Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ed Jackson, Greg & Roxanne
Koopman, Ellen Finch, Marty Reinders, Ron
Horii, Kim Gardener, Eric McLinley, Kevin Pietschker
and Kevin live on Manila Drive, as does Ed. They came to discuss
problems with illegal activity in the park across from Manila Drive.
- Last month's minutes were approved.
- Treasurer's report: $550.75 balance, with 10 receipts
pending. We approved the treasurer's report.
- Our CAP Grant Cycle 29 application has been approved. We should be getting the MOU and funds soon.
- Mike and Ron submitted the CAP Cycle 28 final report and submitted it. We passed around the report and approved it.
- We had a cleanup event at Santa Teresa Spring on 9/26/15. (Ron made a photo album.)
Senior Ranger Phillip Hearin, along with Robin Schaut and Julie Lee
thanked us. John Dorrance was impressed by the job we did and posted a
picture of us on the bulletinboard at the ranch.
suggested putting a screen or cover on the cistern along the hillside
above Santa Teresa Spring to keep dirt falling off the hill from
filling up the cistern.
- Kim took a picture of graffiti on a
sign near the archery range and reported it. Greg cleaned graffiti off
a trail sign on the Joice Trail. There's still graffiti on the canal
near the spring where the contractor who was painting it over could not
reach it. Ed will paint it over later.
- Eric said
there's been a lot of activity at Santa Teresa Spring. Someone let
a pitbull loose to swim in the pond. There's often a lot of trash
around the spring, like beer cans and bottles and smoking items. People
have been bushwhacking up the hill around the spring, causing erosion.
on Manila Drive along the fenceline can start fires. Parking on Manila
Way would be better, as it's paved on both sides of the street. The
entrance to the park was planned to be opposite Manila Way, but the
trail connection was not completed.
- Vandalizing an historic site can result in higher than normal fines. There should be signs warning of that.
- People causing problems in the park are a mix of school kids and young adults from 3pm on.
- There used to be gang fights in the Buck Norred barn before the Mounted Ranger Unit was placed there.
said we should talk to the principal of Bernal School. They have a
system which teaches the kids how to behave in certain areas. They
should be taught how to behave while in the park.
- At our next
meeting on November 5, we should invite the park rangers and the
sheriffs to meet with members of the community. Ron recommends getting
the city involved, as city officials come to the Santa Teresa Foothills
Neighborhood Association meetings. Mike will see if who he can get to
come to our November meeting. If we can get officials to come, Eric and
Kevin will get the community to attend. They will send a summary of
what they'd like to discuss at the meeting.
- Ron showed
pictures: The Oak Grove School District cross-country race, the cleanup
of Santa Teresa Spring, Reptile Night at the Bernal Ranch, bee warning
on the Ohlone Trail, tree falls and cleanup, sign graffiti, the first
4H meeting in the barn, sunset pictures, trail pictures.
planning to get an Historic Heritage Commission (HHC) grant to help
preserve the Pyzak House. Marty is on the commission. He said there
will be a meeting on October 15 at 6:30 in the County building in the
Board chambers. Groups seeking grants will be giving presentations to
the Commission. It would be good for us to attend that meeting to see
what the presentations are like.
- In order to get an HHC grant
for preservation of the Pyzak House, we need to document its historical
significance. It was the house of Jacoba Bernal, a descendant of the
original founder of Rancho Santa Teresa. Mike got a letter from Paul
Bernal describing the historical background of the Jacoba Bernal house.
talked to park planner Antoinette Romeo. She said it would not
be likely that the Pyzak House will be restored. Mike said that if
we could at least get it treated for termites, it would prevent further
damage. He estimates it would cost $2K-$2.5K to get it tented. Ron said
that's just for drywood termites. If it has subterranean termites, it
would cost more.
- 7-9 volunteers have been entering 50K
records into the County's archive system. They work in the staff
offices in the Casa Grande. We need to get Santa Teresa's records
entered into the system. If we learn their methodology and format, we
could do it ourselves.
- Meet at the Casa Grande on 10/23 at
12:00 pm to discuss the HHC grant and learn the system used to scan and
enter records into the County Parks archives.
- Mike said we
should thank the golf course's bartender. He stays late, which allows
us to have our meeting. We should give him a thank you card and gift.
- Upcoming events:
- Oct. 3: Martial Cottle Harvest Festival 10 am - 3 pm.
- Oct. 10: Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver at the Hacienda Entrance, dedication of the bell tower, 11:00 am.
- Oct. 17: Geocaching class, Wood Road Trail, Almaden
- Oct. 17: Volunteer Recognition Barbecue, 12:00-2:00 pm,
Pueblo Group Area, Santa Teresa. Volunteers with at least 5 hours of
volunteer time will be invited. Submit outstanding hours online or to
firstname.lastname@example.org before Aug. 31.
- Oct. 17: Outer Limits Night, Bernal Ranch, 7:30-10:30 pm.
Bay Area astronomers will bring telescopes for stargazing. Episodes of
the TV series "The Outer Limits" will be shown.
14: Ron Horii's Introduction to Outdoor Photography
class, Bernal Ranch, Manila Drive at Camino Verde, 10am-1pm: "Join a
Docent for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and
use a camera, how to take better outdoor pictures and about photo
composition. Workshop begins with an indoor slideshow, followed by
demonstrations and a walk around the historic area to take pictures.
Meet at the Ranch house with your camera. Register online or call (408)
- March 19, 2016: Anza Expedition Hike, Pueblo Day Use Area,
- There will be a big cleanup day at multiple parks in April.