- Meeting attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Mario Blaum, Kitty
Monahan, Judyth Hieb, Lynne Paulson, Mario Blaum, Holly Davis, Lynne Paulson,
John Klimaszewski, Dorothy Wuss, John Patterson
- Park Report: John Patterson
- Ken Silveira was planning to come but was called away because of the
explosion and fire at the United Defense Plant and its possible effect on
Lake Anderson Park.
- 7 trail groups are working on Santa Teresa Park.They've been working
on the Stiles Ranch Trail, the Ohlone Trail, and the Rocky Ridge Trail. They
include the Boy Scouts and a mountain biking group.
- Volunteer trail crews will be going to Almaden Quicksilver, Santa
Teresa, and Stevens Creek.
- Henry Texeira is in charge of the maintenance crew which covers Calero,
Santa Teresa, and Almaden Quicksilver.
- There is a new person on Henry's maintenance crew. Another one will
be coming on 9/15, bringing the total to 6.
- For maintenance problems, contact Henry.
- There is a new parking machine. It is from a different company.
- Mike: BGJ Ranch
- John Dorrance is holding a wash day at the ranch the 2nd Saturday of
- August 29: "Movie Nite and Planet Hike" There will be a sci-fi movie,
"The Angry Red Planet," shown in the bard. Popcorn and lemonade will be served.
Meet at the Bernal Ranch at 7:30 pm. After the movie, there will be a night
hike for stargazing and viewing Mars. Rick will lead the hike. Call 226-5453
- John is working on an 8-minute Powerpoint presentation explaining
the timeline of the ranch. He has volunteers helping him.
- Holly talked about the broken corrugated pipe on the Mine Trail near
the junction of the Rocky Ridge Trail.
- Holly said that a park truck was going fast through the park and scared
- Kitty suggests having a clean-up day at the Countryview Drive entrance.
- The Ohlone Trail looks good, particularly the section between the
Archery Range and the service road. This was cleared during California Trail
- Ron said the Nature Trail was overgrown.
- Mike said we should throw a party for the trail crews. We
need to connect with them. We should get them to the Buck Norred dedication.
- Treasurer's Report (Holly):
- Balance: $854.80
- $20 state corporation fee
- $10 refund from the state.
- $24 post office box.
- 4H (Holly):
- At the County Fair, 4H gave out stickers and pencils.
- They got 300 more potential members county-wide.
- They got 2 more members for the poultry group that's handling
the chicken coop at the ranch.
- They are looking at different ways to use the ranch, like a
- John wanted more hutches built. Eagle Scouts are building them.
- Volunteer Hours. Note: if you have not been receiving the County
Parks Volunteers newsletter, you may not be on the park's database for volunteer
Contact Beeny Sanders. Volunteer hours for May-June-July:
- Mario Blaum: 36
- Judyth Hieb: 27
- Holly Davis: 65
- Kitty Monahan: 16
- Ronald Horii: 60
- Mike Boulland: 30
- John Klimaszewski: 5
- Lynne Paulson: 3
- Website and Pictures: Ron
- Ron has been updating the Website: http://www.stpfriends.org
- The events calendar has been updated.
- Ron showed slides from June's VCC Awards dinner. We received
many awards, including Volunteer Group of the Year. Ron won Volunteer of
- Ron showed a slideshow of the park taken over the past month. Some
things shown: signs on chicken coop, benches for outdoor activities
at the Bernal Ranch, picnic tables at Buck Norred's, corrals under construction
along the Mine Trail at Buck Norred's, parking meeter at the Pueblo Area
out of service, grass fire at the Pueblo Area, water tank base at the base
of the Coyote Peak Trail, deer and bobcat, moon over Coyote Peak.
- Ron put some of his pictures
on the web to be used as desktop wallpaper.
- Mike wants to have a day trip to the Pleasanton racetrack. Augustin
Bernal built a racetrack here in the 1870's.
- Parks Commission (Kitty): they are going over the capital budget.
They have funded planning for restoring the second barn at the Bernal Ranch.
They will be getting money from the Historic Heritage Commission for restoration.
They want to have a real barn for animals.
- Mars Night is on August 29th at 7:30 at the Bernal Ranch. Mars
will be coming close to earth. They will see a movie in the barn and go stargazing.
Rick Leonard and John Dorrance will be leading it.
- On Sept. 27 will be the dedication of the Mounted Patrol Unit
at Buck Norred's. Thurs. morning 8/12, Mike will meet with Judyth, Doroty,
Kitty, and Holly to plan it.
- A ghost tales talk is tentatively scheduled for 10/25.
- Lynne talked about the proposed Nakashima subdivision
development in the Santa Teresa Hills above Snell. The proposal is to
sub-divide the property, which can allow more houses to be built. There
is a County Supervisor's meeting on 8/19 to discuss it. The Santa Teresa
Foothills Neighborhood Association wants easements on the property, including
the proposed Coyote-Alamitos Trail. Those who have concerns about this developments
should attend the meeting or write to the supervisors.
- The lawsuits against the Open Space District are nearly settled.
They will soon be able to buy land.
- Judyth talked about papers by Donna Gillette on Indian rock art
at Chitactac Adams park.
- Mike took a walk with Judyth and Donna in Santa Teresa Park looking
for Indian rocks.
- The Pyzak house is being restored. A ranger will live there.
- A ranger has moved into the Pedro Bernal house.
- A maintenance person is living in the Fortini house.
- Mike recommends putting in a sidewalk along Curie Drive along
the edge of the Pyzak property. Curie Drive just before San Ignacio narrows
dangerously, posing a hazard to students travelling to and from Bernal School.
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