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Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Sam Drake, Kitty Monahan, Paul
Vincze, Ed Jackson, Holly Davis
Sam set up a Yahoo group so we can
post messages and have people communicate with us. It's at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FoSTP/
We can see messages, meeting notices, can send automatic notices. We can
put files, pictures, or documents on it. People have to be invited to join.
Sam sent out invitations to everyone. You must respond to become a member.
Anyone can find or read a message, but only members can reply to them.
You can request to join the group. A moderator must approve it. So far,
Sam and Mike are moderators. Sam is also the owner.
Paul suggested setting up a Paypal account on our website to collect donations.
We need to become a 5013c in order to accept tax-deductible donations.
Mike said we're working on it.
We heard that there will be a public meeting on 10/19/05 at 6:30-8:00 pm
at the Santa Teresa Golf Course Upper Clubhouse (same place as out FOSTP
meetings) to discuss the proposed trail between the BGJ Ranch and the Buck
Norred Ranch. It will also cover the Brockenhurst entry. The parks department
will send a meeting notice to discuss the issues. Some issues we talked
Will bicycles and horses be allowed on the new trail?
Will the proposed parking lot at the Pyzak Ranch across from Bernal School
be used for school parking?
We talked about opening up the gate at the BGJ Ranch to public parking.
There may be issues about not having enough room in the lot to turn around,
or the rangers having to wait for late park users to leave before closing
the gate a night. While the ranch house and grounds are wheelchair-accessible,
with the gate locked, handicapped people can't get in (unless they call
ahead). We suggested having the resident caretaker or the ranger who locks
up the Pueblo area lock up the gate at night.
Phil Kearns has been answering calls on problems at the springs.
There were some kids skateboarding down the Joice Trail. Ed warned them
it wasn't allowed. They kept skateboarding. One fell down and hurt his
The park trails look good now, but the areas near the Pueblo that get muddy
in the winter should be fixed.
The retaining wall at the springs has some loose bricks that should be
The BGJ ranch house was pressure-washed last week.
Pooper-scooper dispensers should be installed at the BGJ Ranch.
No new trail events have been scheduled. Greg Bringelson is in charge of
trail maintenance, but he is not in charge of getting volunteers. Eric
Goodrich has been taking over for Heidi who is on maternity leave until
We propose a workday at the BGJ Ranch on Nov. 5. We can help fix the wall
at the springs and work on the landscaping.
We talked about R/C gliders at the Pueblo area. Technically they are not
allowed. We talked about this in our May
We talked about access to the pond at the golf course. It was closed to
the public when the golf course expanded. They don't want people going
to the pond. They are afraid of them being hit by golf balls. The master
plan said that the pond was a teenage hangout and someone drowned in it.
There was a controlled burn at the Pueblo Area. The grass in the center
has been burned.
Garnetta Annable is chairperson for the Yes on Parks Committee, which wants
to put the renewal of the County Park Charter on the ballot for next June.
She sent out an information
sheet and petition form.
Garnetta is a director of the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority.
Cynthia wants to have tule elk in Santa Teresa Park. Tule elk were put
in Grant Ranch, which is much bigger than Santa Teresa, but they were unable
to compete for forage with the resident animals and disappeared. Santa
Teresa may not be big enough to sustain them, and they may invade the neighborhood
looking for food.
Cynthia complained about the semi truck parked at the Mounted Ranger Unit.
It belongs to the camp host who works for a concrete company. He parks
it there one day of the week. If he didn't park it there, he would have
to park it in Fremont and drive there to work. He can't park it on the
street because it is loaded, and the load might get stolen.
Kitty said the Bay Area Ridge Trail is looking at a route through Santa
Teresa Park to get to the Ridge Trail at Coyote Creek. They are looking
at the Ohlone Trail. We talked about routes along the Coyote-Alamitos Canal.
The city of San Jose has been looking into this. They said that there was
not enough room for a bridge from the end of the Coyote-Alamitos Canal
to the Coyote Creek Trail. It has to bridge over the railroad tracks and
Monterey Highway. The new Bailey Avenue overpass will provide access from
Santa Teresa Blvd. to the Coyote Creek Trail. The Ridge Trail is multi-use,
so any trail route would have to be accessible to hikers and bikes.
There was a Tarantula Night at the BGJ Ranch on Oct. 1. There will be a
movie night on Oct. 29, showing Young Frankenstein.
Ron Horii taught a photography class at the BGJ Ranch on 9/17/05. He put
the information from the presentation on a Website: http://www.geocities.com/rhorii/Outdoor_Photography.html.
Ron showed pictures of the park: an event at the Pueblo Groups site with
lots of young people, the view of the dry hills from Coyote Peak, deer
on Bernal Road, the burned grass at the Pueblo Area, and algae-covering
the pond at Santa Teresa Spring. He also showed pictures from the Santa
Teresa Community Fest and the Guadalupe River Trail Dedication.
Ron updated his Web page on geocaching
in Santa Teresa Park. At the last count, there were 36 cache listings
in the park, though some are multis with several stages.
Ronald Horii: 50
Mike Boulland: 10
Kitty Monahan: 3
Sam Drake: 8
Paul Vincze: 20
Ed Jackson: 3
Holly Davis: 10