Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 1/7/16


  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Kitty Monahan, Sam Drake, Ellen Finch, Ron Horii, Kim Gardner, Steve Brown (attending for the first time). Steve has lived on Curie near Cottle since 1990 and went to Santa Teresa High School. He's running for Ash Kalra's seat in the City Council.
  • We have $350.52 in our bank account
  • Mike talked to Senior Park Ranger Phil Hearin. We're moving our community meeting to March 3 at 7 pm in our usual meeting location. Phil, sheriffs, and SJPD will be invited. Mike contacted Stacie Shih in Ash Kalra's office. 
  • Phil said that the cattle grazing is ready to be started in the park. We need to find out more about the cattle plan and who is the rancher managing the cattle.
  • Phil said that many trails in the park are closed to bikes and equestrians.
  • Eric McKinley, who lives across the street from Santa Teresa Spring, reported there has been after-hours visitors to the spring. He said there were drug dealers in front of his home. He reported it, but nobody came.
  • The rangers go off-duty at 8:30, then the sheriffs take over. There are 6 sheriffs deputies assigned to the County Parks. They have an agreement with SJPD, who will respond to incidents if the sheriffs are tied up.
  • Steve said that we are in the "Yellow" district for SJPD. At its peak, there will be 6-10 patrol cars in the area.
  • There will be more maintenance personnel hours assigned to Santa Teresa Park. We need to ask Phil how often Maintenance gets to Santa Teresa. Also, who are the rangers on Phil's staff, and how often do they get to Santa Teresa?
  • There was no Park Commission meeting this month.
  • We need to plan the community meeting here on 3/3/16. We need to come up with a list of issues for discussion and set an agenda. We need to invite representatives and officials from public agencies and verify their appearance. Then we need to publicize the meeting. We can post and pass out flyers and use neighborhood social media, like Next Door. We can ask Ash Kalra to put a meeting notice in his newsletter. We should say that the meeting is for the discussion of security and law enforcement issues concerning the neighborhoods around Santa Teresa Park, particularly Santa Teresa Spring and the Bernal Ranch area. We can announce this as our annual meeting. We can invite park officials, like Robb Courtney. Issues to be discussed: illegal activities in the park, burglaries, who is reponsible for responding to calls, and what the community can do to help.
  • We talked about Community Service Officers ( They are civilians, not sworn officers. They assist police officers. They aren't armed, but they are uniformed. They investigate certain crimes and accidents and write reports. They are based at the substation on Great Oaks Parkway, but are spread out across the city.
  • We talked about Neighborhood Watch, video surveillance, and signs saying the neighborhood is being watched. Grants might be available for video cameras, but it's not our job to go after them.
  • For the community meeting, we should give an introduction on the background history of Santa Teresa Park and neighborhood issues.
  • Greg and Roxanne said there was grafitti on the back of our Coyote Peak sign. Greg tried to remove it, but couldn't. The front is OK.
  • The trash cans on Coyote Peak don't have lids, so the trash can blow away.
  • Ron showed pictures of his photo class in November, views from Coyote Peak, our farewell dinner for Ed Jackson, erosion and repair of the walkways around Santa Teresa Spring, CCC workers on the Rocky Ridge Trail, cattle water trough on the Mine Trail, new trail signboard on the Bernal Road parking lot, the Stile Ranch Trail, Santa at the Ranch, muddy conditions on the Norred Trail, the Pyzak/Bonetti Ranch.
  • Mike proposed taking a field trip to Monterey. He has a friend in the Monterey Historical Society who can give us a tour of historic buildings and talk about presevation.  We can also visit the John Muir National Historic Site. Both places have connections to the Bernal Family. So does a building in Pleasanton. We can discuss field trips at a future meeting.
  • Fandango will happen this year. Julie Lee and Chris Carson will be responsible for it. It hasn't been scheduled yet. There was no Fandango last year. It was held in October in 2014. In previous years, it was held in August. We'd like to see more neighborhood participation. 
  • Carrie Grisenti is putting together the events calendar for spring-summer. The deadline for submitting activities is January 25 to be put into the next Play Here Guide. We should think about having another Mother's Day hike in May on the Stile Ranch-Fortini trails and a wildflower hike up Bernal Hill in the spring.
  • Upcoming events:
    • January 16, 2016: Martin Luther King Jr. Service Trail Day, 9am-1pm, meet at the Pueblo Day Use Area parking lot.
    • Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00 am-1:30 pm. Lichen: ​A ​Closer ​Look Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Fortini ​Trailhead.
    • March 19, 2016: Anza Expedition Hike, Pueblo Day Use Area, 10:30am-1:00pm.
    • There will be a big cleanup day at multiple parks in April.
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   Created 1/8/16  by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park