giveaway items for his National Night Out from Harbor Freight.
is giving a whopper tour at the Casa Grande on Oct. 26 at 5 pm. It
filled up. He's giving a New Almaden town tour on 10/27, meeting at the
New Almaden Post Office. It will not go into the Casa Grande. He is
hoping to have a whopper walk at the Bernal Ranch on 11/3 from 3-5,
- La Fuente is 10/19 from 12-4. We'll have an information table there. We'll use the same setup as National Night Out.
showed a slideshow: National Night Out, Coyote Peak hike by Bryan Lue,
"Impact of Fire" hike on the Norred Trail by Luke Bailey, firefighter
training in the Pueblo Area, Bayliss Fire, archery class, hole in the
Ridge Trail, tree fall on the Ohlone Trail, Bernal Ranch garden boxes,
EEOC event, repair of posts at the Bernal Ranch restroom, Ohlone Trail,
faded QR codes on signs on the Nature Trail, regrowth of vines at
Santa Teresa Spring, Muriel Wright Center, bike event at the Pueblo
Area, concerts at the golf course (last one on 9/20).