Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting Minutes for 9/14/00
The meeting was held at 7:00 in the upper clubhouse. Mike Boulland
was presiding. Ron Horii was the recording secretary. Minutes from last
meeting were reviewed. Five board members were present out of a total of
eight menbers attending.
Jim O'Conner was on vacation this week, so we did not get the park ranger
security report. Dave Ellis called and stated he would be at the next meeting,
and a park maintenance representive did not attend this meeting.
Maria Brasewell from the Kids Extended Care Support daycare center at Baldwin
School talked about a planned upcoming Park Watch meeting. She contacted
Ed Tanaka, ranger at Calero County Park, who will speak on park issues.
Gigi Gonzalez from the police department will be coming to talk about crime
prevention. The meeting will be held on October 11 at 7 pm in the daycare
center at Baldwin School. FOSTP said they would participate in the meeting
and that Jim O'Conner needs to be contacted.
Mario Blaum and Hazen Anderson reported on vandalism and after-hours trespassing
and drinking by youths at Santa Teresa Springs. Mario said that the sheriff
came and arrested some kids there. Hazen said he called the sheriff 4 times,
but they did not come every time. The San Jose Police have been responsive
to calls in the neighborhood, but they do not have jurisdiction over Santa
Teresa parklands or most of the Santa Teresa Hills, which are on county
Hazen said that the light at the springs was supposed to have been installed
2 months ago, but is still not there. A different contractor from the one
working on the Joice Bernal Rancho is handling it.
There is a sign at the entrance to the springs about the hours and the
ban on alcohol. There is another sign up by the springs warning about alcohol.
There is no sign warning about the penalty for vandalism ($10,000), but
there should be.
People have been leaving trash around the springs. The neighbors have been
cleaning up the litter. Park Maintenance (Chris Orr) needs to be made aware
Mike Boulland reported that a telephone has been installed up at Pueblo
day use area by the parking lot closest to the Hidden Springs Trail.
Mike said that Robin Schaut will be coming to our next meeting to talk
about developing an interpretive curriculum workshop for the Joice Bernal
Rancho. A ranger staff position has been hired to manage the interpretive
program. The community is welcome to help and contribute historical information.
All five board members at the meeting stated they wanted to help at the
The Joice Bernal Rancho construction has resumed. It is scheduled to be
completed by November 1. The main house and nearby barn will be used for
interpretive programs. The caretaker's house in back will house park personnel,
possibly a resident caretaker or a ranger.
A mounted patrol will be going into the old Buck Norred ranch. The house
in the future will be restored, and possibly a caretaker will live in it.
We need an 18-month schedule. Mike asked Dave Ellis to put together a to-do
list. Also, Mike reported that many neighbors and children want to earn
hours for the Volunteer Park Pass and are asking for local events to earn
hours. Dave stated in a phone conversation he would get input on
dates from the Calero Unit.
Mike said that the local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have offered to volunteer
to help with the park. The coordinator for scheduling workday is waiting
for our trail day schedule. The scheduler schedules all the Scouting trail
event for the Santa Clara Valley Boys and Girls Scouts.
Ron Horii reported that park usage at the upper Pueblo Day Use Area still
seems to be light. Yesterday, there were only 4 cars at the park in the
There was a question about how much has been collected in fees at the park
and how many Venture Passes have been sold.
Mike reported that the FOSTP account balance was $1384.83.
Mike said we need a flyer permit and business license. A flyer permit is
needed to hand out handbills. The permit is free for non-profits.
We had more people this meeting, so we voted on ratifying the current officers.
Mario Blaum is planning to donate money to FOTSP. He is looking into getting
IBM Matching Grants funds to match it.
Suggestions were made for some ideas on how to spend the funds: One ideas
was to put interpretive signs on Coyote Peak. A related idea was
to put up fixed and labeled viewing pipes aimed at landmarks visible from
Ron Horii talked about the FOSTP Website and welcomed submissions from
members. He will look into making a flyer about the Website to put up at
the Santa Teresa Library.
Ron Horii will go to the next Parks Commission meeting in Ocotober and
talk about the concerns brought up in this meeting.
Next FOSTP meeting: October 12.
Secretary, Friends of Santa Teresa Park
9/14/00, update 10/8/00
Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park Home
Created 9/15/2000, revised
9/16/00 by Ronald Horii, secretary
of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park